Village Theatre presents: 'Grounds for Change, Asian American Narratives'

Gallery celebrates the art and culture of Asian American and Asian artists

In anticipation of the fourth annual San Francisco Bay Area Asia Week in October, the Village Theatre and Art Gallery is celebrating the artwork of Asian American and Asian artists, with its newest exhibit "Grounds for Change, Asian American Narratives."

Starting Saturday, the exhibit will feature work from various artists of Asian descent, joining in on the region-wide celebration of Asian arts and culture.

Asia Week, which officially begins Oct. 5, celebrates Asian arts and culture by bringing together galleries, nonprofits, institutions and cultural organizations featuring programming on the arts and culture of countries throughout Asia. Events include art exhibits, lectures, "meet the artist" events and movie screenings.

Grounds for Change is being curated by multidisciplinary artist Pallavi Sharma, a board member of Asian American Women Artist Association and director of Inner Eye Arts, a nonprofit arts organization in San Ramon.

Pallavi studied art history at the Faculty of Fine Arts Baroda, India and earned her doctorate in the same subject from the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Museology, and Conservation. Her research interests revolve around "Asian American women's cultural production, and activism," according to organizers from the Village Theatre.

The following artists will be exhibiting their work: Shailly Sharma Bhatnagar, Lenore Chinn, Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Reiko Fujii, Indrani Nayar-Gall, Alka Raghuram, Scott Tsuchitani, Yichuan Wang, Irene Wibawa, and artistic collaborators, Lois Bielefeld and Nirmal Raja.

Residents will have one last chance to experience the Village Theatre’s current exhibhit "Mix it Up," which will have its last featured day on Friday.

By popular demand, residents who attend a Grounds for Change showing will be greeted with a statue by artist Tom Franco -- a featured artist from the gallery's spring exhibit -- just outside of the VTAG, where it will be featured until December.

Grounds for Change opens Saturday and will run until Oct. 20. The Village Theatre and Art Gallery is open to visitors Wednesday through Friday noon to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday and Tuesday by appointment only. Admission is free.

An opening reception for the exhibition is scheduled for Saturday Aug. 25, from 3 to 5:00 p.m. where complimentary refreshments will be served.

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