Saturday, September 29, 2012

Vanessa Kachadurian, Armenia's Chest Team Worldwide Winners- Returns to hero welcome

PanARMENIAN.Net - The head coach of Armenian chess team Arshak Petrosyan commented on Armenia’s third victory in World Chess Olympiad. “We’ve got a very friendly team. When people say: “One for all and all for one!” – it could be about us. The preparation for the next round is where you can see the role of a real team leader, Levon Aronian, who’s ready to share his vast knowledge with all the players. I don’t think that’s possible in all of the other teams. Secondly, a team which systematically wins ends up with a winning spirit. We almost always think we’ve got a chance, regardless of how a tournament’s going. A clear example of that is the European Championship last year, in which we shared 3rd-4th place and didn’t even claim medals. After losing in the second round we won the next 5 matches as if nothing had happened, and before the final round we were even in first place. What does team spirit mean? Here in Istanbul we lost to the Chinese team, and pretty quickly. It seemed as though we didn’t have any chance at all as the Russians could win all their remaining matches. However, we didn’t hold a post-mortem, and after a few introductory words we immediately split into groups and got down to preparing for the next encounter. We began to discuss who would help who with what – an absolutely working atmosphere. Perhaps those are the main components of success, although I’d once again emphasise our family atmosphere. I could characterise each player in the team individually, starting with Aronian – he's a true team leader. His willingness to support anyone at any moment with opening preparation is worth a lot, while at the same time he played brilliantly himself, taking first place on the first board. Sergei Movsesian, as you can see, is the only person in our team who limited himself to 50% of the points, but at the same time he won two crucial games against Grischuk and Almasi, which ensured we took the title. Therefore he made a very big contribution to the victory. In general, after he transferred to the team last year it’s become much more compact. We’ve got 4 powerful boards, which was also proven at the World Championship in Ningbo. Vladimir Akopian, who took 2nd place on his board, played wonderfully, winning 5 games and drawing 5. So we had the strongest line-up in the whole history of the team. Tigran also played well, scoring 2.5 points in the first three rounds, though after that we played exclusively with the main line-up,” quoted the head coach as saying.

Vanessa Kachadurian Armenian spiritual Music- Komitas

Soghomon Gevorgi Soghomonyan (Սողոմոն Գևորգի Սողոմոնյան), commonly known as Komitas Vardapet (Կոմիտաս Վարդապետ, by Western Armenian transliteration also Gomidas Vartabed) or simply Komitas (Gomidas) (born on September 26 or October 8a, 1869, in Kütahya, Ottoman Empire; died on October 22, 1935, in Paris, France) was an Armenian priest, composer, choir leader, singer, music ethnologist, music pedagogue and musicologist. Many regard him as the founder of modern Armenian classical music.
Komitas lost his mind after witnessing the 1915 Armenian Genocide and is considered a martyr of the genocide
·         On Monday, October 1, 2012 you are invited to a presentation on the Life and Works of Komitas Vartabed on a DVD comprising more than 450 photographs, 100 video clips and 550 musical performances from various artists. Compiled and presented by Garegin Chugaszyan at the UC Center in Fresno.

Yes we are invited to a presentation on the Life and Works of the GREAT Komitas Vartabed.  You simply do not talk about Armenian Music without mentioning Komitas.

Vanessa Kachadurian My Uncle Rafael (Movie Trailer) 2012

We saw this movie on opening weekend it is a great movie full of old traditional Armenian wisdom and fun.  Uncle Rafael is selected to be in a reality show to save a family, the cast of Armenian actors plots to save them and along the way learns more about their family dynamics.  It is good clean fun, and appropriate for children.  If you liked "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" you will LOVE My Uncle Rafael.

