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3 Fish Studios: California Artists, Keepers of America’s Future

Responding to trauma with art.

“You can be powerful and kind,” artist Eric Rewitzer told Time Magazine.

Rewitzer was referring to an illustration he and his wife, Annie Galvin, made in response to the Trump presidency. The piece is a linocut of a ferocious grizzly bear showing its fangs. Bright, painted poppies bloomed at its feet.

Using the words of California legislature in response to Trump winning the election, the accompanying quote to the illustration reads:  “California was not a part of this nation when its history began. But we are clearly now the keeper of its future.”

Obviously, the Trump presidency has sent tremors through many communities. At the SF-based art space that Rewitzer and Galvin started in 2006 – 3 Fish Studios – the duo have always included an element of activism in their art.

 

A linocut of a ferocious grizzly bear showing its fangs. Bright, painted poppies bloomed at its feet
Illustration by Eric Rewitzer

 

Their work is heavily influenced by their surroundings—Rewitzer is originally from Michigan and Galvin from Ireland, but both say they unequivocally consider California their true home.

The two often work collaboratively – Rewitzer primarily working with linocuts and Galvin with paint. They’re well-known for their illustration of a grizzly bear embracing California, shrouded by poppies, ‘I love you California’ written delicately across the top.

After the North Bay fires in October, that image became a symbol of resilience. The two decided to dedicate all profits from the illustration to help fire victims. Within a few days, they raised more than $100,000.

These two are what we consider true Californians – resilient, diverse, and creative as hell.

 

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Feature photo: SFGate / Leslie Lindell Photography

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They2ze, Newly Launched All-Inclusive App for Transgender Spectrum Youth

We're thrilled to say, there's an app for that.

A group of dogged Bay Area-based innovators just launched an app called They2ze, created by LGBTQ folks at YTH (an organization bridging youth health and technology).

Funded by the National Library of Medicine, They2ze connects folks in the Bay Area with access to vetted health and HIV resources and best practices. Their core belief is that everyone deserves access to information, especially when it concerns their health.

The AIDS/HIV epidemic is still highly prevalent and they hope that with ready access to this info they can help mitigate and treat it, including info on where to get tests or PrEP medication. With a GPS component that can be activated, users can easily link up to places nearby.

 

 

This app is built primarily for trans youth, but also helpful for healthcare professionals wanting to get clued in on LGBTQ-friendly health programs, and even just allies who would love to learn more.

“Some of the problems many young people face, particularly young folks who identify as genderqueer, is finding a service that explicitly supports and serves them,” says Jay Lykens, Program Coordinator at YTH.

“Some services are framed or geared only towards those who identify as transgender women or transgender men. We want to make sure those are included, but also expand service access to everyone within the transgender-spectrum.”

For now, They2ze serves only the Bay Area. Soon, they hope to spread state and, eventually, nationwide.

 

Feature photo: YTH Instagram

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