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Wednesday Night Offers Art Exhibit Opening, Skate Panel

Oct 16, 2017 08:34PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Art by Cosimo Cavallaro

It'll be much more than an average Wednesday night in Manhattan Beach: The public is invited to attend not one but two cultural events - an art exhibit opening and a female skaters' panel - on Wednesday, October 18.

At 6:00 p.m. is the opening reception for the art exhibit "Unidentified Space" at the Manhattan Beach Art Center. The exhibit features new works consisting of large sculptures by nationally and internationally recognized Italian/Canadian and Los Angeles-based artist Cosimo Cavallaro.

Envisioned by Homeira Goldstein, the exhibition explores elements and spaces that push boundaries beyond the accustomed and familiar. Taken out of human scale, these large and massive inflated acrylic vinyl liner sculptures are "melodramatic overemotional and exaggerated depicting the space between life and death," according to Goldstein.

Cavallaro says that one day while he was driving past a car accident, he noticed an airbag that had been deployed. "I realized this was the moment I was trying to sculpt: a moment where captured air defines the object that is the space between both life and death. The purpose of this work is to focus our attention on that captured moment,” he says.

Cavallaro's controversial and challenging creations include “My Sweet Lord”, a nude life-size sculpture of Jesus created from dark chocolate, and “Cheese Chair."

The opening reception on Wednesday will run from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.; the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. The exhibit will run through December 31.

At 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the public is also invited over to the Manhattan Beach Library for a "Girl Empowerment Month" skate panel led by former pro skateboarder Cindy Whitehead.

Whitehead began skating at the age of 15 and was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame in 2016. She is also an accomplished sports stylist and founder of Girl is Not a 4 Letter Word. She recently authored the book It's Not About Pretty, which will be sold by {pages} a bookstore.

Skaters appearing with Whitehead on the panel will include Briel Weingartner, Quinne Daniels, Kala Fernandez, Kyra Williams, Zara Percy and Amanda Caloia. These girls, who range in are age from 6 to 28 years old, have skated in contests up and down the coast, appeared in music videos and TV commercials, and hold their own skating with the boys every single day.

The panel is meant to appeal to teens and tweens between grades 6 and 12; however, the general public is invited and welcome.

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