Academy gallery in Yerevan was a feast of Armenian
Easter tradition last Tuesday, as more than 20
female artists presented their hand-made works.
Old Armenian artifacts, gata (traditional Armenian
cake), puppets, lady bugs, handkerchiefs, "egg"
trees, canary chickens, candles and even cabbage,
beets and carrots were spread throughout the gallery.
"It is common in Diaspora to organize such
events near Easter, where Armenian women present
their imagination and skills," says organizer
Sonia Tashchyan. "It is the third time we
have organized such an event in Armenia and each
year the atmosphere becomes more vivid and beautiful."
Tashchyan says the main goal of the exhibit is
to encourage cheerful celebrations of Easter.
And doing so, she says, doesn't require an art
specialist. The works at the gallery were produced
by housewives, teachers, puppeteers, young girls
and even one bank employee.
"Unlike last years this year's exhibition
is also marked by the fact that four charitable
organizations, SOS village-orphanage of Abovian,
special educational complex of Vardashen, Family
Care from Spitak and MSF participated" Tashchyan
says. "This blend enriched our celebration
In fact the Family Care club students of Renaissance
Art School of Spitak made pieces for the trade
exhibit and hope to sell them for money to support
Care volunteer Karin Khachaturyan says such events
"help protect and save national culture".
Her students made wooden gata-like ornaments,
spoon racks, eggs and other works.
The exhibition is something like a compass for
Armenian women thinks resident of Echmiadzin,
housewife Srbuhi Shahnazaryan, whose original
compositions consisted of baskets, dried flowers,
painted eggs and wine made of braches of willow.
"Many visitors come and carefully watch
and they learn something new and they are enriched
leaving the place," says Shahnazaryan. "And
for many of the participants this measure is something
like a self-assertion and moving forwards."
Armineh Ghazaryan, who came to Armenia from Iran
four years ago, says that Easter for her is the
most colorful and bright celebration. Such things
as were presented at the exhibit make the season
even brighter, she says.
Edna Masih is a master of making Easter cakes
and like a good master, doesn't tell her preparation
secrets but says it requires desire and patience.
"This work demonstrates coming of the Easter,"
she assures. "For all of us it is something
like the coming of the spring."