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JUST SAY GAY! Art Exhibition
May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
“JUST SAY GAY” art exhibition is a response to HB 1557, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. This harmful legislation is bringing us back to the days of Anita Bryant and the hateful 1970’s banter that was also attacking LGBTQ+ people. This exhibition serves as a reminder that we are resilient, we are us, and that our LGBTQ+ youth see that we never give up. As we stand together we continue to have a voice and not feel alone in this world. Photographs of the movement and other works from our LGBTQ+youth+community. An outdoor community installation will be taking place to create something together. More information will be available shortly.
Grace Korley (she/her) is an Orlando based fiber artist. Grace has experimented with forms of textile art including knitting, embroidery, and quilting for over 10 years. She began weaving wall tapestries within the last year. Currently completing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Grace enjoys weaving as a means of creative expression. She is inspired to combine interesting textural combinations and pairings of fibers to create unique pieces of art. With her pieces, she draws upon the visual and tactile senses. Grace is passionate about social justice activism, using art to draw attention to pertinent social and civil rights issues.
Jade Griffin is a self-taught artist who is originally from and is currently based in Fort Myers Florida. Jade’s artwork is a reflection of the inner conflicts and struggles she faces every day as a female who is black, masculine-presenting, and in the LGBT community. She expresses her feelings, ideas, and thoughts about gender stereotypes, gender fluidity, expression, and acceptance of oneself.
A queer artist based out of Bradenton Florida. They primarily work with ceramics but include mixed media and performance art to communicate their connections with others, seeking to educate and start discussions. Conceptually driven, inspired by sensory stimulation, and often heavily structured by narrative, their work commonly challenges and explores sexuality, gender, politics, and traditions, often depicting sociological perspective through a dystopian lens.
The American Standard features Urine Too Deep and Hang On To Your Seat, two sculptures formed from 1000 hand built ceramic nails to emulate the uncomfortable, painful, and taxing experiences in public restroom facilities shared by trans and gender non conforming individuals. Created in March 2022 from paper clay made with toilet paper, the pairing also serves as a response to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on the censoring “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Todd Belmont Lattuga is an artist from Sarasota, FL. He studied sculpture at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA. Todd has an interest in interactive design and installations. He likes to create work that explores how humans connect with themselves and the world.
Nonbinary artist and photographer based in Sarasota, Fl. They grew up letting their imagination flow as much as possible. As a child, they were very passionate about drawing, finding photography their sophomore year of high school.
Looking for beauty everywhere they went, they eventually formed a love for portrait photography. Now their focus is creating art that makes people smile and capturing the joy filled moments for the people around them. Kat loves taking candid photos of people when they are being their truest selves so they can see all the beauty that everyone else sees. It is for that reason that these photos matter more than anything: they show the beauty of the LGBTQ+ community as well as our allies.
Born and raised in Sarasotan, Emerging Local Artist and Active member of SarasotaOut.com – Hector has seen this City grow and change, being exposed to Sarasota’s Arts and Culture scene at a young age has truly inspired him to be the bold creator he is today – “Constantly Inspired” is something Hector says often, Having lived in many parts of the United States and most recently in the Hawaiian Islands. He states that living there is where he truly found his artistic drive.
He struggled finding a medium and style, usually talking to other artists asking how they found themselves creatively. He accepted the fact that he doesnt have just one style of doing art. Everything he’s learned from past teachers, classes and other artists artistic styles have inspired him – He blends different styles when he creates and uses color in such a way that’s Simple but Bold at the same time. Hector will be an Artist In Residence at ART Ovation Hotel May 31st – June 7th with an Artist Reception June 3th @7pm