LOS ANGELES, CA (March 25, 2015) – The life100 art exhibition officially commenced on March 14, 2015 with a Grand Opening reception at the Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale, California. The event was attended by Glendale City Mayor Zareh Sinanyan, Director of the National Gallery of Armenia – Mr. Shahen Khachatrian, among other Glendale City Officials, Armenian Diocese Clergy and Patrons of the Arts. The evening was filled with enthusiasm, insight and a hopeful vision for the future of Armenian art in Los Angeles. The following day, on March 15, the public grand opening reception was attended by over 500 art enthusiasts. The support of the community contributed to the success of life100’s exhibition as a platform for artists to share their art with the public. The exhibit offers opportunities to reach the wider audience of visitors of the Brand Library & Art Center to see the rare works of Master Armenian Artists.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this exhibition and provide much deserved exposure to Armenian art. We are fortunate to have so many incredibly talented contemporary artists in the Los Angeles area and equally privileged to have impressive, local art collections to showcase.” states life100 Events Coordinator Arda Berberian.
The exhibit is currently open to the public until May 1st. There are 56 Master art works from artists such as Jean Jansem, Rueben Nakian and Martiros Saryan. The local Contemporary art on display at the exhibit features 28 art pieces from artists such as Vachag TerSarkissian and Ani Kupelian. The exhibition and related programming was conceived and curated by the life100 Organizing Committee in coordination with the City of Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department and the United Armenian Council for the Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide/LA.
Life100 Co-Curator Tamar Sinanian Naaman stated “Our committee was thrilled at the overwhelming success of life100. It was a treat to be surrounded by such highly regarded artists, art enthusiasts, scholars and community members. We were very humbled by everyone’s positive feedback and words of encouragement. It was a great pleasure to serve on a committee with such devoted members who worked hard to realize this impressive project.”
The life100 Book Opening will be announced and include a reception that will be open to the public. The life100 Commemorative Book is in production and will include beautiful photos of the artists’ works with biographies about the artists’ lives. The catalog retails at $60 and will be available for pre-purchase at the Brand Library and also on the life100 website (www.life100.org).
The life100 Panel Discussion will be held at the Brand Library & Art Center on April 4 from 3:00-5:00pm. The featured panelists are Huffington Post Art Critic Peter Frank, Gallery Owner Jack Rutberg, Artist and Instructor Joanne Julian and Independent Curator Neery Melkonian. The panel will discuss the impact of Post-Genocide Armenian art and the emerging artists of Armenian decent worldwide.
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Glendale City Mayor Zareh Sinanyan & Master Artist Garo Antreasian perfoming ribbon cutting ceremony.