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Free to Be - A Celebration of Pride, Equality and Diversity

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In honor of Pride Month, Debra Dodson Presents a premier exhibit entitled "Free to Be", which centers around the celebrated pride of the LGBT Community, giving a voice to those who want their message of equality to be seen and heard!  This exhibit will examine and explore the art, emotions, dreams, challenges and sometimes controversial subject matter of those living an alternate lifestyle in today's ever-evolving diverse society.  Featuring an eclectic mix of art, photography and craft from local artists around Martinez and the East Bay, this show offers a unique perspective for the curious and art lovers alike.

As a kickoff to highlight San Francisco's 42nd Annual Pride Paradethe VIP Reception, featuring the artists will be held on Friday, June 22, from 7 to 9 pm.  We invite the public to join us in celebrating this year's theme of "Global Equality" and enjoy an evening of art, music and refreshments!  

Debra Dodson June 07, 2012 at 07:22 PM
This is the first ever art exhibit in Martinez supporting the gay community and their message that all humans deserve to be treated equally. I came up with the theme of "Free to Be" that highlights what one woman voiced about her right "to just be free to be ourselves" that struck me as the perfect title for this premier event. I also allowed the artists to interpret that theme as it applied to each of them individually and express themselves creatively through their art. "Free to Be" is an eclectic yet interesting group of artwork, some of it suggestive, some of it bold and dramatic, some of it thought-provoking but all of it deeply personal and deserving of a chance to be seen within our thriving artistic community. One of our artists, David Barnett from San Francisco, is showing his boldy, dramatic torsos in an expressionistic style. Another artist, Leslie Clement from Antioch, is showing her photographs for the very first time. And photographer Warren Rose is showing several of his photographs of the Pride Parade, taken over the last ten years. And Stephen Lao, whose colorful "Miss Pride USA" became the logo design for our banners and postcards, will be showing his other artistic mediums of drawing and photography as well. Joaquin Romero came up with a brilliant digitized photograph of the struggle for equality and brought in a few of his beautifully detailed sketchings of animals, not to be missed. We hope you enjoy our exhibit!

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