past exhibits

past exhibits (14)

past exhibits

Sixteen solo shows, selected examples:


April 2010

“Dialogue,” a multi-media art exhibit

North Bank Artists Gallery
1005 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Show: April 2-May 1, 2010
Opening reception: Friday, April 2 – 5-9 p.m.
Regular gallery hours: 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday- Saturday

March 2010

art exhibit

Opening reception Sat Mar. 6th7PM
Sun 7th8:30 AM-3 PM The Search for Peace Film Festival and Art Exhibit

St. Pius X Community Center
1280 NW Saltzman Rd.
Portland 97229

Art Beat TV show
First Broadcast: March 25th, 2010
Producer: Vince Patton

Videographer: Tom Shrider
Editor: Lisa Suinn Kallem
Appeared in episode: Kanaan Kanaan, Painter Jennifer Mercede

February 2009

art exhibit

Opening reception Feb 5th 6 PM
Group Art Exhibit at North Bank Artist Gallery
 Feb 5th-Mar 4th


1005 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660



art exhibit
Opening reception Feb 20th
2010 Creative Spirit Show of Fine Craft & Art!


Westminster Cloisters

1624 NE Hancock

Portland,Oregon 97212



Jan 20th, 27th
Feb. 3rd, 10th, and 24th. 
Held at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


"Crossing the Divide" learning about Islam and our common grounds.
First Presbyterian Church

4300 Main Street

Vancouver WA 98663



Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2010 at 6 PM
From the Middle East to America: A Journey in Personal Artistic Expression, presented by Art Department Diversity Committee


Art Building- Video Galley

2000 SW 5th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201



Feb 24th and 25th
Who are the Arabs?


International School of Beaverton
17770 SW Blanton St.

Aloha, OR 97007



Feb 11th

Artist Seeking Peace: Non-verbal Dialogues on the Middle East
Featuring the artist collaborative, Menucha-Kanaan

Sponsored by the Peace, Social Justice, and Conflict Resolution Program at De Paul University, Chicago, IL

January 2009

art exhibit

Friday, Jan. 15: 6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 16: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 17: Noon-3 p.m.


Islamic Society of Great Portland Center

16100 SW Blanton
Beaverton, OR 97007

art exhibit
Sunday, January 10 and close at 4:00 p.m. on February 14

"Contact, Connect, Collaborate"

Chicago, IL


 - North Bank member artists and invited guests

For June, North Bank member artists take as inspiration the word SKIN in all its different connotations. Young skin, old skin, human skin, animal skin, pudding skin, or the skin of your teeth, ANY way SKIN can be interpreted.

Mediums will be diverse and will include: paint, prints, photography, multi and mixed mediums, latex, ceramic and performance. In addition, a tattoo artist will be in attendance on First Friday,  as will a piercing performance artist.

This show should be equal parts beautiful and horrifying, traditional and radical, contemplative and in your face.

SKIN runs from June 3-29, 2010 with an artists reception and performances First Friday June 4, from 5-9pm.

Please contact kathi rick with any questions. North Bank Gallery 360.693.1840
1005 Main St, Vancouver WA 98660.



Panel Discussion

“Why Wax? How Encaustic Informs Our Art.”- Featuring artists Jeff Schaller, Cari Hernandez, and Kanaan Kanaan with moderator Andrea Benson.

Encaustic is an ancient art medium that is enjoying a resurgence as artists couple its historic roots with modern applications. Join the lively debate on the challenges and unique qualities of working in encaustic as Friday’s panel will discuss why they are drawn to the art medium.

The festival is June 25, 26, & 27, 2010 at Lakewood Center and George Rogers Park.

Art Opening

Colored Pencils  Art and Culture Night: Artists Reception


Multicultural Art Collection Opening; 15 artist from 15 different nationalities.
Curated by Kanaan Kanaan.

At Mid County Health Center
12710 SE Division Street; Portland, 97236-3134
Friday, Aug 27th 2010 






"Graceful Names," a month-long art exhibit at Portland State University, inviting attendees to contemplate similarities among us. A focus also is cast on the use of modern, contemporary technology to create art that sheds light on an ancient culture and region of the world.


