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Student art fills walls of gallery in Malibu Village

Sienna Oliver holds up her certificate next to her painting of a flower during the Malibu Student Art Show on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Malibu Village. Photos by Alex Vejar/22nd Century Media
Mimi Wolfe looks at a wall of artwork during the Malibu Student Art Show.
Scout Swing, sixth-grade student at Malibu Middle School, stands with his certificate surrounded by family and friends.
Alex Vejar, Assistant Editor
12:00 pm PST February 24, 2016

Some used watercolor, others crayon and even yarn. Some were big, some were small. Some looked abstract, while others were easily recognizable. 

Only one commonality existed: the types of people who made them. 

More than 80 pieces of student creations were on display at a pop-up gallery for the Malibu Student Art Show on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Malibu Village. 

At around 12:30 p.m., the space next to Marmalade Cafe filled with artists of varying ages, accompanied by their family and friends. The children spent time taking photos next to their art pieces while holding certificates of participation they received from the City of Malibu that were signed by Malibu Mayor Laura Rosenthal. 

One such artist was Julia Ramey, who attends Viewpoint School in Calabasas. Her art piece contained drawings that exemplified her interests.

Examples of what was drawn on Ramey’s piece were the YouTube logo, a police box from the television show “Dr. Who,” a symbol from her favorite band, a character from TV show “Attack On Titan,” and a potato, which is a nickname for a friend of hers. 

“I sort of wanted to do a combination of things I really like,” Ramey said. 

The students’ artwork varied thematically. Many pieces showed pets, such as cats and dogs. Nature was also a theme, with various pantings depicting flowers. 

More eclectic works also hung in the gallery, such a piece showing “Star Wars” characters, a Santa Claus painting and a hand-drawn skeleton. 

Several works represented students from The Sycamore School, which opened in Malibu last September. Those paintings exhibited the style of famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock. 

Bianca Duffy, art teacher at The Sycamore School, said she tries to teach her students not only different artistic techniques, but also the history and appreciation of art. 

“I think that it’s so important for them to be able to see their stuff framed, and to have the appreciation of art as well as being able to execute it,” said Duffy, whose daughter had an abstract piece hanging on a wall in the pop-up
gallery. 

Dana Graulich, whose second-grade son Max attends The Sycamore School and had work displayed at the art show, said she was proud that Max wanted to “show off his work” for others. 

“I think that it’s important to introduce art as early as we possibly can for our kids,” Graulich said. 

Kristin Riesgo, recreation supervisor for the City of Malibu, said the art show gives children an outlet to showcase their art while encouraging
creativity. 

“If they can see their artwork on the wall in a gallery-type setting,” Riesgo said, “I think it’s pretty exciting and might encourage them to do something creative and artistic as they grow up and get older.” 

The Malibu Student Art Show celebrated its sixth year on Saturday. It was the first time the event was held at Malibu Village. 

In previous years, the art show popped up in Malibu Lumber Yard, the Malibu Library and Bluffs Park.