The late Dr. Hassan Amjad to be recognized by the Jafary Family, Beckley ARH Hospital and Beckley Art Center

12/13/2018

Beckley, WV - A newly designed Tree Cozy is ready to be officially dedicated in the memory of Dr. Hassan Amjad with a reception on Wednesday, December 19 @ 10:30am on the grounds of Beckley ARH Hospital. This Tree Cozy will join the continued project ‘Stitching A Community Together...Where Unexpected Art Happens!"

Since 2015, there have been several colorful Tree Cozies installed in and around Beckley. Alice Yurick introduced this 'Yarn Bombing' idea to the Beckley Art Center after helping create one in Morgantown through WVU. The students from the art department at WVU constructed a tree cozy under the guidance of Carol Hummel, a renowned artist who spreads art all over the world.

Alice proposed the idea by suggesting “since there are so many crocheters in this area, lets begin a tree cozy in Raleigh County.” Who would have guessed just a few years after a single cozy project was proposed there would be multiple tree cozies in and around Beckley?

The volunteers at BAC have stitched many hours and so far completed 150,000 yards of cord. Each of the 18 trees that have been adorned with colorful yarn have been designed for a different meaning. Some just for the colorful unexpected surprise of art, one was for an art focus downtown during Chili Night and some stitched in honor or memory of a loved one. At the same time cozies were being designed, Dr. Hassan Amjad was sharing his art collections or serving tea and offering facts about healthy living to all who visited The Dan and Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery at Beckley Art Center.

Recently, to honor Dr. Amjad’s love of art and Beckley Art Center, the Jafary Family suggested that a tree cozy be placed on the grounds at Beckley ARH Hospital in his memory. “Hassan loved art in all forms and the Unexpected Art Project will be a visible way to remember him each time we pass the Tree Cozy,” echoed his friends and family. Since Dr. Amjad was a close friend and supporter of BAC and is dearly missed, there was no hesitation to move forward. Special thought and planning has gone into this tree cozy to be placed at BARH hospital. Gagan Singh, a close friend of the Jafary family, recalled many special moments shared with her small daughter sitting on a bench under the same tree over 30 years ago. She fondly recounted how they would sit for hours and watch cars and people go by. Her family lived in a small apartment building that was previously located on property behind the tree the new cozy adorns while her husband did his residency at Beckley ARH Hospital.

This rather large tree cozy has involved the many dedicated crocheters who meet weekly. To join this group, please contact the Beckley Art Center for information at 304-253-9226. Crocheters meet Wednesdays at 4:00 pm at Beckley Art Center to continue their efforts in ‘stitching a community together’.

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