From ME, to WE

Hi there!

It's been a while. Allow me to reintroduce ma' self on this lovely Monday right after a very magical 11/11, right before the ending of my tenth year as an independent curator (and exactly one week from my 29th birthday! WTF?!)

Marie Forleo + Oprah inspired photoshoot by  Jacqueline Bermudez !

Marie Forleo + Oprah inspired photoshoot by Jacqueline Bermudez!

My name is Michelle Ivette Gomez, I am an artist turned curator turned artpreneur originally from Miami, FL with professional roots in Baltimore, MD. One day I was at the beach, and thought...why not curate art exhibitions for weddings?! Yep, pretty cool, right?! I gave myself 90 days to make it happen, outta nothin’ (well, really it came out of ten years of Curatorial and arts organizing experiences on top + an entire lifetime of art education, with a strong desire to get paid to do what I love beyond the traditional art gallery world). And here we are, 1 year and 8ish months later :)

This work is magical AF, and it requires a lotta work on top of event/wedding planning & design! How time flies when you are having fun doing what you love. But the path to where I am now was not always easy, cuz there's so many levels to this thing called #artpreneurship. With no formal education on business from art school, I had to learn a lot about running an arts biz on my own from the ground up, and with plenty of trial and error. This involved:

  • hiring my first Brand Strategist coach for a day long workshop that taught me how to talk about this weird and niche AF wedding planning business (heeeey Gaby Guzman)

  • learning about $ and sales

  • obsessively watching Marie Forleo’s Tuesday Q&A video series

  • countless free webinars

  • joining Tuesdays Together (the coolest group for wedding vendors #communityovercompetition)

  • reading articles and books left and right about entrepreneurship

  • and a lotta mind f*cks that came outta this emotional rollercoaster called “First Time Artpreneur”

The #MiamiisNiceteam: Carlyn Thomas of Terrault Gallery, Zachary Z. Handler, Nick Horan, and yours truly. Photo by  Tiffany Jones .

The #MiamiisNiceteam: Carlyn Thomas of Terrault Gallery, Zachary Z. Handler, Nick Horan, and yours truly. Photo by Tiffany Jones.

@creativeunions was officially born February 25, 2017, beginning with the first (and still talked about) art exhibition, #Miamiisnice which opened in Baltimore in October 2017. This Golden Girls inspired exhibit featured a private gay wedding, and attracted over 1,800 visitors with public programming, viral and glitter filled photos from the artist couple's Pixilated photo booth art installation, and tons of press all in the span of a month, to inspire a world where love wins during such a politically turbulent time. It was pretty magical stuff that happened thanks to an incredibly creative neon family/team and a shoestring budget.

Creative Unions Event Design LLC quickly grew while I was dabbling in FT corporate event planning in Miami, and traveling between Miami and Baltimore to bring forth more styled shoots, and celebratory life events surrounded by art to launch businesses and celebrate reunions (coming soon)! I started to become more and more clear about who my ideal clients were.

Right after #MiamiisNice, I was hired by an incredible couple (you will get to meet them later this month) to design their upcoming Creative Union scheduled to take place in March of 2019, in Washington D.C! Hint: it’s about how the future is female (and intersectional AF).

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I became exhausted! Well because, one woman can't run this ship alone. And to be honest, I was pretty good with the execution, branding, etc...but Creative Unions was not growing fast enough. Something was missing. Later, I learned...it was my mindset blocking me all along.

I always knew deep down inside, this wasn't the last thing I would launch. Honestly, I felt like there must be more, and that I HAD to learn more to keep it afloat... More impact. More ripple effects. More capital. More visionary shit beyond executing important and naturally politically charged events around art.

It’s August 2018 - I’m still working on the next Creative Union set for March 2019, but this “thing” was missing. Not sure what it was. I was depressed. I was anxious. I was regretful. I had to make major changes. Like ASAP.

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Photo by Lis Chacon.

I finally had some downtime to myself. I was alone, breathing, and I closed my eyes…I meditated. Just like I did on the beach when I came up with Creative Unions Event Design, the first event planning company dedicated to curating art exhibitions for life’s celebrations.

