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Memorium -- "My
primary purpose in writing these articles is to help provide gays
with a sense of their history outside of Stonewall. I feel we have
to grab it wherever we are living it and get it down for the
generations that will follow in our footsteps."--Mary Kapsalis.
Grove clubs are in fierce competition for customers in a sluggish
July 09, 2008 --
I covered so much territory in
the last edition that I thought I'd have nothing to write about this
time and planned to recap the great upheaval that
Porn Star Night
(that I subtitle "The Cum Shot
Heard Around The World")
caused a few years ago. (Photo right: Matthew Rush gets into a
lather over adoring fan at Cherry's in 2003.)
I didn't anticipate that there
would be alleged raids on the meat rack and
Cherry's to cover
or that there would be so many participants in
The Grove Invades Fire Island Pines event that I
would have time to publish only half the pics in a special edition
last Friday and put the rest of them here. Then there was a nice
party at the home of Don Robb
and Mel Rock
to cover as well as reporting on a week of
sold-out performances of
"Confessions of a Mormon Boy," and a
Jazz Brunch Fundraiser
at Top of the Bay Bistro
Rep. Quelle copy overload!
So, the very interesting
social study on "Porn Star Night -- The Cum Shot Heard Round the
World' will have to wait . . .
(Editor: All photos in this story were taken
in the meatrack on a very humid Monday, July 7.)
Just as we were putting the
last regular edition to bed, we received a curious complaint from a
Grove summer resident that Fire
Island National Seashore Rangers were
arresting people they found screwing around in the meat rack:
"I saw a raid
Saturday...yelling at boys who went running out of the bushes. I
spoke to two Park rangers Officer Swindle and a female
partner yesterday. He said he was there to enforce federal law and
anyone having sex would be arrested for a federal crime. . . ."
In photo left, note that the entrance to the rack
doesn't say "Gay Only" anymore
(Editor: I published the
name of the person who wrote the letter at the time, but hesitate to
do so now because of the abuse that he took from many community
members, who advised him to keep quiet and it would go away." My, how
times have changed!)
Since the 1950's, freedom to
have sex in the meatrack (affectionately known as "Judy
Garland Memorial Park") has been
fiercely protected by gays to the point of bloody fist fights with
townies who used to go in there to "beat up the queers" (after
getting a blowjob, I suppose), as well as resisting arrest by
Suffolk County Police, who would arraign them, publish their names
in the papers and ruin their lives. As fights with law officers grew
more bitter, public opinion and law took the side of Cherry Grove residents
and police assumed a hands-off
policy unless there were complaints.
It is suspected by many
who trespass into the Carrington House
property on the east end of the rack (owned by the FINS) do so for
the purpose of having sex and taking drugs -- acts that facilitate raids.
There have been an increased number of complaints from a growing
population of straights (and gays) with children in the Grove who
want the Rangers to patrol the rack and arrest those they see f-----g
(frolicking) in the bushes. (Photo right: The Carrington House on
a foggy day.)
Gay Liberation has weakened the once
fiercely guarded right to meat rack sex. Today it is a cause
celebre for only the most avid of "naturists."
After "The Cum Shot Heard Round the World"
debacle, I decided not to get involved with hot potato issues that
caused people to act without reason, but when the mainland press started
publishing different versions of the incident, I started an
investigation of my own.
After questioning the Grove complainant
further, I called FINS Press Representative
Paula S. Valentine, who was blown away by
the publicity caused by the incident and eager to talk.
In short, she said that there was no
deliberate attempt to harass meatrack sex enthusiasts. The simple
explanation was that more money had been allocated for patrols on
Fire Island this summer and Rangers who spotted any acts of public
lewdness were bound by law to escort offenders out of the park in handcuffs, if
necessary. Ms Valentine noted that unless drugs are involved, only
citations are issued. She wrote:
It was nice to have spoken with you this afternoon, and I
appreciate your effort to get to the bottom of all this uproar.
