Beefcake of the Week ~ Daryl

Hi Daryl!
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What’s your idea of a perfect date?
“Horseback riding all day, dinner and wine by candlelight, go country dancing with my Modern Bear until we are tired and ending our date with a tailgate party and game the very next day.” How would you describe your interior design style?
“Contemporary with a Tommy Bahamas’ twist!”

What kind of music do you listen to?
“Country to House, R&B to Smooth Jazz, Gospel to Broadway…and everything in between.”

What’s your most memorable Christmas?
“My most memorable Christmas was last year being able to give gifts from European trip to my family.”

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Location: “Palm Springs/ Joshua Tree area.”

Height: 5’11

Hair: Bald

Eyes: Hazel

Sign: Aries

Fitness Routine: “Lift weights at least 4x a week.”

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Occupation: “Law enforcement.”

Hobbies:
“Running marathons, working out with my trainer, country dancing and being a political junkie.”

Guilty pleasure snack:
“Carrot cake, German chocolate cake, coconut cake, fruit cake and Cold Stone Creamery.”

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TV Faves:
“MSNBC, The Grimm, The Originals, Game of Thrones, Vikings, Star Trek The Next Generation, American Horror Story, Dune series and Penny Dreadful.”

Favorite Films:
“Avatar, Interview with A Vampire, Wolf man, Twilight Saga, Pulp Fiction, Man of Steel and the Star Wars Saga.”

Currently Reading:
“Sports Illustrated, Cover and Concealment, Men’s Journal, Oprah Magazine, Essences, Out 100, Details, GQ, ESPN.”

Turn Ons:
“Someone who can show vulnerability; express emotion; someone I can trust and who can trust me; monogamy.”

Turn Offs:
“Racism, intolerant people, discrimination in all sense.”

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Personal Philosophy:
The Optimist Creed:
“Promise Yourself
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.”

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Bearnamic Duo: Dick & Duane!

12238494_983638355012399_1173984989868548158_oYour rabid fan base knows you as “Dick & Duane” ~ are those your real names?

“I don’t think our fans are rabid! Well, maybe some might need a distemper shot. But as for the names, Duane is really Duane. Although many people know him by his nickname “Ape,” and I’m “Monkey.” I prefer to be called Richie (I actually hate the name “Dick” because it reminds me of people like Nixon and Cheney, although who doesn’t love Dick Van Dyke?), but making a pun of the children’s book series “Dick and Jane” was just too irresistible and catchy. However, I wonder how many younger people even get that reference since these books — which were used, from the 1930s through 70s, to teach kids to read through word repetition — had already been phased out and replaced by phonics by the time they were born. OK, if any young people out there are reading this and are confused, just google “Dick and Jane” and quit busting my chops. You might have to google that idiom, too.”

How did that all start?

“How did Dick and Jane start? As I said, it was in the 1930s and they were designed to teach kids how to — oh, wait, do you mean how did we start calling ourselves Dick and Duane? Well, it was 1989 and we decided we wanted to enter “show biz.” It was a very exciting time in NYC nightlife and we were seeing so many creative and talented people (our favorites were Joey Arias and Ann Magnuson as Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick in “The Andy & Edie Show” at Danceteria). We felt inspired to get up on stage and do our thing. We made our debut at The Pyramid Club on Aug. 13 that year. We did four musical/comedic numbers and left the crowd screaming for more. We were hooked.”

How did you guys meet?

“Slowly. We silently stared at each other for two months before saying our first words to each other. It was my first year (Duane’s second) at Rutgers College and we were taking Intro to Art History, sitting on opposite sides of a large lecture hall. We were both virgins, completely inexperienced and I guess a little shy. Plus, we had no idea how to tell if another guy were gay. Anyway, little by little, for those two months, Duane moved his seat closer and closer to mine. On Oct. 26, 1981, he got to class late and seized the opportunity to finally sit next to me. He asked, “What are we looking at?” and my first words to him were “I love you.” He thought I was crazy but I meant it because I’d had all that time to fall in love!”

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How long have you been together?

“One week. (Plus 34 years.)”

Was it love at first sight or did it take a few dates?

