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Ārām and Relaxing Art
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                   Our Mandate:  1.  Presenting original, affordable, contemporary art.

2. Raising awareness and funds to help with different issues like poverty, homelessness, disease, devastation of the forces of nature, injustices of the world, or any other problems and challenges facing human beings

How do we begin to tackle all the injustices of the world when the problems and challenges facing many of our citizens seem so overwhelming?Poverty, homelessness, disease, the devastation of the forces of nature- what can we possibly contribute that will have a substantial and positive impact on our fellow human beings and to remedy the situations in which many find themselves? The answer lies in our ability to do what we can within the limitations of our skills, talents, finances, personal abilities and, sometimes, even within our inabilities. One thing is for certain, the mind and our capacity to hope and dream recognizes no boundaries or limitations. What we can conceive, we truly can achieve. In fact, I will go one step further and confide that what we can conceive - through the strength of our will, meditation, connecting to our spirit and compassion - we can truly manifest. We are capable and free to think as large or small as we feel compelled. The universe is filled with amazing energy and beautiful secrets that we merely need to open our minds toward and to allow to enter our souls in order to unleash their powers and find solutions. Being receptive to knowledge, to allow ourselves to become educated on critical issues and, in turn, sharing that knowledge with others gives us power and is ultimately the most rewarding experience that life has to offer.



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                                                      Exhibition of Jaleh Saneinejad's Ceramic Art
"For me painting was the first step into the world of arts.  The dance of the colours on a canvas and the mood and feeling they evoke was the force that drove me to paint.  With this series I want to capture that energy again.  Inspired by nature these piece are painted landscapes and images baked in ceramic.  Each one inspired by what I have seen in nature and the colours in the world.  Each evoke their own terms and their own ideas."



              
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About Us
Ben Navaee Gallery has been relocated from 29 Bellair St. in Yorkville, to the beautiful gallery at 1111 Queen St. East in 2006; In July 2011, moved from 1111 to 1107 Queen St. East. The new place is also flooded with natural light and is in the heart of Toronto's film District / Leslieville. The gallery is run by Ben Navaee who is a musician, photographer, painter, sculptor and a certified yoga instructor- specialized in relaxation / meditation. His painting style's known as Ārām art. Ārām in Sanskrit means quiet, calm, and taking rest. Ārām art is a mellow and non - expressionistic view of life's phenomena, with immaterial soothing subjects that make the body quiet and peaceful, the mind, calm and relaxed, the spirit, gentle and serene. Ārām art promotes positive emotions for an easy and mindful living. 

 

Ben Navaee first studied (double major) civil engineering and theory and composition of classical music in Omaha, Nebraska and practiced many years as a civil engineer specialized in concrete structures and technology. In 1995 he turned to computers and studied in Cologne, Germany, computer networking and communications with Novell Certified Engineer designation and worked 5 years in that field. He quit his last job as a senior engineer in Silican Valley, and started studying art in Berkeley, California. He did not go for a degree, just took all the courses that he thought would be helpful to start life as a professional painter. He had practiced art since he was a teenager.

 With photography at first, he did not have much success, he had started learning photography on his own, in a dark room set up in a large closet at home, and eventually frustrated that he could not get what he wanted, gave it up and stuck to his painting. It was late 90s that he got his first digital camera and got back to photography again. Knowing the basics, he could soon get what he wanted and made up for the frustrating times of his dark room. Presently he is focusing on natural light / studio portrait photography. 

 

In August 2003 he started teaching art and yoga / meditation free of charge to the public. In 2006 he registered Toronto East Community Arts Program- TECAP with the mandate of offering free art education to the community. in 2009 TECAP was registered as a charitable organization. TECAP community believes that

 "free education is a basic human right".

 


 

Ben Navaee est un peintre et un instructeur de yoga agréé, avec spécialisation en relaxation et méditation. Son modèle de peinture est connu comme art de Ārām.
Ārām, dans Sanskrit, signifie la tranquillité, le calme, et « prendre du repos ». L'art Ārām témoigne de la douceur et est un phénomène non expressionniste de la vie, avec des thèmes calmants qui amènent le corps vers la tranquillité et la paix, qui rend l'esprit calme et détendu, doux et serein. L'art Ārām favorise les émotions positives qui rend la vie plus facile et un esprit plus ouvert.

Ben Navaee est un peintre et un instructeur de yoga agréé, avec spécialisation en relaxation et méditation. Son modèle de peinture est connu comme art de Ārām.

