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Posted by Zohreh Mojtahedi, Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 @ 7:39pm

  • April 12 through May 14, 2014

    At Tara Gallery

    Located at 1202 Montana Ave., Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90403

    Los Angeles, CA –March 17, 2014 – Tara Gallery is proud to featureNature in Abstraction, a rare and notable exhibition of contemporary paintings by Mostafa Dashti, a prominent Iranian artist who lives and works in Iran. His exceptional landscapes will be featured in the States for the first time thanks to the charitable efforts of the Tara Gallery located in Santa Monica and dedicated to importing and cultivating art from Iran. 

    The exhibition will run from April 12 through May 14, 2014 at Tara Gallery. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, April 12 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. There are many other exceptional pieces in this exhibition, which reflect the texture of the artist's homeland as he perceives it. While Dashti himself is unable to visit the U.S, his work resonates on a global scale attracting audiences from all over the world, including legendary German artist, Karl Schlamminger:

    “There is something magic about Mostafa Dashti's work. It is as if he had dashed fragments of dreams onto the canvas: Fragmented moments of despair. Tumbling backwards into tsunamis, tornados or glowing streams of lava he loses himself in the spiral nebulae. Dashti grabs his motifs from these tempests and tosses them as after-images into the paintings. They are not imitations but real. They are a photographic blink of the eye. What we see are seascapes and cloudscapes, ripped open horizons, faint and dramatic, distant and close fogs, as if it only could be like this. These paintings seem to be cameraless photographs processed in Dashti's head: developed, washed and fixed in the bath of time.”


    Sponsored by the American Foundation of Contemporary Iranian Art (AFCIA), Tara Gallery is a charitable art gallery with focus on contemporary Iranian art. It is located at 1202 Montana Avenue, Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90403; phone: 310.489.2417; hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mondays by appointment.For more information on the exhibit call 310.489.2417 or visit All pieces are available for purchase and proceeds will benefit AFCIA, a 501(c) (3) organization. A portion of all purchases are tax deductible.


    Homa Taraji is the director of Tara Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Santa Monica, primarily representing Iranian art.She has been a curator of contemporary Iranian art in the United States since 2002 and has organized several successful exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Boston. She has established working relationships with art galleries, collectors, and a broad range of artists whose work she represents in the U.S. Taraji is co-founder and president of the American Foundation for Contemporary Iranian Art (AFCIA) (, a non-profit organization for promotion of contemporary Iranian art in the U.S.In parallel with arts, Taraji is a senior engineer at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA, where she develops and manages domestic and international customers for space systems technology. 
    Prior to Aerospace, Taraji was the Manager of Information Systems at the Getty Museum. Before that, she held the position of IT Senior Manager at Ernst & Young Management Consulting. She was with General Electric Information Services as a project manager of financial applications in New York and Los Angeles. She started her career as a software engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena working on Voyager mission to Jupiter and Saturn. Homa Taraji holds a B.S. degree in Physics and an M.S. in Electronics from Tehran University and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. She has been the recipient of NASA Group Achievement Award, Goddard Trophy, Milstar Recognition Award, and GE technical awards.


Monthly Hike: Mount Woodson at Lake Poway

  • Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at 7:15am - 12pm
    Location: Mount Woodson @ Lake Poway

    This AIAP hike will be at Mount Woodson - Lake Poway. This is a moderate hike via Lake…

Chaharshanbeh Soori celebration with the collaboration of AIAP and PCC

  • Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 7pm - 10pm
    Location: NTC Park, 2455 Cushing Road San Diego, CA 92106

    Music by DJ Julius. Persian food will be for sale by Hatam Restaurant and Grill…

Nowruz celebration with the collaboration of AIAP and PCC

  • Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at 7pm - 11:59pm
    Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego

    To buy tickets, call 619-300-4918, or 951-691-3610.

    AIAP or…
    • 2 people attended

Monthly Hike: Santa Rosa Plateau

  • Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 at 7:15am - 12:30pm
    Location: Santa Rosa Plateau

    The AIAP February hike will be at Santa Rosa Plateau in Murrieta.

    The Santa Rosa…

    • 2 people attended

Sex, Drugs, and Baba Karam

  • Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at 6pm - 9pm
    Location: Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine: 5911 Balboa Ave. San Diego, CA 92111. 858-278-7770

    6-8 pm: Valentine…

    • 26 people attended

An interactive music Workshop on the art of singing Persian classical songs

  • Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 6pm - 9pm
    Location: Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine

    Interactive Music Workshop on Persian Music by Kourosh Taghavi
    In this interactive…

January hike @ El Cajon Mountain

  • Sunday, January 19th, 2014 at 7:15am - 1pm
    Location: El Cajon Mountain

    AIAP January hike will be at El Cajon Mountain. This hike is an 11 miles round trip…

    • 3 people attended

New Board members joining AIAP.

