On 15 November, for one night only, the Los Angeles arts community will flood Antebellum Gallery in Hollywood with love and artworks, in the memory of Carlos Batts and to raise funds for his widow April Flores. Batts, filmmaker, photographer, artist, passed away suddenly, unexpectedly, at age 40 on October 22. His wife and muse April Flores has been hit with costly bills and the community is rallying to raise money to defray these charges.
Carlos and April were two of my favorite people to run into when I lived in LA. Their light, light of love, of creativity, of kindness, shone brightly, uniquely. Carlos’s vision for the place and the expression of the erotic in culture is necessary and potent. I loved how his body of work unfolded. The fabric of his work was woven together with his muse, April. Having a partner in crime, a partner in art, is a blessing. Looking at the outpourings of love and support, I get the feeling that the community will keep the light of love and art burning for April, from this day and beyond. I wish I could be there to give my support. So instead, dear readers, go to Antebellum, spend the night supporting April, getting to know or remembering dear Carlos.
The fundraiser and silent art auction will take place at Antebellum Gallery on Friday, November 15 from 6 – 9 PM. Antebellum Gallery is at 1643 N, Las Palmas in Hollywood 90028 (323 856~ 0667, email@example.com). 21 and over. No host bar.
Works of art will be on display and ready to be picked up by winning bidders that night. All of the proceeds will go to medical bills and funeral expenses.
Artists include some of the biggest names in contemporary art including Coop, Matthew Bone and Shepard Fairey have donated works. Photographers including Gregory Bojorquez, Patrick Hoelck, Eric Kroll and Estevan Oriol will have work in the silent auction. Adult Entertainment icons Buck Angel and Nina Hartley will also have artwork available for bid.
A partial list of participating artists follows and more are expected:
Ramzi Abed, Buck Angel, Axis, Matthew Bone, Greg Bojorquez, Tommi Cahill, Jim Caron, Rick Castro, Collin Christian, Sas Christian, Chas Ray Crider, Bob Coulter, Michael Delahaut, Steve Diet Goedde, Shepard Fairey, Ed Fox, Roger Gastman, Nina Hartley, Chris Haston, Dave Naz, Kimberley Kane and more.
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Donations can be directly sent to Bank of America account:
3250 3004 6353