By Rosario Teixeira
WATERTOWN, Mass. — A retrospective of Daniel Varoujan Hejinian’s art is on display now through May 2, at the Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA), Contemporary Art Gallery, 65 Main St.
The public is invited to a reception on April 22 from 7 to 9 p.m.
The exhibit documents Varoujan’s (as he prefers to be called) journey through the years; it includes pieces from his Peace of Art collection, which conveys a social message; and Colors of Liberty collection, which conveys his gratitude to his adopted country. Also on display will be images of the Armenian Genocide commemorative billboards calling for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, which he has sponsored throughout Massachusetts.
Varoujan is the founder of Peace of Art, Inc., a non-profit educational organization, which promotes peaceful solutions to conflict. He’s known as the painter of saints because he painted religious murals in seven Armenian churches.
On April 23, Varoujan will be honored at the Massachusetts State House during the commemoration of the 95th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide sponsored by state Rep. Peter Koutoujian and state Sen. Steve Tolman, for his contributions to the community with his art. Since 1996, Hejinian has been behind the Armenian Genocide commemorative billboards. Each year the simple message calls for recognition of the Armenian Genocide. This year’s the message states “Yes, We Can Recognize the Armenian Genocide.” One digital billboard has been on display in Foxboro since early March and on April 6 another billboard went up in Watertown. The collection may be viewed at www.PeaceofArt.org