Downtown’s FreeStyle Gallery is ringing in the new year this Friday at an opening reception for their show, East Meets West, from 6 to 9pm. No, they’re not running a month behind—Jan. 31 marks the celebration of the Chinese New Year. The year of the horse is upon us, notes gallery owner and artist Ralph Greene, whose oil on linen “42 Horse” draws a spiritual line from his birth year, 1942, to a roiling cluster of stars, moons and sea—what Greene describes as “the beginning of a planet.” In the new show, running through Feb. 5, Greene’s works mingle with those of his onetime student, Difei Zhang, whose solo show in November was well-received. The great-granddaughter of the last emperor of Shanghai, Zhang’s art walks a tightrope between traditional and modern, including everything from Chinese calligraphy to 3D printing to gouache painting on embroidered silk. See freestylegallery.com or call 243-9267 for more info—and have an auspicious new year!