Chinese Moon Festival 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016 / Noon - 5 PM
The Norton celebrated its 11th annual Chinese Moon Festival in honor of its world-class collection of Chinese art from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. Festival highlights included a performance by members of Florida State University’s Chinese Music Ensemble. The Ensemble was led by Haiqiong Deng, an award-winning musician who has performed at previous Norton Moon Festival celebrations. She returned with half a dozen members of the FSU Ensemble to perform holiday-related music on a range of exotic Chinese instruments. The group also hosted a Children’s Introduction to Chinese Music program.
Other highlights included a Chinese painting demonstration by painter Liu Nan, who is trained in both western and traditional Chinese techniques; a ceramic demonstration by artist Lauren Shapiro, who recently returned from the centuries-old center of Chinese porcelain production in Jingdezhen, China; and a Curator’s Conversation by Laurie Barnes, Elizabeth B. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art. Barnes discussed the Museum’s newly acquired Ming dynasty-era glazed, stoneware panels dramatically emblazoned with dragons and peonies.
Visitors enjoyed art activities for all ages, and docent Spotlight tours of Chinese artworks. A reception with traditional Chinese mooncakes and tea completed the celebration.
This program is made possible in part through the generous support of John and Heidi Niblack.