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Public Invited to Participate in Prayer Flag Project - October 16
Local Artist, Jane Noel, and the Cedar Crest Community Will Gather to Create Inspirational Tibetan Flags That Will Be Displayed in the New Year

Allentown, PA (October 13, 2008) - Allentown artist, Jane S. Noel and members of the Cedar Crest College community will gather Thursday, October 16 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm in the South Annex of the Tompkins College Center to create printed, Tibetian peace flags as part of the artists’ ongoing States of Grace Project.

Throughout time, warriors used flags to carry into battle or to identify borders. But one of the most unique uses of flags is in Tibet. Lung-ta or prayer flags, as they are more commonly known, are a symbol of peace and carry the intentions of the person who hangs them. Noel’s prayer flag project began earlier this year as a reaction to the head-spinning nature of election-year politics. Her intention is to have the community create new flags to observe the start of a new federal administration in January. Noel says that no mater what the outcome of the election is, “our country will have the opportunity for a new beginning.”

“I grew tired of the cynicism that I found so rampant, I wanted to provide a more positive outlet,” says Noel. “I've always found the richness of the Tibetan prayer flag tradition fascinating and thought why not invest the flags with our own prayers and intentions?”

As part of her States of Grace Project, Noel has set out to encourage area residents to create flags to display at a variety of locations throughout the Lehigh Valley in January and February 2009. With this in mind, States of Grace provides materials and instruction to create "intentional flags" to be hung for our new government. Following in the Tibetan tradition, flags will be red, white, blue, yellow and green. However, instead of the traditional images used in Tibet, everyone participating in this workshop will invest the flags with their own symbols and meaning.

On August 16, Noel held her first public event to create the inspirational flags. Since then, she has held 12 workshops at a variety of locations. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive. The participants range in age from young children with their parents to senior citizens. My goal is to have a total of 1000 flags publicly displayed across the Lehigh Valley in January for the new government and the New Year. I currently have locations in Easton, Emmaus, Allentown, Bethlehem and Fogelsville.” The College is planning to install its inspirational flags in the College Center.

A resident of Allentown, Noel holds an MFA from Vermont College, a MA from George Washington University and a BA from Moravian. Her work has appeared in group and solo exhibitions at the Connexions Gallery, ACE Group Show (Easton, PA), Sussex County Community College, Vermont College, and Penn State Lehigh Valley; and in juried exhibitions at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, The Wired Gallery, the annual Berks Art Alliance Open Juried Art Exhibition, Moravian College, George Mason University.

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