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Kit Kennedy is the Poet in Residence of the âBay Times.â
Interview with Butch Boi Artist and Activist Elizabeth âOscarâ Maynard
Published: October 4, 2012
By Kit KennedyCongratulations on your October solo art show at AWE Gallery in San Francisco.Thanks. Iâm excited to showcase work from the Genderqueer project.
How did you come by the name Oscar? I remember clearly. I was riding in a friendâs car during my second year of undergraduate when...
Magnet â Celebrating 9 Years and Counting!
By Dennis McMillan Published: August 9, 2012
On July 9, 2003, Magnet opened its doors to its first customers with the mission of promoting the physical, mental and social wellbeing of gay/bisexual men. Many people didnât think they were going to succeed with their very different and novel model; but in their first year, they saw around...
âIf Our Walls Could Talkâ
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: July 26, 2012
Currently on display on the walls of Magnet at 18th and Castro are the brilliant photos of Damon McLay in âIf Our Walls Could Talk.â BornÂ into the picturesque artist and fishing community of Homer, Alaska, Damon McLayÂ was raised inÂ aÂ very conservative Christian family.
Digital art andÂ photography became his...
Preserving Trailblazing Photographer Bob Mizerâs Works
Published: June 21, 2012
By Dennis Bell
In 2010, I founded the charitable and educational non-profit Bob Mizer Foundation, Inc., whose purpose is to promote and preserve progressive and controversial photography. I believe the most disputed works of art are the most important ones to protect and preserve, since they bear witness...
âQueer the Artâ at Show & Tell
By Kirsten Kruse Published: June 14, 2012
âQueer the Art,â an exhibit by up and coming LGBT artists, opened last week at Show & Tell, which is a lesbian-owned concept store located at 1300 Clay Street, Suite #160 in Oakland. The event drew a large supportive crowd, including Mayor Jean Quan. It provided a safe space for...
Published: May 17, 2012
By Kit Kennedy
How is it possible to know someone so well whom you have never met?
A candle lit. Resisting the closet. An armband with pink triangle. Witness the Cityâs namesake park, granite columns and foxglove.
In those (and these) times can a person
Matthew Hines Displays Strange Fruit
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: May 17, 2012
Magnet, the Castro hub of health and wellbeing for gay/bi men, is displaying Matt Hinesâ âStrange Fruitâ series. Hines uses deconstructed modern mythologies to convey the wonder and horror of life in the 21st century using collage from discarded items found on the streets of SF.
Harry Hay, Radically Gay, On Display at Main Library
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: May 3, 2012
Harry Hayâs remarkable life is on display at the Main Library marking the hundredth anniversary of his birth. âRadically Gay: the Life of Harry Hayâ celebrates the activist who laid the foundation for the modern lesbian and gay rights movement. This exhibition, gorgeously curated by Joey Cain, explores the life,...
âThriving Resilienceâ Is Art Seen Through Positive Eyes
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: April 19, 2012
Back to the Picture Gallery is exhibiting âThriving Resilience âŠ Life through Positive Eyesâ in their gallery at 83 10th Street and Mission. It features seven Bay Area artists currently producing work while living with HIV/AIDS.Â The pieces are examples of vibrant strength and brilliant determination to overcome a severe and...
Pastor Stacy Boornâs Visual Spirituality
By Heidi Beeler Published: April 5, 2012
When Martin Luther wanted the Churchâs attention, he nailed a paper to the door. When Pastor Stacy Boorn wanted the Lutheran Churchâs attention, she painted the whole church flaming purple.
The daughter of a photographer, Stacy was clearly raised to express herself in Kodachrome. The great loud lavender...
Bay Areaâs âGood Lifeâ Inspires Painter Terri Hill
Published: March 22, 2012
New Yearâs Day, 2009, was a memorable one for Terri Hill. On that day, she became a full time painter. But her absorbing works, bursting with vivid hues and energy, attest to her over 33-year background in graphic design. Juicy cherries, practically dripping off the canvas, look sweet and seductive....
Magnet Presents Daniel Dallabrida
By Dennis McMillan Published: March 8, 2012
The exhibition, âIn Nowâs Waters Burn the Stars of Then,â features new works by Daniel Dallabrida at Magnet, the Castro hub of health and wellbeing. Later in the month, Dallabrida hosts a pan-generational evening of performance, poetry and video.
For the Magnet exhibition, Dallabrida introduces a new series...
Marconi Calindas Paints Colors of Understanding
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: January 12, 2012
Marconi Calindas is an accomplished Filipino painter, writer, singer and composer. His paintings are currently on display at Magnet, the gay-bi menâs health and wellbeing hub in the Castro. Calindasâ exhibition is entitled, Colors of Understanding: a Tribute to Courage and Strength. Calindas, born July 14, 1975, was a full-time...
Christopher Winslow is 1 of a Kind At Magnet Art Gallery
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: December 15, 2011
The art of Christopher Winslow is currently on display at Magnet, the health and wellbeing hub in the Castro for gay/bi men. Winslow studied music in college, but has continued to paint and make art all his life. He started making art as a child and used to study privately...
First Place: Lauren Parks
Published: November 17, 2011
I entered the Through These Eyes exhibit not knowing exactly where I was going to be sent, or what I would be taking pictures of. The contest was essentially something I did on a whim. It was the first photography competition I had ever entered; for the past four years...
