ArtsUnited Gets Naughty

Some of the LGBT artistic community came out to celebrate erotic art this past Saturday night. Hosting the show was Broward Art Guild, which recently opened its new gallery in Fort Lauderdale. Conducting the show was ArtsUnited, the only non-profit arts organization in South Florida that provides art resources exclusively to the LGBT community. They have been conducting the “Naughty Show” for five years, and have been helping to host other reputable shows, such as “ArtsExplosion” and “Ribbons for the Children,” since 1997. Their mission is to “Use the arts to help fight bias and bigotry toward the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.”


The Naughty Show featured several leading artists in the LGBT community. Their work was judged by the owner of a Miami erotic art gallery. Taking first place was Pompano Bill, with his tantalizing photograph, “Silver.” Second place went to Alfred Phillips for his two-dimensional work, “Tyler in His Element,” and third place went to Greg Little, for his painting, “Dry 5.”

One of the artists in attendance was Gerard Delaney, who also works for the Broward Art Guild. Delaney is known for his niche work. When asked about the significance of the particular series of work he was showing, he said, “I want it to be erotic, but fun. To have a message. Art comes first. I don’t want it to be over-sexual.”

He added, “My work is about nostalgia. Everything is relative, and it’s important to be a part of the times. My particular series is a nod to the past. Back then, the types of images I used were construed very differently.”

Another artist, Roger Sherman, whose work “Michelangelo and David” was on display, said, “Erotic art is more than just naked bodies. It’s the feeling a person gets when he sees the image.”

The show concluded with the announcement of a costume-contest winner. Two men in kilts took first place, winning the crowd over when they lifted their kilts.

President of ArtsUnited, Peter Meyerhoefer, and local artist Delaney would like to see a lot more support, especially for the LGBT arts community.

ArtsUnited was founded in 1997 when frustrated playwright, Eston Dunn, staged a reading of his original play, “Lip Sync.” When the play concluded, Eston made a pitch for financial support to get it produced. Since the play was gay-themed and he was openly gay he believed his homosexuality was the reason potential producers had rejected it. ArtServe staff member Constance Avery happened to be in the audience, and suggested ArtServe might be able to help. With the help of arts-incubator, ArtServe, ArtsUnited, Inc. was created.

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