Strut Art Opening - “Hand to Hand” by Katie Morton1530932400000

The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of local and international gay or queer artists once a month for over 14 years. It has always been an important part of Magnet. We are excited to announce that for the month of July, we are exhibiting the work of Katie Morton in their show titled “Hand to Hand.”

My work has always been about fear, confinement, and the emotional and physical violence of society. I am a queer artist, but for many years I have been making paintings about my physical surroundings, too afraid to make personal art about my queer experience. I was scared to make images of powerful naked bodies, of violent sexuality, of sexual violence. I was scared that my parents would see. Or that my extended family would see. Or that my friends would see. Or that anyone would see. I was scared to tell people that I had sex with women, had relationships with women. I didn’t know what would happen, but I was scared. Too scared to make that art. This past year, I have finally started a series of work about the in-the-closet relationships that shaped who I am today. My recent drawings explore loss, sexuality, and identity, often through feminist reinterpretations of canonical mythology and through dark humor. This series of work is part of my struggle to achieve honesty and authenticity in a world that is hostile to my reality. Rather than keep my work separate from my gender identity and queer relationships, I’m pushing back against that denial and fighting repression.

Katie Morton is a queer artist living and painting in the Bay Area. Morton grew up in Palo Alto, moved 3,000 miles away to earn a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, and then moved 7,000 miles away to live and paint in Beijing for four years. Now back in the Bay Area their color palette has finally reverted to its original range of San Francisco row house pastels (after periods of Baltimore brownstone brick reds and beautiful Beijing smog blue-greys). Morton has exhibited both nationally and internationally and will be pursuing an MFA at Hunter College in New York City.

The Art Opening starts at 8 PM sharp, and will go until 10 PM. Free drinks and light snacks will be provided.

Please contact our Community Events Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at [masked] if you have any questions.

Bridgemen Monthly Meetup!1531360800000

Interested in learning more about Bridgemen and what we do? Join us at the Lookout every 2nd Wednesday of the month for a bit of fun, FREE FOOD and camaraderie in the Castro!

This is your chance to meet new and returning members alike. So come get connected, whether it's your first time or fiftieth time! Surround yourself with an amazing group of guys that are here to have fun and make a difference!

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup or by email at [masked] . See you there!

Urban(e) Hike: Mt Davidson1531591200000

Wanna get out and get some exercise and enjoy the nicer weather? Wanna have a picnic in a park with friends and maybe play some games? The Bridgemen are doing another urban hike in San Francisco, this time from the Castro up to Mt Davidson.

Mt Davidson is the highest natural point in San Francisco. Its most notable feature is the 103-foot concrete cross at its crest commemorating the Armenian Genocide in 1915. We’ll meet at Strut (470 Castro St) at 11 AM. For logistical reasons, this will be B.Y.O.L. (Bring Your Own Lunch), so please arrive with your food and beverage, ready to go. From there we’ll hike up to the top and find a spot where we can relax, take in the sweeping view and eat lunch together.

Things to bring:

-- Food and drink for yourself. Remember to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated!
-- Sunscreen and/or a hat.
-- Blanket to sit on (I can bring 3 picnic blankets from Strut; I just need help carrying them all).
-- Games to play and/or toys to play with.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked].

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