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The Late Shift Online: Art & Allies 3

September 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us from the comfort of your home for a special live virtual panel conversation.

Titled “Arts and Allies,” this is the third in a series of art talks started last year focused on BIPOC artists and their experiences providing and receiving allyship to other minority artists in the Alexandria/DC region, as well as their accounts of the arts scene — where it’s improved, where it needs improvement, and where it can go from here.

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About the “Art & Allies” Panelists

Nicole Wandera

Nicole Wandera is an artist and activist from Nairobi, Kenya, based in Northern Virginia. She studied at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned her BFA in Communication Arts. Her African heritage is a vital source of inspiration, and she uses acrylic or digital mediums to capture the richness of her culture. Her work revolves around social justice and equality. She uses art as a form of catharsis to express her frustrations with oppression she faces as a black woman. Her goal is to create a visual dialogue around social justice, equality, and a future where we all prosper regardless of our race, ethnicity, whom we love, religious beliefs, and economic status. She believes in activism through creative expression.


Taryn Harris

Born and raised in Prince George’s County Maryland, Taryn Harris is a visual artist with a passion for abstraction. Since studying chemistry, studio art and poetry at the University of Maryland she has continued her exploration of painting by working as an assistant to various DC area painters and as a museum docent. Abstraction has always been key to her work and she cites the improvisational tradition of jazz, abstract painting, language poetry and meditation among ideologies influential in her artistic development. Taking cues from abstractionists like Mildred Thompson, Gertrude Stein, Sam Gilliam, Joan Mitchell, Clyfford Still, Kandinsky, and others, she follows the age old traditions of exploring the both individual, and the collective consciousness through the medium of paint.

Her work often foregoes image in favor of the most basic interactions between colors, shapes and textures that stimulate our emotions and inner dialogues. In many ways subverting traditional image vocabulary as outlined by the canon & in other ways drawing upon formal elements of established visual language from mannerism to cubism to lyrical abstraction.



Kimchi Juice

Julia Chon, also known as Kimchi Juice, is a painter, muralist, and entrepreneur. At the age of 16, Chon started her art career creating watercolors of animals “flipping the bird” for global chefs including Rene Redzepi, Jacques Pepin, and Kwame Onwuachi. She explores the world of fine art with paintings that are heavily influenced by her Korean heritage. As a young Asian-American female raised by a mother who is one of seven girls, Chon felt impressed to portray strong, powerful Asian women like the ones she knows. Depicted in traditional Korean dress, these modern women redefine what it means to be a “good Asian girl”. She has transformed some of these paintings into murals in Baltimore, MD; Austin, TX; and Richmond, VA.Chon’s works have been exhibited in group and solo shows in Worcester, MA; Richmond, VA; and Washington DC. She has collaborated with the Korean Cultural Center, DC United, ‘47, and Apple.

Helen Criales

Helen Criales is an artist, art consultant and curator based in Washington DC. Through the Latela Curatorial Apprenticeship Program, she curated her first exhibition Spiritual Wanderlust in 2019 which was featured in the Washington Post. Since, Helen has worked with Latela Curatorial on a variety of curatorial projects, including their Superfine! DC 2019 Art Fair booth which was selected by Hirshhorn Curators as one of the top booths in the fair. Helen has also worked on a variety of art sourcing projects with Latela Curatorial, mainly Avec on H. Helen is a guest lecturer for The Artist Course: Being & Business and a member of the GLB Memorial Fund for the Arts Curatorial Selection Committee. She has a Visual Communication degree with a concentration in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Helen’s artwork has been exhibited in and outside of the Washington DC area, and focuses on performance and self-portraiture.




Moderated by Kristen Jeffers

Kristen Jeffers was one of the first people to bring the concept of Black urbanism to the internet and social media in 2010 by purchasing and launching The Black Urbanist domain name, which in its 11th year continues to be an online resource for Black urbanism at the intersection of feminism and queer/trans life. She is the author of the forthcoming A Black Urbanist Journey to a Queer Feminist Future, a memoir/manifesto for Black queer feminist urbanism. She is the creator of the K. Jeffers Index for Black Queer Feminist Urbanism, a guide, measure, and data center to assess the thrivance of black queer feminist urbanist people globally and curator of the Black Queer Feminist Urbanist Book Cannon and School. Finally, under the banner of Kristpattern, she shares her own journey into sustainable fashion and invites others to do the same. A sought-after public speaker and workshop leader, she makes her home just outside of Washington, DC and is a native of Greensboro, NC.

The Late Shift Online


September 10
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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