Couplets sale in aid of needy students

A TOTAL of 85 couplet pieces were sold, raising over RM30,000 in the recent 2011 Year of the Rabbit Spring Festival Couplet Charity Exhibition organised by Oriental Art & Cultural Association (OACA).

The money was channelled to selected needy students from four Chinese independent schools, namely, Kuen Cheng High School, Confucian Private Secondary School, Chong Hwa Independent High School and Tsun Jin High School.

OACA was formed as a non-profit centre in 2010 under the auspices of Elken Foundation, the social and community arm of Elken Sdn Bhd, with the vision of enriching people’s lives through art and culture.

Chinese couplets are auspicious objects displayed on the walls or doors in Chinese households.

These couplets, written in various artistic calligraphy techniques, are words that highlight positive, inspiring and good omen connotations that are popular and most sought after during the start of the Lunar New Year.

A total of 127 pieces of couplets were contributed by prominent calligraphers that were exhibited and offered for sale at RM368 per piece.

“These couplets emphasise positive attitudes in life to serve as a reminder to us.

“Some people turn to music or paintings to recharge, and these artistic creations share the same effect too,” explained OACA director Chin Yuen Seam.

Chin spoke about OACA’s vision and plans.

“It is our hope that the centre will become the hub of oriental art and perhaps, a tourist destination for foreigners to appreciate the creations of the local and regional artists. Art is a common language that can cut through individual differences, cultures and educational background. Currently, we are offering calligraphy classes to adults and children. We hope to introduce more art-related classes in the near future,” she said.

OACA’s upcoming showcase will be on the Introduction and History of Calligraphy.

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