Oh, the cuteness of this little bunny performing the Chinese Dragon Dance in celebration of the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rabbit! We were in Flushing Queens yesterday to attend the Big Apple Comic Con and inadvertently ended up celebrating the Chinese New Year since our subway stop was right in the heart of Chinatown! We saw a fun parade and lots of Chinese Lunar New Year cultural events inside the very modern Tangram Mall, which seems to be the social hub of this Asian neighborhood. Very fun! Happy New Year to all who celebrate!
This past week, we celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year, ushering in the Year of the Tiger. This photo of cascading golden Chinese paper lanterns was taken in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village, at Bleecker Street and LaGuardia Place. All is calm, all is bright.
Red Envelope Art By Ike Sanchez (All Photos By Gail)
The Red Envelope Show is an amazingly fun annual art exhibit that pays homage to the red celebration envelopes distributed by the Chinese community during the Lunar New Year. The show was curated, as it is each year, by Bert Chau of Brooklyn’s Grumpy Bert gallery. Although getting to the show involved a nearly 90-minute subway adventure to arrive at Flushing Town Hall in Queens, it was totally worth it! This was the show’s fourth year, with the exhibit running from January 5th through January 27th!
Flushing Town Hall
Red Envelope art submissions by local visual artists were displayed and for sale in Flushing Town Hall’s spacious gallery, with pieces by community and school groups also displayed throughout the building for all visitors to enjoy. Additionally, 25% of the proceeds from sales of the Red Envelope artworks goes towards support of Flushing Town Hall’s visual arts programming!
Partial Installation View
While the artwork theme was not restricted to images of Pigs, I do love pigs, and it is, after all, the Year of The Pig in Chinese Astrology, so I decided to focus on the envelopes depicting pigs. As you will see, the participating artists got very creative! Please enjoy a selection of my photos from the show!
Piglet Kicks The Big Bad Wolf’s Ass, Set By Adrian K
The story of The Three Little Pigs, or just a grouping of Three Pigs was a popular theme among many of the artists, as you may notice.
Three Little Pigs By Kush Wright (Kid Mind)
Three Pigs Student Submission
Three Pigs By Matt Stanton
Three Pigs By Lou Pimentel
Three Pigs By Aaron Meshon
Pigs In Disguise By Kick or Treat
Three “Boss Hogs” By CMYKharma
Here are a few more Student Submissions, which are all excellent.
Ice Skating Pig By Student Abigail Lee
Piglet By Unknown Student
Olivia The Pig Piglet By Unknown Student
There were well over 500 Red Envelope artwork submissions from artists, and almost that many from student and community members! It was great fun to browse through all of the art, which was obviously created with much love.
Trio By Diana Vuong
It was also fun to see work by many Asian artists.
Duo By Kevin Chan
Duo By Shawn Cheng
“Classy Pigs” By Cong Rong Zhou
Pig Flowers By Dingding Hu
Pig Duo By Aimee Pong
Year of The Pig By Frank Chang Pig in Hat By Derrick H; Pork Products By Carina Yuen
This Littler Piggy ByJane Wu; Sausage Pig By Andrew Bell
Showering Pig By Cameron Cundiff
Trio By Vinnie Neuberg
Flying Pigs By JosL J0sL
A Day in The Life of a Pig By Deepti Sunder
Year of the Pig Series By Kathy Ferguson
Pig By Not Cool Co.
3-Envelope Set By Rodmex5
Thanks for the great art Red Enevlope Show! Happy Year of the Pig, Everyone!