Submitted by Barbara Ahmann

Escape to Egypt art exhibit (reception to be held September 22 from 3 to 7 p.m.) was conceived from my desire to share my experience of traveling to Egypt. The entire trip was surreal. Several times, I had to ask my husband, Steve to pinch me to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. One such occasion was when we were floating down the River Nile. It was overwhelmingly beautiful, and when some children ran along the river bank to wave hello to us, it brought tears to my eyes. I imagined the Egyptian children had done this same act of kindness from time immemorial.

This art exhibit features my photographs, Egyptian artists replications of hieroglyphics, and original painting from Dr. Eyad Al Masri, an Archaeologist and professor of Ancient Art. His painting have profound primordial influences. Embellishing Dr. Eyad’s unique style are strong cultural images of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. The colorful eye-catching images are scaled down to basic forms. These images are abstract and sophisticated while, at the same time, being childlike. Dr. Eyad’s painting can to traced back to the basic Egyptian art forms.