Helen Zughaib’s Stories My Father Told Me

Image: Birth of A Baby

Nov. 8, 2014 – April 19, 2015
Main Floor Gallery 


The art of storytelling has a vibrant history in Arab and Arab American culture. Passed down from one generation to the next, family stories help preserve the past and maintain cultural traditions.

Artist Helen Zughaib’s father, Elia, still tells of his life in Lebanon and Damascus, tales of family, community, adventure and morality. These rich stories inspired her in 2003 to illustrate, and in effect, copy them down on canvas. United for the first time, these 23 paintings represent personal accounts, as well as folktales retold.

Elia’s stories in his own words, and occasionally his own voice, accompany the paintings.


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  • November 8, 2014 - April 19, 2015