ARTIST MAKES LGBTQ HISTORY IN THE CONSERVATIVE STATE OF TEXAS
Lex Lumiere, artist and activist for PFLAG becomes part of Stonewall National Museum& Archives
New York, NY, June 24, 2017–???During Pride month, award winning artist Lex Lumiere now has artwork included in The Stonewall National Museum & Archive collection. The artists art pieces are an oil painting titled, “Only Love,“ and a drawing titled “Human Rights.“ Both are creative reflections honoring the souls of Pulse, Orlando for the upcoming “Orlando 49” exhibit.The Stonewall National Monument;museum, archive and library was established in 2016 by President Obama, becoming the first to commemorate the Gay Rights Movement. Created to promote LGBTQ understanding through historically preserving, educating and sharing the proud culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their significant role in American Societyfor generations to come.
The Stonewall riotswere a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ) community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Considered to constitute the single most important event leading to the modern fight for gay civil rights in the United States.Gay Americans in the 1950s and 1960s faced an anti-gay legal system which sought to prove that gay people could be forcibly assimilated into society. The last years of the 1960s, saw rapid change as many social & political groups were active, including the Civil Rights & Anti-Vietnam War movement. These influences, along with the creative environment of Greenwich Village, served as catalysts for the Stonewall riots.Few establishments welcomed openly gay people in the 1950s and 1960s.Police raids on gay bars were routine in the 1960s, but officers quickly lost control of the situation at the Stonewall Inn. They attracted a crowd that was incited to riot, erupting into more protests lasting several nights. Within weeks, Village residents quickly organized into activist groups to concentrate efforts on establishing places for gays and lesbians to be open about their sexual orientation without fear of being arrested.After the Stonewall riots, gay rights organizations were founded across the U.S. and the world. On June 28, 1970, the first gay pride marches took place in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago commemorating the anniversary of the riots. Similar marches were organized in other cities. Today, Gay Pride events are held annually throughout the world toward the end of June to mark the Stonewall riots.
Lex Lumiere’s artwork represents a legacy of artistic success for American art collectors as she is the Houston born grandchild of late award winning painter, Bea Cricchio, the first Latino & Native American Indian woman inducted into the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) as a Kodak Photographic Camera Craftsman in 1974 and Fuji Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Honorary Master of Photographic Arts, and cancer survivor Frank Cricchio of Port Arthur, Texas. Lumiere carries on her families’ creative mission, to empower charitable causes through media and therapeutic arts. Lex has showcased her artwork at the Chelsea Hotel in NYC, as part of The Exposure Award ceremony at The Louvre Museum and ispublished in Exposure, the Photography Collection book, hosted by the See Me Group. Lex represented the State of Texas at the Houston Fine Art Fair in 2015 & 16, hosted by the former Hamptons Group. Lumiere is also the executive producer of the television series Art4Charity, an educational program for Charity Network News dedicated to spotlighting philanthropists, registered 501c3 non-profits, and people doing positive work in their communities and in the world.
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