DISPATCH AUTUMN 2003
The first two life Drawing Workshops are over, but there are more coming up! The next one is scheduled for October 19, 2003 at the Foundation headquarters. There's quite a difference between sketching from photographs and a live model, or two. Find out what it is! Contact: Joe Hilton 323.851.7720 Ext. 2 and see our Events Page.
Our Salon Nights — informal gatherings of artists and art lovers — have been well attended, and more are planned for the future. Share favorites from your collection and see what others are collecting — numerous works may never be publicly viewed again. Watch our website for the latest information — and be sure to sign up for the Dispatch E-news!
It was great to see so many people show up at our booth last June for Erotic City, part of L.A. Pride 2003. Artist demonstrations, a video presentation, an exhibit about Tom of Finland, and the introduction of the new Tom Action Figure entertained and enlightened attendees. It was so much fun, we're planning to go there again.
Speaking of fun, The Seamen and Commanders' Cocktail Party — also in June — was a great mixer. Greeting old friends and making new ones are all a part of the Tom tradition. Plan on joining us at the next one!
"man, erotic", on display last summer, was the first exhibition the Foundation held in collaboration with 665 Leather & Fetish Company at their shop in West Hollywood. Look for more shows in the future.
the foundation board of directors
The Board of Directors of the Tom of Finland Foundation announces that on September 1st, Durk Dehner, who co-founded the Tom of Finland Foundation in 1984 — and has served as its president ever since — has stepped down as President. The Board has elected Dan Berkowitz to succeed him.
"Tom [of Finland] and I started the Foundation almost twenty years ago — and we've had a number of people serve on the Board — but I was always elected president," said Dehner. "It's been wonderful, and I've enjoyed it tremendously, but as we approach our twentieth year, I thought it was time to give someone else the responsibility. Dan's worked with the Foundation for several years, as a Board member, as coordinator of volunteers, and helping me organize the Los Angeles and New York Art Fairs, and everyone on the Board felt he'd be a good choice."
Durk will continue on as Director of the Foundation and makes its clear he will continue helping the Foundation pursue its goals. "I'm not going away," he laughs. "I'm still on the Board, and am still going to be at the Foundation every day, and am going to be working just as hard on all our events. But with Dan taking over a lot of the administrative duties, I can concentrate more directly on coming up with new opportunities for this ever-growing institution."
Berkowitz is a writer-producer for stage and television and has produced a number of pilots and documentaries through his own production company. Among his writings are musical revues and an award-nominated musical. He is a former Board Chair of two theaters and a Board member of a respected film and video organization. He is a current Board member of the Gay and Lesbian Ivy Network of Southern California, and the Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board of the City of West Hollywood.
The Board is also pleased to announce Daniel Babcock as the Foundation's new Office Manager and Secretary to the Board of Directors. Dan Babcock has studied Fine Arts and has been associated with Tom of Finland for over eight years. We welcome him to his new position and all he brings with him.
Mike Goldie is a longtime Board member and was elected Chief Financial Officer. Goldie is a Santa Monica businessman and has contributed in enormous ways to the Foundation. He is ever-present and dedicated to the future of our organization.
Board members Cliff Benjamin, gallery owner and collector, Luke Daniel, educator and realtor, and Sharp, film production and former municipal gallery manager, are committed to the new Board and to the Foundation that has been able to do so much for so many over the years. All members of the Board, and Foundation staff, are always available to hear your comments and suggestions. Please help us make this the best year ever!
the foundation thanks...
...the following individuals and organizations for their generous contributions:
Augie Avarez, Robert Crane, Neil Bruce, Greg Day, Mark Durham, Lewis Elliott, Sharon Furman, Michael John Horne, Ross Johnston, Jay Jorgensen, Daniel Perry, Jaynee A. Levy-Polis, Hugh Rosen, the John Scott estate, Kenya Shimizu, Raymond Staley, Ted D. Stricklin, Alann deVuyst, and Carolyn Weltman.
The Foundation is saddened to announce the passing of Frances Turner on July 17, 2003. Frances was a brilliant artistic light in the world of erotic art. She is survived by Peter, her partner.