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Sunday, March 31, 2013

YIN YANG the Gallery 446 Exhibition

 
 
 
 
Palm Springs is a somewhat mythical and unusual place in the Southern California Desert. Marilyn Monroe is said to have been discovered there. Bob Hope’s most interesting and Modern home is there and the lifestyle is luxurious and very “Rich.” This lovely place; this location of numerous resorts; golf courses and satellite of Hollywood is equal to it’s legend and is truly remarkable.  
Palm Springs with no doubt has a lot to offer. I was there for the opening of the “Yin Yang” exhibition at Gallery 446, to visit the unique Palm Springs Art Museum, the surrounding mountains and to meet Shari Belafonte. It was to be an adventure for the ages and a joy to behold.




Palm Springs with no doubt has a lot to offer. I was there for the opening of the “Yin Yang” exhibition at Gallery 446, to visit the unique Palm Springs Art Museum, the surrounding mountains and to meet Shari Belafonte. It was to be an adventure for the ages and a joy to behold.
 

 
 
 I have admired Shari Belafonte’s beauty and achievements for many years. The many magazine covers she has graced, her television work, music and activism are part of her radiant allure. Before this event I wasn’t aware of her skills as a photographer. She’s amazing at that too. Did I mention she rounds it all out with cartoon voice overs? She couldn’t be more amazing. “Master Card…fill my flat,” was for me one of the greatest lines ever delivered. That was Shari too. Meeting Shari was worth a trip and it is really her honesty and grace that shines through in her life and work. Shari’s a winner that gives much.
 
 
 
 
 
Along with Shiri I met many, many other interesting and talented people. The exhibiting artist’s Shaktima Brien, Angela Romeo and Audrey Tommassini were especially welcoming. Audrey’s mother Shelly Mitchell was incredible; beautiful, talented and blessed with an uncommon sensitivity. She is a teacher of method acting and a phenomenal actress in her own right. Some of the others I bumped into were Jim Ciskowski, Denise Hoy (she emailed me photos of the event) and “Bond Girl” Trina Parks. This was special!

 
 
 
 
The Yin Yang Exhibition went beyond frill and fluff. It was a fund raiser as well. The Desert Aids Project and 100 Women would receive all the proceeds from the sales of the art work. They provide services for women and children affected by HIV/AIDS; it is a worthy cause. The curator of Yin Yang Laurie Weitz and gallery director Dimitri Halkidis are to be noted and commended.

 
 

It is really people that make anything worthwhile and doing. All those that I met were wonderful. The residents of Palm Springs and all in attendance were equally virtuous, dedicated and fun to be with. They made the opening of Yin Yang a true pleasure; a tremendous opportunity and contributed to an event to remember, an evening to treasure, a very good time.
 
 
 


















 

 

2 comments:

Shaktima Brien said...

Great to meet you James!

James Jones said...

Great meeting you Shaktima...very much my pleasure!