Exhibition with the title: “Life and Dreams”
On Friday the 30th of May 2008, under the high patronage of the Ambassador of Belgium to Lebanon, H.E. Mr. Johan Verkammen, represented by First Consul Jacqueline Fontaine opened the painting exhibition of Jacqueline Ohanian, at the Haigazian University Art Center, Matossian Gallery, in the presence of a host of diplomats, artists, media representatives and art appreciators.
After the ribbon cutting ceremony, Haigazian University President, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian welcomed the audience and considered this exhibition as a positive reaction to the last tragic circumstances Lebanon has suffered.
In her turn, Jacqueline Ohanian expressed her pride and gratitude towards Haigazian University, for giving her the opportunity to introduce her recent works at the University's Art Center.
Ohanian shared with the audience the spirit of her exhibition, “Life and Dreams”, stating that “life is full of challenges, hardships, and natural disasters,” whereas dreams are filled with hope, bright colors, and happiness.”
“It's been three years that I've been preparing for this exhibition. Today my dreams have come true, as I stand among my friends surrounded with my paintings”, Ohanian concluded.
Jacqueline Ohanian is a Lebanese Armenian artist. She studied History of Arts and graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, NY in 1986.
She has taught in the Lebanese American University and the Lebanese University, in addition to colleges in the USA. She has participated in collective exhibitions and major biennials, and has had 37 solo shows in different countries such as the USA, the UAE, France, Indonesia, Switzerland, Belgium, and Lebanon.
In her 38th exhibition, Ohanian is exhibiting 50 watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings of various sizes. Most of the paintings belong to the “contemporary realism” school, as Ohanian calls it, meaning realistic but in a personal style.
The collection has various themes; it is an amalgam of bouquets, horses, and Armenian ladies. The vivid color combination expresses the joy of life and optimism of the spring season.
It is worth noting that right after this exhibition, Artist Jacqueline Ohanian will participate in a collective exhibition entitled “Meeting East with the West”, in Windsor, United Kingdom.
– The exhibition runs till Monday 9th of June 2008, from 10:00 till 7:00 p.m. including Sundays.
– More photos are in the Photo Gallery.
Source: Website of Haigazian University, Beirut, 30 May 2008
Reported by Mira Yardemian (Public Relations Director)
Photo: One of Jacqueline Ohanian's works.