Quran Interpreted In Art - Arabic: Language of the Quran opens January 16th with Artists Talk at the San Francisco Main Library

For Immediate Release: December 14, 2015 Contact: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282;

Peace by Rubina Kazi

The exhibition will feature the work of artists who have taken a verse from the Quran, which is typically read in Arabic, and illustrate it through a variety of art forms including calligraphy, painting and ceramics. “Islamic Art invites greater American audiences to visit and enjoy an aspect of Islam that is not easily accessible and public libraries like San Francisco’s do just that,” said Nabeela Sajjad, Founder & CEO of Islamic Art Exhibit. The tradition of Islamic art has flourished throughout the world for 1400 years with beautiful patterns and designs unique to the art manifestations in their varied forms.  The exhibit will consist of a variety of both traditional and contemporary art forms using everything from calligraphy and stained glass to digital media.  The words of the Quran will be tangible and relevant for all visitors to engage and discuss through the depictions seen in the artwork.

Flowers from the Blue Garden by Jane Waddick

The Islamic Art Exhibit seeks to build bridges between diverse communities through the visual arts.  Each exhibition provides unique opportunity to explore the scope of “Islamic Art” and celebrate the rich tapestry of countries, cultures and artistic traditions of the Muslim diaspora. Meet the Artists: Talk and Discussion January 16, 1 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Main Library Islamic Calligraphy Demonstration with artist Arash Shirinbab March 13, 1 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library Arabic: Language of the Quran exhibit runs January 16—March 20 Skylight Gallery, Main Library 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA Editors Note: More photos of artwork are available

December 14, 2015