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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
September 28 - 30, 2012
West Hollywood / Los Angeles, CA

 

TOM  OF  FINLAND  FOUNDATION
presents the:
17th Annual
West Hollywood — Los Angeles
EROTIC ART
FAIR WEEKEND

Over A Quarter Century Of Dedication
To Protecting, Preserving And Promoting Erotic Art

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

Artists Reception Friday Evening
Art Fair on Saturday & Sunday

SAMPLES OF ART FROM THE ARTISTS ATTENDING
Popular favorites and up-and-cummers

Strap on your happy-hats, because the BIGGEST, best Tom of Finland Erotic Art Fair Weekend is coming your way on the 28th, 29th and 30th of September, 2012, and this year we are putting the EROTIC back into the Weekend.

Artists from Around the World:
Sculpture, Photography, Paintings, Sketches, Digital Renderings and more.
Male & Female works of art on display and for sale.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover credit cards will be accepted.

Artist Reception Friday!

The WHLA EAFW kicks off with a public reception 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 Tom’s attic studio along with the rest of the three floors of this early 20th century residence / museum.

 

Life Drawing and Photography!

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

 

Tom of Finland: Life and Work of a Gay Hero

The American launch of the new anthology, Tom of Finland: Life and Work of a Gay Hero, will take place at the West Hollywood Ė Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair Weekend.

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

Patrons may purchase a copy and the authors, F.Valentine Hooven, III, Durk Dehner and S.R. Sharp, will be there both days to discuss and personally autograph the book.

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!

Your Host: "Pete 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!

Symposiums Both Days!

Saturday, September 29, 2012, 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



Sunday, September 30, 2012, 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

Spinning the tunes: DJ RocketManLA, with over 90,000 songs!

Rod also keeps the tunes spinning at our monthly drawing workshops

EROS CAFÉ
Beer, Wine and Snacks!

This year we expect to have beer and wine available on the premises, so we will have to enforce a strict 21 and over policy. Smoking lounge.

TOM's Club!
Saturday 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM

As an added 10 and 1/2 inch bonus, our good buddies Tom and David of Ass-Bust fame (and the fine proprietors of Studio Servitu), are teaming up to put on TOM’s Club – a big, throbbing private, play party intended to inspire action in the deepest depths of your inner artists. Produced by Inner Touch Hands.

For men 21 years and over: a Full BDSM Playroom – St. Andrews Crosses, Slings, Suspension Rig, P-tub, and dark corners everywhere. Clothes Check, DJ Video and Beverage Bar. Paid admissions receive a one-year membership to Tom of Finland Foundation. Condoms, Gloves, and Pads provided. Secure Parking.

Tickets for this event.

Image: TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1983, Marker on paper, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection #83.25, © 1983 Tom of Finland Foundation

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


The Weekend provides a unique opportunity for artists from around the world to display and sell their erotic work to the public. Every medium is welcomed — painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed media and digital work. The Foundation’s staff curates the Fair to ensure a variety of styles and media and strives to include work representing all genders and sexual orientations.

Art is an integral part of Gay culture. Change INSPIRES.


Our Erotic Heritage

Erotic art has been an essential part of being gay for the past 30 plus years. One of the main elements of what makes the homo community so special and unique is that our sexuality has brought us together ó and it is what makes us stand apart. Tom of Finland Foundation events foster the continuation of this value that is vital to the preservation of our tribe.

Bring your friends, neighbors and associates to the Erotic Art Fair. What we create is at the cultural core of our community of queers. Be inspired by the creativity. Be a mentor and share our glory.

— Durk Dehner, President & Cofounder, ToFF

Our contributions in the arts have shaped greater society more than we are given credit for — Gay men and women gave society style, aesthetics, and glamour. And it was through art that our community was given identity and pride.

— Exquisite Woo, Odyssey, Vol. 16 Issue 10, Sept. 2012


Currently Planned Schedule of Events and Venues

Friday
September 28, 2012

TOM House
(Map)
1421 Laveta Terrace,
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(Echo Park)


  8:00 - 11:00 PM
ARTIST RECEPTION
A casual meet and greet for artists and art aficionados. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

Donation: $10 general public, $8 non-fair artists and Foundation members.

Saturday
September 29, 2012

Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park
(Map)

7377 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, California 90046


 

1:00 - 7:00 PM
FAIR IS OPEN!
Life drawing and photography.

Opening Ceremonies: 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

Symposium 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

Donation: $10 general public, $8 non-fair artists and Foundation members. Admission good for both Saturday and Sunday!

Saturday
September 29, 2012


 

9:00 PM - 2:00 AM
TOM's Club!
Tickets $35

A big, throbbing private, men's play party intended to inspire action in the deepest depths of your inner artists.

Check out more here!


Sunday
September 30, 2012

Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park
(Map)

7377 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, California 90046

 

Noon - 6:00 PM
FAIR IS OPEN!
Life drawing and photography.

Symposium 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

Donation: $10 general public, $8 non-fair artists and Foundation members. Admission good for both Saturday and Sunday!

The Foundation has produced Erotic Art Fairs in Los Angeles since 1995.



TRAFFIC ALERT:

Drivers beware! Construction work on a 10 mile stretch of the 405 Freeway is expected to create traffic during the weekend of the West Hollywood Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair Weekend.

The LA Times reports: “The 405 Freeway is expected to be closed for 53 hours starting Sept. 29 while crews expand the Mulholland Drive bridge, which spans the freeway through the Sepulveda Pass, shutting down a 10-mile stretch of freeway in what is expected to be a sequel to last year’s shutdown, dubbed ‘Carmageddon.’”

The freeway will start closing at 7 PM on Sept. 28 and stay closed throughout the weekend, reopening on Monday, Oct. 1.

Please plan ahead to allow for the expected traffic congestion!




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