ArtFocus International - words & images by Karen Safer

PHOTO ARTIST - Karen Safer 

5th Generation Native Angelino - Left-Handed Aquarian 

Playa del Rey, California

310 827 5016 

ksafer@aol.com 

 


TRAVEL EXPERIENCE: over 40 plus years traveling, researching and photographing urban and rural architecture, cityscapes, historic sites, nature and coastal regions worldwide including some 232 countries/territories from Africa, Antarticia, Arctic, Asia, Australia, Europe, The Americas; Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans; Caribbean and Middle East. 


 Ilhabela, Brazil

 India

 Saudi Arabia

 Playa del Rey, California


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (ART/PHOTOGRAPHY)

Member: Los Angeles Art Association; Los Angeles Center of Photography; Contributor: National Geographic - Your Shot 

Work-in-Progress: "World Images Vol 1: Sepia" (book of world photographic images), “Poetry on Images,” “The Monet of Playa del Rey,” “African Suite,” “All Images That Delight Me” (places, people, things) orAll the Days of My Life(slide show),Old LA Reworked,” “Big Sky, Clouds & Sea,” Words on Images   
 
Photo Books/Catalogues: 2022 Los Angeles Art Association Vol. 4 Catalog,
Karen Safer, photography, pages 170-171; “Street Art: Saipan Store,” Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Exhibition: Photo Shoot: 2022, in gallery October 1- 20, 2022, Director: Todd Johnson, catalog; “Namibian Desert: Palm or Pineapple? Biafarin Online Exhibition, Gallerium Art, Plantarium 2022 (visualize plants and botanical life in nature), international online group exhibition, Ottawa, Canada, September 15 on 2022 and exhibition catalogue and The Book of Arts publication; “Sheer Light,” Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Focus: Shadow and Light Exhibit, On-Line Annex and catalog, Sept 1-20, 2022; “Excess: Spices of Life” (photo collage), “Realities Vary: 2 Different LA’s 2022 (photo diptych) Holy Art Gallery, The New Artist 3rd Ed, Boomer Gallery at Tower Bridge, Central London, UK, Aug 2022 in gallery & virtual and catalog; Sasse Museum of Art, Catalog, Pomona, CA SeeMe Exhibit (self-portraits), Aug-Sept 2022; Los Angeles Art Association Vol. 4 Catalog, June 2022, Karen Safer, photography, pages 170-171; Out of the Frame photobook, Glasgow Gallery of Photography, Scotland, Aug 2022; Praxis Photo Art Center, St. Paul, MN exhibit catalogue, 2022; Holy Art, Boomer Gallery, London, The New Artist catalouge, 2022.

“Corn Stand,” Vision: Color Photography Exhibition, Black Box Gallery, Portland, Seattle, Dec 1 – 20, 2022, online gallery, catalogue;
“Bent Steel,” Black & White Exhibit, Praxis Photo Art Center,
St. Paul, Minn., Nov 19- Dec 3, 2022 In gallery, online and catalog;
“Faded Blue Door, Yemen,” “Old Saudi Window,” The Holy Art
presents Contemporary 4th Edition in Boomer Gallery, at Tower Bridge, Central London, Nov, 2022. E-catalog;
“Call to Prayer,” PH21 Photography Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, Theme: Portraits with No Faces,
Curated International Exhibition in gallery, online and book, October 20-November 12, 2022;
“Portofino Aprons,” Exhibizone – Grand Prize 2022 Catalogue – Group Exhibition; 191 artworks, September 2022;

 
Awards:

