CAPE MAY – Cape May’s patrons of the arts will have the opportunity to meet modern master Samir Sammoun at Gallery D’May at the Opening Reception on Friday, September 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will also be an open house on Saturday, September 17 from noon to 2 p.m., where Samir will be painting live in front of Gallery D’May. The events are open to the public and are free.
Samir Sammoun was born in 1952 in a quaint Lebanese village perched atop the Chouf Mountain, 40 km south of Beirut. To this day, the artist vividly recalls the colorful Mediterranean Landscape of his childhood. Samir began painting at the age of 10 and began to focus on his career in engineering at 19. After a successful career in engineering, he began to concentrate on his art and develop and master his unique techniques.
The impressionists became a major influence in Samir’s work: first August Renoir, then Claude Monet, and finally Vincent van Gogh. “Samir’s objective for each of his paintings is for them to sit on a wall surrounded by other great painters.”
“When I paint, I am always standing up. It is a very energetic process where I deposit clusters of paint of the same hues and go back to see how it vibrates and integrates with the rest of the composition in progress,” said Samir Sammoun.
Gallery D’May has been representing Samir for five years with a permanent exhibit. The Changing Seasons Exhibit will run from September 5 through October 26.
“We are very proud and excited to welcome back one of the most renowned artist of our time, Samir Sammoun, to Cape May’s art community,” said John DeMayo.
The gallery is located at 305 Washington Street Mall, Cape May. For more information, visit GalleryDMay.com or call (609) 884-4465.