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Renowned Furniture Designer Mira Nakashime to discuss ‘Soul of a Tree’ at D&R Greenway

originally published: 03/13/2018

Renowned Furniture Designer Mira Nakashime to discuss  ‘Soul of a Tree’ at D&R Greenway

(PRINCETON, NJ) --  D&R Greenway Land Trust presents a special evening with renowned furniture designer Mira Nakashima on Thursday, March 22 (doors open 6:30pm, talk begins at 7:00pm) at the Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton. Admission costs $10 person. Mira Nakashima, the daughter of legendary furniture sculptor George Nakashima, will tell the story of the family’s woodworking legacy, followed by a signing of her book, “Nature, Form and Spirit: The Life and Legacy of George Nakashima.”

Nakashima pieces will be displayed and available for purchase, including a three-legged stool, candle holders, pencil holders and bread boards. A second book will also be available for sale, aptly titled “The Soul of a Tree: A Master Woodworker’s Reflections.” The program is in conjunction with the exhibit Soul of a Tree, on view through April 20. Artists include Tasha O’Neill, John Napoli, Michael Pascucci and Sean Carney. Please RSVP at (609) 924-4646 or Gallery hours Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5

Mira Nakashima was a dedicated pupil who worked in the shadow of her father. He spoke little to her, expected her to learn by doing, demanded long hours, and was more apt to point out her mistakes than to offer praise. “He had meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail,” she recounts.

George Nakashima (1905-1990) is best known for his superb craftsmanship and organic use of the natural lines and grain of the wood. Nakashima was also an architect who designed a number of distinguished buildings during his career, and was committed to the natural world. Both Mira and her father paid utmost respect to the tree the wood came from. He believed there was a spirit in the tree. “I feel it in the grain of the wood,” he said, as he shaped the wood to tell its story.

But when George died, many clients canceled their orders or demanded a discount because the pieces wouldn’t have his pedigree. For a time, Mira, who holds two degrees in architecture, thought she would have to shutter the family business.

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Mira not only continued to fulfill orders for her father’s classics, but also expanded the firm’s repertory with designs of her own that, like his, showcase the natural form and character of wood. When she designs a piece, she stands in front of the wood she will use to draw her sketch. “It speaks to me,” she says. “The wood guides the pencil, and it designs itself.”

She continues to manage the Bucks County studio, George Nakashima Woodworkers, today, where she feels her father’s spirit watching over her, making sure she does it right. “Dad always said wood was like fruit,” she has said. “It was best just before it rots.”

“This is a unique opportunity to both own a Nakashima piece of art and support conservation of trees and forests,” says D&R Greenway President and CEO Linda Mead. "Ten years ago when Mira presented here at the Johnson Education Center, we filled the seats to standing room only.  People went away in awe, inspired by the connection to nature found in the woodwork.  We decided to offer this opportunity, once again, to experience woodworking as one would experience the sacred space of a forest."

Among Mira Nakashima's life dreams is to carry out her father's vision to place a Nakashima-made Altar of Peace on each of the seven continents on Earth. The first was installed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City in 1986. The second Sacred Table, built to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations in 1995, was made from the same monumental black walnut tree as the first and served as a unifying presence at The Hague Appeal for Peace in May of 1999. It now resides in the Russian Academy of Art in Moscow to help inspire peace in the new millennium. A third Sacred Table resides in a "City of Peace" in India, and a fourth is planned for Capetown, South Africa.

D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 29TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. Through continuous preservation and stewardship -- caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity -- D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved more than 20,000 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, including 30 miles of trails open to the public. The Johnson Education Center, a circa 1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway’s home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land. 

