June 30 , 2006
IRAQ... That We Know Best!
An Art Exhibition That Makes You Sense Iraq’s Heartbeat
Mesopotamia art gallery at 800 Livernois concluded its series of art shows in
the city of Ferndale. This latest show entitled “Iraq ... That We Know Best!”
held an opening reception intended for the Media Sector and the Art Community on
June 23, 06.
The exhibition which was approved by the International Association of Chaldean
Professional Visual Artists ICA is extended for an extra week and will
run through July 7, open 2:30-7: 30 PM, M, W-F. This unique art exhibition is
adorned with art works by professional Iraqi artists among them professional
Chaldeans i.e. ‘native Iraqis’.
The diverse art works were paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics - terra
cotta, digital art graphics, and carving on glass. The participants include the
pioneer artist Issa Hanna Dabish, the directors of the art gallery, the senior
director and the international artist Amer Hanna Fatuhi, Mark George, Masaood
Yaldo and Lavon Ammori. Other participants were M. Muhraddin, Mazin Elia, Qais
Al-Sindy, Roche Binyamen, Dr. Wisam Marqus (Iraq); Farouk Kaspaules and Mahmoud
Al-Obaidi (Canada); Burhan Saleh Kirkukly and M. H. Abdulla (Holland); Dr. Alaa
Hermiz, Joseph Yousif, Sony Bolis, Dr. Sue Roumayah, Susan Jadan, and Zuhair
Shaaouni (USA). The show also included the art works of the late outstanding
artist Ziad M. Haider who passed away a couple of months ago in his chosen exile
is worth mentioning that this significant exhibition was sponsored by Dr. David
Ayoub of Michigan Community Financial Services, Mr. Tarik Daoud of Al-Long Ford,
Chaldean Flag Gift-Shop, Chaldean Educational Center of America, Mr. Sahir Al-Malih
of ICA Media and Freedom Sun Paper, Mr. Nick Najjar of Voice of Detroit Radio.
The National Iraqi Satellite TV AL HURRA covered this important event through
interviewing the artist Amer Fatuhi, the senior director of Mesopotamia art
gallery, Mr. Marshal Garmo the well-known writer and attorney, and the well
known writer Mrs. Weam Namo, along with a few other guests. ICA TV, also covered
this event by interviewing the artist Fatuhi, Mr. Bassel Odesh from BO studio
for the Art of Stamps and a few other guests. Ferndale Friends local newspaper
attended this event through its editor in-chief Stephanie. The Jewish Cultural
Center was represented by the director of JCE Gallery, Ms. Terri Stearn.
Numerous key people, from the American and Chaldean community attended this
event among them, Dr. Phyllis Nuda the president & CEO of the 3rd
Millennum Education Fundation, Mrs. Sue Kattula, Warren Board of Education, Mrs.
Waem Namo the well-know Chaldean Novelist, Mr. Tarik Daoud, Owner & Chairman of
Al-Long Ford, Sam Yono and Mr. Norman Kiminaia, Owners of the ArabAmerican
International TV, Dr. Shakir Georges, the Metaphysical Scienist, Dr. Marshal
Garmo the Chaldean well-know attorney and a lot of other prominent people .
* During the evening, an honorary award was rewarded
to Dr. David Ayoub for his continuous financial support for the community and
for his financial assistance to the art community.
* Ms. Lavon Ammori the painter and printmaker, talked
about her momentous project, the academic book about Contemporary Iraqi Chaldean
Art. To learn more about this important project or to contact the author, kindly
visit Ms. Lavon Ammori’s page at
For more information about the exhibition and the Artists kindly call
Mesopotamia Art Gallery at 248-582-9088 Between the hours 2:30 & 7:30 PM.