“The proceedings from the sale of these paintings, products of long years of hard work, will be donated to needy Armenian children as Christmas gifts,” said Havatian. “This warm event with the participation of Tutunjian’s family, friends, and loved ones has thus a special meaning,” he added.
Next, well-known artist Arsho Tutunjian, who has recently arrived to Lebanon, spoke at the event, highly praising Lucy Tutunjian’s works — mostly portraits, bust paintings, and beautifully colored landscape paintings.
Remembering the early days of the Lebanese Civil War in 1975, Arsho Tutunjian described how as neighbors they constantly lived under the threat and fear of being robbed of their belongings. Despite those critical days, however, “Lucy used to paint, and when later on she considered revising what she had painted, I didn’t allow her, asking her to keep them as they had originally been created,” said Arsho Tutunjian.
Speaking at the exhibition opening, Lucy Tutunjian thanked all those who helped organize the event.
Children, women, and the nature are key themes in Tutunjian’s works. They are characterized by simple yet telling scenes, conveying the artist’s true emotions and state of mind.