“At My Desk,” “Brooms,” “Empty Chair,” Art Room Gallery, online Still Life Theme
(3 Finalist Awards)
“Sinan Sublime,” “Virginia’s Reflection,”
2 Short List Awards, Motif Collective Gallery, Exhibit: Architecture, November 2022.
“Cauldron of Flowers”,” Sublime Peony” - 2 Merit Awards, Grey Cube Gallery, 2nd Annual Floral Art Show,
November 2022,
“Blue Lagoon, All The Blues of Greenland, Ripples & Birds,” Art Room Gallery Art Exhibition: “Blue” 3 Honorable Mentions,
October 2022, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
“Black & White Shapes” (Talent Award), “Dancing Lines” (Honorable Mention) “Orange Ink Spots,” “Red Yellow & Black,” “Black Blue & Yellow” (Finalist Award), Art Show International 7th Annual ABSTRACT Exhibit,
November 2022,
“Man in Window” Top 20 Photography & Digital Cat. (Honorable Mention), “Red Boat with Reflections” (Special Recognition), Light Space & Time Gallery: 4th Annual Primary Colors,
November 2022.
“Dome Perfection,” Motif Collective Photography Gallery, Fernandina Beach, Florida, October 14-Nov 14, 2022 (Award: Theme Shortlist)
"Magellenic Penguins,” One Eyeland World’s TOP 10 TRAVEL Photographers 2022,
October 2022, Bronze Award.
“Rio Tram Wall,” “Blasts of Color Into The Night,” “Chihulay Color,” “Yellow Wagon Wheels,” 4th COLOR International Juried Art Competition, Art Show International Gallery,
Los Angeles, CA, (Award: Finalist Awards for 4 images

“Marigold Wall at Gorée” and “Realities: Street Art in LA” One Eyeland World’s TOP 10 Street Photographers 2022, 2 Finalist Awards; “Arches of Faith, Honorable Mention Award” and “Chicago Circles, Special Mention Award.” Top 20 in Light Space & Time Art Gallery’s 6th Annual “Patterns, Textures & Forms” Art Competition, October 2022. “Love Sign, Micronesia,” “Lad in Yandabo, Burma,” “Cambodian School Girl Cutie,” “Djibouti Twins,” “Jiba Girl, Hello Yemen,” “Mt. Poppa Thanka Girl, Burma” “Moroccan Musician at Erfoud,” “Lovely Lady in Jaipur,” “Sao Tomé Boy,” “Sudanese Prince,” 5th Portrait Interntional Juried Art Competition Art Show International Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, October 2022 Award: 10 Finalist Awards;

London Cauldron, FedEx Still Life, Succulent Red, Shells & Starfish HLP, Sassy Sicilian Frivolity, Celafu, Malacca Prayers, Quebec Autumn Leaves, Socotra Shells,” Art Show International Juried Art Competition, 4th Annual Still Life, September 18 – October 18 2022, 8 Finalist Awards; “Emerging From Storm,” Motif Collective Photography Gallery, Fernandina Beach, Florida, Exhibition: Stormy Day (online), Award: Theme Shortlist, Sept 14, 2022; “Call To Prayer, Fateh,” TALENT PRIZE AWARD, Art Show International Gallery, 4th FIGURATIVE International Juried Art Competition, September 2022; “Majestic Canyons,” Honorable Mention Award (20 top photo artists), “Southern Comfort 2,” Special Merit Award, “Temple at Yamodrok Lake,” Special Recognition Award, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, New Mexico, September-December 2022; The gallery received 506 entries from 18 different countries. The exhibition has been divided into two media categories - Painting & Other Media and Photography & Digital categories. Virtual Exhibit & YouTube: Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery: Landscape 2022, Part 2; “Resting Burma Bovine,” Art Show International Gallery, Los Angeles, ANIMAL-5 International Juried Art Competition, Aug-Sept 2022, virtual. Out of several hundred contestants, 218 artists from 39 countries – KS won 1 image – Finalist Award; “Norway Fjords,” Motif Collective Photography Gallery, Fernandina Beach, Florida, Aug 14, 2022 (Award: Theme Shortlist); “Coming Home, Gehry DZ in Berlin, Saipan Paradise, Big Bang Sky, Street Art in Venice Jim & Marilyn Summer Ending St. Lucia,” Art Show International Gallery, Los Angeles, 5th Open International Juried Art Competition, Aug-Sept 2022, virtual. Out of several hundred contestants, 273 artists from 39 countries – KS won 6 images – Honorable Mention Award; Light Space & Time Art Gallery, 12th Annual Seascape Juried Exhibit, Montana, Aug 2022,”Bora Bora Slice of Heaven” 3rd Pl in Photography; “Saipan Paridse” Special Merit, “From Sea to Land to Sky,” Special Recognition, 8th Pl overall; New Jersey International Photography Forum Exhibit, Nov-Jan 2022-23,Lalibella Blesssings,” AWARD OF MERRIT; Abstract 6 International Juried Art Competition, July-Aug 2022, 4 images Honorable Mention; “Ghana Shore,” Spirit of Adventure UK/Africa 2011, LA Photography Center 19922022

