Dr. Stamata Blanas started Faces of Evanston and I was always a big fan.
It was an Art – photography competition with the Kiwanis & YMCA Clubs.
I was always a fan of Dr. Blanas and wanted to carry on the spirit of the Faces of Evanston in a small way. My first picture is a shot I randomly took of the Evanston Art Festival.
“ I can testify to what UNICEF means to children, because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War ll,” said actress Audrey Hepburn
Dr. Blanas when meeting new artists and friends would place them at ease by learning to phonetically pronounce her Greek name “Stamata “with a language technique (mnemonic device) If you can’t remember
or pronounce Stamata just say “What’s
STA-MA-TA ? It always bought a smile to the newcomer and to those in earshot distance.
Dr. Stamata Blanas has the same international perspective and goodwill that Audrey Hepburn possessed. “ Opa! “