By David Brand
Flushing Town Hall will kick off the first two months of its 40th Anniversary by celebrating the Year of the Pig, with a series of Chinese Lunar New Year events throughout January and February.
On Saturday, the venue partnered with Grumpy Bert gallery curator Bert Chau for the Red Envelope Show, a gallery of artwork painted or illustrated on red envelopes. The choice of medium commemorates the Lunar New Year tradition of distributing red envelopes, often filled with money, each new year.
The show’s stunning images — created by local artists — will decorate the walls of Flushing Town Hall until the annual Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar on Feb. 17. All artwork is on sale at the venue and many envelopes include special gifts, Flushing Town Hall said in a statement.
The Red Envelope gallery opening was just the first Lunar New Year event to take place at Flushing Town Hall this winter.
On Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m., Flushing Town Hall will host “Four Seasons,” a mix of poetry, music, dance, opera and puppetry. The “vivid, living animation” in the program was created by the award-winning Chinese Theatre Works, Flushing Town Hall said.
On Sunday, the Flushing Town Hall’s teaching artist Tina Seligman will FTH Teaching/Visual Artist Tina Seligman will run a free Red Envelope Show workshop where attendees can design their own red envelopes to display at the arts venue.
The Lunar New Year festivities culminate with the Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar on Sunday, Feb. 17. The annual event features performances, art workshops and lantern-making along with traditional food to celebrate the Year of the Pig.