Second Place: Noa Grant
Published: November 17, 2011
When I was notified that I was assigned to photograph a Shanti Breast Cancer patient I missed a heartbeat. My mom died of breast cancer at the young age of 51, and facing this task has really hit home for me. The first memory that sprang to my mind was...
About "Through These Eyes"
Published: November 17, 2011
"Through These Eyes" is a juried student exhibition of photography supporting the mission of the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation (REAF).
The competition and exhibition was organized by Jordan, Miller & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial. All proceeds were donated to five agencies that are represented...
Third Place: Shan Lee
Published: November 17, 2011
Iâve read and heard so much about Barbara before I even found out I had my chance to photograph her, and of course, I told Jim, the business operations manager of Jordan,
Miller & Associates, that I would be more than excited if I could photograph the cofounder...
Through These Eyes: Student Art Exhibit & Fundraiser
Published: October 20, 2011
By Natalia CornettâThrough These Eyesâ is one of the most unique and inspirational art fundraisers hitting the LGBTQ community - and San Francisco - this year. With an expected 300-400 people attending, including donors, the general public, press, local celebrities and artists, you will want to come and see what...
Arturo Cosenza Presents âPersonalitiesâ at Magnet Art Gallery
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: October 20, 2011
Arturo Cosenza is a San Francisco based photographer whose recent work is a collection of portraits of local personalities now on display at Magnet, the health and social well being hub in the Castro. He has been a photographer in SF for 17 years, after arriving here to attend the...
David Kingâs Art Currently on Display at Visual Aid Gallery
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: August 25, 2011
Collages by David King, in an exhibit entitled âA Thin Line,â are now on display at the Visual Aid gallery at 57 Post Street, 9th floor. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday, 2 â 6pm, or by appointment. Visual Aid is a nonprofit organization that encourages artists with life-threatening illnesses...
Daniel Goldstein Addresses AIDS in His Sculptures at Visual Aid Gallery
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: August 11, 2011
Visual Aid is displaying now through Aug. 31 the works of its clients in a gallery entitled âA Thin Line: Extinction, Survival, Transformation.â Located on the 9th floor of 57 Post Street, the exhibition is curated by Visual Aid Executive Director Julie Blankenship. The artwork is by four artists (one...
Four Artists Express a Thin Line at Visual Aid Exhibition
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: July 14, 2011
Now through Aug. 31, the works of three living artists and one deceased are on display in the gallery of Visual Aid, an organization supporting makers of art struggling with life threatening illness. The exhibition is entitled âA Thin Line: Extinction, Survival, Transformationâ and is curated by Visual Aid Executive...
Stephen Honicki is Between Heaven and Hell at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: July 7, 2011
Stephen Honicki is the July Magnet artist, the Castro hub of health and social wellbeing for gay and bisexual men. Honicki plays out his "dramas" in the Capital District region of New York State. In addition to staging and documenting his personal vignettes, he is a media arts educator at...
Local Artists Salute Bay Area Drag
By Paul E. Pratt Published: June 16, 2011
âHeroes with Blingâ on Display at Market Street Gallery Through June 29âI donât know that much about the drag scene,â admits Michael Kruzich. Though Kruzich is personally acquainted with only a hand-full of local performers, and has attended even fewer area drag shows, the artist knows the physical images of...
Bear Art By Noel Arrives Just In Time For Pride
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: June 9, 2011
I know there is such a thing as a pride of lions, but in this case, artist Noel has a pride of bears. Noelâs artwork is highly celebrated through its identification with events in the bear and chubby menâs communities. He has also completed over 50 private commissioned art portraits,...
SF Fine Art Fair Comes To Fort Mason
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: May 19, 2011
TheÂ The SF FineArtFairÂ knows there is an art to throwing a good party. Every day of the largest arts fair on the West Coast,Â May 19 - 22 at Fort Mason Center is â literally â aÂ pARTyÂ filled salute to the Bay Areaâs cultural community. From the Fairâs Gala Preview on Thursday, May...
International Day Against Homophobia Is Compelling Art Exhibited At Magnet Gallery
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: May 12, 2011
Last year, photographer Chad Meacham and producer Sarah Baxter went to 15 countries in Asia and Europe to document queer people in Pride marches abroad in compelling images. This exhibit included the banned pride in Moscow, where they met activist Nikolai Alekseev; as well as Lithuaniaâs first Pride; the banned...
Visual Aid Holds Spring Auction of Talented Artists
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: May 5, 2011
Visual Aid held its spring auction on April 28 at Chronicle Books, which was an evening of cocktails, hors doeuvres, chocolate, and the hottest art in town, all for a great cause. In response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic that devastated the Bay Area arts community, a group of passionately concerned...
Mark Johnson Displays âMontgomery-Wardâ Art at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: April 7, 2011
A delightful series of new paintings and drawings by Mark Johnson, âMontgomery-Ward and the Office Adonis,â are currently on display at Magnet, the Castro and 18th Street hub of health and wellbeing. These are paintings of catalogue models circa the 1960âs and 1970âs. His artistâs statement explains: âThe male and...
