As the statesmen of Egypt and Israel continue the difficult task of negotiating a Middle East peace settlement, an American woman has taken a small step to bridge the cultural gap between the two nations.
SV Exhibition of tapestries by Egyptian children with people looking (SIX SHOTS)
SV Mrs Rachel Shipley, the show's creator, speaking in English
REPORTER: "When did you get the idea and how did it begin?"
SHIPLEY: " got the idea for 'harbinger of Peace' one year ago. I've always felt that the prelude to any peace is culture and when people share their own basic cultures, they can share, they share love, they share peace and they share prosperity and I thought about this and I took it to Disney where I felt they have also fantastic concepts of universal culture, universal entertainment. And they were very receptive to it and Amalia Arbel and myself, we did the 'Harbinger of Peace' at Disney in April. It was a tremendous success, not only financially, but culturally and we has many, many people see the show and I, we has the show and we has offers from all over the world to do it. I didn't want to do it until I felt there was a reason to do it, but in the interim I was able to collect more tapestry and more painting and I, you can more or less say I put it in cold storage for a while. Of course, when Camp David was on the horizon, I thought there was a tremendous opportunity perhaps to do it to help people to see each others culture and my hope and prayer is that it will be in Cairo and in Washington and it will travel the world. I'm not in a hurry to do it immediately."
Mrs Shipley's show was first seen in the United States and she hopes that the final outcome on the exercise will be a joint Egyptian-israeli art exhibition at Disneyworld in Florida in the spring. The has already contacted the governments of Egypt and Israel in an effort to arrange participation from artists and craftsmen from the two nations.
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Background: As the statesmen of Egypt and Israel continue the difficult task of negotiating a Middle East peace settlement, an American woman has taken a small step to bridge the cultural gap between the two nations.
SYNOPSIS: These are the work of Egyptian children from the Nile delta. They're on show at Tel Aviv's Lamalia Arbel art gallery. The show is the brainchild of American woman Mrs Rachel Shipley. She calls the exercise "Harbinger of Peace" and the purpose is to force cultural links between to two formerly hostile nations. Mrs Shipley hopes that, following this exhibition , officially opened by Mrs Aliza Begin, wife of the Israeli Prime Minister, she will be able to take an exhibition of Israeli art to Egypt.