Friday, February 5, 2010

Chinese New Year Celebration At Pelham Art Center

Westchester Arts & Entertainment NewsPelham, NY - Pelham Art Center presents a FREE event in celebration of the Chinese New Year. This year, 2010, is the Year of the Tiger.

Please join artists Heidi Chang and Connie Zhang for two free all age art workshops on Saturday, February 13 from 1:30- 3:30pm.  Community members and families can join these folkloric artists to learn about the day’s history and customs and make a related artwork. Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar, so festivities begin with the new cycle of the moon.   Each year it is named for one of 12 symbolic animals including the rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, serpent, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and boar. The year of the Tiger commences on February 14, 2010 and ends on February 2, 2011. The Tiger is the third sign in the Chinese Zodiac cycle, and it is a sign of bravery. This courageous and fiery fighter is admired by the ancient Chinese as the sign that keepsaway the three main tragedies of a household, which are fire, thieves and ghosts.
Artist and educator Heidi Chang will be hosting a Tiger Mask-Making workshop in Studio 1, where participants will be shown how to make wearable paper tiger masks. Folk artist Connie Zhang, of the HuaXia Chinese School located at Westchester Community College, will be teaching traditional origami making in Studio 2. In addition to origami projects honoring the Chinese New Year, Zhang will also include projects celebrating Valentine’s Day, which is observed the following day on February 14.

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