Participants came from as far as San Diego, Irvine, and Riverside to House of Lebanon in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 25, 2014 for a common purpose: To take an Arabic Calligraphy workshop presented by Dr. Imad Bayoun. The class was full and the energy was high. Participants were very excited to learn and to be introduced to this valuable form of art.
An art exhibit, Lebanese and Arabic film screenings, food, music, songs and dance performances brought together over 500 community members to celebrate and support House of Lebanon Artists Group at the 4th Annual 2014 Beyond Borders Art Exhibition and Welcome Reception. The event took place at House of Lebanon Lebanese American Cultural Center on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
While war and conflict in the Arab world are the mainstream media’s current focus, here in Los Angeles, House of Lebanon Artists Group are focusing on their passion for Art to promote culture. Their aim is to showcase their work that brings attention to their collective rich Middle Eastern heritage.
As a group of artists, they are planning the House of Lebanon 4th Annual 2014 Beyond Borders Art Exhibition and Artists & Welcome Reception on Saturday, October 18, 5:00pm – 9:00pm.
The event is open to the community and will be followed by a month-long exhibition that ends on Saturday, November 15, 2014.
“Our Almuni/ae in USA are away from their home, Lebanon. Sponsoring House of Lebanon 2014 Beyond Borders Art Exhibition & Welcome Reception brings them closer to Lebanon, its culture and history,” said Ed Shiner, Director of LAU Alumni and Special Projects in North America.
This is the second year LAU’s Southern California Alumni Chapter is sponsoring House of Lebanon’s Beyond Borders Art Exhibition & Welcome Reception. “We experienced the event last year and it was a great cultural and community event for our LAU Alumni/ae to be part of,” said Shiner. “Art, film screening, food, and an entertainment program which presented a variety of music, songs, and dance connected our Alumni/ae with their roots and made them feel home.”
It is a combination of two: Passion for art and love of Lebanese heritage and culture that, when combined together, can produce a show like House of Lebanon 2014 Beyond Borders Art Exhibition and Artists & Welcome Reception. The reception is scheduled for Saturday October 18, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, to be followed by a month-long Art Exhibition which ends November 15, 2014.
The event is made possible by the tireless work of Reem Hammad, Director of Beyond Borders Art Exhibition, and Carole Choucair Oueijan, Chairman of House of Lebanon Artists Group. They are the fuel, the running engine, and the driving force that runs House of Lebanon Artists Group and Beyond Borders Art Exhibition. ”We are very excited about this year’s show,” said Reem Hammad. “Planning an event like Beyond Borders Art Exhibition generates a sense of pride of who we are as Lebanese Americans, Armenian, Middle Eastern, and American Artists. With the help and support of House of Lebanon, we are able to tell our story and paint our culture with the most rich and diverse colors, a great reflection of our rich background as artists and cultural groups.”