Opening Reception SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 for "VISTAS" BY WES VAN DYKE, the Next Public Art Exhibition at City Hall
The City of Malibu Arts Commission invites all of Malibu to attend the free opening reception of the City's next public art exhibition in the Malibu City Gallery, "Vistas," by Wes Van Dyke, Saturday, September 16, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM at Malibu City Hall.
"Wes Van Dyke's paintings capture and celebrate Malibu’s unique and beautiful natural surroundings, and we are pleased to showcase the work of this talented local artist," said Mayor Bruce Silverstein. "We applaud the Malibu Arts Commission for continuing to find interesting, relevant, local artists and subject matter for the City's art exhibitions in the Malibu City Gallery, and we welcome everyone in Malibu to come and enjoy the exhibition."
The exhibition will be on display from September 18 to October 27, 2023, and is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The public opening reception will feature live music by "A Call 2Peace" and refreshments, and Wes Van Dyke will be on hand to discuss his work. RSVPs are not needed for this reception or to visit the gallery.
"Vistas" by Wes Van Dyke features a variety of realistic landscapes and seascapes that are painted with an almost photo-realistic effect. The artist's passion for the outdoors and strong connection to the ocean inspired this 30-piece collection of oil paintings.
Wes Van Dyke, 34, is a lifelong resident of Agoura Hills, California. Born into a family of actors, son of Barry Van Dyke and grandson of Dick Van Dyke, Wes took his creativity in a different direction. He attended St. Jude the Apostle School in Westlake Village and discovered his artistic talents early, starting classes in the sixth grade. Encouraged by his eighth-grade teacher, Wes continued into High School at Crespi Carmelite in Encino, where he quickly became known for his oil paintings. By his senior year, Wes kept busy working on paintings for many fellow students and teachers.
Wes continued to study art after high school at Moorpark College. His first real inspiration to pursue art as a career came from art teacher Frank Sardisco. Wes studied with Frank for several years before Sardisco passed away in 2006. The teacher convinced him of his potential and urged him to make the most of his talents. Wes, who had developed a strong bond with Sardisco, followed his advice and has not stopped painting since.
For more information about the exhibition, visit the Malibu Arts Commission website: www.MalibuArtsCommission.org/WesVanDyke.