I thought, if I could do what I love, then shouldn’t other women artists & curators do the same too? Why was every artist in my circle still struggling to pay the basic bills while begging for more grants to fulfill dream projects? There’s a lot behind that question that I can rant about for hours...so lemme tell you how I took action instead of just asking myself WHHHYYY? WHHYYY ME?!

I woke up from my meditation. This subconscious voice said…COACH.

My ego was liiiike...Excuse me, TF what did you just say?

COOOOOACCCCCCHHH!

Mind you, this is the same voice that flat out said in 2016...Weddings as art exhibitions!...without much explanation. That voice...she’s feisty, she’s in command, and she does not like to explain. She is my higher self.

I immediately contacted the first coach that came to mind - Julia Ford-Carther, the one that I met two years prior at a “Love Lost” Miami exhibition talk about love, and protecting your nation state of love! After meeting and reconnecting, I knew that I had to protect MY nation’s state of love, and that I also had to learn HOW to share the tools/the template that I used to launch my arts biz and countless art exhibitions with other women artists like me.

I had to level up, so I hired my first business/life coach to do it all better, and share that knowledge as a now coach. MAJOR #levelup (and sorely needed in this arts industry).

Marie Forleo + Oprah inspired photoshoot by  Jacqueline Bermudez !

Marie Forleo + Oprah inspired photoshoot by Jacqueline Bermudez!

Since this past summer, I went through so many difficult but empowering life changes.

9 days later, on August 15, 2018 - I “shook off” what was no longer serving me: co-dependent relationships, toxic friendships, and my old money/life mindset to then launch my own coaching business. With the guidance of my new coach, I quickly tapped into my highest self and became a Launch Strategist to launch Women Artists < Artpreneurs and empower them to find their highest selves. #artisttoartpreneur

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Since September 1st, I have had the honor of coaching 30+ women artists, so they too can do what they love, independently. There’s so much I can talk about when it comes to this work, but I will save that for another blog post on my future coaching business website, coming soon during the Holidays. In the meantime, check it out at @michelleigomez! (And if you wanna subscribe to that future juicy mailing list all about coaching, just shoot me an email at michelle@creativeunionsllc.com with the subj line: MAILING LIST)!

Creative Unions Event Design is not just about me anymore. It’s about WE. It’s about US. That’s right, I am expanding this company, so I can stay in my zone of genius, continue being a visionary, and continue to empower other artists and curators to do what they love in this company, while getting paid for it.

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Creative Unions is not just an event planning company, it’s now quickly becoming:

  1. An Incubator for other emerging artpreneurs to get paid to curate art exhibitions, make commissioned artwork for events, for future event planners to practice event coordination.

  2. A Curatorial Framework that explores love as a political act, with a bit of a pop culture influence. (First came a Golden Girls themed wedding + radical joy, then a Dr. Who inspired wedding with a dash of intersectional AF feminism, see the patterns here?)

  3. A Platform for love, creativity, and community. It’s a mirror for those who feel left out of the dominant and very hetero wedding traditions through the eyes of a socially conscious curator with a passion for art and love.

Looking Forward


I look forward to working with Jessica Molnar of Odd Duck Press as my Assistant (aka fellow boss babe). I look forward to introducing you all to an entire team of artpreneurs who will help make the 2nd Creative Union wedding possible in March of 2019.


I look forward to getting back on track with regular IG posts at @creativeunions and regular (and juicy/inspiring/radical) blog posts here on Creative Unions Inspiration.

I look forward to continue making Creative Unions for those couples out there who appreciate art, and have a unique story to tell through art. Because with art, anything is possible.

I look forward to continue coaching women artists. Because if I can do what I love, they can too.

I’m in the driver’s seat now, and it feels so fuckin’ good.

Stay tuned. (And happy early birthday to me) :)

Con mucho, mucho, mucho AMOR y PAZ!

From the Creative Unions Event Design TEAM

5 Moments that made me cry in the 1st ever art exhibition as wedding: Miami IS Nice


Recap

7 months later, and people in Baltimore STILL talk about this press worthy show that attracted almost 1,800 people through the gallery doors...

