Exhibition: April 4th - April 20th, 2013
Opening Reception: April 6th, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Contact: Nancy Resler - 530.756.3938 | email@example.com
Gallery Hours: Wed-Th: 11am- 5pm, Fri: 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun: 12pm-5pm
On April 6th, 2013, we will celebrate the life and accomplishments of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens with live jazz and an exhibit of original art with an emphasis on Middle Eastern and North African artists and themes. Chris loved the land and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa; he went beyond the walls of the Embassy to learn first hand the concerns of the people. Secretary Hilary Clinton referred to him as a “Jazz Diplomat,” always improvising the next stage of conversation and collaboration as he made friends for the United States.
We will also be holding a sub-exhibit of small works of art from friends, relatives, and artists touched by Chris’s story. Chris Stevens will always be remembered by his friends and family for his post cards from foreign lands. As early as age 7, he sent postcards to keep in touch and maintain relationships throughout the years. We wish to continue in the tradition of this democratic art form - anyone can enter, and all entries received will be included in this exhibition. The small works can be visual, written word (memories, poetry), or combinations. All entries must be postcard size with postage attached.
Overall the exhibition will bring together artists from around the world with the goal to create a lively, visual dialogue about peace and cultural acceptance between the United States and countries of the Middle East and North Africa, which we hope will continue to grow long after the exhibition is over.
Chris had a passion for building bridges between the peoples of the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States. In this spirit a fund has been established in his name to support his important, yet unfinished, endeavor. All proceeds from the exhibition will go toward the J. Christopher Stevens Fund (see www.rememberingchrisstevens.com).