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'There is No Pretense Here' at StART Exhibit

May 16, 2017 10:58AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

"There is No Pretense Here" is the message of a new student-created exhibit opening at the Manhattan Beach Art Center on Friday, May 19. An opening reception will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday.

The exhibition is a cumulative show displaying art by students who participated in StART Projects, a program designed for students to develop an art practice outside of academia in a studio environment. The goal is to help students work toward the development of a studio practice in a community of like-minded peers with the guidance of professional artists.

For six months, the StART Projects students have learned to develop conceptual ideas and transform them into objects or images. They have explored diverse subject that range from environmental issues to character design, and developed a unique interpretation and expression of what it means to make art. The exhibition and catalogue aims to show the achievements and collective energy of the students.

StART Projects is an annual collaborative program between Manhattan Beach Unified School District and The City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department’s Cultural Arts Division. The program, which students had to apply to, was held on the Mira Costa campus every Friday afternoon beginning in November.

The exhibition will run from Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21. On Saturday the gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.; on Sunday the hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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