IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Parents are reminded to nudge their creative children to get their
entries to their art teachers later this month for the Youth Art
Expo, on display April 4 to 24 at the Burbank Creative Arts Center.
This year’s theme is “Aloha Art,” but entries can be on any
subject and any media, said Alejandra Biolatto, senior recreation
leader at the center. Only teachers can submit the art work, which
can be completed in class or at home. Youngsters who are
home-schooled can submit the work on the deadline date at the arts
The show is open to all Burbank school students, including public
and private schools. Students can receive entry labels from their art
teachers. There have been 9,000 entry labels mailed to all Burbank
schools. Last year, 1,200 entries were received.
“We hope to have a great response this year,” Biolatto said. “We
would like to get more three-dimensional entries.”
Teachers’ deadlines to submit entries are March 14 for
kindergarten to fifth-grade students and March 24 for middle and high
school students. From the entries, 110 will be chosen for display.
A reception for winners in the kindergarten to fifth-grade
categories will be from 2 to 4 p.m. April 6, with an awards ceremony
at 3 p.m. The reception for middle and high school categories will be
6 to 7:30 p.m. April 4, with the awards ceremony at 7 p.m.
Three awards will be presented per grade. High school seniors will
receive two special awards in addition to those, scholarships to
attend college art classes, provided by the Burbank Fine Arts
Teachers attending the artists’ receptions will be eligible to win
door prizes, which Biolatto said, are usually cash for art supplies
for the classrooms.
All students whose entries are not in the show will receive a
certificate at school. The ones in the show will pick up their
certificates and a special gift during the receptions.
The arts center is run by the Burbank Park, Recreation and
Community Services Department. It is at 1100 W. Clark Ave. in George
Izay Park. For more information, call 238-5397.
The next exhibit at the Burbank Creative Arts Center will be the
annual membership show of the Burbank Fine Arts Federation. It opens
with a reception for the artists from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and
continues through March 21.
The federation’s purposes, Executive Director Carol Finkle said,
are to enhance arts in the community and to provide financial support
to the Creative Arts Center.
Each member will have one piece entered in the show. All media --
paintings, collage, ceramics, glass and sculpture -- will be shown
for a total of 70 items. Six awards will be presented, with the top
award being the Brand Library Award of Excellence.
In addition, the Robert Sandmeyer Memorial Award will be given. He
was a longtime federation member and arts center student. His family
and friends sent in money in his memory for the award. It usually
goes to a student taking classes at the arts center, Finkle said.
The Creative Arts Center hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Fund-raisers are in the works to produce the second ballet
production for Burbank’s Media City Ballet Company on May 18 at The
Alex Theatre in Glendale.
On the program will be “Rachmaninoff Sketches,” choreographed by
Artistist Director Natasha Middleton and danced to Rachmaninoff’s
Piano Concerto #3, and the famous Armenian ballet, “Gayane,”
choreographed by company Associate Director Ruben Tonoyan.
A fashion show luncheon with the theme “Romance in Dance” is
planned for April 6 at The Castaway in Burbank. Fashions will be from
Ann of Magnolia boutique in Burbank.
Tickets are $50 and reservations can be made by calling 972-9692.
The company is continuing its fund-raising Sunday Afternoon at the
Ballet series. Upcoming events are the Rachmaninoff Sketches workshop
March 30 and “Peter and the Wolf” on April 13. “Peter and the Wolf”
also has been selected for the company’s outreach program to tour
schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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