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Lo Maximo Event Celebrating Homeboy Industries’ 25th Anniversary and Book Release

The 2013 Lo Maximo event celebrated HomeBoy Industries 25th Anniversary and the release of the new book, “Hungry For Life” for which I did all the photography. Angelica Houston, Martin Sheen and Richard Cabral all toasted the achievements of Father Gregory Boyle and HomeBoys and the hosts for the evening were Lisa Ling, Jimmy Smits and Joe Torre. Warren Olney, who is the host and executive producer of the nationally syndicated program, “To The Point” introduced the book to the 1000 attending guests which included the Los Angeles Chief of Police.

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The book “Hungry For Life”  is hot off the press with over 300 sold in under 2 hours.

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Pati Zarate, the creator of the recipes proudly presents the book to the guests at Lo Maximo.

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Pati and Alisha, who is a HomeGirl that apprenticed at the highly regarded restaurant, Bouchon, owned by the renowned chef Thomas Keller.

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Guests enjoying delicious appetizers prepared by the HomeGirls of HomeGirl Cafe.

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Detail of a delicious dip with white wine, classic SoCal dining!

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1000 Guests listening intently to the deeply moving transforming stories told by the HomeBoys and HomeGirls of HomeBoy Industries.

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Greg, Jude, Kim and Alain with Father Gregory Boyle, celebrating his 25 year anniversary of HomeBoy Industries.

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365 Seeds – A Pomegranate Tree

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INFO:

  • Original Size: 32″ x 40″
  • Medium: Ink, watercolor, Japanese brush and pigment on museum quality watercolor paper.
  • 16″x20″ Signed edition on watercolor paper available.

CONTEXT:

 

365 SEEDS  (pomegranate tree)                                                            

 

One of the darkest periods of my people,

It was called “the Genocide”

Those that survived the killings,

were exiled into the deserts.

Making the journey by foot

could take a year to find civility.

A pomegranate can have 365 seeds.

It is said Armenians ate one seed per day

to survive the journey.

a contemporary work of art portraying mother and child

Love Conquers

a contemporary work of art portraying  mother and child

INFO:

  • Size: 30″ x 40″
  • Medium: Ink and watercolor fused on paper using experimental techniques.
  • 16″x20″ Edition series available to support Datev Outreach whose mission is to support families affected by domestic violence.

 

Participating in a 5 mile walk raising awareness towards the issues of domestic violence.

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Arriving to St Leon Cathedral in Burbank:

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Presenting the artwork to the Arch Bishop of the Western Diocese.

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Showing the artwork to the people with Father Vazken who created datev Outreach:

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Participated in an ancient fire ritual at The Saint Leon Cathedral:

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Liberty Painting and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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INFO:

  • Size: 20″ x 48″
  • Medium: Ink, watercolor and pigment on canvas then glazed in resin.
  • Signed edition on watercolor paper donated to The Par Wars annual charity event to raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.
  • ABOUT CF
    Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States. A defective gene causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus. This abnormal mucus leads to chronic and life-threatening lung infections and impairs digestion. Currently, there is no cure.CF Foundation-supported scientists, however, are writing a remarkable medical success story. They are quickly translating information from the laboratory – such as knowledge about the inner workings of CF cells – into promising new strategies for therapies. In fact, more clinical trials are underway on new CF drugs than ever before in history.In recognition for its work, the CF Foundation has been cited by such publications as SmartMoney and Forbes as one of the top health organizations in the country in terms of its efficiency and innovative approach to curing a genetic disease.The path to curing CF is paved with numerous research opportunities – any one o f which could have a profound impact on the lives of those with the disease. The only thing that stands in the way to finding a cure is additional funds to support the research. With your help, we can improve the length and quality of life for those adults and children living with CF. For more information visitwww.cff.org.Click here to make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Cystic Fibrosis / Par Wars Charity Event

In support of research to improve the lives of the 30,000 children and adults with cystic fibrosis.

“2x-Liberty” was donated to the 2010 event raising awareness and donations for cystic fibrosis.