“As you already know, for me, it was love at first sight, but Duane needed a few weeks — OK, months — of persuasion. And some hypnosis.”

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How long did you date before you lived together?

“It was about 4 months before our parents agreed to rent us an apartment off-campus. We didn’t want them to think we were going to be spending all of our time having sex together, so at first, we pretended to just be roommates. But we did end up having sex all the time. So much so that I recall we each had knee and elbow burns from so much rubbing against the low-thread-count poly-cotton sheets.”

What is it about your mate that attracted you so much?

“I was very much into skinny, hung, blond jocks, so Duane fit the bill. He has always liked big muscle guys and cute/sexy faces, so while I wasn’t muscular, my face got my foot in the door of his heart. Oh, that would make a fabulous country-western song!

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Do you have common interests?

Classic sitcoms (Mary Tyler Moore, Mary Hartman, the first three Lucy series, The Comeback, Roseanne…). And sexy younger Latino tops. Well, one in particular. He’s our collared boy.

Do you each have an interest that the other has none in?

Yes. Duane loves his Jeep and anything truck-related. I have a huge celebrity doll collection. But actually, we each share these interests with each other, so maybe the answer is “No”!

What’s the secret to your successful relationship?

Honesty, trust, friendship, humor. Also, good 3-way sex, emotional cruelty and some bondage.

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Any advice for a dating couple?

Hmm, it’s been so long since we dated, and we pretty much went straight from dating to married. Plus, the world is very different now. OK, I’ll give it a shot and I’ll keep it relevant to 2015: always make sure your cell phone is charged so your man can find you. Always approve his photo tags on Facebook. And make videos of the two of you having sex, so in case it doesn’t last, you’ll have something fun to remember him by.

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For more adult fun with Dick and Duane, simply google them and visit their tumblr page!

Beefcake of the Week ~ Chris

10408825_883863778323191_6876811485912615502_nHi Chris!
What’s your idea of a perfect date?
“A perfect date for me would be working out together and a nice dinner afterwards…. And if the chemistry is right, cuddling on the couch with a movie.”

How would you describe your personal interior design style?
“Earth tone colors…Browns, greens.”

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What kind of music do you listen to?
“I have a very eclectic taste in music. My favorite genre would be classic rock but I love jazz, country, pop, classical, R&B and hip hop as well. Some of my favorite artist and groups are:
Amy Winehouse, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Ratt, John Mayer, Lauryn Hill, Rod Stewart, Sam Smith, Led Zepplin, The Doors, Annie Lennox, Hozier, U2, Patty Griffin, Milky Chance, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Ray LaMontagne, Pharrell, Jay-Z, Nas, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Abba, Martina McBride, Alanis Morrisette, Celine Dion, Drake, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, Macklemore, Sade, Corrine Bailey Ray, Chris Young, Billy Currington, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, James Morrison, Van Morrison, The Police, Billy Joel, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Foreigner, Lupe Fiasco, Stix, Dave Matthews Band, Chicago, The Beatles, Rollin Stones, James Taylor. Ok, ill stop here but the list goes on.”

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Location: Atlanta,Georgia
Height: 5’10
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Sign: Pisces

Fitness Routine:
“Not a gym rat, but I work out 4-5 times a week. My workouts consist of crossfit, basketball, Push and pull workouts, etc.”

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Occupation:
“Full time student now, but my background is in law enforcement.
Ex-military – US NAVY.”

Hobbies:
“Shooting pool (I play in a few pool leagues), travel, going to sporting events, (I’m a sports fanatic), going to concerts, listening to live bands, and writing.”

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Guilty Pleasure Snack: “Soft oatmeal raisin cookies, with vanilla ice cream (don’t judge me. lol).”

TV Faves: “The Voice, Modern Family, Empire, oh and of course anything on ESPN. Lol”

Last good movie you saw:
“The last good movie I saw was Officer and a Gentleman with Richard Gere. I’ve seen this movie at least a hundred times. But I never get tired of it and yes I keep tissue close by. lol It’s an emotional movie for me. Good story line and I can relate to a lot in this movie.

The most recent movie I saw that was great is Focus with Will Smith. Good to see him come back with a good movie after the last few terrible ones he did.”

