Chinese Dragon Year

Next date: Monday, 27 May 2024 | 04:00 AM to Friday, 19 July 2024 | 12:00 PM


2024 is the Chinese Lunar year of the Dragon

This exhibition will feature 20 paintings that show the power and charm of this most important mythical creature in the Chinese lexicon.

The Year of the Dragon started on the 10th of February 2024 with exuberant celebration worldwide to mark the start of the Lunar Calendar. There is a 12-year lunar year cycle with each year represented by an animal. Those born in the year of the dragon are said to exemplify the characteristics of the dragon - ambitious, confident, energetic, enthusiastic, and charismatic. They possess both intelligence and power and are said to be naturally lucky.

These characteristics are all visible in the strong and colourful paintings of Stephen Cassettari.

About the artist

Stephen studied watercolour painting at the National Art School in Sydney before beginning an extensive study of Chinese Painting beginning in 1979, eventually studying under artist Amy Huang for 7 years. Stephen is now a full-time practicing artist, writer and teacher of Chinese brush painting with over 30 years of experience in the artform. Stephen is a resident of Lake Macquarie where he conducts occasional classes and workshops. He regularly exhibits and sells his work, and also runs a correspondence course in Chinese brush painting. He operates from the Morning Lake Studio, on beautiful Lake Macquarie.

Stephen has written over 10 books on the various aspects of the techniques of Chinese Painting, including the best seller Chinese Brush Painting Techniques. He has also produced four books of his poetry, calligraphy, and Chinese Painting, including Footsteps of the Dance and Rhythm of the River. Stephen is a specialist in Bamboo painting, one of the most challenging forms of the Chinese Art.

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Stephen will present two demonstrations and talks about his Chinese painting techniques at Belmont Library.  These will be practical demonstrations of 6-10 Chinese brush style paintings with explanations of the techniques, history and philosophy of this spontaneous art form.

18th of May 10am - 11am

As part of the Dobell Festival:

22nd of June 10am -11am




  • Saturday, 13 April 2024 | 01:00 PM - Friday, 19 July 2024 | 12:00 PM


Belmont Library Launchpad Exhibition Wall

Belmont Library, 19 Ernest St, Belmont NSW 2280, Belmont 2280  View in Google Maps

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