Attached is the material that I had submitted to a few other
reporters who were also verifying information about the recent
incidents. The title of the file/article may be a little
misleading, but certainly shouldn't be construed to mean that
the Carrington Tract alone will have extra patrols. The extra
park rangers will be out on all portions of Fire Island National
Seashore's beach and other properties (which also includes the
William Floyd Estate in Mastic Beach and headquarters and the
Watch Hill Ferry Terminal in Patchogue).
(See attached file: Additional Staff at FINS for 2008_NPS
to Increase.doc) below:
According to our chief ranger, there was no arrest by NPS
Tuesday June 24, and there were no park service patrols in the
Tract last night. Since July 1998, there have only been three
enforcement contacts that resulted in the issuance of citations,
the two incidents this month. (Verbal warnings don't go into our
system.) National Park Service law enforcement officers are held
pretty high ethical standards, so all of our staff contacts
professional and courteous.
If you'd like to share a statement from our acting
McGuinness, you may use this: "Due to all the recent commotion,
park rangers are now more aware of the cultural reality of the
and will do their jobs with this in mind. However the guys using
public park lands need to be more aware of the legal and social
of managing a park." Sean plans to meet in person with the
leaders of the Pines and the Grove to discuss this and get their
for a positive outcome for all.
I'll be out of the office next week (after Monday), but you may
a call at 631-687-4753 if you want to discuss
anything more with
Thank you again for your support.
Paula S. Valentine
Fire Island National Seashore
120 Laurel Street, Patchogue NY 11772
631-687-4759, 631-774-0520 (cell)
ADDITIONAL STAFF AT FIRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE FOR
2008: NPS PATROLS EXPECTED TO INCREASE
With an increase in the budget
this year as part of the National Park Service Centennial
initiative, Fire Island National Seashore has been able to
increase the number of park rangers, lifeguards and
maintenance employees for 2008. This funding is allowing the
park to provide regular weekend lifeguard service for the
first time in many years at Barrett Beach. More
ranger-guided canoe tours are also being offered at Watch
Hill. Labor has been provided over the winter to resurface
the boardwalk at Sailors Haven with recycled lumber.
staffing has also allowed for an increase in patrols on
park lands. Park rangers who serve as federal law
enforcement officers are obligated to address
infractions when they are observed. In the case of
patrols through the Carrington Tract--the stretch of NPS
land between the communities of Cherry Grove and Fire
Island Pines that is locally referred to as the "Meat
Rack" or "Judy Garland Memorial Park"--an increase in
NPS presence can be expected due to the additional
seasonal and permanent staffing. Law Enforcement patrols
are undertaken to check for damages to park resources
and facilities. Rangers routinely check in on the
Carrington House, which has been boarded up until
funding or partners can be found to restore the
structure. Park rangers check for litter and vandalism,
and impacts to wildlife. Park rangers are also here to
provide firs aid and emergency medical services. But
when an illegal activity is encountered, they are
obligated to do their jobs as federal law enforcement
the case of recent incidents, law enforcement officers
on routine patrol along the trails through the
Carrington Tract happened upon displays of overt sexual
activity. The acts were apparently in public view of the
trail, where they could be observed by anyone walking
by. During the process of issuing a citation for
disorderly contact, officers also found what appears to
be a controlled substance in the possession of one
person. No arrests were made and the 5 subjects issued
citations do have the option of either paying a fine or
taking the charges to court.
