MALIBU—The city of Malibu will celebrate its 25-year anniversary with a public reception on Monday, March 28 at City Hall. The entire community is welcome to attend the festivities. The celebration will include the grand opening of “The Art of the Board” surfboard installation, which will pay tribute to Malibu’s surfing history and culture, a live band, small food items, commemorative gifts and other festivities.
“I encourage every resident to join in this fun and important celebration of all that we have achieved together and how much we have grown in the last quarter century,” Mayor Laura Rosenthal said.
The City Council meeting on March 28 will start earlier than normal at 6 p.m. Council will present recognitions to many of the City’s founding fathers and mothers and those in the community who helped shape Malibu. A screening will take place with a commemorative video for the big celebration.
According to a press release from the city of Malibu, the reception and grand opening of “The Art of the Board” will take place at 7 p.m. in the upstairs lobby of City Hall immediately following the Council meeting. For “The Art of the Board,” which is being hosted by the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission, the community was asked to submit unique and artistic surfboards. Those surfboards will be displayed in the City Hall atrium and will remain on display for the public until September 2016.
A special committee reviewed and selected the submitted boards, and renowned artists John Van Hamersveld, Lita Albuquerque and Chuck Arnoldi also created artistic surfboards for the installation.
John Van Hamersveld played an important role in popularizing surfing culture with the creation of his world-famous poster for the classic surfing film “Endless Summer.” He was resident of Ramirez Canyon from 1980-1992, and was the art director of Surfer Magazine from 1962-1964. He will be on hand at the anniversary to autograph copies of the commemorative poster he designed for the big celebration.
Lita Albuquerque and Chuck Arnoldi are acclaimed artists living in Malibu whose works have been displayed in many of the world’s foremost art museums. The Cultural Arts Commission will hold a silent auction of work by Albuquerque, Arnoldi, and Van Hamersveld, where those processed will go towards the Malibu Arts Fund.
To obtain more information about the event visit www.malibucity.org/25years.