Artist Reception & Talk: Vladimir Rios and Lester Blum

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"Theatrical, extravagant and, one might say, not for the faint of heart, the photographs on display in a new exhibit at The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown also have a heart of gold, with a goal to help educate a younger generation about what people experienced during the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic."  The Morning Call

The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents Warrior of Hope and I Still Remember, photographic narratives created by Vladimir Rios and photographed by Lester Blum.

Warrior of Hope and I Still Remember were both created to focus mainly on HIV/AIDS.

Warrior of Hope was created with a specific vision.  While the Warrior offers hope to all against inequality and injustice, his primary focus is to honor those who fought the HIV/AIDS battle and lost as well as offer solace to those currently fighting the war with hope for a time when the ravages of the disease will be eradicated from the earth. The exhibit has previously been exhibited at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, the SAGE Center Midtown NYC, The Pride Center of Staten Island, and The Center on 4th in Santa Ana, CA. 

I Still Remember is an epic, compelling photographic narrative which tells a powerful and moving story of the quest for love, devastation, and remembrance.  The story is a fictionalized compilation of the lifestyle of many gay men of the 1980's/into the early 1990’s.  The exhibit commemorates those who have passed from HIV/AIDS related causes and to help educate a younger generation about the early years of the disease. The exhibit has previously been exhibited at the LGBTQ Center in Durham, NC, The Pride Center of Staten Island, and the SAGE Center Midtown NYC. 

Learn more about “I Still Remember,” “Warrior of Hope,” and Lester Blum’s photography work at www.lesterblumphotography.com.

The two exhibits are curated by Deborah Rabinsky and will be on display from June 28 through July 30, 2017 with the artist reception on July 20th from 6-8pm. Dessert for this reception will be provided by Whole Foods Market. 

The artist reception is a sober social event. No alcohol will be served.

 

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WHEN
July 20, 2017 at 6pm - 8pm
WHERE
The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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