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The Art of Symeon Shimin Book Signing

December 2, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST

A Book Signing and Celebration of the Art and Artist

With Curator/Editor Tonia Shimin and Special Guests Charles Donelan and Josef Woodard, contributors to the book

Date;   Dec. 2, 2023

Time:   2:00 – 4:00 pm

Place: TECOLOTE Book Shop 

1470 E Valley Rd #52, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Refreshments will be served

Website: symeonshimin.com

“Contemporary Justice and The Child,” 1936-1940 Department of Justice Building, Washington, DC

From Hollywood to Beloved Childrens Book Illustrator to Muralist and Painter of Justice, Symeon Shimin Left His Mark and a Legacy that Resonates Today

Can you recall it to memory? The most iconic movie poster in history—Gone With the Wind! It was created by a man who was also equally one-of-a-kind. Whose life could rival the drama in that storied film. And who stood for those less-favored by an America of the mid-20 th century—poor children, people of color and the beaten—in his fine art.

Throughout his life,1902-1984, Shimin’s deep commitment towards justice and belief in the beauty of the human condition were paramount to the way he lived and painted. An award winning illustrator of 57 children’s books he was a leading artist for Hollywood films, painting the original poster.for Gone With the Wind. Most notably he was acclaimed for his masterpiece, the mural Contemporary Justice and the Child, commissioned in 1936-1940 for the Department of Justice Building, Washington, DC.

What They Are Saying…

“A loving survey of an artist’s varied career.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This coffee-table style volume is an impressively informative presentation that clearly and effectively showcases the life and work of one of the 20th Century’s most gifted artists — and should be considered an essential and core addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university fine arts collections.” The Midwest Book Review

“The incomparable emotion of Shimin’s drawings and paintings are on full display in this beautiful collection. Humanity is the subject, presented in humble iconic imagery and complex gestures alive with every turn of the page.” —Eric Hoffer Awards

“We had no doubt that this was the top art book of 2022. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a renewed critical interest in Symeon Shimin’s achievements.”— Critique by Jendi Reiter, North Street Book Awards, First Place in Art

(Shimin’s) “unflagging devotion to the human individual, to the inherent value and dignity of the individual human being is his lasting legacy; and as long as we seek to understand and express the value and significance of human experience as such, there will be a place for artists such as Shimin.” — Prof. Sam Ben Meir, Global Research

The Art of Symeon Shimin offers a tender look into the late artist’s oeuvre; it is a compelling love letter to Shimin and his pivotal contributions to the medium.” —

“Tonia Shimin’s The Art of Symeon Shimin has set the standard for excellence and innovation in writing. This award is a testament to the talent, creativity, and vision of its authors.” 2022 First Prize Art Book, North Street Book Prize

The Art of Symeon Shimin has received the following Awards: 

The Independent Press Awards named The Art of Symeon Shimin the Distinguished Favorite for Fine Arts, 2020 Winner of 2020 NYC Big Book Award in Arts and Entertainment, Winner of The 2021 Book Excellence Award for Art,  Winner, Pinnacle Book Achievement Award from National Association of Book Entrepreneurs, The 2021 Eric Hoffer Honorary Mention Award for Art,  2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist: Art, 2021 BRONZE Medal Award in Art – Independent Publisher Awards, 2022 First Prize Art Book, North Street Book Prize, 2022 Maincrest Book Award


December 2, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST
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