Houston artist Hanh Tran celebrated the Chinese New Year in collaboration with the Asia Society Texas Center on February 7th, offering an opportunity for young people to paint with her at a special event Creation Station: Lunar New Year. Families who attended the event enjoyed a unique opportunity to view the current exhibition: Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi, for free.
The free family oriented event offered children of all ages the chance to explore their creativity while learning about Chinese New Year through a painting workshop with the artist along with story telling; How the New Years Were Named and Paper Bag Lamb and Clay Sheep Magnet Creations.
Chinese New Year, a holiday celebrated by the entire Asian continent and many around the world is also reveled by diverse populations. February marks the year of the Sheep also known as the year of the Ram or the Goat in some traditions. In celebration, the Asia Society is offering an event to kick-off the year for families to come and learn more about the popular holiday.
Hanh was recently honored with two resolutions, for her contribution to the community through her volunteer work, and for her work, Big Texas, a 50 piece collection of oil on canvas works, by the Senate and also the State of Texas House of Representatives.
Hanh is exhibiting the artwork on her first-ever statewide tour. The collection embraces the uniqueness of the Lone Star State by focusing on Texas nature, scenery, people, wildlife and iconic imagery.
Chinese New Year Celebration at the Asia Society
Her volunteer work in the community includes art therapy sessions and art lessons to charity, the Sunshine Kids, and to the patients of the North Cypress Medical Center’s cancer division.
A self taught artist, and youngest child of Vietnamese-Chinese immigrants and raised in Houston, Hanh learned at a young age to foster personal growth. She believes art is a vehicle for self expression and believes in the importance of fostering young peoples’ imagination and potential. The event will offer young people of all ages together with Hanh to explore their imagination and place it on a canvas.
Hanh’s dedication to learning and a hands-on approach to sharing the art experience with others is indicative of Hanh's dedication to creating and providing approachable and emotive art.
Heavy, sweeping, broad strokes of thick oil paint that create a three-dimensional effect are trademarks of Hanh's collections and commissioned works. The Hanh Gallery showcases many of her mixed textiles works and is a space where she creates art that to join the pieces installed in private residences across Texas, New York and East and West Coasts. Hanh commented, “Painting, creating and sharing provide quiet comfort and establish ameaningful sense of community. This event invites families of all cultures to come and celebrate Chinese New Year and have fun.”