What Galleries Look for in Potential Exhibitors

Aramais Paronyan, MD, formerly treated patients at Good Health Medical Center
in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Aramais Paronyan also has a love for the arts and sponsored an art exhibit at the Arshag and Eleanor Dickranian Diocesan Complex in Burbank, California, in 2009, providing an opportunity for talented local artists to showcase their works to the public.

Artists who want their works to be exhibited usually have to transact with gallery owners for exhibit space. However, looking for exhibit opportunities is not as easy as finding gallery owners who like the art presented to them. Some gallery owners might be looking for more than just art that interests them. They may be looking for artist personalities that are just as valuable as the art.

The main thing that gallery owners look for in artists is commitment to their art. This might be manifested by a personal philosophy or a declaration of purpose. Because an exhibit is a form of investment, gallery owners want to know what direction the artist is headed in the long run. They may also be interested in artists’ back story to determine their motivation in pursuing their art.

Gallery owners may also expect artists to have background knowledge on the gallery in general, including some history and the art it has represented in the past. Some traits, such as willingness to learn, flexibility, and genuineness may enhance an artist’s chances in getting an exhibit deal.

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Roots of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of America

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Armenian Church of America
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Dr. Aramais Paronyan is a respected Los Angeles physician who led the family practice Good Health Medical Center and served the health-care needs of Armenian immigrants. Having grown up in Georgia and Armenia, Aramais Paronyan, MD, is active with organizations such as the World Armenian Congress. He earned Diocesan Grand Benefactor status in contributing to the construction of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of America’s main cathedral.

The diocese has its roots in Fresno, California, where there was a growing Armenian population in the early 20th century. Established in 1900, the first Holy Trinity parish church burned down 13 years later and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1927, the Western Diocese was declared a separate entity from the New York-headquartered American Diocese, and to this day there are Western and Eastern branches of the Armenian Church in the United States.

In the 1930s, the St. Paul Armenian Church of Fresno was established, and this longstanding institution was consecrated in 1979 with its current edifice. The Diocesan Headquarters were ultimately created in Burbank, reflecting a shift in demographics to the Los Angeles area. In the early 2000s, under the leadership of Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the Western Diocese expanded its efforts to welcome and support immigrants from Armenia, as well as from the former Soviet republics and a number of Middle Eastern countries.

If Only Every One – Memories of a Brutal Armenian Conflict

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If Only Every One
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Serving patients in Los Angeles, Dr. Aramais Paronyan worked as a family practitioner and focused on the needs of Armenian immigrant community. Active in his local community, Aramais Paronyan, MD, sponsored a Los Angeles Russian Language Film Festival. He also coproduced the critically acclaimed 2012 film If Only Every One, which was selected as the Armenian Best Foreign Language Film Academy Awards candidate for 2013.

Directed by Natalia Belyauskene, the film is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Armenia becoming independent and the creation of the country’s armed forces. With an overarching theme that no one wins in war, the film tells the story of a part-Armenian, part-Russian woman whose father was killed during the Artsakh War. This protracted battle over the Nagorno-Karabakh region’s succession pitted Armenia against Azerbaijan.

The protagonist travels to Armenia decades after the war to plant a birch on her father’s gravesite. In the process, she learns more deeply about the grim conflict, as recounted by her father’s old military comrades. The deeply thought-provoking film was shown as part of the ARPA International Film Festival in Hollywood in 2013.