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2014 Zine Fair
The newest and most inspiring issue of Battlefield Saints will be available at the Pittsburgh Zine Fair. See what I have in store for you, along with many other great artists and vendors.
The 2013 Pittsburgh Zine Fair is set to take place at The Union Project on Sunday, September 28th from 2-8pm. This event is always free to all-age attendees.
The zine fair exhibits work from local and regional zine-makers in addition to providing activities like unique workshops, demonstrations and thought-provoking panel discussions. Overall the zine fair strives to foster an environment to engage independent artists and writers in an experience that encourages personal expression along with gaining valuable knowledge of our community. This event is FREE to the public and will feature access to vast collections of zines from local organizations, zine vendors and lots of fun people!
Painting Live with MWFA at the Maker Faire!
Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it's not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth-a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.
Rise & Grind! Back by popular demand!
Belvederes Ultra-Dive & Projekt 5050 will be hosting the 5 year anniversary and 10 show for Projekt 5050. It all started with skateboards on September 19th 2009. DJ's HankD aka Hank DeLuca x Jx4 aka Jeffrey J Justus Jr. will be shredding the table. .
Friday, Sept 19th 9pm- 2am. $5 entry. 21 and up only. ID required.
Share in the Artistic Vision
Customized Sunglasses and new Artwork.
Penn Avenue Eyewear and Most Wanted Fine Art are teaming up to support the eye health of local artists by bringing you #ArtisticVisionPGH , a collection of art and sunglasses made by local artists in trade for glasses.
The frames will only be available through silent auction on Sept 12, 2014. All sales benefit the charities "Healthy Artists" and "Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation".
New Art at a New Spot
Brand new paintings at Gus's First Friday During Unblurred.
Stop in, have a beer, some food, enjoy the art. Will be up all month.
It's Us Against Them in August
Brand new drawings on display at Remedy featuring the queer sensation, the Thighmasters. Come down after Unblurred and enjoy the wide selection of beers and great food.
Steer Queer #2 Release & Dance Party
Second Issue, hot off the presses. Which is reason enough alone to dance.
Event cover is $5. Event attendees can purchase a copy of the zine for a discounted price of $2 OR, bring clothing to donate to the Project Silk Clothing Drive and get your issue of the zine FREE. Yeah, that's right, for free. They are mostly in need of professional, interview clothes, but feel free to bring some fun stuff as well.
3rd Annual Rhinestone Steel Queer Music & Arts Festival
Rhinestone Steel is about encouraging and inspiring local queer folks and about bringing in out of town queer creative talents, and for all of us to WOW each other because we are all amazing!!! RSS hopes to build the PGH queer music and arts scene!
July 12th 3pm and running late into the night at the Irma Freeman Center for the Imagination. $10-$20
Properly Filthy at Trundle Manor
Swissvale, PA. July 11th, 2014- Art appreciation for the dirty minded with Mia Donna and Sam Thorp
FINALLY! A display of shocking, salacious, wicked, wanton and blasphemous artwork in the Steel City! There is no holding back. Artwork that would have been censored in the more "respectable" galleries will now be available for the discerning and consenting adult. Fetish photographer Mia Donna and figure specialist Sam Thorp go "all out" in applying their craft to the darker and more intimate & carnal areas of the human psyche.
Opening night is Friday July 11th 6pm to 10pm. Refreshments will include Absinthe and candy sushi. Additional entertainment will be provided by a rope suspension demo and burlesque by Shrimp Scanty. Obviously, this event is 21+ up only. Be prepared to show ID.
Presented by Waterloo Arts and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture
This is our third year going to Cleveland to go head to head in the battle of the rust belt artists! Most-Wanted Art reps Penn Ave Arts Initiative in live art and group show!
New Work Available at Saatchi
The New Drawing Series is available from the art world powerhouse, Saatchi.
