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Sister City Art Exchange Exhibit - "Be Not Defeated"

November 1 through December 20

Location: The FAC Gallery, 626 Central Ave

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 20, 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, Allison Parsons, Gary Simmons, Carol Small, and Richard Stephens.

The display includes fourteen haiku poems written by members of Arkansas Haiku Society. Each poem was inspired either by Kenji Miyazawa’s poem or life. The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs artists, including Markeith Woods a senior studio art major at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, illustrate a few of the haiku poems.

The opening reception for the exhibit is during Gallery Walk, 5 pm to 9 pm, Friday, November 1. Many of the Hot Springs artists will be present. 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.

This exhibit was possible with the partnership between Hot Springs National Park Sister City, Hanamaki International Exchange Association, The City of Hanamaki, 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.

Friday, Nov 1 – artist reception at 5 pm – 9 pm