It was created on Saturday morning, where the entire group of PAPA artists gather, to display their abilities for the viewing public. I had just finished a piece. Looking up, I couldn't believe the colors of that early morning...the sky, the water, the backside of the Casino, even the boats in the harbor...were all just about the same value!! How often does that happen? A bigger question:
Could I capture it?
This is perhaps the most recognizable building on Catalina Island. It use to be used in the '20s as a major dance casino. During the years that PAPA first formed, up to about 1994, we had our major exhibition in this gorgeous building. During those years, works by all the PAPA members was exhibited, and purchased, from such artists as: Ken Auster, Kenn Backhaus, Bye Bitney, myself, Lynn Gertenbach, Gil Dellinger, Frank LaLumia, Jean LeGassick, Ned Mueller, Ralph Oberg, Ray Roberts, Ron Rencher, Jane Shuss, Matt Smith, Brian Stewart, Mary Deloyt Arndt, George Strickland and it`s founder: Denise Burnes.
Each year from 1987 thru 1995, she created ads, promoting PAPA in 3 to 5 major publications including: SOUTHWEST ART MAGAZINE, ART WEST, ARTISTS OF THE ROCKIES, ART OF THE WEST, ART TALK, and a few times in Art Connoisseur Magazine.
As a result, PAPA went from a membership of around 24 members, to a select membership of 35 nationally and internationally known artists, and for many whose names have received recognition thru their association with PAPA.
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