September 24, 2004 > Local Artist Impresses White House
Local Artist Impresses White House
Local sculptor Sami Nadi was saddened by the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Although many of us share this feeling and will reflect and discuss the significance of the events of that terrible day, Sami decided to express his sorrow and appreciation for the actions of the United States in Afghanistan by using his artistic talent. On the third anniversary of 9/11, a sculpture was sent to President Bush with the following letter.
Dear Mr. President George Bush,
Your actions bring honor to us and show your great concern for all humanity. This is my sculpture of you and the New York Fire Chief after the tragedy of 9/11. I give my art to this great country that has become my home.
This is my way to say "thank you" to America for freeing my country of Afghanistan, liberating our women and insuring that our children do not go hungry.
Please accept my work that it may be a part of our nation's collection.
I am so proud in becoming a U.S. citizen. God bless you George Bush and God Bless America.
Sculptor from Afghanistan
Mr. Nadi recently received an appreciative phone call from the White House with a promise of further communication. Sami Nadi's works are displayed at the Willits Gallery, 3755 Washington Blvd., Fremont and will be featured at a League of Volunteers concert of Afghan music on October 10th (see It's A Date for time and address).