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An exhibition of kinetic sculptures by William Sandell and oil paintings by Cynda Valle.


Cynda Valle is a prolific oil painter, instructor and self-described ‘late bloomer’ who chronicles human life from the unique perspective of present time, culture, place, and her own personal viewpoint within it.
“I find the most ordinary moments of the most ordinary domestic circumstances to be infused with undercurrents of surrealism, luminosity, and pattern that always remind me of the fragile poignancy of life,” said Valle. “I try to ‘catch’ and freeze these moments on canvas with oil paint."
Valle has been excited to exhibit her work at MBAC ever since she attended a previous exhibit, Family Plot – featuring works by Kelly Berg, Any Moses and Ed Moses.
“At the opening, I noticed lots of other baby boomers like myself,” said Valle. “To have arrived at the age we have…many of us have harbored a secret dream to make art since young adulthood, but the necessities of life meant we've had to defer the gratification of pursuing that dream full time, ‘til now...”
Valle is looking forward to meeting a whole new crowd of "Baby Boomer Dream Seekers" and potential new students of classic oil painting through the art center. “Our class motto: ‘If Not Now, When?’” said Valle.
“No more delayed gratification!”

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As a child, William Sandell was mesmerized by the dioramas at the L.A. Museum of Natural History, the Rube Goldberg cartoons in the Sunday comics E,rector sets, Lincoln Logs, Legos, the game Mousetrap, and watching The Little Rascals inventing things on TV.
“I was always building gadgets,” said Sandell. His passion eventually lead to a prolific career as an Art Director for Hollywood Films such as RoboCop, Total Recall, Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World for which he received an Oscar nomination.
Away from the film set, Sandell creates unique and engaging pieces of kinetic art in his large artist studio in Downtown LA. Sandell’s sculptures evoke the ancient and weathered carnival games from old traveling circuses, and are propelled into movement by springs or motors. “I like art that reaches out and waves to you,” said Sandell. “I like noisy art. My art squeaks, rattles, I’m one step away from a hoarder.”
Sandell looks forward to seeing his assemblages presented at MBAC, and cannot wait to see the public’s reactions to his odd, strange and whimsical kinetic sculptures.
“I know from experience, that young or old people [will be] fascinated by them.”

Please join us for the Opening Reception


Event Location: Manhattan Beach Art Center
1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Event Date/Time: FRI, Jan. 13th, 6pm—9pm


Admission is FREE and there is ample parking behind the Art Center.
Exhibition schedule: Jan. 13th, 2017—Mar. 12th, 2017


For more information, please contact Manhattan Beach Art Center (310) 802—5440 or infombac@citymb.info

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