An exhibit in Burbank aims to inspire more involvement in local art scene

Leaders in the local art scene say they are hoping the latest exhibit at the Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center in Burbank inspires the community to get more involved in the arts.

The Burbank Art Assn. is hosting its annual fall exhibit including about 65 collages, paintings, photographs and sculptures. The show will run through Nov. 16.

The pieces include a collage representing a flower by Cynthia Pease, a member of the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission. There is also an intricate oil-based painting of a magnolia tree by Burbank artist Mina Ho Ferrante and a watercolor landscape of Ventura County by Burbank artist Jennifer Turnbull.

A painting by Mina Ferrante called "Magnolia" hangs at the Creative Arts Center where the Burbank Art Assn. is hosting its annual fall exhibit.
(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer )

Jamie Butterworth, president of the Burbank Art Assn., said the annual exhibit has always been a way to showcase the artwork created by the more than 100 members in the nonprofit organization and encourage others to give it a try.

“This is an opportunity to claim yourself as an artist,” Butterworth said.

She added that having all the artists see each other’s works helps inspire them to try new techniques or to work with different mediums.

Butterworth said the art scene in Burbank has gotten better, and she said she believes it will continue to grow. She has seen the membership of the Burbank Art Assn. increase during her almost 10-year involvement with the organization.

She said she is proud of the effort put forward by Cultural Arts Commission, Burbank Arts for All Foundation and her organization to push for more art projects throughout the city.

“There’s a lot of positive energy toward it right now,” Butterworth said. “For Burbank to be the media capital of the world, there isn’t as much public art and live music that there should be … I would love to see more opportunities.”

The Creative Arts Center, at 1100 W. Clark Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The facility is closed on Sundays.

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

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