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Gallery NANI Grand Opening 

Peter BakelaarNagoya, Japan

January 3, 2021

Congratulations to Peter Bakelaar for winning the Grand Prix Prize at the Central Photo Contest in Nagoya, Japan. The timing was perfect for spreading awareness of the opening of Gallery Nani a week later! …

Hope Through A Piano Key 

Roger W. LowtherTokyo, Japan

December 30, 2020

There are many artists who do not see the importance of their role in helping people and in bringing hope and healing to really hard situations. Most of the time we do not get to see or hear the stories of the effect of our art. Occasionally, God does give us glimpses, and we are thankful for those moments. …

The Great Exchange 

Peter BakelaarNagoya, Japan

August 26, 2020

I am a member of a community art group made up of Japanese from many different backgrounds. We exhibit in downtown Nagoya twice a year. Each exhibition theme is chosen by the director. For an upcoming group exhibition entitled The Color of Buddhism, I started making this piece The Great Exchange. It represents my friend’s experience and invites questions about the great exchange needed for heaven in death. What kind of exchange is fair for both rich and poor? What kind of exchange would be sufficient for people from every tribe, tongue, and nation? What kind of exchange would involve both justice and mercy even for those who have done terrible things? What kind of exchange would make heaven assured? What kind of exchange gives peace to someone facing their own mortality? …

Capturing Sunshine 

Claire RodgerBaton Rouge, Louisianna

July 22, 2020

It was the spring of 2014 and I was sitting across from a woman named Mary Sunshine. She was a refugee from Burundi who had to flee her own husband and family. She ended up in Kigali, Rwanda. I met Mary Sunshine in the tiny room next to where her coworkers were sewing bags to be sold in the states. I was there with my camera to do my first film I ever made. …

Dependence. Independence. 

Peter BakelaarNagoya, Japan

March 18, 2020

Rolling Geta (2020) was displayed, along with over 20 other works, on February 1, 2020 at Oyumino Christian Center, Chiba, Japan as part of a community art festival. This particular piece was part of an earlier exhibition in Nagoya entitled, The Color of Balance …