“Art for Oshagan” Nets over $8 000 for City Council Race

GLENDALE–Art for Oshagan–a silent auction to benefit Anahid Oshagan’s bid for the Glendale City Council–netted more than $8,000 over the weekend. The event–held at Harvest Gallery from March 4 to 6–drew nearly 200 participants on opening night when 26 of 30 artworks were auctioned off.

"The success of the auction clearly points to the community’s faith in Anahid’s campaign," said Anahid Oshagan campaign manager–Karo Torrossian. "I have never seen an art fundraiser at the local level bring in so many people and make so much money. This campaign has a tremendous amount of momentum. It is headed for success."

Last week–the campaign got an important boost when Congressman Adam Schiff (D-29) endorsed Anahid’s bid for the City Council. Rafi Manoukian–the Glendale ANC–the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats–and the California School Employees Association have also endorsed Anahid. During the January-February time period–her campaign was third in fundraising in a field of 19 candidates.

The auction included paintings–drawings–sketches–mixed media–three-dimensional works–and photographs from 20 different artists. All works were donated–as was the gallery space. Eric Grigorian delivered the surprise of the auction–donating his 2003 World Press Photo award-winning photograph. Nearly all of the participating artists sold their works.

"There are many important issues in Glendale and one of them is arts and culture–this is one of my priorities in this race," said Anahid Oshagan. "Art is a universal language and it is a force that can unite many parts of Glendale’s diverse mosaic of communities," Oshagan added.

"Part of the success was the community’s obvious and strong support for Anahid. Another part was the quality of the art donated," said Aris Ajand–artist–and owner of Harvest Gallery. "The artists really stepped up and delivered great works. And the atmosphere of the evening was great: there were at least 3 bidding wars."

Other local artists are also stepping up to help Anahid’s campaign. Well-known and highly acclaimed artist–author and actor Vahe Berberian will be performing one of his widely successful monologues–Yevayln Revisited–in a benefit show on March 22 at Anoush Restaurant in Glendale. Actress Lory Tatoulian is slated to perform one of her cutting edge stage sketches at another fundraising event on Wednesday–March 23. For more information please see www.oshagan2005.com.

Oshagan announced her candidacy for the April 5 city elections in January. Her vision to bring harmony and mutual understanding to the diverse communities of Glendale–coupled with her political experience will bring a fresh new perspective and become a unifying force for all of Glendale.

Anahid’s background is ideally suited for the city council. Coming from a family that instilled in her the values of hard work and helping her community–Anahid has developed a solid history of community involvement and service. As a student leader at CSUN–Anahid was instrumental in aiding the 1988 Armenian earthquake relief effort and raising awareness of Armenia’s bid for independence. After graduation–she worked to aid victims of domestic violence and mentored juvenile inmates. She has taught English as a Second Language to immigran’s and spearheaded fundraising efforts for a program to immunize children in Armenia and Karabagh.

For the past three years–Anahid was Congressman Adam Schiff’s District Representative working as the liaison to the City of Glendale and the Armenian-American communities throughout the 29th Congressional district. Anahid now works as a non-profit attorney. If elected–she will be the first Armenian-American woman to serve on the Glendale City Council.

Donations may be made to "Friends of Anahid Oshagan" and sent to Friends of Anahid Oshagan–P.O. Box 4820–Glendale–CA 91222-0820. Political contributions are not tax-deductible. Please see www.oshagan2005.com for more information.

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