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Saturday, October 15, 2011

THE ETERNAL EYE - A Contemporary Coptic Icon Exhibition

In the wake of the recent tragic sectarian conflicts in Egypt, St. John’s Church in Maadi (corner of Port Said Rd,. and Rd. 17) will host THE ETERNAL EYE, an exhibition that reflects the desire to see the establishment of a new Egyptian society that inherently respects and honors religious diversity. The objective of the exhibition is to encourage a better understanding of Egypt’s indigenous Christian community, the historic Coptic Orthodox Church, which constitutes up to 10 % of the population and traces its heritage back to the first century. This significant indigenous Christian presence in Egypt plays a critical role in enabling all faiths to coexist in harmony. This event embraces the new spirit of ecumenical solidarity that was so beautifully illustrated during the Egyptian revolution..

THE ETERNAL EYE will exhibit over fifty commissioned Coptic icons by the renowned Coptic iconographer Magdy William. The exhibition will be officially opened on Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 PM by Bishop Daniel, the Bishop of Maadi and Assistant to His Holiness Shenouda III, the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church, with the artist Magdy William present. The Exhibition will run from Oct 20 to Oct. 26. 20% of all sales will go to the Spirit of Giving charities assisting the poor in Egypt.

In the course of the exhibition there will be some special presentations:
Friday, October 21 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (just after the 10:00 AM church service), a special presentation by renowned icon artist, Magdy William, “The making of Coptic Icons” (kids program provided).
Monday, October 24 at 7:00 PM, “The Restoration of the historic 5th century Red Monastery in Upper Egypt—A Visual Presentation” by art restorer Dr. Michael Jones of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE).

For more details please see the exhibition's website:

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