Visions of Peace

By Frank Ruggiero (

Article Published: Aug. 15, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 20, 2013
Visions of Peace

Appalachian State art lecturer Joe Bigley is serving as juror for the Visions of Peace juried exhibition.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

Picture peace.

No, really.

The Mountain Peacemakers’ Visions of Peace juried art exhibition has issued a call for art, accepting submissions from “anyone with a vision of peace to share with the community.”

Presented in conjunction with the International Day of Peace Sept. 21 and that weekend’s festivities, the show will hang in Boone’s Jones House Community and Cultural Center throughout September.

“It’s a pretty broad umbrella,” said Joe Bigley, lecturer of art at Appalachian State University and juror for Visions of Peace. “We’re asking people to consider what peace means.”

One’s interpretation, he said, could cover almost any ground, be it environmental, personal, geopolitical or all or none of the above.

“It’ll be nice to see the spectrum of how people interpret the theme,” Bigley said. “We’re anticipating a lot of submissions, but the more, the merrier.”

The exhibition is part of a broader effort to encourage a sense of community, as it ties into related events for the International Day of Peace.

“It’d be hard to approach a theme of peace without a sense of community,” Bigley said, adding that he hopes people meet each other at the show and later reconnect at other Day of Peace events.

In addition, Bigley feels the show will foster a sense of community among its artists, offering them an opportunity to convey their personal visions of peace and open a dialogue in the process. In addition, the show is open to regional artists and those of all skill levels. “Someone who’s picking up a drawing pencil for the first time shouldn’t be discouraged,” Bigley said.

There are, however, a couple of rules. Two-dimensional works must be no larger than 36 inches, and three-dimensional works must be no heavier than 150 pounds. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Aug. 19. Participants should submit a digital photo of their artwork, along with corresponding information (name, medium, size and price), to Bigley via ( , and winners will be notified Friday, Aug. 23.

The show will open in the Jones House’s main gallery at Sept. 6’s First Friday Downtown Boone Art Crawl. In the upstairs galleries, Watauga County Schools is showcasing the talent of students from Cove Creek and Hardin Park elementary schools, who have also created special works in keeping with the International Day of Peace.

International Day of Peace

According to, “The International Day of Peace, a.k.a. ‘Peace Day’ provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date.”

In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted Resolution 36/67, which established the International Day of Peace. According to the resolution, the day would encourage people “…to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways.”

The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982, and the Mountain Peacemakers are one of many organizations that continue to celebrate today. The local group is a citizen-based, independent organization of community members interested in peace.

For a schedule of International Peace Day activities, many of which are still being planned, visit

Editor's Note: In a previous version of this story, event organizers had provided an incorrect email address for art submissions. It has since been corrected.

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