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A renowned Japanese sculptor, Koukei Eri, once said that you can sense in old sculptures, "a mysterious strength that has the power to touch and penetrate our spirits." As a contemporary artist, it is Tom Matsuda's aspiration to evoke this spirit - and he usually succeeds. You may remember Matsuda's reflective, prize-winning pond-side piece called "Purification" in last summer's Art in the Park exhibition at Elm Park. Matsuda, associate professor of art at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, will give a talk on a new exhibition, "Prayer Flags Around the World," from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the college.

The show, a traveling exhibit promoting peace that was created by artists from more than 15 countries, will be on display from March 9 to March 31 in the East Wing Gallery of the college's Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center. The exhibit, inspired by Matsuda, consists of 24 works created on cloth made to hang together like Tibetan prayer flags.

The pieces were first hung at the Grafton Peace Pagoda in Grafton, N.Y., in August, for the annual Hiroshima memorial prayer ceremony. The show will travel to Boston and Amherst before going to the participating artists' countries for exhibitions as a symbol of peace around the world.
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Date:Mar 5, 2009
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