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LeRoy Grannis is “Grand Master” of 2007 Hermosa Beach Art Walk

On August 18th, Art Walk will be preceded by special July 21st gallery showing Of Grannis’ work

Hermosa Beach native and internationally renowned surf photographer LeRoy Grannis has been named as “Grand Master” of the 2007 Hermosa Beach Art Walk, it was announced by Ken Klade, Founder of Hermosa Beach Art Walk.

“The theme of this, our centennial year event, is ‘Salute to 100 summers’,” Klade said in making the announcement. “I can think of no finer chronologist of beach culture and summer in Southern California – and no local artist more deserving of special recognition – than photographer LeRoy Grannis. His body of work not only defines the icons of surfing and the emerging beach culture of to 60s, 70s and beyond, they continue to inspire and delight people around the world. We are proud to honor him in this way.”

LeRoy Grannis was born in Hermosa Beach on August 12, 1917 in a home half a block from the Strand on 10th Street. He began playing in the waves with his father by the time he was six and got his first surfboard by the time he hit his teens. In 1960, he began shooting surf culture images at 22nd Street in Hermosa Beach at the suggestion of a family doctor, as a stress-relieving hobby. His work soon began appearing in a handful of emerging surf magazines that were launched in the 1960s, including Surfer, Reef and Surfing Illustrated, a magazine he helped create. “Photo: Grannis” quickly became the signature of many of the finest, defining images of the sport and its lifestyle. Grannis has been inducted in the Surfing Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the surf industry’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His work continues to be shown in major galleries from New York to Beverly Hills. In 2003, he was inducted into Hermosa Beach’s Surfers Walk of Fame.

Many of his classic images will be on display at a special exhibit and fundraising event at Gallery C, 1225 Hermosa Avenue, on Saturday, July 21st (7-10pm). Admission is $25 and the public is welcome. For more information log on to www.hbartwalk.com

Grannis’ art will also be on display at Art Walk on Saturday, August 18th (10am-6pm), a week after his 90th birthday. Now in its third year, Hermosa Beach Art Walk is a local nonprofit organization and visual art exhibition designed to promote arts education and appreciation. Featuring the work of more than 50 top local artists and musical performers – stationed in select locations along the sidewalk on upper Pier Avenue in downtown Hermosa Beach – the event is a lively and colorful festival celebrating the arts. Local galleries, restaurants and businesses participate in the Art Walk by hosting art exhibits, food specials and wine receptions.

Photo credit: Leroy Grannis Family


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