Unfortunately there is only limited showings and mostly on the West Coast, hopefully the early success of the movie will mean wider distribution. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Vanessa Kachadurian, Armenian Artist Eddie Mekka

Eddie Mekka aka Mekjian is now back to his first love Broadway, now staring in "Fiddler on the Roof"
He was one of the many TV stars that came to our schools "Fabulous 50's" fundraiser.  Others were: Kathy Garver, Stan Livingston, Dawn Wells, Tony Dow and more.  The shows they represented were: Make Room for Daddy, Laverne and Shirley, My 3 Sons, Gilligans Island, and more.  As a founding member of the Lively Arts Foundation and promoter of the arts and education.  I mentioned to Eddie he has some good moves.  Here is a trip down memory lane.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Vanessa Kachadurian, the many faces of Armenian art

BEIRUT: “Card Players,” an oil-on-canvas work by Armen Gevorgian, is utterly true to its name. The piece evokes any number of card games from art history – Cezanne’s five “Card Players,” for example, each of which finds peasant men sitting, facing one another in affable contest. Cezanne’s work renders his card-players with great individuality. In Gevorgian’s study of balance, on the other hand, the near-identical figures – contestants as well as the supporters arrayed behind them – are rendered in a stylized, uniform angularity that makes them look like aliens, or else mannequins or effigies of human beings. The setting in Gevorgian’s piece looks less like a public house than a family home. Unlike the Cezanne, which is superbly evocative of time and place, Gevorgian appears more concerned with formal symmetry. The one “natural” element in the work – the utterly spherical treetop, carefully placed at the center of both the window and the work as a whole – serves to further displace the location from the natural world. Slight details in the rendering of the contestants – one figure’s minute bowtie, the playing of a heart by one player and a spade by the other – suggest they are man and woman. The onlookers therefore assume the identities of respective family members, offering advice in the politics of personal relations. “Card Players” is one of 64 works on display in “Symphony of Colors,” an exhibition of work by “Armenian Masters” nowadays up at the Jeweler’s Souk, in Downtown Beirut. The exhibition is organized by the Arame Art Gallery, an Armenian-based outfit that recently opened a branch in Gemmayzeh’s Tekian Center, with the aim of promoting the work of Armenian artists in Lebanon. “Symphony of Colors” is the third exhibition Arame has organized in Beirut. Michael Vayejian, the manager of the Beirut location, explained to The Daily Star that this exhibition is being staged at the Jeweler’s Souk because “the gallery is too small” to hold the works they wanted to include here. The show gathers paintings by 15 artists, including Gabriel Manoukian (aka Gabo), Ruben Abovian, Sarkis Hamalbashian and Tigran Matulian. These works represent a wide range of approaches from abstraction to figuration, defying any expectations that the artists’ common national heritage should make their work thematically or formally similar. Ruben Grigorian works with settings in a far more realistic manner than Gevorgian, yet he too unhinges his subject from the everyday world. (I highly recommend this art Vanessa Kachadurian) His oil-on-canvas work “On the Way” (80x80 cm) appears to depict two characters against a wintertime landscape – the ground white, as if covered in snow, the trees bereft of leaves in the mist. Though depicted as naturalistically as their setting, Grigorian’s two figures are incomplete. The more complete figure, on the right, is comprised of boots, a little girl’s dress, beret and hair. The parts of the body that would be exposed – face, hands, legs – are absent. Diminutive wings can be seen to project from the girl’s dress. Her clothing appears to be addressing a second figure, on the left side of the canvas, though the only mark of its presence is a pair of brown boots, possibly the sort of thing a man would wear. The figures that are the subject of this depiction are literally absent. The obvious question arising from the work’s title is where are the absent figures going? The cherubic wings on the absent girl – and the heavy symbolism of the “dead” wintertime landscape – suggest the figures are en route to heaven. Sarkis Hamalbashian’s colorful oil-on-canvas “Silk Way 1” (130x200 cm) is a landscape rendered in patchwork – that is, without benefit of false perspective. The patchwork consists of cutouts from a medieval bestiary – if you can imagine a bestiary that includes exotic human cultures and antique technologies as well as animals. Sarkis uses very good colors and jewel tones says Vanessa Kachadurian The work’s title suggests the work is a rendering of the historic land route linking the Far East with the Mediterranean, a sort of thematic map that places exotic humans and means of transportation front and center. The impression of motion saturates Arthur Hovhannisian’s “Awakening” (132x190 cm). Four women – who bear a strong physical resemblance both in their facial features and in the prints on their dresses – are dancing in what looks like a field. The family dog has joined their happy exertions. Several questions linger in the mind. What sort of “awakening” is the work evoking? Are Hovhannisian’s figures simply morning people, or is he attempting to render an epiphany (emotional or otherwise) in figurative terms? Whatever his intent, his pervasive use of reds conveys a feeling of great warmth. “Symphony of Colors” is up at Jeweler’s Souk in Downtown Beirut until June 6. For more information, please call 03-262-423. This is an awesome area of Beirut please try to visit says Vanessa Kachadurian A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 30, 2012, on page 16. Read more: (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::

