Due to the coming snowstorm here in Maine, the Friends of Aomori party scheduled for tomorrow night (Dec. 05, 2019) at Oxbow has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule and celebrate with you soon!

At the party, we had planned to announce some big news: Friends of Aomori has been awarded a grant from the Rines/Thompson fund of the Maine Community Foundation to expand the Maine-Aomori Printmaking Society programs for 2020! This is an excellent ending to a great year, and we are appreciative of the support.

If you would like to support Friends, please consider a tax-deductible donation through our Paypal account, or purchase a print of “Fujisaki Apples” by our President Jeff Badger. Inspired by his recent trip to Aomori, Jeff Badger created this linocut with images of the famous apples of Fujisaki and Mt. Iwaki. The prints are for sale on his website, and a portion of each sale will be donated to Friends of Aomori.

Thank you for your ongoing support  and keep an eye out for the rescheduling of our Winter Event!


Join Us! Friends of Aomori Winter Event


December 02, 2019

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Oxbow Blending & Bottling

49 Washington Ave, Portland, ME 04101

Join the Volunteers of Friends of Aomori for a Social Event to celebrate the coming of Winter and the end of a successful year!

Meet the volunteers who give their time to supporting our Sister-State Relationship with Aomori, hear about the recent Delegation visit to Aomori, learn more about MAPS, and see how you too can become involved. Light refreshments will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

MAPS: From the Archives, 2015-2018



Viewing by Appointment Only 10/05-10/31 (Please contact Leslie Anderson: 207-615-8915)

Friends of Aomori is happy to collaborate with the Lofts Gallery for this exhibit! See this retrospective sampling of MAPS, looking at prints from both Maine and Aomori Artists who participated in the MAPS exchange between 2015-2018. Many of the artists from Maine will be in attendance for this special reception, so don’t miss this opportunity to meet some of these talented local MAPS artists!

MAPS prints to be exhibited are:

Reiko Kudo: “Portland Head Light Reminiscences”

SeizoYagihashi: Portland Museum of Art “7”

Emiko Seki: “Rasse-Ra!Rasse-Ra!” (Nebuta Dancers Shout)

Mitsuo Osaka: “Mt. Hakkoda in Blazing Tinted Leaves”

Yoshihiko Oyama: “Serene Autumn”


Adriane Herman: “Nurture”

Carter Shappy: “Untitled” [2015]

Clint Fulkerson: “Untitled” [2013]

Colleen Kinsella: “Octopus I.Leviathan”

Barbara Putnam: “Ice Bloom”

We hope to see you there on First Friday, October 4th, 2019!

Hashi / 橋 Maine Aomori Student Art Exchange Opening Reception

Berwick Academy, partnering with Friends of Aomori, is pleased to host Hashi / 橋, the second annual Maine-Aomori student print exchange exhibit at Berwick Academy’s Jackson Library Gallery in South Berwick, Maine from March 27-April 12, 2019. Hashi means “bridge” in Japanese.

This exhibit will feature over 70 prints made by students in Aomori, Japan. Raegan Russell, Visual Art Chair and art teacher at Berwick traveled to Aomori as a teacher delegate in November, 2018 and that trip sparked this exhibition.

We hope to see you there!

Poster draft aomori abstract feathers

Second Annual Children’s Print Exchange Show Opening in Aomori

The second annual Children’s Print Exchange between the students of Maine and Aomori had its official opening at the Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum in Aomori this past weekend!  Shared below are the newspaper feature and it’s annotated translation.

We hope to see you at the upcoming reception here in Maine at Berwick Academy (see this post for the show details)!

Children's Print Exchange Aomori News

Thank you to our partner Ono-san at the Munakata Museum for this annotated translation of the Newspaper Article shown above:

Chidlren's Print Exchange Aomori New Translation

Teacher Delegate for 2019 Children’s Print Exchange

This past September, Raegan Russell was chosen after an open call for applications from art teachers in Maine who would be interested in both representing Friends of Aomori on a Delegation visit to Aomori, Japan, and leading the creation of the next installment of our Children’s Print Exchange. Raegan’s visit to Aomori was completed this past Sunday (November 18th, 2018) and now her and her Berwick Academy students will soon begin working on their woodblock prints! These prints will be sent to Aomori in February, the same time that we here in Maine will receive the prints from the Japanese students (exhibition location TBA).

Attached below are some pictures Raegan shared from her visit; it certainly seems that a wonderful time was had by all!

You can also read a brief Japanese statement about the Delegation visit on this website:

Stay tuned to this website as well as our Facebook Page for more updates on the 2019 Children’s Print Exchange!

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