|Farasha Desert Siren performs in the Main Space at Party in the Afterglow|
Party in the Afterglow is the kind of event where party-goers often rival the performers with attention-grabbing outfits. Sin City Gallery Director Dr Laura Henkel and Gallery Manager/burlesque performer Lou Lou Roxy worked together to develop this annual celebration of visual and performative works that address love, lust and all the complex variances in-between, and sets the scene for three months of festivities surrounding the 12 Inches of Sin International Juried Art Award.
|Two party-goers put on an impromptu performance.|
Party in the Afterglow entertainment was continuous throughout the evening in both the Main Space, and the Garden of Eden VIP area where photography was off limits, encouraging impromptu audience participation. Featured performers were Lily Starr, La Rosa Muerta, Morgane Latouche, Nomi Malone, Randilyn, The Raunchy Professor, Madame Estrella, Michelle Jackson, Farasha Desert Siren, Blue Ruin, Ophelia Pearl and her Gimp Jeffery, Lou Lou Roxy, Ambrosia Minge and Suwasit. Dr Sketchy's supplied a model and drawing materials, and DJ Carey C provided the music. Local charity organization Sin Sity Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence benefited from the event.
The party also offered a preview of the finalists' works selected for the 12 Inches of Sin Juried Art Award and Le Salon Des Refusés Du Péché. US artist Raymond Elstad was awarded Best in Show for his black & white digital photographic work Box Grid, and will have a solo show in 2016 at Sin City Gallery.
Also invited to participate in the 12 Inches of Sin Award Show are Gregory Brown (UK), Chris Labine (USA), Steve Bormes (USA), Barbra Loveless (USA), Billy Pacak (USA), Daniel Martinez (Uruguay), Yousif Del Valle (USA), Juan Ramiro Torres (USA), CADOC (Canada), Michelle Delecki (USA) and Héctor Pineda (Mexico).
The selection committee responsible for narrowing down all the submissions to 12 finalists was comprised of notable international, national and local figures involved in the arts: Aurore Giguet, Program Manager, The Marjorie Barrick Museum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Brent Mizel, Pinup Pointe Gallery; Christopher John Ball, Co-Founder, The Association of Erotic Artists; Dennis McBride, Curator, Nevada State Museum; Henry Rosenthal, Filmmaker and Musician; Dr. Laura Henkel, Director, Sin City Gallery, and Founder, ArtCulture PR; Lou Lou Roxy, Gallery Manager, Sin City Gallery, and Burlesque Entertainer; Lucio Bubacco, Glass Artisan; Miltancia Erotica, Art Consortium and Richard Schemmerer, PDXart.
|Burlesque performer Blue Ruin in the pink|
The Best in Show winner was then chosen by a separate committee comprising Allena Gabosch, Producer, The Seattle Erotic Art Festival; Catherine Johnson-Roehr, Curator, The Kinsey Institute; Francois Dubeau, Artist; Hans Van Der Kamp, Founder, The World Museum of Erotic Art; Jerry Vile, Co-founder, The Dirty Show; Julian Murphy, Artist; Marne Lucas, Artist; Dr. Sadie Allison, CEO, Tickle Kitty, Inc; S.R. Sharp, Executive Director, The Tom of Finland Foundation; Sister Loosey Lust Bea Lady, Founder, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Las Vegas Chapter; Steve Diet Goedde, Artist; and Tony Mitchell, Founder, The Fetishistas.
The 12 Inches of Sin IV Award Show opens at Sin City Gallery June 4, following on from last years' 12 Inches Best in Show winner, Bulgaria-based artist JP Rakehorn. Then from July 2nd, Le Salon Des Refusés Du Péché exhibition, curated by Dr Laura Henkel will take place. For those wishing to retain a taste of each of the 12 Inches shows, Sin City Gallery is publishing hard-cover editions featuring all the selected works to date.