Friday, June 7, 2013

UNO St. Claude Gallery and Ashé Cultural Center to Exhibit "True Colors"

Mosquito MuertoMosquito Muerto, a mixed media work by Keith Perelli, will be on display in “True Colors,” an LGBTQ exhibit opening this month at the UNO St. Claude Gallery.

The University of New Orleans St. Claude Gallery and Ashé Cultural Center announce the exhibit "True Colors," which will feature works by both emerging and established Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning artists, as well works by other artists that openly assert LGBTQ subjects in their art. The exhibition opens this month.

UNO Master of Fine Arts alumni Holis Hannan and Maxx Sizeler curated the show, said Kathy Rodriguez, UNO Fine Arts Instructor and director of the UNO St. Claude Gallery.The artworks are in a variety of media, including photographs, paintings, works on paper, film, sculpture and installation, to communicate themes that emerge from each color of the original Pride flag: sexuality, life, healing, sunlight, nature, magic, art, serenity, harmony and spirit.

The UNO St. Claude Gallery will hold a performance and film screening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Ave. The exhibition will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 21 in conjunction with New Orleans Pride Festival.

This show includes works by UNO M.F.A. alumni Keith Perelli, Jason Derouin, Summer Winston, and the late Robin Pellegrin, Rodriguez said. UNO B.A. graduate Veronica Ali will be featured, as will nationally and internationally renowned artists.

The exhibition will be open from 12 to 5 p.m. June 22-23 and June 29-30. UNO's student LGBTQ organization, Unity, is assisting with the exhibition.

Work from "True Colors" will also be exhibited from June 17-28 at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, located at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Ashé will also host a screening of the ITVS film Love Free or Die on June 21 in conjunction with the exhibition.

A closing event will also be held at Ashé Cultural Arts Center. Details have not yet been announced.


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