Bodhi, Passion and Sunlight
ICAI Group Exhibition
The Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation (ICAI) is proud to introduce 3 artists that are newcomers to the Arts Community in Canada and use different disciplines to engage. We have an amazing visual artist who sees arts as a way for mental healing and wellbeing and illustrates her emotions through ‘Levels of Sunlight’; an aspiring actress who shares her ‘Passion’ for acting and an emerging visual artist who uses acrylic and other mixed mediums to explore their own creativity through ‘Bodhi’.
These artists are from different continents of the world and share their culture, perspectives and passion as immigrants and their self-expressions as artists in this powerful new exhibition.
ICAI is always thriving to fulfill our mandate to connect, empower and advocate for immigrant artists and arts and culture workers and create opportunities for them.
About the Curator:
‘Bodhi, Passion, and, Sunlight’ is curated by Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation (ICAI). The council was founded in January 2019 with the expressed purpose of connecting newcomer and immigrant artists, arts administrators and culture workers to the existing arts community in Alberta.
ICAI actively encourages diversity of expression and culture through the creation of a safe and welcoming community where newcomer and immigrant art workers feel confident to share their work and distinct cultural identities.
ICAI’s mission is to connect, empower, & advocate for immigrant & newcomer arts & culture workers. ICAI’s vision is to transform the arts community through opportunities designed for immigrant arts & culture workers.
ICAI is bridging the gap for immigrant artists by providing them with the necessary resources, a platform and a safe environment for their practice. By doing this, ICAI is creating a community hubs in Alberta where all immigrant artists can feel safe to express themselves freely, so that they can create, connect and display their works in an environment that fosters support, connection and inclusion, while also encouraging diversity of expression, in terms of both culture and the arts.
About the Artists:
Petra Schovánková was born in the Czech Republic into a family of teachers. Her path led first to the faculty of education, where she received a bachelor's degree. But she fell in love with acting much sooner. Petra graduated as an actress at JAMU - Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno.
Sara Sibrian, BFA, is based in Calgary and is from the city of San Salvador, El Salvador. Sibrian likes to portray the contrast and vitality that characterises her tropical culture - daring, direct and friendly. Sara confronts her vision of adversity and finds ways to represent it through the art.
Bijila Puliyathadathil is a self taught visual artist and fashion designer from Kerala, India. She expresses her attachment and admiration for age-old Indian culture, traditions and Indian classical arts and performances through her paintings, mixed media art and crafts. It is her way of sharing about her native, childhood and stories she excitedly listened to from her beloved granny.
You are invited to enjoy the works of Petra, Sara and Bijila!
Exhibition Opening: Thursday, August 3, 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Exhibition Dates: August 3-31, 2023
Venue: Level 1, Calgary Central Library
ICAI's Engagement in the Community
Mark Your Calendar!
This exhibition is also an extended opportunity for ICAI's engagement in the community. For 3 weeks after the exhibition opening, we will have 1 ICAI team member at the library meeting and engaging with the public.
We would love to see you there!