By Syma Sayyah, Tehran
Those who are
interested in art and what is shown in Tehran galleries usually have a week to see the
exhibitions of different artists around town. Some galleries display the
works for 10 days. Weekly ones have the advantage that one knows every
Friday or Saturday, as it may be, the gallery has a new show and you can
just drop in for the viewings.
One such place which I
visited recently (not so well known) is one of my favorite galleries in
The Banafsheh Gallery (50 Bahar St.
Ave., Tel. 88 03 42 47) is run by Elahe
Raees-Dana who herself is an adorable lady artist. This week the
works of Mrs. Effat Roozbeh (Niamir) and her students were exhibited.
I was amazed so much
with this petite lady whose mind and heart are as large as anyone you can find
anywhere. This 81 year old lady, who has been painting for over fifty
years, lost her husband at the young age of 30, has three sons and is a
She was living in
Yazd before she lost the father of her children
and moved to Tehran to get a job so as to be able to take
care of her family. She had been a head mistress as well as a teacher,
teaching painting to high school students in Yazd. In Tehran, she found a job at the Ministry of
Health and a secondary job at the Nurses Association. She had to hold two
jobs to make ends meet. She has done this most successfully as I met her
eldest son, who is a neurosurgeon with his family and I also learnt that one of
Effat's other sons is a highly
acclaimed accountant and third one is an engineer.
This lovely lady does
yoga and enjoys the poetry of Hafez. When I asked her what is her
favorite color she said "all
colors, I love all colors". She told me that she considers herself very
lucky and fortunate. Someone so positive and full of life and hope is a
rare and valuable thing in Tehran. So, when I asked her
to give our readers a message she said to me: "treasure your moments and live well
because life is beautiful".
You may see more of
her work on her website at: www.effat-roozbeh.com which I could not get
through due to slow speed connection very recently at my end, but I had it
checked from UK and it works.
It is meeting people
like Effat among other things that makes doing what I do so very much enjoyable
and wonderful. Here I have a few pictures for you from this