The Malibu Arts Commission had its opening reception at the Malibu City Gallery at Malibu City Hall for “Malibu Perception,” a photography exhibit featuring five local artists.
Members of the community and members of the City Council attended the reception and had the opportunity to share, inspire and contribute to the conversations surrounding the photographs taken throughout the city of Malibu.
Participating artists include Carla Bowman Smith, Julie Ellerton, Nicole Fisher, Maureen Haldeman and Dave Teel. Each artist had a brief biography placed next to their photos.
Ellerton, who is also a photographer for Malibu time exhibits photographs and dedicates them to his father, who died on April 8.
Her biography shared a brief history of how her interest in photography began.
Ellerton is an Angeleno native, born in Southern California and raised in Southern and Northern California. As a child, Julie sat next to her father, an artist, and drew or painted alongside him. Her unique approach started at a young age, coloring outside the lines and creating her own little masterpieces, encouraged by both of her parents. Her love of all things where her creative expression could explode led her to her first camera, a Vintage Kodak Instamatic Film, from the 1970s. Her goal was to capture the unexpected, the colorful, the dark and all aspects of life. She’s followed her passion into adulthood, documenting Malibu as she sees it, either via video or her trusted Nikon. For more on Ellerton’s work, visit @julieelerton on instagram and twitter.
Haldeman was born and raised in Montreal and now resides in Malibu. After studying art history and fine art photography at UCLA, she began photographing nature, primarily the ocean and its surrounding landscapes. She has taught photography at the college level, freelanced for publications including the Los Angeles Times and was commissioned to do private photographic projects for the entertainment industry. For more information on Haldeman’s working visit, maureenhaldemanphotography.com
Teel graduated from Western Michigan University in 1996 and his goal was to photograph commercially to support his passion for fine art photography. For more information on Teel’s work, email [email protected]
Fisher raised her children under California oaks surrounded by the Santa Monica Mountains. The intent of her art is to celebrate, call to action, and capture the pure substance of beauty and all the other gifts that trees provide. Fisher shares her stories in multiple media including painting, sculpture, mixed media, and photography. For more information on Fisher, visit Nicolefisher.me.
Bowman-Smith is currently the head of the visual and performing arts department at Malibu High School. Bowman-Smith has been a professor of photography and graphic design since 1997. Previously, she worked in graphic design after earning a Bachelor of Art and Design with a concentration in photography from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She holds a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University. For more information on Bowman-Smith’s work, email [email protected]
Attendees at the event included Malibu Mayor Paul Grisanti, who also knows the artists who had photos on display.
“I’m so sorry Julie Ellerton isn’t here, but it’s so nice to see them [artists] be recognized,” Grisanti said. “I love the fact that we can open City Hall to people because it’s meant to be for all of us, and I’m really looking forward to the May 9 city council meeting, which will be for once only. , then we go back to zoom.
Malibu Fireball Arts Commissioner Tim Lawrence said the art shows they put on are about the artists.
“In whatever way, shape or form, we want to be able to promote each individual artist so that people take notice of them, go to their website, eventually buy their work, or hire them in some way. another to beautify their home, their space, their restaurant. or whatever,” Lawrence said. “And the good thing is we’re not in the business of selling, we’re in the business of raising awareness and trying to create a situation for Malibu that showcases the level of artistry that we have in the community. .”
Malibu Arts Commissioner Julie Holland helped bring together the featured artists.
“It’s such a beautiful space to see all the beautiful artwork, it’s a hidden gem and I want people to know that we want to showcase the great talent that we have here in Malibu,” Holland said.
Community Services Manager Jesse Bobbett said the opening reception went well.
“We’re in the phase where we’re reopening all of our programs and all of our events are happening again and for us to have an art exhibit like this, it’s great to get back to normal,” Bobbett said. “We’re just thrilled – we’re thrilled to have the artwork and excited for people to come see what we’re doing here and especially what the Malibu Arts Commission is doing.”