Friday, January 16, 2015

Arab Artists & Arabic Art Exhibition at the Bellevue Art Museum

Tomorrow night, the Bellevue Art Museum will have the privilege of premiering the Arab Artists & Arabic Art Exhibition, curated by the Bellevue College Arabic Culture Student Association.

This ground breaking exhibit will feature art created and influenced by the Arab world from renowned and local artists.

I am so honored to have been asked to include my pieces Camel Crossing and Border Camel.

The exhibit will start with a fundraiser gala at BAM on Saturday January 17, 2015 starting at 6pm.  It will include an evening of Arab music and a catered dinner.  For tickets, please visit this link.

Featured artists include:

Award-winning photographer, Tamila Timm Akl and her beautiful photographs hope that an image will inspire you to get out there and explore the world.

Umm Aminah speaks about art as a medium of culture sharing: “Arab and Islamic art has always been an important and influential contribution to world cultures. The Quran teaches that we were created in different nations and tribes to know each other. I believe that art can be a profound medium through which to hear each other’s voices and learn from what different people have to share.”

Sabah Al-Dhaher speaks about why art has importance & great meaning to him: “Art is a thread that has sustained my spirit from childhood and through my intense struggle to survive during my life in Iraq. Art was an outlet for a kind of spiritual transformation during those difficult times that help me to heal and open to the beauty and joy of living. Art is a place of expression and meditation in which I celebrate and connect with that joy. The intention of my work is to share this celebration with others.”

Rajaa Gharbi and her works will be at the Arabic Artists and Arabic Art Exhibition Fundraiser Gala! Her work has been described as “Resplendent…”, “Enchanting”, “Having subversive compositional techniques”, “Thought-provoking”, “Engaging”, “Visual poetry”, “Highly evolved work”, “…which collected power is a stain that leaves the page and enters your chest” by fellow artists and viewers.

Farida Hakim speaks about her participation in the upcoming Arabic Artists and Arabic Art Exhibition; "I am blessed to have been asked to showcase the opportunity and privilege to exhibit my new paintings, which reflect the rich heritage of the Arabic language and culture.”

Naj is a Palestinian-American Christian woman. Her art work reflects her beliefs in the celebration of Life, Truth, Freedom, Beauty inspiring to break away from convention for a personal understanding of the world.

Koloud ‘Kay’ Tarapolsi is a Libyan American artist who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab culture.  Kay is the owner and craftsperson behind A Crafty Arab!

Ali Rouhfar is world renown for his expertise in Arabic calligraphy art forms, Ali’s work epitomizes the integration of both Persian & Arabic cultures. His artwork is inspired by the verses of the Quran providing spiritual meaning & inspiration to the human experience.

If you are unable to support the fundraising gala, please do come by BAM to see the exhibit. It will be there until January 31st, with a closing reception at 5pm.

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