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Nakashima Foundation for Peace in New Hope to hold Celebration of Unity

Vladimir Aituganov and Mira Nakashima stand before the Ben Shahn Mosaic.

The Nakashima Foundation for Peace will hold a Celebration of Unity on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Nakashima Foundation Arts Building in New Hope.

The afternoon features the planting of a tree as a symbol of preserving Mother Earth for future generations, along with music, meditation, and light refreshments. Also on tap is the formal unveiling of the restored mosaic, “The Poet’s Beard,” which was a gift from renowned artist Ben Shahn.

This event will also include remarks by Mira Nakashima, president of the Nakashima Foundation and creative director of George Nakashima Woodworkers, and Master Mosaic Artist Vladimir Aituganov, who will share his experiences working with the Shahn family and restoring the mosaic. Elizabeth Allan, Deputy Director and Curator at Morven Museum and Garden, will talk about Ben Shahn’s impact in shaping an artist colony in New Jersey.

The suggested donation for the event is $125 per person, which is tax deductible and benefits the work of the Nakashima Foundation for Peace. Space is limited, so registration by Sept. 30 is suggested.

To register and/or to donate, email, or checks can be sent to Nakashima Foundation for Peace, 1847 Aquetong Road, New Hope, PA 18938.

The mission of the Nakashima Foundation for Peace is to build Sacred Peace Tables for each continent of the world and to preserve both the legacy of George Nakashima, a leading innovator of 20th century furniture design, and the National Historic Landmark-designated Nakashima Property in New Hope for future generations.

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