Join us for an Artists’ Talk and Meet-up on Friday, July 7 from 6 – 8 PM. We’ll be joined by artists Chetna Mehta, Houyee Chow, and Mihee Kim who showcased their works at the ARTogether Center as part of ARTogether’s celebration of Pride month. These artists will speak on their art practice as well as their experiences as community storytellers, intuitive practitioners, wellness guides, and teachers–sharing how their experiences as queer artists of color inform the ways they create art and relationships with the community.
ARTogether’s Artist Meet-ups are a space for immigrant, refugee, and BIPOC artists to get to know one another, talk about their works-in-progress, bounce ideas off each other and collaborate, and listen to occasional guest speakers in the art field. We’re very excited to be hosting Chetna, Mihee, and Houyee for this gathering!
Chetna Mehta (she/they) is a granddaughter of Indian and South African diasporas. As an educating artist, alchemist and facilitator playing and working at the intersection of the expressive healing arts, spirituality and education, she founded Mosaiceye LLC, a private therapeutic practice and movement with a mission to steward peace, love and freedom on earth via expressive healing arts and reflective community circles. She collaborates with progressive organizations, coalitions and social movements by offering embodied experiences, education and talks on themes like collective purpose, holistic well-being, decolonizing and liberatory creativity, compassionate connection and peaceful communication. She is currently living, making and tending on Muwekma Ohlone tribal land, known as San Jose, CA. | Website: mosaiceyeunfolding.com | Instagram: @mosaiceye
Mihee Kim is a writer, artist and intuitive practitioner. She works across disciplines and traditions, foraying between language, multi-modal collage, energy traditions and craft forms. Her poetry has been nominated for multiple Best of the Nets, a Pushcart Prize, and her manuscript was named a finalist for the Bergman Prize. Mihee is currently seeking publication for her 1st book of poetry, The Closing Petal at Night. She earned a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA at California College of the Arts. Mihee is the Managing Director of Kearny Street Workshop, a longstanding arts nonprofit for Asian Pacific Americans. | Website: miheekim.art | Instagram: @artistwritermystic
|Houyee Chow is a queer biracial multidisciplinary artist and educator from San Jose, CA. She earned her bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State University in Studio Art with a minor in Philosophy. During the day, she runs a free youth and young adults arts, tech, media program. Houyee dedicates her evenings and weekends working on her artwork which addresses social justice, gender inequality, racial justice, LGBTQ+ experiences, climate crisis, life, and mental health all mixed in with healing from her own traumas. She uses painting, photography, and installation to illustrate her experience of being queer and mixed race growing up in America. Society categorizes people, but the problem is that she, like many others, cannot be forced into a box. Her work is inspired by life and the lived experience. |Website: houyeechow.com | Instagram: @houyee|
|Papo Rebolledo, a visionary Afro-Caribbean queer artist from Venezuela, residing in the Ohlone territory, possesses a rare gift for encapsulating the beauty of ordinary moments and fantastical adventures, with an unwavering commitment to uplifting narratives of queerness, social justice, and the extraordinary. Papo’s multidisciplinary creations serve as captivating celebrations of life’s kaleidoscopic wonders. Please note: Papo Rebolledo is showcasing their artwork at the Center as part of Pride, but will not be present at this event. | Website: parchitastudios.com | Instagram: @parchitastudios|
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