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Santa Monica woman helps import rare dog art

April 24, 2008 |  9:39 am

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When she first went to Nepal in 1986, Santa Monica-based film editor Michelle Page was struck by images of dogs that were hand-painted on metal signs hanging above shops, Times staff writer Bettijane Levine writes in today's Home section.

Some were the equivalent of "beware of dog" signs one might see in the U.S., Page says. Others translated into something more benign: "Brilliant dog in here."

Now Page has brought hundreds of the signs back to Los Angeles, a move she made after noticing that computer-generated images were replacing the older ones she came to admire decades ago.

Page partnered with local museums and launched her own website, nepaldog.com, where art collectors who love dogs or Nepalese art can now acquire them; those who want customized signs featuring their own dog can give Page a photo to take to Nepal the next time she visits.

-- Francisco Vara-Orta

Photo: Michelle Page

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