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Youths invited to get creative at Art Expo


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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