Brick by Brick Poster, Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Franks

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Brick by Brick, LGBTQIA+ Artists Celebrate Stonewall at 50, Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Franks

My painting’s on the poster! Full disclosure, I sat on the jury, too! Participating artists sitting on the jury leave the room, the remaining four jurors make selections with Togo being the tie-breaker. I had already submitted entries for the show before I was asked to help edit the show, as did two other jurors, it feels satisfying to having my paintings be selected by my peers. The panel was four jurors with Jody and Togo breaking ties, we looked at artwork for hours, listened to readings of artist statements, re-looked at all entries, then edited down to as many pieces as we could possibly fit, the submissions were heartfelt and amazing, we had a lot of debate. I felt a special honor to participate with the panel on curating a significant representation of high esthetic quality of Philadelphia artists and sensitivity to the theme, a celebration of 50 years since the Stonewall Riot in NYC, the beginning of gay pride, I was 16 then, now I’m a gay elder.

I submitted a group of plein air paintings from camping trips to gay campgrounds in PA and Florida, the jury liked ones I did at The Woods Campground in Lehighton, PA. For the past many Summers I have set up camp with my easel always at the ready under a screen tent, I’ll often paint all day, the environment is sexy and body positive, focus on fun, music, dance parties, bonfires, my paintings attract attention from friendly fellow campers. Making art, being in creative flow, communing with nature, being naked in the sun, mixing colors to match the sunset fills my being with strength and pride. Gay campgrounds are an oasis of self-expression and freedom, primitiveness and acceptance of the queer identity, unity and acceptance of diversity.

Brick by Brick, LGBTQIA+ Artists Celebrate Stonewall at 50, Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Franks, 13th and Pine Streets, Philadelphia.

Opening Reception and Awards: June 2nd, 4:00 – 7:00

DoN Brewer, Brick by Brick, Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Franks

Flags, The Woods Campground, oil on canvas, 8″ square, 2018, DoN Brewer

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