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The exhibits at Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 3513 East Portland Avenue, Tacoma  98404 (our temporary address) is open to the public from 9:00 AM to 5:00 pm. Please let the office know of your visit by calling 253-383-3900.  


Four artist from India now showing their diverse work at the APCC Gallery 


Please join us to celebrate these artists on March 2nd from 3:30-5:30 for an artist reception with food and drinks to accompany the art and meet the artists!


Asia Pacific Cultural Center is proud to showcase the extraordinary talents of four renowned artists from India – Aaliyah Gupta, Exta Gupta, Jayshree Krishnan, and Kamla Kakaria. Their captivating works of art are currently on display at the APCC gallery, inviting art enthusiasts to embark on a visual journey through the rich and diverse cultural tapestry of India.


A Glimpse into the Artists

Aaliyah Gupta



Natural disasters across the world have a global impact on multiple levels – environmental, economic, sociological. This series is about the idea of Dispersion (an act, state or instance of dispersing or of being dispersed), a study of the movement of particles, ash, smoke, clouds, oil, water, wind, sand.



Born and raised in Kolkata, India, Aaliyah comes from a long line of spirited, rule-breaking women who pursued their passions despite the odds. Her most recent works are an exploration of cartography and memory. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, lived in New York and Copenhagen and is now rooted in Seattle and part of the Equinox Studios community. 

Aaliyah has been awarded artist residencies at Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Jentel Foundation and Willapa Bay AIR. Recent exhibitions include Brand51 at Brand Library & Arts Center, NEXT 2022 at PrintMatters, Houston; EKS-Rummet in Copenhagen; Site: Brooklyn Gallery; Bellevue Arts Museum; ARTS at King Street Station, Museum of History & Industry and Core Gallery in Seattle. 

In addition to her studio practice, she is actively involved in advocating for immigrant rights and was the founding executive director of Chaya, an organization serving South Asian survivors of domestic violence.

Ekta Gupta




Ekta Gupta is primarily a colored pencil artist, who enjoys capturing the beauty of nature in her artwork. She also loves the play of light and shadow on faces, and likes to utilize the simplicity of graphite to portray the complexity of wrinkles on paper. As the need for reference photos arose, she branched out into photography which has evolved into a full-blown passion. She believes art is a never-ending evolution of the creative mind and is constantly experimenting with different media including acrylics, charcoal, pastels, pen and ink, and chalk; various surfaces such as tiles, wood and burlap; genres ranging from realism to cubism; and diverse subjects including, but not limited to, flowers, fruits, people, pets, landscapes and waterscapes.

A pharmacist by education, she has been involved in the health industry since 1987. A brief stint as an educator in a school for gifted children (1996-2009,) exposed her to a variety of experiences with children as well as adults. She first dared to pick up a pencil in 2009 at the instigation of a friend, and with the support and encouragement of her family, has been creating and evolving ever since. Mostly a self-taught artist, she has had the privilege of receiving art instruction from Duane Dudley (Illustrator – Scooby Doo movies) in Tulsa, OK, where she lived for 23 years, and from Margaret Davidson, Kathleen McKeehen and others at Gage Art Academy in Seattle, WA, after moving here in 2010.

She has been a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America as well as the American Society of Botanical Artists. She has shown her work at local galleries, juried shows, and various art fairs including the Miller Art Exhibit at the University of Washington, Bloedel Preserve, Snoqualmie River Arts Tour, Sammamish Arts Fair, Redmond Arts Fair, Railroad Days in Snoqualmie, Mount Si Festival, and Wine/Art walks in the Puget Sound area. 


She has curated multiple shows for local galleries and facilitated numerous art markets for the Downtown Issaquah Association as their Art Liaison. She has also been an art instructor at Pratt Fine Arts Center, ArtEast Gallery, and various senior centers in the area.  She has created commissioned works for various patrons here and abroad, including a Hollywood producer, and a corporate conglomerate. Her work has been featured in Courageous Creativity, Colored Pencil Magazine, as well as in Ann Kullberg’s Colored Pencil Magazine.  She uses the proceeds from the sales of her artwork to make loans through, a group that provides microloans to the underprivileged populace around the globe and has made more than 1300 loans so far.


