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Artist’s Talk / “If My Art Could Speak” By Alisha Sian

May 26 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm PDT

On Thursday, May 26 at 6pm, Massy Arts hosts a reception and artist’s talk to celebrate Alisha Sian’s group exhibition – The Hybrid Machine.

During the talk, Sian will be sharing her process for creating each piece in the exhibition along with a background to what her art represents, the inspiration and ideas behind her work, and how to create art that feels alive.

If My Art Could Speak will be co-hosted by poet Franz Seachel, and will also include a live acoustic performance by Allyson Lowry and Cristian Hobson-Dimas, the lead vocalist and lead guitarist of the widely known indie rock band Sleepy Gonzales.

The event will be hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver.

The artist’s talk is open to all community + free, and registration is mandatory.

Covid Protocols: For all in-person events, attendees must provide proof of vaccination, wear a mask (N95 masks are encouraged and recommended as they offer the best protection), and consent to having their temperature checked at the front door. We kindly ask that if you are showing any symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

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Click here to know more about the exhibition The Hybrid Machine

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Artists

Alisha Sian creates contemplative and captivating visual representations of her lived experience. A fascination with sharp line work and a surrealistic exploration of human forms have drawn her towards a growing repertoire of mediums, such as graphite, ink, conté, and watercolour. As a brown girl with traditional career paths projected onto her since early in life, Sian shatters cultural expectations by exhibiting her work in galleries, being featured in literary magazines, and running a burgeoning tattoo studio in her private Surrey apartment.

Franz Seachel is a writer, (spoken word) poet, organizer, creative associate, workshop facilitator and multidisciplinary artist. Franz has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is the Founder/ Executive Director of Enable: Arts Society, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting community-based and collaborative art projects by emerging and/or marginalized voices. Her work has been featured at Word Vancouver, Voices of Today in Toronto, Vancouver Poetry Slam, Richmond World Festival, Ode to Surrey, and Surrey Muses. You can follow her on Instagram, @franz_seachel.

As two parts of Sleepy Gonzales, Allyson Lowry and Cristian Hobson-Dimas embrace the softer side of the band’s dynamic while still holding onto the tension that lies in the themes and lyrics of the music they share. They appreciate the breaths and stillness between lyrics, between sections, or between songs. The little details layer and create an experience that invites you to become intertwined within it.

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