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July 13th, 2017 OAKLAND, CA — On Friday August 18th, 6-10pm famed graffiti and street artists Toofly (NYC), and Dime (OAKLAND) team up for GRAFITERAS, a collaborative exhibition, installation, pop-up, and art workshop all in one. GRAFITERAS will be held at EastSide Arts Alliance & Cultural Center, a grassroots organization of third world artists, cultural workers, and community organizers of color.

GRAFITERAS is a multi dimensional exhibition that seeks to connect and build bridges between Raza artists from the east coast and west coast. Both artists exemplify sisterhood, latinidad, graffiti and have served as vital agents of influence for legions of women driven to rise in today’s art world.

Both women were raised in the tumultuous 90s era. Toofly hails from Corona, Queens NY, Dime from Oakland, California. As young graffiti artists they made their mark in a male dominated graffiti scene. The challenges of being immigrant and brown women did not deter their journey of self-discovery. In fact, it influenced the trailblazing art they create today. They were determined with mucho corazon which comes from instinctual feelings of love and community. Through their art, they not only represent themselves but the dreams, ideals and instincts of women, particularly Raza women.

Over the years they have carved out an important artistic space at the intersection of street graffiti, murals, and exhibitions—on their own terms, staying true to their roots and love for community. Eventually, the forces of the universe brought them together as grafiteras.

To be “Latina” or to be “Raza” in America means you celebrate two or more cultures through language, art, cultural traditions, music, and food. As daughters of families who at one point migrated to the states in search of greater opportunity and economic security, both women understand the power of their art in telling the story of immigrant families. In the face of struggle in a country of institutionalized racism, racial profiling, and an anti-immigrant legal systems, Toofly and Dime respond with art that uplifts, engages and promotes the inclusion of their communities. They have faced racism, and discrimination and so have their family members and peers. It is part of their lives and what gives them a thick skin in the face of adversity. This is what makes women strong, what makes them warriors. They are part of a growing generation of people of color who stand up for what they believe in and will weaponize their art to share their truths. Resistance is part of their culture, it’s in their blood.

Today, “Latina Americanas” like Toofly and Dime, are also spreading their craft into the broader society as educators, designers, educators, and community organizers. It has become the path of self determination for women artists who hold the roles of mothers, daughters, sisters, and aspiring professional storytellers. As grafiteras they have a complex story that speaks volumes of the strength and love that is needed to inspire and move society. GRAFITERAS is a powerful initiation to the complexity of what it’s like to grow up in America, and how Raza and many other cultures find a way to stand up, rise, and shine through it all.

Join us! Let’s celebrate women artists today who are the rainbow warriors of the new world.

As part of a 10 day artist residency, Toofly who visits from Ecuador, will host a #TooflyWorkshop on August 19th, 2017 at EastSide Arts Alliance from 12pm-3pm. Sign-up: tallertercermundo@gmail.com

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Off the grid markets: Sacramento CA

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Saturday Nights at The Barn presented by Off The Grid Markets Saturday June 24th from 5-10pm. Make sure to the next event showcasing Ursula X. Young August 10th from 5-10pm.

With an evening of dinner and dancing in the Bridge District of West Sacramento. Running through August, this weekly community event series will bring friends and families together with live art by Few and Far Women’s artist Agana, interactive art, live music, street food, cocktails, and dancing, all in the shadow of Sacramento’s newest urban landmark. Located at 985 Riverfront St, West Sacramento. @fewandfarwomen @dj_agana #offthegrid #offthegridmarkets #sacramento #liveart #djagana #fnf #fewandfar #fewandfarwomen #fewandfarcollective

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Few & Far 5th Year Anniversary Block Party

June 4th, 2016 held significance and was a major milestone for Few and Far. Five years ago on that date – Meme, Founder of Few and Far, organized a massive mural project in Oakland and pulled together a group of women from all over the United States. Since then, members of Few and Far have created numerous murals across the globe, building with and empowering communities worldwide. Our collective is now comprised of 17 talented female artists that include women from Nepal to Ecuador. Every year the group gets together to celebrate that anniversary, and their hard work and achievements by creating large scale murals in different communities.

This June 4th weekend, the mural took place in Sacramento, in the alley of 24th and S streets in midtown. The Few and Far ladies were joined by10-15 other female artists from different cities and states, roughly totaling 22 muralists who painted all weekend. It was kicked off by a neighborhood block party featuring local vendors, Dj’s, and live mural painting which took place on a sizzling hot Saturday in June and was well attended by the community and neighbors. This was the 3rd Few and Far organized mural on this wall. img_3107

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Artists that particapated : Kazzilla, Mavel, Deity, Dime, Imagine, Agana, Meme, Ursula X. Young, Beth Emmerich. Guest artists: Les, Clove, Nico, Itse, Molly Devlin, Sheva, Money, Melissa Uroff, Lakakina510.  Huge thanks to our sponsors Ironlak Sparypaint, Hot Italian Pizza and the Round Conner.  Thanks to our community and surrounding neighborhoods for your support with this mural project.

