Oct 31, 2011
Thanks to our robust Volunteers and everyone who made the grounds look great.
And the lucky folks who took home something they had to have.
The Artists who made the day dazzle:
Jesus of Silverlake
SOLD OUT Clothing
Every contribution makes your Foundation more meaningful.
Oct 29, 2011
On Saturday, October 22nd, BLUF LA (Breeches Leather Uniform Fanclub) hosted a special BLUF social and benefit for Tom of Finland Foundation, TOM’s BLUF.
- Nikitas Chondroyannos, Louie Pacheco Saenz and Durk Dehner. Photo by Jay Lawton.
Over 45 BLUF members and men in full Leather attended the benefit, which was held at TOM House, Tom’s historic home and headquarters of Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF). All of the proceeds from the event went directly to ToFF in order to help with our efforts to document, preserve and promote Tom’s work and that of hundreds of other artists.
The Foundation is greatful to Nikitas Chondroyannos of Vancouver, Jeff Gent of Los Angeles and all that attended for supporting TOM, his foundation and all we do.
Besides a strong showing of locals, men from from Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego traveled to LA just for this event.
Photographer Jay Lawton had an on-site portrait studio which was very popular; most guests signed up to have their portraits taken in full gear. Check out the gallery
; prints may be ordered.
ToFF president, Durk Dehner, curated a special selection of original Tom of Finland drawings featuring men in full Leather or Uniform epspecially for the evening and ToFF unveiled a selection of new, limited edition, Tom of Finland prints for sale.
ToFF is very appreciative of continued support and assistance in the furtherance of our goals and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Educational Archive so donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donations.
Oct 27, 2011
Tom of Finland Foundation
is honored to be included
once again in this year’s
Desert Leather Pride 2011.
Friday, November 11th
Leather Vendor Market
7:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Saturday, November 12th
Mr. Palm Springs Leather Contest
Palm Springs Convention Center
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sunday, November 13th
TOM Means Leather
2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tom’s message still rings true:
It’s great to be Gay.
A $5 donation on Sunday (there is NO cover charge)
helps insure that this message survives!
All Title Holders are ToFF’s Special Guests.
Please let us know when you arrive.
TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1987, Graphite on paper, ToFF #87.28, © 1987 Tom of Finland Foundation
Friday night, we will be selling books, magazines and memorabilia at the Vendor Fair.
Saturday night, prizes from the TOM collection will be donated to all the participants of the Contest.
On Sunday afternoon, we will be hosting our annual Barracks beer bust fundraiser.
Oct 25, 2011
Join us in downtown Los Angeles at the new performing arts high school at Grand and Cesar Chavez. The community resource fair starts at 3pm, the film screening is at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public!
On These Shoulders We Stand
A Film by Glenne McElhinney
The film shows postwar Los Angeles to be a city of startling contrasts. In this tale of two cities, there is one, a city with a substantial, vibrant gay community, and the other, a city obsessed with rendering that community invisible, kept in the closet or locked in its jails.
Oct 24, 2011
Join PRISM COMICS at the
LONG BEACH COMIC CON
October 29th and 30th
GUEST CREATORS and VOLUNTEERS wanted!
Prism Comics will be exhibiting for the first time at the Long Beach Comic Con
and is extending the invitation to you to be a SPECIAL GUEST CREATOR at the show.
We have free, one hour signing slots every hour on the hour as follows:
Saturday, October 29 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday, October 30 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Write me with your choice of morning or afternoon and we’ll schedule you.
GUEST CREATORS get 50% of sales during the signing, the way you would with most comics shops.
Prism is also looking for VOLUNTEERS.
Volunteering provides a good opportunity to promote your books as well.
Please spread the word if you have friends who might like to volunteer.
Space is limited and on a first-come, first served basis,
so please let me know as soon as possible.
Events Chairperson, Prism Comics
Prism Comics is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
that promotes LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender)
creators, characters, themes and readers in the comic book field.
Oct 21, 2011
FLUX Bar ART Show
Saturday, October 22nd
8:00pm – 2:00am
Featuring Bad Ass Artists:
George La Girdam
Flux Gay Bar
17817 Lakewood Boulevard
Oct 21, 2011
BRUCE OF LOS ANGELES
BEEFCAKES AND BOUNDARIES: THE ART OF BRUCE BELLAS
In the same pioneering spirit as many others who have packed their bags and headed west, Photographer Bruce Bellas, or Bruce of Los Angeles as he came to be known, arrived in California in 1946 and immediately began challenging the norms of acceptable society. With post-war conservatism growing, Bruce of Los Angeles photographed Muscle Beach’s most beautiful male bodies and published an extensive body of homoerotic work during a time when institutionalized homophobia was the norm. His pin-up images of the male physique pressed the boundaries between art and obscenity. Having influenced contemporary photographers such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber, and Herb Ritts, Bruce of Los Angeles is regarded as a “creative force in the establishment of the modern homosexual identity.”
This exhibition will showcase a collection of “The Male Figure” the physique magazine Bruce of Los Angeles published himself and original prints of the his extensive body of work as well as exhibit the work of contemporary artists who’ve found inspiration in the classic style and boundary breaking approach that mark the contribution Bruce of Los Angeles made to art as we know it today.
Opening Reception: Friday, October 28 · 7:00pm – 11:00pm
CONTRIBUTING CONTEMPORARY WORK BY:
Jesse Finley Reed
Ariel Dunitz Johnson
Miguel Angel Reyes
Pop tART Gallery Los Angeles
3023 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, California
Bruce of LA biography
Oct 20, 2011
7:00 Thursday evening, October 20th in the
Hollywood Gay & Lesbian Center Gallery.