Category Archives: Blog

Scars: The Path Toward Healing 

Peter BakelaarNagoya, Japan

June 5, 2021

Our lives have scars. Scars are part of the process of healing. A common question among friends is, ‘How did you get that scar? Tell me your story.’ Telling our stories brings us closer together. …

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. …

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! …

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. …