National Park Service
administrators realize and recognize the importance of
the lands under their care. Many locations are highly
valued for their traditional uses. However, it must
always be realized that one should never have an
expectation of privacy in a public place, and Fire
Island National Seashore lands and beaches are public
places. While passive nudity is often passed by, overt
sexual activity is not ignored.
raids have been conducted, no populations have been
targeted, but federal law enforcement officers cannot be
expected to avoid their obligation to uphold existing
laws. Fire Island National Seashore is in the process of
developing a new general management plan (GMP). It is
through this process that existing regulations may be
reconsidered and inconsistencies may be resolved. But
until that time, please be mindful and respectful of
current laws and regulations, and the existing mission
of the National Park Service and Fire Island National
month of June 2008 is the eighth National Gay and
Lesbian Pride Month, and mutual respect is what it's all
I did find Ms Valentine very giving and even
kidded her when she told me that she was about to take a
vacation. (I asked her if she had made those plans
suddenly and she laughed.) She was amazed at the ruckus
these incidents had caused, but reminded that the bottom
line is: public sex Is illegal for everybody.
There was a purported meeting between
Cherry Grove Property Owners Association
Superintendent of the Fire Island national Seashore (FINS) Sean
some say in person and some say by phone.
An official statement on the meeting was never issued by either
party -- at
least we never received one. So I can't report on its outcome.
So many versions, all claiming to be the truth. As the old Japanese film
Rashomon philosophized: Truth is subjective; thus, all
truth is true. Intriguing theory; Frustrating in reality.
I did receive an email from the
original Cherry Grove complainant who stated:
I want to update your readers on the meatrack arrest
controversy...as accurately as I can in a sea of
Most importantly, the arrests and harassment appear to have
stopped as of June 26th, after about ten days.
In a meeting with property owners, acting Superintendent of
the Fire Island national Seashore (FINS), Sean McGuiness,
reportedly apologized for the incidents and blamed them on
newly hired rookies. He was quoted as saying "there were no
arrests" That is a serious obfuscation.
Choire Sicha reported in Radar Magazine:
"...Gay publications (including The Advocate, but also
Next and Edge) have happily
quoted the Department of the Interior's assertion that "no
arrests were made." This is parroted by Fire Island
residents with the sort of relief that any kind of denial
brings. Quick, to West's Encyclopedia of American
Law! "[T]he detention of a person need not be
accompanied by formal words of arrest or a station house
booking to constitute an arrest." If you are not free to
leave—for instance, if you are in handcuffs, and a federal
agent is searching your pockets—you are most
decidedly under arrest. So, for starters, it's a
shame that the National Park Service is lying and that gay
publications believe it."
I personally contacted FINS public affairs rep Paula
Valentine about the contradiction and first hand accounts of
people being handcuffed and detained. She replied that we
were using "differing terminology"....that by their
definition a suspect could be handcuffed and detained
without being considered "under arrest". I don't know about
you, but if I found myself handcuffed by a park ranger I
would definitely consider myself under arrest.
At any rate, I'm not looking for
villains here, and if the
issue is resolved, then we can all co-exist peacefully.
But it's clear that the changing face of our community...and
especially the introduction of families and children...is
creating some friction.
If I initiated some serious discussions on the subject then
I'm glad for that, even if I'm now seen by some as the
poster child for public fornication. My primary purpose was
to warn visitors that under our draconian laws, a single
misdemeaner conviction for public lewdness might ruin
carreers and subject one to a lifetime as a registered sex
My personal opinion is that responsible parents must
recognize the identity of this place as an adult gay resort.
Parents who take children skipping through the meat rack are
being careless. I have also seen small children in bars like
Cherry's and the Ice Palace. I'm not a prude, but that is a
cause for concern.
At the same time, we all share a responsibility to avoid
unwanted exposure to public lewdness. That means keeping it
in the bushes and out of sight. I'm told the rangers will
not go roaming through the brush looking for sex criminals.
That's what I call a reasoned compromise.
We can all get along and enjoy the summer without stepping
on each others' liberties. Everyone is welcome here...just
recognize and respect our core identity.
I want to thank many people who supported my brief
appearance as an activist on this issue. In this case, it
seems that a loud and immediate outcry produced quick and
effective results. Signed, D.J.