Mike Shriverâs Photography Show Opening is an Artistic Event for a Good Cause
By Rink Published: February 24, 2011
HIV/AIDS activist Mike Shriver has expanded his creativity into nature and sports photography, and his fans and passersby were able to see his hummingbird images show opening at the Castro Counry Club on Feb. 11. Shriver is a beloved former San Francisco AIDS czar who has battled the police at...
Felix Dâeon Displays Beautiful Nudes at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: February 17, 2011
Felix dâEon is a Mexican-American and gay artist, born in Guadalajara and raised in Southern California. He paints very realistic, very erotic male nudes. He tells me he was fortunate to have very cultured parents who encouraged his artistic inclinations: mother enrolled him in life drawing classes since he was...
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: January 13, 2011
That is not a typo in the headline. Jack Davis is the latest artist to have his works on the walls of Magnet, the gay/bi menâs health and well being center in the Castro. In 1975, he received his Masters degree in Art, focusing on fibers, from Illinois State University...
Solis Shows Wildewood Art at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: December 23, 2010
Solis is the featured artist currently at Magnet â the Castro hub of health and social well being for gay/bi men. Solis received his digital design diploma from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2007. He is a self-taught painter/ mixed media artist. He says his latest series, âWe Are...
Particular Voices: Universal Humanity
By Lily Janiak Published: December 23, 2010
Whenever Iâve seen playwright Tony Kushner in person or in photograph, he always looks as cerebral and formidable as his writing sounds, his intellect and confidence emanating almost palpably from tiny, bespectacled eyes. Not so in photographer Robert Giardâs portrait of him, now on display at the Jewish Community Center...
Tom Hillâs Thought Provoking Art
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: November 11, 2010
Now through the month of October, the artwork of Tom Hill is hanging from the gallery wall at Magnet, the health and well being hub in the Castro for gay and bi men. Hill studied art at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and art and architecture at the...
Felix Dâeon Displays Erotic Art at Eros
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: October 28, 2010
Felix dâEon is a young gay painter based out of San Francisco, specializing in the art of the male nude. His naked male drawings and paintings are collected the world over, in such media as oil, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, charcoal, and pastel. He recently threw a Roman toga costume party...
Alexis Lekat Erotic Art = Sex And Fighting
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: October 14, 2010
âFor me, painting is like having sex (while fighting),â states Alexis Lekat regarding his art. These erotic pieces are now on display throughout October at Magnet, the Castro hub of health and well being for gay/bi men. At his recent reception, Lekat went multimedia, including a video screening his process...
Three uniquely San Francisco queer events happened in three hours on Wednesday Sept. 15. The Radar Reading Series, the Fringe Festival, and Smack Dab all presented events for large crowds, with special appeal for LGBT audiences. It was an artgasm, and a pleasure for people who feel deprived of public...
Jok Church Exhibits Mendalas at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: September 9, 2010
Because September is leather month, it is appropriate that Magnetâs artist of the month is cartoonist Jok Church, a longstanding member of San Franciscoâs leather community. Church is the author of six best-selling books and the creator of the CBS TV show, Beakmanâs World - shown locally on Channel 36....
Teens, Pros Explore Technology in Youthline Media Art Exhibit
Published: September 2, 2010
By Jason WymanTechnology is a teenager! To celebrate an innovative partnership between established and emerging artists, the Catharaine Clark Gallery and Youthline Media Program kick-off the joint exhibit Teen Age: You Just Donât Understand Saturday, Sept. 4, 3pm-6pm, with a reception and barbecue at the Minna Street Gallery.âThe collaboration between...
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: August 12, 2010
âAt first glance, few things are ever as they appear. In life, as with my art, perspective is everything,â so says Donald Rizzo regarding his series of paintings now on display through August at Magnet, the Castro hub of health and well being for gay/bi men. The series is entitled...
Chuck Drees Paints Fierce Landscapes
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: July 15, 2010
Chuck Drees is a skilled massage therapist volunteer at Magnet, the health and wellness hub in the Castro for gay and bisexual men. He went to massage school six years ago to perfect his technique of Swedish, deep tissue, sports, stretching, and mobilization (check out sfgaymassage.com: Bodywork by Chuck). He...
Daniel Peddle Captures Models Backstage at Electric Works
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: June 24, 2010
Electric Works welcomes Daniel Peddle into the Project Space, presenting âBackstage,â his latest series of watercolors that explore the ever-evolving concepts of beauty as they surface in preparation for the global fashion runway.As the founder of Daniel Peddle Casting, a company that specializes in casting models for fashion with an...
Daniel Nicolettaâs Photography is More Glitter, Less Bitter
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: June 17, 2010
On display at Electric Works main gallery at 130 â 8th Street from now through July 10 is the brilliant photography of Daniel Nicoletta entitled âMore Glitter. Less Bitter.â On one wall, the photography is all black and whites of politicos, activists, and drag queens during the Harvey Milk era....
Mary Anderson Paints Glam Community Heroes
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: June 10, 2010
For Pride month in June, it is entirely appropriate that the art of Mary Patricia Anderson be displayed at Magnet, the gay/bi hub of health and social well being in the Castro, because it is all about drag queen power and is entitled âGlam Community Heroes.â Magnet Executive Director Steve...
Benevolent Beings Appear at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: May 20, 2010
Magnet, the gay-bi hub of health and social well being in the Castro, is currently displaying the collages of David King throughout May. The series is entitled âBenevolent Beings.â He tells Bay Times, âMy vision was to create pieces, which, despite all the troubles in the world, mirror the peacefulness...
