"Alexey Steele, a noted Los Angeles artist, was recognized for celebrating the power and beauty of women through his art on a heroic scale in the modern world particularly in his multi-figure compositions “The Circle” and “The Soul of The Hero”. He was one of the 14 distinguished honorees and came to Athens for the Annual Euro-American Women’s Council’s Global Forum sponsored by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture, and the Mayor of Athens.
Alexey Steele also completed an official portrait of EAWC founder Loula Loi Alafoyiannis “Arrows of Artemis” that was unveiled at the main ceremony in the historic Zapio Megaro in Athens.
Unveiling of "Arrows of Artemis"
with EAWC founder Loula Loi Alafoyiannis and awardees Rita Cosby and Tomaczek Bednarek
With Economic Minister Peter Doukas
at the special Award Ceremony in the City of Athens Mayor’s Office
In his speaches Alexey Steele stressed the importance of expressing historic gratitude to British people for preserving the marbles through Greece’s struggle for independence. At the same time, he thinks it is evident that the government of Great Britain has simply run out of argument to continue keeping this unique world treasure.
“With opening of this magnificent museum it is truly momentous and historic to symbolically fulfill the dream and the belief of Lord Byron’s generation in the future of Independent Greece that Greece has now fully realized. It is now time to fulfill the purpose and the mission of preserving the Greek treasures for the World by returning the Parthenon Marbles to the sacred place where they belong and where they will rest in now indisputable safety to be shared in perpetuity with rest of the World. It’s time for “Elgin Marbles” to finally come back home, to finally become again and forever, what they once were – THE GLORIOUS MARBLES OF PARTHENON.”- Says Alexey Steele
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at the opening of the magnifisent New Acropolis Museum