The Venice Arts Gallery will premiere its 2012 Student Culminating Exhibition, featuring student films, photographs, animations, comics, as well as mixed- and multi-media pieces from the 2011-12 workshops.

The opening reception is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the gallery, 1702 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. A potluck reception with food and beverages for families, students, mentors and show attendees will also take place during the exhibition.

Venice Arts representatives call the exhibit a “stunning finale” to a year of hard work by students.

Each year, over 400 students participate in the organization’s art mentoring workshops. The workshops are free for low income families and give students a chance to work with talented teaching artists and high-quality professional equipment, jumpstarting their personal artistic exploration.

The exhibit also serves to honor graduating seniors, many of whom have been taking classes with Venice Arts for years and will now be the first in their families to go to college, a Venice Arts spokesperson said.

In addition to photography and other wall-based works, the culminating show will also feature screenings of student-made video projects produced for What’s Going On…Now, a national project of The Kennedy Center for which Venice Arts is the Southern California youth partner. In the spirit of the late singer Marvin Gaye’s breakout album, “What’s Going On,” the project challenges youths to examine and discuss the critical issues of today through their creative art and media projects.

Information, (310) 392-0846, or www.venice-arts.org.

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