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Turn Ons:
“Honest humble men, natural masculinity, nothing forced. Salt and Pepper, nice eyes, a guy who’s not afraid to show true emotions and feelings.”
Turn Offs: “Conceited, Arrogant, Self-Absorbed Men.”

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Personal Statement: “Very simple quote but it’s my golden rule: Be good to yourself and others.”

Photos by David Dudar Photography

Meet Woofy Wesley from L.A.

Hi Wesley!

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What’s your idea of a perfect date?
“Hmm this for some reason seems to be the hardest question to answer. This can go in so many directions. Obviously a perfect date would entail laughter, tons of flirting, furry kisses, butterflies and “excitement”.
I’m a big fan of dinner with some bad ass ambiance and a movie. Preferably in one of the theaters with the small couch/love seats so there’s groping and cuddle action.
I also can take it outdoors and do say, a hike and maybe a picnic in a secluded spot on a hill in the grass under a tree to watch the sunset.
Or there’s the hot hangout on the couch for as long as you both can resist, maybe 20-30 mins into a movie and then just go at it!”

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How would you describe your personal interior design style?
“Rustic design, earthy contemporary and a little pop never hurt.”

What kind of music do you listen to?
“I pride myself in how all over the board I am with my music preferences. I pretty much like stuff from almost every genre of music. Some of my very favorites are.. The Grateful Dead, Lady Gaga, Bob Marley, Ella Fitzgerald, Notorious BIG and Phish.”

Location: Los Angeles / Hollywood
Height: 6’1
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Sign: Libra

 

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Fitness Routine:
“I workout about 6 days a week and do about 30 mins of cardio a day, preferably the treadmill on full incline at a nice speed. I lift weights on all gym days and try to switch up my routine every few weeks to keep it interesting and to constantly shock and stimulate my muscles. I like to add in a good core routine once or twice a week to stay in good healthy shape.”

Occupation:
“Canine Recreations provider, I exercise and socialize doggies!”

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Hobbies:
“I love to dabble in some Art, creativity is fun. Fitness, weight lifting, Live music, concerts, cooking, watching movies, Travel adventures, LAZY BEAR WEEKEND, I’d say my job as well because I really love working with dogs, being in nature which I never feel like I get enough of. Hanging out with my friends and just being silly.”

Guilty Pleasure Snack: “Ice Cream, it’s the best.”

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TV Faves:
“Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, The Cosmos, Mankind the Story of Us All, Daredevil, Looking… To name a few, I’m more of a movie guy.”

Last good movie you saw:
“MadMax Fury Road. I’d give it 5 out of 5 stars. It was beautifully done and extremely entertaining. The main characters did a fantastic job and we’re both sexy as fuck….. And, I just got back from the movies before finishing this and saw Jurassic World.. It was fuckin KILLER!!!

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Turn Ons:
“Guys who are not afraid to be THEMSELVES and let loose and have fun. Guys who care about their planet and the life that inhabits it. Optimism, sense of humor, self love, adventurous, confident, positive attitude, down to earth, muscles, cuddles, Fur and Beards.”

Turn Offs:
“Littering, bad attitudes, acting like someone your not, bad manners, Debbie downers, disrespect for animals, selfishness.”

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Personal Philosophy:
“It’s always wrong to hate, but it’s never wrong to love.”



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Photos By Rey Rey’s Photography : https://www.facebook.com/reyreysphotography

Meet Woofy CubCake Nik from Munich

Hi Nik!

What’s your idea of a perfect date?

“Intimate dining, taking a romantic walk together, occasionally grabbing his hand (and not letting go!), eventually dropping him home with a kiss. Yes, I may be young but I’m old school: no sex on the first date!”

How would you describe your personal interior design style?

“A good blend of industrial design and modernism.”

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What kind of music do you listen to?

“Anything from a cheesy pop ballade (that I can even more cheesily sing and hum along to!), house music, classic rock and even classical music. Deep and meaningful lyrics get me all the time!”

Location: Munich, Germany

Height: 5`8 Hair: brown

Eyes: changeable from brown to green

Sign: Libra

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Fitness Routine: “Actually at bulking. Gaining mass before I will have to cut it down. I work out five to six times a week. Go heavy with the weight and focuse on 8-10 reputations. Once a week I play soccer.”

