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TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION

MEMBERS OF THE PRESS ARE
CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND


XAVIER GICQUEL
(French, 1965- )
Pin-up Tom of Finland, 2008

THE 17TH ANNUAL
WEST HOLLYWOOD - LOS ANGELES
EROTIC ART FAIR WEEKEND
SEPTEMBER 28, 29 and 30, 2011

If you or a colleague are in the Los Angeles, California area this weekend you are welcome to attend our Artists Reception and Erotic Art Fair. Your press credentials are the only passport needed to experience three days of fascination at the world's longest running annual erotic art fair.

“There are very few communities in America where erotic art can be displayed in such a way that the community is supportive of that presentation. And the City of West Hollywood is one of those places where we are not afraid of human sexuality.” – John J. Duran, West Hollywood Councilmember

Here are some of the highlights of this year's highly anticipated Fair:

Artists Reception
Friday, September 28, 8:00 - 11:00 PM

The WHLA EAFW kicks off with a public reception for artists, collectors and all who enjoy art at the House Tom called home when he lived in the United States. ToFF will have many new works from its Permanent Collection on exhibit throughout the House for this opening. It is also an opportunity to visit Tom’s attic studio along with the rest of the three floors of this early 20th century residence / museum. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.


Opening Ceremony
Saturday, September 29, 2:30 PM

The Honorable Jeffrey Prang, Mayor of the City of West Hollywood
The Honorable Kirsti Westphalen, Consul General of Finland
Durk Dehner, President and Cofounder Tom of Finland Foundation
and Pete Finland, ToFF Advisory Board Member


Tom of Finland: Life and Work of a Gay Hero
Contributors to this new book — published by Bruno Gmünder — will be at the Fair.

The American launch of the new anthology, Tom of Finland: Life and Work of a Gay Hero, will take place this weekend.

The book chronicles Tom’s life with never-before-seen photographs from his childhood. It also features some of Tom’s rare works, and quite a few images long-believed to be missing or lost.

Copies will be available for patrons to purchase. The authors — F.Valentine Hooven, III, Durk Dehner and S.R. Sharp — will be there both days to discuss and personally autograph the book. Join Valentine and Sharp at the Symposium.


Symposium
Saturday, September 29, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

The Making of a “Gay Hero”
Contributors to the new anthology from Bruno Gmünder
SPEAKERS: F. Valentine Hooven, III and S. R. Sharp


Symposium
Sunday, September 30, 3:00 - 4:30 PM

From Segment to Supreme: Bent-Con Comes of Age
LGBT interest in comic books, movies and games.
SPEAKERS: Jody Wheeler and Sean Holman


Life Drawing and Photography!
Both Days At the Fair

Life Drawing and Photography each afternoon. Different models both days! Enjoy viewing the human form — no additional charge. So bring along your art materials or camera and sharpen your skills.

Miguel Angel Reyes, coordinator.


Your Host: "Pete of Finland"

ToFF Advisory Board Member, Pete Karjalainen, is a man of the world. He represents us in every corner of the globe.

Of course he has scheduled his travels so he can be part of our Fair!


EROS CAFÉ

Beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks and sandwiches, plus a smoking lounge!


Enjoy West Hollywood!

Enjoy West Hollywood and all it has to offer — including host hotels, special discounts, bars and clubs, and tips on getting the most out of L.A.! An Official Sponsor of the Erotic Art Fair Weekend. Click on the logo to the left to discover West Hollywood!


Accommodations

Ramada Plaza West Hollywood
8585 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: 310.652.6400 Toll Free: 800.845.8585
Fax: 310.652.4207

The Official Host Hotel for the Erotic Art Fair Weekend.
E-mail them and mention "Tom of Finland Art Fair" for discount.

Rates are based on availability
http://www.ramadaweho.com
Email: info@ramadaweho.com



WE HOPE YOU CAN ACCEPT OUR INVITATION

You are just a click away from more details about the Fair
including maps to our two venues.



West Hollywood - Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair Weekend

Presented by the City of West Hollywood and Tom of Finland Foundation

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For further information contact
S. R. Sharp, V.P. and Media Coordinator
Sharp@TomOfFinland.org
Phone: 213.250.1685
Previous Press Releases are available here

September 27, 2012

T O M   O F  F I N L A N D   F O U N D A T I O N

Over A Quarter Century of Dedication
to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting Erotic Art

website: www.TomOfFinlandFoundation.org

1421 laveta terrace
p.o. box 26658
los angeles, ca 90026
phone 213.250.1685
fax 213.481.2092

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