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Al-Andalusia in Washington, D.C.

Al-Andalus:  Pardes/Paradise in Washington, D.C.

Here is a taste of Al-Andalus:  Pardes/Paradise as exhibited  at the Jerusalem fund Gallery of the Palestine Center in Washington, D.C. September/October 2012. Click on Pomegranate Tree of Life to see all of the art created for Al-Andalus:  Pardes/Paradise. 

The Gallery of the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development, Washington, DC hosted my paintings and odes: Al-Andalusia: Pardes/Paradise from September 14 thru October 26, 2012.

I attended the Opening Reception and gave a brief presentation. My flight on September 11, 2012 coincided with the attack on the US Consulate in Bengazi, Libya and the deaths of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and computer expert Sean Smith.

Pomegranate Tree of Life
Pomegranate Tree of Life

The exhibit was very well received. It was preceded by the optimism generated by the events of The Arab Spring. However, on arrival at the gallery to meet with the gallery director, Dagmar Painter, all of the hundreds of United States flags in the US Capitol were at half-mast. It was a sobering sight.

The Jerusalem Fund Gallery is a program to promote Palestinian and Arab culture through art exhibits, book signings, musical performances and other events. The events are held at The Jerusalem Fund office in Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C, across from the Watergate Complex.

The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. that does educational and humanitarian work on behalf of Palestinians, particularly those living in the Occupied Territory and surrounding refugee camps.