Ms Valentine added that Ranger patrols stay on
the trails. If they see anything illegal going on
they are bound by law to escort the offenders out of the
park and issue citations. So, go deeper into the bushes and do your thang where you can't be seen
from the trails. Bottom line is that public sex is
illegal for everybody. If they spot you "doing it" out
in the open they can arrest you.
Just when one thinks one can live with the
"answers," comes another bit of troubling information that muddies the
waters all over again.
by Katy Jordan, Boston
Monday, July 7, 2008 -- Frisky sun worshipers are
flocking to have sex on the beach in Provincetown - but are
sending horrified family vacationers packing, officials
Angry Cape Cod National Seashore officials said they are
cracking down on public sex acts along the picturesque
shoreline after the number of citations for public sex acts
more than tripled, from an average of 40 to 132 last year.
"This is not what we're interested in seeing," said George
Price, Superintendent of the National Seashore. "Over the
last couple of years, public (sex) acts like this have been
viewed by visitors."
Price said officials are baffled as to why the vacation
Mecca has suddenly become a hotbed of public sex for randy
"Laws and enforcement have not changed - it just seems to be
something that some people decided we want to see," Price
Complaints have included whale-watchers sailing past large
groups of nude men, and families stumbling upon people
engaged in sex acts on the pristine national shore that
attracts tens of thousands of vacationers from throughout
the world each year.
One complaint, issued in 2007, was from a New Jersey family
walking in the dunes who encountered couples and a large
group of men having "sex in the nude, including oral and
anal sex right out in the open," the Cape Cod Times reported
"The majority is gay, but we've had issues with hetero sex
as well. Families are upset and outraged," Price said.
He added that many gay community members are also appalled
about the recent surge in public sex, which is illegal under
federal and state laws and can incur heavy fines.
"It's really two issues, one is the nude sunbathing, which
has been around since the '70s and '80s, and that issue is
"But the issue that we're talking about today is public sex:
It's a seashore problem and it's a town problem," he said.
(Editor: Is the FINS attempting to "clean up" gay
areas at the request of straight families who are moving in
and trying to impose "family values" on us?)
What interests me most about this whole affair is the
passive reaction that our community has had to the controversy.
The original complainant told me that most Cherry Grovers
"advised" him not to make waves, ignore the problem and it
will go away. Considering our history, that is bizarre!
Cherry Grove promotes itself as a sex, drugs, rock 'n
roll kind of place where anything goes. When people take the
bait and come over here, I don't think it's fair to arrest
them for doing what they were invited here to do in the
first place. We must live up to our image or change it.
In 2002, the NY State Liquor Authority raided
Cherry's on the night that porn superstar
Ryan Idol (Photo right) was to appear.
I was doing a series or interviews on sex workers who
were appearing at the local club that summer and had
just finished our talk when at least ten (perhaps more)
SLA police barged into the bar, guarded the entrances so
that no one could leave and went backstage to talk to
the star. Things were very tense for a while, but they
finally left and the show went on. Needless to say, the
show was a tamer version of what it could have been.
Both gay and lesbian community members took credit
for contacting the SLA and prompting the raid. To this
day, I don't think some community members ever got over
it. . . .
June 25, 2008, a similar incident occurred at
Cherry's when police raided Go-Go Night at the club. I
wasn't present, but reports vary from "they stopped the
show and told everybody to leave" to "they just stopped
some behavior that they considered 'lewd' and left."
Competition between clubs is bitter this year and
one place or another is suspected of being responsible
for blowing the whistle on fellow business owners by calling the police. There have been other incidents of a
similar nature. Wow!
Will Don and Mel's
late-ish cocktail party spark a chic new trend?
