Ojai Art Center Photo Show…a Fairy Story

Myrna asked me to write something wry and humorous about the Ojai Art Center Photo Show.  But first, here’s a fairy story.

There was this guy who hadn’t won a prize or honorable mention three shows running.  His spirits were down around his shoes when he entered two more soon-to-be-forgotten masterpieces in what was, in his mind, the 2012 version of Les Miserables.

As usual he participated in the hanging of the show and got more depressed as he carefully placed over fifty photos more wonderful than his on the Art Center walls.  He briefly considered hanging them somewhat askew to dampen their appeal to the viewers.  But he knew that Commander Conrad would be sure to spot and correct the sloppiness.  So why bother.  He finished his work, looked upon the magnificence that graced the walls, packed his bag, accepted the inevitable and went home.

For thirty-six hours, a period of low-level anxiety liberally mixed with creeping depression hovered over his head just like that of the forlorn character Joe Btfsplk in the Li’l Abner comic strip (you youngsters can Google it.) But he was determined that in spite of the upcoming fourth year rejection he would stride into the Art Center on the day of judgment, smile, congratulate the winners and keep his negative comments to himself.  All the while cursing the judges and wishing he had never submitted photos or had claimed that they had been eaten by the dog.

He entered the Art Center on Sunday.  Smiles abounded.  People were having a wonderful time. He tried his best to participate, ho, ho, ho.  Honorable mention tags floated before his eyes.  But not for his photos.  Sweet Nan came up to him and planted a kiss on his cheek.  “Aren’t you excited?”  His mind ran faster.  Why should he be excited?  Maybe if there had been a fire and destroyed the show.  But no, Myrna and the other kind ladies had created a beautiful banquet table, Ojai’s Yes Party Girls were doing wonders keeping things humming and not a charred photo could be seen.

Myrna ran up to him.  All bright and bubbly.  “See, I told you this was your year.  And about time.”

If you want to finish the story, you’ll just have to skip on down to the Art Center between now and July 4.  While you’re there, you can also decide which of the photos you want on your wall.  Be sure to take a close look at the nearly naked lovely lady looking into the mirror.  But better hurry.  Some other guy is bound to take her home.

10 Responses to “Ojai Art Center Photo Show…a Fairy Story”

  1. 1 leila June 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    ABOUT TIME. I thought you (should have_) won on several occassions.


  2. 2 Myrna Cambianica June 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    hee hee … hoot hoot! yes, hurry to see the REFLECT exhibit!


  3. 3 Maureen Ferry June 4, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I am so glad we were there on the night of your triumph – it is an excellent show and I highly recommend it. It was good to see you both – looking good!


  4. 4 Judie June 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I did not know about your 3 rejections, but your photos are always wonderful.
    Congratulations! How do I get to see them?


  5. 5 Roger Conrad June 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Fred: You are always a winner in my book. If I had been a judge last year, I would have given you a prize then too. I still remember how beautiful, sensitive and haunting that image was. Keep working with that great model.


  6. 6 Maureen C. June 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Congratulations, I was happy to be there at the Opening and share your good news…well deserved in my opinion; your entry was certainly one of the most interesting and fitting to the theme of the show. May this be the first of many future honors!


  7. 7 Joe Sixpack June 5, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I think you’ve struck a theme that the judges obviously appreciate. Your key to success: more naked pictures of your wife.


  8. 8 Nancy June 5, 2012 at 9:13 am

    You are always first place with us! Congratulations on the more public form of recognition! Love, Nancy


  9. 9 Aryna June 5, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Congratulations Fred!!!


  10. 10 Sally & Gene June 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Congratulations! Any chance they’ll put this show on the road so we can see in person?


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