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Gallery: Todd G. Franson 2019

An exhibition of Franson's life work, covering everything from vibrant dancing bears to his incredible portraits for Metro Weekly

Todd Franson: Dancing Bear – 12×12

A few memorable photos that you may remember from covers of this magazine — Jim Graham as Cleopatra, or the infamous Leather Kewpie — will be on display as part of the latest exhibition at the DC Center for the LGBT Community, all by Todd Franson, Metro Weekly‘s chief portrait photographer for the past 24 years, as well as the magazine’s longest-serving Art Director.

Yet the focus of this exhibit is on artworks Franson has created for other projects and pursuits, going back as far back as his days as a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, with four stylized gloves from the series “Wear & Tear: Inspired by Irving Penn,” newly printed on aluminum.

A more recent passion of Franson’s has been capturing artistic shots of foliage, blooms, and landscapes at the National Arboretum. And then there are the dazzling and quirky photographs that come closest to conveying his personal sensibility, none more so than “Dancing Bear,” a vibrant image of a bustling amusement park at dusk.

The opening reception, with artist talk over light food and drink, is this Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m. The Center Arts Gallery is inside the Reeves Center at 2000 14th St. NW. Call 202-682-2245 or visit

Todd Franson: Commuter 1 – 12×12

Todd Franson: Untitled (Doll) – 12×12

Todd Franson: Last Slice – 12×12

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @ruleonwriting.

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