On Saturday, June 28, there were so many shows and
parties going on that Don Robb
and Mel Rock
(photo above bottom left) had
a cocktail party at their home at 9 pm so as not to
compete with other events. It turned out to be a good hour
to have people in and might start a new trend. After dinner
After Mel and Don's party, we dropped by
Island Breeze to see how
their "pajama and lingerie" theme party was doing. We
didn't see anybody in their 'jammies' (unless you
consider jockstraps sleepwear. Woof!), but the place was
jumping. Fog machines created a "smokey" atmosphere,
go-go boys were dancing to the latest disco (read
loud) beat and the outdoor decks were jammed with
people who wanted to preserve what was left of their ear
drums. (Answer: Ever wonder why younger people are such
Answer: They're all going deaf!)
outside was very friendly and talkative and made a lot
of two old Nacho Men. The twinks
smelled money and paid particular attention to
Man. (He loved it!) They don't approach me very often,
because, when they do, I psyche them out by asking them
what their fathers look like. They hate that!
Here are some pics I took to remind us of the
night we were naughty and stayed out 'til almost midnight:
Shootin' the shit at The Breeze
of noisy bars with music so loud that you can't hear yourself
or other people talk? The Cozy
Bar on the ground floor of
Tides brings back the
good ol' tradition of a piano bar that offers good
conversation, background music, hefty cocktails, a
bartender who knows your name, people are friendly, and
you are encouraged to add your two cents to the topic
du soir. Cruising is also good here and there are
tables for two for more intimate chats. Try it!
When Top of
the Bay Bistro opened its doors under new
management in the old Top of the Bay Building, it was an
immediate success. It offered the opportunity to enjoy
great food in a more sophisticated atmosphere under
the former ownership of Amelia
Migliaccio and continues to do so under hosts
Justin Jones and
On Saturday, July 9, Top of the Bay
Bistro will host a Jazz Brunch
New Orleans style for the benefit of
The Island Repertory Theatre
Company. For a suggested minimum contribution,
you will enjoy cocktails, select from four delicious
dishes prepared by Chef Judy and staff and a dessert
course. You will also have the opportunity to meet
guests of honor New York State Assemblywoman
Ginny Fields and
Steven Fales, the star
of "Confessions of a Mormon
Boy" that is currently breaking box office
records at The Tides Playhouse.
The play is the first in Cherry Grove to offer weekday,
as well as weekend performances.
of a Mormon Boy" played to stand room only crowds last
week will offer five more performances July 9-23.
Wednesday and Sunday at 7 pm. Thursday, Friday and
Saturday at 8 pm. Island Rep box office, located on the
dock, in the Top of the Bay Bistro building, is open
from 11am to 3 pm on performance days. You can also
charge tickets by phone at 631 597-9439. You can also
buy tickets at
www.Ticketmania.com. Box office is also open
half-hour before the show, buy I wouldn't wait that long
to purchase them. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you
that all shows have, for far, been sold out by curtain
time. Last Saturday, we could have sold at least twice
as many as we did because there were no more seats
available. (Photo right: Steven Fales, who gives an
amazing performance in the play's title role.)
only have five more days to subscribe to Island Rep's
blockbuster summer theatre season that includes "Mormon
Boy," and the hilarious cult classic comedy "Sordid
Lives" by Del Shores.
As a bonus, subscribers will also
attend a performance of "The
Rarest of Bird",
a play by based on the life of actor
Montgomery Clift (photo left) playwright
John C. Wood. The drama
just finished a
well-received off-Broadway engagement
professional actor Omar Prince
who received rave reviews. The full production will be
offered August 22 and 23 free of charge to subscribers
only. Alternately Rep subscribers will have the
opportunity to attend a staged reading of a new play by
Tony Finstrom entitled
"Standing at the Gates of Janus"
, on Sunday, August 24. You can see three blockbuster
events for a very reasonable sixty dollars, but you have
to subscribe by Sunday, July 13. That's a saving of thirty
If you'd like your event mentioned here on ATGT, just e-mail info to
mailto:AsTheGroveTurnds@aol.com and you'll no doubt see it in
our next edition.
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THE 2008 INVASION OF
FIRE ISLAND PINES -- PART TWO
design by Mike Fisher,copyright, all
rights reserved, 2008.
