Vets Gala: Amber Waves of Grace
Article by Michael DUTRA
(Beverly Hills , CA) When The U.S. Vets Gala was
recently held, honoring those that continue to make possible
their outreach mission of re-integrating homeless vets
into our society, the International Ballroom at the Beverly
Hilton in Beverly Hills California was packed.
focal point of the evening was clearly resting on the
vets, but the art exhibition/ fundraiser that marked the
Gala, by Turkish-American Painter Metin Bereketli, was
making excitedly wonderful and peaceful waves.
of the honorees on hand were Sylvester Stallone, Chuck
Norris, Senator John McCain ,Governor Gray Davis, Sheriff
Lee Baca, Dr. Buzz Aldrin (HistoricApollo XI moon walk),
Dennis Franz, and Lionel Ritchie with host Robert Stack. In a room with such a mix of respected
people being honored by the nationally recognized organization,
it was interesting to see the reactions Mr. Bereketli
received in regards to his commitment to peace and freedom
through his paintings.
stated, "I was truly moved in meeting many of the
vets. I was proud, not only be an American,
but also a Turk by birth.
I mention this because many of the vets who congratulated
me on my paintings also wanted to add thanks to the Turkish
people for their contributions in military support.
I was touched by the unifying spirit that was shown
here, it is something that my art strives to represent."
Many of the vets had served with Turkish soldiers in the
Korean War, Gulf War and presently with Operation Enduring
is a deep and growing feeling of support, since the events
of September 11th, for our vets and those currently
Vets works to recognize and assist those who have served
our country through the military. Their Gala further raised
awareness and funds in their continued mission of helping
those who have helped so many.
further information and contributions, contact:
- Westside Residence Hall - 733 South Hindry Avenue,
Inglewood, CA 903O1
Dutra is a writer and free-lance journalist living in
Los Angeles California.
article is permitted for free use.
- . -
an internationaly acclaimed American painter,whose contemporary
works have been featured in museums,galleries and exhibitions
The Smitsonian Institute, California Science Center Exposition
Park, Paramount Picture Studios, Universal Studios, Petersen
Automotive Museum, Pacific
Design Center LA, Playboy Mansion,The Istanbul Stock Exchange
and Sotheby's London.
living in Los Angeles, Metin and his intentive style have
earned the esteem of many American Leaders, such as Presidents
Clinton, Bush and Carter, various
members of Congress and US Senate; numerous State Governors
and Senators; and members of the US Supreme Court.
paintings have also captured the hearts of many in Hollywood.
Some of his artwork has been featured on the sets of Friends,
Becker, Frasier, Seventh
Heaven, ER, Chicago Hope, The Bold and The Beautiful,
General Hospital, Passions, Party of Five and several
other television and film sets. Metin has also
received critical acclaim in articles published in Cosmopolitan,
Cornucopia, Macro, Donna, Skylife, Maison Francaise, Vizyon,
Art Decor, Mozaik, Decor, Science
of Mind, Positive Living, Impacto, NY Times, Morning Star,
Daily Breeze Metin
believes divine inspiration plays a great part in the
creation of his paintings. his art appeals to the eyes
and the heart. His images communicate important
messages about healing and the promotion of world peace.
promote healing through giving, Metin has generously supported
several charities with his artwork, including The National
Conference on Women and HIV, St.Jude
Children's Hospital,Cedars-Sinai Medical Center,Shriners
Hospitals for Children, American Diabetes Association,
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Los
Angeles Children's Hospital, Muscular Dystrophy, The Chase
Foundation, Aids Project Los Angeles, Motion Picture &
Television Fund Foundation, YWCA, Switzer
Center, Easter Seal Society, UCLA Medical Center, American
Red Cross, The Children's Leukemia Foundation, The Leukemia
& Lymphoma Society,
LAPD, NYPD & NYFD, American Society of Young Musicians,
East LA Classic Theatre.
is an artist who has dedicated himself to the evolution
of mankind with his themes. His paintings are not only
a display of vivid colors and powerful imagery,
but also a celebration of oneness with the Human Family
in the Circle of Life.
art work recurring on the following shows..
BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
|| WASTE LAND
may also view Metin's work on the internet.