Cover Story, November 11, 1999
"To look at his paintings, one can see his art reflects the influence on Impressionism with a bit of Mark Chagal and the look of stained glass throw
"His style is achieved though the use of bright primary oil paints manipulated with a palette knife to form smudges ad soft peaks that magically flow together to form recognizable subjects."
“Native landscapes and the holiday festivities of his country men are favorite subjects, and it's not usual to see a Shmavonian paintings with girls in colorful ethnic costumes dancing.”
“Shamvonian likes the durable nature of oils and works on many pieces simultaneously. He hopes his palette knife technique will become a recognizable style. But it is the Impressionist painters who have capered his imagination.”
"Shmavonian may be on his way to following in Sarian's footsteps.”
By Judy Seckler
"Angels To Keep Watch" April 10, 2000
"Shamvon Shmavonian stands proudly near his painting after it was unveiled during the "Art in the Afternoon," an event that benefits the Glendale Memorial Health Foundation. Shmavonian was commissioned to do the piece last fall by Steve Fellows, former chief offices of Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center."
"The work will be hanged just outside the Critical Care Unit. "
"We wanted something inspirational that would bring comfort and peacefulness to people in a difficult situation."
"My heart leapt and tears came to my eyes when I first saw it."
By Joyce Rudolph
Noted Armenian Artist Donates Work to Glendale Memorial
(Community Gathers To Thank Artist For Giving "Hope " To Critical Care Patients)
Internationally renowned Armenian artist Shmavori Shmavonian (left) presents Arnold Schaffer, president of Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, with an original painting that will be displayed in the hospital's critical unit. Shmavonian donated the spectacular 8' x 4' painting entitled "Hope" in gratitude for the hospital's continued efforts to educate and train key Armenian hospital administrators and physicians. Officials from Glendale Memorial have been instrumental in working with the health minister of Armenia as well as other governmental and healthcare representatives to improve that nation's healthcare system.
According to Schaffer, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center has a long history of supporting the Armenian community through culturally sensitive outreach and medical prevention programs. (In fact, Glendale boasts the second largest population of Armenians outside the Republic of Armenia).
"On behalf of the entire staff and volunteers of Glendale Memorial, we're grateful to Mr. Shmavonian for his generous gift of "Hope" and for his undying dedication to the Armenian community," remarked Schaffer.
Shmavonian's work will be exhibited at The Frame Shop (11923 Ventura Blvd, Studio City) through July 15 and 40 percent of the sale of all of his works be donated to the hospital.
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