Thursday, December 02, 2010

Winners & losers

And the Denver winner is . . .

Last month we posted Denver artist Robert Maestas' info about a national competition he'd entered. His story and art piece solidly deserved to win. La Bloga does not claim that our readers put Maestas over the top or anything, but here's a letter from him about the results:

This is an update to tell everyone who voted for “A Father’s Struggle” Thank You! Your support was greatly appreciated and because of your votes the art piece and story was awarded top honors in the "Art With A Story" online gallery exhibition.

If you care to view the original art piece and story, they will be exhibited during January, 2011 (including the January First Friday Artwalk) at Artwork Network Gallery, 878 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO. (For further info: 303-388-7420)

Thank you again,
Robert Maestas, artist

Below is the e-mail I received from the Creative Director of Artwork Network:

"We received 83 artist entries in our “Art with a Story” juried show. It was a tough deliberation, for both the public and the jury. We received over 1,500 votes, and had to enlist a fourth juror to help us narrow down our favorites.

"I’m sending this email to say congratulations! Of all those entries, the Public has awarded “A Father's Struggle” with Best Story/Art Combo! This is a fantastic piece, and we’re thrilled you gave us the privilege of hearing the story behind your work.

"Of course one of the prizes that comes along with this honor is an exhibit in the Artwork Network showroom in Denver, Colorado. We want to showcase your winning piece during the month of January 2011 including the January First Friday Artwalk.

"Again, Congratulations!"

(signed) Jessica Bradley
Creative Director
Artwork Network

Y este pendejo . . .

This was brought to our attention by one of Juan Vasquez's nieces from Mexico. It's a great LOL reflection of how the American world (meant in its widest context) has changed. At the same time, it shows that change is not necessarily one smooth path, but instead can result from opposing forces of progress against forces of what?--illness? get-high? You fill in the word you feel is appropriate.

We're only translating the first parts of the piece, since it's one of those things that might be funnier in the original. Even if you only know a little Spanish, the point might be obvious. Specifically, here is how it starts:

"El político más poderoso del
mundo es Negro."
[The most powerful politician in the world is black.]

"El líder del Comité Nacional Republicano es Negro."
[The leader of the Republican National Committee is black.]

Then comes Oprah, Tiger et al, but will you get the end? You'll see. For the remainder, go here.

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