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Opening of groundbreaking FotoFest exhibition draws Mayor and Houston's art community

Groundbreaking FotoFest exhibit draws Mayor and art supporters

FotoFest Opening Reception Annise Parker, Ricarda Redeker, Anna Charlotte Schmid
Kathy Hubbard, from left, Mayor Annise Parker, left, Germany Consul General Ricarda Redeker and artist Anna Charlotte Schmid. Courtesy of FotoFest
FotoFest Opening Reception Sujiro and Jane Seam, Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin
French Consul General Sujiro Seam and wife Jane, from left, with FotoFest founders Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin. Courtesy of FotoFest
FotoFest Opening Paul Mpagi Sepuya Elaine Thweatt and Paul's mother
Artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya, left, with Eliane Thweatt and Donna P. Neal. Courtesy of FotoFest
FotoFest Opening Reception David Klonkowski, Steven Evans, George Toland
David J. Klonkowski, left, with FotoFest executive director Steven Evans and George Toland III. Courtesy of FotoFest
FotoFest Opening Charan Singh and Sunil Gupta
Artists Charan Singh and Sunil Gupta. Courtesy of FotoFest
FotoFest Opening Reception Annise Parker, Ricarda Redeker, Anna Charlotte Schmid
FotoFest Opening Reception Sujiro and Jane Seam, Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin
FotoFest Opening Paul Mpagi Sepuya Elaine Thweatt and Paul's mother
FotoFest Opening Reception David Klonkowski, Steven Evans, George Toland
FotoFest Opening Charan Singh and Sunil Gupta

What: FotoFest I Am A Camera Opening Reception with Artists.

Where: FotoFest International.

The 411: More than 200 photography fans attended the opening reception for FotoFest's newest exhibition, I Am A Camera, which focuses on LGBTQ communities and how they are seen by the people within them. Four of the nine artists featured in the exhibition, including Sunil Gupta (India/UK), Paul Mpagi Sepuya (USA), Anna Charlotte Schmid (Germany) and Charan Singh (India), traveled from a far distance to attend the reception. 

Following the opening, FotoFest supporters, staff and visiting artists gathered at the Tanglewood-area art-filled home of Eliane Thweatt for an invitation-only dinner.

The exhibit is on display through August 29.

Who: Houston Mayor Annise Parker and first lady Kathy Hubbard, Museum of Fine Arts director Gary Tinterow, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston director Bill Arning, FotoFest founders Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin, FotoFest executive director Steven Evans, Consul General of France in Houston Sujiro Seam and Consul General of Germany in Houston Ricarda Redeker.

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