Peter Max Lawrence Paintings at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: April 15, 2010
Now hanging throughout April on the gallery wall of Magnet, the gay-bi hub of health and well being in the Castro, is the artwork of Peter Max Lawrence. He is an American interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker. Over the course of his career, he has created a large and diverse body...
Richard Dodds Shows Beefcake Art at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: March 11, 2010
The homoerotic art pieces of Richard Dodds are on display all March at Magnet â the Castro hub of health and well being for gay/bi men. âI am 59 years old, and Iâve been around for a good long time,â Richard Dodds tells Bay Times, âand I wrote for a...
Ian Hillâs Inner Child Is On Display at Given
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: February 18, 2010
Now showing at the Given store on 575 Castro Street are the paintings of Ian Hill. This particular series is entitled âInner Child.â It will be on display through March 28. Inspired by his toy collection and old photos, Hill juxtaposes his own past and the history of others to...
Matt Pipes Bares His Soul With Soul Bearers Art
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: February 11, 2010
Magnet â the Castro home for health and well being services for gay/bi men â is currently displaying the art work of Matt Pipes, the âSoul Bearersâ series, inspired by an art project sponsored by Visual Aid called âAfterlife,â in which artists were asked to present their views on death...
Rene Capone Presents Hedgehog Boy at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: January 14, 2010
DANGEROUS Comics & Rene Capone offered a multi-media show to show off the latest in Caponeâs graphic novel series, âLegend of Hedgehog Boy â Book #2â on Jan. 8 at a special reception at Magnet. Throughout January, original comic book drawings will be on display at Magnet, the Castro hub...
Colin Price Presents Metaphysical Paintings
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: December 24, 2009
Metaphysical is the latest art gallery showing at the Given store at 575 Castro Street. It is a series of fantastic paintings by openly gay Colin Price, running through the end of January. Priceâs work is both surreal and majestic, telling a fascinating tale in each piece. With inspiration from...
Big Boy Toys Now on Display At Magnet Art Gallery
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: December 17, 2009
Closing out 2009, Magnet (the social and health wellbeing hub in the Castro) is presenting throughout December works of San Francisco based artist Michael Lownie with âBig Boy Toys.â Lownie has an extensive retrospective of work, including his âAlways Hopeâ heart sculpture that was on display in Union Square throughout...
Visual Aid Holds Big Blue Deal
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: November 19, 2009
Visual Aidâs wildly popular party, Big Deal, where 600 works of art are sold at $160 apiece, was held at SomArts Cultural Center on Nov. 14. This year the fundraiser was specially entitled Big BLUE Deal, with the color blue as somewhat thematic but not mandatory. This was the place...
Sam Russell Goes Viral at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: November 12, 2009
Throughout November, Magnet â the Castro queer health and wellness hub â is presenting works of Sam Russell. The artist came to San Francisco in 1992 from Boulder, Colorado where he was known as a performance artist, writer, and activist. He has been involved with the underground gay art community...
Meth Lab Is Up At Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: October 8, 2009
During October, Magnet (the Castro hub of health and social well being) is featuring art from Meth Lab, an experiential learning project offered to gay/bi men and clients of either or both the 6th Street Client Services Department and the Stonewall Project of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. A primary...
John Paradiso is a Dirty Sew And Sew
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: September 24, 2009
In John Paradisoâs âSEW MANY MENâ series on display at Magnet, the Castro health and social well being center, the artist hand quilts contour drawings of men taken from gay male pornography. Paradiso says pornography has been for him both a sexual outlet and a place to find inspiration. As...
Brandon Norris and the Powerful and Mysterious Juanita More
By Rink Published: September 10, 2009
Event and portrait photographer Brandon Norris welcomed a huge throng of over 150 friends, models, and photography lovers to his Aug. 27 A Sobering Affect: Queer Portraiture by Brandon Norris show opening at the Electric Works Gallery. For the event, Norris was wearing big glasses, flipped up hair, and a...
Art For AIDS Auction Benefits UCSF AIDS Health Project
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: September 3, 2009
For the 13th annual Art for AIDS auction, the UCSF AIDS Health Project presented 139 works of art in the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, prints, ceramics, glasswork, and more at Bonham & Butterfields Auction House on Aug. 28. The event always strives to connect the art world â a...
Earthy Visceral Worlds by Michael Hem
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: August 20, 2009
Now through the month of August, Magnet art gallery is displaying âVisceral Worlds,â the intricate, often erotic, colorful works of Michael Hemes. A New York state native, he moved to Fresno and then to the Bay Area. Most of his drawings are done with colored pencil on paper. The term...
Supersonic Art Gallery By Michael Murphy On Display
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: August 13, 2009
Given, a shop on the site of Supervisor Harvey Milkâs old camera store in the Castro, is currently displaying in its monthly art gallery a series called âSupersonicâ by Michael Murphy. His graphic works have been included in shows from Tokyo to Amsterdam and Spain. His work, he said, conjures...
Christopher Winslow Presents Games People Play
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: July 16, 2009
Throughout July, Magnet â the Castro hub of health and well being for gay and bi men â will display the art of Christopher Winslow, entitled âGames People Play.â The artist explained, âGames bring communities together. They induce laughter and play. They remind us of the âchildâ within and give...
