We Care Arts
We Care Arts serves people with disabilities and believes in empowering and healing through community. The artists at We Care Arts wanted to show their communal support for each other and others who are LGBTQ+. Each artist selected their own color and worked together to create the composition. The artists decided to create a collaborative painting to showcase how so many diverse individuals can come together to celebrate love and make something beautiful.
Tonia is an artist and volunteer at We Care Arts. She also volunteers in the cancer center at Miami Valley Hospital. Tonia believes that love and support are what helps people get through life when it can be tough. Tonia says her daughter has taught her so much about love winning. So, while many people in the LGTBQ+ community don't always get the love and support they need, Tonia dedicates this piece that represents her endless parental love and support for her daughter and for you.
As an artist who focuses on contact printing the shapes I find in nature, I am repeatedly awe-struck by the diversity of heart symbols I find. Mother Nature’s displays of the heart shape, whether in flora or fauna, are there to remind us that love is natural and beautiful. As an LGBTQ+ ally, I believe that everyone should be free to love in a way that feels natural and beautiful.
I am a lesbian living in Centerville, Ohio. My works are all untitled digital artworks. The dimensions can be adjusted as needed for display. I have been creating original artwork for ten years. In 2022 I began experimenting with using artificial intelligence (AI) apps and code to enhance my original drawings, paintings, and photography.
The photograph was taken during the Dayton Women’s March in January of 2018. My daughter, pictured, was 4 years old at the time. Our family believes intensely in equality for all.
Sarah Brashears (she, her) is an artist, art teacher, dreamer, and Daytonian. She is a Professor of Practice specializing in Art Education at the University of Dayton and has taught art to students ranging in ages from 5 to 25. Sarah’s work can be placed into artistic categories including found object sculpture, acrylic painting, and mixed media illustration. Her studio companions include a husband, a daughter, and rescue dogs named Poe and Neville. www.sarahbrashears.com
This piece was created from the idea that the hardships faced by the trans community; especially faced within the people of color (POC) community. This shows a heartwarming embrace between the trans community and the POC community, hopefully foreshadowing positivity to come.
This piece is inspired by the colors of the rainbow that has come to represent the LGBTQ community. Each bird is different, special and seen not only as a group but as individuals too, just like the LGBTQ community and its allies.
This piece was made during a past pride event. I made it because I was feeling very strong about my sexuality, so I wanted to express those feelings in an art piece. The pride word play was there so I decided to depict a lion. I wanted to keep the pride flag colors in the mane bright and saturated, so I used markers. But I wanted the face to be detailed without taking away from the color, so I used graphite pencils to be detailed with value instead of realistic color.
As a Queer woman, my art practice is a space where I can explore the nuances of my experience, identities, and history; my pieces are expressions of my internal world. My work allows me to create personal mythologies that help me process and mend my relationship with the past. I create work that reflects Queer radiance and invites the viewer to embrace all that exists within them.
Elizabeth is a freelance (mostly) digital artist. She has created book covers, album covers, pet portraits, and portraits of people. She particularly enjoys drawing faces because they all have such emotional detail. This piece is especially appropriate for the PRIDE2022 show because the person on the canvas is androgynous and can be relatable to anybody. It also brings together the sight of the transgender flag and the pride we can derive from the display of it .
The process for my paintings begins with an under-painting that is either an old painting turned upside down or, if one is not available, beginning with random shapes and colors and then working the imagery over that. As the painting evolves I embrace the oddity of the original gesture rather than correcting the proportion and refining the form.
As a bisexual artist, I aim to explore the duality of love from the perspective of my missed opportunities. I search for answers about my sexual identity by exploring life's “what ifs” and turning them into a visual reality.
I have painted in oils for 15 years. This is my first foray into the medium of watercolor. To me this piece symbolizes the fact that actions required for our safety may also conceal our identities.
I am a proud mom and advocate for my younger daughter who is living the LGBTQ+ lifestyle in her work and at home. Most people have no idea how important having a good, supportive relationship can be for the LGBTQ+ person.
My artwork is called Rise and it is a triptych, mixed media acrylic painting which represents the sun rise at the water’s edge and how glorious the colors are.
I make art that inspires change in the hearts and minds of others. I use color to express emotional atmospheres inspired by love, harmony, and peace. Each brush stroke dances on the canvas with curvature lines and splattered spots revealing subconscious imagery of hope.
Jen Perkins is a local Bi artist who primarily specializes in encaustic painting. This piece is a fragment of a body of work called "The Gibson Gays". The series reflects queer life and all its facets.
Ben Krampitz is a non-binary printmaker, illustrator and photographer, currently studying at Kent State University. Krampitz's work follows their research on gender theory and gendered marketing, coinciding with their recent coming out as gender fluid/non-binary. By utilizing their background in digital design, Krampitz focuses on creating comfort within the uncanny discomfort of not feeling conjoined with the body and the gendered expectations projected onto each body.
Photography classes at Sinclair Led Kate to create art images. She likes nature images the most. Volunteering with DATV provided Kate with the opportunity for contact with the colorful LGTBQ flag and wonderful people.
This is the first time I had used this process, an acrylic pour on canvas. I loved the results, the way the colors all intermingled to produce this dynamic scene. I named it “Cosmic Energy” because it expands my worldview.
I have been doing pottery for many years, both at Riverbend studio and Sinclair Community College. I am now doing acrylic pour techniques.
Marsha Monroe Pippenger
The red thread that appears in this work is a talisman of hope, a tangible reminder that one must never give up working towards a better world.