The holiday season found LUPEC busy, busy, busy in 2001! Hostessing this exhibition, hostessing that party -- it seemed we were called to duty nearly every weekend....not that we're complaining!
The following brief essay by our own Black Monday describes one of our most recent adventures -- as the official hostesses of the Blue Ruin Gallery Silent Auction Holiday Fundraiser.
the naysayers of Pittsburgh but LUPEC asks: What other city can boast
an erotic art gallery within walking distance of 1) a regional history
center, 2) a market district with especially good Italian produce, and
3) and beautifully restored historic Greek Orthodox Catholic church?
This may not be a competition, but take THAT!
As both lovers of art and naughty, naughty schoolgirls, LUPEC was pleased to participate in the Naughty and Nice Auction for Blue Ruin Art Gallery. Woman owned and operated, Blue Ruin Erotic Art Gallery was recognized as Best Art Gallery in 2000 by the now defunct/maliciously defenestrated In Pittsburgh Magazine. Proceeds from the auction were to go towards operating costs of the gallery and the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. After much deliberation and discussion concerning our role in this event, LUPEC offered to make and serve punch.
Making and serving punch may not seem like a very effective way to support erotic art and AIDS research. Au contraire. If you have ever been to an art opening, you will realize that the normal beverages are wine, beer, and water. Effective, yes-classy, sometimes-but not punch. And not blue.
The goal became creating a blue punch classy enough to represent Blue Ruin, tasty enough to be enjoyed, strong enough to loosen the purse strings but not so strong as to result in fights or destruction of property. Saffitini came up with a variation on the Blue Alexander that we adapted to a punch
This was the first public serving of punch that LUPEC as a group had undertaken. Based on our experience, we have the following advice:
So LUPEC learned a lot, served punch a lot, spouted our philosophy like street corner missionaries, and helped a great art gallery. Over 150 people came to the auction, most of who left with art of some sort or other. Co-owner, Tamara Moore, expressed her satisfaction the next day, pleased that "people who normally could not afford to buy art got to take home amazing pieces without having to sell their cars/souls to get them. We felt so Marxist!" Black Monday and Mr. Monday, for example, won a painting by that very talented artist Saffitini. Most importantly, however, Blue Ruin raked in the equivalent of 3 ½ months rent-and LUPEC helped!
Yes, yes -- it can be better to give than to receive.
If you want to, you can pretend that's a pun.