Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight artists were all welcome to submit works to the jury. The works are supposed to relate somehow to same-sex attraction, which gives artists pretty wide latitude. Some works are adult in nature, some a little more forward than others in subject matter. All the works, I can tell you, were curated with much thought and care.
Artists include Abel Lopez, Heather Braxton, Nomi Silverman (whose Matthew Sheppard works were recently at HCC), Binnie Bernstein, Jean Scott, Delayne Elyse, Stephen Harris and Richard Taddei.
Curators were Ben Ortiz, Ricky Mestre (whose work is shown above), gallery director Suzanne Kachmar and me (although occasional consultant/jurist might be a better way to describe my role).
“SameSex” opens Thursday, March 31 and runs until April 27 and is sponsored by Dennis Murphy and John Stafstrom.
In addition, a corresponding “Wednesday Night at the Movies” program, with doors opening each week at 6:30 ahead of 7 p.m. screenings. A $10 suggested donation covers the cost of wine and snacks. Two great movies are on tap. “The Celluloid Closet” — a documentary based on Vito Russo’s study of gay in film, will be screened April 13. Then, the more recent movie, “Milk,” about the slain San Francisco supervisor, will be shown April 27.