Santa Monica’s Out of the Blue Program Returns to Annenberg Community Beach House

Two artists showcase process, participation and art as a social practice in fun, interactive projects

July 27, 2018

Santa Monica’s Out of the Blue Program Returns to Annenberg Community Beach House

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Out of the Blue is back and joined this summer by artists, Molly Allis and Therese Kelly, who will create projects that promote joy and illuminate our relationship with water. Santa Monica Cultural Affairs coordinates the Out of the Blue program, bringing artists to the Annenberg Community Beach House to create projects that embody the sights, sounds and people at the site.

Molly Allis “The Storytelling Machine”

From Tuesday, July 10 through Saturday, August 11, interdisciplinary artist and musician Molly Allis will be onsite every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon until 7 p.m., creating "The Storytelling Machine," a narrative sculpture made of stacked kinetic diorama boxes. Altogether, the dioramas will tell the story of a child's wonderful day. The completed sculpture will be unveiled on Saturday, August 11 at 10 a.m. and will be available until 6 p.m. for play and exploration with the artist.

Workshop Schedule:

  • Friday, July 27 and Friday, August 3, 11 - 11:40 a.m. and 2 - 2:40 p.m.
  • Storytelling Circles - informal gatherings where youth and families can exchange stories and inform the creation of The Storytelling Machine. To RSVP for this workshop, please click here.

Therese Kelly "Under the Umbrella"

From Friday, August 10 through Friday, August 31, social practice artist and landscape urbanist Therese Kelly will present “Under the Umbrella” through tours, a mobile game, and a temporary installation uncovering water’s hidden secrets on the Beach House grounds. The iPhone game challenges users with a fun series of quests and discoveries and is available for free. Therese will also lead participants in a shibori (Japanese tie dye) indigo dyeing workshop using plumbing pipes. All ages are welcome to participate in tours and workshops, but space is limited.

Free Tour/Workshop Schedule RSVP

  • Friday August 17, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday August 18, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday August 24, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday August 26, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early; reservations expire 15 minutes before the start of each session. To participate in a tour or workshop, please click here.

For more information about the Annenberg Community Beach House, Molly Allis and Therese Kelly’s programs, click here.

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