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Photography exhibit ‘China: Exploring the Interior, 1903-1904′ opens Feb. 10

Posted Jan. 24, 2013, at 5:15 p.m.

Sunday, February 10 to Sunday, February 17, 2013; 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Oriental Jade Restaurant, 178 Bangor Mall Blvd., Bangor , Maine

Contact: Lilian Lo; 207-947-6969

Website: orientaljade.com

BANGOR, Maine — Oriental Jade Restaurant will celebrate Chinese New Year — Year of the Snake — by hosting a traveling photography exhibit Feb. 10-17 titled China: Exploring the Interior, 1903-1904.

The exhibit was produced in association with the Chinese Room of the Newport (R.I.) Public Library and the Maine Humanities Council. In 1903, R. Harvey Sargent, a native of Sedgwick  and a topographer with the U.S. Geological Survey, joined a Carnegie Institution expedition that took him 1,800 miles across the interior of China. Along the way, Sargent documented his observations with photographs of the land and the peasants from which the Chinese Revolution was to come.

The core of this exhibit consists of 74 of these original photographs, which have been enlarged and reproduced to museum standards. Oriental Jade will have nearly 50 of the photos on display.

The Year of the Snake celebration begins on Sunday, Feb. 10, with a special opening for the exhibit. The explorer’s grandson, Robert M. Sargent, who helped organize the exhibit, will speak briefly at 2 p.m. about Harvey Sargent’s life and times.

During the exhibit opening and New Year week, Oriental Jade customers will enjoy an authentic Chinese New Year feast including delicacies such as fish, jai, chicken, noodles, dumplings, fruit, Niango, and New Year’s Cakes, which will be served along with many Asian favorites. There also will be free, family-oriented  festivities throughout the week, including the traditional Lion Dance with drums, various cultural activities and a Welcome New Year Fireworks at 5 p.m. on Feb 10.

In addition to the festivities, a selection of Asian-inspired florals and Bonsai trees will be on display Feb. 10-17.

From the Jade, the photography exhibit will move to the Maine Discovery Museum where it will be on display Feb. 20-March 3. The museum plans to celebrate its exhibit opening from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. For details and a schedule of events, please visit orientaljade.com or facebook.com/orientaljade.

Bangor Daily News already is a media sponsor for the exhibit at Oriental Jade, but organizers are looking for more media sponsors.

Members of the media interested in obtaining more information or sponsorship opportunities should contact Lilian Lo at 207.947.6969 or email info@orientaljade.com; please put “Chinese New Year” in the subject line. You may also contact Meg Shorette, director of marketing at the Maine Discovery Museum at mshorette@mainediscoverymuseum.org.

 

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