These new works are based in classical drawing skills(drawn by hand), and enhanced with new media technology. The subject matter deals with the fringe elements of society and expanding the narrow confines of "beautiful". The original exists only as a digital file, therefore, prints can be offered at a size that works best for you. The printing quality of Saatchi is world class. You can choose to have the work framed and will be shipped right to your door. And STILL at ver affordable prices.
PGH TransPride Showcase
In celebration of Trans Pride, my artwork will be 50% off the usual price.
2014 celebration of entertainment and artwork by trans* umbrella identified individuals, allies and partners will be held in the lower level bar at Cattivo Bar on Friday, June 6th, 2014. Doors will open at 8:00 PM, with the show beginning promptly at 10:00 PM.
UP THE CREEK this Friday!
Belvederes Ultra-Dive & Projekt 5050 will be hosting "Up the Creek" (paddle show) 50 artists from around the area will all be taking paddle from boat oars, frat paddles, ping pong paddles and many others and applying their creative interpretation on them. There will be music provided by Jx4. Sailor Jerry will be providing drinks specials all night. There will be tons stuff from Commonwealth Press, Camp Three Clothing, Keystone Gallery Tattoo, Decade, SurfPGH, Troika Skateboards, AP Collection.
Friday, May 23rd 8pm- 2am. $5 entry. 21 and up only. ID required.
GET DRAWN at the Waterfront!
I will be drawing portraits live and on the spot May 16th. Get a drawing of yourself in ink 9x12" for a suggested donation of $10. (but a little more or less wouldn't hurt. ) First come, First served.
Friday, May 16th 6- 8pm
Bill F*ck'n Murray
A Tribute show at The Hollywood Theater in Dormont where we screen a "secret" film. Featuring a themed pop-up art gallery, live music, delicious food, local brews, and more. 100% of the proceeds donated to The Arts For Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh and The Hollywood Theater.
Friday, April 25th 7-11pm
TICKETS: http://www.showclix.com/event/SteelCitySecretCinemaPartIV $15 and up.
MWFA Taking Over!
GRAND OPENING!! MWFA All Stars and Resident Artists as they open the doors to their newest space.
Displays include art by: Jason Sauer, Darrell Kinsel, William Wright, Sam Thorp, Kai Devenitch,
Shawn Farester, Jason Woolslare, Dante Lombardi, Nina Sauer, Jamie Sauer.
plus an extra special Bizarre! Bazaar! installation by Dr. Morose & Miss Macabre's House Of Oddities featuring the art of Macabre Noir, Nick Noir, Sara Ford Cocco, Rachael Deacon, and more!
Saturday, April 12th 9am- 10pm
Free Beer Samples provided by Rock Bottom - Pittsburgh While supplies last, must be 21+ and have valid id.
Don't Frack with us!
A large group exhibition of 80+ artists, with 1/3 of proceeds from the show benefiting Protect Our Parks, a grassroots organization committed to keeping fracking out of our County Parks.
Part of PGH's GA/GI Fest
Friday, April 4th, 6-10pm as part of Unblurred
Art will be your Future Tenant
You can win art by me and many other great artists.
The theme of this year's fundraiser, Art is Your Future Tenant, speaks to the concept of urban redevelopment through the arts. They seek to promote the idea by hosting an interactive and entertainment-filled art party at a local space waiting to be developed, showing the community the great potential art brings to a vacant space.
Friday, April 4th, 7-11pm as part of Unblurred
Tickets Available at FutureTenant.org
LUPEC presents Steel City Sisters in Art.
Join LUPEC for our third annual all-women art show. We will be featuring incredible art by the most talented local women artists and a delicious classic cocktail! We'll also be serving up some women's history, riffing on this year's official theme of "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment." And, in our case, CREATIVITY!
New Art by me in a show I'm curating.
Friday, March 15th. 6-10pm.
Women in Detroit
The 3rd annual "Women" exhibition will be on view at The Detroit Contemporary in March 2014. This year's theme, "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment," honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come.
