The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) proudly presents An Evening of Poetry, Music, and Art with Harki Dhillon and Friends on Saturday, August 22, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Acclaimed poet Harki Dhillon is commemorating the debut of his new book of poetry with a reading and a celebration of the collaborative potential of poetry, art, and music. Dhillon will be joined by three artists, Vaishali Saste, Priya Shah, and Avika Dhillon, and accomplished pianist, Alpin Hong. Together, they will share their latest work, as well as work specifically inspired by Dhillon’s poetry.
Tickets are $50 per person. Students are $25 (please bring your student ID to show at the door on the day of the event). Cocktail attire preferred. All proceeds benefit the Riverside Art Museum’s outreach to at-risk/justice-involved youth through their Creative Horizons program.
About the artists:
Harki Dhillon is the author of two books of poetry, Invisible Hands and Misty Darkness. He is an orthopedic surgeon at Riverside Medical Clinic and founder and President of the Riverside International Film Festival. Harki is the producer of the critically acclaimed feature film Beyond Honor with small acting roles in Beyond Honor, American Blend, and the short film 24 Hours. He is on the Board of Advisors/Trustees for California Baptist University, the UCR Foundation, and the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties.
Whirlwind American tours and performances across the globe have earned pianist Alpin Hong the reputation as a modern day Pied Piper. From Carnegie Hall to the White House, his combination of stunning technique, emotional range, and rare humor continues to bring audiences young and old to their feet. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Hong is renowned for his groundbreaking performances that utilize a broad array of artistic disciplines. The New York Times called him "a pianistic firebrand," and his ability to captivate young audiences prompted the Ocala Star-Banner to call him "Classical for the iGeneration".
Avika Shana Dhillon:
Avika Shana Dhillon is a seventeen-year-old student currently enrolled at John W. North High School. Primarily self-taught, her artwork is characterized by a keen attention to detail and a developed sense of composition. She uses her life experiences and contemporary sources for inspiration.
Vaishali V. Saste:
Dr. Vaishali V. Saste is an oncologist by profession and an artist by heart. Her artistic interests grew from childhood study of the detail and fineness of traditional Henna art with her mother. Inspired by nature, she captures elemental beauty in drawings characterized by intricate pen and vibrant colors.
Priya J. Shah:
Trained in literature and gender studies, Dr. Priya J. Shah draws from a wide variety of sources: Mughal art, henna design, and fin de siecle illustration and fashion. In her figures and forms, she attempts to capture the minutiae of expression and emotion in her subject and couple it with the intricacy and detail of design. Her work has been displayed at West Elm, South Coast Plaza, Environment Furniture in the South Coast Collection, and Zach Cole: The Collection.