Coconut Grove

Art for a cause: Grove event to raise money for gay film festival

The gallery in Coconut Grove wants to encourage the Art Basel crowd to attend an art fundraiser for the Gay and Lesbian Miami Film Festival on Sunday, Dec. 5.

The fundraising event will be the last night of Art Basel. It will begin with the film screening of A Dark and Handsome Stranger, about actor Rock Hudson at the Paragon 13 Theater, 3015 Grand Ave. in CocoWalk, from 5 to 7 p.m. Hudson, a hugely popular movie star in the 1950s and 1960s, became the first high-profile victim of AIDS.

Then the party will move to the Gallery, also in CocoWalk, Suite 237, for an art exhibit and sale from 7 to 9 p.m. Part of the proceeds will go to the film festival.

The featured exhibit, Exposed, ranges in media from film and sculpture to paintings and photography. The exhibit is described as “an exploration of self-identity through visual art and film.”

Thom Wheeler Castillo, a Miami native, is an interdisciplinary artist showing three prints in Exposed. He said his artwork is fueled by the process, not the end result. He works in prints, painting, sculpture and film.

“I start my creative process with a question,” said Castillo. “I am not bound by any one medium in answering that question. These prints [in Exposed] are representations of emotions, and what it’s like to be alive in the 21st Century; they all have traces of me in them.”

Each of the 11 artists showing at the gallery has donated at least one piece of art for the fundraiser. Read more at