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ALEX GUERRA the moving force behind ART GAYSEL Miami Beach’s QUEER ART FAIR talks with Queerguru

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Queerguru talks to ALEX GUERRA the visionary Curator of #ARTGAYSEL an artist and co-owner of Hôtel Gaythering who is the determined and passionate promoter of QUEER ART in MIAMI BEACH from both up-and-coming and established queer artists around the globe.

Artists at this FAIR inc: Adam Chuck   Adam’s Nest
#AndrewSNorris #Apartment145 Aurelio Marquez  #AvArtNY Boris Torres Bran Sólo #CachorroLozano Courtney Charles Photography #DePaulVera  #HUGODIAZ  #GONZALOGALLEGO Jean Carlos Puerto – ARTWORKS  Jeremy Lucido Photography Jonathan Kent Adams #KevinSaba  #Kinkyneedles  Knitty Gritty NYC  Michael-Birch Pierce Art  MonsieurDuran  Nathan Ritterpusch #Paskrod  #PatrickMizymoto  #Randomangus #JustSamMorris
#Sherman Yee Strosberg Mandel

The interview was conducted by Roger Walker-Dack and filmed by Dan Desjardins

 

P.S. QUEERGURU suggests you may like these other interviews we filmed at  ART GAYSEL this year : 

Spanish queer artist JEAN CARLOS PUERTO makes his Miami debut at ART GAYSEL

Virginian queer artist KEVIN SABO is about to lose his Miami (art) cherry

Artist DEPAUL VERA shows off all his Spots at ART GAYSEL Miami Beach’s QUEER ART FAIR

Brit queer erotic artist SAM MORRIS gets exposed at ART GAYSEL, Miami Beach’s QUEER ART Fair

StrosbergMandel shine at ART GAYSEL Miami Beach’s QUEER ART Fair

 



ART GAYSEL; the Queerest Art Show: makes its P Town Debut

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Queer hotelier, art lover, and philanthropist Alex Guerra is always such a joy to be around as he is so passionate about all his projects which always end up making a significant contribution to the LGBTQ+  community.  A few years back he and partner Stephen Ginez decided to support queer artists and their work by mounting a satellite show in their Miami Hotel when the major (and very straight) ART BASEL arrived every December.

ART Gaysel didn’t just provide a space for these artists to promote and sell their art, but also a much-needed platform for queer artists to communicate, and even collaborate, with each other. 

Then when Guerra and GInez fell in love with Provincetown a couple of years ago they ended up buying a house here.  And it wasn’t too long after that Guerra wanted to start a Provincetown edition of Art Gaysel.  There has always been a wonderful art colony in PTown but there is still a significant shortage of edgy queer art ….. the genre that Guerra is such a passionate specialist in.

So this Pride Week in Ptown….. still a relatively new event, Guerra put his money where his mouth is and filled the Crews Quarters with 13  highly individual queer artists. from across the glove for the first Edition of ART GAYSEL Ptown

They are Gio Black Peter,  Daniel ​Ortizn, Tawnie Silva, Pietro Spirito, Manual Nanouris,  Patrick MIZUMOTO,  James Miille,  Dan Halm, Erick Medina,  Chris Molina,  Adam Chuck, Beniji, Alexander Guerra

Guerra also linked up with 5 existing studios that show complimentary art. These are Adam’s Nest,  Bowersock Gallery, E. Lesh Gallery, Greg Salvatori Gallery,  Gaston Lacombe

We caught  up with Guerra on the opening day and talked with him and a few of the artists,  We had to keep it brief as the crowds were already beginning to come in

 

 



Melissa Wilkinson aka Wilky makes her debut at ART GAYSEL

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Melissa Wilkinson is a lesbian watercolorist focusing primarily on the body as her subject. She has shown in various galleries nationally and internationally including South Korea and India and has won numerous awards throughout her career. She has won several fellowships and grants including the Arkansas Arts Council Fellowship in Painting in 2012 and a Middle East Travel Grant in 2016 to perform research throughout Israel.  She is represented currently at OnCenter Gallery in Provincetown, MA., and is making her debut appearance (as the sole queer woman) at Art Gaysel, Miami’s Queerest ArtFair curated by Alex Guerra at Hotel Gaythering.

Sh’s talking with Queerguru on the eve of the Fair’s Opening.  The interview with Roger Walker-Dack was filmed by Dan Desjardins 



Queerguru goes to Hotel Gaythering the gayest hotel in Miami Beach and never wants to leave

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Hôtel Gaythering is proud to be the gayest boutique hotel in Miami Beach.  Artist/owner Alex Guerra and his partner Stephan have combined their design aesthetic with a desire to create a contemporary queer space for more discerning gay travelers and locals alike.

There is such a sense of joie de vivre the moment you step through the door, so Queerguru sat down with Alex to talk about why the Gaythering is the place to be in SoBe.

P.S. This was filmed before COVID 19 BUT the Hotel itself is still open (with highly reduced rates) but the Bar and Sauna remain close in accordance with State/City requirements. 

That however has not stopped Alex has is running a whole calander of VIRTUaL EVENTS which you can find out about at https://www.instagram.com/gaythering/ and https://www.facebook.com/HotelGaythering/



Queerguru visits ARTGAYSEL 2021 Miami’s Queerest Art Fair

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Alexander Guerra is the Curator of #ARTGAYSEL Miami’s 5th ANNUAL QUEEREST ART FAIR at Hôtel Gaythering held concurrently with Art Basel Miami Beach and he showed us some of the fab #queer artists and their work who included Courtney Charles #MelanieWilkinson Chick Byrne Paul J. Rizzo Zain Curtis Michael-Birch Pierce #PietroSpirto Benwa Kramer Gaston Lacombe Knitty Gritty NYC

He is now accepting applications from artists for ART GAYSEL : PTown June 2022 
and ART GAYSEL : Miami December 2022 : alex@gaythering.com

 

 



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