Change of heart from Chinese on exhibition of N.S. folk artist Maud Lewis

Chinese exhibition of works by Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis, abruptly postponed without explanation last month, is back on again.

The provincial government says the exhibition, celebrating the works of Lewis and other contemporary female Nova Scotian artists, will be launched during a cultural trade mission this spring as originally planned.

Heritage Minister Leo Glavine doesn't elaborate on China's change of heart in a news release today, but says the country's ambassador to Canada, Lu Shaye, and other Chinese Embassy officials were "essential."

The province says Premier Stephen McNeil met with Lu on March 19.

When the exhibition was postponed, Glavine had said Chinese officials had simply told Nova Scotia "that for now the trip was off," without an explanation.

The exhibition will be at the Guangdong Museum of Art this month, and the Coast Art Museum in Zhuhai in June. It will then move to Hexiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen before returning to Nova Scotia.