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Collection
Artworks
Artist or Maker
Bruce Jones
Material
scrap tracing paper
Collection
Artworks
Primary Object Term
Sketch
Artist or Maker
Bruce Jones
Description
sketch of a man with a beard; he is naked other than a leaf over his genitals and various fruits on his head. he is smilling and his hands are raised.
Material
scrap tracing paper
Medium
Pencil on tracing paper
Catalogue Number
274W
Provenance
Harold Desmarais has been an active community organizer in Ontario since 1970, taking a leading role in numerous organizations, starting with Windsor Gay Unity (1972 - 1980). He was one of the founders of the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario in 1975 (and their first paid employee in 1980) and started University of Windsor's Gay Students on Campus in 1978. In the 1970's, he endured years of homophobic harassment at his job in an auto assembly plant in Windsor after speaking publicly about the discriminatory nature of Canada's immigration policy. In 1980 Harold moved to Toronto. For five years he was dedicated to eliminating the world of gay shame and guilt as Sister Atrociata von Tasteless - a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Harold was also secretary for the Gay Community Dance Committee from 1982 - 1994, and served as Master of Ceremonies for Lesbian and Gay Pride Day from 1986 - 1989. He was active for almost 20 years in the Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal - fundraising, performing outreach, and selecting projects to be funded. He received the Appeal's prestigious Outstanding Community Achievement and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards. But his most memorable, and public, service to the Appeal was as one of the "fruits" featured in the Appeal's successful fundraising shows - "Fruit Cocktail". The Fruits became an icon for Toronto's burgeoning gay and lesbian community in the 1980's, and still attend Pride activities every June. The 1990's saw Harold involved as an active board member and volunteer for both the AIDS Committee of Toronto and the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation. He's helped other groups like the 519 Community Centre and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives with their fundraising and outreach efforts.
Notes
inscroption on reverse: "Design by Bruce Jones For "Harold B. (the basic)" {Harold B. Desmarias} on his birthday card for 50th birthday bash and fundraiser for CLGA at 519 Church St., 3rd December 1994
Condition
Fair
Current Location
MC 4.22
Description Level
Item
Accession Number
1994-125
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[Portrait of Shelley Tremain]. National Portrait Collection|NPC.

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Collection
Artworks
Artist or Maker
Bruce Jones
Collection
Artworks
Date
1998
Primary Object Term
National Portrait Collection
NPC
Artist or Maker
Bruce Jones
Description
Portrait of Shelley Tremain (19-- - ).
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Length
42.5 x 57.5 cm (w x h)
Dimension Notes
Unframed dimensions: Sight: 23.5 x 38 cm (w x h)
Provenance
Bruce Jones
Notes
Commissioned by the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives for '25 Lives: Out and Proud', an exhibition in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives and for its National Portrait Collection.
Condition
Good
Current Location
3rd Floor Shelving: PORTS-20
Description Level
Item
Accession Number
1998-153
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