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Artwork to support Haiti from the 2010 earthquake

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INFO:

  • Size: 32″ x 40″
  • Medium: Ink, watercolors and Japanese brush on cold press 340 gsm museum quality, archival paper.
  • 16″ x 20″ Signed edition on watercolor paper available with proceeds donated to The Red Cross in support of The 2010 Haiti Earthquake .
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Mother and Child – In support of Breast Cancer Research

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INFO:

  • Size: 30″ x 40″
  • Medium: Ink, watercolor and pigment on watercolor paper.
  • An edition series of 100 – 13″ x 19″ giclee prints are available with 50% of the proceeds donated to http://www.bcrfcure.org/
  • To purchase an edition print and support Breast Cancer Research, Click Here.

DETAIL:

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“Rise” – Art depicting The Resurrection of Christ

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INFO:

  • “Rise” was created on Easter Sunday after fasting for 10 days.
  • Medium: Watercolor paints and ink on 505 g/m2 acid free museum quality paper.
  • 13″ x 19″ signed edition of 100 available with proceeds donated to: http://www.inhisshoes.org/
  • To purchase one of these limited edition works and support In His Shoes, Click Here.

CONTEXT:

A contemporary depiction of the resurrection of Jesus Christ that is celebrated by the Christian holiday  Easter. Inspired by the stained glass windows adorning churches.

Artwork Donated to Support Saint Marks

Artwork donated to help raise over $240,000 this year!

Flow Line Face Artwork Auctioned at St. Marks

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INFO:

  • Size: 18″ x 24″
  • Medium: Acrylic and graphite on archival board.
  • A signed edition of the original donated to St. Marks to help raise $240,000.

 

 

30 Hour Famine – Art Donated to Support

Artwork has been donated to In His Shoes Org to help them raise $225,000 and awareness towards children of the world who do not have enough to eat.

To help facilitate awareness, this group did not eat for 30 hours and spent time together in reflection about the cause.

To Learn more about this non profit organization, go to: www.inhisshoes.org

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Art Donated to Support The Thorn Tree Project

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Artwork donated to The Thorn Tree Project to help them raise money to support their mission, $70,000 was raised at the event.

Their mission is to help educate the children of nomadic families in Northeastern Samburu.

To learn more about this non-profit organization: www.thorntreeproject.com

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Art Donated to The ANCA Auction

 

The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues including ensuring the appropriate commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

Gregory Beylerian donates a work of art to the auction held at the 2007 Annual Banquet in support of The Armenian Genocide Resolution.

To Learn more about this organization: www.anca.org

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Artists For Real medicine

ARTISTS FOR REAL MEDICINE
Bringing together Global Artists to Benefit the Children, Families & Relief Projects of Real Medicine Foundation around the world.

Gregory Beylerian donates two works of art from the “Power & Beauty” collection to the Real Medicine Foundation auction.

To learn more about this organization: www.realmedicinefoundation.org

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Real Medicine Foundation provides humanitarian support to people living in disaster and poverty stricken areas, focusing on the person as a whole by providing medical/physical, emotional, economic, and social support.

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Art Donated To Cystic Fibrosis Auction

Gregory Beylerian creates portrait of “Jessica” and offers a commissioned portrait auctioned at The 26th Annual Par Wars Golf Classic & Cystic Fibrosis Gala held on August 2, 2007 at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes. Thanks to the contributions, this event set a new record and netted just under $200,000! The generosity of donors directly affects the life of Jessica and the more than 30,000 children and young adults suffering from this life-threatening disease. The financial success of this year’s event make a positive difference and impacts so many lives.

To Learn more about this organization: www.cff.orgjessica portrait

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Peace Spiral – Built from Attendee’s at Peace Forum

 

peace spiral for forum on forgivenessThe Peace Spiral was created by setting up a photo studio at the event location and photographing every participant with arms extended, palms open. Then the artwork was created by placing every person into the art, palm touching palm in a cosmic spiral configuration to portray in a visual art form the mission of the event.

A 10 foot by 10 foot tapestry print was created of this work.

 

a special Forum on Forgiveness has been slated at the All Saints Church in Pasadena. Speakers, discussions, films will all be part of the agenda, as we look at “Local Reconciliation~ Global Peace.”

“It seems that the only language people speak these days is that of war,” said Fr. Vazken in his weekly message. “We need to change our metaphors. If we are to imagine a world with peace, we must speak a language that includes forgiveness, as much as it does tolerance and understanding.”  Get the Details

Paul Freedman’s new documentary on Darfur will be screened at the Forum. The film, narrated by George Clooney is powerful in content and message. A question and answer session with the producer will follow.

