50th Anniversary celebratory events at Haigazian University continue:
Andre Kalfayan's "Doors and Windows" decorate the Arthur Matossian Gallery.
The celebrations of Haigazian University's 50th Anniversary during the month of May are rich.The first, was the opening of Andre Kalfayan''s painting exhibition on Saturday, May 14 , 2005 in the Arthur Matossian Gallery of the Mugar Building.
The exhibition which was under the auspices of the President of the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East , Rev. Megrdich Karageuzian, attracted a big audience, and media representatives . In fact, many ambassadors, and cultural attaches were present from various embassies, in addition to prominent Lebanese artists.
President Haidostian delivered a short speech, mentioning that it''s also the 25th anniversary of the Arthur Matossian Art Gallery, and about the artist, he said, "Andre Kalfayan has a unique appreciation for Lebanese heritage, he is endowed with overflowing talent, and therefore, he is our designated artist to be hosted on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary".
In his address, Rev. Karageuzian thanked the Lord for all the blessings we enjoy, especially the unique talent of Kalfayan.
Poet and writer, Henry Zogheib also took part in introducing the artist. He explained the unique technique and style of Kalfayan which differentiates him from other artists. Zogheib also talked about the Armenian people and heritage, emphasizing that Armenians in Lebanon played an active and positive role in the Lebanese culture and economy.
Kalfayan, emotionally touched, thanked Haigazian University for presenting this opportunity to him, and expressed his pride and gratitude for having taken part in the University''s 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Finally, he surprised everyone by presenting a painting of the Mugar fa?ade, as a gift to the University.
Andre Kalfayan offered a workshop on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 in the Mugar Garden, where a lot of students were introduced to his technique, as he worked on a new painting .
Kalfayan is inspired by the old Lebanese architecture. His work is focused on everything which is neglected by nature, specifically the old houses with their doors and shutters.
Through his paintings, Kalfayan engages himself in protecting these vanishing beauties which soon will be replaced by cement.
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