After nearly 11 years of service as education director for the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, James Peake has decided to pursue his passion for all things origami by becoming a full-time origami professional.
A farewell for Peake has been planned for 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the FAVA Gallery, 39 South Main St., Oberlin.
Light refreshments will be served, and Peake invites anyone who is interested to continue the celebration afterwards at The Feve.
Peake currently teaches origami, creates origami artwork, curates exhibits, and is now running the Americas Origami Shop along with his studio, Foldspace Origami Studio, 23 Eric Nord Way, Suite 8.
“I feel so very blessed for the innumerable opportunities that have been handed to me over the years,” he said. “I am so thankful for all of the wonderful folks I’ve had the chance to know and work with, all of the students I’ve had the pleasure to meet, all of the love that keeps this community strong and vibrant. “
FAVA has been good to him over the years, he said, predicting the nonprofit organization will flourish during its ongoing growth and transformation.