Vanessa Kachadurian, Author Chris Bohjalian on top selling list "The Sandcastle Girls"

It is not very often that I recommend a book but I highly recommend this one to read and purchase as a gift Vanessa Kachadurian The Sandcastle Girls By Chris Bohjalian New York: Doubleday (July 17, 2012) 299 pages, $25.95 Chris Bohjalian’s 14th novel, The Sandcastle Girls, is a moving depiction of the tragedy of the Armenian Genocide told through the experiences of a group of very different individuals who find themselves in Ottoman Aleppo in 1915. At the heart of the novel is a love story between Armen Petrosian, a survivor of Turkish brutality, and Elizabeth Endicott, a Boston Brahmin who has traveled to Aleppo to perform relief work with her father. While the love story propels the novel forward, it is Bohjalian’s unflinching description of what happened to the Armenians during the genocide that makes this book so affecting. Chris Bohjalian’s novel of the Armenian Genocide, The Sandcastle Girls, arrives on July 17. The novel moves between the present day—through the musings of a novelist, Laura Petrosian, who is in the process of exploring her family’s history—and 1915, telling the story of Laura’s grandparents. Bohjalian starts with Laura’s memories of spending time in her grandparents’ suburban New York home, which her mother affectionately referred to as the “Ottoman Annex.” Throughout the book, the portions of the novel that are set in the present day are a vehicle for Laura’s internal thoughts and feelings about her Armenian identity, and how that identity is connected to the genocide. When a friend of Laura’s tells her she saw a picture of her grandmother at an exhibit of photographs from the genocide, Laura sets out on a search to discover her family’s link to the genocide. This search will eventually lead to the revelation of a sad family secret, and it is Laura’s effort to unearth this secret that drives her to delve deeper into the story of how her grandparents met and fell in love. Laura was disconnected from her Armenian heritage, but as she discovers her family’s history, she becomes emotionally involved in discovering how the genocide touched her family. It is likely that Laura is Bohjalian’s alter ego since Mr. Bohjalian and his heroine share a similar background, and he performed extensive research into the genocide as part of this project. Bohjalian is well known for being particularly adept at writing female narrators, and he once again succeeds here in creating a book that is most successful when told from the female perspective. The novel quickly moves from Laura’s memories of her grandparents to the story of how they met in 1915. Elizabeth Endicott, a wealthy Bostonian, travels to Syria with her father, a banker, on behalf of “The Friends of Armenia,” a charitable organization in the Boston area. When we first meet Elizabeth she nearly faints under the Middle Eastern sun as she and her father tour the main square of Aleppo with an American diplomat, Ryan Martin. But it is not just the sun that causes Elizabeth to become faint; she is confronted with hundreds of Armenian refugees—women and children, who have been marched across the desert by the Turkish army and into the square. They have been treated brutally along the way; they are naked and most are barely alive. Elizabeth is shocked, saddened, and feels helpless as to what she could possibly do to help these women. Through Elizabeth’s interactions with these refugees Bohjalian brings out the personal stories of the genocide—the starvation, the beatings, the rapes, and the murdered husbands, brothers, and sons. Shortly after her arrival in Aleppo, Elizabeth meets Armen Petrosian, an