Resin is hosting Mira Costa artists

Artwork by MCHS student Jessica Patton is on view at Resin this weekend

Resonating at Resin

Mira Costa student art show this weekend

by Bondo Wyszpolski

It can be a little too easy to overlook or ignore the many exhibitions at Resin Gallery, but one would need to be extremely nearsighted, culturally speaking, not to see and admire Rafael McMaster’s enthusiasm and optimism as the driving force behind the South Bay Art Collective, a genuine outlet for young people who desire to learn about and create meaningful art.

Artwork by MCHS student Zoe Kalamaros

The Collective managed to survive the pandemic, largely because members of the community realized what a gem they had with McMaster and Resin. All this brings us to what they’ve got on hand this weekend.

For the fourth consecutive year, Resin will be displaying some of the best work created by Mira Costa High School art students. It’s a big deal for these young people to see their art on view in a public gallery, always a validation of sorts, and the exhibition includes not only painting but ceramic, sculpture, photography, and even (this being a beach town) surfboard shaping. As Kate Heredia noted—and she’s the head of the Mira Costa art program—“This has been a tough year for all of us and yet the quality of the art created by our students is at an all-time high.”

MCHS Seniors Francesca Kula, Michelle Rembert, and Amelia McRae. These artists also donated time and energy to help the Collective’s afterschool art program

The exhibition features art by over 60 of Mira Costa’s young talents, with special nods to three Senior students, Amelia McRae, Michelle Rembert, and Francesca Kula, all of whom donated some 400 hours apiece to instruct other local students through the Collective’s afterschool program. Lots of sharing and giving back here, and we should take notice.

Resin Gallery is located at 618 Cypress St., Hermosa Beach. The art is on view this Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m. Call (831) 601-8137 or visit resinhb.com. ER

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Written by: Bondo Wyszpolski

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