On Friday, September 21, 2007, Gallery ’76 was rededicated as the Robert Graves Gallery to recognize Mr. Graves’ efforts to establish a public art gallery for the citizens of North Central Washington and to honor his 34-year teaching career at Wenatchee Valley College.
Salma Arastu presents Universal Messages: New Vistas February 18 - March 20 Meet the Artist Reception: Thursday, Feb. 20, 5-7 p.m.
Salma Arastu: painter, sculptor and poet
A native of India's Rajasthan, Salma Arastu has been creating and exhibiting her paintings internationally since the 1970s after acquiring a master's degree from Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Baroda, India in 1975. Her work with continuous and lyrical line is influenced by her native culture and her residence after marriage in Iran and Kuwait before coming to the U.S. in 1987. Born into the Sindhi, Hindu tradition in her native India, she later embraced Islam through her marriage.
Her artworks, whether paintings, sculptures or poetry, speak of human universality. Her art form and techniques are greatly interwoven with Arabic calligraphy, miniature arts and folk patterns, her major influences through her travels.
She has almost 40 solo shows to her credit, won several awards including East Bay Community's fund for artists in 2012, three works in public places and three books published with her poems and paintings. She is the author of three books: Dard Ki Seedhiyan in Hindi (1981), The Lyrical Line: Embracing All and Flowing (Half Full Press, Oakland Publishers, 2008) and Turning Rumi: Singing Verses of Love, Unity and Freedom (2012).
She has been invited to Germany twice, first on an artist residency in 2000 and in spring of 2011 Westphalia Wilhelm University in Munster, Germany invited to publish her paper "Art Informed by Spirituality" in the publication on the International Symposium "God Loves Beauty: Post Modern Views on Religion and Art."
Shortly after arriving in the United States, Salma became an entrepreneur with the creation of Your Love Greetings, a successful greeting card company that uses her paintings and calligraphy to serve the needs of Muslim communities in the United States, Canada, Japan and Great Britain.
Robert Graves Gallery Hours Mondays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, 5 to 7 p.m. Or by appointment. Call 509.682.6776 or 509.665.5977
Robert Graves Gallery is located in:
Sexton Hall of Wenatchee Valley College, 1300 Fifth Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801 Ninth Street entrance Telephone: 509.682.6776
Robert Graves Gallery has many people to thank. First and foremost are you our members who continue to be the life blood of the gallery. Your annual dues provide the funds for shipping, transportation, accommodations, advertising, honorarium and a significant portion of our ever growing printing and postage costs. We are grateful for the in-kind services provided by WVC and their budgetary allotment, but as the community grows so do our needs.
We thank our volunteer docents, reception volunteers and board members, serving the gallery, college and community with our gratitude as their only compensation.
And we thank those who have offered professional services pro-bono. Our sometimes confusing and frustrating dealings with bureaucracy have been greatly reduced by Susanne Altman, CPA PLLC who, with great patience, has seen us through some difficult times. The Speidel Law Firm developed and processed our new incorporated name as Robert Graves Gallery. The firm continues to help us with legal advice when we need it.
All of that tedious work goes on behind the scenes so we can fulfill our commitments to the community with style and panache. That image of sophisticated professionalism has largely been provided by Korey Korfiatis and his team of graphic artists at Saggezza Creative Group who designed our new logo, helped us with fundraising, and are helping us create a high quality brochure.
Thanks to all of you for your help and dedication to art, education and community.
John Crew, President of the board.
We are Looking For Additional Board Members
The gallery members of the board are currently looking for a few new members to help with fundraising and promotional activities. If you are interested in helping the gallery continue a strong presence in N.C.W. and have talents you would like to share with us, please contact John Crew, President, at (509) 682-6776 or (509) 665-5977. We would love to hear from you.
Current Board of Directors:
President/Gallery Coordinator: John Crew
Vice President: position open
Secretary: Diane Huber
Treasurer: Shirl Bradford
Friends of the Gallery: JoAnne Stevens
Communications: position open
Faculty Representative: Niki Stewart
Student Representative: Nik Penny
Screening Chairman: Jim Huber
Please join us today in creating a strong foundation of support for Robert Graves Gallery and the visual arts by becoming a member.
Robert Graves Gallery is a nonprofit, community-supported public art gallery located in Sexton Hall on the Wenatchee Valley College Wenatchee campus. It is the gallery's purpose to promote awareness of the visual arts through quality exhibitions, classes, workshops, lectures and related programs.
Even though Robert Graves Gallery is located on the campus of Wenatchee Valley College and partially funded by the college, it is a separate entity of the college. It is a gallery for all of us in North Central Washington. The majority of funds needed for operating come from membership fees, donations, art exhibits and sales events.
MEMBERSHIP and RENEWAL OPTIONS
Robert Graves Gallery offers a variety of membership options to allow your participation in supporting art in our community. Every membership confirms your support for our basic goal of providing a venue for the exhibition of a diversity of high quality art in our community. Join us today!
1300 Fifth Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801 Phone: (509) 682-6800