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Manhattan Art & Antique Center

Manhattan Art & Antique Center Director Paul Anavian poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane

Artist Zahra Nazari poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Manhattan Art & Antique Center

Artist Shiva Jlayer chats with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Manhattan Art & Antique Center

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Manhattan Art & Antique Center

Art & antique lovers and enthusiasts attended a wine reception at the Manhattan Art & Antique Center on 1050 Second Avenue at 55 Street.  This wine reception took place on Saturday from 4pm to 7pm on March 11, 2017.
Celebrating now its 40th Anniversary (founded in 1974), The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center in Midtown Manhattan, is the nation’s largest with 100 galleries representing America’s top dealers in every category of arts and antiques. The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center is a veritable treasure trove of all that is beautiful, fascinating and unique for sale. Boasting three floors of antiques, fine art, decoration, silver, jewelry, European, Asian African art, and antiquities–this is a “must visit” for antique and art lovers, collectors, interior decorators, or those just looking to be visually inspired.

Whether you want to buy or sell, we welcome you to visit us 7 days a week.
During the reception I had the pleasure of interviewing the Director Paul Anavian who explained, “If you can’t find what you are looking for here, you won’t find it anywhere.”  The center occupies three floors of fabulous treasures of art and antiques. 

During the reception I also was pleased to talk to Artists Shiva Jlayer and Zahra Nazari.
Shiva was born in Persia and graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Shiraz University. She was influenced heavily by her father, Mehdi Jlayer, who was one of the famous painter, sculptor and poets of their hometown. At an early age she watched her father paint and was influenced to pursue and find her own artistic path.

 After graduating, in 2011, Shiva continued by taking classes with multiple artists. After moving to United States in 2014, Shiva enrolled at New York Academy of Art continue education program and had the honor of working with one of her most favorite artists, Steven Assael.

Shiva's website has two sections. One section is her own works and the other is dedicated to her father's works representing Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of persian empire (from Achaemenid dynasty, more than 2500 years ago).

Shiva's works vary from representational and surrealistic portraits to Persepolis paintings in remembrance of her father's works. Her portraits reveal emotions that evoke the human condition underneath the surface. Shiva has a unique style of  capturing the vulnerabilities through surreal representations and forms. Shiva has won few awards in different painting contests which she participated and has had many solo and group exhibitions. She currently lives in New York.

For more information please visit
Artist Zahra Nazari was born in 1985, Hamedan, Iran  and now resides in New York City. She has a studio at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Her large­-scale abstracted and architectonic paintings and installations are based on the ruins of historical sites in Iran in conjunction with American postmodern architectural forms.

Nazari was a recipient of The AIM Fellowship from the Bronx Museum; Mentoring Program from New York Foundation for the Arts; Artist Residency Fellowship from Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and Visiting Artist Fellowship from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally in many galleries and museums such as Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY; China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY; Saba Institution, Tehran, Iran; and Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC.
For more information please visit her at
I also visited one of the shops in the Center, Sakai Antiques, where you can find portraits of King Henry the VIII to a bat chandelier from Transylvania.
For over 30 years and spanning two generations, Sakai Antiques has offered a fine array of 18th & 19th century European works of art, antiques and decorative pieces. Since the beginning, we have strived to satisfy the discerning needs of connoisseurs, dealers and collectors alike. We take pride in our ability to consistently offer unique art and antiques to the trade as we are constantly scouring the globe for the finest pieces.  For more information please visit
To learn more about The Manhattan Art & Antique Center please visit
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