Camargo Asks: Is Fashion Divine Or Distorted?
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: June 11, 2009
You get to decide. Now through July 26 at Given (575 Castro), the store famous for once being Supervisor Harvey Milkâs camera store, artist Freddy Camargo is presenting on the Given gallery wall âDistorted and Divineâ illustrations. Camargo was formerly a construction worker and is still in the union, having...
Ralfka Gonzalez Exhibits Crisis Apparitions At Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: June 11, 2009
Can art and images heal in times of chaos? Find out at âCrisis Apparitions: Idiots, Icons & Idolsâ by Ralfka Gonzalez, a series of paintings on display now through June at Magnet â the Castro hub of health and well being. Gonzalez calls his series âa celebration of life -...
Kevin Mosley Displays Portraits Of Instrumental People
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: May 7, 2009
Throughout May, the Magnet art gallery will feature âPortraitsâ by Kevin Mosley. At the opening reception on May 1 at Magnet - the health and social well being hub of the Castro - the artist spoke with Bay Times about his work. Mosley makes pictures on found glass, and for...
Andrew Ogus Art on Display at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: April 9, 2009
The distinctive artwork of Andrew Ogus is on display for this month in the gallery at Magnet â the Castro hub of health and social wellbeing. Ogus was born in Washington D.C, and grew up in a Maryland suburb. He said his âordinary life was punctuated by my fatherâs occasional...
House Of Muse Art Gallery Opens
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: March 26, 2009
Artist David Jude held a soft opening of his new H.O.M. Studio & Gallery Space at the House of Muse, 560 Noe Street on March 21. It was a combination 50th birthday party for Jude and a blessing upon the space by some of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc....
Roy Wyatt Batty on Living/Dying In Oaxaca
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: March 12, 2009
Throughout March, photographer Roy Wyatt Batty will be displaying his art, âTo Live and Die in Oaxaca,â on the gallery wall of Magnet â the hub of health and social wellbeing in the Castro. He held an opening reception on March 6 at Magnet and gave me a tour of...
Magnet Displays Cum Rags And Glory Holes
Published: February 12, 2009
By the Eternally Erotic Sister Dana Van IquityÂ I am thrilled to announce that Magnet â the gay/bi health and social wellbeing hub in the Castro â is currently displaying two of the most controversial and titillating art exhibitions ever shown on those gallery walls. The two units by two different...
Asian American Women Artists Create âA Place of Your Ownâ
By Linda Ayres-Frederick Published: January 29, 2009
On the eve of their 20th anniversary, Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) is launching their most ambitious project to date with âA Place of Your Own.â This is an installation and residency at the de Young where the public can work with artists on site to develop their own...
Artists Jim Winters and Frank Pietronigro Open Show at the Barber Lounge
Published: January 29, 2009
By RinkÂ Well known and celebrated San Francisco artists Jim Winters and Frank Pietronigro shared an unusually well designed space to display their creativity with nine other artists on Jan. 24. The Barber Lounge was generous with its hospitality at its second anniversary and its third annual art event. Â Guests were...
Magnet Displays Three Decades of Sister Archives
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: January 15, 2009
Throughout January, Magnet has started the year off with a holy mackerel âUnder a Full Moon: 30 Years of Perpetual Indulgence,â an exhibit of memorabilia regarding activism and community work from the archives of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The display recalls the history, work, and style of the Sisters....
Christopher Michaelâs Hot Nudes will Warm You for Winter
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: December 11, 2008
Magnet, the gay-bi menâs hub of health and social wellbeing, is currently featuring in its gallery the sensual male nude oil paintings of Christopher Michael. The artist has been in the Castro for ten years. He started painting when he was 33 â seven years ago. He had never had...
Rink Foto Exhibit Now At Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: November 13, 2008
Magnet, the gay-bi menâs health and social hub in the Castro, is proud to display history through the photographic lens of Rink Foto now through the end of the month. Photographing in San Francisco and primarily in the queer community since 1969, Rink (no last name: kind of like Cher...
Chase Bowmanâs Spooky Gothic Art is Halloween Treat
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: October 30, 2008
Just in time for Halloween, Chase Bowmanâs delightfully creepy âLadiesâ Auxiliaryâ drawings are hung up for viewing and purchase at Given in the Castro through Nov. 22. âI think I was chosen because my work is kind of in the spirit of Halloween,â Bowman told me. They are all pictures...
Dann Dykasâ Tarot Cards Featured at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: October 9, 2008
The works of Dann Dykas, âInverted Future: the Tarot Prophecy of 2010,â are currently on display at Magnet, the Castro hub of health and wellbeing, through the end of October. Dykas is a photographer, painter, illustrator, graphic designer, and art critic for an Arizona LGBT newspaper. His six pieces on...
Magnet Exhibits Lisandro Perezâs Toilet Train
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: September 11, 2008
Magnet (the queer menâs health and social hub in the Castro) is currently exhibiting the work of artist Lisandro Rome Perez in a series called âToilet Train,â allowing the viewer a peek through the bathroom keyhole with a toilet training theme. The exhibition on display through the end of September...
Come To Verasphere Art Exhibition
Published: September 11, 2008
Come To Verasphere Art Exhibition And Get Freaky
A fabulously freaky solo exhibition of photographs by Michael Johnstone entitled âVERAsphereâ is running now through Oct. 18. On Friday, Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m. there will be a reception and a talk by art historian David Duckworth at Spirit in...
