You might remember this happy Grinning Shark cartoon from my rad coverage of 2018’s outrageously fun Five Points Festival. Or maybe not. Holding a side of Crispy Bacon and ready to chomp, this Shark is the work of the artist known only as Sharpy, who created it for the Red Envelope Show, which was up at Flushing Town Hall from January 5th through the 27th. And why the Bacon, you may ask? Well, to celebrate the Year of The Pig, of course!
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The Red Envelope Show Celebrates The Year Of The Pig!
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!
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!
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)
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
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.
It was also fun to see work by many Asian artists.
“Classy Pigs” By Cong Rong Zhou
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
A Day in The Life of a Pig By Deepti Sunder
Year of the Pig Series By Kathy Ferguson
Thanks for the great art Red Enevlope Show! Happy Year of the Pig, Everyone!
Pink Thing of The Day: Vintage Pig Salt and Pepper Shakers!
One of my favorite recent Christmas presents is the set of vintage Pink Pig Salt and Pepper Shakers that I received from a neighbor. These little guys are so adorable that I have not even been able to take them as far as the kitchen. Instead, they sit on my beside table, so that I can see them as soon as I wake up each morning and get my daily squee out of the way. Squee! Continue reading Pink Thing of The Day: Vintage Pig Salt and Pepper Shakers!
Ball of Pig Heads
This Ball of Pig Heads was made to celebrate Année du Cochon, or The Year of The Pig, in Chinese Astrology. I Like It.