big news…

Yep, a top secret project, in LA, that I can finally tell you about! It is super, crazy exciting and I am still pinching myself that I get to be part of this. Ok. Let’s start at the beginning.

So, the amazingly talented and hilarious Emily Henderson {HGTV host, and styling queen} called me awhile back about a project that she’s working on. It’s a very cool event space that will be opening in LA later this year. Sounds exciting, right? Sure, especially if you live in LA. Then she said, “…and I’d like you to be the art curator on the project”. I responded with “Sure, that sounds like a lot of fun”… but allow me to translate that to what was actually happening in my head: “WHAT?!?! HOLY #%$! ME?! YES, YES, YESSSSS!!” Yep, something like that.

It’s called The FIG HOUSE, and here’s Emily’s description of what this space will be all about:

The Fig House is going to be a space you can rent for parties, weddings, photo shoots, book signings … pretty much anything you want to. You could have a huge dinner party there, a screening of a film, premiere party, or use it to propose to your lady. It’s rented out per night, and it’s whatever you want it to be.

Now, here’s where you come in. The first group of work will be an ode to California-based artists, so if you’re from California, or you have an artist you love from California, send their links my way! Soon! Thank you, and thank you so much to Emily, and Steve Fortunato {the founder of this fabulous space} for asking me to be part of their amazing project … translation… “WHAT?!?! HOLY #%$! ME?! YES, YES, YESSSSSSSSS!!”

comments (38)

  1. Brooklyn Day /// 04.22.2013 /// 9:26am

    I grew up in Mission Viejo and Southern California is my home base- however I travel back and forth between New York, California and Boston frequently. I would love to be apart of this amazing experience!

  2. Allison Renshaw /// 04.22.2013 /// 9:31am

    Sounds like a great venue! I also have a Facebook page
    I greatly appreciate your consideration of my work!
    Best regards,

  3. Michelle York /// 04.22.2013 /// 9:51am

    I’d like to be involved. I’m in LA..

  4. Michelle York /// 04.22.2013 /// 9:53am

    I also have an Etsy shop.

  5. Michelle York /// 04.22.2013 /// 9:55am

    Oops..Thought this was for jewelry..

  6. rubendrawer /// 04.22.2013 /// 10:01am


  7. the jealous curator /// 04.22.2013 /// 10:06am

    ha! no worries michelle : ) you should still come visit when it opens! and allison and brooklyn – thanks for your links!

  8. Laura /// 04.22.2013 /// 10:32am

    It is so nice to meet you Danielle. I will email you a link to some photos of my work that were in a 1-mo show in March in Cali. I’m def. Cali-based. Thank you!

  9. Felicia Piacentino /// 04.22.2013 /// 11:39am

    This sounds great! I live in Truckee, CA (near Lake Tahoe).
    Here are my links:
    Thank you!

  10. sue /// 04.22.2013 /// 11:46am

    what a dream team! many congrats!!!

  11. Justin Angelos /// 04.22.2013 /// 12:26pm

    Sounds awesome! Congrats! I live in the Bay area check out my work!

    Justin Angelos

  12. the jealous curator /// 04.22.2013 /// 12:58pm

    thanks everybody… it IS very exciting ; ) (and thank you for your links!)

  13. Elise /// 04.22.2013 /// 1:56pm

    I’m from the random town of Apple Valley, CA and would love to be involved!

    Here’s a link to my website:

  14. sarah e. /// 04.22.2013 /// 2:17pm

    I was born in Riverside, CA and lived there in my youth



  15. Km /// 04.22.2013 /// 2:29pm

    Check out my fiance’s sites…

    Michael White –
    also links to artwork @
    He does watercolor, illustration and mixed media pieces and just finished a book of illustrations called Little Hipster

  16. Julia Rymer /// 04.22.2013 /// 3:28pm

    Fantastic! I am an artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and would love for you to consider my work. I appreciate your taking the time to do so!
    For my most recent work, go to
    More images available at

  17. the jealous curator /// 04.22.2013 /// 5:20pm

    thanks so much for all of these links, everyone! you’re making my job so easy… but also REALLY hard! i’ll keep you posted on what’s happening with the selection process : )

  18. tara. /// 04.22.2013 /// 6:59pm

    Molly Meng – formerly of SF, now of LA – mixed media artist and card designer:
    (blog and links to various work sites)


  19. Briitany /// 04.22.2013 /// 8:13pm

    I would love to be involved. I am a San Diego-based artist.