The Cherry Grove Art Walk TM-2008
Copyright, 2008, Barbara Ann Levy
The Cherry Grove Art
Walk TM-2008 will be held this year on Friday , September 5-Sunday,
September 7th in Cherry Grove, NY on The Fire Island National
Seashore. Visitors and residents to this predominantly glbt summer
seasonal resort community will have the opportunity to view some of
the best emerging contemporary Fine Art from the NYC and Long Island
artist communities. They will be able to watch artist
demonstrations, listen to artists talk about their artwork , watch
and participate in performance art by local and national talent.
Artwork will be exhibited on decks and in quaint seaside homes.
Two Cherry Grove Art Walk tour guides will lead the way: Dan Evans,
Philadelphia art historian, artist, art critic and writer for The
Fire Island Tide and Peter Downes, Deputy Director of The
Stephen Tashjian aka Taboo and Fernando Campeneda represented by The
Leslie Lohman Foundation of NYC are lead artists for this walk. In
addition , Michael Fitzgerald, Albert Schweitzer, Jesse Ramos and
Camilla Fallon will participate as exhibitors in the walk.
Barbara Ann Levy-Founder of The Cherry Grove Art Walk TM
Barbara Ann Levy is the Founder and Coordinator of The Cherry Grove
Art Walk TM-2008 and is the Owner and President of The Barbara Ann
Levy Gallery, www.balgallery.com, an s-corporation in the state of
For nine years Ms Levy owned and managed two contemporary Fine Art
galleries located in storefronts in Cherry Grove, NY on The Fire
Island National Seashore and in the arts district in Chelsea, NYC,
NY. Chase Manhattan Bank gave her a small business loan, start-up
money. Gallery shows have received reviews from important critics
from major art publications such as Art In America, Art
News, Art On Paper, The New Yorker Magazine,
The New York Observer, The New York Times, The Village
Voice, Fire Island News and The Fire Island Tide.
It has shown the artwork of over 90 artists and has given
choreographers, writers and poets a place to showcase their work.
Barbara is an accomplished artist, painter and photographer in her
own right with an extensive art exhibition history, an arts educator
who has taught studio Fine Arts skills as well as trained Art
Therapy students in undergraduate and graduate college and
university programs nationwide at The School of Visual Arts, Pratt
Institute and Hofstra University in NY, Springfield College in
Massachusetts and recently for AHEC in Doral Florida. She is
licensed by the state of New York as a Creative Arts Therapist and
won the prestigious New York Art Therapy Association Pam Clark
Distinguished Service Award. She has worked with psychiatric
populations and substance abusers in recovery using art therapy as a
treatment modality. She has also conducted Grand Round lectures and
workshops on Art Therapy in hospitals in NYC and Brooklyn, NY.
Barbara has a deep and abiding commitment to support and nurture the
enrichment of the human spirit made manifest in ‘good works’,
transformative ones and in this case Fine Art. She has shown her
artwork in corporate settings and was invited by The Juvenile
Justice Department in NYC to donate her artwork to their permanent
collection. She has shown her art in non-profit artist run
organizations like Artist Space in NYC and in gallery settings like
The Jock Truman Gallery formerly in NYC.
Ms Levy believes that through art, the enrichment of humanity and
eventual individual and community self-realization is entirely
possible. She states, “Art creates community. It is a centering
device like a potter’s wheel in times of reorganization and
transformation. Just look at public art like The Vietnam Memorial in
Washington, DC or the recent on-site art project “The Gates” by
Christo in NYC. Through sharing experiences of art, viewers have
found they have something essential in common, their humanity and
are more alike than they are different. Art helps to organize people
and communities”. The act of viewing artwork with others is like the
tradition of “breaking bread” in communion and celebration.
