ChesCo group hosts LGBT art show


LGBTea Dances wanted to support Chester County artists, which led to the creation of For the LOVE of Art. It takes place the weekend after Valentine’s Day.

“We’re inviting people to come see the work the LGBT community is doing in their backyard,” said Rachel Stevenson, who founded the LGBT social and educational group last year. “A big focus is always to bring everyone out.”

Stevenson said LGBTea Dances hosts a fair share of nightlife activities for people who are over 21, and she wanted to organize an event that teens could attend as well.

The art show runs from 3-7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Franklin Commons, 400 Franklin Ave., Phoenixville. It will include artworks from painting to photography and a print giveaway of work by Andrew Wyeth, the realist artist from Chadds Ford who died in 2009.

Authors Rae Theodore and Jess Branas will read selections from their work. Musical performers include the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus; Vocal Fusion, an a-cappella group of local teens; Christine Havrilla; and Andrea Nardello.

Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets cost $25. The money supports Gay-Straight Alliances at local schools. 

Stevenson said an anonymous donor has contributed $1,000. More business sponsors to support the cause are always welcome, she said.

For more information, visit To purchase tickets, click the “events” tab.