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44 Gypsy Ln
Bennington, Vermont, 05201
United States


The Bennington Center for the Arts boasts seven large galleries which are home to temporary exhibitions by many of the finest representational artists from around the country, as well as an extensive collection of wildlife art, paintings by Eric Sloane and detailed wooden bird carvings by Floyd Scholz. In addition, The Bennington Center for the Arts houses a covered bridge museum, a collection of Native American artifacts and art works, studio space, and a lovely 320 seat theater equipped with a world class Fazioli piano.

The Game of Mah Jongg with Gregg Swain

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The Game of Mah Jongg with Gregg Swain

  • Laumeister Art Center 44 Gypsy Lane Bennington, VT 05201 United States (map)

Author and Art Historian Gregg Swain will talk about the game of Mah Jongg and give tips about the 2018 National Mah Jongg League card at the Laumeister Art Center, 44 Gypsy Lane, in Bennington Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Coffee and conversation will begin at 10 a.m., and the talk will start at 10:45 a.m.

Swain will sell and sign copies of her book, “Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game” with proceeds to benefit Southern Vermont College (SVC). Some of her Mah Jongg sets will be on display both days at the Art Center. Guests may bring their personal sets and share stories about them, and Swain will provide some cultural and historical explanations associated with the images on the tiles. Many of Swain’s Mah Jongg boxes, including a prized set from her collection, are currently on display at the Bennington Museum. 

Chinese craftsmen began carving Mah Jongg tiles a little over 150 years ago, and many were free to choose the images and the messages included on the game pieces. Some carvers included important aspects of Chinese life, culture, and history on the tiles, and during wartime, propaganda messages were featured. Attendees will get new insights into this fascinating game and its place in the history of China.

A graduate of Smith College with a degree in Art History, Swain earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University. She has served on numerous boards and committees, and currently is a member of SVC’s Board of Trustees.

General admission to the Laumeister Art Center, which includes this event, is $10, $5 for seniors and children under 12. Admission is free for SVC students. Reservations are requested by contacting Swain at or Nina Lentzner at or 802-442-7158.

Earlier Event: April 14
The Game of Mah Jongg with Gregg Swain