May 29th, 2008Gallery Z invites you to join us tonight, Thursday, May 29th, from 5:30pm to 8pm, for the one-year anniversary of Food, Art, and Wine event, featuring the cuisine of Pearl Restaurant and Jessie’s Dessert Bar, as well as the art of Kevork Mourad’s “Recent Work” exhibition, which ends this Saturday, May 31st. The wines featured at this event are all Newport Vineyards wines, and a representative of the winery will be on hand to answer questions about them. In addition, all guests will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a gift certificate to Pearl, Jessie’s, and Gallery Z.
A nightlife fixture in Providence since October 2004, Pearl Restaurant and Lounge has already established itself as a dining establishment of extraordinary elegance, attentive service, and innovative signature dishes, including fresh seafood dishes, Prime beef, and tempting desserts.
Specializing in desserts, frozen treats, specialty coffees, and liquors, Jessie’s is the place “where friends meet and mingle on the Hill.” Past restaurant partners for the monthly Food, Art, and Wine event have included:
May 2007 Zooma Ristorante
June 20007 Jessies Dessert
July 2007 242 Restaurant &
August 2007 Blue Grotto
September 2007 Siena
October 2007 Venda Ravioli
November 2007 Providence
December 2007 Palmieri’s
Bakery, Cassarinos & Nancy’s Fancies
January 2008 Nicks on
February 2008 Bravo
March 2008 Gepettos
April 2008 Pane E Vino
The Newport Vineyards selection of wines for this event includes their Sauvignon Blanc 2007, which is dry with hints of passionfruit and gooseberries, and a crisp, palate-cleansing finish, Sancerre style. The semi-dry “In the Buff” Chardonnay 2007 is produced by Controlled fermentation in cold stainless steel tanks (no oak barrels), bringing out freshly squeezed aromas and tropical flavors, and showing the true expression of the Chardonnay grape. The Merlot 2006 is the result of extended oak aging, with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon added for extra complexity, producing an abundance of currant, raspberry, and blackberry flavors.
In “Recent Work,” his 7th consecutive solo exhibit at Gallery Z, Kevork Mourad explores themes of displacement and lost geographies, and refers to contemporary politics, especially of his native Middle East. While his palette and style have developed over the years, his paintings retain their affinity for story-telling and convey a sense of movement caught in stillness. In looking at his paintings, one can see the illustrator laying his visual interpretations of music upon the canvas, as the melding of visual and aural landscapes has long been a centre-point of his work. The anniversary edition of the Food, Art, and Wine event is one of the last three days that this incredible exhibition will be available for viewing.
Gallery Z Director and Photographer Bérge Ara Zobian invites you to join us for a delicious complimentary evening, celebrating the one year anniversary of the fun and festive monthly Food, Art, and Wine event!
May and June Events at Gallery Z
Gallery Z Director in the News
On May 12th, Gallery Director Berge Ara Zobian, along with artist Jane Puerini and artist and educator Jane Begin, Judged Senator Jack Reed’s annual state-wide high school art competition.
In addition, in his capacity as artist and co-chair of Gallery Night Providence, Zobian had a live radio interview with talk show host Robert Bailey last Friday, May 23rd, on 1540am WADK-AM Newport, Rhode Island, along with fellow artist and Gallery Night co-chair Paula Martiesian, discussing the art market, the business of art selling, and what is happening in the industry today.
Finally, Zobian (who is a former faculty member at Rhode Island College) will have his photographic work exhibited in a mixed media show “STATE OF THE ARTS” @ URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery from June 2nd to 27th, 2008, with a Gallery Night Providence reception on June 19th, from 5 to 9pm.
Brown Play School Exhibit
On Tuesday, May 27th, from 4:30pm to 6pm, Gallery Z hosted an exhibit of Brown University
Play School Children’s Art.
Children from the Brown University Play School exhibited their acrylic self-portraits, which they had been working on all year. This exhibit allowed 3 to 5 year old artists to have their first exhibit at a gallery, in support of the school’s “Emilio Reggio approach to preschool education, which is an arts-centered philosophy.” The works were hung for the day at the children’s eye level, below the current exhibit of “Recent Work” by Kevork Mourad.
