“A lot of my events are sexy,” said McKeel, the founder of Reno’s premier erotic art non-profit organization, Reno Erotico Diablo. “And of course, it’s always important to be safe about sex.”
With that in mind, McKeel, who organized her first art event in October with proceeds benefiting cancer patients, will be hosting her second showing, this time targeting safe sex awareness, benefiting the Washoe County Teen Health Mall.
“I just hope people realize that it’s OK to be sexy, but you have to be a safe slut about it,” McKeel said. “I hope people realize what’s really out there, in regards to STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases).”
Friday’s engagement, suggestively called the Red District, will showcase a main fashion show, with a handful of up-and-coming fashion designers— namely lingerie — slated to be held at the West Street Market located at 148 W. Street in Reno, McKeel said.
Designers such as Christine Saari, whose work has been shown at New York Fashion Week, Neal Way of Comstock Custom Clothiers and his signature custom corsets and Striper Josh, known for his body painting techniques, will be present, all with pieces available for sale, McKeel said.
Other designers include Sabrina Bolster who incorporates her tattoo artist background in her work making for a very “Ed Hardy” style and Jeanne Dugan, owner of the exotic boutique, The Dollhouse, McKeel added.
“It’s very much of a red-carpet event,” McKeel said, explaining that “paparazzi” will snap photos of guests as they arrive. “I expect everyone to dress in their sexiest best.”
While her own artwork won’t be displayed (McKeel paints her own designs on hat boxes for display purposes) photographers Gary Weinheimer, Frank Haxton and Ivy
Antonowitsch will have their work on display.
“We’ll have the basic runway set up with a raffle to follow,” McKeel said. “The point is that everything is based on educating women on their health and dealing with women’s anatomy. All of the art is on a sexier, erotic level.”
Proceeds from October’s event reached about $1,000, which McKeel said she was happy with for her first event. This year, McKeel expects around 600 guests.
“I feel like on a karmic level, it’s easy for me to do what I’m doing” McKeel said about her drive for charity events. “I feel awesome about making a difference.”
Local Salon 7 will be providing hair and makeup services and several of the models will be featured exotic dancers from the area. A $5 donation is requested at the door and the event starts at 7:30 p.m., lasting well into the night.