Hope Merrill House displays East Bay artist’s sculpture
“Dancing With the Stars,” a sculpture by East Bay artist Salma Arastu, is on loan to Geyserville’s Hope Merrill House, and is getting a lot of attention.
Arastu was born in Rajasthan, India. She has been painting for more than 30 years since earning her Fine Arts degree in 1974 from Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda, India.
Shortly after arriving in the U.S., she also created Your True Greetings, a successful greeting card company that uses her paintings and calligraphy to serve the needs of Muslim communities in the U.S., Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom.
The East Bay Community Foundation “Fund for Artists” awarded Arastu a commissioning grant in June to continue her work on a series of poem-paintings entitled “Turning Rumi: Singing Verses of Love, Unity and Freedom.”
The $5,000 came in the form of a matching grant, with the remaining $5,000 raised by local donors and collectors of Arastu’s work.
Work from the same series that was completed before the grant is on exhibit exhibition of work from the same series completed before the grant can be seen July 20-September 20, at Domican University of California through Sept. 20 in Alameny Library’s Community Gallery.
Dominican University is located at 50 Acacia Road, San Rafael, (415) 458-3763.