YMCA Presentation at Gallery Z
Shown here is guest speaker Michael Fournier, with fellow speakers Martha Aramian, and Dr. Anait Azarian, at a presentation hosted by Gallery Z on Thursday, May 22nd,explaining the work that the Providence YMCA and the YMCA of the USA do in conjunction with the Armenian National YMCA.
June Exhibit by Nilton Cardenas
Gallery Z is exited to announce that we will be hosting an opening reception for “Living in Memory/ Viviendo en Memoria,” featuring paintings and drawings by Nilton Cardenas, on Thursday, June 19th, 2008, from 5 to 9pm. The artist will be present at the reception. In his current collection, Nilton maintains a passion for telling the story of his country’s culture through his art. The use of color in his large murals reflects his experience and perspective of life in his native Peru where color, music, and traditions are the standards of beauty. In his work one finds traces of surrealism, realism, and abstract and contemporary styles.
Nilton Cardenas was born and raised in Lima, Peru, and studied journalism at the University of San Martin de Porres and Painting at the Institute Superior Jose Sabogal in Lima, Peru. At the age of 20, he immigrated with his family to Florida, later settling in Providence, Rhode Island. He has exhibited his artwork both individually and collectively in the United States and Spain.
Nilton actively promotes Latino art and culture in the local community and is a former Board Member of Sol Gallery. Nilton has been developing his talent with the youth of Providence as an art teacher in schools and summer camps, and in before and after school programs. For this work, he has received recognition awards from City and State officials for his support and the impact of art on children.
In 2007, Nilton was featured in a solo exhibition hosted by The Consulate General of Peru in Hartford, Connecticut. In 2006, his work was featured at the Venezuela Gallery at the Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in New York.
About Gallery Z
Located on Providence’s Historic Atwells Avenue (Exit 21 from Interstate 95) since 2001, Gallery Z offers an eclectic collection of works by 20th-21st century Armenian, American, international, and Rhode Island artists. Opening receptions are held on the third Thursday of each month. Owner and photographer Bérge Ara Zobian, spearheading efforts to raise public interest in the arts, dedicates an entire front window to the public forum.
Also, Gallery Z is a TAX FREE ZONE. ==]
And, as always, all exhibits are free and open to the public.
The gallery can be found on the World Wide Web at www.galleryzprov.com Please feel free to contact the gallery at email@example.com Gallery Hours:Tues & Wed 12-6pm
By appointment and by chance
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MEMBER – Americans for the Arts
Directions to Gallery Z:
From the North:
Take 95 South to Exit 21. At the end of the exit ramp, take a right onto Atwells Avenue.
From the South:
Take 95 North to exit 21. At the second set of lights take a left onto Atwells Avenue.
Gallery Z is located on your right at 259 Atwells Avenue.
In This Issue
May and June Events at Gallery Z
About Gallery Z
May Public Art Window
by Kevork Mourad
April 1st, 2008
to May 31st, 2008
“Living in Memory / Viviendo en Memoria”
by Nilton Cardenas
June 19th, 2008, 5-9pm
June 3rd, 2008
to July 5th, 2008
May Public Art Window
Gallery Z welcomes back artist and educator Dorothy Abram to its Public Art Window,
featuring a text and light installation created by Abram as a means of commemorating
After the Holocaust, the slogan NEVER AGAIN! arose in public consciousness as an
articulation of the horror that the world had stood impassive toward the genocide
of European Jews by the Nazis. That articulation acted as both an acknowledgement
of that horror and a promise of redemption for that indifferent world.
And yet, though the world supposedly now ascribes to this slogan, still it seems
content to sit back and watch genocides occur repeatedly, giving the lie to its
This text and light installation focuses on the atrocities that have happened since
that pledge of NEVER AGAIN! Using a revolving light to remind viewers of the search
lights of the Nazi concentration camps, artist Dorothy Abram puts a moving focus
on multiple genocides that have occurred since the Holocaust. This installation
emphasizes that the promise of NEVER AGAIN! is lifeless in view of the continuing
inaction of the world that has allowed millions to perish in the genocides that
have been perpetrated since that Holocaust pledge was first offered. Abram’s hope
is that this illuminated exhibit marks the end of an uncaring era, and will inspire
viewers to finally work together to fulfill the pledge of NEVER AGAIN!
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