In celebration of artists from Burbank and the surrounding areas, the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission hosted an opening night reception for its inaugural “Hidden Jewels” art exhibit at the Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center in Burbank this past week.
The reception was chaired by Monica Groves, who serves as the chairwoman of the Cultural Arts Commission.
Groves, who has managed community outreach and engagement programs for several nonprofits in the Greater Los Angeles area also served as the 2015 chair of the Burbank Neighborhood Leadership Program, a free program that aims to inspire and empower locally based leaders and is now known as Residents Inspiring Service and Empowerment.
“Our hope is that we can bring more opportunities like this exhibit to fruition for local artists, art lovers and the community-at-large,” Groves said during the Friday evening opening.
“Our goal is to make Burbank known as a vibrant and enticing regional arts center; to make a social impact through art, and to make people feel good, which is what art does,” Groves added.
The exhibit, which will run through Feb. 27, invited artists from Burbank and surrounding communities to participate in this monthlong juried showcase.
Presenting both two- and three-dimensional pieces, the show features the work of 45 artists, 30 of whom are from Burbank.
During Friday’s reception, awards were presented to the top three pieces as well as a People’s Choice honor that was voted on by the show’s opening night attendees.
The top award went to Mina Ferrante for her oil on canvas creation, titled “Sisters.” Second- and third-place honors went, respectively, to Steve Seifert for his acrylic on canvas, titled “Hollywood Panorama,” and Anna Zinsmeister for “Parents,” a woven textile piece that depicts her mother and father.
The People’s Choice Award went to longtime teacher at the Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center, Michael Hirsch for his ceramic creation, “Circle Gets the Square.”