In November, I received an email with the names of the winning artists, and my name wasn't among them. I was disappointed, but -- really -- who knows how many pieces of art were submitted? Tons, I'm sure. Ah well. They invited me (and all artists who submitted pieces) to an awards ceremony, but I binned the invitation without even reading it all the way through.
Then, today, I got this weird phone call. It turns out that the HHREC "coordinates and implements" the Alameda County 10x10 Wellness Campaign "as part of their Mental Health Services Act funding" ... and the head of the 10x10 organization gets to choose one piece of art to be a winner, and she (Cardum Harmon) chose mine. So, though my name was not on the original list of winners chosen by HHREC as a whole, my piece is the winner chosen by the 10x10 organization.
So what this means is that I'll be attending their awards ceremony this Saturday night, where I will be listed on the program and will be brought up to say a bit about my piece, and I'll get a considerable gift card to Target (which was my choice), and sometime in the next year or so, my cherry blossom collage will appear in some public venue: a billboard, the side of a bus, or a BART station poster. They'll be bringing out each individual piece sequentially as separate campaigns, so they'll let me know when my piece's campaign will be starting, so that I can track it down and see it (and point everyone else at it, too).
So ... exciting!