From left to right: Bob Colloca, Lisa Menasian Colloca, Talin Bekelian, Michael Aram, Lisa Aboyan, Adelina Keshishian, and Cheryl Ourfalian Smith

SOAR Holds Fundraiser with Artist Michael Aram


By Zareh Maserejian

NEWTON, Mass. — The Boston Chapter of the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) hosted a fall fundraising event on Saturday, November 17, at Bloomingdale’s in Chestnut Hill. This was an exciting opportunity to meet world renowned artist and designer Michael Aram in an intimate setting where he spoke briefly about his work and inspiration. An award-winning artist and designer who has supported SOAR previously, Aram is best known for his metal craftsmanship and whose works reflect both nature and his Armenian heritage. Mr. Aram is well known in the Armenian community for his Noah’s Ark Sculpture given as a gift from Armenia to the Vatican where it is permanently housed.

At the brunch, Boston SOAR President Talin Bekelian shared the news that renovations at the Kharberd Orphanage in Armenia have been completed with funds previously raised by the Boston Chapter. (Coincidentally, Kharberd was the home of Aram’s grandfather.) Brunch was provided by Bloomingdale’s and dessert pastries were meticulously prepared and donated by KaterArt. After brunch, Michael escorted the attendees to the first floor to browse through the section of the store where his wares are displayed. Aram answered questions and offered insightful interpretations, and signed pieces of his works.

All funds raised from this event will be used for future Boston SOAR sponsored projects in Armenia. To learn more about SOAR, visit:


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