The Syrian Experience As Art 2

Please join ArtisTree Gallery in welcoming these works of humanity and connection.

ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery Purple Crayon Productions
2095 Pomfret Road/PO Box 158,

South Pomfret, VT 05067, USA

Exhibition: May 26th – June 8th
Opening Reception: Friday, May 26th, 5:30-7:30pm

The Syrian Experience As Art is a traveling exhibition from Castleton University representing the work of twelve Syrian artists individually responding with creativity to loss and destruction. Please join ArtisTree Gallery in welcoming these works of humanity and connection.

ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery Purple Crayon Productions are non-profit organizations committed to making creative expression and its appreciation accessible to our community.committed to making creative expression and its appreciation accessible to our community.

Our community arts center provides the opportunity for a joyful, meaningful, and satisfying experience of the visual arts, movement, theatre and music through our year-round classes, workshops, performances, gallery exhibits and events. We encourage our local community members of all ages and abilities to participate in a wide variety of art processes. Our offerings are designed to nurture each person’s inherent creative capacities and raise the possibility of art as a vital force in an individual’s overall growth and expressive abilities.


L’Art en Mouvement

On the occasion of  “Nice Solidaire du Monde”  week and in collaboration with the Maison des Associations Garibaldi and the city of Nice, SYRIA.ART presents “L’Art en Mouvement” event featuring the work of Syrian videographers and photo artists.

Event: L’Art en Mouvement
Video Screening: 17/05/2017
Photo Exhibition: 13/05 – 20/05/2017
Venue: Maison des Associations Garibaldi
12ter Place Garibaldi
06300 Nice, France

L’Art en Mouvement

L’Art en Mouvement presents the remarkable work of Syrian videographers and photographers on May 17 at 7 pm at Maison des Associations in Nice, followed by a casual and convivial discussion around a shared glas. The City of Nice supports the event as part of its annual Nice Solidaire Du Monde campaign.

Works by renowned Syrian video artists and filmmakers

Waref Abu Quba, Ghaida Karmeh, Fadi Al Hamwi, Jalal Maghout, Manhal Issa, Julie Nakazi, Huda Takriti, Abdalla Al Omari and Sulafa Hijazi

are complemented by a photo exhibition with Nizar Ali Badr and Khaled Youssef.

Today, video as a medium has taken an important position within contemporary art.

In a world in motion, the perspectives and evolution of video art remain sensitive to technological and computing developments. Advances in these fields are renewing the possibilities of the medium as an innovative means for artistic expression and seemingly augurs a new language to express the world’s ills, convey a message or bring colors of hope.

The Syrian videographers, despite the war that ravages their country, remain connected, too, with the world. They follow the constant technological mutation of video art and its emerging forms of art, and participate in the renewal of both the language and the modes of production and diffusion of this discipline.

The aim of this screening is to present examples of Syrian artistic work in the field of short and animated films. All of the works concerned are of different forms and address diverse issues. Some focus on the disorder of the world, others are interested in the state of mind of the postmodern Man in the era of globalization, while another part revisits the classics of contemporary art by offering a new vision full of colors.

Le Cabaret Solidaire

In a surge of hope, the artists from Nice Christine Lidon and Johanna Piraino, La Strada, Cinema de Beaulieu and SYRIA.ART association took the initiative to support the migrant 06 collective in their efforts with the refugees.

The “Cabaret Solidaire” event will take place on May 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm at 
Cinéma de Beaulieu
Avenue Albert 1er
06310 Beaulieu-sur-Mer

The “Cabaret Solidaire” will take place on May 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm at the Cinéma de Beaulieu and is an artistic event in support of migrants living in the Maritime Alps. The program includes poetry performances, music, songs, dance, short film screenings and exhibitions of photographs. The funds will be entirely transferred to non-profit solidarity organisations.

This event is supported by La Strada and the Cinéma de Beaulieu and initiated by Nice’s artists Christine Lidon (singer-songwriter-composer) and Johanna Piraino (singer-songwriter). SYRIA.ART association highlights its presence with the screening of a short film entitled “Art is the Answer”, as well as a photo exhibition of the works of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr.

When the Cinéma de Beaulieu offered us several dates to host the “Cabaret Solidaire”, we obviously chose May 7! We, artists and performers, have modestly chosen to support the citizen 06 movement with our own means, our poetry, our dances and songs. We support them because they have demonstrated that it is possible in our country to enforce the laws, in particular those protecting minor refugees. Certainly, to win they had to fight, but they acted for democracy and therefore for us! We have no ambition other than to unite, to share, to ensure that hope arises from our hearts. Like the phoenix, which is reborn from its ashes, refugees who have returned from hell have shown us that joy and life can take precedence over horror and bitterness.