07/07/07 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORGIVENESS

July 6 & 7, 2007

Friday 6–10PM; Saturday 9AM-3PM
In His Shoes Ministries, in collaboration and cooperation with All Saints Church is hosting this event for our times: ”Local Reconciliation; Global Peace: A Forum on Forgiveness”

Join us for a two day forum on forgiveness: Discussions • Lectures • Break Out Groups Explore hope for Peace in our World.

Participants:

  •  Benjamin Kayumba – survivor ofthe Rwandan Genocide (1994) confronts the rapist & murderer of his parents.
  •  Leticia Aguirre – mother of Raul Aguirre, who was slain in street gang warfare, forgives her son’s murderer during the courtroom trial. A story like no other…
  •  Fr. Vazken Movsesian – lays out a plan for forgiveness that transcends the personal and affects the global realm, with examples from a pure orthodox vantage point.
  •  Gregory Beylerian – artist and creator of the acclaimed 7×77 art piece (2005), will be developing his latest creation with conference participants.
  •  Linda Maxwell – Co-Executive Director of We Care For Youth, brings together the community for a Mandala for Peace.

To learn more about the organization that produced this event: www.inhisshoes.org

65 Roses

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This drawing is created from 65 different types of roses and donated to auction to raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.

“65 Roses” is what little children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis call their disease. As the following story illustrates, the words are much easier for children to pronounce….

Mary G. Weiss became a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 1965 after learning that her three little boys had Cystic Fibrosis. Her duty was to call every civic club, social and service organization seeking financial support for CF research. Mary’s four year old son, Richard, listened closely to his mother as she made each call. After several calls, Richard came into the room and told his mom, “I know what you are working for.”

Mary was dumbstruck because Richard did not know what she was doing, nor did he know he had Cystic Fibrosis. With some trepidation, Mary posed the question back to Richard, “What am I working for, Richard?”

“You are working for ’65 Roses’,” he answered so sweetly. Mary was speechless. She went over to him and tenderly pressed his tiny body to hers. He could not see the tears running down Mary’s cheeks as she stammered, “Yes, Richard, I’m working for ’65 Roses’.”

 

To learn more about Cystic Fibrosis, visit: www.cff.org

7×77 on April 24

“Ninety years after the Armenian Genocide of 1915, a group of men and women — many of whom were descendents of survivors — marched onto a desert. On Sunday, April 24, 2005 this group donning t-shirts with the mathematical notation “7×77″ lined up with their palms united in a human ribbon of love and solidarity. They walked in the shoes of a generation who knew only suffering. They walked in the shoes of Christ knowing that love is a greater power than evil.” – LGZ

To learn more about 7×77: www.7×77.org

Participants hand in hand at Vasquez Rocks:

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Panoramic View of Participants at Vasquez Rocks, hand in hand:

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Father Vazken Movsesian speaking about the mystical formula of 7×77 and its meaning regarding forgiveness and peace:

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Jessica

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Jude and I met Jessica at The Par Wars Fundraiser to help raise money and awareness about Cystic Fibrosis. She was a beautiful and vibrant spirit who brought so much happiness with her smile. Jessica passed away a few years later from Cystic Fibrosis. “Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe.”

To learn more about Cystic Fibrosis: www.cff.org

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Flower & Butterfly

 

Flower & Butterfly was created for an auction organized to raise support for www.lainiesangels.org

 

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“Lainie’s Angels was created by a mom and dad who went through an experience they don’t want other families to go through.

When their 10 year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer, they discovered that while there were many capable doctors, nurses and counselors to help her, there was no one who could focus on the needs of the family.

They decided to start a foundation to help other families by providing a network of people like themselves who had been through the process, knew the ropes and understood the pain, and could offer the benefit of their experience to families in need. And they decided to name the organization after their daughter, Lainie (1988-2000).”

Lainies Love Angel

Lainie was 10 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer and passed away 2 years later. Her parents asked if I could portray her in some powerfully loving way, in remembrance and to support their organization, www.lainiesangels.org

Lainie as a wild and powerful love angel!

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