PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Gallery Z, an art gallery based in the historic Federal Hill area of Providence, R.I., is celebrating 19 years this April by showcasing a selection of Armenian artists. The exhibit, which began April 4 and will continue into May, will feature the gallery’s extensive, niche collection of Armenian artists, which have been selected amongst the artwork of over 400 established artists of all backgrounds.
There will be two special events at the gallery this month. On Thursday, April 11th, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., an author from Armenia, Dr. Melineh Anumyan, will be presenting her book, Acknowledgement and Condemnation: The Trials of Young Turks in 1919-1921 and 1926. Refreshments will follow.
The following week, an opening reception for the exhibit of “Armenian Artists from Around the World” will take place in conjunction with Gallery Night Providence on Thursday, April 18, 2019, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Here are some descriptions of April’s featured artists:
Harut Aghajanian is an Armenian artist born in Iran in 1956. He studied at Terlemezian College art school in Yerevan from 1984 to 1987. His paintings have been exhibited in Beirut, Lebanon, and Boston. Many of his works are in private collections in the United States and Europe. His highly intricate figurative works on paper are in both black and white and soft wash tones.
Anoush Charlene Bargamian, also known as Sweet Angst, was born in 1963 and raised in Providence. She is an artist and educator living and working in Chicago. Her abstract paintings and prints employ many mixed media. Her Horses of Honor public art installation was installed in 2014 at the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, UBS Tower, Chicago, Ill.
Harutune Hovhanesian was born in 1922 and taught for 25 years at the Yerevan Teachers’ Training Institute. Of his work, he states, “A bad teacher represents the truth; a good one teaches how to find it.”
George V Kaprielian (“Varki”) was born in Providence and is a self-taught local photographer who has commemorated notable Providence landmarks in striking close-up angles.
Kevork Mourad was born 1970 in Syria and is a world-renowned artist who combines art with music, dance and theatre. He has had solo exhibitions around the world and has works in museums worldwide. He has produced and directed plays and musical-visual projects, has perfected a technique of spontaneous painting to live music, and is a teaching-artist member of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. A new visual-musical piece commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York premiered there on November 2, 2018. He lives and works in New York when not traveling internationally.
Marsha Nouritza Odabashian has exhibited in galleries and museums in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, California and Louisiana and has works is in numerous collections.
An additional Gallery Z website for Armenian Art showcases the many renowned Armenian artists’ works represented, which may also be purchased online.
Gallery Z represents over four hundred renowned fine artists, fifty Rhode Island and regional, one hundred fifty national and two hundred international. A gift shop connected to the main gallery’s fine art, glass, and pottery offers handmade jewelry by local artists, international handicrafts, small woven wool rugs, fun jewelry, art postcards and RI-themed mementoes. A new online shop enables viewing and purchasing the art if unable to make it into the gallery.
Gallery Z hosts a reception for the current exhibit every third Thursday of the month on Gallery Night Providence. All receptions are free and open to the public. Gallery Z is a member of the Federal Hill Commerce Association, Providence/Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau and Gallery Night Providence.
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My name is Bruce Bowler – I led one of two US search and rescue teams to Armenia in 1988. We worked out of Yerevan up into the mountain (Spitak and Leninakan). We were presented with 4 hardback books to bring back to Alaska’s Governor at the end of our efforts – but he had no room for them.
One book is ‘The Art Gallery of Armenia- Yerevan’; one is ‘G. Bashindjagyan Selected Works’; and one is ‘Martiros Saryan from Aurora Art Publishers Leningrad’.
We would like to find an appropriate home for these works.