By Syma Sayyah, Tehran
At a time when most people are hesitant to start a new business or expand an ongoing one, when business people in all fields complain of low sales and despondency, except maybe those involved in the food industry, I find it delightful that a few dedicated and courageous people have the daring to forgo the barriers of fear and the necessary financial risk that such endeavor entails. These hardships are on top of the difficult work and above all the troubles that they have to go through in order to obtain the relevant permissions. It is even more pleasant to know that three ladies who are business friends and colleagues got together and stepped into a big project despite the present negative business environment.
Aria Eghbal, Elahe Javaheri and Mrs.
Aria Eghbal, Elahe Javaheri and Mrs. Vallie
These ladies are Elahe Javaheri (
the Manager, art director and owner of Elahe Gallery in Tehran- with a
user-friendly website which is great if you wish to know something in general
about Iranian artists), Aria
Eghbal (Painter, and a member of group and owner of Aria Gallery
which has a very good relationship both with older and younger artists) and
finally Mrs. Vallie from Vallie Gallery in Tehran. These ladies got together recently and
set up the first serious art school in
Recently I went there to visit them as the new term was about to start and I was amazed at the hard work and the changes that they had brought into this two story house at:
Telephone No. 22051786 & 22053587
Paraphrasing the words in the
foreword of a highly elegant booklet that has been produced with list of
teachers we read that, it is more than a century since Art Education has started
in Iran and the first university art course took place some 60 years ago which
has lead to the careers of many artists that we know. However, this trend has
been hampered and art education in
Here students can register for
common 10 weeks courses through out the year ranging from paintings to
photography and from creative animation to Technical Language for Art. When one reads the list of artists and
professors who teach there, it is like the who's who in art and culture in
At Mahe-Mehr, there is a small library decorated with dated items of good taste, with many art books in different fields, and there is an intention to expand the library. There is a gallery downstairs which is soon to be opened as well as several classrooms on the ground floor and first floors. There is a photo laboratory which was being prepared when we visited them.
The institute's hall, offices and
landing are decorated with original paintings of
For further information including the list of the courses offered please contact their website
I have a few pictures for you to enjoy and become familiar with the work of Mahe-Mehr and recommend it to your friends for themselves or their families.
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