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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
From Hollywood to Beloved Children’s 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.
“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