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Feb. 5, 2013

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Harn Museum to host Chinese New Year Family Day on Feb. 9

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Visitors will be immersed in the vibrancy of Chinese culture during the Harn Museum of Art’s Chinese New Year Family Day, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. The free event highlights 2013 being the Chinese Year of the Snake. Activities include dance performances, Chinese brush painting, tours of the Cofrin Asian Art Wing and Asian-inspired art activities.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Dr. Ruth Sheng from UF’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures will demonstrate Chinese brush painting. At 3 p.m. the UF Chinese American Student Association, CASA, will perform traditional Chinese dances using customary fans and umbrellas. The students will present a variation of the “Qian Shou Guan Yin,” the Chinese Thousand Hand Dance.

Visitors may tour works of art on view in the Cofrin Asian Art Wing and learn about animals of the zodiac. From 1 to 4 p.m. children and families may create a New Year’s paper lantern and try their hand at brush painting including instruction on Chinese and zodiac characters. A donation of $5 per family or $2 per child is requested if you wish to participate in the art activity. Family days are held five times a year on select Saturdays. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit

About the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Founded in 1990, the Harn Museum of Art is an integral part of the University of Florida. The Harn contributes to an interconnected, international community by integrating the arts and culture into curricula throughout the university’s system of colleges and centers. Its holdings include more than 9,000 works in five main collecting areas: Asian art, African art, photography, modern art of the Americas and Europe, and international contemporary art. In addition to rotating installations drawn from its permanent collection, the Harn organizes traveling exhibitions, public lectures, panel discussions, academic symposia and educational programs for adults, students and children.

The Harn Museum, at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in Gainesville, Fla., is part of the University of Florida’s Cultural Plaza, which is also home to the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is open until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of every month for Museum Nights. The Camellia Court Café is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call 352-392-9826 or visit


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