Last Friday, I got to celebrate the opening of LGBTQ Youth and Family Advocacy's first art show "Queer the Art" at Show and Tell Concept Shop in downtown Oakland. It was a really great event with an awesome turnout (even mayor Quan showed up!). The slightly blurry picture above was posed for the SF Bay Times, who was there to report on the event--I'll link to the article here as soon as it's posted!
Me with my drawing of Carolyn "Cubby" Berk from Lovers. The piece on my right (your left) was created with makeup! Pretty cool stuff.
Jennifer Mullen from La La Valentine was kind enough to include me in her write-up about the show, which you can read here. It was really exciting to be able to talk to her about my inspiration behind the piece and the process behind it. I'm hoping to get more opportunities to speak with art bloggers and other peers about my work in the future--I can be pretty shy and soft-spoken in general, so with each interview I have, I think I can become more confident about it.
That's Lena on the right, my friend from SF State and curator of the show. In the middle is Oakland's mayor, Jean Quan. Lena had a great piece in the show that was an awesome spoof on how Pride parades are viewed by more narrow-minded people...I still need to upload my picture of it but I'll get it up here soon.
EDIT: Here it is! "Straight Pride Parade" by Lena Gallagher.
My mom came all the way up for the opening, which was icing on the cake. She's really great about taking an active interest in my work, which means a lot to me since she's never been a huge art aficionado. That's a picture of us with Ocean Beach in the background. I know she took some pictures as well(what moms do best), and there should be more from SF Bay Times coming soon--stay tuned for those!