San Jose Sketchwalk of Carmela Fallon: A Women’s History Sketchwalk

In honor of women’s history month, sketch artist and San Jose Creative Ambassador Suhita Shirodkar will hold a sketchwalk at the Carmela & Thomas Fallon House in downtown San Jose on Saturday, March 4th at 4:00 pm. This 90-minute workshop will explore the rarely told histories of Carmela Fallon and her female kin while participants have the opportunity to sketch artifacts and rooms along the way. As Suhita guides participants on sketch techniques, educator and HSJ’s Visitor Experience Manager Sam Ricci will give participants behind-the-scenes knowledge of the house and artifacts. After the tour, Suhita will offer participants additional guidance and feedback on capturing stories through drawings.

Suhita values accessibility in her work, and, in that spirit, this workshop is free to the public. Drawing tools and paper will be provided onsite for all registered participants. The first floor of the historic building is ADA accessible, and accommodations will be made for viewing the second floor. Please note the tour will touch on mildly explicit material so be advised.

Suhita Shirodkar is an urban sketcher, visual journalist and an instructor. She teaches workshops locally, and internationally, in person and online. Her work appears in Watercolor Magazine and Watercolor Artist. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies including a Knight Foundation Grant and a visual journalism residency with WIRED magazine.

Suhita works in watercolor, pen & ink with other media in the mix. Her subjects are diverse but her focus is always on storytelling. She loves capturing the energy and vitality of people and place through mark-making and color, both of which she uses with a direct, robust approach.

Sam Ricci is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California with a double major in English and Theatre and additional training in clowning, devising, improv, and Commedia. Sam began her career with a year-and-a-half touring the US, Canada, and Southeast Asia with the Missoula Children’s Theatre, followed by over two years teaching and performing with the California Theatre Center in Sunnyvale. She has worked with History San José as an educator for their school programs and recently got promoted to the Visitor Experience Manager.

This program is funded by the City of San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs Creative Ambassador Program.

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Carmela & Thomas Fallon House 175 West Saint John Street