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Los Angeles Beverly Arts (LABA) Icon Charity Awards Ceremony at Building Bridges Art Exchange

Updated: Feb 28


Princess Karen Cantrell, Kayla Broberg, Dondia York, Harrison Engle, Marisa Caichiolo, Dr. James Daichendt, Petra Eiko, and Joey Zhou.


Santa Monica, California, USA. 15th December, 2021. As Christmas approaches, major art centers and galleries in Los Angeles are also celebrating Christmas 2021. At 11 o'clock in the morning on December 15th, the Building Bridges Art Exchange at 2525 Michigan Ave in Santa Monica, hosted a special ceremony for the the "LABA Icon Charity Awards."


Harrison Engle, Princess Karen Cantrell, Marisa Caichiolo, and Petra Eiko


Artists and staff from Building Bridges Art Exchange included Marisa Caichiolo, Petra Eiko, Kayla Broberg, and Dondia York. The presidium members of the organizing committee of the LABA International Arts Festival were also present. They were Princess Karen Cantrell, the rotating chairman of the LABA International Arts Festival, Dr. James Daichendt and Harrison Engle, and Joey Zhou, the founder of The Beverly Arts, LABA, and the LABA International Art Festival. 


Princess Karen Cantrell hosted the awards ceremony.


The award ceremony was hosted by Princess Karen Cantrell. Princess Karen Cantrell began by introducing the well-known artist and international art curator Marisa Caichiolo, the founder of the Building Bridges Art Exchange. As Ms. Caichiolo plans and curates international art exhibitions, she has made a huge special contribution to the world art with the support of the Building Bridges Art Exchange charity organization.


Dr. James Daichendt presents Marisa Caichiolo with her LABA Icon Charity Award.


Dr. James Daichendt, a member of the Presidium of the Jury of the LABA International Arts Festival, presented Marisa Caichiolo with the "LABA Icon Charity Award."  Later, Caichiolo gave an enthusiastic acceptance speech. She said that Building Bridges Art Exchange will continue making contributions to the world of art.


Marisa Caichiolo with her LABA Icon Charity Award.


Marisa Caichiolo, Kayla Broberg, Dondia York, and Petra Eiko of Building Bridges Art Exchange.


Harrison Engle, Princess Karen Cantrell, Marisa Caichiolo, Joey Zhou, and Dr. James Daichendt.


Marisa Caichiolo is interviewed by international media.


Princess Karen Cantrell and Marisa Caichiolo with her LABA Icon Charity Award.


Mr. Xinyong Wang was recommended by Mr. Jiannan Huang, the first blue-chip artist of the LABA International Art Festival.  Huang is a world-renowned artist, ranked 19th in the world on the Hurun Global Art List 202, and ranked second on the China Art List 2020.  Mr. Xinyong Wang, also was presented with the "LABA Icon Charity Award."


Dr. James Daichendt and Harrison Engle present LABA Icon Charity Award to artist Xinyong Wang with his wife, Dr. Zhao, translating and speaking in English on his behalf.


Mr. Xinyong Wang, a professional artist living in America, has been absorbed in painting and calligraphy for more than 20 years. His artistic creations reflect the integration of Eastern and Western cultures, a rich pluralism, and his own independent style. Mr. Wang has successfully held painting exhibitions, lectures and exchanges in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and Taos; as well as the J. Wayne Stark Gallery at Texas A&M University, and other locations. At the same time, he is also the vice director of the Culture and Art Committee of the Jiangsu General Chamber of Commerce, and has been committed to promoting Sino-US cultural and art exchanges for many years.


Artist Xinyong Wang received a LABA Icon Charity Award at the ceremony today.


Due to the pandemic, Mr. Wang could not come to accept the award, and Harrison Engle, who also recommended Mr. Wang, accepted the award on his behalf. During the ceremony, Mr. Engle and Mr. Wang had an international video connection. Mr. Wang gave a brief acceptance speech. Mr. Wang’s wife, a university professor of landscape design, Dr. Zhao, spoke on his behalf and said very excitedly:


"My husband has won such an important honor with internationally renowned artists. I am very proud of him. Not only will I continue to support my husband in his efforts to contribute to the public welfare cause of art, I will also work with my husband to contribute to the world's art public welfare."


This impromptu congratulatory speech also brought the two cities of Los Angeles and Nanjing separated by vast mountains and rivers suddenly closer, and also pushed the entire award ceremony to an international level.


Harrison Engle holds an iPad with LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang attending by video conference call with Dr. James Daichendt.


Joey Zhou, the founder of LABA International Art Festival, also established an international connection with Mr. Jiannan Huang. In particular, Mr. Zhou asked why Mr. Huang recommended Mr. Wang for this honor.  He stated that Mr. Huang does not shy away from praise of this younger artist, who is 20 years younger than him.  He believes that young artists should also actively participate in world charity activities. Mr. Huang hoped that Mr. Wang's award will inspire younger artists to get involved in public welfare and charity activities.  Mr. Huang also congratulated Mr. Wang again for his award.




Approaching 12 o'clock, the "LABA Icon Charity Awards" ceremony of the LABA International Arts Festival finally ended successfully.


LABA Icon Charity Awards


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