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