Queens of Style paint the town

The Sun-Gazette

In less than a month, people around the globe will unite in celebration of womanhood. March 8 is International Women’s Day, and in honor of the female experience, Urbanist Collective is holding its first annual ‘Queens of Style.’

According to Erik Gonzalez, director of Urbanist Collective, “Female students had the idea to turn the tables and highlight women artist.” For months, students from the collective have be inviting female artists from up and down California and neighboring states to come together in order to showcase their skills in artistic expression.

The artists will offer a feast for the eyes and the soul, through art work, live painting and performances. They will elevate the space together in one place. Headlining the event will be DJ Agana and other members of the Few and Far Women crew. They will be present to share their gifts and create a live mural. Other event guests include student artists, spoken word artists, vocalists, musicians and more.

Few and Far is an assemblage of women who beautify the streets. In a shared commitment to creativity, education and social justice, they draw, paint, skateboard and teach all over the globe. DJ Agana is an aerosol artist and a digital audiovisual specialist with a background in jewelry metal arts.

In addition to the headliners there will also be local artists showcasing their work. Gonzalez shared that every inch of the collective’s space, located at Visalia’s Old Lumber Yard, has been booked. The collective will be building additional wall space to accommodate the local artwork. “We always do our best to get locals out,” said Gonzalez. Gentlemen are more than welcome to attend and showcase their art in support of women and womanhood.

Without the community, the Urbanists, or Urban Art Collective, would not be able to do the work they do. So in that same spirit of community, in addition to the arts and entertainment, they are also inviting service providers offering valuable community resources to hang out with them and connect with the public.

A panel discussion is also scheduled on the morning of March 5 that will feature four well-known, successful artists from outside of the area to share their stories, as well as answer any questions.

From now until the event, the Urbanists are asking for the community’s assistance in making this event successful. The collective needs to raise $5,000 to cover the travel costs of the guest artists, purchase art materials for the artists and community to participate, and purchase promotional items that people can walk away with to later think back and remember the excitement and inspiration they felt at this event.

“With your help we will achieve our goal of inspiring young women to awaken and embrace their creative energy,” stated the collective. “Our hope is that our audience will be influenced by the arts and find new creative ways to express themselves. We also want to help raise more awareness about the valuable recourses in our community available to women and families.” To donate to Queens of Style visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/queens-of-style-women-s-day-festival. The collective is offering perks being donated by participating artists if you choose to contribute. Make sure to read through them all and take advantage of the limited edition artwork before it’s gone.

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