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January 14, 2013

Chinese New Year – 2013: Year of the Snake

Events for Chinese New Year 2013 – Year of the Snake
Wisdom of the Snake 2013

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — January 14, 2013 — The Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art is hosting its 9th annual Chinese New Year art competition, “Wisdom of the Snake 2013” and Family Day Celebration.

A student art competition invited submissions from all Shelby County Students and the competition submissions are being displayed at the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, now through February 9, 2013. The public is encouraged vote, as winners will be determined by popular vote. Art Competition winners will be announced at Belz Museum’s Annual Chinese New Year Family Day Celebration on Saturday, February 16, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Winners will be chosen from four categories based upon current school level. 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 Snake is the sixth sign in the cycle of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animal signs. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Snake are intuitive, introspective, refined and collected. They are attractive people who take crises with ease and do not become flustered easily. They are graceful people, exciting and dark at the same time. Contemplative and private, the Snake is not outwardly emotional. He can appear cunning and reticent and works very modestly in the business environment. The Snake will plot and scheme to make certain things turn out exactly as they want them to. They are not great communicators and can become quite possessive when they set their minds on achieving the interest of a partner.

Sponsors and partners for the annual celebration include 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. (

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