Utsav! A 3-month celebration of Asian Indian culture

Inspired by the richness of the communities we serve and live in, ArtEast is celebrating the beauty and unique culture of India throughout the months of July, August, and September. Our cultural exploration of India will feature art, music, dance, and traditions of India to encourage awareness, appreciation, and connection amongst all people in our community.

Our partnership with the Issaquah Highlands Council and the support we receive from local community leaders such as the India Cultural Club and Downtown Issaquah Association ensure that our unique programs continue to offer a nurturing environment for local and regional artists – bringing outstanding content, stimulating conversation and relevant cultural education to the Issaquah community.

This series of connected events will begin with 2 exhibitions, one at Blakely Hall, the other at ArtEast Art Center. Throughout the quarter we will have classes, hands on demonstrations, summer camps and a full day of celebration; UTSAV! On September 8 in downtown Issaquah.

Exhibitions

Call for Art: Deadline July 2nd. ArtEast invites artists of Asian Indian descent to submit artwork that depicts celebration, while highlighting any of the multitude of art forms and techniques that have originated from the vastly varied and unique culture of the Indian subcontinent.

Utsav! – A Celebration of Asian Indian Culture
July 17 – September 12, Blakely Hall

Opening reception: July 19, 6-8pm

Panel discussion: August 1, time TBD

India, a country with an amazingly diverse and rich culture, is often called a country of festivals, with every day being a reason to celebrate among the multi-ethnic populace. As part of a series that explores our connections to the environment, the earth, and the community, ArtEast invites artists of Asian Indian descent to submit artwork that depicts celebration, while highlighting any of the multitude of art forms and techniques that have originated from the vastly varied and unique cultures of the Indian subcontinent. The intent of this exhibition and related events is to help increase awareness and appreciation of the diverse richness of our communities.

Kamla Kakaria Solo Exhibition
August 7 to October 1, ArtEast Art Center

Opening reception: August 11, 5-8pm

Growing up as a first generation Indian American, Kamla Kakaria was exposed to so much beauty of color and form in India and in her home. That exposure has influenced her artwork and identity in more ways than she had realized. This installation celebrates some of that influence through sculpture, prints and paintings.

Sari Collection Display
September 1 – 9, ArtEast Art Center front window

Asian-Indian art classes, artist demos, and hands-on activities

Madhubani Artmaking Studio at ArtEast
Thursday, July 12, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Vidhi Modi
Learn the history and technique of Madhubani art through discussion and a hands-on demo.
$0/ArtEast members $10/nonmembers

Tribal And Folk Art Youth Summer Camp at ArtEast
Monday-Friday, July 30-August 3, 1pm–4pm
Instructor: Ekta Gupta
Explore the origin and evolution of tribal and folk art forms from various regions of India, dating back to 5000 B.C. These forms are still widely used and can be seen on the walls of homes in remote villages, as well as in museums and art galleries around the world. Ages 8-11. $175/ArtEast members $200/nonmembers.

Warli Art Salon at ArtEast
Thursday, August 16, 6:30-8:30pm
More information and registration coming soon.

Rangoli, henna demos, and hands-on art activities
Saturday, August 25
Highlands Day, Issaquah Highlands

Utsav! Celebration, Downtown Issaquah

Saturday, September 8

A full-day Utsav! celebration in Downtown Issaquah featuring food trucks, a fashion show, artist booths, and dance presentations. Mark your calendars and prepare for a joyous festival event!