Armenian engineer who is working with two sympathetic German army engineers. The Germans have been photographing the Armenian refugees in an effort to document the situation. Although it sounds (and to some extent reads) cliché, there is an instant connection between Elizabeth and Armen, and amidst the horrors of the war and the genocide, Bohjalian creates a classic romantic love story. Armen and Elizabeth are drawn to each other’s “differentness”—Elizabeth is taken with Armen’s dark eyes and long eyelashes, and Armen is taken with Elizabeth’s hair. They form a quick bond and when Armen leaves to join the British Army in the Dardanelles, they write letters to each other regularly. It is in his letters that Armen is able to share with Elizabeth his genocide story, how his wife and daughter were likely killed during a forced march from Eastern Turkey to Syria (it was his search for his family that had brought him to Aleppo). It is only through his letters than Armen can open up to Elizabeth and share this tragedy and the violent actions he was driven to take in response. The portion of the novel set in 1915 is told from many perspectives—Elizabeth, Armen, the German engineers, a Turkish soldier. In addition the story is told through the eyes of two Armenian females Elizabeth meets and befriends in the Aleppo square, a widow, Nevart in her early 30′s, and an orphan girl, Hatoon. Nevart and Hatoon become surrogate family to each other, and Elizabeth becomes so close with them that she insists they live with her at the American Embassy despite the protestations of her father and other missionaries. What Bohjalian achieves by presenting the story through these multiple voices is a complete portrait of the genocide that is rich in personal detail. The most meaningful and devastating portions of the story are those that are told from the perspective of the young orphan girl Hatoon, who witnessed her whole family brutalized and murdered by Turkish soldiers. Hatoon is deeply damaged by her experiences and her tale is heartbreaking, but her survival and ability to form connections with other survivors and non-Armenians injects some hope into the story. This book is about many things—a love story, a war, a woman’s independence and coming of age. But more than anything this novel is about the genocide. I recommend this for Armenian History Students Vanessa Kachadurian Bohjalian’s fans will find this book different from many of the books in his catalogue, which focus on a hot progressive issue of the day such as midwifery, holistic medicine, transgender identity, and homelessness. The scope of The Sandcastle Girls is almost epic in comparison. While there are the rich personal stories that his readers connect to, what he has achieved is much larger. Bohjalian has written a compelling and powerful novel that will bring the history of the genocide to a wide audience. The Sandcastle Girls will remain ingrained in your consciousness. Pre-order The Sandcastle Girls on by clicking here.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Vanessa Kachadurian Armenian Little Singers In Japan NEW (HD)

This group sings beautifully and without any live orchestration only their voices. Vanessa Kachadurian You must watch them in Armenia they perform live very well

Vanessa Kachadurian Armenian Radio in Fresno

Hye Oozh (Armenian Power) has a local radio station. You can listen to them online Fantastic group of students that work on this via the ASO (Armenian Students Organization) at California State University at Fresno. Vanessa Kachadurian

Monday, July 30, 2012

Vanessa Kachadurian Congratulations Peter Musurlian nominated for two 2012 Los Angeles Area Emmys