Current Exhibitions: 

Biafarin Award 2022, Ontario, Canada, December 2022
“Faded Blue Door, Yemen; Blues Café, Memphis, Red Door, Secret Rendezvous, Wild West;” Best American Artists 2022Exhibition for The Holy Art group at The Factory, London, UK, Nov 7 – 20, 2022;
“Bent Steel,” Black & White Exhibit, Praxis Photo Art Center, St. Paul, Minn., Nov 19- Dec 3, 2022;
“Rain Double Gen X,” PH21 Photography Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, Exhibition Theme: Motion, presented in Rome, Italy at KromArt Gallery and Centro Sperimentale di Fotografia Adams, a renowned Italian center for photography;
“Faded Blue Door, Yemen,” “Old Saudi Window,” Contemporary 4th Edition for The Holy Art group in Boomer Gallery, Tower Bridge, Central London, UK, Nov 11 – 16, 2022;
“Dome Perfection,” Motif Collective Photography Gallery, Fernandina Beach, Florida, Symmetry Theme Exhibition, October 14-Nov 14, 2022 (Award: Theme Shortlist)
“Magellenic Penguins,” One Eyeland World’s TOP 10 TRAVEL Photographers 2022, October 2022, Bronze Award.
“Rio Tram Wall,” “Blasts of Color Into The Night,” “Chihulay Color,” “Yellow Wagon Wheels,” 4th COLOR International Juried Art Competition, Art Show International Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, October 19-Nov 19, 2022.
“Cauldron of Flowers,” Yellow Wagon Wheels,” “Moroccan Mules,” The Glasgow Gallery of Photography, Glasgow, Scotland, Theme: Digital Exhibition, Oct 13-31, 2022;
“Giant’s Playground, Majestic Canyons, Spectacular Spitsbergen, Cloud Over Table Top, All The Blues of Greenland,” Artist Space Gallery, NY, Theme: Nature, November 2022;
“Serenity Banjul,” The Glasgow Gallery of Photography, Glasgow, Scotland, in Glasgow Campus Gallery, Theme: Golden Hour, Nov 5 - 30, 2022;
“Ode to Billie,” HMVC Gallery New York, assemblage, Rebel Rebel Exhibition, group show, New York, New York, Nov. 1-30, 2022.
“Man in Window” Top 20 Photography & Digital Cat. (Honorable Mention), “Red Boat with Reflections” (Special Recognition), Light Space & Time Gallery, (Missoula, Montana) Exhibit: 4th Annual Primary Colors, November 2022;
“Black & White Shapes” (Talent Award $25), “Dancing Lines” (Honorable Mention) “Orange Ink Spots, Red Yellow & Black, Black Blue & Yellow” (Finalist Award), Art Show International 7th Annual ABSTRACT Exhibit, November 2022;
·“Blue Lagoon, All The Blues of Greenland, Ripples & Birds,” Art Room Gallery. Exhibition: “Blue” 3 Honorable Mentions, October 2022, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina;
·“Lanzarote View,” The Glasgow Gallery of Photography, Glasgow, Scotland, in Glasgow Campus Gallery, Theme: End of Year, Dec 3 - 30, 2022;
“Cauldron of Flowers, Sublime Peony” 2 Merit Awards, Grey Cube Gallery, 2nd Annual Floral Art Show, November 2022;
“Sinan Sublime, Virginia’s Reflection,” 2 Short List Awards, Motif Collective Gallery, Exhibit: Architecture, November 2022;
“Ocean Swirl,” Collex Arts Gallery, Portland, Maine, 2022 Ode to the Ocean Exhibit, November 2022;
“Lake Nokou, Benin; Mother & Child; Port Dauphin Mother,” Pocket Star Art Gallery, Athens, Greece, The Art of the PoemExhibit; Nov15 – Dec 15, 2022;
“Doorof No Return, Mozambique,” Biafarin, Exhibizone, Theme: Emptiness; Ontario, Canada, Nov 15-Dec 15, 2022; “At My Desk, Brooms, Empty Chair,” Art Room Gallery, Sarajevo, Theme: Still Life (3 Finalist Awards), November 2022;
“Corn Stand,” Black Box Gallery, Portland, Seattle, Theme: Vision: Color Photography, Dec 1 – 20, 2022;

