Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is just around the corner.  Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year 2022 will fall on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022.

Celebrations of Chinese New Year traditionally last for 16 days, starting from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival. In 2022, that is from January 31st to February 15th. Because the Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar, the second new moon after the winter solstice each year falls on a different day, usually between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20.

Families will gather and celebrate with moon cakes, fireworks, red clothes, and decorations, to name a few traditions. Each new year represents an animal from the Chinese zodiac as well – 12 that rotates in a cycle. This year marks the Year of the Tiger.  If you were born in a Year of the Tiger, you are predicted to be brave, competitive, unpredictable, and confident.

At the Maridon Museum, we have several representations of the zodiac animals, including a cloisonne ox and cart. Our collections committee members Carole, Anne, and Cyndy assembled an exhibit displaying the zodiac animals. Visitors can enjoy reading about their Chinese zodiac animal and its characteristics in our Scholar’s Gallery.

Welcome back!

We look forward to seeing you! Please email us at info@maridon.org, if you need to reach us.

Thank You From The Maridon

The Maridon Museum would like to thank its dedicated and generous supporters.  Were it not for your generosity, The Maridon would be looking at a much more uncertain future because of the COVID-19 shut down. Instead, your support is helping to carry us through, and we’re preparing to safely reopen our doors to you again soon!

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Until we meet again, be well and enjoy this lovely weather.   

2020 The Year of the Rat

2020 is the Year of the Rat according to Chinese zodiac. This is a Year of Metal Rat, starting from the 2020 Chinese New Year on Jan. 25 and lasting to 2021 Lunar New Year’s Eve on Feb. 11. Rat is the first in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Rat include 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032… Though people consider the rat not adorable, and it even makes its way into derogatory languages, it ranks first on the Chinese zodiac signs. It has characteristics of an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.

Tae Kwon-do Seminar A Great Success!

The Maridon Museum would like to thank Master Tim Curci and Young Brothers Tae Kwon Do – Butler School for their expertise and time during our  Tae Kwon-do seminar. Thanks to this award-winning Butler school, wonderful lessons were learned in martial arts.  Proceeds benefited The Maridon Museum. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Stay tuned for more fun events at The Maridon!


The Maridon Gets a Facelift

Thanks to a grant from the Learmouth Fund, The Maridon is getting a facelift. Stop by to appreciate the hard work of contractor Sam Pack and his team.

Click on images below to see their progress.

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The Maridon Featured in Huffington Post

The Maridon was featured in Huffington Post’s article “55 Best Lesser Known Art Museums, Artist Studios, and Art Centers in Northeast USA.” Come visit us to find out just why Malerie Yolen-Cohen, Huffington Post Contributor, wrote “It’s a knockout museum worth a drive from anywhere. The Asian art collection at The Maridon is fascinating on many levels – the most elemental being its stunning beauty and fine craftsmanship.”

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New Exhibit Announced at the Maridon

The Maridon Museum announces a temporary exhibit starting today to help celebrate Chinese New Year, which kicks off with a midnight feast to mark the Year of the Golden Dog. The exhibit, sponsored by the Kai family of Pittsburgh, will remain on display through April 23.

Kwun Kwong Kai, Director of the China Overseas Exchange Association and Chairman of the Pittsburgh Academy of Chinese Culture & Language, and his daughter, Sherry Kai, Owner/Operator of Bettis Floral Event Design in Pittsburgh, recently delivered items for the Maridon’s New Year exhibit.

Some of the collection pieces include:

  • Gongbi painting of Guanyin Riding on Cloud Dragon; Gongbi is a careful realist, detailed painting technique in China; Guanyin is the Goddess of Mercy.
  • Zisha Ware Tea Pot or “purple sand/clay” Stoneware Tea Pot. Zisha, also known as Yixing clay from the city of Yixing in Jhangso Province, China. has been used to create Chinese pottery since the Song Dynasty (960-1279). The crab is the symbol of prosperity.
  • Paper cutting of the Yellow Crane Tower, a famous structure located on Snake Hill in Wuhan, Hubei Province. The tower has existed in various forms since the Third Century AD.

A Cosmic Contemporary Collaboration

The exhibit will feature the paintings and a performance by internationally recognized poet Huang Xiang, as well as transcendent works of art by Randall DiGiuseppe, William Rock, and Dennis Keyes. Mimi Jong will play the erhu, an ancient Chinese instrument.

The exhibit will feature the paintings and a performance by internationally recognized poet Huang Xiang, as well as transcendent works of art by Randall DiGiuseppe, William Rock, and Dennis Keyes. Mimi Jong will play the erhu, an ancient Chinese instrument.