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New Year brings new opportunities and challenges

In my studio I am busy preparing for a presentation at Seattle university " Search for Meaning" fair as I have been invited  to be among the 50 authors/presenters at this year’s Search for Meaning Book Festival in Seattle, Washington on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 My painting "Equal Awards" will be exhibited in conjunction of the festival in a group show Search [...]

By |February 20th, 2017|Current News|Comments Off on New Year brings new opportunities and challenges

In search of eternal love

Salma Arastu & Naina Shastri presents In Search of Eternal Love - From Meera Bai to Rumi Vocal Music: Snigdha Venkataramani Farsi Recitation: Mahnaz Fashandi String Instrumental Music:  Abbas Amir A Presentation of Dance, Drama, Painting and Poetry!!! On May 13th from 8PM Seating Starts at 7:30 PM At the Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance 729 Heinz [...]

By |May 11th, 2016|Current News, Exhibits & Presentations|Comments Off on In search of eternal love

So That You Know Each Other Video

So That You Know Each Other Intercultural Reflections on Art, Beauty, and Islam This program, presented on December 6, 2015, explored historic and contemporary approaches to Islamic art, from perspectives both within and outside of Islam. The guiding concept of the program was interculturality. When people from two different cultures first meet, they cannot [...]

By |February 16th, 2016|Blog, Current News|Comments Off on So That You Know Each Other Video

Peninsula Museum of Art Exhibition

Cultural commentary in color, words and form characterize the solo exhibition of Salma Arastu at Peninsula Museum of Art. The exhibition opens on Sunday January 17 and continues through April 10. The reception will be held on opening day from 2 to 4 pm.

By |January 17th, 2016|Current News, History of Exhibitions|Comments Off on Peninsula Museum of Art Exhibition

Artist Salma Arastu creates abstract beauty from Islamic calligraphy

We’ve never had such a diverse group of people visiting the museum, says the Rev. Terrence Dempsey. “It’s the first exhibition we’ve had where people have asked to buy the art.” Dempsey is the director of the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, on the campus of St. Louis University. MOCRA, in the words of its mission [...]

By |November 25th, 2015|Current News|Comments Off on Artist Salma Arastu creates abstract beauty from Islamic calligraphy

MOCRA Programs and Events

This program will explore historic and contemporary approaches to Islamic art, from perspectives both within and outside of Islam. The guiding concept of the program is interculturality. When people from two different cultures first meet, they cannot help but consider each other from within their own cultural frameworks and biases. Read the entire article from [...]

By |November 25th, 2015|Current News|Comments Off on MOCRA Programs and Events

Prayer for peace: Calligraphic artist Salma Arastu’s MOCRA works aim to build bridges between faiths

How does calligraphic artist Salma Arastu bring peace to her paintings? On Friday's "Cityscape," Arastu and Terry Dempsey, the director of Saint Louis University's Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, discussed her recent exhibition with host Steve Potter. Listen it here below: Your browser does not support this audio element. Read the entire article here: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/prayer-peace-calligraphic-artist-salma-arastu-s-mocra-works-aim-build-bridges-between-faiths

By |November 21st, 2015|Current News|Comments Off on Prayer for peace: Calligraphic artist Salma Arastu’s MOCRA works aim to build bridges between faiths

Painting Prayers on PBS in St. Louis Missouri

Saint Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Religious Art exhibits “Painting Prayers”, a collection of art that combines Arabic calligraphy with modern painting techniques. We visit the Schmaltz beer company, where craft beer and artistic labels combine humor, ethnic pride and interesting art. - Read the article at: http://ninenet.org/archives/28926#sthash.3zpe75ed.dpuf

By |November 21st, 2015|Current News|Comments Off on Painting Prayers on PBS in St. Louis Missouri

Painting Prayers on PBS arts magazine “Arts America”

Painting Prayers continues at  Museum of Contemporary Religious Art,St. Louis University, St. Louis Missouri "Painting Prayers" featured on the PBS arts magazine "Arts America"  

By |October 29th, 2015|Current News|Comments Off on Painting Prayers on PBS arts magazine “Arts America”

One Successful Female Entrepreneur’s Story

One Successful Female Entrepreneur’s Story in Girl in Paris Salma Arastu Berkeley artist with Expanstion of the universe painting Salma Arastu Berkeley artist with Expanstion of the universe painting Meet Salma Arastu, a successful female entrepreneur who overcame adversity, challenged the norm and followed her dream of being a businesswoman in the United States. It is a pleasure [...]

By |September 1st, 2015|Current News|Comments Off on One Successful Female Entrepreneur’s Story