“Marigold Wall at Gorée” and “Realities: Street Art in LA” One Eyeland World’s TOP Street Photographers 2022, 2 Finalist Awards; “NOLA: Cooking Happy Delicacies” and “Local Veggies,” Maryland Federation of Art, Curve Gallery, Food For Thought 2022 Exhibition, Oct 2022; “Love Sign, Micronesia,” “Lad in Yandabo, Burma,” “Cambodian School Girl Cutie,” “Djibouti Twins,” “Jiba Girl, Hello Yemen,” “Mt. Poppa Thanka Girl, Burma” “Moroccan Musician at Erfoud,” “Lovely Lady in Jaipur,” “Sao Tomé Boy,” “Sudanese Prince,” 5th Portrait Interntional Juried Art Competition, Art Show International Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, October 2022, Award: 10 Finalist Awards; “Arches of Faith,” & “Chicago Circles” Light Space & Time Art Gallery, Missoula, MT, Top 20 in 6th Annual “Patterns, Textures & Forms” Art Competition, October 2022;

“Saddam Palace Vandalized, Babylon,” The Chateau Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky, Exhibit Theme: Beauty in Decay, October 1 – November 1, 2022; ”Corn Stand, Istanbul,” The Glasgow Gallery of Photography, Glasgow, Scotland, in GlasgowCampus Gallery, Theme: Street Art Exhibition, Oct 4-31, 2022;London Cauldron, FedEx Still Life, Succulent Red, Shells & Starfish HLP, Sassy Sicilian Frivolity, Celafu, Malacca Prayers, Quebec Autumn Leaves, Socotra Shells,” Art Show International Juried Art Competition, 4th Annual Still Life, September 18 – October 18 2022;Kissing Beams,” Art Fluent, Exhibit: UNITY, (online exhibition), October 7, 2022- 306 artists, 10 countries, Founder: Amy Matteson Neill, artist;At Last We Meet, Paris,” online, Art Cave Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland, opening date 23 September 2022. The theme was: First Date;Sheer Light,” Exhibition: Parallax – Women’s Photography Exhibition at Gormley Gallery, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD, October 17 – November 18, 2022 (in gallery). Juror: Liz Faust, Gallery Director: Jennifer Wester; “Street Art: Saipan Store,” Black Box Gallery, Todd Portland, Oregon, Exhibition: Photo Shoot: 2022, in gallery October 1- 20, 2022, Director: Todd Johnson, catalog; “Emerging From Storm,” Motif Collective Photography Gallery, Fernandina Beach, Florida, Exhibition: Stormy Day (online), Award: Theme Shortlist, Open Sept 14, 2022;Jibla Girl with Hand, Yemen,” “Hello in Chuuk, Micronesia,” Cultural Center of CapCod Exhibit: You And Your Camera (online), Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St, South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, opens September 27, 2022; “Mt Poppa Thanka Girl” UN Diversia Calendar Sept 2022, online, Vancouver, Canada, 75 artists; "Burmese Thanka girl at Mt. Poppa" selected by Exhibizone Biafarin (Vancouver, BC, Canada) for online Diversia 27th United Nations Calendar's September 2022 issue; “Call to Prayer,” PH21 Photography Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, Theme: Portraits with No Faces, Curated International Exhibition in gallery, online and book, October 20 November 12, 2022; “Jilba Girl & Hand, Yemen” “Salalah Frankincense Seller, Oman,” The Glasgow Gallery of Photography, Glasgow, Scotland, in Glasgow Campus Gallery, Theme: Portrait Exhibition, Sept 13-30, 2022;Portofino Aprons,” Exhibizone, Biafarin, Canada, online Grand Prize 2022 Exhibition, Sept 9 – Nov 11, 2022; “Call To Prayer, Fateh,” TALENT PRIZE AWARD ($25), Art Show International Gallery, 4th FIGURATIVE International Juried Art Competition, September 2022; “California POP: Pink’s Famous Hollywood Hot Dog Stand, The Big Donut, Audrey, Fantastic Café, The Shack, Venice Alley Marilyn,” The Holy Art Gallery, XENIA Exhibition, The Factory, 21-31 Shacklewell Ln, London, on 6 large digital screens, Sept 9-15, 2022; “Majestic Canyons,” Theme: 12th