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For Syria: benefit sales for Syrian refugee relief

featuring work by artist & calligrapher
Stewart J. Thomas

50% of all proceeds donated to refugee relief.

Funds will be sent to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) <www.rescue.org> specially earmarked for their work with Syrian refugees.  I selected the IRC because of their 95% ranking with Charity Navigator, percent of funds that are spent on programs (92.5%), and their ability to work directly with people in the countries with the largest number of Syrian refugees.

For more on the Syrian refugee crisis and my own thoughts, click here. To purchase artwork, click on any of the artwork selections below.

Lord Have Mercy (Armenian)The Armenian people were the first to adopt Christianity as a nation (301 CE) and the Armenian Apostolic church continues to use Armenian as its liturgical language . History has scattered the Armenians to all parts of the world and they often find themselves in the position of having to flee a nation in which they once sought refuge.This is one of the pieces available from my Syria Refugee Benefit. Available for sale at palmstone.com/for-Syria

June 7, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

Lord Have Mercy (Armenian)
The Armenian people were the first to adopt Christianity as a nation (301 CE) and the Armenian Apostolic church continues to use Armenian as its liturgical language . History has scattered the Armenians to all parts of the world and they often find themselves in the position of having to flee a nation in which they once sought refuge.
This is one of the pieces available from my Syria Refugee Benefit. Available for sale at palmstone.com/for-SyriaRead More

Salaam “Peace” Tile

June 6, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

Salaam سلام “Peace” Arabic

Arabic calligraphy for the word “Peace” in free-style brush work on ceramic tile, ready for hanging on the wall.

Calligraphy by Stewart J. Thomas 7 x 7 inch ceramic tile $75.00

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Lord’s Prayer, Syriac Aramaic, framed

June 6, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

The Lord’s Prayer

Syriac Aramaic Syriac Orthodox Church

The Syriac Orthodox Churches under three separate patriarchates date back to the early days of Christianity and maintain their liturgy in Aramaic, the lingua franca of the Persian and … Read More

Lord’s Prayer, Syriac, inlay frame

June 6, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

The Lord’s Prayer

Syriac Aramaic Syriac Orthodox Church

The Syriac Orthodox Churches under three separate patriarchates date back to the early days of Christianity and maintain their liturgy in Aramaic, the lingua franca of the Persian … Read More

The Peacock Angel

June 6, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

The Peacock Angel

Tawûsê Melek or ملك طاووس

The Peacock Angel is a major component of the religious symbolism of the Yazidi people, a Kurdish-speaking community that claim to follow the oldest religion in the world. … Read More

Ahlan Wa Sahlan, card

June 6, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

Ahlan Wa Sahlan أهلاً وسهلاً

Arabic, Stylized Kufic Script

Traditional Arabic welcome–especially to a home– emphasizing hospitality to strangers.

Ahlan—أهلا— is “family,” as in “You’ve come to stay with family,” and sahlanسهلا is flat or … Read More

Lady Sun

June 6, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

Lady Sun خورشيد خانم

From prehistoric times, the sun has been honored across Central Asia and into the Iranian plateau and Anatolia. The sun can be seen as the central motif on the Kurdish flag. This artwork shows … Read More

Mehr

June 5, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

Mehr مهر

Persian (Farsi)

Mehr—also known as Mitra or Mithra—is the ancient Indo-Iranian divinity of covenant and oath, all-seeing protector of truth, guardian of cattle and of the waters, but above all Mehr is the sun, … Read More

Border Crossing

June 5, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

Border Crossing 

I originally produced this print nearly 30 years ago after experiencing the journey across the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to the southern tip of Sicily. At that time, as now, this was the route travelled … Read More

This Too Shall Pass

June 4, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

This Too Shall Pass

Arabic

A phrase common to Persian, Arabic, Hebrew and Turkish poetry from 1200 CE onwards.

Calligraphy by Stewart J. Thomas Fine art quality print on watercolor paper 5 x … Read More

Salaam Shalom Card

June 4, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

Shalom/Salaam Hebrew/Arabic The word for peace is nearly identical in Hebrew and Arabic. The words can be written in the two alphabets so that they look almost identical as well, but in this instance I’ve chosen to … Read More

Lord’s Prayer in Syriac Aramaic

June 4, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

The Lord’s Prayer Syriac Aramaic Syriac Orthodox Church

The Syriac Orthodox Churches, under three separate patriarchates, date back to the early days of Christianity and maintain their liturgy in Aramaic. The Protestant Syriac churches also maintain the use … Read More

Arabic, The Verse of the Throne, Surah 2:255 Holy Qur’an

May 20, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

Arabic, The Verse of the Throne, Surah 2:255 Holy Qur’anRead More

My Journey

May 16, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

My Journey

One of the series of “lost manuscript pages” this lithograph represents the my own journey from the mountains of Iran to the subtropics of Florida.

Limited edition of only 9 copies: stone lithograph on … Read More

Mountains

May 16, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

Mountains In the Middle East mountains provide refuge for tribal and minority groups and are often the natural boundaries between nations. Life in the mountains can provide both safety and the demands of a harsher environment.

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The Lamp

May 16, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

The Lamp

In the synagogue burns the everlasting flame, the ner tamid. In Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches a chancel lamp is kept burning. In a mosque, a representation of the lamp is a typical … Read More

Joseph cast into the well

May 16, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

Joseph and His Brothers Persian (Farsi) The Torah story of Joseph and his brothers is well known in the Middle East, both in religious and literary traditions. This image was printed from a metal plate from … Read More

Eye of the Garden

May 16, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

The Eye of the Garden Digital reproduction of a watercolor in the series of “lost manuscript pages.”

Fine art quality digital print on acid-free watercolor paper Limited edition of 20 by Stewart J. Thomas

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‘Eshq

May 16, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

‘Eshq – “Love” – عشق Arabic

Calligraphy by Stewart J. Thomas Fine art quality digital print on acid-free watercolor paper. 5 x 7 inches $7.00 unframed

$95.00 framed

Price includes shipping with the USA

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Buteh

May 16, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

Buteh بوته

The ancient Mesopotamian Tree of Life transformed into the curled Buteh motif (boteh, bota, botteh—known in English as the Paisley). This is the symbol of the tree weighed down with abundance, bowing to the wind, garden … Read More

Bismallah (1)

May 16, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

Bismallah al-Rahman al-Rahim بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Arabic

The Bismallah begins each Surah of the Qur’an: “In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.”

Arabic Calligraphy by Stewart J. Thomas in black ink and gold leaf on … Read More

Bismallah (2)

May 16, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

Bismallah al-Rahman al-Rahim بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Arabic

The Bismallah begins each Surah of the Qur’an: “In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.” (note: photo includes light glare from the frame glass)

Arabic Calligraphy … Read More

Lord Have Mercy

May 16, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

Lord Have Mercy Armenian

The Armenian people were the first to adopt Christianity as a nation (301 CE) and the Armenian Apostolic Church continues to use Armenian as its liturgical language. History has scattered the Armenians to … Read More

Arabic Hymn

May 16, 2016 | Stewart Thomas

Blessed are the Broken Hearted Arabic Hymn National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon

In the Middle East, the reform (Protestant) churches are known as the evangelical churches. This hymn in classical style Arabic speaks to those who … Read More