Works by Taravat Talepasand are on view in the gallery show “Seeya and Sefeed” at Heather Marx Gallery through June 2. The U.S.-born artist was trained in Persian miniature painting, which she has adapted to explore her Iranian heritage. Talepasand, a recent master’s degree recipient from the San Francisco Art Institute, makes exquisite egg tempera and gold leaf paintings and graphite drawings.
Although born in the United States, the artist has retained close ties to Iran, where she was trained in the challenging discipline she practices. Yet her work also questions her Eastern heritage, its boundaries, and its liberating possibilities within American culture. “In Farsi, literally ‘seeya’ means black and ‘sefeed’ white. The title of this show describes the differences that I obsess about and deliberate in my work,” Talepasand says. “As simple as the meaning ‘black and white,’ what we realize as different can easily be the same. These differences and sameness are described by shift and taboos between the East and West.”
Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; the gallery is located at 77 Geary St., San Francisco. Admission is free. Call (415) 627-9111 or visit www.heathermarxgallery.com.
Jewelry, fiber art, pottery, glass work, sculpture and paper art are among the handmade items on view and for sale at the Maven Craft Fair. (Pictured is a fun Imaginary Friend created from faux fur by Alisa Timmerman of Portland.) The Maven Craft Fair is devoted to promoting female artists, with an emphasis on emerging women of color. It’s from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco. Admission is free. Visit www.mavenfair.com.
Pop and Circumstance
Nine artists tinker with perceptions of pop culture and play in “Pistolitas de Azucar: Cultura, Pop, and Whimsy,” an exhibit that combines iconic imagery with visual anecdotes of life in Mexico and California. The free show opens with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday at Galeria de la Raza, 2857 24th St., San Francisco. Call (415) 826-8009 or visit www.galeriadelaraza.org.