Mural reproductions by Ismail and Tamam Shammout
“Trees of Hope: Celebrating the Olive Harvest” was a festive celebration of the role that the olive harvest plays in the traditional society and economy of Palestinians. At the exhibit’s opening, Palestinian master carver Nimir Rishmawi demonstrated for the first time in the U.S. the artistry of olive wood carving as it is done in Bethlehem.
The Gallery exhibited the paintings of Egyptian artist Mona El-Bayoumi from 1 October – 10 November 2004. The exhibit showcased 43 new pieces reflecting on the consequences of war in the Arab World. Using iconographic imagery, saturated colors, and whimsical subtlety, Bayoumi provided a provocative and unsettling commentary on the human side of the current conflicts, most notably the war in Iraq and the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.
Art expert Dagmar Painter curated an exhibition of traditional and contemporary objects and writings.
“Rising before dawn, they lined the edges of the ship, as they sailed into New York Harbor for the very first time.” From “Coming to America,” a painting with narrative by Helen Zughaib.
On view at The Jerusalem Fund Gallery through March, the paintings of Galilee born artist Zahi Khamis capture a deep sense of loss, anxiety and yearning for Palestine. His style has been described as follows: “Combining legend with memory, anger with beauty, and abstraction with poetry, Zahi’s work offers a colorful map of the collective spirit of resistance.”
Photographs by Michael J. Keating
The rich cultural heritage of Palestine is apparent in the traditional dress, jewelry, and embroidery of the Palestinian people. For more than 25 years, Mr. Saleem Fahmawi, chief of the Palestine and Decolonization Section of the United Nations, has worked to assemble a rare and beautiful collection of textiles and artifacts from Bethlehem, Jenin, Nablus, Gaza, Jericho, and other areas representing the diversity of his native land.