  20. Sheila Cameron /// 04.23.2013 /// 5:49am

    Would love to participate. I’m in Northern California.

  21. Jessica /// 04.23.2013 /// 10:23am

    This is SUCH a cool idea!!! I’m a California native who transplanted to Oregon…Do I count?

    I’m so happy to see how opportunities are opening up for you all over the place. Yay YOU! xo

  22. Corey Vaughan /// 04.23.2013 /// 2:44pm

    I’m a California artist, born and bred.
    Thanks for this opportunity, this is so great! xoxo,

    – Corey Vaughan


  23. rebeca /// 04.23.2013 /// 8:19pm

    Hi don’t know if you got my email, but i would love to be involved in this wonderful adventure.

    my website is:
    thanks for checking it out.

  24. the jealous curator /// 04.23.2013 /// 9:14pm

    hi rebeca! i’m sure it’s in my crazy inbox somewhere! i’ve got you bookmarked now though – thanks! : )

  25. karina /// 04.24.2013 /// 12:04am

    Congratulations, sounds like an amazing project! I would love to submit my work. My website is I’m in San Diego. Thanks!

  26. mary /// 04.24.2013 /// 7:51am

    Wow! Thank is incredible. Congratulations, have fun.

  27. Toban Nichols /// 04.24.2013 /// 7:58am

    Hi, I’d LOVE to be involved in this project. I’ve heard about the Fig House elsewhere and am excited about the new space.

    Take a look at my printwork, and if you’re in LA soon come over to my studio!

  28. the jealous curator /// 04.24.2013 /// 8:44am

    very cool toban! i’ve got it bookmarked!

  29. Katrina Lynn /// 04.24.2013 /// 3:19pm

    I’m just getting started in the art world, but would love to be considered! I’m California born and bred! πŸ˜‰

  30. the jealous curator /// 04.24.2013 /// 3:42pm

    thanks ladies – i’ve got you in my folder : )

  31. Shannon Cunningham /// 04.24.2013 /// 4:37pm

    Here I am again…
    I know you already received my message through a post I left on your about page but as I have been looking through your beautiful site, I realized I should have posted it here. Makes more sense here…
    Thanks for giving us artists a chance to shine πŸ™‚

  32. the jealous curator /// 04.24.2013 /// 6:58pm

    thanks shannon! : )

  33. Faryn /// 04.24.2013 /// 4:45pm

    Hi! Today was my first time on your site, (thanks to VSL email list – you were a featured link of today!). I had so much fun browsing, and I wanted to submit my friends who are artists in Venice.

    They’ve created Flipbookit, which is an interactive mechanical flipbook. They are two wonderful whimsical talented artists, and I would love to introduce their work to you. Here is their facebook page:


  34. Meagan AlwoodKarcic /// 04.29.2013 /// 7:33am

    Hi! Here is a link to a great photographer friend of mine (and all around amazing woman) who recently relocated from NY to LA!
    All the best from Columbus, OH

  35. the jealous curator /// 04.29.2013 /// 7:36am

    excellent! thank you meagan : )

  36. Megan McIsaac (@meganmcisaac) /// 04.29.2013 /// 10:17am

    i would love to submit my photographs for the event. check out my blog for my most recent photographs:
    & my website for all:


  37. the jealous curator /// 04.29.2013 /// 2:57pm

    cool! thanks for the link megan : )

  38. Katherine Westerman /// 06.08.2013 /// 7:23am

    Hi, what a great idea.. I’m a California artist/photographer based In Los Angeles but grew up in San Francisco and I have a show just about to go up in San Francisco. I’d love you to consider my work for this.. My website is or my instagram is katwesterman.