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Art Galleries Join Earthquake Relief Effort

 A view of the fundraising exhibit at Mojdeh Art Gallery in Tehran. A view of the fundraising exhibit at Mojdeh Art Gallery in Tehran.

The fundraising exhibition ‘I’m Not Alone’, organized by Mojdeh Art Gallery in Tehran to support the victims of the earthquake in western Iran, raised 1.3 billion rials ($32,660) in two days.

The 7.3-magnitude earthquake that jolted Kermanshah Province and the regions bordering Iraq on November 12 claimed 436 lives, injured 9400 people and left thousands homeless and in urgent need of lifesaving support.

In a statement on November 15 the gallery manager, Mojdeh Tabatabaei, invited artists to bring their artworks to her gallery to be sold along with her own treasure trove of artworks in support of the quake victims, Honaronline reported.

Many artists including Nasrollah Afjei, Kourosh Shishehgaran, Ali Shirazi, Nasrollah Moslemian, Nasser Oveisi, Bahram Dabiri and Javad Bakhtiari responded and brought their paintings, sculptures and photos for the sale.

All the exhibited artworks were priced at one third of their actual value to help encourage buyers.

Tabatabaei says the exhibition has been welcomed both by buyers and the artists. In a related gesture Dena Art Gallery in Tehran launched an innovative project for three days (November 17-19) to help the fundraising movement. The gallery presented artworks to buyers in exchange for tents to be sent to the quake-stricken regions.

The Tehran-based Saless Art Gallery, located at No. 148, between Iranshahr and Mahshahr streets, Karimkhan Ave., will hold a book and artworks exhibit on November 21, to help the victims of the deadly natural disaster. The event will be held in the presence of writers and artists.

Jam Art Gallery in Shiraz, in collaboration with Tar-o-Poud and Sarvenaz galleries, has invited artists to bring their artworks for sale to help the quake-afflicted people in western Iran.

The fundraising program is slated for November 22. The gallery is at No. 225, between the 7th and 9th alleys, Shahid Rabbani Blvd., before Abolkalam Square.

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