THE ART OF AREG ELIBEKIAN (June 8th–July 2nd, 2017)

At GALLERY Z - THE ART OF AREG ELIBEKIAN, Thursday, June 8th through Sunday, July 2nd.  Opening Reception Thursday, June 15th, 5-9PM.   

The youngest of three generations of famous artists, Areg Elibekian, son of Robert and grandson of the elder Vagharshag, will be featured in Gallery Z’s June 2017 exhibit.
The revered tradition of painting has been passed down through the generations within the world-renowned Elibekian family, preserving the family's artistic legacy and differing individual imprints.  Born in 1970 in Yerevan, Armenia, Areg is a 1992 graduate of Yerevan's Institute of Drama and Fine Arts.  He resides in Montreal and has often traveled to Paris each summer to paint.  Areg's works are steeped in exquisitely rich and appealing colors, often depicting Impressionist-influenced encapsulations of the bourgeoisie in open-air scenes of Paris and Montreal café society and street life, or beckoning condensed landscapes of these cities’ peaceful riverfronts and gardens.  Bridges and arches, cafes and brasseries evoke both a bygone and an aspiring lifestyle. 

Like both his father and grandfather, Areg’s art is in permanent collections of prestigious museums and galleries worldwide.  His works have been exhibited in Armenia, Lebanon, Germany, France, Canada and the U.S., including the Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal (2014) and several recent exhibitions in Beirut, Lebanon and Yerevan, Armenia.  From 1988 to 1992, he participated in numerous exhibitions of the Association of Armenia Artists, part of the Elibekian family exhibitions at the International Art Center in Beirut, Lebanon, ALMA Gallery in Boston, Gallery L’Oeil Reno Berg, Brussels, and Studio 22, Antwerp, Belgium.  In 1998, he had a solo exhibition at the Gallery Hai Cie in Paris.  He has exhibited previously as a part of the Three Generations of Armenian Art show at Gallery Z. 

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Gallery Z also displays a rotating selection of original fine art (paintings, photographs, drawings, mixed media, glass, sculptures, assemblages, lithographs) from its stable of over 400 locally, nationally or internationally renowned fine artists, and fine ceramics, pottery, jewelry and Armenian and international handicrafts.  The “Italy” room expands the local Federal Hill Italian atmosphere with “Dreamy Venice”, with luminous handmade Murano glass gifts and jewelry chosen and imported from Venice by Gallery Associate Linda Kamajian, set amidst fine art either related to Italy or by some of Gallery Z's established Italian-American artists.  Gallery Z celebrates its seventeenth year in 2017 of providing a center for experiencing fine art in a historic Providence neighborhood.  Although there are no official Gallery Night events December through March, Gallery Z carries the torch by hosting a free opening reception for the current exhibit every third Thursday of the month, 12 months a year. Gallery Z is a tax-free zone.