Tripoli, 8 April 2013:
An exhibition held in memory of the late US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, has opened in America, at California’s John Natsoloulas Centre for the Arts.
The exhibition reflects Stevens’ love of Libya and its people. It includes artworks by a number of Libyan artists, including Najla Shawkat El Fitouri’s colourful depictions of Libyan women, and Musbah Kabeer’s delicately-shaded paintings, that are reminiscent of Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.
Modern paintings by Yousef Fetis, who was the former director of Tripoli’s Art House from 1993 to 1998, are also featured in the exhibition, along with the extraordinary pictures of painter, sculptor and poet, Mohammad Bin Lamin.
The show has a sub-exhibit of smaller works of art on postcards, by Stevens’ friends, relatives and those who felt touched by the late ambassador’s story. This evokes Stevens’ habit of sending postcards which, the gallery said, was something it wanted to continue in the “democratic art form” of inviting postcard submissions from anyone who felt moved to send one.
Stevens was killed in an attack on the US mission in Benghazi on 12 September 2012.
The exhibition will run until 20 April.
All proceeds from the exhibition will go to the J. Christopher Stevens Fund. For further details, see: www.rememberingchrisstevens.com
To view some of the artworks featured in the exhibition, see: http://www.natsoulas.com/christopher-stevens-memorial-exhibition/