BORN THIS WAY: A Celebration of Queer Arts & Culture MOSAIC 2018 ART EXHIBIT



Sky Room Cafe Sat, Jun 2, 2018 1:00 PM


Co-Presented by L.I. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Saturday, June 2 | Emceed by the fabulous Saline Dijon!

$5 donation encouraged but free for everyone
In the Theater Gallery

1-5 pm: Sangria & Snacks Garden Party

1-2 pm: Meet-the Artists Reception in the Sky Room at the Cinema Arts Centre

2-5 pm: Performances by Singer/songwriter Rorie Kelly, Poet Rusty Rose, and many more!


10 pm: Priscilla Queen of the Desert @ Cult Café (Separate admission. Click here for film tickets & details)

MOSAIC 2018: an LGBTQ+ Art Exhibition
Part of BORN THIS WAY: a Celebration of Queer Art and Culture, held at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY. Art in the CAC Theatre Gallery will be up from June 2nd-June 14th. Meet-the -Artist Reception on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018.

The theme of this art exhibit will center around identity and inclusivity of the various experiences of multigenerational, multicultural individuals in the LGBTQ+ community. Through our identities as transgender, gender-fluid, gender neutral, lesbian, trans lesbian, cis-gay male, trans male, non-binary oriented or gender identifying person, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, intersex and/or a queer-identifying person, we each have our own stories. Race, generation, class, disability and whether we prefer a polyamorous, monogamous, open relationship or no relationship, add even more complexity and color to each of our journeys. The "MOSAIC" of LGBTQ+ lives is how all of these different stories can unite to form a bigger work of art.

“MOSAIC” is the dynamic sum of the varied ways in which we identify and express ourselves within the rubric of the LGBTQ+ community. The hope is that we as artists, will use our art to help each other understand our very different experiences, to unify us more, to be the family we are proud to call our own. The little misunderstandings we have about each other can pile up and weaken our community. This exhibit is to help strengthen our understanding and compassion for each other.

Rorie Kelly, Headliner
Rorie Kelly makes ladybeast music. Her  mission as a songwriter is to empower people who don't feel like they fit, and teach them to love themselves fiercely and to become their own heroes. A powerhouse performer, she gigs constantly around the northeast and lights up stages with her fiery vocals and her sense of humor.
Rorie is known for her feminism and empowerment work for women and the LGBT community. Her inspiring anthem If You Teach a Bird to Sing took her to the Obama White House in 2016 to perform at the Bisexual Community Briefing. In 2017, it was chosen as a top 10 Staff Pick by WFUV DJ John Platt.
Rorie has released two studio albums, Wish Upon a Bottlecap and Rising Rising Rising. With the release of Rising Rising Rising, which the singer refers to as her “badass empowerment album” Rorie also began a musical empowerment project she calls Songs to Start a Fire. “Songs to Start a Fire and is my way to pass on all that I have learned in my journey, through music,” the singer explains. “It puts you in touch with your own power and teaches you how to befriend yourself.”
In late 2017, Rorie released the acoustic single Alternative Facts, calling out our current administration and a culture that treats women as disposable objects. “It's really time for all of us to raise our voices and stand up for ourselves and each other,” Rorie explains. “This song is one part of how I am doing that.” She is currently gigging constantly and also working on a forthcoming album called Shadow Work. The release date is to be determined, but the singer promises the album will be “big, dark, and 150% more witchy.”
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Saline Dijon, Headliner
Drag Singer and Emcee
Saline Dijon
has been performing in the drag scene for the past 6 years. Most of her appearances are guest spots throughout New York City and Fire Island (Cherry Grove). She calls herself a "per-diem" drag queen. If Saline is called for a guest spot, and her schedule is open...she will be on stage. Just hand her a mic and let the voice soar! This is Saline's second time gracing the stage at the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the Born This Way celebration, being a part of that 20-year-old festival. "As a Long Island native, to be included in a Long Island pride festival is a privilege and an honor. I'd like to thank the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival for their belief in me to be a headliner at one of their events. The love and confidence is beyond appreciated."

Rusty Rose, Honoree

Rusty Rose is a Brooklyn- born Poet, Author, and Playwright. Her poetry has been anthologized in publications: Sparrowgrass, Bards Initiative, Local Gems Press, The Poet’s Almanac, Suffolk County Poetry Review and Nassau Poets Association. She is the author of the chilling exposé, Asylum: from the inside, which depicts the mentally challenged in a real and humane light and tells of the brutality of employees. She also is the author of the chapbook, Poetry by Rita Rose. Presently she is editing for publication, the thriller: Return to the Grave and a book of poetry: Veranda Sundown, which will be published this year. She is also working on a performance play: NoConintended. 
Rusty is one of the Pioneering members of our community; having been involved in protests of the nineteen sixties and seventies for LGBT, Black and Women’s civil rights. Her spoken word poem, Put the ‘T’ first, sheds light on the first night at the Stonewall Inn during the rebellion. It premiered on Diversitree.Org, a Genderqueer E-Zine. Her poem, Squeezed a Blood Red is a response to the 2016 massacre at the Pulse nightclub, Orlando.    

Sentient Trash
Punk-Folk musician
Sentient Trash is a powerful trans folk-punk musician from Long Island with emotive and explosive performances. She has just released a new album called Burnt Down- Built Up.

René Bouchard
Alternative Music singer-songwriter
Singer/songwriter/guitarist René Bouchard is a local fundraising professional (right here at the Cinema Arts Centre!) and a mom whose nonprofit career began at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in Manhattan.  Formerly the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, René was part of the movement to add Bisexual and Transgender to the organization’s name and has been a proponent of bi visibility for decades.  René performed as a full-time working musician throughout the 90s and early 2000 ’s across the country at venues such as The Continental Club in Austin, TX and The Knitting Factory and CB’s Gallery in NY, NY.  Opting for a career in nonprofit development, René now performs only occasionally, but still has an enormous passion for music which will always have a place in her life.
emceed by the amazing Saline Dijon with incredible DJ Dance Music by DJD!!
+ more acts to be announced!