August 1, 2007 New York City, NY — A unique exhibition of paintings on Iranian subjects by an American painter is on at the United Nations. Laurie Blum is an American artist who has painted extensively about the cultural icons of Iran. She has read most of the works of Persian poets like Sheikh Saadi, Mohammad Shiraaz Hafez and Jalaluddin Rumi.
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Shiraz, City of Paradise and Dialogue Among Civilizations originating in Iran from former President Khatami
I am an American artist who has painted in Iran and has found a close connection between my work and the Dialogue Among Civilizations.
In my youth I envisioned beautiful magical birds and avidly frequented and lost myself in the woods and flower gardens of my childhood dwellings. I was also entranced with fairy tales, which I feel have also a secret language of an inner world unique to each Culture in the World. I was deeply affected as a child by my Russian heritage. On my seventh birthday, I was ushered into a new world of magnificent art and music: The Bolshoi ballet's debut in America of The Nutcracker Suite at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City! I attended The High School of Art and Design in New York, Philadelphia College of Art, and The New York Studio School Of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture started by Hans Hoffman.
"Shiraz: City of Paradise" and "The Real Dialogue Among Civilizations" An Art Exhibit by Laurie Blum Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Iran to the United Nations Invitation