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'Isfahan' at Syra Arts Sept. 22- Oct. 6

SYRA Arts presents Isfahan, the first collaboration between Iranian artists Rashin Kheiriyeh and Sina Nayeri - a collection of paintings that provide a window into the world of Persian art and literature. The exhibit will be on view from September 22nd - October 6th and there will be an Opening Reception to meet the artists on September 22nd, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Inspired by traditional Persian art techniques and poems by Rumi, Rashin and Sina bring together woodblock printing techniques with hand-lettering from their Iranian heritage and incorporate Western abstraction.This exhibition of paintings brings the perspective of the traditional artworks from Isfahan, a beautiful city in Iran. Isfahan is known worldwide for talented artisans who specialize in textiles, carpets, woodwork, painting, and inlay pieces. It is home to breathtaking Persian–Islamic architecture and paintings. There’s a Persian proverb that says"Isfahan nesf-e jahan” or “Isfahan is half the world.”

Rashin Kheiriyeh is internationally recognized for her award-winning children’s books. She’s an artist who is making waves with her paintings and animation, illustration and graphic design. Her works reveal a quirky, edgy aesthetic and deeply original style.

Sina Nayeri is a painter, graphic designer, animator and calligrapher. His unique focus and proficiency in Persian calligraphy and woodblock printing introduces Farsi letters and traditional patterns from Isfahan art into different mediums including paintings and animation.

SYRA Arts has been promoting contemporary Middle Eastern art and artists in the United States since 2011. The gallery, which represents some of the Middle East’s leading contemporary painters, sculptors, and jewelry designers, gives a glimpse of the depth and diversity of contemporary art in the region through showcasing work by artists of different generations in a range of artistic mediums.

SYRA Arts is located at 1054 31st Street in Georgetown