The tribute art show for my dear late friend, Lisa, came and went but it was truly a memorable one. Friends and family– and even those who did not know her– gathered during the opening night, filling up the student gallery on the campus of Cal State Long Beach, the crowd spilling outside onto the courtyard. I would say almost 300 people showed up on opening night. There were tons of food (like she would have wanted there to be!) and even live djs. Congratulations to Jennifer Cotterill, our fearless and hardworking curator.
To those who went out of their way to come, even if you did not know Lisa personally, I want to give you the biggest thank you from the bottom of my heart. My co-worker, Jaguar, told me how he felt that, in a way, he got to know and felt Lisa’s spirit through everybody’s art.
There were so much artwork that it almost looked like a collage of framed images all the way around the room. It was obvious how much she inspired and touched so many people.
Lisa was fierce, unique, creative and colorful– the paintings, the sculptures, photographs reflected all facets of her ever bursting personality. None of us truly realized until now how she had built her life to be this pop culture icon to be remembered. I believe that even if this tragedy had not happened, it was only a matter of time that a tribute to this caliber would have happened for her, to honor how fabulous she was. It is rare to have known someone like her. I can’t even imagine having the same kind of impact on people. We were all truly lucky to have know our little Lisa.
I mentioned how much I wished she had been there to see this art show, to be at the benefit show, to be at DECADES when one of our friends told me: “Are you kidding? She was the one that was there the most!” It was true. Her spirit really does live on through those who loved her. Don’t worry, Lisa. We will keep you alive by living the way you did- no regrets, be ourselves, no compromises, and be fearless!
Most of the pieces are on sale and all proceeds are going towards the art scholarship in Lisa’s name for Cal State Long Beach students. Many of the artwork have already sold, but there will be opportunities to buy the ones that are still available. For those who want to make general donations towards the scholarship, here is the donation link.
I had a bit of a camera malfunction during the show, but here are some of the few images I managed to get. For all my photos from the art show, click here to visit my flickr gallery. I will post a video soon that includes a glimpse of the opening night for the art show and clips of the performances during the tribute concert afterwards.
From the Cortex blog wrote a lovely post with photos and a video of everybody’s artwork, CLICK HERE.
A great collection of photos from my friend, Ryan Calimlim on facebook, CLICK HERE. I believe you have to be signed on to your facebook account to view this album, but it is public so you don’t have to friend Ryan.