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When artist Cameron Lee and his hus­band, so­cial me­dia in­flu­encer, blog­ger and cre­ative cu­ra­tor Rigel Ca­ble, moved to At­lanta via Hol­ly­wood last sum­mer, it didn’t take long for them to make their mark on the scene. Ca­ble launched his first At­lanta event, the At­lanta Queer Cre­atives Panel Dis­cus­sion, that Novem­ber at Ponce City Mar­ket, and the pair will present SPEC­TRA: Queer Art Show­case on Fri­day, March 23 at Reve­la­tor Cof­fee Com­pany in West Mid­town.

That night, Lee will un­veil four new art­works from his galaxy-in­spired col­lec­tion, fea­tur­ing por­traits of in­flu­encers from Los An­ge­les, and the show­case will also in­clude works from his art show “Flores Fatales.” One of the pieces from Flores Fatales — fea­tur­ing trans­gen­der L.A. model Amanda Car­dona — graces the March 16 cover of Ge­or­gia Voice.

“She is so strik­ing and has an in­tense energy about her that I knew would read well on cam­era,” Lee told Ge­or­gia Voice. “My im­age of her was se­lected to be shown at L.A. Art Show this year as part of a queer artist ex­hibit, and in many ways she has be­come the face of the Flores Fatales se­ries. Her im­age is an ode to one of my fa­vorite artists, Frida Kahlo.”

Other lo­cal queer artists se­lected by Lee for SPEC­TRA in­clude Jon Dean, LaRue Cail­let, Sa­vana Og­burn, Shanisia Per­son and Tay­lor Alxndr. The artists will re­ceive 100 per­cent of any sales they make, which can be a rar­ity at such events.

“The cur­rent art model at gal­leries or events usu­ally ends up charg­ing the artists not only a large com­mis­sion but a fee for wall space on top of it. This model pre­vents a lot of artists from be­ing seen be­cause they sim­ply can’t af­ford to show their work, on top of the costs of all the sup­plies, fram­ing and time they put into it their art,” Lee SPEC­TRA: Queer Art Show­case Fri­day, March 23 from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Reve­la­tor Cof­fee Com­pany 691 14th St. N.W., At­lanta, GA 30318 www.face­book.com/ events/1976522592607437 said. “Queer peo­ple are al­ready a dis­en­fran­chised com­mu­nity, and as a queer artist I know first­hand the dif­fi­cul­ties of fund­ing your own art­work, try­ing to get it seen and stay­ing true to your vi­sion, even if so­ci­ety tells you it may not be ap­pro­pri­ate. Queer peo­ple have such unique per­spec­tives that I feel the rest of the world needs to see and em­brace more.”

By PA­TRICK SAUN­DERS

Cameron Lee and his hus­band, Rigel Ca­ble, moved to At­lanta from Hol­ly­wood last sum­mer. (Cour­tesy photo)

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