Mark Paron and Elena Zolotnitsky Exhibit Terrible Beauty
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: August 14, 2008
Visual Aid presented the Jerome Caja Terrible Beauty Award to Mark Paron and Elena Zolotnitsky in recognition of outstanding work and significant achievement in the arts on Aug. 7 at the Gallery Paule Anglim on 14 Geary Street. The Jerome Caja Terrible Beauty Award annually supports two specially selected artists...
Stephen Honicki Photography Displayed at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: August 7, 2008
Now through the end of August, Stephen Honickiâs framed photographs will be on the gallery wall at Magnet, the gay-bi Castro hub of health and social well-being located on 18th and Castro. During the August 12 reception for Honicki, he allowed me to interview him. Honicki originally started with a...
Watson Painting Features Porn Star Alex Baresi
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: July 24, 2008
TitanMan Alex Baresi (alexbaresi.eu) is the subject of a new painting by world renowned Australian artist Ross Watson. Watsonâs choice of model, Baresi, for his most recent major painting could not have been more fitting. Painting the classically handsome Italian, who was voted International Gay Porn Star for 2007, before...
Armistead Maupinâs Tale Continues
By Paul E. Pratt Published: May 29, 2008
Best-Selling Author Gives Kicks Off National Queer Arts Festival with Free Reading
From the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic to the recent decision to legalize gay marriage in California, Armistead Maupin has watched the world change in the more than 30 years since his Tales of the City...
Spring Forward Art Auction Is Here
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: May 9, 2008
Visual Aid and Academy of Friends will be presenting the 7th annual âSpring Forwardâ art auction on May 8, from 6-8 p.m. Held at the InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard Street, the fundraiser will feature a champagne cocktail reception and preview with DJ Mason Jar, with a live art auction...
Magnet Presents Cruciform Works by Alan Kelchner
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: May 8, 2008
Magnet, the Castro center of gay/bi menâs health and socializing, has set up its latest gallery from now through the end of May, featuring a new series, âCruciform,â by Alan Kelchner, exploring the imagery of the cross. Christianity plays an enormous role in this country, and the cross is the...
Homoerotic Fabulous Faerie Film Fundraiser
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: April 24, 2008
Marrvelous Films presented an art auction fundraiser on April 19 at The LGBT Community Center to help produce a new queer documentary, Faerie. Justin Winokur was emcee and auctioneer for the event, which offered photographs, sculptures, oils, watercolors, sketches, and mixed media. This was the second such Faerie film fundraiser,...
âFamily Portraitâ a Chronicle and Homage
By Tom W. Kelly Published: March 27, 2008
Gays and lesbians tend to be at the forefront of both creative and socio-sexual expression. Denied our place at the table by heterosexist society causes us to think outside their tiny sphere and to create our own points of view, rules and family. Openly gay artist Richard Bolingbroke has done...
Magnet Art Displays Jamie Mchugh Photographs
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: March 13, 2008
Now on display at Magnet center through the month of March are some of the stunning photographs of Jamie McHugh. He is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (working with breath, sound, movement, touch, and stillness), expressive arts therapist, and fine art photographer. He has been on faculty in the Holistic...
Paul Jermann Exhibits Bold Paintings and Collage at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: February 7, 2008
Magnet - the queer Castro hub of health, social gatherings, and art - started the year off with some of Paul Jermannâs striking work. He opened at Magnet in 2003; had another show in 2004; and now heâs back in 2008 with some huge male nudes and collage work. Jermann...
Lautrec in Leather: Chuck Arnett
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: January 31, 2008
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society is currently exhibiting âLautrec in Leather: Chuck Arnett and the San Francisco Scene.â Detailing the multimedia works of local gay innovator Chuck Arnett - a central figure to San Franciscoâs early leather scene - the exhibit is the first-ever retrospective for this undervalued...
Magnet Artists Display Previews of 2008 Offerings
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: January 10, 2008
January offers a flavor of artistic things to come at Magnet â a little bit of everything all at once! A piece of work from each of twelve artists, chosen for display in 2008 on Magnetâs gallery wall, is being shown throughout January. âGet a glimpse at the future and...
Jeffrey Larsen Art Show at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: December 20, 2007
Ending the year of art exhibits at Magnet is âBeloved,â a series of photographic works by Jeffrey Larsen on display through December. Larsen describes âBelovedâ as âan exploration of the human struggle to love oneself and to be loved by another.â Larsen gave Bay Times an interview. He says this...
Jim Winters Exhibits Film Still Drawings
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: December 13, 2007
Visual Aid is now exhibiting through December the film still drawings of Jim Winters. Visual Aid held a reception at their office on Dec. 6 for Winters, whose role has changed from Visual Aid artist to program manager of the organization. This exhibition, long in the works, is his last...
Visual Aid Makes a Big Deal Out of Art
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: November 15, 2007
Heavy storms and power outages in much of the South of Market district did not keep art-loving crowds from flocking to Somarts on Nov. 10 for Big Deal. Visual Aidâs wildly popular, signature event, âBig Deal,â where over 600 works of art tempt buyers at a price of $160 each,...
