She is Bethany, Chinese name is Beini Su.
He is Jeff, Chinese name is Jiefu Su.
This sweet and lovely foreign couple
is from the United States.
Because of their love for Suzhou,
They use "Su" as their "family name".
A random visit made them decide to
move to Suzhou to live and develop.
They run an art gallery together
called "Suzhou Arts Collective".
This year is their 7th year here.
Now let's read about their stories.
Bethany learned to dance as a child.
After coming to Suzhou,
she has also performed on many stages,
such as 2020 Suzhou International Talent Show,
2019 SIP New Year Celebration Gala.
In Suzhou, she has a lot of
friends and students who love dancing.
She spreads her love and passion
through Suzhou Arts Collective.
“This is a save place for me to grow as a dancer and teacher. It's a natural place to start a conversation and meet friends.” said Bethany.
Compared with Bethany's passion
Jeff is more calm and modest
Because he lived in an artistic atmosphere since childhood,
he always has a unique appreciation of art works
He often holds exhibitions in gallary,
and also likes to invite friends
to share and exchange culture.
"For me, i would use few words to describe what we do. First is community, this is the place where we can invite friends, meet new friends. This place is for activities and sharing Chinese and foreign culture. Second is passion, Bethany's passion is dancing, my passion is working together with her. And also creativity. We come to create together without constrains." said Jeff
One loves dancing, the other loves art
The perfect match is enviable
In their opinion, couples can not just sharing,
but also work and create together.
Suzhou is their second hometown
and Suzhou Arts Collective
is just like their warm home
They always say that people here
are very friendly and enthusiastic.
They often receive help from the neighbours and friends.
So Bethany and Jeff also do some
community volunteer service and charity activities
as a way to return the care they have received.
Bethany and her husband helped the community staff to investigate the returning workers and publicize the knowledge of epidemic prevention.
"If we can create an environment where people feel welcome, feel they can be themselves, feel cared for, feel they can express themselves, express their creativity, then I think we’ve been successful."