Landscapes, Honorable Mention Award (20 top photo artists), “Southern Comfort 2,” Special Merit Award, “Temple at Yamodrok Lake,” Special Recognition Award, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, New Mexico, September-December 2022; “Namibian Desert: Palm or Pineapple?" Exhibizone Biafarin Online Exhibition, Gallerium Art, Canada, Plantarium September, 2022;“Lima Big Wave,” Maryland Federation of Art Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland, Juried Elemental: Earth, Fire, Water, Air Exhibition, online Curve Gallery, Juried, August 15-September 30, 2022;Empty Summer Beaches,” The Glasgow Gallery of Photography, Glasgow, Scotland, Campus Gallery, Theme: Pandemic Exhibition, September 3-24, 2022;Still Need Donuts,” The Glasgow Gallery of Photography, Glasgow, Scotland, Campus Gallery, Theme: Nowhere Far Exhibit, September 1-30, 2022; “Pink Donut Hooodie, 2021,” Sasse Museum of Art, Pomona, California, Juried digitial SeeMe Exhibit (self-portraits), digital catalog, Aug-Sept 2022; “Sheer Light,” Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Focus: Shadow and Light Exhibit, On-line Annex and catalog, Sept 1-20, 2022;Resting Burmese Bovine,” Art Show International Gallery, NY, Animal-5 Exhibition, online, International Juried Art Competition, Finalist Award, Aug-Sept 2022; Door of No Return,” “Emptiness Surrounds GenX,” “Falling into the Void,” “Swirl into the Blue Vortex,” “What is Beyond the Hole?” The Holy Art Gallery, 6 images selected for in gallery exhibit, loop and virtual, 21-31 Shacklewell Lane, London, UK, VOID Theme, Aug 15-21, 2022; “Norway Fjords,” Motif Collective Photography Gallery, Fernandina Beach, Florida, Aug 14, 2022 (Award: Theme Shortlist); "Rio Tram Wall,” The Glasgow Gallery of Photography,” Glasgow, Scotland, new campus, Urban Exhibition, Aug 2022; “Marigold Wall Gorée,The Glasgow Gallery of Photography,” Glasgow, Scotland, new campus, International Photography Day Exhibition, Aug 2022; “Coming Home,” “Gehry DZ in Berlin,” “Big Bang Sky,” “Saipan Paadise,” “Street Art in Venice Jim & Marilyn,” “Summer Ending St. Lucia,” Art Show International Gallery, LA, 5th Open International Juried Art Competition,” Aug-Sept 2022, Honorable Mention Award; “Excess: Spice of Life,” “Realities Vary: 2 Different LA’s 2022,” The Holy Art, The New Artist 3rd Ed., Boomer Gallery at Tower Bridge, London, Aug 2022; “Bora Bora Slice of Heaven,” “Saipan Paradise,” “From Sea to Sky,” Light Space & Time Art Galery, 12th annual Seascape Exhibit, Missoula, MT, Aug., 2022, 3rd & 8th Pl Awards; “Lalibella Blessings 2 *AWARD of MERRIT, “Snail Medici Staircase,” “Portofino Aprons,” “Saipan Street Art,” International Photography Exhibit by New Jersey Photography Forum, Nov 1– Jan 15, 2022-23; “Merv” & “Mozambique Island,” Out of FocusExhibit, Glasgow Gallery of Photography at RogArt Campus (and included in book), Glasgow, Scotland, Aug 4-30, 2022; “Lingering Balinese Seas,” Seascape Exhibit, Glasgow Gallery of Photography, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, July 2022; “Sheer Light” and “Marigold Wall in Gorée,” OPEN THEME Exhibit, Praxis Photo Art Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, August – September, 2022; “Kalamata Skies,” Sunset and Sunrise Exhibit, Motif Collective Photography Gallery, Fernandina Beach, Florida, July 2022; “Kissing Beams,” “Spiral Snail,” “Double XX Gen,” “All the Blues of Greenland,” & “Swirling Blues,” Honorable Mention – 5 images, 6th ABSTRACTInternational Juried Art Competition, Art Show International Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, July-August 2022; ONE EYELAND – Famous Photographers 2022: “Al Store Saipan,” “Blessings in Lalibella,Ethiopia,” “Magellanic Penguin Migration,” “Paris Café, Homage to Atget,” July 2022