Congratulations Peter Jan!!! from Vanessa Kachadurian Peter Musurlian Nominated for Two Los Angeles-Area News Emmys Awards Ceremony Scheduled for August 11, 2012 at the Academy of Televisions Arts & Sciences’ Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood Veteran broadcast journalist Peter Musurlian has been nominated for two 2012 Los Angeles Area Emmys: one for a local story on the Burbank Rose Float, and the other for an in-depth look at a Europe-based non-profit environmental organization, which focuses on national parks in the Caucasus region of the former Soviet Union. The 50-year-old Station Manager & Senior Producer of the City of Burbank’s government access station, called “The Burbank Channel,” has garnered 10 prestigious RTNA Golden Mikes over the past decade and, over that same time period, has received six Emmy nominations from the Academy of Televisions Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, California. Musurlian hopes to win an Emmy on August 11, 2012, since, so far, that distinction has slipped his grasp. Musurlian was nominated in the Public & Municipal-Operated Cable category for his mini-documentary, called “The Burbank Centennial Rose Float.” His fellow nominees in that category hail from the cities of Santa Monica, Lakewood, and Glendale. The second Emmy nomination came in the Information Segment category for his piece called, “Saving the Wild: The Caucasus Nature Fund.” Musurlian shot the story last summer in Armenia and Georgia. He faces stiff competition from KCET’s flagship news program, SoCal Connected, which was nominated for its investigation into the spending habits at the Los Angeles Housing Authority. Musurlian has a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism & Political Science from USC in Los Angeles, as well as master’s degrees from Baylor University (Political Science) in Texas, American University (Journalism) in D.C, and the University of Redlands School of Business (Management) in California. In the 1980s, Musurlian reported for television stations in Montana, Texas, and Washington D.C., and for nearly a year in the 1990s, worked as a solo television journalist for the U.S. Army in Central Europe, venturing into Hungary, Croatia, and Bosnia, for which he received a NATO Medal and an Army Commendation Medal. Thank you Peter Musurlian you make us all proud Vanessa Kachadurian

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Vanessa Kachadurian AFFMA Founder Sylvia Minassian Receives Armenian Cultural Medal of Honor | Asbarez Armenian News

AFFMA Founder Sylvia Minassian Receives Armenian Cultural Medal of Honor | Asbarez Armenian News

Vanessa Kachadurian- Armenian-Ethiopian Artist: VAHE

Vanessa Kachadurian Arman Manookian an Armenian Artist in Hawaii
LOS ANGELES — Professor John Seed of Mt. San Jacinto College in Southern California will speak on Sunday, January 22, 2012, at 4:00 p.m., at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum, 15105 Mission Hills, CA. The lecture, entitled “Arman Manookian: An Armenian Artist in Hawaii,” will be cosponsored by the Museum and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR). The event is free and open to the public.
Prof. Seed is the winner of a 2002 Society of Professional Journalist’s award in art and entertainment writing, and has written about art and artists for Harvard Magazine, Maui No Ka Oi, Honolulu, and Christie’s auction houses. He is the author of the book Arman Manookian: An Armenian Artist in Hawaii.
Seed has done extensive research into the life and art of Arman Manookian (1904-31). He has delved into his childhood and education in Constantinople, where he studied at the Armenian school where Daniel Varoujan served as principle, as well as his training in the U.S. and his experiences and paintings during his short stay in “Paradise.” He will cover historic events during his lifetime as well as how they affected his thinking as well as the lives of his family members and his teachers.
Manookian, a survivor of the Armenian Genocide, spend his final years in Hawaii, where he is recognized as one of the state’s greatest artists. In 2011, the Honolulu Academy of Arts held a retrospective of his work.
There will also be a short presentation about the relationship of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, genocide, and genetics.
More information about Seed’s lecture may be had by contacting the Ararat-Eskijian Museum at 818-838-4862 or or NAASR at 617-489-1610 or