People have told me: “This was the best show I have EVER seen in Baltimore”...“Museum quality… “My favorite place!" and much more

This monthlong art exhibition and wedding was even featured on Hyperallergic and The Baltimore Sun!

Well, what was this thing?! Lemme tell you. It was the first Creative Union that proved the power of art and it's capacity to tell our stories in deeper and more intentional ways, even in weddings. It was all made possible by this neon family in a little less than 2 years:

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  • Nick Horan & Zachary Z. Handler were the lead organizers and artist couple who wanted to get married in a Golden Girls inspired art exhibition. So they emailed me before Creative Unions became, well...Creative Unions! Read about the story about how it all started here (I swear, it’s like they read my mind before even meeting me).
  • Carlyn Thomas of Terrault Contemporary (aka an art angel) was the co-curator who helped me manage this beast!

Ask any wedding planner, and they will brag about the linens they chose, the outfits their clients wore, or how boho-chic their dinnerware setup looked. But this was different. Simply put, it was a monthlong art exhibition full of art that questioned who Miami is nice for, what it means to be queer, combined with art about 1980's Miami, neon, and escapism. 

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It was a Creative Union. A Creative Union is a specially curated art exhibition and marriage ceremony that brings people together to celebrate and express your love story.

Our mission was completed as we created a 1980's Miami escape from the struggles of being queer under today's political climate. This art exhibition was a temporary home to artworks by 45 artists (yup, you got that right - 45 :wink:), a series of public programs, a photo booth (aka Blanche’s bedroom), hundreds of pounds of gold glitter, and Nick & Zach’s wedding.

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Miami is Nice served as the ultimate setting for a gay wedding celebration in order to inspire a world where love wins. Three public events became a natural part of the exhibition as imagined by Nick & Zach, so that the greater Baltimore community from all walks of life could enjoy the month long celebration with the help of Creative Unions Event Design, Management, and Consulting services.

There were too many emotional stories to tell. It was hard to only pick 5 (Part 2 coming soon, I guess). I am not sure how to document and capture all of it...but all of these moments will be in my heart forever. Thank you to all the artists who provided this platform for the community to shed smiles, tears, and sniffs of 80's perfume nostalgia. Oh, and thanks to the puppies that came through too.

After selling artworks with proceeds donated to two LGBTQ organizations: SAGE and Trans Women of Color Collective, I was proud but also sad to see this exhibition come down. I still think about it often, and get teary eyed sometimes, but below are more of my favorite moments with old and new friends who visited "Miami is Nice".

You can see more behind the scenes moments on my personal IG @michelleigomez and follow @creativeunions to see what is next! Hint: an afrofuturist themed art exhibition and wedding in DC, coming next year!


5 Moments that made me cry in the 1st ever art exhibition as wedding: Miami IS Nice

1. Wearing an 80’s vintage sequin shirt from Burdine’s during a conga line! (and crying in front of my Grad School Director)

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Besides the fact that over 500 people from all walks of life joined us for a steamy opening that felt just like a Miami summer,  I absolutely loved starting a conga line thanks to Gloria Estefan. I was wearing my Mom's vintage 80s sequin top from Burdines, dancing with friends from Miami and Baltimore in an art gallery. I was basically living my best life. In fact, that's how I always imagined my dream life. I then cried in front of George Ciscle. If you do not know him, look him up.

We also enjoyed Golden Girls inspired drag performances by Shaunda Leer! I especially loved seeing our guests interact with our various engaging activities including:

  • manicures and conversations about queerness with Porn Nail$, one of our artists who hailed all the way from Miami,
  • shuffleboard,
  • taking pictures in front of the #Lovewins backdrop by Anya Mizani,
  • taking pictures in in Blanche’s boudoir thanks to our Pixilated photo booth,
  • taking glitter dime bags home,
  • and touching other interactive installations and sculptures!

All of that fun stuff listed up there? ^ That is art. And a very fun art opening!

