Join Us for Our 3rd Annual Holiday Marketplace & Pop-Up Gallery
Saturday, December 9, from 11 AM to 4 PM
the deKoven House, 27 Washington Street, Middletown, CT
Buy unique handmade gifts from around the world
Be the first to get AFWP’s 2018 PEACE JEWELRY before the new year
View the launch of our 6×6 4 PEACE Project, and purchase one-of-a-kind paintings from American artists to help fund our NATIVE EYES Project
Meet and greet artists Kamar Thomas and Maria Louise who will be creating paintings that day
Purchase a raffle ticket to win a beautiful handmade quilt from Tanzania—supporting our Tanzanian Peace Quilters Project
In September of 2017, through the vision of AFWP’s founder Wendy Black-Nasta, Artists for World Peace launched its 6×6 4 PEACE Project. We invited artists to create a painting on a six-inch-by-six-inch canvas that they would then donate to AFWP. The response has been overwhelming. In just three weeks AFWP received 1,500 canvases from artists throughout the United States, with hundreds of artists waiting for the next round of submissions. What began as a project is quickly becoming a movement— a “Wall of Peace,” displaying thousands of 6×6 canvases; a symbol of peace, unity, and hope. You can purchase a one-of-a-kind painting from our Wall of PEACE for a $50 donation.
PEACE Quilt for Raffle
Our work in Tanzania has included the development of sustainability projects. One example, our “Peace Quilters,” consists of 6 sewers from the village that we have trained in the art of quilt making using local handmade fabric. The quilts are raffled at our events, and the proceeds are sent to the quilters, providing sustainable income and independence. In addition to bringing eye care to Native Americans with our NATIVE EYES PROJECT, we hope to also establish “Peace Quilters” on the reservations we visit—further empowering women here in America as well as in Tanzania.
Handmade Gifts from Kenya
Jason Bowen joined the Peace Corp in 2002, leaving his parents in Durham CT to live in Migori, Kenya. While living with the people of Kenya, he soon recognized the need for sustainable income in many of the villages.
Before leaving Africa in 2005, Jason traveled (at his own expense, and often at personal risk) to meet local artisans. With the hope of establishing a sustainability project through sales in the USA, he spent thousands of dollars of his own money to purchase locally made carvings, baskets, gift items, linens, clothing and accessories. Many items were sold after Jason returned to America, but the reality of high importing costs from Africa made repeat orders unrealistic.
We are excited to include these beautiful handcrafted items for sale. We will also have photos on display of the Kenyan artisans who are now part of the circle of Artists for World Peace.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Handmade Gifts from Nepal and Tanzania
“ONE WITH EVERYTHING” is a sentiment that always rings true to me. We are one with each other–our world, the animal and plant kingdoms, and all that we touch. I carved this little Peace Buddha as a symbol of world peace and unity. He was carved in wax with the lost wax casting method of spinning molten sterling silver into the mold. All of the profit is donated to Artists for World Peace to support our humanitarian projects. -Wendy Black-Nasta
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