THE ARTS

–HORIZON TV HOSTS GABO EXHIBIT

GLENDALE–Horizon Television will be hosting a fundraising art exhibition at the St. Gregory Armenian Catholic Church in Glendale–CA featuring the works of Gabo (Gabriel Manoukian) on October 15-17.

Gabo–born in Yerevan–graduated from Yerevan’s Fine Arts and Drama Institute and is a member of Artist’s Unit of Armenia.

Art critic Henrik Igitian says–"At first sight his art shocks with its unexpectedness. What is it? Fantastic pictures–heroes from tales? There has not been anybody like him in our national art scene–and never will be. This classifies his style of art as even more difficult. He is very unique."

In an interview to Hayatsk Yerevanits in January 2001–Gabo discusses his beginnings in Yerevan during the 1970s–with its painters–artists–poets–musicians. He also discussed the College of Fine Arts after Panos Terlemezian–where he was trained in painting techniques. He says had a good teacher–who saw all bright colors in the young painter and his fairy-tale world–as if Gabriel was playing between real and unreal worlds.

In 1978–he held his first private exhibition in Yerevan–and then in 1984–in Moscow. The exhibition–which opened in the Modern Art Museum of Armenia in 1998–greatly surprised people. His works were later displayed in New York–London–Las Vegas–Bulgaria–and Switzerland.

Gabriel Manukian uses surrealism and abstraction. He explores places for his characters and conceives characters that become owners of these places. He reforms people–birds–animals–fish–flowers–and everything that exists in nature.

"Of course there are cars and people and kids–but he doesn’t duplicate nature," Igitian has said. "Manoukian’s paintings are likable even to children."

Friday–October 15: 6:30-10:00 PM

Saturday–October 16: 11:00 AM-9:00 PM

Sunday–October 17: 11:00 AM-6:00 PM

–HARVEST GALLERY PRESENTS ZAREH

GLENDALE– Harvest Gallery will present a solo exhibit by artist Zareh from October 15 through 24.

Known most often by his first name–Zareh Meguerditchian was born in Syria to Armenian parents–who later moved to and raised him in Lebanon. Young Zareh became interested in art at a very early age–drawing elongated animals on the walls in his house; fortunately for his mother–his early artwork was in pencil.

Zareh’s art represents endless transformation and evolution. "Completion and perfection do not exist. Art is an expression relative to environment and period," says Zareh. Immigrating to the US in 1983–he completed his education at UCLA and Barnsdall Art Center in Los Angeles.

Since 1988–he has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout Southern California–and has staged several live–public exhibits. These have included "Turkish Soup Made with Armenian Bones" (1998) and "The Red Trees of the Armenian Genocide" (2001)–in commemoration of the Armenian genocide of 1915. The most recent in this traveling series–titled "Marry the Priest," was in response to the sexual abuse of priests of their young parishioners. His shows and exhibits have garnered much media attention and accolade–both print and television.

The opening reception will be on Friday–October 15–from 7:00-10:00 PM. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday–11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. To learn more about the artist–visit www.artistzareh.com. For general information about the exhibit–call Harvest Gallery–(818) 546-1000.

Harvest Gallery: 938 North Brand Blvd.–Glendale–CA

–FIRST CAME YEVAYLEN–THEN NAYEV–AND NOW DAGAVEEN

Berberian’s New DVD Released

Vahe Berberian’s latest one man’show–Dagaveen–the hilariously engaging monologue–has been released on DVD and video. Berberian performed Dagaveen for over four months at Rococo in Pasadena and has taken his show on the road to various cities in the US and abroad to packed audiences.

"Dagaveen’s structure is very close to my previous monologues Yevaylen and Nayev," explains Berberian. "There are some personal stories–along with meditations on being an Armenian in America and finally–about the importance of laughter."

"This the first time we have produced DVDs along with the videos–and they include a 10 minute interview with Berberian–where he candidly speaks about his art. We produced the video for two reasons–for those who missed the performances and for individuals who couldn’t get enough," says producer Betty Berberian.

Written and performed in Armenian by Vahe Berberian–the one hour and twenty minute long Dagaveen is directed by Ara Madzounian.

Berberian has performed Dagaveen in different pockets of Armenian communities in California–Armenia–and the East Cost. Within the next few weeks he is scheduled to have shows in Toronto–New Jersey–Boston–Paris–Montreal–among other cities.

The DVDs and videos are available at most Armenian bookstores in California. It can also be purchased via email at :WetPaintPro@aol.com or by calling (818)981-6725.

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