"Women" Exhibition Dates: March 8th - March 31st
Pre-show Discussion & Panel "Women in Art": March 8th 6-7pm
Opening Reception: March 8th 7-10pm
FUN A DAY
Fun A Day is a project started by Art Clash in Philadelphia. The general premise is that you commit to doing something fun every single day in January, and then show off the fruits of your creativity in an art show when the month is over.
Friday, March 7, 2014 7pm-10pm during Unblurred.
My Artwork published in Hyacinth Nior- Imbolc Literary Issue 2014
BAD WEATHER ALERT: OPENING MOVED TO FEB 21
A Double Feature Exhibition with Brian Gonnella as part of the pop-up exhibition series.
Opening Friday February 21, 2014. 5pm-7pm. $7 admission (includes 2 drink tickets and hors d'oeuvres). Salon: Speak with the artists about their work, inspiration and methods. Thursday, February 20 at 6 PM .
Pop-Up Studio: Work WITH the artists in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Wednesday, February 26, 6:30-8:30 PM with Sam Thorp; Wednesday, & March 26, 6:30-8:30 PM with Brian Gonnella
Show runs Feb 5th through March 2nd.
A Treasure of Artists at GLCC
New Art by me in a show I'm curating.
See many of your favorite artists at the GLCC. Take the chill off this winter with some original art for your collection, and help out a good cause.
Half of all art sales will be donated to the Transman Chest surgery fund, also known as: "Dude, Where's my Chest?" http://www.gofundme.com/DWMCPGH
Refreshments will be served. Come hang out, spend some money and enjoy.
The surgery is essential for mental, and emotional comfort as well as physical well being.
Gallery Opening: Sunday Feb 16th. 6- to 9pm
GLCC 210 Grant St. PGH, PA 15219
Sam Thorp Part of Visual Aids show.
Postcards From the Edge is a Visual AIDS benefit show and sale of original, postcard-sized works on paper by established and emerging artists. All works are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The works are signed on the back and exhibited so the artists' signatures cannot be seen. While buyers receive a list of all participating artists, they don't know who created which piece until purchased. All proceeds support the programs of Visual AIDS.
My Gift to You
Print out the 2014 Pin-up Calendar, perfect for your school or office.
Magical Creatures Calendar Art
Find my artwork and the art of several other Transgendered/ Queer/ Gender variant creators. Also included are several important dates in Trans his/herstory. Purchase your calendar and support the Transgender Oral History Project. From Etsy
Holiday Art & Gifts at 28 West Second
Check out the new & exclusive work by Sam Thorp
Opens SAT Dec 14, 2013, 7-10 PM. Wear your UGLIEST CHRISTMAS SWEATER AND BE ENTERED TO WIN YOUR VERY OWN UNIQUE WORK OF ART. A beautiful assortment of unique arts, crafts and jewelry by local artists available for purchase for friends & family. Refreshments & Good Cheer will be served. Exhibition runs through Dec 24, 2013
Sam Thorp takes part in Community
Home. Love. Neighborhood. Belonging. Isolation. Outcast. Solitude. Longing.
Show will run November 5th - December 7th
Friday, November 1st, I will be competing in the International Art Battles.
This is a live painting event with me and 3 other artists world wide, and YOU decide the winner. Our artists will battle from their studios all over the world. You determine the winner.
You could also win a print of the winning piece from +CanvasPop.
I would love to have your support.
YouTube link will be posted live on November 1st at 7pm GMT / 3pm ET/ 12pm PT.
2013 Zine Fair
Battlefield Saints will ride again to the Pittsburgh Zine Fair in September. See what I have in store for you, along with many other great artists and vendors.
The 2013 Pittsburgh Zine Fair is set to take place at The Union Project on Sunday, September 22nd from 2pm to 8pm.
