The Republic of Azerbaijan celebrated on Saturday, October, 18th 2014 its 23rd Independence Day anniversary from the Soviet Union.
In Houston, the Azerbaijani community began the celebrations with artists’ reception of art exhibition “Environs” with Saida Fagala, Azerbaijani artist, and Judy Adams. This exhibition was dedicated to the 23rd anniversary of Azerbaijan Independence Day.
Saida Fagala-Hagverdi grew up in her native city Baku, Azerbaijan.
In 1977, she graduated from the Baku State College of Arts and then graduated from the Baku State University of Arts in 1983.
In 1989, she became a member of the Union of Artists of USSR and participated in many art shows, in Moscow (Russia), Baku (Azerbaijan), Hamburg (Germany), and Istanbul( Turkey).
In 1998, she moved to the United States with her family. Soon after moving to Houston in 2000, she became a member of the Texas Clay Arts Association. Her participation as a member has provided valuable contacts with other clay artists in the region and opportunities for her works to be displayed in art shows in Houston, San Angelo, Irving, New York, Sag Harbor and other cities. Since 1998, Saida has been very active in the United States. Her career took a step forward in 2000 when a collection of her works was exhibited in the Anya Tish Gallery in Houston.
In addition to her ceramic business, she is teaching art to young students in an art after school program of City Art works from 2000 until now.
Her works have been featured in several other shows since moving to Houston, including the Chamber of Commerce of Azerbaijan in Washington DC, Anya Tish Gallery, Russian Cultural Center, Foelber Gallery and more.
On Sunday, October 19th 2014, the Azerbaijan Center, with the help of its great volunteers, organized its Annual Azerbaijan Independence Day picnic in a form of a potluck where all the participants brought goods to share as a symbol of unity.
The event gathered members of the Azerbaijani community and friends of Azerbaijan including Consul General of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. & Mrs. Ferhat Alkan. As Mr. Alkan reminded on that day, the relationship between Azerbaijan and Turkey can be described as “One nation with two states”.
Special thanks to all of our volunteers for baking, barbecuing, making samovar and helping us handle the event!
We would also like to welcome all the new community members who joined us on this special day!
We look forward to see all of you at our future events to continue celebrating our beautiful country…AZERBAIJAN!