In September of 2016, Triangle Community Center collaborated with Norwalk's nationally-acclaimed Center for Contemporary Printmaking to host a night for LGBT professionals to mix as well as explore some of the finest contemporary prints available for viewing in Connecticut, including prints from many local artists.
Featured at this event was local LGBTQ artist and Outspoken (TCC's youth program) alumnus Paul DeRuvo, who has exhibited work across the country and abroad.
At this event Triangle Community Center previewed a mystery print to be produced by Paul DeRuvo, and attendees were able to be the first to buy in to this benefit print, which was then to be sold to buyers at TCC's annual gala in late September. When all was said and done, proceeds to TCC's programs and services totaled almost $7000, and TCC donors were given an opportunity to get an intimate look at a local artist that is making a global footprint.
TCC's 2015 recipient of the Marge Foster Commitment to Service award and former TCC board president purchased a print and was asked about participating as a buyer in the mystery print process and his satisfaction with the print after the recent unveiling event:
"As I listened to Paul share his story and understand the influence it has had on his creative process, I knew I was going to love this print. Once it was revealed I was not disappointed. The subtle use of the colors of our LGBTQ community combined with the tender expression of love and innocence embodied in the individual lying in bed made me extremely happy to own one of these limited edition prints. I was so happy to support the TCC and a local artist with this purchase. Myself and 4 other friends purchased the print, I look forward to seeing how each of us displays it and of course who has the best framing!"
The print, entitled "Keep // Loving," was recently revealed to buyers. "Keep // Loving" is a 14.5" by 10" lithograph with hand-coloring, includes LGBTQ themes, and pictures of the print and from the events can be seen below.
"Keep // Loving" by Paul DeRuvo
Artist Paul DeRuvo speaking about the benefit mystery print process at TCC's 2016 Visionary Party gala