Dear Friend,


Imagine that you are an artist.  It would be hard, indeed almost impossible, for you to sell your paintings because during this time of quarantine, potential customers have recently been unable to go to galleries and now some customers would be skittish about going there because galleries are small enclosed public places.  And that's assuming in the first place that you've been fortunate enough to get an exhibit.


Then imagine that you are a refugee artist.  Like most aspiring artists, you have a "day job" to support you while you try to establish your artistic career.  As a recently-arrived refugee there's a strong possibility that you're working at an entry-level job and if you haven't been laid off already, you've got understandable fears that you may be.  And as a refugee, the traditional support system you had back home probably doesn't exist in your new land.


Now image you're an Iraqi refugee artist.  In 2003, in one of the greatest tragedies to befall your country in its millennia-long history, the U.S. invaded your country.  During that invasion — which was in turn one of the greatest mistakes of American history — U.S. troops guarded various buildings including the Ministry of Oil, but there were no troops guarding the Iraq Museum.  That museum, which I had the great personal privilege of visiting twice around the year 2000, holds some of the great treasures from the birthplace of world civilization.  It was tragically looted in the chaos which inevitably accompanies military invasions.  


Common Humanity has been working with Iraqi refugee artists for the past decade and a half as a way of showing both moral support for the beautiful work they continue to create, and also as a way to provide a bit of income to them when we sell one of their paintings.  And in the process we've helped Americans to see the humanity of the people of the Middle East.


Here is a chance to both own a print of one of their paintings and also to show your support for them.  We have made posters of one of each of their paintings.  (You can get a better view of the paintings below).  Each poster costs $20; half of the proceeds will go directly to the artists, and the rest will cover the printing, postage and handling, with a few dollars left over to help the work of Common Humanity.  Posters are 17 1/2" x 12".

Mel Lehman, Director


PS:  Yes, December seems a long way off, but how about ordering some of our posters for Christmas presents!  


        A Woman in Despair  ____                             All Creatures Great and Small  ____         Feelings  ____

        Who Are You?  ____                                       Blue Vase  ____                                        Iraqi Mona Lisa  ____  

          Poseiden's Wrath    ____                                Arabian Horses    ____                              Faraway Thoughts  _____

        Eating Watermelon in Old Baghdad  ____      Lime Green  ____                                     Splash   ____

        Mosque ____                                                  Baghdad Woman __                                  Music and Memories* ____

                                                                                                                  *Nizar Al Hattab is a Syrian artist now in Europe


Each print $20 each, postage and handling included. Special offer:  3 posters for $50 ($10. still goes to each artist)                                                                                                                 Total:_______  (Not tax-deductible)          

        Contribution for the peacemaking work of Common Humanity     _______  (Tax deductible)


Make check payable to and mail form to:                                 Mail prints to:

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                 Attn: Mel Lehman

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                 New York, NY  10025                    



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A Woman in Despair

by  Sara Masoud

All Creatures Great and Small

by Nidaa Risan


by Majid Hashem

Who Are You?

by Omar Odeh

Blue Vase

by Khalid Alaani

Iraqi Mona Lisa 

by Danya Kubba

Poseidon's Wrath

by Raya Maki

Arabian Horses 

by Amer Ali

Faraway Thoughts

by Ataa al-Baghdadi

Eating Watermelon in Old Baghdad

by Ahmed Baban

Lime Green

by Waseem Ahmed


by Ahmad Abdulrazzaq


by Lubna Mousa

Baghdad Woman

by Wadhah Mahdi

Music and Memories

by Nizar Al Hattab,                                   a Syrian artist now living in Europe

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