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Mechanical engineer professor is a master calligrapher

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February 20, 2016

Master calligrapher Dr. Nihad Dukhan, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Detroit Mercy, will be exhibiting his Arabic/Islamic calligraphy at the Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills February 26th through April 1st. The artist opening reception is Friday, February 26th from 6 to 8 pm. Dr. Dukhan will address the gathering with translations and thoughtful interpretations of his artwork.

Dr. Nihad DukhanDr. Dukhan draws on his childhood experiences growing up in Gaza competing with other kids painting text on walls of homes. His love for Arabic text matured as he sought out master calligraphic teachers in Istanbul, connecting him to the rich ancient tradition of Arabic/Islamic calligraphy. Now as a master, he seeks to convey meaning and beauty of the truth made visible.

His intent is to attract those both familiar and unfamiliar with Arabic/Islamic calligraphy to see the beauty in the lines. As an agent of change, he hopes to reach across cultural barriers to provide a potent message of love and beauty rooted in the time honored tradition of Arabic/Islamic calligraphy.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 am to 3 pm. The Birmingham Unitarian Church is located at 38651 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304. Inquires can be made by calling 248-647-2380 or via email to joesim@msn.com or jim.shettle@buc.org. Artist website: www.ndukhan.com.

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