There is an undeniable buzz emanating from the Palos Verdes Art Center this week in anticipation of its inaugural Arts on the Hill extravaganza.
On Saturday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., PVAC will partner with the hill’s formidable art community to introduce a kaleidoscopic of arts genres for kids and the young at heart.
Participating organizations include the Grand Vision Foundation, Community Art Machine, Palos Verdes Performing Arts, Los Serenos de Point Vincente, Palos Verdes Art Center Artists, PV School Gardens, Art at Your Fingertips, Palos Verdes Library District and the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy.
“Any age can participate,” said trustee Val Simon, committee chair who helps organize gallery shows and is current president of the Artist Open Group at PVAC. “I’ll be doing a ‘make and take’ with a plaster-like material and tints. Kids or adults will have a finished product to take home with them.”
She said in keeping with the Arts on the Hill premise, her project will be detailed enough to draw kids’ interest, but help keep the crowds moving.
Other PVAC artists and members will be there to demonstrate and educate as well as sell their personal art works throughout the grounds.
Art demonstrations will include glass blowing, portrait and landscape painting, mixed media, jewelry, pottery wheels, and the Mobile Graffiti Yard—a joint project of PVAC and San Pedro-based Community Art Machine.
PV School Gardens staff will aid participants in making prints with vegetable dyes. Assistance with other sculptures, jewelry making and art projects set up on the Atrium will be provided by Art at Your Fingertips and other art center members.
Food highlights include crave-pleasing BBQ on red oak by Shady Grove @ Stripe Cafe, Matteo’s Pizza made in a wood-fired mobile oven and Blast Ice Cream.
Under the inaugural auspicious of Arts on the Hill a new dimension of art will be introduced to the crowds.
Street artists from the Community Art Machine will add a positive twist to the genre when they roll in their Mobile Graffiti Yard to educate and promote their mission to provide safe, legal venues.
Spray painters—whose motto is “improving communities with art and hard work,” will position a steel-framed, pop-up, 8-foot-high by 40-foot-long wall to demonstrate actual street art.
“We’ll be painting traditional graffiti art like letters, characters and colorful backgrounds on both sides of the wall,” said Mike Machin, creative director of CAM. “We have three programs. The Community Art Studio, the Mobile Graffiti Yard and CUTS—Clean Up The Streets—which are motivational murals to reduce vandalism.”
The main purpose of the Arts on the Hill extravaganza is to introduce the wide cadre of classes, artist groups and entertainment offered year round at the PVAC as well keep the arts alive on the hill.
The XYZPDQ band including members Salem, a 12-year-old guitarist and Dax Corcoran, a 14-year-old drummer/singer will perform for the crowds during the Arts on the Hill celebration.
XYZPDQ (or better spelled out as XYZ-PDQ) has jammed on the Battleship Iowa, the Manhattan Beach Battle of the Bands, PV Street Faire and numerous private parties, Dax said.
Salem and Dax agree they are happy they were chosen to participate. Salem prefers to go by her first name only and plays a mean Gibson Les Paul guitar.
“We’re going to play songs from stuff we do in our band, plus cover [music] other bands do,” said Salem, a Manhattan Beach Middle School student.
And her artistic enthusiasm is infectious.
Look for Dax’s brightly designed shoes at the event and perhaps a new logo he said he’s developing for the band.
“It’s pretty cool to be playing for Arts on the Hill,” Dax said. “We’re all very young, but we all work with private teachers, write original songs and rehearse twice a week. We’ve worked very hard to get here.”