379 Huguenot St, New Rochelle, NY 10801

Zahra Jlayer

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Zahra Jlayer, a multifaceted visionary, stands at the intersection of art and science breathing life into the cultural landscape of New Rochelle. As the curator of Vanda Gallery, Zahra has become a driving force behind the local art scene, creating a haven for artists and art enthusiasts alike.

Born and raised in an environment steeped in artistic inspiration, Zahra’s journey into the world of art began under the influence of her self-taught artist and poet father. Despite pursuing a career in medicine, Zahra’s passion for painting endured. A physician pathologist and former medical examiner, she found solace in the world of art, curating exhibitions that not only showcased her father’s work but also became a testament to her unwavering commitment to the arts.

The decision to open Vanda Gallery emerged from Zahra’s dedication to providing a platform for local artists, eliminating the need for residents of New Rochelle and Westchester to travel to New York City to experience exceptional art. This endeavor reflects her deep-rooted belief in the transformative power of art and its ability to enrich and connect communities.

Zahra’s artistic pursuits have not been without challenges. Balancing the demands of medical school and a burgeoning career in pathology, she tenaciously clung to her love for painting. Even during the busiest times, her desire for artistic expression remained alive. In curating exhibitions for her father, she found a way to feed her craving for art while nurturing a space for the creative voices of others.

Today, Zahra Jlayer continues to be a guiding force at Vanda Gallery, weaving a narrative that intertwines life and art. Through her unique perspective, she brings a harmonious blend of talent and creativity to the forefront, enriching the cultural fabric of New Rochelle and leaving an indelible mark on the artistic community she has cultivated. Zahra’s journey is a testament to the belief that art, in all its forms, has the power to heal, inspire, and unite communities.

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