Center Theatre Group Displays AVPA Artwork
By Laksmita Candrisari
On Thursday, December 10th, 16 AVPA art students from The Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts will be leading the way with artist and CTG set designer, Janne Larsen, to Boyle Heights in downtown Los Angeles for their culminating event at Center Theatre Group’s costume and prop shop. AVPA art students created 32 portrait paintings inspired by the characters from the play Emma and the Suzies, and developed both a "dangerous and safe" version of their chosen characters. Dangerous women represent those in society who dare to be unique and stand up for their beliefs. Safe women are those who let others dictate their lives and lack passion and desire to challenge the norm.
CTG granted AVPA Art permission to use their portraits to create a public art piece on the outside wall of their shop for permanent viewing. Additionally, their original artwork will be displayed during special readings of Emma & The Suzies with the playwright, Anthony Aguilar, at public libraries in Boyle Heights in Los Angeles during the month of December.
“It is very rare for high school students to have the opportunity to exhibit their artwork in such a unique way,” says 11th grade AVPA Artist, Samantha Koyama. “Displaying my artwork in a public area is so exciting!”. All 36 portraits of “safe” and “dangerous” women will be posted on the wall, encouraging viewers to construct a new perception of women and culture.
Emma & The Suzies playwright Anthony Aguilar will be having a reading of his play beginning at 5:30 p.m. as part of the special celebration. “I am really excited to hear Anthony read his play how he imagined it. It will be fascinating to listen to the play reflected next to our own art.” comments Junior Addy Marble. The 11-week artist-in-residency has been a memorable experience to the visual artists of The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, an eye-opener for everyone who will see and participate. The entire program is made possible by Front and Center in association with Center Theatre Group. The event is free and will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Center Theatre Group’s Costume Prop Shop, 2856 E. 11th Street, Los Angeles 90023.
“Safe” by Samantha and “Dangerous” by Srishti
Janne Larsen working to create the wall of portraits for CTG with AVPA Artists
Ariana’s portrait of “Safe”