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San Jose Pride
(le petite chapeau)
foam core, acrylics, mixed media
4' x 3'
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Created to honor a landmark
birthday being celebrated in 2007
by the incomparable Miss Lucy
Manhattan, (an observance which
nicely coincided with the San Jose
Pride Festival), this hat is a love
letter to our home town.  As Lucy
said while debuting her new hat in
the parade, "San Jose has gone to
my head!".

I enjoyed bouncing ideas around
with Lucy about which of our
favorite San Jose visuals should
be included, and it was only the
realization that the hat actually had
to be wearable that made us edit
down our selections (reluctantly).
All images © Ron Orpitelli 2007
My work on this project brought back to me
incredible memories of building theatrical
set models with scenic designer Ken
Holamon quite a few years ago.  Thoughts
of Ken are always with me in the studio.  But
it was a special joy to commemorate his  
love of glitter (a love we shared) by using so
much of the wonderful stuff on this project.  
Once again glitter has invaded EVERY part
of our household, and I couldn't be happier!
Me and
Lucy
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"Good
fashion always
begins
with
comfy shoes!"
...L
"I have
never
looked so
youthful!!"  
...L
"Me hobnobbing
with my newest
friend,
Santa Clara
County District
Attorney
Dolores Carr.  
We're close."  
...L
"I'm more popular than Mickey Mouse!
Smile everyone, say "scrotum"!"   ...L
"Even these lovely people
appreciate good taste!  
They took a delightful
picture of moi."  ...L
"Peace be with you!!"  ...L
All images © Ron Orpitelli 2007
UPDATE!
Lucy Manhattan, the Diva Deluxe, once
again  modeled her favorite hat
San
Jose Pride (le petite chapeau)
at the May
23, 2010, "Taste of Silicon Valley" fund
raiser to benefit the AIDS Leadership
Center.
Photos by Anna
UPDATE DEUX!!
Lucy Manhattan, the Diva Deluxe, has chosen to retire her beloved le petit chapeau.  As of December 2013, it has
been suitably archived in a glass shadow box.  Miss Lucy assures one and all that unlike her chapeau, she is
most decidedly NOT ready to be hung in a museum, and in fact remains available for almost any public
spectacle to which she can wangle an invitation.