My name is Mehrnaz Rahimi, a PhD student in Media and Communications at the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University.
If you are Iranian or an Iranian-American who is living in Southern California, my advisor, Dr. Kent Wilkinson, and I would like to ask you to participate in a research study regarding media use and the strength of community ties. This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Texas Tech University. Research participation is completely confidential. We will not be able to identify you individually, and we will not ask for your name or any other personal information. Please feel free to skip any questions you are not comfortable answering. You may quit at any time by closing the browser window. It should not take more than 15 minutes to answer the questions.
Please click on the following link if you are interested to participate.
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.”
About TARA GALLERY
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 www.taragallery.org.All pieces are available for purchase and proceeds will benefit AFCIA, a 501(c) (3) organization. A portion of all purchases are tax deductible.
About HOMA TARAJI
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) (www.afcia.org), 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.
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.
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)