In 2006 , Pomm became part of Artists for Human Rights International
www.ArtistsForHumanRights.org, a group formed with the purpose of bringing artists together with the
common cause of raised awareness and education of human rights.
"Artists have a way of communicating which gets a story told. I wanted
to join with other artists who have a vision of peace on earth. The way
to forward a movement towards peace is to let people know they have rights.
This is how we can create a world without violence and war. Together we
are using the power of artists communications to move the world towards
one where all respect human rights, and where human rights are a reality,
and not just a dream."
In 1948, the United Nations adopted the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights with 191 countries now ascribing to this declaration. This document delineates
30 basic articles of universal human rights. The startling fact is that
most people have not had the opportunity or benefit of even seeing these
rights clearly laid out. You cannot defend what you do not know.
Pomm became the Director of the Visual Artists for Human Rights; and helped
to organize three art exhibits in New York and Los Angeles, while building
membership and support for the group.
Beginning in New York City, the first exhibit included heart-wrenching
evocation of rights violations, and inspiring scenes of a world where
human rights are truly respected. It opened in SoHo's Westwood Gallery
on August 25, 2006. The exhibit started a two-day summit which included
a major conference at United Nations Headquarters, and a concert in Union
Square Park. On August 24, at the Westwood Gallery in New York City, a
limited edition print of Pomm's latest watercolor, "We Believe
in Peace," was presented by the artist to Mr. Enzo di Taranto, of
the United Nations, on behalf of Artists for Human Rights International.
Mr. di Taranto is the coordinator of the United Nations' Action Two
program on Human Rights and has displayed "We Believe in Peace"
at the United Nations.
The exhibit then traveled to Los Angeles. Pomm's watercolor, "We
Believe in Peace", was featured in the Visual Artists for Human Rights
show at the Johnson Gallery, on Melrose Ave in Los Angeles in 2006, as
well. The show opened October 26; and ran through Nov 17, reaching out
to the public with its message of increased awareness and support for
Pomm's art was also featured in November of 2007 at the exclusive James
Gray art gallery in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California. Anne
Archer, founder of Artists for Human Rights, hosted the opening reception.
In addition to "We Believe in Peace," Pomm also exhibited a
new original oil, "Left Behind."
"We Believe in Peace"
Painted in 2006, "We Believe in Peace" was created with the intention
of advancing the cause of world peace.
Says Pomm, "As an artist, I draw my inspiration from the world around
me. I see daily the innate goodness of mankind, but also the suffering
and inhumanity that have become part of life on this planet. It is important
to me to communicate the vision of world peace, since artists have the
power to uplift the culture, and change people's awareness. Artists
can paint the future. I painted this painting, 'We Believe in Peace'
with the intention that someday world peace will become a reality, and
not just a dream. Along with you, I hope that day will occur soon."
"We Believe in Peace" has been part of several art exhibitions
to promote awareness of human rights; and has been exhibited at the Florence
Biennale 2007, the largest international art exhibit in the world, held
in Florence, Italy.
"We have a right to a fair and free world where we can enjoy and protect
our rights at home and anywhere in the world. The sky is free to all,
covering us all, and the flags represent the community of nations encompassing
our international and national identities. The sea touches us and is a
bridge between the individual and the global community. The children are
the future and are envisioning all countries enjoying these rights while
maintaining their own points of view."
Quote that is on the painting:
"On the day when we can fully trust each other,
there will be peace on Earth"
- L. Ron Hubbard, Author and Humanitarian
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