Occupation: “Self employed Personal Trainer business “NiksShapeUp”

Hobbies: “I love playing soccer, working out at the gym, going to the movies. I’m always up for a fun and relaxed time with close friends which might include getting buzzed at the bars. Even Personal Trainers have a life, you know! LOL”

Guilty Pleasure Snack: “Peanut butter jelly sandwiches.”

TV Faves: “Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones.”

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Last good movie you saw: “With Child” 2014, A widowed construction worker must balance rebuilding his life and being a single dad to his infant daughter all the while being spun around by the romantic advances of his eccentric new employer. Totally engaging and authentic film!”

Currently Reading: “Redirect, by Timothy Wilson, 2011 If you want to know how to make permanent and lasting change in your behavior, or the behavior of someone you know, then this is the book to read. It tells you what does and doesn’t work based on research.”

Turn Ons: “A handsome interesting bearded face always gets my attention first – I’m a sucker for a great smile. Then I like big furry guys, my size and bigger. Age really doesn’t matter here. You’ve got to be a sane, loyal and very genuine guy. Someone who will settle for love, who’s able to commit and say “FUCK, YES!” to me – that’s my biggest turn on!”

Turn Offs: “I don’t need anyone constantly counting their calories, obsessing with keeping their sixpack in shape. I want my man to be able to enjoy a good beer and a pizza, too. Oh, and if you’re seeking validation from other guys while you’re dating me, we’re definitely not a match. Also drugs is a big no-no for me.”

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Personal Philosophy : “This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” ― I had to quote Marilyn Monroe, because its just so true!!!

All Photos by Kiko Dionisio Photography http://kikodionisio.de/

 

Meet Beefcake Jesus Ruiz!

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Jesus, how did your attraction to the Bear culture and how come about?

“I enjoyed the inclusiveness of our community and fight hard to make sure we extend the olive branch to everyone. I also grew up spending the summers in Mexico on a ranch watching all the Tall,Dark,Sweaty,Hairy men on horseback….. I’m sorry what was I saying?”

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Location: Anaheim,CA

Height: 5’8”

Hair: DARK AND THICK! Shave my head usually

Eyes: Brown

Sign: I’m a Pieces

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Fitness Routine: I am not a fan of gyms and prefer outdoor activities and enjoy hosting hiking groups for bears in my area on a weekly bases.

Occupation: Logistics and Operations Clerk for LUX BUS AMERICA TOURS

Hobbies: MUSIC FESTIVALS, Hiking, Camping, comedy shows, weed

Guilty Pleasure Snack: Caramel Cheesecake Bites from Del Taco. If you haven’t tried them, do yourself a favor.

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TV Faves: Walking Dead, Raising Hope, Celebrity Apprentice, and Face off on Syfy

Last good movie you saw: I’ll let you know when a good one pops up? HEYOHHH!

Currently Reading:I feel like a geek for saying this but I’m currently in the middle of Hunger Games

Turn Ons: Confidence,MANNERS, Goal driven, Passionate, Hairy, Older Men, BIG BUBBA BUTTS

Turn Offs: Gym Queens! Small stomachs and six packs, Socially awkward people.

Personal Statement: I’m very thankful to have had someone mentor me at a young age and taught me the importance of participating in your community. I would advise anyone to find a local charity or non-profit in your area to volunteer for. I love you all and would love to see a stronger Gay Community who supports one another regardless of how masculine one is. ONE LOVE!

Bear World Magazine Presents A Modern Bear Holiday

Writer Scott McGillivray features Modern Bears Travis Smith and Chris Bale celebrating the holiday season in classic Palm Springs Modern style!
Read about it in Bear World Magazine

Photo by John Paschal / Snapshot Studios
Photo by John Paschal / Snapshot Studios
Photo by John Paschal / Snapshot Studio
Photo by John Paschal / Snapshot Studio
Photo by John Pascal / Snapshot Studio
Photo by John Pascal / Snapshot Studio
Photo by John Paschal / Snapshot Studio
Photo by John Paschal / Snapshot Studio

Meet Woofy Beefcake John!

