Exhibit to Feature 40 Years of Asian American Art

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SAN FRANCISCO — “Deep Roots, New Shoots: 40 Years of Asian American Art by Veteran and Emerging Artists” will be on view through Dec. 30 at the NJAHS (National Japanese American Historical Society) Peace Gallery, 1684 Post St. in San Francisco Japantown.

Opening reception will be held Friday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are 12 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and the first Saturday of the month.

Curated by J-town Arts (JtA) and presented by NJAHS, this project includes an art exhibit and public programs that cover up to 40 years of work by artists rooted in the Asian American communities of the Bay Area.

Featured artist Leland Wong is known for the posters he has done for Asian American community events.

“Deep Roots, New Shoots” will also host artist salons, art workshops, individual artist retrospectives, visual, literary and performing arts collaborations and panel discussions on issues affecting the Japanese American community. “Deep Roots” acknowledges their past and reviews their development over the years, while “New Shoots” showcases their current work alongside the work of a new generation of artists from the community.

Featured artists include Christine Balza, Holly Calica, Frederick Cloyd, Aimee Espiritu, Nancy Hom, Judith Kajiwara, Betty Kano, Stephanie Lowe, Van Nguyen Stone, Leon Sun, Sabrena Taylor, Rich Tokeshi, Tai Chan Tokeshi, Leland Wong, Peter Yamamoto, and Hideo “Chester” Yoshida.

For more information, call (415) 921-5007 or visit www.njahs.org.

About J-town Arts

Seeing art and literature as a reflection of the true experiences and feelings of the common people, the JtA strives to make art accessible, relevant and inspiring, contributing to the grassroots empowerment of Asian Pacific American communities in a multicultural U.S. JtA hopes to contribute to and help sustain an informed and unified voice and vision for the Bay Area Asian American communities by providing a blank canvas for artists of the Asian American experience to express their diversity and creativity.

The JtA works with community groups and projects to promote a strong, vibrant community. This is done through collaborating on art exhibits, classes, educational panels and artist salons, among other activities. Activities such as JtA’s quarterly coffee house salons, and its monthly “Men at Work” and “Women Making Art” workshops take place at community venues such as the galleries at NJAHS and Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California Gallery as well as Japantown Peace Plaza.

JtA has actively participated in community festivals for four decades, creating artwork for such events as the Nihonmachi Street Fair and Cherry Blossom Festival.

Visit these links to find out more about artists in “Deep Roots New Shoots”:

Holly Calica www.mesart.com/hcalica

Van Nguyen Stone www.jomijomi.com

Leland Wong www.Atowngraphics.com

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