Projection art, though not entirely unheard of in this city, is still rare plenty of that I could not miss out on out on the prospect to ditch my screen and make the short trek into the coronary heart of downtown to see the work of college students in Santa Barbara High’s Visual Arts and Style and design Academy (VADA) projected on the side of the Lobero Theatre. 

I desperately pass up artwork shows: acquiring dressed up, viewing very pleased mom and dad getting images of their youngsters standing upcoming to their artwork, overhearing the oohs and awws of it all. Most of all I skip perusing galleries by myself on a mellow afternoon and halting in my tracks at a piece of art and becoming capable to make a personal relationship to it. In a tiny, but intimate collecting very last Saturday evening in the parking good deal at the rear of the Lobero, seeing the lights flicker one particular impression just after yet another, I was equipped to do just that.

 Perhaps because I really do not know a lot of young people and it’s been a number of decades considering the fact that I have been just one, I located myself totally blown absent by their sheer talent. And not just talent as in complex talent, but the ability to transmit the complexity of their being into some thing that could evoke feelings of joy, isolation, panic, resilience, confusion and excellent ol’ teenage angst. There have been some items that captured the underbelly of those people most wearisome a long time this kind of as a young girl huddled in despair, crouched in a severe highlight, her hand and hair masking her confront and a portrait of one’s deal with showing to be torn open with two tiny eyes engulfed in the darkness (think Geena Davis’ character in Beetlejuice). 


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Pieces like these led to the sobering believed that on top of the highs and lows to be predicted, I could just not fathom the more pounds of surviving these teenager a long time in the midst of a pandemic! While numerous of the works shone a mild on the elements of existence we keep hidden, there were also several depictions of internal energy and elegance. 

 The highlight of the party for me was not a singular piece of art by itself, but alternatively the times when the little crowd broke into cheers. I understood that community art, in times like these, can assistance deliver us back to the closeness we crave. I hope that these youthful innovative minds continue on to force the boundaries of their self-expression. That they know there is a position for them in the wide artwork entire world, and even in the silent streets of their property. 

All in all, it was really remarkable to see the Lobero use their platform to illuminate the abundance of young expertise in our possess yard, and I search ahead to seeing more collaborative and innovative programming with budding artists in the long run. 

 Big hugs and applause to the learners of VADA.

To see the students’ artwork, click on right here.


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