Performing artists for this event: Katsura Okada, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow and aricoco

Performance Schedule:
6:30 – For Our Loved Ones by Katsura Okada
7:15 –  Shelter for Today by aricoco (Ari Tabei)
8:00 – The Language of Flowers by Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow

“For Our Loved Ones” by Katsura Okada

“My images, I drawing my inspiration from all experiences — happiness, sadness, anger, pain, beauty and ugliness are all influences on my work… And I perform of drawing for hope and prayers for strong Japan. I am proud of Japan.”
She draws lines extended in all directions and the lines find out something that like a function of feeler. Since she studied to master European Dessin (drawing) and also earned Master of Japanese Calligraphy Arts. In her performance of drawing, first it is putting a sheet on the floor and setting Japanese handmade paper on it, utilizing SUMI ink and brush.
Born in Tokyo, Japan. She has lived and worked in New York since 2002, since earned the EB-1 US immigrant visa for the extraordinary ability for her art achievements. She graduated from the Tokyo Metropolitan School of Arts and Music, attended Sohkei College of Fine Arts and earned Master of Japanese Calligraphy Arts from the Tokyo Academy of Calligraphy Arts in 1992. Since 1990, her work has been shown in numerous international and solo exhibitions in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Slovakia, Japan, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Recently she has shown at such venues as A.I.R. Gallery in NYC, Black and White Gallery in Brooklyn, Marymount Manhattan College Hewitt Gallery of Art, the Museum of Arts & Crafts-Itami and the Imai Art Museum in Japan. She received first prize/grants from the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the Shoto Art Museum in Tokyo and the SoHo Art Competition in New York among others. Her publications included ARTspeak, Manhattan Arts, NY Arts Magazine, the Yomiuri America news paper, IL NOTIZIARIO DELL’ A.I.A.M. (Italy), LUXOS (Italy), Les Editions Arts et Images du Monde (Paris), d’ART (Canada) and others. A national member of A.I.R.Gallery, NY

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“Shelter for Today” by aricoco (Ari Tabei)

In this piece, I engage myself in a ritual of of sheltering myself in my robe, wishing for a refuge. There is no place like home? Is our home safe? I have to create my own shell to protect myself. Robing and disrobing my temporary shelter, I struggle to reach for transformation to seek a truth about self against the surrounding nature, exposing both desperation and hope to get through today.


Born and raised in Tokyo, aricoco (Ari Tabei) attended the Post-baccalaureate Program in Studio Art at Brandies University in 2001 and received her MFA from the University of Connecticut in sculpture and video performance art in May 2007. She was awarded the A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship for 2008-2009. She has participated in several artists in residencies including chashama, Vermont Studio Center, LMCC’s Swing Space, Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program, Sculpture Space, Blue Sky Project and Triangle Workshop.

“The Language of Flowers” by Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow

In a performance inspired by Hana Kotoba, the Japanese language of flowers and the Victorian era florigraphy – a soliloquy takes place by the artist using flowers not only to express sentiment but also as a means to unite people from both East and West.

* People are invited to participate and to take flowers at the end of the performance.


Born in Jamaica, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow is a multidisciplinary artist who received a BFA at the New World School of the Arts, Miami in 1996. In 2005 she attained an MFA from Hunter College, New York City. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Exit Art (NYC), SUNY Old Westbury College (NY), the Queens Museum of Art (NY), and Open Contemporary Art Center in Beijing, China.

Lyn-Kee-Chow uses allegories to navigate issues of the body, desire, and nature while weaving in humor, absurdity, and familiar objects. She lives and works in Queens, New York.