This the 3rd annual zine fair in the city and exhibits work from local and regional zine-makers in addition to providing activities like unique workshops, demonstrations and thought-provoking panel discussions. Overall the zine fair strives to foster an environment to engage independent artists and writers in an experience that encourages personal expression along with gaining valuable knowledge of our community. This event is FREE to the public and will feature access to vast collections of zines from local organizations, zine vendors and lots of fun people!
Curating at the August Wilson Center
The date has been moved to Sept. 13 The Souls of Art Folk annual benefit, artists will express what it feels to be seen as "a problem" and what it does to the soul to live in a society that expects you to be or act as something you are not?
Saturday, Sept 13, 2013 at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture with doors opening at 6:00pm and show beginning at 7:00pm.
Get tickets here: http://www.thesoulsofartfolk.brownpapertickets.com/
Detroit Tangent Gallery- Ultra-Violence: A Visual Vocabulary of Stanley Kubrick
Sam Thorp in Detroit again!
Detroit's raddest gallery, TANGENT GALLERY, will host two nights of mayhem with ULTRAVIOLENCE: THE STANLEY KUBRICK SHOW! Featuring talented artistic interpretations of the movies of Stanley Kubrick from Detroit and abroad. There will be live performances, full cash bar and great music! On board is Detroit's darling: Meridith Lorde and The Tainted Saints band! more details on performers to come!
Gestures: The Art of Non-Verbal Communication
New work by me plus special guest artists: Mia Donna, Katie Lynn, Anne Michelle, Gemma Allan, Masha Fikhman, Kyle A. Adams, & Mark Dobosh. Curated by Sam Thorp. Live music by Grand Snafu. Wine tasting by Wilhelm Winery.
Opening is Friday Sept. 6th 6-11pm as part of Unblurred.
5015 Penn Ave. PGH, PA 15224
This Friday at Cattivo, a benefit for the documentary film Gender Dances.
Gender Dances is a documentary about transmen, transwomen and everyone in between.
The filmmaker, Nancy Evelyn Gold will also be celebrating her 20th anniversary of the day she started living as herself.
Live performances by many of your favorite drag and gender illusionists.
Artwork by Sam Thorp will be on display and available at 50% off.
It's a party, it's a benefit, it's an event not to be missed!
Door is $7, show starts at 10:00 PM.
Friday Aug. 9th. Door is $7, show starts at 10:00 PM.
The Black White & Red Show
I'll have my artwork in Detroit for the Black, White and Red Show. Drawings in the simple yet powerful palette of red, black and white.
The opening is Saturday June 29th. the show continues to July 28th.
MWFA Represents in the Rustbelt Rivalry
See new artwork by me, and the MWFA crew taking on Cleveland and Detroit! A three city Art Battle! Saturday June 2930, noon-7pm. Cleveland's fastest growing, grassroots, arts-centric, eclectic, family friendly festival!
Super! Exploring the Homoerotic Subtext of the Superhero Culture.
Comicbook art by me in a show I'm curating.
If you grew up with comics and graphic novels, you may have noticed the evidence: The incredible bodies in flamboyant and skin-tight outfits. The leading of double lives. The intense male/ male relationships. The strange, unusual and even "unnatural" powers. Maybe it was the lack of positive gay role models in the mainstream culture or maybe all superheroes ARE kinda gay.
Exhibition runs from: Sunday June 2nd to Sept 25th.
Gallery Opening: Sunday June 2nd 6- to 9pm
GLCC 210 Grant St. PGH, PA 15219
INK in Detroit
See my tattoo inspired art piece in Detroit, Rock City!
May 10 & 11th only. Don't miss it.
Art for Change
Once again I'll be donating art for this worthy cause.
EXTRA BONUS! I will be painting LIVE with Lauren Toohey on the spot during the Underwriter's Circle Party. The resulting Masterpiece will be up for auction in May.
The Underwriters Circle Party, our VIP event, will be held on Thursday, April 11 at Jay Verno Studios on the South Side.
