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Gourmet restaurant with museum out to change the Yilan restaurant scene
餐廳打造美術館 吃美食看展

An anterior view of Formosa Pearl.
掌上明珠前景。

Photo courtesy of Formosa Pearl
照片由掌上明珠提供

After several years of planning, restaurant and museum owner Wu Ying-hsien has finally brought Formosa Pearl to Yilan County’s Jhuangwei Township, offering gourmet cuisine and the chance to appreciate works of art by well-known artists at the same establishment. The art museum part of the restaurant holds exhibits periodically, combining fine food with art to create a unique way of running a restaurant.

Wu, who originally served as chairman of a company selling electronic parts, says that Yilan is brimming with eateries that fail to offer something special, so he hoped that his restaurant would stand apart from the others, providing patrons with a place to eat and with an art gallery to appreciate art.

Wu says that the exhibit “Flowers Blossoming on Mountains,” by Lee Hsiao-kun, a professor in the School of Fine Arts at National Taipei University of the Arts and the former head of Huafan University’s Department of Fine Arts and Culture Creative Design, is currently on display at Formosa Pearl. Lee specializes in Buddhist paintings and sculpting. The museum will be running a different exhibit every three months, including diverse art forms such as lazurite (colored glass) and ceramics. All of the exhibits for the next two years have already been scheduled.

Wu says people can visit the museum while they are on their way to having a meal, or they can simply visit the museum without eating, but says they must make reservations first to help control the number of visitors and to ensure the quality of their visit. For more information, visit Formosa Pearl’s Web site: http://www.formosapearl.com.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. cuisine n.

烹飪;菜餚 (peng2 ren4; cai4 yao2)

例: Fast food has overtaken traditional cuisine in France for the first time.

(速食在法國銷售量首次超越傳統菜餚。)

2. unique adj.

與眾不同的;獨特的 (yu3 zhong4 bu4 tong2 de5; du2 te4 de5)

例: It takes a unique personality to enjoy avant-garde music.

(欣賞前衛派音樂需具備獨特的個性。)

3. patron n.

顧客;贊助者 (gu4 ke4; zan4 zhu4 zhe3)

例: As a patron of the arts, she has bought a number of paintings by up-and-coming artists.

(身為藝術贊助者的她,已買了許多具潛力的藝術家畫作。)


到餐廳除了吃美食,還可以欣賞名家藝文作品,宜蘭縣壯圍鄉「掌上明珠會館」負責人吳英賢經兩、三年籌劃,在會館打造一間美術館,定期安排作品展覽,希望讓美食與藝術結合,呈現與眾不同的餐廳經營模式。

本業是電子零件公司董事長的吳英賢說,宜蘭的餐廳滿街都是但缺乏特色,他希望自己經營的餐廳能有所區隔,除了餐廳的用餐空間,同時還有陳列藝術的美術館。

吳英賢說,「掌上明珠美術館」目前推出的展覽是李蕭錕的個人展「山中花開」,李蕭錕現任國立台北藝術大學美術學院副教授,曾任華梵大學美術系創系主任,擅長禪畫及雕刻,會館未來每三個月都會推出不同展覽,包括琉璃、陶藝等各種工藝品,相當多元,目前已經排滿兩年檔期。

吳英賢說,大家可以在前往用餐的同時,參觀美術館;也可以只參觀美術館而不用餐,但需要事先預約,以便掌控參觀人數,確保參觀品質。可洽詢http://www.formosapearl.com。

(自由時報記者胡健森)

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