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Museum Presents Textile Artist Who Creates Art With Prayer Flags

St. Croix artist Jamila Hammad will exhibit "Artful Prayer Flags and Mindful Meditation Gardens." The general public is invited to an afternoon tea, opening reception at 3 pm. on Oct. 30, at the Fort Frederik Museum in Frederiksted. The show features a series of prayer flags by Hammad and an array of hanging gardens by JoAnn Jones.
"Watching a string of Buddhist prayer flags flutter in the wind gave me the idea of creating my own prayer flags," said Hammad. "Tibetan Buddhist monks stamp sacred symbols and prayers to rectangular pieces of cloth to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom, and the wind moves through these flags carrying the intent of good will across the universe.”
"She calls her prayer flags "an exploration of prayer as art form," and the series includes prayer flags on wisdom, inspiration, courage, success and forgiveness.
JoAnn Jones has been arranging plants in locally-made bamboo and calabash pots since the 1970s. The hanging gardens in this exhibit feature local plants in bamboo pots cut in the traditional style of the ancient Taino indigenous people. Jones calls her hanging arrangements Mindful Meditation Gardens because "maintenance becomes a meditation by providing oxygen for deep breathing and encouraging the gardener to pay close attention to the needs of each individual plant," she said.
The Fort Frederik Museum is located at 198 Strand Street, Frederiksted. The exhibit will run from Oct. 30 until Dec. 10. Admittance is free on Oct. 30, and all pieces are available for purchase.
For additional information, call the museum at 772-2021 or 277-2451.

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St. Croix artist Jamila Hammad will exhibit "Artful Prayer Flags and Mindful Meditation Gardens." The general public is invited to an afternoon tea, opening reception at 3 pm. on Oct. 30, at the Fort Frederik Museum in Frederiksted. The show features a series of prayer flags by Hammad and an array of hanging gardens by JoAnn Jones.
"Watching a string of Buddhist prayer flags flutter in the wind gave me the idea of creating my own prayer flags," said Hammad. "Tibetan Buddhist monks stamp sacred symbols and prayers to rectangular pieces of cloth to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom, and the wind moves through these flags carrying the intent of good will across the universe.”
"She calls her prayer flags "an exploration of prayer as art form," and the series includes prayer flags on wisdom, inspiration, courage, success and forgiveness.
JoAnn Jones has been arranging plants in locally-made bamboo and calabash pots since the 1970s. The hanging gardens in this exhibit feature local plants in bamboo pots cut in the traditional style of the ancient Taino indigenous people. Jones calls her hanging arrangements Mindful Meditation Gardens because "maintenance becomes a meditation by providing oxygen for deep breathing and encouraging the gardener to pay close attention to the needs of each individual plant," she said.
The Fort Frederik Museum is located at 198 Strand Street, Frederiksted. The exhibit will run from Oct. 30 until Dec. 10. Admittance is free on Oct. 30, and all pieces are available for purchase.
For additional information, call the museum at 772-2021 or 277-2451.