Upcycle Your Halloween Costume During Monmouth County Park System's Costume Swap
(LINCROFT, NJ) -- Upcyle your gently used adults’, kids’, and even pet costumes for a spooktacular new-to-you ensemble during the Monmouth County Park System’s Eek-O-Fabulous Costume Swap.  It’s fun, easy, and best of all, free!  Drop off a costume and receive a token entitling you to a “new” costume on the day of the swap.  Costume drop-offs will be accepted Monday-Friday, September 24-28 from 10:00am to 4:00pm and on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Returns To Asbury Park
(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Asbury Park Convention Hall presents famed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson on Thursday, December 6 at 8:00pm. Tyson is the host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on FOX, and NOVA ScienceNOW and Origins on PBS.  He returns to Asbury Park with a fun, family-friendly evening designed to help unravel the mysteries of modern science. Tickets range from $47 to $223.
Judy Collins To Headline SOPAC's 2018 Gala With Local Community Leaders Honored
(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- The South Orange Performing Arts Center will celebrate the countless contributions of community leaders Samuel M. Convissor, Dan Arrighi and Sam Joseph at its 2018 Gala on October 27 from 6:00pm-11:00pm. They will be honored for their long-time philanthropy and activism that have added immeasurably to the success of SOPAC and the local community. The legendary Grammy Award-winning Judy Collins, of “Send in the Clowns” fame, will provide entertainment for gala attendees.
NJPAC Presents Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience
(NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Psychic medium Theresa Caputo on Sunday, October 14th at 7:30pm.  Tthe star of TLC’s Long Island Medium conducts interactive readings, answers audience questions, and shares personal stories about her life and unique gifts at this spellbinding live event. Tickets range from $53.75 to $93.75.
The Price Is Right Live Comes To Asbury Park
(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The Asbury Park Boardwalk presents The Price Is Right Live™ - the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and “Come On Down” to win. The show takes place on Saturday, October 20 at 8:00pm at The Paramount Theatre.  Registration will be held in the lobby from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  Tickets range from $47.50 to $67.50.

New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 PERFORMING ARTS
The members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were inducted on Sunday, May 6th in Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre.  The following is a look at the members inducted in the PERFORMING ARTS category: The Four Seasons, Steven Van Zandt, Gloria Gaynor, and Debbie Harry.
New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 ARTS & LETTERS
The members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were inducted on Sunday, May 6th in Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre.  The following is a look at the members inducted in the ARTS & LETTERS category: Harlan Coben and Anna Quindlen.
New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 SPORTS
The members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were inducted on Sunday, May 6th in Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre.  The following is a look at the members inducted in the SPORTS category: Al Leiter and Carli Lloyd.
New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 PUBLIC SERVICE
The members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were inducted on Sunday, May 6th in Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre.  The following is a look at the members inducted in the PUBLIC SERVICE category: Mark and Scott Kelly, Clara Maass, and Millicent Fenwick.
New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 ENTERPRISE
The members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were inducted on Sunday, May 6th in Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre.  The following is a look at the members inducted in the ENTERPRISE category: John Hanson, Steve Forbes, Joe Buckelew, and Buddy Valastro - "Cake Boss".

Event calendar
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018


Asbury Park Porchfest @ Booskerdoo, Asbury Park - 12:00pm

Carl Chesna & Co. @ Hotel Tides, Asbury Park - 1:00pm

Echoes @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Cole Swindell @ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm

GRUPO NICHE @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

The History of Motown @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Drake Bell @ iPlay America, Freehold - 7:00pm

Classic Stones Live feat. The Glimmer Twins @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Opera Theatre of Montclair Presents Hansel and Gretel @ Central Presbyterian Church, Montclair - 4:00pm

Oscar D’León with Tony Vega and Los Hermanos Moreno @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm

SunDog Band at Duffy's Tavern, Paterson NJ @ Duffy's Tavern, Paterson NJ, Paterson - 9:00pm

Celtic Thunder X @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Young Person's Concert @ River Dell Middle School Auditorium, River Edge - 1:00pm

Tigerman record release show for “Descend Into Savagery” @ Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Hubby Jenkins @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm


Souvenir @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 8:00pm

East Lynne Theater Company presents SILENT SKY @ First Presbyterian Church (Cape May), Cape May - 8:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Incorruptible @ Ritz Theatre Company, Haddon Township - 8:00pm

West End Festival of the Arts- Theatre Brut Session 2 @ West End Arts Center, Long Branch - 2:00pm

Evita @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Seuls en Scene French Theater Festival - "Claire, Anton et Eux" @ Class of 1970 Theatre, Whitman College, Princeton - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

HUMAN ERROR by Eric Pfeffinger @ West Windsor Arts Center, Princeton Junction - 8:00pm

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Assisted Living: The Musical @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 2:00pm

Brick City @ Premiere Stages at Kean University, Union - 3:00pm


SWAN LAKE - THE ATLANTIC CITY BALLET @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm

SOLE Defined @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm


Monthly Saturday Writing Retreats @ Tiferet Journal, Bernardsville - 9:00am

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