This year's Art for Change event will be held on Monday, May 13 at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Persad's signature event is both a verbal and silent auction featuring over 200 pieces of art from local, national and international artists including paintings, photography, sculpture, furniture and jewelry.
Persad's largest and most successful fund raising event will be celebrating the 25th year of Art for AIDS, which has raised over $3.75 million dollars to support Persad's Free Care Fund; allowing us to offer quality services to all clients regardless of their ability to pay.
A collaboration of Art & Drag
See work by me in a show I am curating:
"Drag" can be understood gender bending or gender illusion entertainment that has the power to question, to liberate, and to push boundaries, much like the power of art. Art and drag are both concerned with aesthetics and transformation. Visual artists and drag performers operate on the fringe of society, giving them a unique perspective to explore their creativity and expression. Pittsburgh is lucky to have such a rich and talented drag community as well as a talented and rich art community. In this show, Drag Queens and Kings have collaborated with visual artists to create "royal" portraiture.
Exhibition runs from: Sunday December 2nd to January 27th.
Gallery Opening: Sunday December 2nd 6- to 9pm
GLCC 210 Grant St. PGH, PA 15219
MWFA Stars at the Waterloo Arts Fest in Cleveland, OH.
See artwork by Jason Sauer, John Lysak, Lauren Toohey, Sam Thorp & Mark Zingarelli. Plus more art by Mia Donna, Anne Michelle Lyons and Frank Knezevich. Saturday June 30, noon-7pm. Cleveland's fastest growing, grassroots, arts-centric, eclectic, family friendly festival!
PLUS! Art Battles! A 4-way Art Battle between Pittsburgh & Cleveland artists! Music battle between Grand Snafu & Cleveland Musicians! Movie battle between Pittsburgh 48hr Film Project and Cleveland 48hr Film Project! Don't miss it!
Our Common Wealth
In conjunction with the 2012 Pride events, the GLCC is honored to present works from the LGBTQ comunity as well as the many Allies in Western PA.
Show opening is Sunday June 3rd 6-9pm at the GLCC. and contiues to July 29.
Download the prospectus here.
Uncensored in New York!
In response to the church's recent call to censor the groundbreaking exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the Brooklyn Museum, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is hosting Uncensored: Queer Art and the Church on display from March 27-April 1. Look for my work here. See the whole show here.Leslie-Lohman Annex, 127-B Prince Street, New York, NY 10012.
New Work in March
Principles, Postions, Power
A show of all new work with Joan Iverson Goswell at GalleriE Chiz.
As part of the First Friday Artwalk, March 2nd 5:30-8:30pm.
5831 Ellsworth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232
New Work at February Unblurred
This the series of people in wrestling masks doing very non- wrestling things. The mask becomes a Talisman, turning the situation from the mundane to magical.
3634 Penn Ave. PGH, PA
2011 Tranny Roadshow
The tour has ended and I would lke to thank the organizers for letting me be part of it. And thank you to all who purchased my artwork.
Once again Sam Thorp is honored to be part of this tour:
For 2012 tour and booking information, please check the website.
The artwork of Sam Thorp heading for Dallas with Arthouse:
Valet parking will be available.
List of Participating Artists
Sam Thorp will be showing in St. Louis for the first time.
Catch my work at Shameless Grounds in a show from July 12 to Aug 22.2650 Sidney St. Saint Louis, MO 63104
It's Like a Concert Tour, but with Sketch Books.
Draw Jesus Day!
See my submission at Hyperallergic labs here.
Digging PittMy show at the Wizard got a write up in the Digging Pitt blog.
Thank you for Supporting the Arts!I am eternally grateful for anyone who has loved my art enough to spend money on it.
And know that I am doing my best to ensure the value of my art goes up.
Your generosity and support is appreciated. Thank you.
You can also bestow a gift/ trade from my Amazon wish list. Thank you.