Celebrate Chinese New Year With A Night At The Maridon

Lunar New Year is celebrated across Asia and around the world. This year, the holiday, which is based on the cycles of the moon, marks the Year of the Rabbit. Please join us from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 for this wonderful and important celebration at The Maridon Museum.

We will enjoy an evening of:

  • Musical Entertainment
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Hors d’oeuvres & Refreshments
  • Semi-Formal Attire

Tickets: $50. Reservations are required. Please call 724-282-0123 to RSVP by or before January 27, 2023.

All proceeds will benefit The Maridon Museum.

Theater Dolls New Exhibit On Display

In Japan, Ningyo, means “human shaped,” and specifically refers to traditional Japanese dolls. Japanese dolls serve many different purposes from ritual functions to starring in theatrical dioramas and public performances. The Hina Matsuri Ningyo associated with Girl’s Day and the warrior forms associated with Boy’s Day have been showcased at the museum. This exhibit showcases the rich traditions of Ningyo and the theater. Ningyo, both entertaining in and of themselves and commemorative of various theatrical traditions, have been a part of Japanese culture for many centuries.

Traditional Japanese theater is highly unique to Japan. It takes several different forms, each a highly formalized method of storytelling with rich history and meaning. Men play both male and female roles.

Noh theater, originating in the 14th century, is a spiritual drama, combining symbolism from Buddhism and Shinto and focusing on tales with mythic significance. It was generally performed for the elite aristocratic class. Noh uses masks, costumes, and various props in a dance-based performance.

Top Shelf: Traditional Japanese doll representing the famous Kabuki theater character, “The White Lion.”

Second Shelf: Traditional Japanese doll representing a Noh theater Lion character, possibly from the production, Shakko, where the lion plays with gorgeous, fragrant peonies and dances a lion dance.

Third Shelf: Traditional Japanese dolls representing an Actor in the role of an Old Woman, and an Actor in Confucian Chinese garb.

Please stop in to see this beautiful display in our side gallery!



Ceramics/Stoneware By Joyce Kristoffy-Hewlett

A new form of art has arrived at The Maridon Museum Gift Shop…just in time for the holidays. These beautiful works of art are exclusive pieces inspired by the Asian culture of the museum and crafted by Joyce Kristoffy-Hewlett.

Ms. Hewlett, now retired, taught art and pottery at the college level for 25 years. She is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (BFA) and Rutgers, The State University at New Brunswick, N.J. (MFA).

Hewlett works out of her home studio and she prefers to do one- of- a kind pieces. Most of her objects are wheel thrown, some are hand built, and she makes her own glazes.  They are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, shows and museums.

Come to our gift shop to purchase these unique gifts:

  • 3-piece Saki Sets
  • Rice/Noodle Bowls w/ Chopsticks
  • 3-Piece Ceramic Sushi Set w/ Chopsticks

Save the Date: Chinese New Year’s Reception

Lunar New Year is celebrated across Asia and around the world. This year, the holiday, which is based on the cycles of the moon, marks the Year of the Rabbit. Please save the date for this wonderful and important celebration at the Maridon Museum. 

All proceeds will benefit The Maridon Museum.

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Until We Meet Again

Vera H. Linthurst

Vera burst onto our scene like a brilliant shooting star dazzling all of us with her enthusiasm and interest in the art and history of The Maridon Museum.

She read and studied and in a very short time became one of our treasured docents.  Vera shared her wealth of knowledge with our visitors providing them with interesting tours and new memories as keepsakes they will have forever.

Being a guide for the museum wasn’t Vera’s only gift. She became like one of the family surprising us with treats of homemade incredible baked goods prepared with love and delivered with her all-embracing smile. Other times she would provide impromptu luncheons just, “testing out a new recipe”.   And then there were times you might catch her sitting in the Meissen Gallery for a time of quiet reflection while absorbing the beauty.

Vera’s interest expanded to our programs and special events.  She introduced her daughter Dolores and son William to The Maridon and they too became part of our family often accompanying Vera to our activities.

We will always miss Vera’s friendship and smiling face but can sense a warm glow as we imagine her light still blazing out there just beyond….

Until We Meet Again

Janice Phillips Larrick

Much has been written and said about Janice Phillips Larrick – her love of family and community, her generosity, and significant support of so many worthy causes such as The Butler Symphony Orchestra, Butler County Community College, the YMCA, The Butler Library, The Musical Theater Guild, the Butler County Community Kindergarten and her ever-present binding faith underlying all.

We, at The Maridon, had a unique and special relationship with Janice Larrick starting even before the museum was a thought in the universe. You see, Janice and Mary Hulton Phillps, Founder of The Maridon Museum, were sisters-in-law as well as good friends. Each of them shared an incredible sense of humor as well as devotion to family and community. We like to think of them as laughing together and sharing their stories again.

Janice and her husband Harold were Founding Members of the museum and continued to embrace and support Mrs. Phillips’ Legacy throughout the years. Harold was one of our first Docent Tour Guides, and we are happy to say, continues in that role with us to this day. Janice and Harold also gave that gift most precious to all, their time.

What a magnificent team.

Our New Snuff Bottle Exhibit!

The Maridon Museum recently redesigned its Snuff Bottle Exhibit. The exhibit is donated in Loving Memory of James T. “Jim” Sweeney and a dedication plaque can be seen next to the exhibit. If you’ve never seen our snuff bottle exhibit, let us illustrate the purpose and beauty of these tiny works of art for you.

Snuff bottles originated from China during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) where they were used to hold powdered tobacco. Initially these bottles were made for the emperor and the court, but eventually expanded to the public. Snuff was understood to have healing powers for common illnesses, so while smoking tobacco was illegal, using snuff was permitted.

It is clear the beauty of snuff bottles supersedes their usefulness! The museum’s collection includes bottles made from hornbill, jade, ivory, cinnabar, amber, glass, enamel, turquoise, porcelain, mother-of-pearl, opal, jasper, hardstone, cloisonne, lapis, quartz, and agate. The sizes are usually around 1 ½” to 3” with a couple as tall as 6”. The variety of shapes and images are extensive and focus on nature, especially mountains and water. These images appealed to all who lived in the cities. Owners of these bottles could be soothed by not only the contents but also by viewing the natural scene on them. Some designs focus on the natural shape of the medium while others reflect the important Chinese themes associated with nature. For example, a gourd design reflects on longevity, while goats coupled with the whirling sun symbolizes the beginning of a great future.

People collect snuff bottles even today for their history and for their art. You can find such objects at auction houses such as Christies. Click here for an article from Christie’s talking about the five things to know about collecting snuff bottles.

Please enjoy the photo gallery of some of the museum’s snuff bottle collection so you can appreciate the beauty of these tiny works of art. Better yet, come see the full exhibit for yourself. If you would like, you can call ahead to schedule a docent to learn even more about our snuff bottles as well as the rest of our collection.

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.