LBI Library Celebrates China in January

Chinese culture and the Chinese New Year will be celebrated all month long at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City. During January, the meeting room and display case will feature paintings and art work by Jill DeFelice, Linda Saladino and Bernadette Callanan, as well as a collection of Chinese art including fabrics, jewelry, screens and carvings.

The celebration culminates on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. when the Friends of the Island Library present “China: Two sides of the Yuan (Coin).” DeFelice, who once lived in China, and Saladino and Callanan, who toured the country, will relate their experiences.

DeFelice said the idea for the program came about when she, Saladino and Callanan were working on Sumi painting projects at the Pine Shores Art Association in Manahawkin.

“My husband worked for the Texaco company’s Far East division, and we spent some time in China and Hong Kong,” she said. “The Chinese were very curious because they had not seen many foreign visitors.”

She said tourists get mostly “a dog and pony show.”

“They’ll show the tourists the schools and all the fine things they are doing for orphans,” said DeFelice. “But they won’t see the day-to-day struggles many people have to deal with.”

To register for the program, call the branch at 609-494-2480.

– Reposted from The Sandpaper