 

2. Reminiscing nostalgic memories of the Golden Girls during Cheesecake Conversations: An Evening with Stan Zimmerman and H. Alan Scott

For many LGBTQIA+ folks growing up in the 80's, The Golden Girls was an important symbol of strength, subversion, and profound acceptance. In light of #nationalcomingoutday, we invited folks to join us for a live broadcast conversation to discuss the past, present and future of The Golden Girls and the love it inspires with one of the original screenwriters of this iconic television series, Stan Zimmerman and H. Alan Scott, co-host of Out on the Lanai podcast. (They even sat on a vintage 80’s couch that looks just like the one in Golden Girls!)

Over 100 Golden Girls fans joined us as we took photos in our Pixilated Photo booth in Blanche's bedroom (thanks Accent Wall!), we devoured amazing cheesecakes made by Travis Marley with sparkling pink wine, talked about Stan's experiences on the Golden Girls set, shared childhood memories of this iconic television show, and discussed art making as a form of resistance in the age of Trump.

One story that particularly moved me involved a Puerto Rican gay man who watched The Golden Girls on repeat with his hardworking mother sharing laughs every day.

Also, look at H. Alan's GG tattoo:

 

3. Queer Performance Evening: Nerutrippy and Dr. 305 bring Baltimore and Miami to Miami (in Baltimore) 

I absolutely loved all of our 13 performances from our queer performance evening (and closing reception!) My favorite performances truly represented two worlds that beautifully merged the cultures of Miami and Baltimore.

Dr. 305 did some funny AF stand up comedy making jokes about her move from the 305 to the 410. She ended her skit with the line..."But Baltimore is nicer!

Neru & The Hippy Trippy Collective ended the night with dim lights and poetic rap, making us all feel reflected and at home in Baltimore.

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The queer performance evening ended with all kinds of age groups dancing together in Halloween costumes for the occasion! 

PS - That night, we also hit over 1,600 guests, just look at the joy in my face! Also my fly AF nails were customized just for Miami is Nice by Power Decals!

 

4. The Wedding ceremony (with a keytar!) 

The morning of the wedding, the entire team changed the exhibition, adding sculptural 80's centerpieces made by Alice Gadzinski, a white balloon installation called "3pm Showers" covering the ceiling, and Golden Girls decor. 

That evening, Nick & Zach's closest family and friends were greeted by Elvis impersonators at the door as they entered their own private art opening reception. The ceremony began with their dearest friends Sarah Beth Oppenheim & Kate Folsom of Heart Stück Bernie performing a specially choreographed dance that brought everyone to tears. Nick & Zach’s guests then contributed loving messages and secrets to the altar. :sings Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me A River":

Their ceremony took place in front of a specially made sculptural backdrop titled “#Lovewins” by Anya Mizani. Anyone who visited the show before and after the wedding was invited to take a picture in front of that backdrop with their loved ones too!

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Nich & Zach's vows were just as creative as the show itself, and included a keytar rendition of “Thank you for being a friend” by their officiant Nyugen Nyugen, some episode clips of the Golden Girls, a marinara sauce ritual, vows performed in art jargon, and Golden Girls masks worn by the audience!

We danced the night away to 80’s music with grapefruit shandy in our hands after more creative performances by their closest friends.

The Golden Girls inspired decorative remnants, the vows, and the balloons from the celebration stayed in the space for the remainder of the exhibition as an additional art installation. The intention behind this was to symbolize how quickly the saccharine opulence of the 1980s came crashing down, and reminded all viewers of the ever-present fragility of the queer experience in America while paying homage to those four remarkable female characters who played such a prominent role in their upbringings.  

There was also fresh cheesecake available in the exhibition every day after the wedding. 

5. Eating chocolate left in the gallery overnight the day after the wedding

Warning: So this moment involved eating leftover cake crumbs the morning after the wedding...please don’t judge me (I was slightly hungover)!

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The next morning, I opened up the gallery so the public can see the additional art we added to the show for the wedding + the mess we left behind after dancing to 80's music all night long. Guests saw it all...confetti all over the floor (and in my hair), food leftovers, and the remnants of this cake table that had 20+ specially made cheesecakes devoured by Nick & Zach's friends and family.

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Guests even saw me cleaning up the mess, dragging garbage cans, and folding linens (we left some of the mess including the confetti as "wedding remnants" for the exhibition). I even gave some visitors additional confetti to throw around the gallery when they browsed the art. One visitor bonded with me while eating chocolate left on the table (which he knew was left in the gallery overnight). #youonlyliveonce 

Oh, and Reggie Wells even paid us a visit (you know, Oprah's make up artist, NBD).

