Trans Lives Festival

I haven’t been well for awhile due to a minor surgery, but I was determined to make the Trans Lives Festival that was organized by the First Unitarian Church. I’d been helping with some of the organizing, mostly with getting the word out and encouraging folks to keep at it. Since the end of March is Trans Day of Visibility, we wanted to host a festival to celebrate the lives of trans people and their works. Overall, it was quite a success for our first time doing it, and we hope to make it an annual thing.

For participants, we had a magician, a two-person band, a violinist/composer, a musician/composer, a leatherworker artist, a hand-drawn animals artist, a novelist, and a mixed media (drawings, paintings, and ceramic) artist.

Overall, a lot of people came. The performers did a shorter set starting at 2pm and a slightly longer set at around 4:15pm. I decided to read some of my poetry with the fractals that accompany the poetry showing on the wall monitor behind me.

So here’s some pictures of my art at the event. I meant to take pictures of other parts of the event, but I kept getting distracted since a lot of people came to look and ask questions about my art and poetry. I also sold one piece, and am pretty proud of that.

In the area allotted to me, I set up my laptop on the window ledge, and had a slideshow of all my fractals I’ve ever done. That window ledge was also where I had some of the pieces folks had commissioned (I had made an extra print for showing at shows in order to explain my process). I couldn’t get a picture of that area as the sun was a bit too bright for my camera to make out anything decently.

However, here is the rest of my set-up:

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Table against the wall: Poetry and their accompanying fractals
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Wall above the table
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My Elivera World Paintings
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Saga of a Bird Part I and II
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Saga of a Bird Part III and IV
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Saga of a Bird Part V

By Aibird

Open the door, step inside. Here you find a forest, teeming with animals and birds, which sweeps up the sides of snow-capped mountains. Here in the small pocket of beauty, one finds the essence of my soul. A writer at heart, I delve deep into the finer details of humanity's spirit, and seek to share with others what gems I uncover. I find life exciting and full of interesting surprises, and despite the great pain that often confronts me, I persevere with the joy in my heart still bubbling, and the light of my soul still aflame. There is a time and a place to introspect one's self, but often enough it is best to not look back in regret, but leap forward in the present toward the achievement of one's deepest dreams. I am a wanderer. An explorer. One place cannot contain me for long, but to my friends and family, I remain loyal, for love is not bound by time nor place. Once cultivated and nourished continuously, it binds people together on a journey through the unknown reaches of life.

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