Art Exhibition of Armenian Artists from the Republic of Georgia

In celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the foundation of the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church of Toronto, an exhibition was organized under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Bagrad Galstanian, Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church Canadian Diocese and His Grace Bishop Vazgen Mirzakhanian, the Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Diocese of Georgia.

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This exhibition and sale of paintings was held in the “Maral Ishkanian Hall” at the Holy Trinity Armenian Church, representing over 85 art works by  well-known Armenian artists from the Republic of Georgiaunder the title “Sharing a View”.

The opening and reception of this exhibition took place on Saturday, October 25, 2008 from 7:30 to11:00 p.m. throughout Sunday, October 26, 2008 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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This exhibition, which is considered to be a charity event, was introduced by Rev. Archpriest Zareh Zargarian with the presence of Rev. Fr. Sarkis Gulyan, the representatives of the Holy Trinity Armenian Church Parish, a good number of art lovers, family, friends and members of the organizing committee. During the opening ceremony, Rev. Archpriest Zareh Zargarian read the letter sent by His Grace Bishop Vazgen Mirzakhanian and addressed to the Armenian communities both in Toronto and Montreal, in which he expressed his gratitude appreciating their efforts to make this event a successful one. Moreover, this exhibition of the 85 works by a group of recognized Armenian artists from the Republic ofGeorgia has an important significance for the Armenian community in Georgia considering the recent political developments and their effect on this community.  In an attempt to give hope to those Armenians living in Georgia, which is considered to be one of the oldest Armenian communities in which Armenians have thrived for many years, it is really essential to lend a hand to our sisters and brothers in those areas in times of dire need.

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Furthermore, the proceeds of the sales will support the cultural and educational youth programs of the Armenian Apostolic Diocese of Georgia.  It is crucial to mention here that the Armenians of Georgia are facing difficulties in cultural and spiritual aspects of their lives. So, it is our duty to be able to help them in any way possible to ease the circumstances they are living in.

Finally, this exhibition of the 85 works by recognized Armenian artists from the Republic of Georgia, left a positive impression, especially when people were able to enjoy and appreciate these beautiful works rich in vibrant colours depicting the streets of Old Tiblisi, the traditional lifestyle of Armenians in Georgia, and works with religious themes.  However, this cultural event was one of a series of many events celebrating the 80th anniversary of our Church, the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church of Toronto. This was really an important occasion to treasure and once again it proved the strength of the role of the Armenian Church in the lives of the Armenians all over the world.

We wish all continuous prosperity and may God’s blessings be bestowed upon the Holy Trinity Armenian Church and the good people who support it.

Suzy Mekhdjian-Koundakjian

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