• Paintings by Valentine Nazarian Wolly to be Dedicated at HMTC this Sunday, March 20, 2016

     

    Above: Displaced, by Valentine Nazarian Wolly

    On Sunday, March 20, 2016, at 1:30 p.m., the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) will dedicate two paintings, Displaced, a triptych, and No Way Out, which were generously donated to the Center by the artist, Valentine Nazarian Wolly, who became familiar with HMTC when she lived in Great Neck, NY. She said of why she wanted to donate the paintings to HMTC, “An objective of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center is to teach about the dangers of intolerance. Thus, it seemed a fitting home for these paintings which depict the consequences of intolerance.”

    Valentine Nazarian Wolly is an Iranian American whose family came to the United States looking for safety. Ms. Wolly received her undergraduate degree from Queens College and a Master of Fine Arts from the George Washington University. Her work is in numerous private and public collections including the Kalamazoo International Airport, the American Train Dispatchers Association and Bronson Hospital Center. She currently lives and paints in Maryland.

    The focus of her figurative work is on connections, interactions and relationships between figures, objects and environments. Her objective is to capture the essence of a moment in time and thus create an impression that stays with the viewer. The paintings, Displaced and No Way Out were in response to ever-present, never-ending world conflict and its consequences. They represent the universal aftermath of world discord – people unable to escape their plight, or if they can, are forced to wander under constant surveillance as they struggle to find a safe haven.

    “The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center is honored to be the new home of these powerful and moving paintings by such a renowned artist,” said Steven Markowitz, Chairman of the Center. “Ms. Wolly’s works will cause students and visitors to the Center to gain a feeling of the profoundness and sadness of the Holocaust and other genocides and wars. We are very grateful to Ms. Wolly and her family for this meaningful gift.”

    The dedication is open to the public but RSVPs in advance are required. To RSVP contact Deborah Lom at dlom@hmtcli.org or (516) 571-8040.

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