“Izmir Retrospective” Exhibit to Share Artifacts of Turkish Culture

“Izmir Retrospective,” an art exhibition featuring artifacts from Izmir, Turkey, will open at the Second City Council Art Gallery in Long Beach March 13.

Hosted and organized by the Izmir-Long Beach Sister Cities Association, the show will introduce the city of Izmir and Turkey, as well as sister-city program activities, to the Southern California community.  Interesting relics and antique items originating in Turkey are being loaned from private collections of Turkish Americans for the seven-and-half-week exhibition.

“Izmir, Turkey, is a fascinating and beautiful city full of centuries of history and culture,” said Dennis Aytekin, chairman of the Izmir-Long Beach Sister Cities Association.  “This is a once-in-lifetime exhibition that will share the wealth of this city with its partners here.”

Compositions in the exhibit will include:
• Modern Day Izmir
• Nostalgic Izmir Photos
• Natural Stones of Izmir Region
• Turkish folk-art, carpets, kilims and fabrics
• Turkish Musical Instruments
• Turkish Coffee Culture
• Seven Churches of Bible (Smyrna being one)
• “Partner Schools Science Program” between Izmir and Long Beach

The Second City Council Art Gallery and Performance Space was founded to promote the arts in Long Beach and offer a platform for introduction international arts and culture to the southern California community.  It is located at 435 Alamitos Avenue, across from the Museum of Latin American Art.  The exhibit will be located in the separate trapezoid room of the gallery.  More information about the gallery can be found at  www.2ndcitycouncil.org

“Izmir Retrospective” will run through May 5.  Hours:  Wednesday to  Sunday –  Noon to 5 pm

Sister Cities of Long Beach Inc. enjoys eight Sister Cities with communities around the world.  It hosts more than 25 international delegations per year and the Annual International Sister City Festival, drawingthousands of attendees.  For more information visit www.sistercitiesoflongbeach.org