Peace Through Friendship / Yūjō ni yoru Heiwa

Kyle Bryant, They Pull Back, woodcut, 2014

Tetra Projects and the Friends of Shinagawa are pleased to present Peace through Friendship / Yūjō ni yoru Heiwa – an exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between Portland, Maine and Shinagawa, Japan. The show features prints by artists from Maine and will be exhibited at June Fitzpatrick Gallery in Portland in February of 2014, with a reception on February 28th from 5:30 – 7:00pm, with remarks and award announcements at 6:00pm.

The relationship between Shinagawa and Portland was initiated in 1984 by former Mayor of Shinagawa Eitaro Taga. Having experienced the horror of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in World War II, Mayor Taga believed that Sister City relationships could foster peace through cooperation, understanding and friendship, so the title and theme of the exhibition is “Peace through Friendship”.

Tetra Projects and Friends of Shinagawa gathered submissions from local artists that communicated this theme, and a jury selected works by thirteen Maine artists for the exhibition. The artists included are: Judith Allen-Efstathiou, Kyle Bryant, Sissy Buck, Laura Dunn, DavidEstey, Christian Farnsworth, AlisonHildreth, Erin Leon, Johanna E. Moore, Kit Pike, Lisa Pixley, Debbie Schmitt, and Henry Wolyniec.

Johanna E. Moore, Kan 寒, 2014
The jury selected Kyle Bryant's woodcut "They Pull Back" (pictured above) for a Citizen-To-Citizen Purchase Prize. This work will be brought to Japan in April with the official Portland delegation led by Mayor Michael Brennan where it will become part of the City of Shinagawa’s official collection.