The destination website AsiaWeekNYC.com, which bills itself as a “guide to all the auctions, shows and campaigns of Asia Week,” announces a donation-in-kind to the New York Chinese Scholars Garden at Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.
The donation is the second provided by AsiaWeekNYC.com's parent company, Antiques Weeks Media, LLC. “It is our policy to identify and feature a non-profit organization that fits into the theme of each named antiques week website,” said Eric Miller, co-founder of Antiques Weeks Media.
Conceived in 1984 and completed in 1999, The New York Chinese Scholars Garden follows the form of traditional Scholars Gardens, which date back to the Han Dynasty, and typically were built by a scholar or an administrator retiring from the emperor's court.
The New York Chinese Garden features an authentic Chinese house with a courtyard enclosed by walls, rocks and pavilions. An inner garden is also enclosed and structured around a pond. The architectural components were designed and prefabricated by the Landscape Architecture Corporation of China, in Suzhou 苏州. They were then assembled on the Snug Harbor site by a team of forty Chinese artists and artisans.
The goal of the AsiaWeekNYC.com donation is to raise awareness of the New York Chinese Scholars Garden, particularly for the visitors to Asia Week. The site is open year round and accessible by Staten Island Ferry (free), and a short bus ride.
AsiaWeekNYC.com, which launched in early 2012, is the only targeted website for the events of Asia Week that is open to advertisers. It has already attracted a prominent group of advertisers, including Gianguan Auctions, Stella Show Mgmt. Co., and New Focus On, the online magazine.
Asia Week in New York officially runs March 16th through March 24th. Although known for the large numbers of Chinese buyers who come to shop the high-end auctions, shows and galleries, Asia Week also has a strong educational component. Launching the events is a two-day symposium at the Frick Collection entitled “Dragon and Chrysanthemum: Collecting Chinese an Japanese Art in America.” It runs March 15th through 16th.