July 03, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Early fireworks last Sunday at the Los Angeles Press Club Southern California Journalism Awards. I was honored to receive two first place trophies for Feature Photo and Photo Essay, placing 2nd for Photojournalist of the Year. My High & Dry partner Christopher Langley placed 3rd for Environmental Reporting, all for work on KCET's Artbound.

Highlights included a Lifetime Achievement Award for legendary sports journalist Jim Hill (introduced by Magic Johnson), and an incisive speech by Public Service Award honoree Henry Winkler on journalism's essential role in our "already great" country.

61st Annual Southern California Journalism Awards - Los Angeles, CA - June 201961st Annual Southern California Journalism Awards - Los Angeles, CA - June 2019Osceola Refetoff & Shana Nys Dambrot
61st Annual Southern California Journalism Awards
Photo left: © Billy W. Bennight II

61st Annual SoCal Journalism Awards at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles
Shana Nys Dambrot won for her LA Weekly Profile on Viggo Mortensen

The busy weekend also included the Blind Courier opening, curated by Hilary Baker and Lauren Kasmer at the Brand Library in Glendale, California. The stunning show features eleven of my pinhole images on view thru August 23. Fancy art critic Shana Nys Dambrot leads an artist walk-thru on August 11, 2-4pm.

Blind Courier - Brand Library & Art Center - Glendale, CA - June-August 2019Blind Courier – Brand Library & Art Center – Glendale, California – Jun-Aug 2019Osceola Refetoff Curated by Hilary Baker and Lauren Kasmer
Blind Courier at The Brand Library & Art Center - Photo: Genie Davis

The same evening, The Vision Board opened with great fanfare at Kopeikin Gallery in Culver City, California. My first mixed-media piece is on view thru August 24 alongside outstanding works by an impressive line-up of L.A. art luminaries. A "champagne and cookies" walk thru with curator Elizabeth Valdez is planned for August 10, 12-2pm. 🍪🍾

The Vision Board – Kopeikin Gallery – Culver City, CA - Jun-Aug 2019The Vision Board – Kopeikin Gallery – Culver City, CA - Jun-Aug 2019Image (right): Osceola Refetoff, The Dream of Sustainability, mixed media, 2019

Curated by Elizabeth Valdez – LINK TO EXHIBITION GALLERY

Artists: Rebecca Bird, Nancy Buchanan, Alejandro Cartagen, Jamison Carter, Carolyn Castaño, JooYoung Choi, Kevin Cooley, Joseph Cultice, Jen DeNike, Fabian Debora, Mike Dee, Chris Finley, Margaret Griffith, Carla Jay Harris, Pearl C. Hsiung, Bettina Hubby, Salomon Huerta, Elizabeth Huey, Kysa Johnson, Kiel Johnson, Nina Katchadourian, Laura Krifka, Mark Licari, Jordie Oetken, Amy Park, William Powhida, Monique Prieto, Osceola Refetoff, Fawn Rogers, Gretchen Rollins, Erica Rothenberg, Katie Shapiro, Guy Richard Smit, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Elizabeth Valdez, Marnie Weber, Sarah Ann Weber, Christopher Williams, Melanie Wilhide
The Vision Board Show / The Dream of Sustainability - thru August 24


What's next? I'll be exhibiting new work at three venues in Estonia! Curated by Juri Koll, Edge to Edge will travel to the Tartu Graphic Festival, the Pärnu IN Graphics Festival, and Fahle Gallery in Tallinn between July 22-August 30 (see link for details). And Electric Kool-Aid Banana, curated by Britt Ehringer and Marischa Slusarski, brings a psychedelic blast to Merchant Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, opening August 30, 6-9pm. 💥




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