Morris Taylor Watercolors at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: November 8, 2007
Magnet, the gay menâs health and social center at Castro and 18th Streets, is presenting the colorful works of Morris Taylor, âBrilliance in Watercolor,â throughout November. The current exhibit emphasizes the brilliant and colorful images possible in the medium of watercolor. He says he chooses colors for their sensuousness, forms...
Visual Aidâs Big Deal Offers Art For Sale
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: November 8, 2007
Big Deal is coming up. Join Visual Aid on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. at Somarts, 934 Brannan, for their annual big bash. The fundraiser helps support Visual Aidâs programs, which provide free art supplies and important exhibition opportunities to professional visual artists with life-threatening illnesses. Now in its 18th...
Amanda Millis Sculptures at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: October 11, 2007
âDo you want to see my treasure chest? Iâve stored it in my brain. Iâve pillaged my lifeâs episodes with eyes and ears and touch. Iâve accidentally paid attention. Sometimes. Not knowing what is important, experiences have oozed into my senses leaving trails of fragmented knowledge â I cannot explain...
Art For AIDS Auction Benefits
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: October 11, 2007
The 11th annual Art for AIDS event was once again held at Bonhams & Butterfields, where over 150 works of modern and contemporary art donated by artists, galleries, and collectors were displayed. If you missed the live and silent auctions, go to artforaids.org to see what is available. I am...
Rene Caponeâs Hedgehog Boy at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: September 13, 2007
As volunteers scurry to price and display hundreds of items donated from the recent Gift Show at Moscone Center, one artist has packed his truck full of fine art in Palm Springs and is on the road to San Francisco. His destination is the annual Under One Roof Gift Show...
Leo Herrera Exhibits Sex and Icons at Magnet Gallery
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: June 14, 2007
Magnet, the hub of queer health wellness and social wellbeing in the Castro, is now displaying in its monthly gallery the astounding photography of Leo Herrera, entitled, âSex and Icons.â Incidentally, Magnet will be celebrating its fourth year of existence in July. Watch for a fabulous party to come, commemorating...
Mike Shriver Paints His Demons Away
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: April 12, 2007
Â Mike Shriverâs art is on display throughout the month of April at Magnet â the queer center for social and physical well-being in the Castro. All the works were composed while the artist battled AIDS with the deadly drug, interferon. Shriver was born in West Covina, California, the third of...
Art For Healing Celebrates 25 Years
By Dennis McMillan Published: April 5, 2007
Art for Healing is a nonprofit foundation that provides works of art to enhance quality of life for the ill, their caregivers, and loved ones. On March 28, the esteemed San Francisco-based community benefit organization celebrated 25 years of service in a gala reception hosted by the John Berggruen Gallery...
Magnet Exhibits Stephen E. Gibsonâs Erotic Paintings
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: March 8, 2007
Magnet â the Castro social and health hub for gay and bi men - is currently showcasing paintings by local artist Stephen E. Gibson during the month of March. Gibson has described his work using a quote from the title character in the film Don Juan DeMarco: âThere are only...
Eugene Day Displays
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: February 8, 2007
The digital art and photography of Eugene Day is now on display throughout the month of February at Magnet â the Castroâs hub for heath and social wellness. Some of Dayâs exhibition, entitled âMasculine Transformations,â is composed of archival pigment prints, and some is of Kodak Endura photographic prints. Some...
Chairs for Charity Seated at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: January 18, 2007
Most people toss away the cap, cork, and wire cage after they pop open the champagne. Not artist Charles Sands. He fashions clever little champagne chairs out of the leftovers and sends them to charities for their use at auctions and fundraisers. Such is the case with a fundraiser coming...
Magnet Exhibits Ready-Mades By Ron Travelletti
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: December 14, 2006
âReady-Madesâ by Ron Travelletti is the latest art being displayed throughout December at Magnet. The artist spoke to Bay Times at his reception at Magnet on Dec. 8. He said that reusing everyday objects and raising them to the dignity of works of art is his goal. The term âready-madesâ...
The Gods Are Alive And Well At Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: November 16, 2006
On display through the month of November, Magnet is featuring the works of local artist Peter Max Lawrence in a show entitled, âContemporary Dilemmas for the Ancient Godsâ, a playful take on serious modern issues, including the current Middle East war(s), homo-racism, and other self-inflicted tragedies. The work derives fromâand...
Magnet Building Attacked With Graffiti
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: October 12, 2006
Â Taggers and a gang of graffiti artists recently attacked Magnet, the Castroâs queer menâs health and social center. But this was not an act of vandalism; it was an act of art expression. Magnet is pleased to have provided a platform for emerging graffiti artists to express themselves at the...
Mitcho Watercolors at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: September 14, 2006
âI have been through some dark and rough terrain, but I have met some amazing and powerful allies on this journey, and they have told me many things,â Mitcho writes about his work and passage towards healing. âIn spite of everything, life is still beautiful.â Magnet is proud to display...
Art for AIDS Sold Art to Benefit AIDS Health Project
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: August 10, 2006
The tenth annual art auction, Art for AIDS, displayed over 175 works of art as a fundraiser for the UCSF AIDS Health Project on Aug. 5 at Bonhams & Butterfields. The media were in painting, drawing, sculpture, prints, ceramic, glasswork, and more. This yearly event connects the art worldâa community...