Art exhibit opening: Thursday, Jan. 6, Exhibit continues through the month of January.
Artist reception: Thursday, Jan. 13, 5-7 PM
Contemporary Islamic Art lecture by Kanaan Kanaan: Friday, Jan. 21, 5-8 PM


Littman and White Galleries
Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway, Ste. #250
Portland, Ore. 97207
Gallery hours: 12-4 PM; free and open to the public


Two articles about the exhibit:
The Columbian Article
The Oregonian Article



"Graceful Names" marks the latest work from locally-based artist Kanaan Kanaan, known for his artistic celebration of culture and faith between East and West – a "crossing of the divide." This exhibit showcases the 99 names of Allah (God) in the form of tiles, each intricately detailed with rich, colorful designs.

Since immigrating to the United States in 1994 – a Palestinian from Jordan – Kanaan has sought to create peaceful and intellectual dialogue through his artwork about his native culture. Both the Middle East and Islam are greatly misunderstood; Kanaan’s ongoing goal is to tell the story of that part of the world through art, to reveal the beauty and contributions of the Middle East so that non-Middle Eastern, non-Muslim Americans better understand and appreciate the culture – and can open themselves to seeing the beauty within each of us.

In light of ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – and recent events in Portland – Kanaan's work is vital, pertinent and so very needed. And perhaps central to this exhibit is the question, "What would Allah (God) think about today’s state of affairs?"

"Graceful Names" is co-sponsored by the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon; the Institute for Christian-Muslim Understanding; the Iraqi Society of Oregon; Middle East Studies Center, PSU; and Muslim Educational Trust.

"Ishlonak?" Art Exhibit


"Ishlonak?" - what is your color

Exhibit has been extended
April 1st- May 27th


OPB article





Artist talk:

"Ishlonak?"- the many colors of the Arab world.
April 22nd, 6:30 PM


North Bank Artists Gallery
1005 Main St. Vancouver, WA 98860




Invited artists:


Baba Wague
Esteban Camacho Steffensen
Farooq Hassan
LeRoy Goertz
Mufu Ahmed
Sarah Farahat
Shu-Ju Wang
Una Kim


Artist Statement








The Arabic phrase “Ishlonak” is widely used in many regions of the Arab world. Translated to English, it can be interpreted as “How are you?” Literally, however, it means, “What’s your color?”




My latest body of artwork – “Ishlonak?” – consists of nearly 250 mixed media tiles, 6”x6” in size, with Arabic letters in vibrant fields of color. Assembled together in a mosaic-like fashion, this contemporary installation of tiles resembles a rich landscape. Its collective beauty underscores the natural blending from one color to the next – how different, yet related, each color is to its neighboring color.




In asking “what’s your color” through ”Ishlonak?,” I have two objectives. I theoretically address differences – in race, religion, ideologies and social spectrums – through color, yet demonstrate how together, these tiles create a sense of wholeness, of reliance, and ultimately, of beauty.




As different as we are in color, we look beautiful together.




The use of Arabic in the exhibit also is important and represents my second objective. The language is expansive, spoken by approximately 300 million Muslims, Christians and Jews in the Arab world. It also is considered sacred; the Holy Koran is written in Arabic, so the language can be read, understood and spoken by another 1.3 billion Muslims around the globe – in Indonesia, Pakistan and India – among other countries. “Ishlonak?” represents differences in faith, culture, country and region with what is shared – language.








To see the process of creating “Ishlonak?,” watch my OPB/“Art Beat” segment at:

Abu Ghraib portraits catalyst for Linfield Frazee lecture


Acclaimed artist Daniel Heyman, whose recent work includes portraits of former Abu Ghraib detainees, will present the Frazee Lecture “Social Justice and Spirituality: The Journey from Art to Action,” Tuesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

Traditionally, the Frazee Lecture has explored the interface of religion with other disciplines. This lecture will focus on art as spiritual endeavor and as a catalyst for change, according to David Massey, Linfield chaplain.

“Art has a long history of reflecting and defining our religious practices and can be a voice for social justice, calling us to see our common humanity,” he said.

Following the lecture, three respondents will provide additional perspective. Responders include Brian Winkenweder, Linfield associate professor of art history and visual culture, who will provide historic background; Kanaan Kanaan, instructor at Portland State University, who will discuss art in the Muslim community; and Janet Elfers, director of member relations at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, who will offer a contemporary Christian perspective.

The program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion, established by friends and family in honor of Gordon G. Frazee, who served Linfield for 32 years as chaplain and professor of religion. The fund is used to underwrite an annual lecture under the auspices of the Linfield Religious Studies Department. For more information, call 503-883-2259.

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