Namaya and Zoe at B4 Peace Art Studio

Namaya and Zoe Kopp outside the B4 Peace Art Studio

B4 Peace Vermont Art Studio Opens on October 11

B4 Peace Team at Clearwater Festival

A B4 Peace Team at the 2014 Clearwater Festival

Everyone is invited to the Grand Opening of the B4 Peace Vermont Art Studio on Saturday, October 11, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Namaya and Zoe Kopp, who founded the B4 Peace Art Initiative in 2011, have just completed construction of an art studio with the help of B4 Peace Team Volunteers. Accomplished like an old-fashioned barn-raising, this modern steel building was erected by folks from as far away as Cameroon and as close as downtown Brattleboro.

The studio will exhibit Namaya's series "The Pornography of War in an Age of Desire." This multiyear art, word, music, and performance project has been, and is being, created in the USA and around the world. "The aim of the project," explains Namaya, "is to explore the impact of war and militarism through the arts. Our mission statement is: 'From the detritus/waste of war we create art that celebrates the inevitability of peace.' We have had many volunteers from around the world helping to create these projects. In Chile last year, we created a performance art project at a former torture center to celebrate the country's transition to democracy. This winter we will be in Algeria working with a community art and social change program."

The studio is hosting its first public workshop, "Dyeing for Peace," on Sunday, October 12, also from 1:00 to 4:00. Guest artist Justin Bullard will be in town to teach basic natural indigo dyeing techniques. On October 25, from 10:00 to 2:00, Zoe Kopp will facilitate "Fall into Yourself," a Journey Dance workshop promoting inner peace and play. To sign up, or for more info on either workshop, call (802) 258-1855 or e-mail

Next year the studio will host B4 Peace Art Workshops for disadvantaged youth and is currently running an indiegogo campaign to raise funds to offer scholarships:

Come by on Saturday, October 11, from 1:00 to 4:00, to enjoy the art show and make some of your own art. The B4 Peace studio is at 773 Guilford St. in Brattleboro, just 1.4 miles from the covered bridge by Memorial Park on Route 9 West. For further info, see phone and e-mail above.

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