Ārām, dans Sanskrit, signifie la tranquillité, le calme, et « prendre du repos ». L'art Ārām témoigne de la douceur et est un phénomène non expressionniste de la vie, avec des thèmes calmants qui amènent le corps vers la tranquillité et la paix, qui rend l'esprit calme et détendu, doux et serein. L'art Ārām favorise les émotions positives qui rend la vie plus facile et un esprit plus ouvert

 
Benefit Exhibition to Support HIV AIDS through
Aids Community Care Montreal 
 
The ensemble "Afternoon Classics" performs at the opening reception
 

For information about Project HOPE please visit

 

http://http://projecthopeartauction.blogspot.com/

 

 

Ben Navaee Gallery is a support centre for Project HOPE -central location and drop-off centre for Ontario artists.

 

La galerie de Ben Navaee est un centre d'assistance pour Projet de l'ESPOIR endroit et baisse-décentré centraux pour des artistes d'Ontario.

 

  www.amnesty.ca

 

Opening Reception: Dec. 13, 2008,  3:30 - 5:00 pm

with Live Music of

Afternoon Classics

 

We celebrate the 60th birthday of Universal Human Rights and congradulate Amnesty International for defending these rights around the world 

 

 
 

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

These rights include civil/political, economic/social andenvironmental/cultural/developmental rights:

The right to life, protest, privacy, and a fair trial.

The right to freedom of opinion, thought, conscience andreligion.
The right to freedom from discrimination, torture, and
slavery (exploitation).
The rights to: food, shelter, health care, education, and
work.
The rights to live in a clean / protected environment

The right to, economic, political, and cultural development

 

below is the details:


 

PREAMBLE


Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people, Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law, 
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations, Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom, Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge, Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction. 


2nd Human Rights Exhibition in Support of Amnesty International

 

 





 
 
 
 
 
The idea of "Small Is Beautiful" is expressed in any media, from miniature to 2 sq-ft or 288 sq-in or 12 inches each direction for 3 dimensional works. 
 
 
Small Is Beautiful   "Economics As If People Mattered"
A book by E. F. Schumacher, published in 70s responding to emerging globalization.
 
Schumacher was for 20 years the Chief Economic Adviser to the National Coal Board in the United Kingdom. He was one of the first economists to question the appropriateness of using GNP to measure human well being, emphasizing that “the aim ought to be to obtain the maximum amount of well being with the minimum amount of consumption.” Schumacher's work coincided with the growth of ecological concerns and with the birth of environmentalism, which is a movement centered around ecology, health, and human rights. It demands the sustainable management  of resources and protection of the natural environment through changes in public and individual behavior.
 
Schumacher said:"[A modern economist] is used to measuring the 'standard of living' by the amount of annual consumption, assuming all the time that a man who consumes more is 'better off' than a man who consumes less. A Buddhist economist would consider this approach excessively irrational: since consumption is merely a means to human well-being, the aim should be to obtain the maximum of well-being with the minimum of consumption. The less toil there is, the more time and strength is left for artistic creativity. Modern economics, on the other hand, considers consumption to be the sole end and purpose of all economic activity." ….. "It is clear, therefore, that Buddhist economics must be very different from the economics of modern materialism, since the Buddhist sees the essence of civilization not in a multiplication of wants but in the purification of human character. Character, at the same time, is formed primarily by a man's work. And work, properly conducted in conditions of human dignity and freedom, blesses those who do it and equally their products.”
 

 
 

Fundraising for Aid-to-Women  (charity reg. # 8898594680001)

 

Ben Navaee shows his new Ārām art- paintings with soothing impressions,

to support Aid-to-Women. All net proceeds of the art are directed towards

helping women in crisis pregnancy- women without medical insurance,

separated from family, or suffering job loss, and financial instability

 

Ben Navaee présente ses nouvelles peintures de Ārām avec de 
charmantes impressions afin d’apporter son support aux femmes (Aid-to-Women). Tout les revenus nets de son art sont utilisés pour aider la cause des femmes en crise de grossesse n’ayant pas accès à l’assurance-maladie,  séparée de leur famille, ou souffrant d’une perte de travail et d’une instabilité financière.




 

Awareness / Fundraising 
for Sick Children Hospital's Pain Centre
 
 
Sick Kids Exhibition is a fund/awareness raising event with 3 components:
1. Sick Children will make art at the hospital. These art works will be shown and sold at the Ben Navaee Gallery to raise funds for Pain Centre of Hospital for Sick Children.  
 
2. Emerging to professional artists are welcomed and encourged to donate their artwork for this cause.
 
3. Ben Navaee Gallery will host the event, donates the commissions to sick Kids and provides 10 small limited edition, framed artworks that will be given as prizes for a draw
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Please support Stephany by participating at:
 
 When Home is the Hospital
 
Stephanie Clayton has a birth defect called omphalocele and was born with several organs outside her body. Shehas lived most of her life at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, but struggles to live life as a normal child.
 