Artist Statement

This body of work is centered around one primary theme: raptors, and the poetic beauty of their movement in the skies. As these birds fly in the sky, the invisible repetitive patterns traced by these birds escapes human perception. What if they were to leave contrails like a jet plane behind for us to see? What visual poetry could we perceive in the sky?


My inspiration for this body of work comes from the 13th century Sanskrit poem Garuda Gati. This 32-syllable poem is accompanied by a diagram of four concentric circles which contain the letters of the poem in a peculiar order. I later discovered that the order of these letters in fact traces the flight path of the Brahminy Kite.  The order of the letters similarly matched certain photographers’ studies of raptors’ flight patterns. This fascinating exploration led me to paint several versions of the poem and the raptors as a series focused on movement.


The collection of paintings here focus on two raptors - Vultures and Kites. As part of this series, there  is a specific way I created the backgrounds for the paintings. The use of cold wax and sand in the impasto backgrounds provide the texture I was seeking to show distance as well as movement. After working with a set of 16 smaller studies , I proceeded to use the same technique in the larger pieces.


I grew up in India listening to stories from mythology with these birds portrayed as demigods.  There is a sense of reverence to the natural world  that comes from the deification of animals and birds. This collection of paintings is an invitation to the viewer to stop and stare at the skies differently. What magical patterns did the raptor in the skies leave for you to see?

Kamla Kakaria



I am trained as a printmaker and painter. For the last few years, I have been working with creating installations. The freedom of making environments has allowed me to make work that is not only bigger than myself but also moves my work outside of the box (or frame) into the public’s space. This has generated a more satisfying statement from me and more interesting discussions with viewers. I see my work moving in this direction of living in space and off the wall. I also see myself needing to share my cultural visual viewpoint with a larger general audience.

Our new featured artists now showing at the APCC Gallery thru January 2024


Please join us to celebrate these accomplished artists on December 2nd from 3:00-5:00 for an artist reception with Khmer food and drinks to accompany the art and meet the artists!


In a historic first, Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) proudly presents an all-Cambodian art exhibition, featuring the compelling works of two remarkable artists, Vuttha Oum and Tony Keo (Rachana) Phuong. With a combined total of 16 original artworks, this exhibition unveils a poignant narrative shaped by the tumultuous history of Cambodia, the artists' resilience, and their subsequent artistic evolution in the United States.


APCC proudly hosts the works of these two exceptional artists until January 24, 2024. This exhibition is not only a celebration of artistic talent but also a testament to the resilience of the Cambodian spirit. Don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the captivating stories told through 16 original artworks that bridge the past, present, and future.


A Journey of Resilience: Vuttha Oum's Story

Vuttha Oum's artistic journey begins in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge Communist Regime. In 1979, as a young boy, Oum escaped the war-torn country, seeking refuge in Washington State after enduring the hardships of the refugee camps in Thailand. It was there that he first discovered his passion for art, attending art school and mastering the intricacies of drawing, painting, and wood carving.


Oum's talent quickly shone through, earning him the top prize in an art painting competition in the refugee camp in 1980. During his time in the camp, he actively contributed to the community, volunteering for Save the Children. His artistic endeavors extended beyond traditional canvases, as he painted stage backgrounds for performing arts and created road signs.


Despite facing adversity, Oum's determination to support his family led him to sell his artwork. In 1981, he embarked on a new chapter, immigrating to the United States. Settling in Washington, Oum continued his education and artistic pursuits, participating in various art shows and winning accolades, including second place in a high school fine arts competition. Although he chose to focus on a career in civil engineering and technology after high school, the exhibition at APCC unveils a collection of the artworks he carefully preserved—each piece a poignant reminder of his roots and the challenges he overcame.


Today, Vuttha Oum stands not only as an artist but as a leader within the Cambodian communities in Washington State, a testament to his remarkable journey from a war-torn childhood to a position of influence and inspiration.