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Love. Sex. Unity. Respect Art With An Agenda

Love. Sex. Unity. Respect

Art With An Agenda

Carol Henke | LGBT Will You Marry Me (previous page)

The mission for Art With An Agenda is to exhibit the talents of the local visual arts community for a common purpose of furthering social justice. Artistic expression in any form can be incredibly powerful by virtue of the beauty of the work alone. We are grateful that we do not live in a world where music, literature and the visual arts must have a purpose beyond bringing joy to others, but we are equally grateful that on occasion a work of art, which was created with sincerity and purpose, has the ability to create awareness and to soften hearts. To have the collective work of many artists, all of whom are resolved to a common goal, on exhibit together, can have a transformational effect on the viewer. By giving the participating artists great latitude in their approach to the work, Art With An Agenda avoids curating a scripted play or orchestrating artistic propaganda. The exhibits, in fact, will develop their own unique voice created from the connection of artists working with various styles and perspectives.

Art and art movements to varying degrees have always reacted to and documented the political and societal landscape in which the artist created the work. Less often, however, have artists been organized in such a way as to have an immediate influence on the political environment itself. On a local level, and in very modest ways, Art With An Agenda intends to use the persuasive power of the visual arts to collectively expose injustice, raise money for worthy causes, and most importantly to affect positive outcomes. Each Art With An Agenda exhibit intends to provide a voice to those who are bullied, discriminated against, or simply abandoned. Our wish is that your voice will join ours, and that together we will inspire a more loving, generous and accepting community.

Stephan Baxter Organizer/Co-Curator

ART WITH AN AGENDA PRESENTS: LOVE. SEX. UNITY. RESPECT. An Art Exhibit In Support Of Marriage Equality & Orange County's LGBTQ Community. When: Opening weekend May 3rd & 4th 2013, doors open 6pm both nights Where: The Magoski Arts Colony, home to PĂ„S, Hibbleton, Violet Hour Galleries & The Dicky Jones Galleries. Why: We are putting Fullerton on the right side of history. It's our contribution to the civil rights issue of our time. It is also Fullerton's contrition for giving the world Senator John Briggs & the 60% of residents that voted for Prop 8. We are sending mass love to the LGBT community Details: Over 80 artists submitting over 100 original works of art, each in a unique way celebrating love and/or the LGBT Community through the visual arts with a retail value of between $30,000 down to $100, will be in a silent auction to the public with 50% of the proceeds donated to OC AIDS Walk. The Other 50% will go to the artists. Organizers and Gallery Owners will not profit.

8 Ft Wedding Cake Installation We have reached out to the LGBT friends and organization asking that those in committed relationships send us a high resolution "couples" photo so they can be part of an 8ft Wedding Cake installation which will be wall-papered with the images of up to 200 couples. This installation will be the political and emotional focal point of our exhibit, and to ensure that it will be beautiful as well, a wonderful and established local artist named Katherine England has agreed to design and construct the cake. Katherine is also the woman behind the All Arts for Kids Hearts which were placed all around Fullerton last summer 2012. Our website has a few examples of the photo's being submitted. Tom and Al who have been together for 40 years and can't get married and to whom this art installation is dedicated. And Rick and Randy, who were married during tha window of tolerance in 2008 and are building a family and living the life so many American want.

The venue.

A small sampling of artwork submitted is on the folllwing pages.

Elizabeth Nunez | Igualidad

Fidel Garcia | The Found Passion

Nancy J. Johnson | From One Bus To Another

Miguel Gonzalez | When the Sun Goes Down

Kelly Castillo | The War Cry of Pietho

Chantal deFelice | (untitled)

Manuel A. Aceveo | Black Kiss

Sharon Kennedy | Rick and Randy's Wedding

Renzo | Choice of Causation

Ed Freeman | DV Poll

Niky Dogatzis | It's True I Crave You

Ren Ruzic | The Owl and The Pussy Cat

Deborah Davidson | Companion

Susan Olsen | Be Yourself

Love. Sex. Unity. Respect.