The Annenberg Community Beach House’s inaugural art exhibit Thirty-Six by Twenty-Seven, Stories of Santa Monica Beach is currently on display at the community center’s Event House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica.

Artists were asked to submit photographs taken on Santa Monica Beach for the exhibit. In its call to artists, the city requested that photographs convey a sense of place, specifically of the Santa Monica portion of the seaside.

Photographers featured in the show include noted artists and Santa Monica residents such as Tony Friedkin, whose work can be found in the Getty Museum collection, the Annenberg Space for Photography and the Los Angeles County Museum.

Helen K. Garber, a former Santa Monica Arts Commissioner whose work can be seen at the George Eastman House in New York and locally at numerous galleries, is also included in the exhibit.

Cindy Bendat, whose photographs also appear in the recently published Santa Monica Pier — A Century on the Last Great Pleasure Pier is also part of the inaugural art showing. Other artists include Naomi Troeger, Ave Pildas, Fabian Lewkowicz, Paula Stoeke and Lillie M. Grossman.

“It is an honor to be included in the inaugural photography exhibit at the Annenberg Community Beach House,” said Bendat.

“The range we discovered in reviewing the submissions was exciting,” says Santa Monica public art coordinator Malina Moore.

The historic 3.5-mile stretch of beachfront, home to the Santa Monica Pier, beach volleyball and other attractions, is one of the ten national “Great Public Spaces” as identified by The American Planning Association in 2008.

The exhibition is a part of a new ongoing series of cultural programs at the Annenberg Community Beach House, “Beach = Culture: Tuesdays at the Beach House,” which will include small concerts, readings, and lectures. Information, http://beachhouse.smgov.net/.

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