 
To learn more about Stephany and her illness
 
 

 

Photographs taken at a workshop done in Sick Kids Hospital

March 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





UNICEF FUNDRAISING


 
 
We thank the support and donations of:
Harvey Kalles Real Estate, Stevenson Art Supplies Manufacturing
Bienfang Framing Products, and Sakura of America
 
 
 
         


There is no submission / administration fee. You only pay if your work is accepted to the competition. We charge your credit card only when you are accepted. 
 
All proceeds from this competition and 30% commission from the sales of the artworks which is gallery's share will be directed to UNICEF
to help children. Artists will get all their 70% from the sales of their artworks.
Children and youth pay no entry fee.
The show of winning entries runs from
December 20 - 26, 2008. Opening Reception on Saturday, December 20, 2008, 3:30 - 5:00 pm with light fare and and live music. A representative of  UNICEF will be speaking at this event.
 
 
 
 
We thank the support and donations of:
Harvey Kalles Real Estate, Sakura of America Stevenson Art Supplies Manufacturing
 and Bienfang Framing Products
 
 
         


There is no submission / administration fee. You only pay if your work is accepted to the competition. We charge your credit card only when you are accepted. 
 
All proceeds from this competition and 30% commission from the sales of the artworks which is gallery's share will be directed to UNICEF
to help children. Artists will get all their 70% from the sales of their artworks.
Children and youth pay no entry fee.
The show of winning entries runs from
December 20 - 26, 2008. Opening Reception on Saturday, December 20, 2008, 3:30 - 5:00 pm with light fare and and live music. A representative of  UNICEF will be speaking at this event.
 
 


 

 
Exhibition of the winners onternational Fine Arts
             Competition in Aram Art in Support of UNICEF
 
 
        Melanie Ensemble performed jazz in English and en
                                                 francais
 
 
 
 
 
Mr. Todd Keeley of UNICEF spoke about programs that help
                                children around the world. 
 
 
 
 
 
Todd Keeley of UNICEF with a few winners of Aram Art  
      Competition:  Kari Reynolds, Thomeray Hulbutta, and
     Jonathan A. Fligel.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Winners of Int'l Fine Arts 

    Competition in Ārām Art

 

Children

 

1st

Lunch Plate, Jade Hoang

 

 

 

2nd

Me, Claire Kent

 

 

 

3rd

Sculptured Man, Sam Alemu

 

 

 

Youth

 

1st

Solitary Contentment, Amanda Riccio 

 

 

 

2nd

Leaves, Elena Parilla

 

 

 

Leaves, Elena Parilla

Free Spirited, Mariana May

 

 

 

 

Professional Artists

 

1st

Smooth Day, Serge Bushchyk

 

 

 

2nd

Trees and the Moon, Susan Lappin

 

 

 

3rd

Orange Gladiola, Liz Gesicki

 

 

 

 

In all categories

 

The successful expression of Ārām

My Dreamy Place, Vickie West

 

 

 

Skill

Untitled, Gail Fularski  

 

 

 

Creativity

Walking on the Water, Hugh Jones

 

 

 

Overall expression of beauty and quality:

Untitled, Zeena Saleem

 

 

 

Winners of 2007 Int'l Fine Arts 

    Competition in Ārām Art

 

Youth

 

1st

Open the wide eyes of heart

Kim Hyunsoo, Korea

 

 

 2nd 

Peace

Roksolana Kulyasa, Canada

 

 

 

3rd

Lady In Blue

Katherine Mahon, USA

 

 

 

Emerging Artists

 

1st

Sooke Piling

Penelope Fast, Canada

 

 

2nd


Spring

  Lindsey Fryett, Canada       

 

 

3rd

Meditate                                  

Thomeray Hulbutta, USA  

 

 

 

Professional Artists

 

1st

  The Angelic Ruler

           Jonathan Fligel, Canada

 

 

 

2nd

 

Tranquility

Janos Gardonyi, Canada

 

 

3rd

 

Branched Reflection

Dan Gordon, Canada

 

 

In all categories

 

The successful expression of Ārām

(tranquility and calmness):

 

Early Morning
Judy Ueda, Canada

 

 

 

Creativity:

 

Waiver

Marika Pelonis, Canada

 

 

Skill:

 

Inner Worlds

Keith Burnett, Canada

 

 

 

Originality of work:

 

 Storyteller

Kari Reynolds, Canada

 

 

 

Overall expression of beauty and quality:

 

Reinvigorate

Stephen Reid, Canada

 

 

 

Gallery's choice Award

 

Moment of Cusp

Pankaj Mistry, India

 

 

















 


















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