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You may find him sewing, painting, working with wax or making tiles which are not tiles at all. Kanaan Kanaan’s colorful art exudes a cultural pride and carries a purpose: to encourage different cultures to open up and talk.

This program is going to be re-run on August 26th, 8PM on Art Beat, OPB TV.

First Broadcast: March 25th, 2010
Producer: Vince Patton
Videographer: Tom Shrider
Editor: Lisa Suinn Kallem

Appeared in episode: Kanaan Kanaan, Painter Jennifer Mercede

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Kanaan Kanaan on Art and Diversity

Submitted by Kathleen Stephenson on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 5:45pm

Categories: Culture/Arts Program date: Wed, 02/03/2010Program: Political Perspectives

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews local artist Kanaan Kanaan, a native of Palestine now living and working in Portland. He will address the impact of cultural diversity in art in “From the Middle East to America: A Journey in Personal Artistic Expression,” a free seminar hosted by Portland State University and the PSU Art Department Diversity Committee on Tuesday, February 9th, at 6pm in the

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Religious complications

Three artists discover that art can't erase religious differences -- or can it?

Palestinian artist showcases similarities between Christianity and Islam

Palestinian artist showcases similarities between Christianity and Islam
By Kate Chester for the Catholic Sentinel

The handcrafted tiles appear murky, a bit shadowy, somewhat blurred…yet to the observer, certain details rise to the surface, albeit in a muted fashion:  curvy, willowy Arabic calligraphy, on top of what appears to be a crown, or perhaps a halo, all encased in protective layers of beeswax that serve to both seal the art and soften the images, thus adding to the mystery.

“The Wilderness Journey”

“The Wilderness Journey”— A Christian, Muslim
and Jew Build Bridges through Art and
Friendship (panel discussion).

12 to 2 p.m. at
First Congregational Church, 126 SW Park Ave.,
Portland.

“The Wilderness Journey” is an art exhibit exploring the connections and common ground between Jews, Muslims and Christians; the exhibit will show during the entire month of October at the First Congregational Church. The three participating artists—Anne Shams, Rhoda London and Kanaan Kanaan—will hold a panel discussion about the project. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and endorsed by EMO and P’Nai Or Jewish Congregation.

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ECUMENICAL MINISTRIES of OREGON

October 10
Vol. 37, No. 2
Portland, Oregon

Artist’s fundraiser to support Muslim schools

BY GEOFF PURSINGER
The Times, Nov 12, 2009, Updated Nov 12, 2009 (2 Reader comments)

L.E. BASKOW / PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP
ART WITH A MESSAGE – Portland artist Kanaan Kanaan puts the finishing touches on his newest art project, “The Graceful names of Allah,” by dipping the edges of the artwork in black wax.

When it comes to his art, Portland artist Kanaan Kanaan is focusing on his faith and his community.

“This is how I see myself contributing to the community,” said Kanaan. “I feel an obligation as an American to contribute whatever I can.”

“Beauty as Common Ground”

October 15, 2005
Oregonian: Portland, Oregon
“Beauty as Common Ground,”

by Nancy Haught, Religious Editor

“Each faith tradition has a strong history of ecumenical tolerance and of work on behalf of social justice, peace, and ecological stewardship,” says Portland artist Anne Barber-Shams, who conceived of the exhibit and recruited Kanaan and Shahna Lax, of Crestone Colorado, to take part. “We all share a conviction that reconciliation of the three traditions of the Abrahamic faiths is possible if we can embrace our common ground.”

Bits 'n' Pieces: Trio of North Bank artists partner for show

By Columbian Staff

Monday, March 29, 2010

Next month North Bank Artists Gallery in downtown Vancouver will highlight the work of three artists, James Torson, Suzy Kitman and Kanaan Kanaan, in a show titled “Recent Work Times Three.” The show runs April 1 to May 1. There will be an opening reception during First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. April 2.

Newshour PBS

Palestinian Artist in Portland Encourages Cultural Conversation

You may find him sewing, painting, working with wax or making tiles which are not tiles at all. Kanaan Kanaan's colorful art exudes a cultural pride and carries a purpose: to encourage different cultures to open up and talk.