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Keep it moving

Our Apologies that we are so behind on our blog the last few months, aside from us working and doing murals its truly a challenge to keep up on all the social medias, traveling, painting and skateboarding.

We appreciate all of our supporters!! To keep up to date with all our current projects and events please follow us on instagram as @FEWANDFARWOMEN  We have some great projects coming up, stay tuned!!

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Queens Of Style

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Queens of Style, March 5

We dare you to find a better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than this. Female artists from up and down California and neighboring states will come together to showcase their skills in artistic expression. A feast for the eyes and the soul, through art work, live painting and performances, they will elevate the space together in one place.

We are excited to announce that Dj Agana and other members of the Few and Far Women crew 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.

Without the community, the Urbanists, Urban Art Collective would not be able to do the work we do. So in that same spirit of community, in addition to the arts and entertainment, we are also inviting service providers offering valuable community resources to come hang out with us 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, inspire us all, and answer any questions. Help us make this happen!

Support of donate HERE.

Queens of Style art event is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5 throughout downtown Visalia,including the Visalia Lumber Yard, Oak and Garden streets and the Arts Consortium on the c orner of School and Church streets.

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Wami Paint Festival

Warmi Paint© is an all women arts, and culture festival ready to launch in Quito, Ecuador this fall. A celebration of women street artists from Latin America who focus on; graffiti, street art, murals, and empowering others, especially young women through their colorful work. A group of local and international artists curated by Maria “Toofly” Castillo and Ache Vallejo that will include countries like Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Brasil.

Warmi = Woman in quechua, the name of a people of the central Andes of South America and their language. Women of all ages from this part of the world will create a new vision of themselves, nurture their community, and reflect a powerful message.

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— Special guests of honor–
:::: LADY PINK, and MARTHA COOPER ::::
+ 20 women will paint collaborative murals, host workshops, and present their life’s work to the Ecuadorian community.

— International artists —
Anarkia ( Brasil) Abusa Crew ( Chile ) Bastardilla ( Colombia ) Fio Silva ( Argentina ) Ledania ( Colombia ) Lili Cuca ( Colombia ) Pau (Germany/Chile) Rank ( Mexico ) Toofly ( NYC/ Ecuador ) Tysa ( Mexico ) Vero Rivera ( Puerto Rico )

— Ecuador —
Belu Loops, Bln Bike, Chink, Crispo, La Suerte, Lie, Maria, Males, MO, and Vera.

There will be graffiti films like “WILD STYLE” by producer Charlie Ahearn,
“Street Heroines” short films by Alexandra Henry,
live performance by Qarla Quispe (Peru),
and guest organizers like Catalina Bobone and Romina Bianchini who will chat with us about producing events.

::: slideshow presentations, panels, youth workshops, pop-up shops, music concert and more! :::

The hop-on/hop off “Warmi Bus” invites the community to visit the mural process live at 3 locations:
1. Contemporary Art Center // 2. Universidad Central // 3. La Floresta.

People of all ages will benefit from this unique cross cultural exchange, and community building experience.

For more information visit our web page: www.warmipaint.com

This event is made possible by a grant received by
—- Fundacion Museos of Quito Ecuador —

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All City Queens

The book consists of 200 full colour pages and is A4 landscape. ALL CITY QUEENS/Big Cartel

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Featured in the book are Mickey, Queen Andrea, Lady Pink, Klor 123, Utah, Miss17, Asem, Claw, Ivey and Dsent, Musa, Akit, Vickie, Angel, Sany, Hipie, Reds, Merlot, Stick Up Girlz [ including: Sinae, Lady Diva, Spice, Fluro, Oche, Sax, Eire Gata and Shiro], Jerk, Ferkl, Zurik, Moa, Kween 897, Mrs Chy, LA Kyd, Mymo, Gurls love Vandal [including Bitch,Lady B, Crema and Mola], Female soul [ including Kyf, Fiber, Sax, Kiddo, Xenea], Chulas Clan, Girls On Top [ including Chock, Syrup, Lyns, Pixie, Bubs, She, Candie, Rez, Neonita, Poise and Sear], Bjae, Mali, Chil, Kwim, Luisa Herse, Dr. Jessica Pabon, Kat, Chixa, Yu Baba, Winkstyles, Ms Shyne,Tits and Tamps [including Cbloxx, Aylo, Throne and Oner], Lady Tyles, Kisa, Puca, Lady K, SGX [including Wuna, Forma, Miss Hope and Rima], Tsoup, Zaire, Minaw collective, Miss Veneno, Rank, Traumas, Ruby, Kat, Pamta, FewnFar [including Meme, Toofly, Kazilla, Dime, Jenn Ponci, Mavel, Ursula X. Young, Agana, Deity, Beth Emmerich and Ksra], Motel 7, Lotus, Nena and many more.

Theres are also interviews with Mickey, Lady Pink and Claw and an essay from Luisa Herse. Buy book HERE.

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