Monday, June 23, 2008

A Nice Surprise

On Saturday, I went shooting down at Point Vincente on Palos Verdes, and then met up with some friends in Hermosa Beach for lunch. It was such a relaxing day, starting with a nice hike down the cliffs followed by lunch on the roof deck at Hennessy’s watching the beach crowd soak in the sun. I really wasn’t prepared for what I got in the mail when I got home – a surprisingly thick envelope from the Department of Cultural Affairs / City of Los Angeles.

"Dear Paul,” the letter reads, “it is with great pleasure that I am writing to inform you of your acceptance into the 2008 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition. The jurors reviewed over 2,000 entries, and from these have selected 92 for this year’s exhibition.”

In other words, "you’re going to Hollywood” (literally, actually…it turns out the LA Municipal Art Gallery is right there on Hollywood Blvd).

Holy uknowhat – how cool is that…The wife’s in tears, I’m standing there in disbelief, all the while thinking about the odds (92/2,000 = 4.6%). Not to mention the competition was open to all kinds of artwork – painting, sculpture, performance art, etc - in a city the size of Los Angeles which is of course a major arts/cultural center…

So needless to say a Saturday which started out really good just got even better! My piece "Libertad" will be on display July 31- September 7, with the opening reception on August 3. I’ll post more about the exhibition as it gets a little closer.

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3rdEyeMuse said...

Congratulations!! How very, very exciting. here's hoping you'll post a full report of the event. :)


Jean Levert Hood said...

Awesome!! Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, dude! That is wonderful news! Can't wait to read more.

Isn't it awesome to see one's efforts rewarded and one's work acknowledged?!

2 Virgos Designs said...

Way to go! Congratulations!

Karen from A`Musements said...


CONGRATULATIONS!!! Can't say I am surprised (pleased, but not surprised, since you're skills as an artist are bloody apparent) so I was preparing my congratulations announcement when I read about you entering the jurying process! Please tell Mrs. Sears (your wife, not your mom) that I wish I had been married to someone who was as supportive of my artistic endeavors as she obviously is of yours... is she an artist as well by chance? Anyway Paul, much great fun and success with your showing, and GO FOR YOU!!!
(by the way, maybe Etsy instead of Ebay.... more artists, less plastic)
Have a great weekend (and a drink with an umbrella to celebrate!)

kecia said...

hello Paul - thanks for the visit to my blog. considering i am an amatuer photog - getting a compliment on my picutres from a photographer is exciting - so thanks!
and to you congrats on the juried show - your right the odds and competition alone are staggering. it's nice to finally get to take one step forward, eh? best of luck, hope it leads you somewhere good!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Back in the day everybody loved Carlin and Cheech and Chong.
(sigh) My congratulations to you regarding your photos. You are certainly a very talented artist. Keep us posted.

Andie-The Brown Bee said...

Thanks for poppin' on over to my lil bloggity spot kind sir. =0] Congrats on your juried wishes to you as you embark on this newest adventure!

Donna O. said...

Wow!! This is great news!!! Congratulations and nice to "meet" you!!

Jackie said...

Congratulations, well deserved. It will be great fun to be in Hollywood as well, maybe a few stars will pop by ?

Jeanie said...

Oh, Paul! What an amazing honor! I wish I was near LA so I could tip a glass to you at the opening reception! Congratulations on your wonderful news!


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