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MARCH 25, 26 AND 27, 2011

It's Official.
Plan to join us.
The City of West Hollywood
supports the Fair.

The 16th annual Tom of Finland Foundation West Hollywood / Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair Weekend (WHLA EAFW) will take place March 25 - 27, 2011.

The WHLA EAFW provides locals and visitors a weekend full of activities. It kicks off on Friday night (8:00 - 11:00 PM) with a public reception at Foundation HQ — TOM House in Echo Park — for artists, collectors and all who enjoy art. 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 Tomís attic studio along with the rest of the three floors of this early 20th century residence / museum.

The Erotic Art Fair is open both Saturday (1:00 - 7:00 PM) and Sunday (12:00 - 6:00 PM) in West Hollywood Parkís auditorium. On both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, panel discussions and life drawing demos — with artists and models — will be featured at the Fair.

The Weekend provides a unique opportunity for artists from around the world to display and sell their work to the public. The educational value of the Fairs is enormous. The Foundationís staff curates the Fair to ensure a variety of styles and media.

The 2011 Erotic Art Fair expects to host more than 45 artists from around the globe. Virtually every medium is represented ó painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed media and digital work. The Foundation strives to include work representing all genders and sexual orientations. When the Foundation presented the first Fair in 1995, it was the only event of its kind; the Fair continues to be one of the largest events in the world dedicated to providing erotic artists an opportunity to showcase their work.

The 16th Annual West Hollywood / Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair Weekend is sponsored by:
   • The City of West Hollywood
   • The City of West Hollywood Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board
   • West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau
   • Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles
   • Los Angeles Leather Coalition &
     Mr. LA Leather 2011 Fallen Angels &
     Southland Honors
   • Los Angeles Band of Brothers
   • Ramada Plaza Hotel West Hollywood
   • World of Tom of Finland
   • Frontiers News Magazine

   • The Leather Journal
   • Instigator Magazine
   • Odyssey Magazine
   • 665 Leather & Fetish Company

Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) has been a nonprofit Educational Archive for the Gay community for over a quarter century and is very proud to have the City of West Hollywood as Co-sponsor. Earlier this year, the Cityís Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission voted not to be a sponsor the 2011 Fair, unlike it had previously for several years. This decision sparked controversy, and resulted in an extraordinary outpouring of support for the Foundation and the Fair from the community and from members of the City government. ToFF thanks the Honorable John Heilman, Mayor of West Hollwood, John Duran, Mayor Pro Tempore and all Councilmembers for their support since 2003, and for their inspiring words this year. A special thanks goes to Paul Arevalo, City Manager, for his involvement.

The Foundation also thanks Louie Pacheco, Mike Gerle, Sister Unity, Tom Trafelet, Daddy Bo and slavegirl debbie, George Scileppi, Will Hildreth, Jacob Prieto and Jim Boyle, Dan Berkowitz, Ivy Bottini, Ken Hurst, David Keith Webster, Philip Hoskins, Steve Ganzell and Desiree Sol for their enormous support.

We invite those with a website presence to link to our public information page for the Fair here. Press quality images are available upon request.

For further information, email:
Phone: 213.250.1685
Previous Press Releases are available here

February 11, 2011
Updated February 20, 2011 to reflect additional sponsors

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 Dedicated to Protecting,
Preserving and Promoting Erotic Art


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