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Mayda Saris to Present her Book in New York City

New York – NY. Mayda Saris, art columnist of the Armenian-Turkish bilingual Agos weekly newspaper of Turkey, will be in New York on Friday, November 11, 2005, to present her newly published English version of the book, Armenian Paintings: From the Beginning to the Present.

The event is organized under the auspices of His Eminence Abp. Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, by the Tekeyan Cultural Association of NY and NJ, with the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America; Gomidas Choir of the Diocese of the Armenian Church; Armenian-American Support and Educational Center, Inc.; Armenian Cultural Center of Forest Hills; Constantinople Armenian Relief Society, Inc.; Esayan-Getronagan Alumni, Inc.; Tibrevank Alumni Inc.

Mayda Saris was born and educated in Istanbul, where she still resides. Her book, which contains more than 100 illustrations, was originally published in Turkish. It had great impact on Turkish readers, who generally are unfamiliar with the Armenian Culture. Hakan Celik, a columnist of Posta, a Turkish daily newspaper wrote, “Did you know that Armenian painters who were born and raised in Turkey, but hardly known in Turkey, have greatly contributed to the development of the Ottoman painting art? I learned that from Mayda Saris’s book.”

Encouraged by the popularity of the book, Ms. Saris had it translated into English and published by Agos. The focus of the book is on Armenian painting in the last few centuries, with biographical information provided on many important artists in the Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Armenia, and the Diaspora.

Watercolorist Mariam Attarian will start the evening by briefing the audience in English about Mayda Saris’s professional background and her book. Ms. Attarian is very well known in the Greater New York area for her romantic florals and joy-filled scenic vignettes. She combines her life as a painter with that of a lecturer. The highlight of the evening, of course, is Ms. Saris’s talk in Armenian with slide presentation.

Ms. Saris will tour seven cities in the US and Canada, starting from Los Angeles on November 4, and will continue to Detroit, Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Montreal. Her appearance in New York is scheduled for Friday, November 11, 2005, 7:30 p.m., at the Diocesan Guild Hall, 630 Second Avenue, New York City (corner of 34th Street). A lavish reception will follow the book signing and a question and answer period. Admission to the event and reception is free.

For more information you may contact: Missak Boghosian at 212-819-0097, or Aram Arkun, E-mail: zicres@ armeniandiocese.org.

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