I'll be in Austin this weekend to visit Women and Their Work.
If you are interested in submitting for to them, go to their site. I believe they're accepting proposals until March 30!
Because of this, I'll be missing two openings that I'm very very excited about!
SO I WANT TO SHARE THEM WITH YOU!
Photographer Jessica Alvarenga shares her collection, Southern Queers at Siphon Coffee.
Check it out Saturday, 7-9pm as part of FotoFest.
See more of her work here: http://jessofelia.com/jessofelia.com/
RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/117578369021041/
I'm also excited to feature some of my own works (jewelry) in Jessica's photographs.
She is an inspiring advocate and artist who is doing incredible work, not just for her but also for the people she works with.
SIDE NOTE: It's important to keep pushing for acceptance, and by helping to highlight our queer friends, we create visibility. It isn't to push our "gay agenda" on anyone. It is to gain acceptance for our LGBTQIA family, and to reach out to younger and older persons who may not share the same values as us. Without making work like this, we cannot help educate the public. The most important reason to share this sort of work is help save lives. And that may seem like a stretch, and many people are absolutely more accepting of us since in 2018, but there are still so many parts of the world, including the US, where suicide rates among LGBTQIA people are extremely high, where people are ostracized, beaten, and killed for their sexuality. I am in a place in my life where I crave openness and learning, and I believe that it is important for us and future generations to talk about taboos, so that we create more openness and acceptance.
Also, just go see the photos because they're really great!