A popular downtown ice rink has returned to Santa Monica with a new large-scale art exhibition this season.

ICE at Santa Monica officially re-opened to the public during a ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the rink, Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue.

As part of a collaboration this season with Portraits of Hope, the rink includes an under-ice and around-the-rink painted garden, filled with Portraits of Hope’s signature flowers, bright colors, and swirling designs. Portraits of Hope, which conducted an art project this summer involving the county’s beach lifeguard towers, merges public art with creative therapy for hospitalized children.

“We are delighted to welcome Portraits of Hope to downtown Santa Monica,” said Kathleen Rawson, CEO of Bayside District Corporation, which manages downtown. “Not only are they beautifying our public space with their transformation of ICE at Santa Monica, they are truly making an impact in the local community by allowing the children to take part in such an inspirational program. We thank Herbal Essences for helping make this all possible.”

Kyle Schlegel, brand manager for Herbal Essences, which is also collaborating on ICE, added, “We’re getting ready to unveil some exciting product news of our own that was inspired by beauty and paradise, so to celebrate, our partnership with Portraits of Hope brings that to life, both for this community and across the country.”

Ed Massey, co-founder of Portraits of Hope, said, “The children and adults involved with Portraits of Hope and in this one-of-a-kind ice experience are so looking forward to seeing the arena come to life. Having Portraits of Hope art on, around, above, and beneath ice is a first.”

ICE at Santa Monica is slated to stay open through Feb. 15. The rink, which boasts 8,000 square feet of real ice and an adjacent 400-square foot children’s rink, offers skating lessons, season passes, and event space.

Admission is $10, including skate rental.

The rink is open from noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Information, (310) 496-9880.