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'Viva La Loveless: The Art of Tennessee Loveless' at the Seattle LGBT Center
'Viva La Loveless: The Art of Tennessee Loveless' at the Seattle LGBT Center
"Viva la Loveless: the Art of Tennessee Loveless" opens November 10th at the Seattle LGBT Center. QArts, the arts committee of the Seattle LGBT Community Center is pleased to present a solo show featuring the artwork of painter Tennessee Loveless, showcasing a body of work that reflects his fascination with Pop art, '60's fashion icons and neon hued drag queens. The bright colors, sharp contrasts and vivid hues of his pieces are even more compelling when you learn that Loveless was born with dichromatic colorblindness, a condition which limits him from being able to process most primary colors, and all secondary and tertiary colors. A "colorblind" artist seems like a contradiction in terms, but Tennessee Loveless proves that a love of art and the talent and desire to create art can override any limitations imposed by any so-called physical imperfections.

Growing up in Marietta, Georgia, Tennessee Loveless fought to understand the fundamentals of color via the use of temperature values and word association. He attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he struggled with normal compositions and basic color theory, yet managed to graduate with a degree and suggestions from faculty that he stick with achromatic creations. By 2004, Loveless rebelled from those teachings and began to paint the way he saw life, and not what he was taught. He believes his work reflects, "the color of people, the romance of geometry, and a world of fluorescence", and that, "there are no handicaps in art, just different avenues to reach visual splendor."

In addition to his painting, Tennessee Loveless is also an accomplished performer, both in San Francisco and Seattle with Trannyshack, the punk/drag performance group founded by legendary performer Hecklina at The Stud bar in San Francisco in 1996. AND, Tennessee is also the founder and programmer of his own Internet music show, Beautiful Noise Broadcast which has over 15,000 fans. It can be accessed via http://beautifulnoisebroadcast.libsyn.com/

And to answer the question that people ask him most frequently: yes, Tennessee Loveless IS his real name. His explanation: "I'm Southern."

The opening reception for "Viva la Loveless" will be held on Saturday, November 10th, from 7pm to 10pm at the Seattle LGBT Community Center, 1115 E Pike St on Capitol Hill. The artist will be present, and the works are for sale. Admission is free but donations are always welcome and complementary snacks and beverages will be served.

QArts will also continue its monthly participation in the Capitol Hill 2nd Tuesday Artwalk and the Gallery will be open on Tuesday, November 13th from 5pm to 8pm with complimentary beverages and snacks and the artist present for most of the evening.

QArts is the arts committee of the Seattle LGBT Community Center. For more information on volunteering or donating to QArts or information on shows and future events, please visit the Center's new website at www.seattlelgbt.org, or send us an email at Qarts@seattlelgbt.org or stop by the Center for more information. This show will run through November 30th and can be viewed during normal operating hours at The Center dependent on volunteer staffing and occupancy of the gallery/meeting space. Hours at the Center are 10am to 9pm, Monday through Saturday, and 11am to 8pm on Sunday. Please call the Center at 206-323-5428 for further information.
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