Guyan Painting Township has beautiful landscapes, where Lishui local Barbizon painting group gathered to sketch since the end of 80s of the last century. Later, it graudually attracted artists, teachers and students in Art Schools from all over the country, who came in a throng, and slowly formed a unique atmosphere of artistic sketch creation.
Over the years, in the care and support of leaders of Lishui Government, Lishui Party Committee, Liandu district government, Liandu Party Committee and various art groups all over the country, through the joint efforts of groups of former administrative committee and people in Guyan Painting Township, on July 21, 2017, Zhao Jiahui, standing member of Liandu Party Committee and director of Propaganda Department, Wang Qianghua, the director of administrative committee of Lishui Ou river tourism district, Lei Jianhua, the vice director of the administrative committee, and a group of people went to Beijiang, to visit Xu Li, the secretary of the Party group of China Artists Association, the vice president and the secretary general of the association, and reported the application of the construction of Guyan paiting Township as the Sketch Base of China Artists Association.
Xu Li, the secretary, highly appreciated it after listening to the report, and made the decisions and instructions, hoping that Guyan Paiting Township keep in mind the important exhortations that the General Secretary Xi made :"Beautiful scenery is gold and silver. It applies especially to Lishui. ”, actively make use of the outstanding natural and cultural advantages, work on the "Guyan Painting Township – the Sketch Base of Chinese Artist Association ", promote the construction of the brand of ‘Liandu- the hometown of painting’ and also make contributions to the development of the art in China.
In 2016, the preparation work of applying to the construction of the base by the Guyan Painting Township Administrative Committee has made substantial progress, with support and help from Zhejiang Province Artists association. Luo Xianyue, vice president and Secretary General of Zhejiang Artists Association, has given support and help to the application of the base 12 times, which resulted in the support of the Chinese Artist Association at last. On December 27th in 2016, Lu Xinzheng, member of the organizing unit of Chinese Artist Association visits Guyan painting township, making investigations and instructions, then the township was initially approved and the project officially entered the approved process. On March 17th this year, Zhao Shilai, present secretary of the Secretariat and vice president of CFLAC, came for investigations, fully approved the township, and sent famous reporters from China Art Newspaper to interview Lishui Municipal Party Committee members including those of Guyan painting township on the current situations of art work development. Moreover, on the China Art Newspaper of June 28th, 2017, the lengthy article on the front page “The Lishui Practice of the Theory--Cultivating ‘Two Mountains’ through Art; ‘Blue Waters and Green Mountains are Gold and Silver Mountains’ ” substantially approved the painting township.
According to The Administrating Regulations of Chinese Artist Association Creation Centre, every province can at most found one creation centre and two sketch bases. Yet Guyan painting township won in the competition with the other four primary bases, and got the the last plaque of the sketch base of Chinese Artist Association in Zhejiang.
Up till now, there are over 120 organizations which have found sketch bases in Guyan painting township, including Nation-wide Art Schools and organizations such as China National Academy of Fine Arts. But still, ‘Guyan Painting Township Sketch Base of China Artist Association’ is the highest level of the plaque nation-wide.
Next, with the aim of creating an AAAAA level scenic spot, Guyan painting township will properly employ its unique natural and cultural resources. It will further improve the artistic creation atmosphere in Guyan painting township through the construction of the base, enabling more and more Chinese artists to collect, sketch, and carry out artistic discourse, creation as well as study, etc.. It aims to prosper the culture and art in Guyan painting township, forward the development of the art industry, build the sketch base ‘Painting Township of Liandu’ together with the art masters nation-wide, and finally to make constant progress and contributions in the construction of the centre of ‘The Grand Garden in Zhejiang’. (Liandu District Government Office)