Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Section A, above the fold

The Newspaper Editor always chooses the most eye or interesting catching article for the front page (section A) and places it above the fold so it is seen when it is stacked at a newsstand. This is one of the places I didn't want to see controversial incidents regarding police action when I was part of a team of Press Information Officers for my form Department.

However, when you're looking for publicity you want to be placed there. So a little good news is one of my paintings was placed in that prime position for the announcement of our local show but the bad news is that I was not credited for it. LOL. So you can see "Lone Bear" on the front page of the Tri-City Voice HERE.

On a side note, I was looking forward to attending the reception to this show because three of my pieces were accepted but unfortunately I learned my Uncle had passed away and his memorial service was on the same day at the same time. I wanted to share a part of the beautiful service with you because even though I was baptized Episcopalian because of my mother's beliefs, I have come to respect and admire my father's Buddhist religion.

You will see my cousin Ken Yamada presiding over the services. I am very proud of him because he is the only American born minister/priest who traveled to Japan to study and returned to California to teach the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism. His temple (Higashi Hongashi) is located in Berkeley. His beautiful wife is an attorney working in San Francisco and they have two wonderful children together. I promised I would go to one of his services in the near future and now that I've blogged it, I've locked myself into that promise haven't I?

Ken is lighting incense to be placed in the stand behind him for participants to make an offering.
Ken chanted prayers during the service. It was almost mystical when his voice harmonized with the gong. My other cousins own flower shops in the area and you can see one of their many arrangements behind Ken.


Kaylyn Munro said...

YEEAAAAA! What fun to find your work in the paper. You should have been credited or noted in the article, but now everyone who goes to the show will zero in on your painting because they 'saw it in the paper'.

And its such a good painting. What ever happened with the Water Carrier Painting?

Dean H. said...

Sorry to hear the sad news about your uncle.
You should be very proud of your cousin, Ken.
Bummer about not being accredited in the news article for the fine painting.
You must roll with the flow...there have to be some peaks heading your way!

Art with Liz said...

Gosh Sheila, I know it was a sad occasion, so sorry for your loss - the ceremony looked absolutely incredible. As for that newspaper, how ridiculous is it for them not to credit you for that awesome painting! Shoddy journalism!

Anne Marie Propst said...

What a shame the paper didn't give you credit. Really cool painting. I just noticed you have 200+ followers. Wow! How did you get that all that attention and the local paper forgot your name! hehe

LindaHunt said...

Your family is very interesting and I appreciate your sharing. I am sorry about the passing of your Uncle. The ceremony photos are wonderful. I do not know much about Buddhism but find the music and accoustics wonderful.
It is too bad about not having reference to your painting. But to have 3 selected is really impressive.

Gwen Bell said...

Great news about the cover...bad paper for not crediting you!

I'm so sorry to hear that your Uncle passed, Shelia. Thank you for sharing the photos and a bit of the family culture with us.

Vern Schwarz said...

Sorry to hear of the loss of your uncle Sheila. Your paintings will be noticed because of the article, and you will be credited. Hope it goes well for you.

Mely5862 said...

Sorry for your loss...I'm currently one of the PIOs for my department as well. Small world hu? Funny at times I find it far more stressful than patrol. Congrats on your paintings. I hope to continue following in your footsteps.

-Don said...

What newspaper doesn't credit their photos? Crazy! But, like Kaylyn said, people will be noticing your work for having seen it in the paper. Kudos!

I'm sorry to hear about your uncle. It sounds and looks like it was a beautiful service. My condolences to you and your family.


martinealison said...

Hi Sheila,
Toutes mes condoléances pour votre oncle.
Je pense que ce fut toutefois un ravissement que de vous retrouver avec votre famille et particulièrement avec votre cousin.
Je vous félicite en ce qui concerne votre art. C'est très mérité. Bravo!
Bisous de Léo et moi-même.

Autumn Leaves said...

Congratulations on the making the front page of the local newspaper, Sheila! I am sorry, however, to hear of the passing of your uncle. Your brother (or was it your cousin?) is quite handsome and the whole ceremony sounds as though it was wonderful.

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Still a great painting and maybe it will work in your favor as people will be curious who did the great painting on the front page! Hope it works out that way.
Sorry to hear about your uncle. What a lovely ceremony though. It's good to keep up with the roots on both sides I think.

Carol Schiff Daily Painting said...

Sorry to hear about your uncle, Sheila. The ceremony looks very interesting.

As far as the paper goes, I say, enjoy the fact that your work is there. You could even call the paper and ask for a correction. Not as good as the first time around but if you're lucky they will reprint your painting along with the correction information.

L.Holm said...

Hi, Sheila - my condolences for the loss of your uncle. It must have been a very moving ceremony with your cousin presiding. It sounds like his services would be extraordinary to attend. (yes, full report after you go, please :-) )
Your painting in the paper looks great. Bummer about the credit, but awesome plug for the show!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Here you are again.
I was Sorry to read the news about your uncle.
I was happy to rewad about the add.
Yes, mixed feelings.
Big hug, IB

Celeste Bergin said...

I am glad your work is out in the world..however it gets there. I am always in awe of people like your cousin who chose the religious path to light the way for others. It looks like a beautiful ceremony--thanks for sharing it with us.

Mark Sheeky said...

Peace to you. It's better to be in the paper without a credit than not be in it. By being anonymous you've got no choice but humbleness, meekness and humilty. What great virtues the paper has given you!

Diane Hoeptner said...

Aweseome cover on the Tri City voice, Sheila!! I can't believe they didn't give you credit though, grrrrr. Sorry about your Uncle.

Hellenne said...

Congratulations on your pic on the FRONT PAGE! You should be soooo proud of yourself.
Sorry to hear about your uncle. I'm sure the Memorial Service was beautiful and serene.

Unknown said...

Sorry to hear about your uncle Sheila, sounds like an interesting ceremony. Fantastic news about your painting, they should have wrote about you too the gits!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

The same thing happened to me regarding the newspaper article. There was my painting, front page centre, and no credits. Oh well, I guess we get to bask in the glory of knowing that ours was the most interesting. (Love that painting...it deserved front page.)
You have a very interesting family. Buddhism is such a beautiful faith. I took a course in it, just to find out about it. Sorry for the loss of your uncle.

Pat Koscienski said...

Sheila, I am so sorry for the loss of your uncle. You must be so proud of your cousin. Sorry about not getting acknowledgement on your painting; I think that happens often, though, so don't be too discouraged. It's an honor for you to make the front page and to get 3 paintings accepted. Congrats!

Gary Keimig said...

Sorry to hear of your uncle, Sheila.
The newspaper. Shame on them. I agree with Kaylyn. I bet folks will zero in on yours at the show.

Nicki said...

Congrats on having Lone Bear featured "above the fold"... they'll realize it is yours at the show and out here in Blogland we all know it's yours (if that's any consolation).

So sorry to hear about your uncle. I appreciate that you shared that news and some photos.

Thinking of you,


Sheila Estep said...

So Sorry to hear of your Uncle Sheila, the ceremony looked so honorable and beautiful.
Your painting is wonderful!

Dean Grey said...


Congrats on getting your work in the paper!

Sorry to hear about the loss of your uncle. Thank you for sharing bits of the beautiful ceremony with all of us!