Areni (Ah-reh-nee) is a village in Armenia famous for its wine. It was formerly called Arpa.
Over the past decade, archeological excavations at Areni have uncovered not just the first-ever winery established 6100 years ago, but also the oldest known leather shoe and a human skull containing the most ancient fragment of brain tissue in existence.
This drawing was created as a tribute to a beautiful young woman named Areni who lit-up every room she entered with her joyful, big smile and kind heart.
Areni’s family has established a memorial scholarship fund to keep her memory alive and touch many more lives in Areni’s honor.
For the month of July (2023), I will be donating 20% of net proceeds of this mug to Areni’s memorial fund.