This year’s summer celebration is truly exceptional considering our current situation. Nationally and internationally, with COVID still prevalent, rapid social and political change, and our evolving climate taking huge tolls, it is so very important for institutions like Palos Verdes Art Center to keep creating a platform to exhibit the established, new and upcoming art talents in their region.
As a curator, it was a last-minute call, but due to my previous collaborations with the Art Center and my never-ending desire to explore, discover and connect with the arts community in different cities and countries, this was a great opportunity to discover some of the amazing local artists, today part of this exhibit. Of course, it was also an opportunity to spend time with fellow community members who believe that art is something to be shared, cherished, and celebrated.
The concept behind The Summer Show is to experience and embrace diversity. Through diverse art forms and expressions, we can experience fresh ideas and concepts explored through the lenses of photography, painting, and 3-dimensional pieces. While some of these pieces are conceptually or visually stronger than others, all of them share the same passion in responding to the invitation to re-energize and engage with the community.
I truly believe this summer exhibition will increase artistic participation in the institution fostering a sense of belonging, that in turn will invite young members of the community into a deeper engagement with the arts and the Center. In addition, I hope that the strength acquired through these brand new works and new faces in the exhibit will serve as encouragement for the young generations to keep producing, creating and bringing new, challenging and fascinating narratives to the community.