Pride in Community


The Studio@620 presents “Pride in Community”, an exhibit featuring Jay Hoff, Saudade Toxosi and Chris Hart. This trio brings a mix of artistic styles and starting points and this exhibit celebrates the unique expression of each individual artist. The artists draw upon a broad range of inspiration; from ancestral wisdom, iconic heroes, childhood memories, and life’s many challenges. Running through each of these different perspectives is a common thread: a need for expression and connection through art…and we can all take pride in that.

Jay Hoff’s first LEGO encounter was circa 1972 and he’s been creating and playing with LEGO ever since. He exhibits his work frequently at MIZE Gallery and received a Creative Loafing “Best of the Bay” award for his 2017 “Works in Lego” exhibit held here at The Studio@620. His current work, EYE-CONS, celebrates pioneers, allies, obsessions, and heroes in the Queer community by looking into the eyes of famous individuals.

Saudade Toxosi is a multidisciplinary artist who’s work aims to invoke, promote and encourage healing through empathy. “My artwork is inspired by ancestral wisdom and inner strength. I engage in a subtle meditative process that synthesizes the mysterious qualities of monochromatic frequencies, negative space and line towards engaging the viewer on a visceral level. Each work is created with various layers that hold space while the audience embraces depth and darkness, what is shunned or ignored and often hidden within a single glance.”

Chris Hart is an artist based out of Milwaukee, WI. He primarily draws with ink pens, markers and colored pencils. He likes to incorporate beautiful colors, idiosyncratic quirks and varying outlooks of people he has met throughout his life into his unique drawings. Art has been a stable lifeline for him while navigating living his life through recovery.

Opening Reception Friday June 11, 2021 / 5-9PM

Second Saturday Art Walk Gallery Hours June 12, 2021 / 5-9PM

Admission is free and open to the public.

Guests are asked to wear a mask while inside the gallery as a courtesy to others.


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