Arman Tateos Manookian (1904–1931) was an Armenian-American painter. He was the oldest of three children born to an Armenian family in Constantinople. As a teenager, he survived the Armenian Genocide. Manookian immigrated to the United States in 1920, at the age of 16, and studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. He also took classes at the Art Students League of New York before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1923. While serving in the U. S. Marine Corps he was assigned as a clerk to the author and historian, Major Edwin North McClellan. In 1925, McClellan and Manookian were transferred to Pearl Harbor. The latter supplied illustrations for Leatherneck Magazine and produced about 75 ink drawings for McClellan’s history of the United States Marine Corps, which was never published. These drawings are now in the collection of the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
In 1927, Manookian was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, but remained in Hawaii. He worked for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and for Paradise of the Pacific.
His oil paintings are rare and highly valued due to his early death, by suicide, in 1931, and only 31 are known to exist. The Honolulu Academy of Arts held a memorial exhibition shortly after Manookian’s death and a retrospective exhibition titled Meaning in Color/Expression in Line: Arman Manookian’s Modernism Nov. 4, 2010 through April 24, 2011. The Bishop Museum and the Honolulu Academy of Arts are among the public collections holding works by Arman T. Manookian. According to the State of Hawaii’s House of Representatives, he is “known as Hawaii’s Van Gogh”.

In early 2010 a group of seven Manookian paintings owned by the Hotel Hana-Maui were removed from public display. They were the only Manookian oil paintings known to be on public display anywhere in the world. Two of the murals, Red Sails and Hawaiian Boy and Girl, are now on long-term loan to the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Vanessa Kachadurian - Armenian

Vanessa Kachadurian Armenian Pulse Music Awards * Best Male Vocalist"

Vanessa Kachadurian-Armenian Artists union to organize over 50 exhibits in 2012

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 23, ARMENPRESS: One of the primary tasks of the Union of Artists of Armenia is to aid the recognition and dissemination of the works of Armenian creative minds, the Chairman of the Union, Karen Aghamyan told journalists on February 23.
"Our tasks are the same as they were 80 years ago but today they are much harder to fulfill. The state should keep Pictorial Art, Literature and Music in the center of its attention. In spite of this, we still don't have any law on creative unions", Karen Aghamyan said, adding that all events organized by the Union are conducted at their own expense.
This year the Artists' Union of Armenia will organize more than fifty exhibitions. According to Aghamyan, the exhibition dedicated to Shushi's liberation will be one of the most important events of the year. Aghamyan noted that the Union annually receives 50-60 applications for membership, only 4 out of which are accepted.
"The overall number of the members of the Union exceeds 700, there are 1000 registered members, 300 out of who are not in Armenia today. We also have a Union of Young Artists which incorporates a little more than 100 members",- the head of the Union said.

Vanessa Kachadurian-Armenian American film to be shot in U.S.

PanARMENIAN.Net - A joint Armenian-American movie entitled “Bride from Vegas” will be shot in U.S, movie director Arthur Babayan said.
“The idea of this film occurred to me when my fiancée Armine and I were visiting our parents in Las-Vegas. On our way to Vegas a wish to shoot a movie about Las-Vegas emerged; three days later the script was ready,” Babayan told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter.
Shooting will start in several months, preparation is underway now. The shooting will take 20 days, and the crew hopes the film will be ready by 2013 and then available for everyone including the Armenian audience.
Babayan who has been living in U.S. for the past 13 years, said the filming will mostly take place in and around Los Angeles and Las Vegas. “Rural scenes will be shot in remote villages inCalifornia the beauty of which equals to those in Armenia. Of course, we’d like to have this movie shot in Armenia, but we cannot afford it due to limited budget,” the director said.
According to Babayan, it’s too early to speak about the premiere and the format of screening; the film may be sold later, and those who purchase it may not agree the screening schedule with them.
The story is about a young man, Mko, played by Mkritich Elbakyan, who travels from the rural countryside of Armenia to Las Vegas in search of a woman whose image he sees in a flyer. He’s fallen in love with her and is determined to make this mystery woman, who has stolen is heart, his wife. On this journey he will meet Allison, an ex child actress, played by Olivia D. York. Mko will find true love but you know how the saying goes, “life isn’t always what we plan.” In a nut shell, the human heart cannot be told how to feel and who to love.
Arthur Babayan and Amy Avetikian are the script writers of the movie starring Mkrtich Elbakyan and Olivia York. Famous Armenian artists Alla Tumanyan and Levon Sharayan are also engaged in the film.
“Bride from Vegas” will be filmed by LooxArt Production.

