Facing south across Mendocino Bay, the Temple of Kwan Tai is formally known as California Historical Landmark #927. For docent and board member Jeff Kan Lee, the vibrant red and green building at 45160 Albion Street and the artifacts it contains offer a unique window into history through the eyes of Mendocino’s early Chinese immigrants.
This fall, Denise Lee welcomed the opportunity to share that history with the Tri-Valley Traveling Artists who chose the Temple as one of their subjects on their annual visit to Mendocino. The Temple gave them a docent tour inside then they set-up outside to create their artistry.
Their paintings and the stories that inspired them will be on display during the month of December at the Livermore Civic Center Library.
Kwan Tai Temple is open with free docent tours held on weekends from May through October. The Temple’s mission of educational outreach includes sponsoring an annual Chinese New Year’s parade for regional schools and a community dinner in February each year.