The BEarMUSEMENT art exhibition foregrounds ideas about what images are considered “beautiful” in LGBTQ culture and forwards an aesthetic vision of Bears and Chubs.

Exhibition artist Noel Ibay works in styles including graphite, electronic mediums, photo-realistic renderings, stylized iconic images, and pop-culture parodies.

Opening night, Friday June 3, the artist will unveil an HIV/STD prevention poster created by him for Magnet to use for Bear/Chub community outreach. This is highly significant, since this segment of the LGBTQ community is often ignored, not only in gay media but also is underserved in queer health outreach such as HIV/AIDS information. 

The following Tuesday, June 7, a panel discussion addresses challenges and triumphs of the large-sized queer community.  It will feature fat activist Marilyn Wann and Dan Taylor, editor/publisher of The Big Times.  This free exhibit is co-presented by Magnet, Army of Lovers and QCC’s Healthy Communities Initiative Grant. Visit



Noel Ibay is a local Bay Area artist whose artwork is highly celebrated through its identification with events in the Bear and chubby men’s community. He has also completed over 50 private commissioned art portraits. His art has been featured at the last two International Bear Rendezvous events and several pieces were sold.  His popularity continues to grow and he is excited to showcase his work to a broader queer audience at the upcoming Magnet BEarMUSEMENT exhibition.