Avakian highly praised the artist’s initiative to donate all the proceeds of this exhibition to the Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration Central Committee of Lebanon. She said, “The Turks tried to exterminate the Armenian people, to destroy the culture, but failed; today’s exhibition is proof of that.”
Havatian stated that this exhibition was organized for a noble cause and at the dusk of the Armenian Genocide Centennial which already is evidence that the enemy had failed to suspend our cultural procession, and hadn’t hinder its development, prosperity and internationalization. The enemy couldn’t condemn us to enduring hunger and suffering, on the contrary, the people who settle in these countries quickly came out of their suffering and succeeded in proving their existence and ensuring the reestablishment of their lives. Therefore today’s event is also a true expression of the hope of survival and determination.
She said, “When I work, I am in a different world, I feel familiar with my surrounding and time passes in joy, until I realize that I have to rest.”
Through her art that transfers her inner world, Lucy Tutunjian demonstrates the feelings of an entire people. In her impressive oil paintings, we find the Armenian, the man in all his forms. There we find the child, the woman, the mother, the sweet native home… life in its freshness and bitterness.
Her work depicts the Armenian agony, love, longing, care, and hope resurrected from ruins and terrors.
All proceeds of the exhibition will go to the Armenian Genocide Centennial Central Committee of Lebanon.