2011 Year of Rabbit Celebration
Features Tradutional Chinese New Year Paintings from Mianzhu
Special opening event : Saturday, Feb 5th & Sunday, Feb 6th, 2011
Exhibition & Sale : February 5 - March 5 , 2011
New Year paintings are a unique art form in Chinese folk culture, and their creation is one of the most important Chinese traditions. They are primarily displayed during the Chinese New Year festivities as a symbol of New Year’s greetings. New Year paintings first appeared around the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), featuring fierce-looking gods believed able to protect the residents by driving away bad spirits. Traditional printing methods of New Year paintings include traditional Chinese painting as well as woodblock, offset printing, and watercolor painting.
Mianzhu is located on the northwestern border of the Sichuan Basin, the home of bamboo forests and pandas. The city is named after the most famous bamboo species in the area, called soft bamboo, or mianzhu in Chinese. It is an ideal material for paper-making. Also known as “Art Village,” Mianzhu is famous for the murals that adorn many of its buildings and walls with walls with characters from Chinese mythology, landscapes, flowers, birds, and scenes from daily village life.
We hope you will come by and enjoy viewing them, or as Chinese people like to say, “invite” them to your home and display them on your doors or walls to protect your families and bring you good luck for 2011, the Year of the Rabbit.