Vanessa Kachadurian- Aram Nersisyan Armenian Painter

Vanessa Kachadurian-Armenian Art to be featured by Sothebys

PanARMENIAN.Net - Sotheby's April 24 sale of Orientalist Art will showcase paintings, drawings and sculpture depicting Turkey, the Middle East, and North Africa by artists from across Europe and North America, the auction’s official website reported.
Led by Armenian-born Russian painter Ivan Aivazovsky’s stunning view of Constantinople, the sale also includes a lively depiction of the Hajj by Alfred Dehodencq, landscapes by the English artist-traveller Edward Lear, and important examples by Eugène Fromentin, Frederick Arthur Bridgman, Rudolf Ernst, and Eugen Bracht, with sculpture by Pietro Calvi and Charles Cordier

Ivan Aivazovsky was a world-renowned painter of Armenian descent, living and working in the Crimea during the 19th century. He is most famous for his seascapes. Former Fresnan Walter Karabian and his wife, Laurel, who own the largest collection of Aivazovsky's works in the Western United States, will present an illustrated lecture on the artist as part of the 2012 Armenian Studies Program Lecture Series. The Karabians will display four of Aivazovsky's works from their private collection and show slides of other dramatic Aivazovsky paintings they own.

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Vanessa Kachadurian Three Armenian Artists

Vanessa Kachadurian-Armenian Costume Art

YEREVAN. – The National Gallery of Armenia and Cosmopolitan Armenia magazine organize Fashion in Art exhibition which will last for a month.
It is also a unique exhibition of portraits, which includes women painted by famous Armenian artists.
The exhibition aims to present the clothing, which Armenian women wore in the past, including the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. Exhibition attendees will see special clothing belonging to different classes and periods painted by Vardges Surenyants, Alexander Bazhbeuk-Melikyan, Yervand Kochar, Petros Konturajyan, Minas Avetisyan, and Paravon Mirzoyan.
In addition to the high artistic value, the canvases also have documentary value.
People will imagine various figures through pictures and get acquainted with their clothing style. Majority of those figures with their attributes and clothing are already a history to nowadays people.
The exhibition also attempted to present the equivalent of typical clothing of past periods as compared to today’s clothing with colors, ornaments and other attributes. Discussions on fashion and art are planned during the exhibition.

Vanessa Kachadurian- Armenian Artist Hakob Hovnatanyan

Hovatanyan painting of Princess Melik

Hakob Hovnatanyan was born in 1806 into the Hovnatanyan family of painters that included five generations of artists from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Hakob was a representative of the last generation of the Hovnatanyan painter, learning the arts from his father (an icon painter). The family descended from Shorot village, in Nakhichevan (old Armenia). Hakob himself was born in the old Tiflis but was forced to move to Iran where he stayed till his death in 1881. More than fifty of the artist’s portraits painted from the late 1820′s and the early 30′s down to the 70′s, have been preserved. Hakob Hovnatanian achieved an accomplished technique as a portraitist in the 40′s and particularly the 50′s.The artist had acquired widespread fame but rather short-lived success with clients among the Tiflis bourgeoisie. Hakob Hovnatanyan’s artwork was well forgotten after he died. Only when Armenia became a more established state did his canvases start showing up in the collections of the State Art Gallery of Armenia in Yerevan and the Fine Arts Museum of Georgia. Hakob Hovnatanyan’s work is profoundly national and at the same time has its individual profile. inspired by his work the critically acclaimed Armenian art film director (Sergei Parajanov) made a short film based on his work entitled Hakob Hovnatanyan