Homeward Bound: The Art of Jazthri, Children’s Discovery Museum, 8/21 – 10/4: Jazthri’s collection of shelter pet portraits, on display at the Children’s Discovery Museum explores the personalities of the multitudes of animals searching for a place to call home. Inspired by real shelter animal photos, the artist envisions cats, dogs, and other furry friends looking slightly surreal against beautiful abstract backgrounds. Enjoy a solo exhibition of this beautiful series which is sure to touch the heart of any animal lover. Located outside the LeRoy Neiman Art Studio at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Visit www.cdm.org for Museum admission.

Art from the Inside, Palo Alto Art Center, 9/14 – 10/23: Enjoy a collection that explores the recent works of artists in the Phil Egan Program for the Arts. These pieces, created during shelter in place, explore the introspection, exploration, and growth that developed from virtual art sessions over the last year and a half. From pet portraits to comics about daily life, new media and landscapes painted on virtual field trips, this exciting collection explores the way artists can grow and learn in new ways.

Located in the Community Gallery.

The Art of Disability Culture, Palo Alto Art Center, 9/11 – 12/11: The exhibition features AbilityPath artist Matthaus Lam’s “Juvenile Elephant” sculpture. The exhibition includes artists with disabilities dispelling myths, dissolving barriers and disrupting prejudice.

Artists with disabilities dispelling myths, dissolving barriers and disrupting prejudice

At the heart of this exhibition is a robust celebration of the diverse, personal, and infinitely varied “disability experience.” Every artist featured has one or more disabilities, whether visible or invisible, and the exhibition centers upon their creativity, vulnerability, and unique perspectives. Work in the exhibition includes traditional portraiture, mixed-media pieces, tactile paintings, ceramics, an interactive labyrinth experience, digital portraiture, video, installation art and a large site-specific sculpture.

The Art of Disability Culture also provides a safe space for the community to come together and reflect upon the pandemic with a greater understanding of how disability culture can strengthen our communities through the practices of interdependence, accessibility, and inclusion.

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