The Peace’s New Century Project will be exhibited in two locations during early August.
At Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, the exhibit is Aug. 5-10, with a reconciliation ceremony and reception Aug. 6. The ceremony is 4 p.m. followed by a 5-7 p.m. reception. At the Jemez Fine Art Gallery, 17346 N.M. 4 in Jemez Springs, the exhibit is Aug. 2-8, with a 1-4 p.m. reception Aug. 4.
The Peace’s New Century Project is a collaboration between Betsie Miller-Kusz of the Jemez Valley and Masaru Tanaka of Hiroshima, Japan spanning 14 years. It has been an exchange between Betsie Miller-Kusz, an artist born in Los Alamos, where her father was a young graduate student working on the Manhattan Project, and Masaru Tanaka, a photographer whose father was burned as a four-year-old, when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
The artists met in San Francisco and began their project in 1999, collaging Tanaka’s photographs with Miller-Kusz’s paintings of an earth protector spirit. The resulting digital images have been shown widely in Asia and America, including the War Memorial Building in San Francisco, the Mirasaka Peace Museum in Hiroshima and the United Nations in New York.
Both artists will be present at the gallery receptions where viewers are able to give voice to their war experiences and their hopes for a future of peace.
At Fuller Lodge Art Center, there will be a concurrent exhibit in the adjacent Portal Gallery of the works of Los Alamos High School students focused on peace. A smaller Peace’s New Century Project exhibit at the Jemez Fine Art Gallery. Viewers are encouraged to bring a small object to add to the memorial altars, which will be part of both exhibitions.