PETER DOWNES-Deputy Director of The Brooklyn Museum
Peter Downes, a Long Island native, has been working for the past
five years at the Brooklyn Museum in the areas of Administration and
Peter served on the Advisory Board of All-City, an ongoing citywide
exhibition on the history of Graffiti Art and was one of the
founders of Island Repertory Theatre Company, a not-for-profit
theatre organization on Fire Island where he is also currently on
Peter graduated from The State University of New York, College at
Oneonta with a BS in Art History and attended City University of New
York where he received the MA in Art History.
DAN EVANS-Writer and Art Critic
Dan Evans taught Art History for over 34 years at Adelphi
University, Garden City, Long Island and Community College of
Philadelphia. During that time he gave numerous tours at the
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum
of the Univ. of Pennsylvania and many others. He also gave lectures
at The College Art Association, the Popular Culture Association on
many topics, ranging from the art of Frida Kahlo, Romare Bearden and
Jacob Lawrence, to the art of the North American Indians.
His art criticism has been printed in magazines and newspapers
including the Arts Exchange (Philadelphia) and The Fire
KAT CORIC, Artist and Instigator
Kat Coric (1969-) was born in Dubrovnik, Croatia and immigrated with
her family to Montreal, Quebec in 1974. She is a multidisciplinary
artist, creator, producer and art collector. Coric is recognized as
one of the few female, heterosexual artists to work within the
contemporary gay circuit party subculture as an activist and an
ardent supporter of LGBT rights. She represents an established and
ever growing faction of society where gays and straights mingle
together professionally and socially. A communicator and connector,
possessing a take-charge attitude and a reactionary nature, the
outspoken Coric refutes all labels except for one: Instigator.
Coric first gained notoriety while working at the BBCM Foundation /
Black & Blue Festival (1997-2002) as Director of Cultural
Programming. She produced original artistic events for the
foundation, fusing the arts with HIV AIDS awareness. She founded the
Black & Blue Festival Annual Art Auction (now in its 11th year), a
first of its kind for a circuit party.
Coric pioneered the BBCM Foundation Health Education Campaign – an
innovative, comprehensive program aimed at educating partygoers
about the dangers of recreational drugs. Coric also published a
bilingual informative pamphlet on the subject. As early as 1999
Coric warned the Montreal community about the dangers of crystal
meth, often using irony to get the urgent message across. A series
of posters she created featured Tina Turner urging gay men that
“She’s the only good Tina” and coined slogans like “Crystal is
better at Tiffany’s”. The posters were reproduced by the Heritage of
Pride organisation for Dance on the Pier during New York Gay Pride.
In 2005 Coric produced a short film; Leatherealla Against the Evil
Crystal Queen. The film was created to be seen in nightclubs and was
distributed to clubs and DJ’s around the world. In 2006 Coric
produced Montreal’s first Crystal Meth Community Forum.
Apart from working with the LGBT community, Coric has also paid
particular attention to educating youth, specifically in the field
of HIV Prevention. Together with her collaborators she has raised
impressive sums of money to support Quebec’s children and families
touched by HIV and she has led a movement to encourage prevention.
Her physical artwork is intrinsically linked with her life work;
thereby her creations are educational tools that advertise health
promotion. Considered one of North America’s leading activist
artists, she is often called upon as a respected health advocate and
has been the subject of numerous TV and print interviews. The
special events produced by Coric use a fresh approach and promote
social enrichment through art, while raising needed funds and
awareness for humanitarian and cultural causes.
Coric is produced a fundraising campaign for Art Workshop Lazareti
in her native Dubrovnik, where she had a solo exhibition in July
2008. Her future projects include: a new crystal meth public service
announcement and an autobiographical video about her art. Coric will
be speaking at the 1st Global Conference on Methamphetamine;
Science, Strategy and Response, in Prague, Czech Republic in
Kat Coric is represented by Arch & Company Fine Arts Ltd., Toronto.
Her work is in numerous public and private collections.
