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    WeHo Arts Unveils New Holiday Banners by Artist Joey Deruy

    The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division unveiled new holiday banners by artist Joey Deruy. Each year, the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division commissions an artist to create an image to celebrate the holidays, West Hollywood style. These images are printed onto street banners which decorate major streets in the city.

    Artist Joey Deruy was selected through an open call. He created a series of 8 paintings highlighting iconic West Hollywood buildings and landmarks.

    West Hollywood Banners by Artist Joey Deruy – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
    West Hollywood Banners by Artist Joey Deruy – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

    His artwork features the following familiar WeHo spaces:

    Lloyd Wright House and Studio
    Pacific Design Center
    Plummer Park Community Center
    Sal Guarriello Veterans Memorial
    Schindler House/MAK Center
    Sunset Tower
    West Hollywood City Hall and Automated Garage
    West Hollywood Gateway
    West Hollywood Library
    West Hollywood Park Aquatic and Recreation Center (ARC)

    West Hollywood Banners by Artist Joey Deruy – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
    West Hollywood Banners by Artist Joey Deruy – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

    The new banners can be found on street pole banners along Santa Monica Boulevard, Melrose Avenue, La Brea Avenue, Fairfax Avenue, and San Vicente Boulevard. The city is also displaying banners from previous years. Previous artists include Shag (Josh Agle), Steven Rahbany, Mona Tanksley, and Sophie Morro.

    About artist Joey Deruy:

    Artist Joey Deruy was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico; was raised in Kenya and Montana; and is currently based in Palm Springs, California. A self-taught painter, Deruy has forged a specific, line-driven, figurative style all his own. Deruy’s artwork combines the playfulness of late 20th-century Street Art with the geometric, African-inspired abstraction of Cubism, often with witty references to pop culture and geographic places. More information on the artist can be found at: https://www.instagram.com/joeyderuy.

    The City of West Hollywood is also celebrating the holidays through poetry. Newly appointed West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Jen Cheng has written a holiday poem called ‘Joyous’ and is organizing a Holiday Poetry Hotline and holding a series of poetry workshops:

    ‘Joyous’

    by West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Jen Cheng

    Joyous tunes sing brightly

    Orbits of lights string the streets

    Yellow candles stir meditations with tea

    Olive branches ask for peace

    Upward arches forge iconic memories

    Sweet glances swing love into the new year

    To learn more about the City’s Holiday Artwork, click on the link below:

    https://www.weho.org/community/arts-and-culture/holiday

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    BIG FAIL!
    BIG FAIL!
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    3 months ago

    these do not convey ho ho ho! They are more ho hum ho hum ho hum!

    Manny
    Manny
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    3 months ago

    Sometimes the Weho Arts Division gets a little “too artsy”. How about drawings of Christmas trees or Hanukkah Menorahs ???

    Kiss it
    Kiss it
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    3 months ago

    Art? Where’s the art? Where’s the holiday?These might work in Montana but they’re not gonna work here is the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen these look like renderings for upcoming apartments! And what idiot hired him and decided that this would be a holiday piece of art?

    Tad Segerstom
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    3 months ago

    Bland, generic, uninspiring, uncreative, no joy or festive holiday. Ha – the “creative city”. Someone actually approved this. They must be a boyfriend or something…

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    3 months ago

    Doesn’t convey the holidays at all. No joy, just bland and stripped of anything related to the real meaning of the holidays. Sad but not unexpected coming from our city. Do better.

    John Cleese
    John Cleese
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    3 months ago

    The bland output of some committee of vacuous, somewhat competent, bureaucrats. In other words, exactly what I’d expect.

    One doesn’t have to go far to see how to do it right. Take a walk through Beverly Hills.

    Warmest Holiday Regards to All (unless you find that offensive, otherwise, never mind)

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    3 months ago

    I could’ve created that banner in 10 minutes. There is nothing holiday about them. Did they actually for this art?

    :dpb
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    3 months ago

    I would like to like these banners, but there is nothing holiday related here other than “happy holidays’. Wondering how much the banners cost and who selected the winning design.

    david
    david
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    3 months ago

    While I appreciate Joey Deruy’s art, I am perplexed on how these celebrate the holiday spirit. If you take away “Happy Holidays” would you know what these banners were for?

    Foggy eyed guy
    Foggy eyed guy
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    Reply to  david
    3 months ago

    True. Cool art but nothing festive about them.

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