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“WOOF/GRRR/X/O” Art Opening for BEARPAD

August 2   8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Enter the BEARPAD!

For the month of August we are exhibiting BEARPAD! Join us to celebrate this exciting exhibition with some free wine and some free snacks! The Art Opening starts at 8 PM sharp, and will go till 10 PM. Bring your friends, are all welcome!

The Art program at Strut was founded the same year Magnet began its hard work of serving the gay community 16 years ago. Each month we exhibit the work of a queer visual artist, and cannot wait for you all to join us for the Art Opening in August!

In gay bars around the world there has been a tradition of erotic woodcut artwork – usually made from industrial subflooring or rough ply wood, depicting fellas in various states of play and arousal. These artifacts of queer history have purpose, to set the scene, the mood, and a standard by which the patrons might strive. The majority of these dudes tend to be cis, white, and ripped so their relate-ability is limited to an unrealistic (and for most impossible) standard. This collection of work proposes an alternative – of diversity in many forms and tenderness not usually seen in the format. A celebration of beautiful round imperfect bodies and the potential for love and acceptance that our greater queer community should be striving for. These new figures reach towards an evolving cultural identity within the subculture of “bears” that began as a refuge for those not fitting the norm. Created in that dusky watering hole tradition, the art itself was cut and carved by hand from loose sketches on high quality plywood, painted, sealed for durability and ready to hang!

A graphic designer and casual carpenter by trade, BEARPAD has spent the last 5 years drawing cuddly fuzzy fellas on the side and has slowly grown into a self-run brand of shirts and queer accessories sold round the world. Born and raised in Southern California, he makes art in a big dusty backyard in Vallejo. Visit SHOPBEARPAD.COM for more!

If you have any questions about Strut’s art openings or this event, please feel free to contact our community events organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at

Want to have your own art show here at Strut? Submissions will be open from June 1st through August 31st!
Follow this link to read our guidelines

Accessibility: 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 2
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Baruch Porras Hernandez


470 Castro St
San Francisco, CA us
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