Artist Mimi Zhong’s painting, titled “Beach.”

Artist Mimi Zhong will exhibit pastels at the Plainsboro Library Gallery through Feb 27.

Her representational works include landscapes, still life, and portraits. A reception for Zhong was held on Feb. 10, which kicked off the library’s annual Chinese New Year festival.

Zhong is originally from Taiwan, and is a graduate of National Taiwan University of Arts’ department of western art. She came to the U.S. in 1994, and worked for Taching Inc. for 14 years.

Zhong returned to her artwork with zeal in 2005 after she was introduced to the pastel medium.

Now retired, she teaches painting to children and Chinese knotting to adults at the Mid-Jersey Chinese School.

Zhong has shown her work in many juried shows, including the Pastel Society of America’s 40th Annual Exhibition.

Mimi Zhong

Her awards include the Flora Giffuni Memorial Award from The American Artists Professional League’s 87th Grand Annual Exhibition; the Jack Richeson and Co. Gold Brush Award and the Marquis Who’s Who in America Artist Reference Award from Audubon Artists 68th and 69th Annual Exhibitions; and honors from the New Rochelle Art Association’s exhibitions.

She is a member of Audubon Artists, The American Artists Professional League, and Taipei Pastel Association.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Feb. 17, the library will celebrate Black History Month with a performance by the Ewing-based Carol Watson-Johnson Dance Company performs.

The presentation will chronicle the history of African Americans in the United States, from Africa to slavery through the civil rights era up to the election of Barack Obama.

“The Watson-Johnson Dance Theatre is committed to serving our diverse community and the individual by providing exquisite training at all levels regardless of age or ability with deep concern for the whole student and the development of unique potential,” states the dance company’s Facebook page.

The company, which was founded in 1990, offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and hip-hop in all levels from preschool-adult.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Plainsboro Library.

The Plainsboro Library is located at 9 Van Doren Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday to Sunday. For more information, call 609-275-2897.