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January 11, 2011

Chinese New Year 2011

Events for Chinese New Year 2011 – Year of the Rabbit
Hoppin’ to the New Year 2011

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — January 11, 2011— The Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art is hosting its 7th Annual Chinese New Year Art Competition, “Hoppin’ to the New Year 2011” and Family Day Celebration.

The student art competition invited over 50 submissions and the competition submissions are being displayed at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, now through January 30, 2011. The public is encouraged to vote, as winners will be determined by popular vote with assistance by three local artist judges. Art Competition winners will be announced at Belz Museum’s Annual Chinese New Year Family Day Celebration on Saturday, February 12, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Winners will be chosen from four categories based upon current school level. In addition to receiving prizes, the winners will have their pieces displayed at the Belz Museum during the Chinese New Year. All participants are welcome to attend the museum’s celebration where they can receive free admission, participate in arts and crafts, enter a raffle and learn about Chinese art and culture.

The Rabbit is the fourth sign in the cycle of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animal signs. The Rabbit is a lucky sign. According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. It is a time for negotiation. To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children. Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, so you will be able to calmly deal with any problem that may arise.

Sponsors and partners for the annual celebration include Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Confucius Institute of the University of Memphis, Art Center Supply Stores, Inc., Belz Enterprises and many more.

About Belz Museum: The collection of Asian art at the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic art is the largest and most comprehensive in the southern region of the United States. The collection of more than 900 objects, which range in date from 202 B.C. to the early twentieth-century, includes intricately carved jades, ivories, sculptures, paintings, ceramics, lacquer, textiles and funerary art. In addition to the Asian collection, the collection of Judaica (historical and literal pieces relating to Judaism) reflects the artistic journey of some of Israel’s most celebrated contemporary artists including, Daniel Kafri and Ofra Friedland.

Contact museum staff for more information at 901-523-ARTS (2787). Our director, Belinda D Fish, will be glad to answer any e-mailed inquiries. (belinda.fish@belzmuseum.org.)

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