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Art center showcases the talent of its instructors

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A variety of paintings, mixed-media artwork and ceramics are on display now at the “Instructors Exhibit” at the Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center in Burbank.
(Raul Roa | Burbank Leader)

The latest exhibit at the Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center in Burbank showcases the talents of the instructors who teach there.

The “Instructors Exhibit” is just that — highlighting the works of the 17 artists who lead classes at the Burbank art facility at 1100 W. Clark Ave.

Virginia Causton-Keene, the center’s director, said students who take classes at the facility seldom get to see what their instructors can create.

Most often, instructors spend their time teaching people the basics of how to paint, weave or mold.

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So, with the current art exhibit, Causton-Keene said this is an opportunity for instructors to show their students and the public what they can do artistically.

“Honestly, some of them are just off-the-scale talented,” she said.

Causton-Keene used ceramics instructor Michael Hirsh as an example.

She said that Hirsh, during his off-time, creates such detailed work that he couldn’t share those techniques with students because it would take too long.

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“His work has this mid-century modern look to them,” Causton-Keene said.

“Those that have seen his work have told me they were surprised that Michael did such amazing work. It’s really lovely to see the surprise on these students’ faces when they finally get to see what their teachers can really do,” she added.

With the instructors’ personal works on display, Causton-Keene said she hopes the experience inspires those who take classes at the facility to push their creative limits, as well as encourages newcomers to sign up and take a class or two with the teachers at the arts center as a new hobby for the new year.

“Taking an art class is way more fun than dieting,” Causton-Keene said. “It’s nice to challenge yourself and try something different.”

For more information about the exhibit, call (818) 238-5397.

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