So why should visitors see the mess, and the clean up process and why the day after when wedding planners typically clean up right after the wedding is over?

In this special case, the artist lead team valued all those in between moments as a part of the "art". Weird, right?! Yea. I would also add that this whole #BTS art performance just added to the whole queer AF approach to subverting wedding traditions.

My point is...The wedding industrial complex pressures us to only share the "perfect" moments of our weddings. In addition to those perfect shots of our beautiful uneaten cakes, I also find beauty in the messiness of it all.


Reflection

As a curator turned wedding planner, this was the largest project I embarked on up to date (and my first wedding). Although there were many challenges and lessons learned behind the scenes, over one thousand people benefited greatly from a show that reflected their personal stories. It's been so inspiring to see all kinds of people walk through those doors, and even more inspiring to see them open up to us with their traumas, their histories, their joy, and everything in between. It proved that art really does connect us, including strangers.  

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Nick & Zach told me I made their dreams come true. But in reality, they made dreams come true for those who saw themselves in this show and found a place to freely express themselves in a joyful escape. They also made MY dreams come true by believing in my vision, and trusting my advice when it came to curating and community outreach. They helped me to believe that that with art, anything is possible. Even in a wedding. 

This was not just about Nick & Zach’s wedding, it was something so much bigger. It's been so inspiring to see all kinds of people walk through those doors to see such a unique wedding that utilizes art to bring all kinds of communities together in the name of love.

It truly was a queer paradise where love wins.

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Thank you for being a friend!

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Thank you to all the artists and performers who provided this platform for the community to shed smiles, tears, and sniffs of 80's perfume nostalgia. Oh, and thanks to the puppies that came through too.

Special thank you to Spacecamp gallery, our volunteers, vendors, and sponsors who made this unforgettable community event and space possible!

Huge thanks to our grant support provided by Free Fall Baltimore from Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and Awesome Foundation-Baltimore! And a big hug to all our sponsors who donated to our Hatchfund!

 

Featured Visual Artists:

Akea Brown (MD), Alex Ebstein (MD), Alex Schechter (PA), Alice Gadzinski (MD), Alissa Eberle (PA), Amy Boone McCreesh, Andrew Indelicato (VA), Anne Stringer (MD), Anya Mizani (MD), April Pink (MD), Brice Peterson (NJ), Chinen Aimi Bouillon (MD), Colby Katz (NC), Colin Klockner (VA), Danya Smith (VA), Dave Eassa (MD), Diza Hope (CA), LaboMamo by Danilo de la Torre and David Rohn (FL), Devin Morris (NY), Esther Ruiz (NY), Felice Cleveland (TX), Gary Godbey, Hannah Hiaasen (NY), Jackie Cassidy (NJ), Jill Fannon (MD), Warm Brothers by Jordan Parvex (CA), Katie Duffy (IL), Leah Guadagnoli (NY), Leeanne Maxey (NY), Magali Hebert-Hout, Nick Simko (NM), Nick Horan (MD), Polly Mizani (MD), Rachel Debuque (MD), Richard Munaba (NY), Porn Nail$ by Rosemarie Romero (FL), Ryan Lauderdale (NY), Samuel Draxler (NY), Sidney Pink (MD), Spencer Meyers (FL), Hysteria by Tanya Garcia & Valeria Molinari (MD), Tiffany Smith (NY), Tiffany Threadgould (PA) & Kat Tingum (NY), Zachary Z. Handler (MD)

Wedding Performers:

Denise Green

Nguyen Nguyen

Raechel and Vanessa Nolan

Lynne Price

Andrew Sargus Klein

Maxine The Drag Queen and Zac Lawhon

April and Sidney Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Queer Performance Evening Artists:

Ophelia Bones

Dr. 305

Alexander Gallagher

Lurch & Holler

Sebastian Katz

Neru from Hippy Trippy Collective

Pangelica

Brice Peterson

Little Prince

Joseph Reisberg

Sarah Strahorn

Trans Women of Color Collective

 

Special Shout Out to:

Our photographers Kiirstn Pagan, Tiffany Jones and Akea Brown who the photos on this post!

