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In The Flesh, Art by Gabriel Garbow with The Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network

August 17, 2019   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for our next Art Opening on the 3rd Floor at Strut on August 17th!

Our Art Program on the Third and First floors of Strut is exhibiting the work of Gabriel Garbow Sacramento based artist with a special portion of the work inspired by our Elizabeth Taylor 50 Plus program. Come celebrate with us!

In the Flesh: A Collaboration with Strut’s 50-Plus Network

My current project, “In the Flesh: A Collaboration with Strut’s 50-Plus Network” is a series of large-format watercolor paintings featuring models over the age of fifty. These full and half-length nude portraits balance vibrant color with stark realism. The men who volunteered were first photographed, then drawn from the most compelling of these references. The finished art was built up with layers of flowing washes and precisely brushed details in a manner that respects the individuality of each subject.
“In the Flesh” was conceived as a response to a culture that idealizes young, athletic bodies – and a response to my own participation in that culture. It seeks to balance the scales, presenting the aging body as an object of candid beauty. The subjects in this collection are jeweled with scars, spots, and imperfections. The postures, expressions, and bits of clothing hint at each man’s rich, complex story. Creating these pieces was an opportunity to confront feelings about my own aging body, and how the world perceives it. Hopefully, these paintings offer viewers the same opportunity for reflection and re-evalutation.

About the Artist:
Sacramento-based artist, Gabriel Garbow, is inspired by the intricate play of light across the human form, the way emotion is conveyed through gesture and facial expression. His watercolor paintings often explore our mysterious connection with bodies of water. The artist’s love of drawing is the starting point for his paintings, layering loose washes with tighter brushwork to create rich, colorful scenes and figures. Garbow’s work appears in dozens of collections across the globe. His first large-scale solo exhibition is the Strut show in San Francisco.

About 50 Plus!:
The Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network is a social support network for gay, bisexual, and trans men age 50 and older, inclusive of people who are HIV-negative and living with HIV.

This show will be on our first floor and our third floor till October and we want you to come to the Art Reception August 17th, 7pm, we will be providing light snacks, and drinks, free, all are welcome!

Questions about the arts events at Strut? Please contact Baruch Porras Henandez our community events organizer

There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.


August 17, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Baruch Porras Hernandez


Strut, 3rd Floor
470 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States
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