Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Picture Kindness

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Picture Kindness

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THE XOL ART GALLERY in Baltimore, MD generously hosted an open house on Saturday, June 25 on behalf of the refugees in Lebanon. Salameh Nematt, founder and curator of the gallery located in the Mount Vernon cultural and historic district, wanted "to do something to raise funds and support the cause." All funds will directly benefit the National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training in Lebanon (NISCVT-also known as Beit Atfal Assamoud).

Although the crowd of Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians, Iraqis and, of course, Americans was small, the donations were generous. We enjoyed wine, cheese and sweets while taking a tour of the gallery. The current exhibition features an artist from Ramallah. XOL provides young Middle Eastern artists an outlet to showcase their work in a lovely and unique space.

Nematt offered three paintings for a "Refugee Benefit Auction." Although none sold during the event, he will continue to keep them up for bidding, with 50 percent of their sale to benefit NISCVT.

Donations are earmarked for NISCVT's sponsorship program. …

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