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: August 10, 2006
Magnetâs featured artist throughout the month of August is photographer Nevin Robinson. Magnetâthe Castroâs hub for gay health and socializationâheld an artistâs reception on August 4. Born in Illinois, Robinson received a B.A. in cinema and photography from Southern Illinois University, and an M.F.A. in photography from the San Francisco...
Bjorn* Eyewear Raises Funds For Visual Aid
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: August 3, 2006
Buying eyeglasses never looked or felt so good! Entitled âAn Evening of Art, Fashion, and Creative Expression,â the grand opening of bjorn* eyewear on July 25 at 2101 Market Street and Church was a fabulous fundraiser for Visual Aid. The feel-good part is because Visual Aid will be the beneficiary...
Visual Aid Celebrates Bastille Day in Style
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: July 20, 2006
What better place to celebrate Bastille Day than Hotel des Arts, and what better charity for both the arts and AIDS than Visual Aid?! The July 14 event was co-presented by the Alliance Francaise of San Francisco, the San Francisco French-American Chamber of Commerce, and Artnewsextra.com to benefit Visual Aid....
Magnet Features Sweet Pastels of Tim Myers
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: July 13, 2006
Magnet is pleased to once again show the mesmerizing dry pastel drawings of artist Tim Myers, the show being entitled, âA Lifetime within a Moment.â Magnet, the Castroâs social and health center for gay and bisexual men, held a reception for Myers, who is a multi-talented, Clio award winning director,...
Exhibiting Hope and Healing In Times of War
By Dennis McMillan Published: June 8, 2006
How do artists spread hope during a time of increasing violence, political conflict, deadly disease, and war? They do so at âHope & Healing in Times of War,â an exciting new gallery of artistsâ interpretations on view now through June 22 at SomArts Galleries. The exhibit is co-presented by the...
Paul Mahder Displays Photographic Art
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: May 11, 2006
Magnet, the social and health center for queer men, held an artist's reception at their gallery on 18th and Castro to introduce the community to Paul Mahder's photographic art. Mahder creates limited edition photographic prints from a 4x5 large format camera. Most of his photographs are created by juxtaposing images...
Visual Aid Hosts Spring Art Auction
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: April 27, 2006
The 5th annual live Spring Art Auction hosted by Visual Aid and The Academy of Friends was held on April 20 at the Clift Hotel. Entitled âFresh,â it was a lively art auction and fundraiser benefiting Visual Aidâs programs for artists with life-threatening illnesses and the Academy of Friends, helping...
Magnet Presents Kurt Brown Photos
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: January 12, 2006
Magnet, the Castroâs social club and health facility for gay and bi men, held an artistâs reception on Jan. 6 to promote Januaryâs gallery of photographer Kurt Brownâs works. Brown is a native of the SF Bay Area and has lived in California his whole life. He attended SFSU and...
Itâs Time for Open Studios in the Castro!
By Jennifer E. Mullen Published: October 20, 2005
When can you waltz into a favorite local artistâs studio, glimpsing his live/work space where the creative process happens, and perhaps ask him exactly what inspired his new series of encaustic paintings? While he mulls over your provocative question, you graze on complimentary chips and salsa and sip from a...
A Wicked Tale with Chi Chi LaRue
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: July 14, 2005
Director Chi Chi LaRue has put out quite a different piece of gay porn with the latest release from Channel 1 Releasing, Wicked. It is actually a tale featuring a guest spot with Chi Chi herself, which as far as I know is the first time she has ever appeared...
Visual Aid Iconography Exhibit Opens
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: July 14, 2005
Visual Aid presented a reception on July 8 for âIconography & Transformation,â an exhibit at Space 743 Harrison Gallery on display through Aug. 13. Important work by four Visual Aid artists, either directly influenced by religious iconography that evolved into a formal yet very personal language, or stumbled upon in...
Jim Winters is Glamorous
By Jennifer E. Mullen Published: June 16, 2005
He Adds a Little Something Extra to Glama-Rama
Another member of the consistently talented Visual Aid artist group has a one-man show at the Glama-Rama âbeauty studioâ on 15th and South Van Ness until July 30, 2005. Glama-Rama is a studio that manifests complementary types of artistic visions. Primarily...
Classic Crawford Barton Photos at Magnet
By Sister Dana Van Iquity Published: June 9, 2005
Throughout the month of June, Magnet is proud to display photographs of Crawford Barton, on loan from the GLBT Historical Society. Barton captured the Castro during the â70s and early â80s, and his unapologetic images marked a radical departure from how gay people had been previously depicted. It was during...
Rene Caponeâs One-Man Show Delights
By Jennifer E. Mullen Published: April 28, 2005
Currently at the Live Art Gallery from April 18-May 29 is the work of 26-year-old Bay Area Artist Rene Capone. His opening on Saturday, April 23 garnered 45-50 visitors, a few sales and most likely some new fans.Capone is sweet and mild-mannered, and this temperament is evident in his work....
David Cannon Dashiellâs Queer Mysteries at Visual Aid Show
By Jennifer E. Mullen Published: April 21, 2005
Currently on display at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts second floor gallery space is the moving work of 12 Visual Aid artists in a group show entitled, âVisual Aid at Sixteen with David Cannon Dashiellâs Queer Mysteries.â The event is in celebration of Visual Aidâs 16th anniversary, and...