Selected Exhibitions: “Double Gen X,” Hurly Burly Exhibit, LAAA 825 Gallery, LA, Nov 12-25, 2022; “Inner Mantra: Always Twirling,” Interiority Exhibition, LAAA 825 Gallery, LA, Oct. 16-22, “Secret Rendezvous,” Undisclosed Locations Exhibit, LAAA 825 Gallery, LA, Sept 17-Oct 9, 2022; “Sassy Sicilian Frivolity, Celafu,” Festoon Exhibit, Aug 27 – Sept 16; “Namibia Desert: Palm or Pineapple?Root And Branch Exhibit, Aug 2022; “Excess: Spice of Life,” Lingering Feast Exhibit, July 2022; “African Suite: Dreaming Lamu/Kairouan,” Mannerist Exhibit, LAAA 825 Gallery, LA, June 2022;  “Behind the Crimson Curtain,” Small Time Exhibit, LAAA 825 Gallery, LA, May 2022;“Embellished Me: Jodhpur Dancer,” Adorn Exhibit, LAAA 825 Gallery, LA, April 2022; "LA Realities Vary: Two Different Realities," Gleaming Apollo Exhibit, LAAA 825 Gallery, LA, March 2022; “Flower Series: White Rose,” Factory Fresh Exhibit, LAAA 825 Gallery, LA, March 2022; "Where Did They Go? Through Le Siq (Petra)," Fact-Finding Exhibit, 825 Gallery, Los Angeles Art Association, Jan-February 2022; "Sheer Light," Penumbra (BW) Exhibit, 825 Gallery online, LAAA, LA, Jan 2022; “Serenissima Jazz,” Aurora Exhibit, 825 Gallery LAAA, LA, Dec 2021; “African Suite: Togo Voodoo,” Full-Bodied Exhibit, 825 Gallery LAAA, LA, Nov. 2021; Assemblage Piece (w/Chris Madans), Funnel Mill Café, Santa Monica, 2009-present; "Rich Market, Laos," Montreal Botanical Gardens, Permanent Collectio, 2008-present; Burmese Images, "La California B&B, Quebec, Canada, 2007-present; "Unselfish Acts," Upstairs Gallery, LA Cultural Affairs Dept., LA, Dec. 2007; "World Focus," PhotoPlus International Expo, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, N.Y., Oct. 2007; "World Images," CatchLight Productions 2004-2006; "Greece & E. Europe," "Reflections of Playa del Rey," Playa Salon, ongiong -2004; "Art Meets Architecture," Flight of Courage Foundation, Venice Loft, CA, June 2002; "Coastlines & Architecture" and "Water & Archtiecture," 316 1/2 Culver, PDR April 2001-ongoing; "Salerno Beach," Permanent Collection, Cantalini's, PDR, CA ; "New Italian Images," Milan's, 2000; "Painted World Views," MAD Gallery, PDR, 2000; "Karina's Italian Views," Milan's, PDR 2000; UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, Permanent Collection, 1998-present; Café Milan, "Italian Images by Karina, PDR, 2000; Women in Photography Celebrates Freedom, LA Photography Center, 1992; "Group Watercolor Show," Ricci Stevenson Studio, Venice, CA; "Passages & Interchange," 2-woman exhibition, Art Matrix, Long Beach, CA; "Fine Arts & Crafts, Shakti Gallery, Long Beach; "Added-On Ornament," University Art Museum, CSULB; "Art & Crafts, LB Municipal Gallery; "Double Visions" Long Beach," Metro Space Gallery, LB; "The Art of Racing," LB. 

- Awards: Spirit of Adventure, UK/Africa 2011, LA Photographic Center 1992


 Monument Valley, Moab, The Arches, Grand Canyon

 China

 Africa

 Morocco, Tunisia, Sevilla, Turkmenistan


PUBLICATIONS (Writer/Editor/Poet) 

Beyond the Ledge - Poetry by Karina, Lulu Priess, 2010; At The Ledge - Poetry by Karina, Lulu Press, 2009

The Function of Decoration in the American Movie Palace, Master's Thesis, CSULB, 1981-2 (cited in numerous books and articles 1980s - present)

WORKS-In-PROGRESS: "Karina-isms" My Life in Letters, The American Girl, The Trouble with Letters, My Mom's Town, Harem Girls, Too Far From Madagascar, California Girls, Assyrian Trails, LA Westside Stories, Who Killed Little Ms. Sunshine? And Her Daddy Called Her Gogig, King's Beach Tales, Postcards to Myself, Congemplating My Novel, The Life of Grace Moore, Four Friends, etc. 

