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Every gifted artisan in whom the LORD has put wisdom and understanding, to know how to do all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, shall do according to all that the LORD has commanded. (Exodus 36:1)

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Meryam Attaalla
Painting

Inspired by the Andre Gide quote which states, "Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better," Meryam began painting at an early age. Seeing art as a conversation between her and God, Meryam pursued painting on the side of her studies. Meryam lists God, the Divine Creator, as her primary influence. Meryam is currently a student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

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Teriz Michael
Painting

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Teriz moved to the U.S. as a child. Teriz began her art training at the Visual Arts High School Magnet Program in Jersey City. She then received a BFA degree in Painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. While traveling extensively throughout Egypt, Teriz fell in love with the Zaballeen district (Cairo's community of garbage collectors) when she first visited them in 1998. Inspired by their resourcefulness, spirit, and work ethic, she felt compelled to become more involved with the community. In 2000, she began an exterior mural project in the Monastery of St. Simon the Tanner in the Moqattam Hills, the largest of the Zaballeen districts, which would bring her back over three consecutive summers. Teriz also has had two solo exhibits and participated in numerous group shows in New Jersey and new York. Teriz launched the Cairo Workshop for the Zaballeen children in September 2006. Primarily a painter, she uses photography extensively as part of her painting process. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and son.

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Shady Abadear
Drawing

Shady began his formal artistic instruction in the Art Magnet Program at Dickinson High School in Jersey City, studying Commercial Art Technology. He then majored in Graphic Design and Illustration at NJCU. Now in his third year, he has switched his major to Architecture. His first artistic memory is drawing St. Abanoub and St. Mina during a blackout in Egypt. In 2005, Shady was featured in an art show at City Hall in Jersey City. Always challenging himself, his favorite medium is a permanent black Sharpie as it is unforgiving towards mistakes.

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Christine M. Bishara-Murtagh
Painting

Christine started painting from the early age of 13. In high school, she attended a co-program at the School of Visual Arts which allowed her to study in both France and Italy. Christine taught grammar school children basic drawing for 4 years. At Pratt Institute, Christine majored in Architecture, minored in Art History, and completed some of her studies in Rome. Christine has also taken classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, including basic-life drawing, interior design, and fashion design. Recently married, she is now pursuing a Master's degree in Environmental Management Systems for Architecture and Planning.

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Mary-Jasmin Yostos
Photography

Mary-Jasmin is best known as “MJ” to all her friends and colleagues. MJ is a young professional in the field of Public Administration, who pursues her passion for pictures. It was about two years ago when she invested in her love of photography with her first DSLR. She has since taken a series of photography classes in NYC to enhance her skills and learn new tricks and was given an opportunity to exhibit some of her work in NYC. MJ is most known by her congregation of St George Church of Brooklyn, NY for snapping away at church feasts and major events. MJ finds the most joy in her quiet time while shooting because, to her, photography is a reflection of how one sees God's creation. Although photography is not her a career at this time, she hopes to continue to develop this talent and make it more than a hobby.

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Michael Ghattas
Woodwork | Burning

While Michael primarily identifies as a musician, he has been drawing since childhood. Michael pursued his passion by studying Art History, 2D Design, 3D Design, Paint and Ceramics. Michael graduated from Rutgers University with a minor in Music and a major in Philosophy. Michael, listing his influences as Caravaggio, Titian and Dali, incorporates contrasts, diagonals, black and perspective into his own unique technique. In this exhibit, he recalls his earliest inspirations of heavenly imagery and unites them with his latest and chief media.

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Rodina Mikhail
Painting

Rodina Mikhail was born in Cairo, Egypt; she received her initial education at the College Du Sacre Coeur Du Caire. Upon graduation, she joined the American University In Cairo for cultural Anthropology. In 2000 she moved to the United States and settled in Newark NJ where she attained Bachelor of Architecture from the New Jersey school of Architecture at NJIT. She currently has a mixed media art practice that experiments with New Media techniques. Her work has been shown in New Jersey, New York City, and Beijing China. 

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Andrew Ayad
Photography | Illustration 

Andrew is an innovative graphic designer with extensive design and industry experience, including identities, branding, retail marketing, direct mail, promotional design, editorial design, photo shoot art direction and casting, web design, and more.

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Christina & Katherine Moawad
Painting | Sketching

Christina and Katherine are identical twins who have always shared a passion for art. Both college students, Christina and Katherine spend their spare time painting together. Christina and Katherine attend St. Abraam's Coptic Orthodox Church in Long Island, New York. This is their second year contributing their talent to Art in Heaven.