HOT SPRINGS -- “Tohoku –Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers,” a special traveling cultural exhibit from Japan, will be on display from Friday, April 18 through Friday, May 30 at Emergent Arts, 341-A Whittington Avenue in Hot Springs.
From 5 until 9 p.m. during Gallery Walk on Friday, May 2, a special outdoor Japanese Tea Room will be hosted by students who are traveling to Japan in July 2014 in order to raise funds for the trip.
According to the Japan Foundation, the exhibit does not attempt to document post-earthquake damage and recovery, but instead uses photography to show the natural and cultural environment of Tohoku, its people and their way of life. It is composed of the work of nine individual photographers and one multigenerational photographers’ group from Tohoku. Photographs taken in the 1940’s will be shown alongside images of the present. By presenting the viewpoints of highly individualistic photographers who represent the past, present, and future, the exhibition aims at introducing many fascinating aspects of Tohoku to the people of the world.
The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Hot Springs Sister City Program, Emergent Arts, and the Japan Foundation, which carries out arts and cultural exchange program to enhance mutual understanding among countries throughout the world.
Emergent Arts is a 501 (c) 3 arts non-profit organization that fosters creativity among emerging artists of all ages in Garland County and surrounding communities. It offers a dynamic variety of programming including classes, workshops, and exhibits in the performing and visual arts.
For information, contact Sister City Program Coordinator Mary Neilson, 501-545-6960 or Erin at Emergent Arts, 501-655-0836, www.emergentarts.org .