Selected architectural/art articles in professional/trade magazines and newspapers (e.g. Los Angeles Times, Design West) from 1980s to present. Selected writing & articles include: Smithsonian Art Institute - LA Artist Catalogue CSULB, 1991; Freelance articles and catalogues include: "Domestic Architecture in Long Beach," Long Beach Review; "The Functions of Decoration in the American Movie Palace," Society of Architectural Historians Review (w/photos); "Decoration: A Re-examination of the Traditional and Historic Role of Decoration Relative to Twentieth Century Architecture," Society of Architectural Historians Review; Long Beach Artists, Art Catalogue (editing); Long Beach Symphony Guild Design Homes, brochure; "The Functions of Decoration in the American Movie Palace," Marquee, (Journal of Theatre Historical Society); Wayne Thiebaud Retrospective Art Catalogue; published Master’s Thesis: “The Function of Decoration in the American Movie Palace,” 1981.
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Selected Published Poems:
"High in My Tower," The American Muse; "Death," Lyrical Treasures - Classical and Modern; "Twisted," "Haunting Melodies," Up Against the Wall Mother; "For Love of Country," Deros; National Library of Poetry: "Dangling Heart," "Wasted," "La Bella Luna" (Editor's Award); 1998: "A Man from South America" The Best Poems of..; 2000: "Wrapped in a Song," America at Millennium, 2000 "They Say...Free Bird," Promises of Love; "Down the Nile," The Sound of Poetry & Poetry's Elite: The Best Poets of 2000; "LA in Paris," The Sound of Poetry 2002 – Editor's Poetry Choice Awards 1997 & 2000 & 2001

POETRY published in various journals and annotations - Editor's Poetry Choice Awards 1997-2010


EDUCATION

Master of Arts, Art/Architectural History, California State University, Long Beach, scholastic honors - Phi Delta Kappa; summa cum laude 1981

Bachedlor of Arts, Art History, University of California, Los Angeles, cum laude 1974

Associated Arts Degree, Fine Arts (Music Minor), Santa Monica College 1972

California Community College Lifetime Teaching Credential; California State Teaching Credential, UCLA & CBEST Certification 2003


 At three, camera in hand! 

ORGANIZATIONS & OTHER

Listed in Biography International, The World of Who's Who in Women, and Who's Who in the West, Society of Architectural Historians, S. Calif. Chapter; Friends of Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, UCLA & CSULB Alumni Associations, Friends of Ballona Creek; Los Angeles Opera, Women in Photography, Women in the Arts; & International Society of Poets. Member: LA Art Association.


Travelers’ Century Club (Gold – 232+ countries) and  International Travel 100 Nations Award

I am a left-handed Aquarian who is a curious, "knowing," creative, Assyrian, Armenian and Italian with an old romantic soul and intellectual cravings. 

I am a creative romantic soul; I am an artist with my camera and words; I am a music lover who plays piano; I am a writer of poems and stories. 

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Born in LA, under an Aquarius sun, Sagittarius moon and Scorpio rising, I was given a camera and crayons at 3 and exposed to the quintessential motifs associated with California: light, palm trees, the ocean, music and vernacular architecture that helped define and influence my left-handed aesthetic. I started a life of international, exotic travel as a pre-teen and acquired both a practical and formal higher education in art, art history, literature, philosophy and music that further shaped and refined my sensibilities and taught me to “see.” I am particularly interested in formal qualities but am instinctively drawn to the accidental discovery of the “beautiful” and the “unusual” that jiggles the frame of my eye. Some of my most interesting images have never been recorded but remain forever in my mind’s eye. I am an artist, a photographer, a poet, a writer, a musician, a lover - a sensitive, creative, romantic soul with an intellectual appetite.

My background combines art, history, graphic design, music and film within the context of California and the influences of the world.

I am a universal soul.

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KJS  --  Condensed Statement of Purpose
 
I got a camera and some crayons as a kid,
Journeyed along a path in life - far from what I'd expected,
moved from youth to middle age,
did some work, had some fun, got high, got low,
and just continue doing it - never tiring of the next visual surprise.
 
Life is still a mystery, after all!

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