All together, artists, performers, cultural stakeholders, participants, volunteers, the public, La Strada, Cinema de Beaulieu and SYRIA.ART association… we pay tribute to migrants for their courage and the lessons of life they give us!


On January 29, over 20 of the finest Niçois artists are coming together for a charity event for the victims of the Berlin Christmas market terror attack.

This one-off event is taking place on Sunday, 29th January 2017 at 17h00 at
Théâtre Francis Gag
4, rue de la Croix
06300 Nice

In Nice, the shock was deep and ripped open wounds that had barely begun to heal when on December 19 the news came that Berlin had just suffered a terror attack, carried out the same heinous way as it had happened just five months earlier on the Promenade des Anglais. Twelve people lost their lives and 53 more were badly injured at the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market attack. A cruel déjà-vu for many Niçois. But as soon as the first wave of horror subsided, Nice sprang into action to show its solidarity with the grief-stricken German capital: 20 performing and plastic artists from Nice come together in a unique and high-profile charity event on 29 January at 17 h at the Théâtre Francis Gag, with the proceeds going to the Berlin victims and their families.



The Syrian Experience As Art

Exhibiton organized by Castleton University, Rutland, Vermont, USA

Fine Arts Center, Castleton University
45 Alumni Drive, Castleton, Vermont, USA
August 29 – October 14, 2016

104 Merchants Row, Downtown Rutland, Vermont, USA
September, 2016 – January, 2017

“The Syrian Experience As Art” is an exhibition representing the work of twelve Syrian artists who seek to express their individual and varied responses to the devastation of their country. This is an expanded exhibition, showing in two of Castleton University gallery spaces.

One of the artists, Khaled Youssef, will be joining the exhibition via Skype to discuss his work and facility a Q&A session.

The exhibition will be accompanied by two essays by Khaled Youssef:
– “Syrian Women Artists: The Artistic Revolution of Roses”
– “Syrian Contemporary Art: A 70-Year Evolution”

Featuring work from twelve Syrian artists:

Photography: Issa Touma, Khaled Youssef, Dani Hasrouni / Digital Arts: Julie Nakazi, Khaled Akil, Bassam Alemam, Omar Shammah, Tania Al Kayyali, Amr Fahd, Ayham Jabr, Humam Alsalim & Rami Bakhos

– William T. Ramage, Castleton University,
– Khaled Youssef, SYRIA.ART – Association pour la Promotion de l’Art Contemporain Syrien,

Flight: Explorations in Movement, Migration and Freedom

Exhibition (for humanitarian purposes) – West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park, Vermont, USA

Exhibition April 2, 2016 – June 26, 2016

100% of the commission from Syrian artworks and some other sales will be paid for the benefit of:
International Committee of the Red Cross in Syria and Yalla! Pour les Enfants

Gallery artists, local students, and notable Syrian artists interpret the concept of flight in this juried exhibition. This can be as simple as birds as the subject matter or an abstract painter’s expressionist representation of joyous movement, of airborne thought. Flight could also be concerned with the migration of hundreds of thousands of the Syrian people to freedom. There is no one interpretation.

West Branch has partnered with Khaled Youssef, a Syrian doctor, photographer, and co-founder of the not-for-profit, politically unaffiliated organizations Creative Havens: Syrian Artists and Their Studios‘ and ‘Syria Art – Syrian Artists‘, to make the upcoming exhibition, Flight: Explorations in Movement, Migration, and Freedoma reality.

His enthusiasm, sincerity, and personal connections to the Syrian art community, spread across international borders, have helped us to bring incredible works of emotionally powerful and socially conscious art to our small Vermont town. Here, Khaled speaks to us about the crucial role art plays in how we attempt to understand and relate to the triumphs and tragedies of human experience.

6 artists from the Syrian art scene are represented:

Painting: Lukman Ahmad, Rashwan Abdelbaki / Photography: Khaled Youssef, Khaled Akil / Digital Art: Tammam Azzam / Video Art: Manhal Issa

– Patricia Trafton, Gallery Manager, west branch gallery & sculpture park,
– Khaled Youssef, Président SYRIA.ART – Association pour la Promotion de l’Art Contemporain Syrien,