In 1968 Governor Romney of Michigan and Governor Nozaki of Shiga Prefecture, Japan signed the agreement to establish a sister state relationship. This Michigan-Shiga partnership is the oldest and most comprehensive sister state relationship between the United States and Japan. Residents of Michigan and Shiga continue to maintain close ties through partnership activities between sister cities and exchanges involving students, teachers, community members and government officials.
Art From the Lakes ～湖からの芸術 - Shiga Artists' special exhibition at Lansing Art Gallery
Aug 1 - Sept 28
Art from the Lakes is a special artists exchange project between the sister state of Michigan in the United States and Shiga Prefecture in Japan.
Six contemporary artists from Shiga came to Michigan on July 25th to give an exhibition and do workshops in Lansing. Their artworks were displayed at Lansing Art Gallery from August 1st to September 28th, 2013. Many people visit Lansing Art Gallery every day. The artists were able to develop their friendships with Michigan artists through the workshops. The outcome of the project was a success.
Two Sister Wines are now available at Leelanau Cellars!
Earlier this summer, Leelanau Cellars launched two new wines to benefit the "Art from the Lakes" project. The label art for these wines was done by Linda Beeman and pays a great tribute to the Sister State relationship. Currently, there is both a red and white wine available through the Leeanau Cellars for $10 a bottle.
They are both very well-made wines. For now, the wine is available only in the tasting room in Omena, but Leelanau Cellars can ship to all 50 states, and you may order the wine by contacting Tony Lentych, General Manager at Leelanau Cellars directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the tasting room at 231.386.5201.
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