Posted by Hammed Ardalani, Friday, December 13th, 2013 @ 12:09pm

  • Dear AIAP Members,
    We had brought to your attention that we would conduct an election of new members for 2014-2015 AIAP board of directors in December 18th meeting. We also had called for candidates for this election, by email and in our past monthly meetings. However, we have had five candidates who have formally declared their candidacy for the board. As the number of the candidates happened to be the same as the number of outgoing current board members, the board did not see any reason to conduct a formal voting process. At the  December 18th meeting, we will introduce the five candidates as the official new members of the AIAP board of directors effective January 1, 2014. The board is very proud to have five highly qualified new board members to join the board to serve our community. A short bio of each candidate is attached for your information. 
     The board would always welcome any interested qualified AIAP members to declare their willingness to join the board as alternate members of the board of directors who will serve the board as non-voting board members.

    New Board Members bios is attached here AIAP 2013 candidares- 5 bios (2).docx.

    AIAP Board of Directors

AIAP's One Day Goal Setting Seminar

  • Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at 9am - 5pm
    Location: San Diego

    This seminar provides you clear, doable, and practical strategies to implement your New Year's…

AIAP's hiking: Daley Ranch @ Dixon Lake

  • Sunday, December 15th, 2013 at 7:15am - 12pm
    Location: Daley Ranch @ Dixon Lake

    AIAP December hike will be at Daley Ranch - Dixon Lake. Daley Ranch is located in the hills…

Yalda Night Celebration December 18, 2013

  • Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 6pm - 11pm
    Location: Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine

    We have a special program with classic Persian music and standing comedian to celebrate the…

    • 38 people attended

Monthly Hike: Mount Woodson at Lake Poway

  • Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 7:15am - 11am
    Location: Mount Woodson @ Lake Poway

    This AIAP hike will be at Mount Woodson - Lake Poway. This is a moderate day hike via Lake…

U.S.-Iran Rapprochement; A Test for Islamic Ideology by Mehdi Khalaji

  • Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 6pm - 9pm
    Location: Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine

    Let us serve you at its best by RSVP and pay online. We only guaranty…

IRC San Diego in AIAP’s general meeting

Posted by Hammed Ardalani, Friday, October 25th, 2013 @ 12:02pm

  • Due to the commitment of both organizations to bring humanitarian activities to the next level, AIAP will host two members of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) - Kasra Movahedi (Deputy Director of IRC San Diego) and Sophie Cheetham (Employment Relations Supervisor) in the October 30th general Meeting. 

    IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. (Read more)

    The IRC is very active in San Diego County and here is a link to their website.(Read more)


Anxiety and Depression: Their Medication Treatment

  • Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 6pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine

    Let us serve you at its best by RSVP and pay online. We only guaranty food for RSVP’d…

Business Networking

  • Thursday, October 17th, 2013 at 7pm - 10pm
    Location: Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine

    We are proud to be co-hosting a business networking…

    • 1 person attended

Dollar a Month Fund

Posted by Hammed Ardalani, Saturday, October 5th, 2013 @ 9:34pm

  • "Millions of Children Live in Poverty and in Hope For Humanity


    Dollar a Month Fund

    Please join our annual fundraising even in support of nearly 1,500 children.  Each dollar can make a difference.  If you cannot attend we would appreciate your gift donation of any amount. in sponsorship of our event expenses at via Paypal.

    Please share with your email list, facebook, etc.  thank you.


October hike at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Julian

  • Sunday, October 20th, 2013 (all day)
    Location: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

    The AIAP October hike will be at Cuyamaca Ranch State Park, Julian on Sunday 10/20/13. This is…

Shahrzad Sepanlou Concert in UCSD

Posted by Hammed Ardalani, Friday, September 20th, 2013 @ 2:55pm

  • Iranian STudent Association presents “Shahrzad Sepanlou” and her band live in concert at UCSD. Join us for an exciting welcoming event for the new academic year and meet new friends while enjoying this cultural Iranian concert!

    -Premium Seating: $50

    -General Admission: $25

    -UCSD Students: FREE (W/ UCSD ID) 

    When: Sep 29, 2013. 7PM

    Where: UCSD Price Center: East Ballroom (map)

    Facebook event 


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