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Monday, November 4, 2013

Sister City exhibit

November 1 – December 20
The FAC Gallery
Friday, Nov 1 – Gallery Walk at 5 pm – 9 pm
Friday, Nov 14 – Artist Reception at 6:30 pm – 9 pm

Be Not Defeated, an art exhibit that celebrates the 20th anniversary between Sister Cities Hanamaki, Japan and Hot Springs, Arkansas is on display at The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs from November 1 through December 17, 2013.

Selected artists from both cities have created artwork inspired by the poem Me Ni Mo Makezu—Be Not Defeated By The Rain, written by the famous Hanamaki poet Kenji Miyazawa.

The Hot Springs artists that are represented in the exhibit include Robin Hazard-Bishop, Hugh Dunnahoe, Nancy Dunaway, Thad Flenniken, Jeri Hillis, Carole Katchen, Johnce Parrish, Alison Parsons, Gary Simmons, Carol Small, and Richard Stephens. The Hanamaki artists participating are Miki Horisama, Masatoshi Kudo, Kenya Nitana, Eiko Nitanai, Shinro Odashima, Makiko Terui, and Kouko Yachi.

The display includes fourteen haiku poems written by members of Arkansas Haiku Society. Each poem was inspired either by Kenji Miyazawa’s poem or his life. During the month, The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs artists, including Markeith Woods a senior studio art major at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, will create illustrations to be displayed with the haiku poems.

The opening reception for the exhibit is during Gallery Walk, 5 pm to 9 pm, Friday, November. The 3rd Fridays @ FAC event at 6:30 pm, November 15 will feature readings of the haiku poems, Kenji Miyazawa’s poems and short stories. Buddy Case, Arkansas songwriter and guitarist, will give a concert at 7:30 pm. Many of the Hot Springs artists will be at the 3rd Friday event.

This exhibit was possible with the partnership between Hot Springs National Park Sister City Foundation, Hanamaki International Exchange Association, The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, and Arkansas Haiku Society.

The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs is located at 626 Central Avenue. Contact the center for information at or (501) 624-0489. The gallery is open from 10:30 am to 5 pm, Tuesday – Saturday.

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