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Coming in May

al ab wíal ibn
father and son

Paintings by Zahi Khamis and Besan Khamis

Opening Reception:
Friday, 1 May, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The opening will also feature Baltimore poet Kim Jensen reciting some of her works.

zahi khamis wall

  This Side of the Wall ©Zahi Khamis

For the first time, Gallery Al-Quds presents art from two generations, that of  Palestinian painter Zahi Khamis and his son Besan.

Influenced by the modernist styles of Picasso and Matisse as well as the Mexican muralists, Zahiís work is part of the long tradition of committed art.  His bright, optimistic colors combined with the tragic expressions of his subjects, express the painful, yet luminous, contradictions of all those who struggle for liberation.

Besan Khamis is a third-year undergraduate art student at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts. He is an interdisciplinary sculpture major, and is working in a variety of disciplines: music, sound, painting, installation, 3D digital fab, and video.

Kim Jensen is a writer, educator, and political activist who has lived in France, California, and the Middle East. She and her husband Palestinian painter Zahi Khamis have been involved in human rights and social justice movements for many years. Kimís first novel about a turbulent love affair between a Palestinian exile and an American student, The Woman I Left Behind, was published in 2006 by Curbstone Press and was finalist for Forward Magazineís book of the year award. Her two collections of poems, Bread Alone and The Only Thing that Matters were both published by Syracuse University Press, in 2009 and 2013. Acclaimed poet Naomi Shihab Nye calls Kimís poems "searing and spare." She adds: "They will haunt you and stretch your vision. You wonít be the same person after reading them that you were before." In 2001, Kim won the Raymond Carver Prize for Short Fiction, and her writings have appeared in many books, anthologies, and journals.

Coming in June

Creative Dissent: Arts of the Arab World Uprisings

This exhibition is courtesy of the Arab American National Museum

Opening Reception:
Friday, 12 June, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

creative dissent   ©Arab American National Museum

Coming in August

Home Away From Home:
Little Palestine By the Bay

Photographs by Najib Joe Hakim

Opening Reception:
Friday, 21 August, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


 ©Najib Joe Hakim

Coming in September

Here Again

paintings by Doris Bittar

Opening Reception:
Friday, 25 September, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


 © Doris Bittar

Coming in November

Coloring the Past

Ammanda Seelye Salzman & Kate Seelye

Opening Reception:
Friday, 6 November, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

coloring the past

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