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Hi John,
What’s your idea of a perfect date?

“Dinner, long conversations to get to know the person, and maybe ice cream after dinner to talk more. I do like to kiss on a first date. It will let me know a lot about that person are if we’re going to be compatible to go on another date.”

What does the term “Bear” mean to you?

“Men who are furry, or rugged or handsome or skinny or ugly – there are so many types of bears. I like genuine men.”

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How would you describe your personal interior design style?

“I tend to be very contemporary in my tastes.”

What kind of music do you listen to?

“I love most music: Country, rap, R&B, jazz but mostly find myself bouncing around to dance music but have no favorite one.”

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Location: Atlanta, Ga.

Height: 5’9

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Hazel

Sign: Virgo

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Gym routine: “I’ve worked out for the past 3 years pretty hard trying to change my body every time I lift. My routine is simple. Monday-chest, Tuesday-arms, Wed-legs, Thursday-back Friday-shoulders. I take off Saturday and Sunday unless I miss a day during week. I do one body part a day cause I can solely focus on just that body part trying to do 7 to 8 different exercise and 4 sets of 15 lifting heavier ever set.”

Occupation: “Bartender at Woofs Sports Bar full time and soon to be full time a Barber student starting in the new year.”

Hobbies: “Gym, hiking, anything outdoors – love to travel and the beach is always fun. Photography is a passion I enjoy as well. And my French Bulldog – being a dad to him is great.”

Guilty Pleasure Snack: “LOVE Peanut butter and pancakes.”

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TV Faves: “I rarely watch TV but when I do I
really enjoy THE VOICE.”

Last good movie you saw: “I hate movies, very A.D.D. here.”

Turn Ons: “Handsome, genuine, authentic men who are attractive more on the inside than outside.”

Turn Offs: “Guys who are arrogant, cunty, rude, or dishonest. I treat everyone with respect, because you don’t know what the other person has been through – why treat them like shit?”

Personal Statement: “I have been sober for 2 1/2 years now I support AA.”

Beefcake John Hollier

Photos by David Dudar: Manshots by Dave

The Sculptural Art of Gene Dodak

Sometimes the sculptor is a work of art himself. Case in point is Artist Gene Dodak from Palm Springs. We invite you to look past Gene’s incredible body to view his body of incredible work. We are fascinated by Gene’s clay “Totems” inspired by nature and aquatic life, as well as his Mid-Century inspired lamps and vessels.

Artist Gene Dodak

Gene at work in his studio.
Gene at work in his studio.

After receiving his BFA in Sculpture, Ceramics and Design from Central Michigan University, Gene worked as a window designer at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco and eventually became the Visual manager for the Palo Alto store. He started his own company, Strong Environments, a landscape and design business in the Bay Area in 1994. Gene moved to Palm Springs with his husband, Art Strong, in 2004, and went back to his first love of working in clay.

Gene at his Palm Springs home surrounded by his eclectic work of lamps and vessels.
Gene at his Palm Springs home surrounded by his eclectic work of lamps and vessels.
Gene at his Palm Springs Studio
Gene at the Silica Studio in Palm Springs Studio

Working with and being influenced by Mid-Century artist Paul Bellardo, Gene’s work has become more varied in the last few years, creating modern lamps, vases, and other sculptures. His current interests are slab, wheel-thrown, altered and hand built sculptures.

Gene's Totem sculptures can be used outdoors as well as in.  These Totems are wired to light up at night for dramatic effect.
Gene’s Totem sculptures can be used outdoors as well as in. These Totems are wired to light up at night for dramatic effect.

It was Gene’s Totem sculptures that caught the attention of the Artists Council Exhibition in Palm Springs. It is an annual juried exhibition shown in the Jorgensen Gallery and Marks Graphics Center during the fall of each year. Gene’s work was part of 47 chosen out of over 400 entries.

The Sculptor as sculpture.
The Sculptor as sculpture.

Artist Gene Dodak

Vessels by Gene Dodak
Vessels by Gene Dodak

Gene’s work is represented by Woodman/Shimko Gallery in Palm Springs. Gene’s work is available for residential and commercial commissions.