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Pieces in the Malibu High School 2021 Senior Class Student Art Show at Tracy Park Gallery include this painting by Sofia MacDonald. Submitted images
Jared Hughes is showing photography in the students art show.
MHS senior Dylan Hughes’ sculpture.
Promotional material for Mo Willems’ "Dont Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!"
Scott Steepleton, Editor
10:01 am PDT May 7, 2021

From programs supported by the Shark Fund to the Arts Angels latest exhibit at Tracy Park Gallery to a theatrical production of Mo Willems’ tale about a little pigeon who could, student arts are thriving in Malibu.

Featured prominently at the new building on the Malibu High School campus, a show by photography and digital design students has been dazzling passersby. The show stemmed from Zoom talks working artists had with AP art classes, where students learned about translating passion into careers in the arts.

“Even during these challenging times, our photography, digital design and visual arts students continue to  produce quality work that is creative, compositionally striking and also technically well done,” said VAPA Department Chair Carla Bowman Smith. “Charlie Flores for example has been a phenomenal photographer and has excelled in taking some fabulous shots of star trails, with exposures of 15 minutes and more.”

Said MHS Principal Patrick Miller: “The arts have continued to thrive at Malibu Middle and High School during the last months and the exhibit hanging in our wonderful new campus building demonstrates clearly why ‘We are The Shark Fund’ has continued to ring true … the level of expertise of  these young but daring artists on display is something to share with our whole community. They demonstrate the strength of our Arts Angels programs.”

On May 8, Tracy Park Gallery and Arts Angels will present the MHS 2021 Senior Class Student Art Show.

“This is one talented bunch of kids,” said gallery owner Tracy Park.

Ceramics, paintings, sculptures and photography will be on display and available for purchase.

Featured artists include Sasha Alvarez, Elle Baker, Larry Cherkas, Christopher Crosby-Brodka, Ben Fenichel, Tuck Gesner, Aidan Gunasekera, Triston Harvey, Jared Hughes, Kimmie Jimenez, Dean Jenkins, Zoe Kofsky, Luca Moore, Mackenzie Muller, Ian Rouse, Arman Santizo, Daria Shcherbatykh, Karly Sierka and Lucy Thacker.

Tracy Park Gallery is located upstairs at Malibu Country Mart, 23410 Civic Center Way.

On May 14-15, Arts Angles will present the Malibu High School theater department’s streaming production of Mo Willems’ “Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!”

Directed by Jodi Plaia, the musical tells the tale of a pigeon who steps up when a school bus driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers late.

The script is by Willems, creator of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning “Pigeon” picture books. Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma.

“Featuring an innovative mix of songs, and feathers, this show is sure to get everyone's wings flapping,” notes the show announcement.

Streaming tickets for the shows, 7 p.m. May 14 and 2 p.m. May 15 are $25 each and available at showtix4u.com.