Thursday, March 30, 2023

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Peninsula Fine Arts Center

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the “Art After Dark LIVE” event at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC) in Newport News featuring the “Art of Asia” exhibit on February 15 from 6-8 p.m.

This is event is the result of a partnership with Linda Matney Fine Art Gallery and Landmark Art and Cultural Exchange Company. Attendees can tour the galleries after hours, enjoy live music by Nick Kepics, get crafty with festive hands-on art activities, imbibe at the cash bar and partake of nibbles at the Sliders food truck. 

Additionally, the first 30 guests will receive a souvenir exhibition poster for “Transposition: Art of Asia”. Attendees are encouraged to wear red to celebrate “The Year of the Dog” and to bring about good fortunes in the new year!  Admission to this event is FREE and is sponsored by Towne Bank.

“Art of Asia” combines photographs, sculpture, textile, terra cotta, paintings and more to showcase the rich history and cultural diversity of the Continent of Asia – from China to India.  Highlights of the exhibit include: 

Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America                                                The textiles were created by Hmong women in the United States, including designs derived from traditional paj ntaub and the embroidered story cloth form that developed in Thai refugee camps. (A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-American Arts Alliance, and The National Endowment for the Arts)

Shanghai Passages: Longtang Photographs by Gong Jianhua
Photographs by contemporary Chinese photographer Gong Jianhua (born 1953), who extensively photographed Shanghai’s longtang neighborhoods in the 1980s and 1990s.
This exhibition on loan from the University of Richmond Museums.

Disposable Connections: Works by Warren King
A series of life-size figures, made with only cardboard and glue, is an ongoing project to recreate the residents of the artist’s grandparents’ home village one individual at a time. 

Transposition: Asian Cultures
Six prominent Chinese artists present a meaningful cultural expression and explanation of contemporary Chinese art promoting cross-cultural understanding and awareness through art and travel.
In partnership with The Linda Matney Gallery and Landmark Art and Cultural Exchange

Art of India: Charlene DeSouza

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is located at 101 Museum Drive within Mariners’ Museum Park in Newport News, VA.  The center is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sundays; PFAC is closed on Mondays.  Admission is regularly $7.50 for adults, $4 for children (ages 6-12) and free for children 5 and under.  Annual membership is $40 for individuals and $60 for families.  For more information, call (757) 596-8175 or visit

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