Kiirstn Pagan for all the branding and invitations

UNION Craft Brewing for the beer

Station North Tool Library for building exhibition shelves

Accent Wall Customs for the Banana leaf wallpaper in Blanche's boudoir

Pixilated for the photo booth equipment

Photofetti for the custom confetti

Catering by Copper Kitchen

Bulk Glitters for tons of glitter

The Lapel Project for those Miami Vice lapels

Bash Party Goods for our plates

Ruthlidge Costumes for the Elvis costumes

Echo Neon Studio for the Miami is Nice neon sign

Twigz and Tweed for the plant and furniture rentals!


In loving memory

"Parting gifts from Miami is Nice. Just solidifying the fact that I have found my people!" - Alice Gadzinkski

In loving memory of Alice Gadzinski.

With all my love,

Michelle


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ABOUT ME

Michelle Ivette Gomez is an arts professional with a love for romance and art, and a passion for bringing people together and telling stories through art. She received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art where she focused on co-creative curatorial practice and expanding traditional methods of exhibition presentation in collaboration with communities. As the Founder & Creative Director of Creative Unions Event Design LLC, the first event planning company dedicated to integrating contemporary art into life’s celebrations, she views marriage celebrations as specially curated art exhibitions that bring people together to celebrate and express unique love stories.

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Michelle Ivette Gomez - Founder of Creative Unions sitting with Creative Unions’ pioneer couple Zachary Z. Handler (left) and Nick Horan (right)

Michelle Ivette Gomez - Founder of Creative Unions sitting with Creative Unions’ pioneer couple Zachary Z. Handler (left) and Nick Horan (right)

Hey fellow art lovers and lovers of love!

I AM SO EXCITED! I just flew in from Miami to my second home, Baltimore, and I brought all my neon powered Miami energy to help bring Creative Union’s first celebration to life! I’m typing this from a folding table in Spacecamp gallery watching the “Miami is Nice” curatorial team transform this white wall gallery into a queer paradise where love wins. From October 7-28, right where I’m sitting, this 2800 sq. ft room will be home to 45 incredible artist’s works, 3 public events, and Zachary & Nick’s Golden Girls inspired wedding. It’s been a day of painting, sweeping, and reflections on this 2 year journey. I actually had a bit of an epiphany earlier when I realized that we are featuring 45 artists from around the country at the same time as we grapple with the current 45th President’s attacks on the LGBTQ community. Talk about creative resistance, right?!

“Miami is Nice” is more than just a private wedding that takes place in an art gallery. So much more. In fact, I suggest heading over to www.miamiisnice.com for details on the exciting series of programs for the greater Baltimore community. Hint: one of the original screenwriters for the Golden Girls is joining us for a discussion! And there will be cheesecake! You can also stop by the gallery during gallery hours to play Atari video games or watch Golden Girls episodes with me in your PJs. ;)

I can’t believe it’s been a year and a half since Creative Unions began WERKing on our first art exhibition/wedding. Personally, it’s been a rough month. I’ve dealt with the world’s natural disasters and had to evacuate my home in Miami. Fortunately, my house and family are safe but I constantly worry about my family in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. Returning to Baltimore this week has proven to be the most wonderful gift. It has lifted my spirits and allowed me to laugh again, despite the gun violence, climate change, and everything else wrong with this world. I came up with Creative Unions because I wanted to bring more love into my life and this world.

Nothing else brings me as much joy as working with Creative Union’s pioneer couple, Zachary & Nick alongside co-curator Carlyn Thomas of Terrault Gallery to make this art exhibition, series of programs, and gay wedding a dream come true. As I look around me right now, I am so excited to introduce the world to all of this excess :)

Check out my top 10 favorite behind the scenes moments from this past year while working on the #miamiisnicesxhibition below!

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1. N&Z screen printed hundreds of shoulder pads with their wedding logo as part of their wedding invitation (packed in gold envelopes)!


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2. Seeing the postcard and invitation for the general exhibition and wedding! This was the first “IT’S REALLY HAPPENING” moment.  


