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First-ever transgender, LGBTQ art show coming to Merced

This summer, Merced artist and activist Eli Sachse presents “Identity,” a group art show that brings together primarily transgender and non-binary identified artists living in Northern California, including local artists and art students from Merced.

This show is considered among the first of its kind in the region, and the largest of its kind ever held in California, with trans and queer artists filling the downtown gallery’s 28,000 square feet of space with artworks for two months.

The exhibition is designed to showcase the beauty of transgender and non-binary people, and to raise awareness that trans people have been a part of every culture throughout history, although hate, stigma and narrow definitions of beauty have prevented them from being equally represented.

Artists include painters Eli Sachse, Cristi Denney, Emma Arnold and Brea Weinreb, photographers Tristan Crane and Sophia Schultz Rocha, gender studies professor Sé Sullivan, and performance artists Sair Goetz and Violet Smith.

There will be a reception and performance art event July 20, at 5:30 p.m., which coincides with the Merced Art Hop. The Art Hop is a quarterly event that invites visitors of all ages, along with a large variety of artists, to downtown Merced shops for a night of viewing exhibitions, participating in crafts, and enjoying musical performances.

The show will be on view from June 11 to July 27, at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center (The MAC). The MAC is located at 645 W. Main Street, Merced, CA 95340. The phone number for the MAC is 388-1090. The galleries are open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. They are closed on Sunday and Monday.

The exhibition and reception are free, open to all ages and wheelchair accessible.

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