e-news #126 october 1, 2011
Over A Quarter Century Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting Erotic Art  

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events & exhibitions

November 7 -
December 23, 2011

Antebellum Gallery

Tom of Finland:
Public and Private

Never-before-seen collages, photography and drawings by Tom of Finland.


Los Angeles, CA

October 9, 2011

presents a:
Life Drawing Workshop

Beginner? Professional? All are welcome.
RSVP and bring your sketch pad!


Los Angeles, CA

October 2, 2011

City of West Hollywood
presents the:
Tenth Annual
West Hollywood Book Fair

will be participating


Los Angeles, CA

October 1, 2011 -
May 31, 2012

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

Cruising the Archive:

Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles 1945 - 1980

Cruising the Archive presents artworks
by both established and unknown artists.


Los Angeles, CA

November 1 - 30, 2011

Homotopia 2011

Cruising for Art
A Festival

Homotopia 2011 is back and
Cruising For Art
in and around Liverpool.


Liverpool, England
See our full listing on the Foundation's Events Page!

World of Tom of Finland

TOM's Blog


foundation announcements


Tip's of the Hat and Odds & Ends:

TOM's Club visits exhibition in Turku.

TOM's Club, MSC Finland, is a fetish club for leather, rubber and biker guys and is now celebrating their 35th year. The Club is shown here visiting Tom of Finland, in Turku, Finland, a retrospective look into the world-famous works of Tom of Finland. The exhibition is up till the 18th of December, 2011.

Alongside Tove Jansson, the creator of the the Moomin characters, Tom of Finland is the most internationally renowned Finnish graphic artist, but in Finland remained mostly unknown outside the gay subculture during his life.

Tom of Finland on Muumien luojan Tove Janssonin ohella kansainvälisesti tunnetuin suomalainen kuvataiteilija.


Photo: JayPG

An open letter to Mr. S Leathers re: Folsom Street Fair 2011

My Good Richard and Jonathan,

What can I say? A fantastic time was had by all at this year’s Folsom Street Fair. Everyone here at Tom of Finland Foundation owes you our thanks.

Over the course of 8 hours, we talked to more than 400 people, and received more than 300 new names for our monthly email newsletter concerning erotic art exhibitions and opportunities from around the world.

Thank you for helping protect, preserve and promote the erotic arts, and for recognizing the value contained therein. We look forward to working with Brian on your project, and again, you have our heartfelt thanks and appreciation.

Only the best,

Bo Tobin
ToFF Fundraising Coordinator

More Thanks...

And More Photos from JayPG


Sandra Whitehead

"TOM of FINLAND: Original Drawings" – phd gallery – St. Louis

Thank you to everyone who visited this important exhibition and donated to Tom of Finland Foundation.

"The abstract, especially in those rough sketches, is very important to me, perhaps because of my advertising background, where layout is so important. Sometimes those first few lines cut the paper into such satisfying shapes that I don't want to go on, but I always do, adding nostrils and nipples and bootstraps until I have filled the paper up as usual." -- Tom of Finland

Works available by Tom of Finland.


Dino Garcia

Dino had a birthday and ToFF got a gift!

Happy Birthday, Dino Garcia, and thank you for giving to Tom of Finland Foundation.

On Friday, September 16, Dino hosted a birthday bash at Pistons bar in Long Beach, California.

A Hot n Kinky night. In lieu of gifts for himself, the birthday boy suggested donations to ToFF and United Fetishists, Long Beach.

If YOU would like to do something for TOM where you live, please contact the Foundation's Fundraising Coordinator, Bo Tobin, at Bo@TomOfFinlandFoundation.org.


The Long Beach Erotic Art Show was hosted
by JayPG

Larry Kephart

Long Beach Erotic Art Show – People Make It Possible

We want to thank the artists who give us so much and who gave it all for this Show: Axel, Belasco, Jenny Wrenn, Michael Kirwan, Steve MacIssac, Steven H. Garcia and Sean Platter.

Thanks to Miguel Angel Reyes who conducts artistry. SOLD OUT Clothing gave us one smart and sexy experience. Anthony Coretz creates and entertains. JayPG Photography, your host. Brad Taylor, MC par excellence. Pistons, a "home" in Long Beach. Give it up for them!

ToFF Volunteers rule – every one of them. Mucho thanks to Tom and Steve who came out from Florida and busted ass, and our friends here who never fail.

Art makes our lives fuller. Giving back makes our lives richer. People make it possible.

Larry Kephart, you are a HUGE supporter of art and artists, we thank you for that, AND we thank you for taking these photos.

art news

Berkeley Art Museum accepts TOM gift
From Feature Inc. and Tom of Finland Foundation.

(Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Preliminary for drawing #78.18),
1978, Graphite on paper, 11.75" x 8.75", ToFF #0578,
© 1978 Tom of Finland Foundation

"The Board of Trustees met on September 13th and accepted with gratitude your generous gift of a Tom of Finland drawing from Feature Inc. and Tom of Finland Foundation.. We are pleased to add this work to the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum's collection, where it can be viewed by our students and faculty, and by the general public". -- Lawrence Rinder, BAM Director

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley and is one of the largest university art museums in the United States. Its mission is to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film.

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