3. Ok here’s a mini list. These artworks got me way too excited from the moment I first laid my eyes on them, and this is just a tiny fraction of the entire art exhibition. (And yes, that is a glitter toilet seat that will be featured in the gallery’s bathroom! #artiseverywhere)


4. This Miami is Nice sign is everything.


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5. No Golden Girls themed wedding is complete without Elvis costumes and accessories!


6. I met Sebastian from The Lapel Project here in Miami (yes the guy that was featured on Shark Tank!), and he gave me the “Miami Vice” lapel set for the groomsmen, so sweet of him! Check out the video below to see how the his lapels work. These lapels are so great, you can stick them onto any suit to customize your look so your suit is as unique as you! Thank you Sebastian!


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7. A Golden Girls Wedding? YES! Here is a photo of that time we heard Nick & Zachary’s interview on “Out on the Lanai: A Golden Girls Podcast”! (PS- H. Alan Scott is one of the co-hosts and GG superfans for this podcast...he will be moderating a talk with one of the original screenwriters for Golden Girls on Oct 18th! (See www.miamiisnice.com for event details)


8. When Carlyn drove to NY to pick up artworks from artists and took selfies with (most) of them! Oh how I loved getting these in our Whatsapp chat group.


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9. I have weekly Skype sessions with Nick & Zachary. Sometimes I take screenshots of them when they show me the deliveries they get in the mail for their wedding, like this beautiful martinique wall paper donated by Accent Wall Customs for our Golden Girls inspired photo booth, eeeeek!


Left to right: Michelle Ivette Gomez of Creative Unions, Zachary Z. Handler, Nick Horan and Carlyn Thomas of Terrault Gallery

Left to right: Michelle Ivette Gomez of Creative Unions, Zachary Z. Handler, Nick Horan and Carlyn Thomas of Terrault Gallery

10. When the whole team got together in Baltimore to take this 80’s neon glamour shot!


If you are around Baltimore or DC, I hope you can stop by the opening for “Miami is Nice” on Oct 7, 7-10pm at Spacecamp to say hello, enjoy drag performances, and get your glitter nails done. See you Bmore, miss you.

Yours in 80’s excess and shoulder pads,

-Michelle


ABOUT ME

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Michelle Ivette Gomez is an arts professional with a love for romance and art, and a passion for bringing people together and telling stories through art. She received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art where she focused on co-creative curatorial practice and expanding traditional methods of exhibition presentation in collaboration with communities. As the Founder & Creative Director of Creative Unions Event Design LLC, the first event planning company dedicated to integrating contemporary art into life’s celebrations, she views marriage celebrations as specially curated art exhibitions that bring people together to celebrate and express unique love stories.

A Quick Update

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It is with great excitement that I announce three things during this very busy month:

  1. I am now a full time wedding planner and curator for Creative Unions! It is such an honor to dedicate my life to doing what I love most...making art exhibitions designed around your love story!

  2. I am in the midst of working hard on Zachary & Nick’s wedding and art exhibition, “Miami is Nice” to imagine a queer paradise where love wins. Stay tuned as we are hard at “werk” making it all happen. Mark your calendars for “Miami is Nice” opening October 7, 2017 at 7pm in SpaceCamp, located in Baltimore, MD. You can visit www.miamiisnice.com to see more details and also learn about the exciting programs we have up our sleeve!

  3. I am looking for art loving couples who are planning their Creative Unions for next year. Remember, you are the tastemaker. You know how to reach me!

Stay tuned for an exciting blog post later this month highlighting one of my favorite artists who happens to work in the wedding and art industries, just like me!

 
You betta WERK!
— RuPaul
 

With love,
Michelle


ABOUT ME

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Michelle Ivette Gomez is an arts professional with a love for romance and art, and a passion for bringing people together and telling stories through art. She received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art where she focused on co-creative curatorial practice and expanding traditional methods of exhibition presentation in collaboration with communities. As the Founder & Creative Director of Creative Unions Event Design LLC, the first event planning company dedicated to integrating contemporary art into life’s celebrations, she views marriage celebrations as specially curated art exhibitions that bring people together to celebrate and express unique love stories.