WEST HOLLYWOOD - LOS ANGELES
EROTIC ART FAIR WEEKEND
OCTOBER 6, 7, AND 8, 2006
THREE MAJOR AWARDS
The stars will turn out as Michael Childers, Rod
McKuen and Harvey S. Shipley Miller are honored at the Foundation’s
Annual Awards Banquet.
This year, 2006, is an important one — for Tom and
for us at the Foundation — for we have seen Tom's work included
in the Museum
of Modern Art in New York, and it marks our 21st Anniversary.
The 12th Annual Tom of Finland Foundation Erotic Art Fair Weekend
will take place October 6, 7, and 8, 2006.
Opening festivities begin on Friday evening with
an Artist Reception at the Tom of Finland Foundation
Headquarters – that wonderful, energy-filled house where Tom himself
lived and created for over a decade of his life. The Reception
features the annual curation of the some 150 works gracing the
walls of the three-story arts and crafts building that has been
the home to the Foundation for the last 22 years. Hors d’oeuvres
and cocktails will be served.
Mix art, artists and a place to indulge in the fine culinary creations
of master chef and artist extraordinaire Mr. Michael Kirwan –
and you have fresh and tarty conversations amongst the California
gardens and filtered lighting that always entices its visitors
to stay for just for a bit longer.
The Erotic Art Fair, is open both Saturday
and Sunday, in West Hollywood’s Plummer Park.
We expect up to 85 artist booths in this fall’s gathering, thanks
in part to a larger venue at Fiesta Hall – a restored 1930’s California
Mission exhibition and meeting hall.
When the Foundation presented the first Fair in 1995, it was the
only event of its kind, and it continues to be one of the largest
events in the world dedicated to providing erotic artists an opportunity
to showcase and sell their work to the public. Artists from all
over the United States and from several foreign countries will
be exhibiting. Virtually every medium is represented: painting,
drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed media, and digital work.
The Foundation strives to include art representing all genders
and sexual orientations.
The Weekend serves as a fundraising event for the Foundation,
and provides a unique opportunity for erotic artists from around
the world to display and sell their work to the public. The educational
value of the Fairs is enormous: for many, artists and public alike,
the Fairs provide the only venue in which erotic art can be displayed,
enjoyed, and purchased.
This year the Fair will include an exhibit on
some of the many artists whose careers the Foundation has boosted
in its first 22 years. On both Saturday and Sunday afternoons,
we hold panel discussions on erotic art with
top experts in the field. Adding a great backdrop to the Fair’s
ambience are our ever-popular life drawing workshops.
All three features are included with admission to the Fair.
We are pleased to announce our co-sponsors whose aid and support
help make this event possible: the City of West Hollywood; the
City of West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission; the
City of West Hollywood Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board; the Consulate
General of Finland in Los Angeles; and the West Hollywood Convention
and Visitors Bureau. We also salute Frontiers Magazine, MJ’s Dance
Bar, and Smirnoff for their support.
year's Award Winners announced!
The Tom of Finland
Foundation has announced the recipients of its three major annual
awards. The awards, acrylic sculptures designed by artist Philip
Hitchcock, will be presented at the Foundation’s annual Awards
Banquet, to be held on Saturday, October 7, 2006, at the Wyndham
Bel Age Hotel in West Hollywood. The Banquet is part of the Foundation's
Annual West Hollywood - Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair Weekend.
The Foundation will
bestow the Cultural Icon Award on Rod
McKuen. With over 200 albums recorded, including 63 that
went gold and platinum, Rod McKuen's music is a familiar part
of our lives. His three dozen books of poetry have sold over 65
million copies, making him one of the most widely read poets of
include heavy metal rocker Rob Halford; author and filmmaker Clive
Barker; social critic Camille Paglia; and activist and artist
Achievement Award will be presented to Harvey S. Shipley
Miller. He has devoted his talents towards the arts with an extensive
career as a foundation trustee and philanthropist. MORE...
Previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include
Hugh Hefner; Larry Flynt; Benedikt Taschen; Durk Dehner; Charles
Leslie and Frederic Lohman; and Edward Lucie-Smith.
This year our Board
is acknowledging, by inducting Michael Childers
into our Artist Hall of Fame, his many contributions
to our culture, including his remarkable photography career
in the entertainment industry, his tireless fundraising efforts
and his advancement of erotic art with his books Hollywood
Voyeur and the upcoming Liquid Dreams. This
award was created to honor someone whose artistic achievements
have been exemplary throughout their lifetime. MORE...
to the Hall of Fame include H. R. Giger; Bill Schmelling aka The
Hun; Michael Kirwan; Pierre et Gilles; and, posthumously, Tom
of Finland and Herb Ritts.
Rundown of Events:
8:00 - 11:00 PM
Artists Reception at The Tom of Finland House
1421 Laveta Terrace, Echo Park, CA 90026
Admission: General Public $10, Foundation Members $8
1:00 - 7:00 PM
Erotic Art Fair
Fiesta Hall at Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Admission: General Public $10, Foundation Members $8 (good for
Panel Discussion (subject to be announced)
Fiesta Hall, Plummer Park (admission included in Fair entrance)
Tom of Finland Foundation Awards Banquet
Presentation of Lifetime Achievement, Cultural Icon, and Erotic
Artist Hall of Fame Awards.
Wyndham Bel Age Hotel, 1020 North San Vicente Boulevard, West
Admission: General Public $55, Foundation Members $45.
(Advance Reservations Required. Call Foundation at 213.250.1685)
12:00 - 6:00 PM
Erotic Art Fair
Fiesta Hall at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, West
Admission: General Public $10, Foundation Members $8.
Panel Discussion (subject to be announced)
Fiesta Hall at Plummer Park (admission included in Fair entrance).
For updated information,
High resolution versions of the image at the top of this
page, Tom of Finland, and samples from artists attending the fair,
suitable for print and website usage, are available here.)
public link to this event.
Fair Weekend Press Contact: Jay Jorgensen
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two decades of dedication to
protecting, preserving and promoting erotic art