For more information please contact:
Media: Gael Nantel / Gael Force Winds Communications /
Art: Antonio Arch / Arch & Company Fine Arts /
STEPHEN TASHJIAN, “TABOO”-Artist and Performer
Stephen Tashjian , lead artist will exhibit a group of pop inspired
Cielo e Mar.
Stephen Tashjian is an American artist. His drag queen character
Tabboo! became known in the East Village underground scene of New
York City in the 1980s. He is also a puppeteer, painter and singer.
Tashjian attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
where he became friends with fellow students Nan Goldin and Jack
Pierson. He moved to New York's East Village in 1982 to pursue a
career as an artist, and became a regular performer at the Pyramid
Club, appearing next to other drag legends like Rupaul and Lady
Bunny. Tashjian also performed several times at the annual Wigstock
drag event, and appeared in Wigstock, The Movie, released in 1994.
Tashjian has painted murals on city buildings and exhibited his
paintings in many galleries internationally. Under the name Tabboo!
he designed flyers, record album covers and advertising for
underground venues. One of his better-known artworks is his graphic
design for the successful Deee-Lite "World Clique" album cover. The
curly lettering on the album cover became an iconic image for the
band and the rave culture of the early 1990s.
The photographer Nan Goldin included photographs of Tabboo! in
her books and he is featured on the cover of her book The Other Side
Tashjian continues to perform in New York and shows his paintings in
art shows, most notably a 2006 group show curated by Jack Pierson at
Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, featuring dozens of camp art piecs
from his private collection. The show featured works by Matthew
Barney, Nan Goldin, David Armstrong, Jack Pierson, and Mark
Tashjian's work has also been documented in the New Museum’s “East
Village Show” and New York University (NYU)/Grey Art Gallery’s
FERNANDO CARPENEDA, lead artist will exhibit his
controversial "gay dolls" and is represented by Leslie Lohmann
Gallery in NYC.
Fernando Carpaneda is an artist born in Brasília, Brazil. He works
with clay sculptures. His main theme has always been the human
being. He watches people in the streets, bars, concerts, and places
where people sell their bodies. Fernando makes portraits of rent
boys, punks, junkies, thieves and outcasts. Instead of attaching
himself to muses, he focuses on male nudes to compose his art
pieces, having the human being, the masculine, as the main goal in
his work. All his portraits are like a relic, a holy place, a moment
caught in time. He uses objects that have a connection to the
portrayed person to composing his work, such as cigarette butts,
condoms, beer cans, underwear, empty toothpaste boxes. In other
words, things that are part of these people's real world, and his
own. He uses such objects and remains as a beginning for his
portraits. Clay is used as technique. He uses it the same way it was
used in the 17th Century (for painting baroque saint images). He
even dresses his sculptures with cloth from his own clothes. He
creates and sews all the clothing that is used in the pieces. He
also includes human hair in some of the pieces, his own hair (this
was very often done in the 17th Century), and a current relic that
has its value in time, as to maintain a time, ordinary people who
lived it. Fernando writes about his pieces using street language as
a background, another urban element often used. His connection to
the artwork is important to any creative process. He believes that
the artist himself is a piece of art. He has been going to places
where the portrayed people use to go for the past 25 years.
In 2006 Fernando Carpaneda had one of his sculptures published in
the book Treasures of Gay Art, by The Leslie Lohman Gay Art
Foundation. The book shares the jubilation and the triumphant
arrival of The Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation. The new book, as
the unparalleled collection of conspicuously gay art debuts in print
for the first time. Designed and printed in Italy, the publication
was guided by renowned curator Peter Weiermair exclusively for The
Foundation. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, water colours,
photographs and prints from Jean Cocteau to Andy Warhol are
CRIMSON BOUDOIR-WRITER and PERFORMER
Crimson Boudoir is the director of The Boudoir Beauties, a campy
burlesque show that has received rave reviews from The Palm Beach
Post, most recently. She lives in NYC and West Palm Beach,
Florida. Crimson will read from her recent autobiographical sketches
at Beau Men.
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