Talenthouse was the place to be at the Meetup we hosted a few weeks back at our Silicon Valley Headquarters in downtown Palo Alto. Guests noshed on a dinner of beer and croissants (the dinner of champions) as live music streamed all the way from France, courtesy of the DJ duo SALEM. You can read up on their performance.
The music wasn’t the only thing that crossed the pond to make it – Artilinki founder Michael Fleury traveled all the way from France, and showcase artist Wolf Price brought his ‘Wolf Pack’ from Nepal. Danish painter Pabi also gave a talk, making it a simultaneously international and local affair.
The evening was a night for art, networking and collaboration for the San Francisco Bay Area’s artistic community. Artists and art enthusiasts came to make connections, learn more about organizations who work in the same verticals as Talenthouse, and meet entrepreneurs in the area. Attendees were also treated to a preview of things to come in the Palo Alto International Film Festival, which will take place September 27-30, 2012.
Many attendees were moved and impressed by filmmaker Wolf Price’s presentation, in which he spoke of his experiences traveling in Nepal and using the power of film to bring light to women’s rights issues there. Wolf screened some clips from his documentary.
San Jose-based company Zero1 talked about their biennial celebration, getting the word out in the Bay Area, making connections and finding ways to to collaborate with artists in the future. The biennial, set to begin in September, will be Northern California’s most significant showcase of contemporary artwork.
What is Artilinki? The company arranges artist meetups all over the world and encourages artists to join forces, much like Talenthouse. Artilinki was founded after Michael Fleury realized that the arts suffered from a lack of online visibility, ability for artists to share their work with peers, and relationship-building tools with their audiences.
After the presentations and polite chatting were through, everyone let loose on the dance floor and the real party began. Talenthouse Community Relations manager Shruthi Worton-Cross, who was a key organizer of the event, said, “The event brought a lot of people out from around the Bay Area, and we’re hopeful that we can continue to build partnerships while bringing more events to the local community.”