The City of Malibu is welcoming spring with an exhibit of art by local artists. The Birds and the Bees: A Celebration of Spring in Malibu features 80 works in multiple mediums, including photography, watercolors, oils, collage, sculpture, and written word, all with a common theme that reflects the flora, fauna and native habitats of Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains.
It’s the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission’s second collaborative community art exhibition, and it follows the success of last year’s Radical Beauty, Malibu Rising show. That exhibit focused on the shared experience of the devastating Woolsey Fire; this year’s show celebrates rebirth and renewal of spring.
Artists from all over the Santa Monica Mountains responded to the call for submissions to the current show. Works were juried by a panel assembled by the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission, and 80 pieces were accepted. They range from large landscape paintings to intimate portraits of wildflowers, insects and birds, and from photo realism to abstraction. All of the works share the unifying themes of nature in springtime and a sense of place rooted in Malibu and the surrounding mountains, and each invites the viewer to reflect on the ephemeral beauty of the season of rebirth and growth.
The Birds and the Bees: A Celebration of Spring in Malibu opens on March 20 at Malibu City Hall and runs through May, and can be viewed during City Hall open hours Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
A special opening reception will take place on March 20, at 6:30 p.m., with a brief program and light refreshments.
Malibu City Hall is located at 23825 Stuart Ranch Rd, Malibu, CA 90265. For more information, visit https://malibuartsandculture.org