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Danville: New art exhibit to feature surfboards, sea life

'Surf's Up' runs July 8 to Aug. 18 at Village Theatre gallery

A new exhibit spotlighting artists' love of the sea and sun is set to come to Danville's Village Theatre and Art Gallery starting this week.

"Surf's Up" will feature sea life depictions beautifully painted on retired surfboards, ocean and beach themed photography and surf-themed painted clocks by artists hailing from Hawaii, Marin County Beach Towns and the famous California "surf town" of Santa Cruz.

The exhibit will include the original artwork of Erik Abel, Matt Beard, Bleen Photography, Clay Campbell, Shawn Griggs, Jeffrey Hemming, Yeshe Jackson, KTO, Llewellyn Ludlow, Kelly Mumford, Maia Negre, Jimbo Phillips, Mary Shisler, Frank Walsh and Kevin Walsh.

The works in the exhibit, curated by town visual arts coordinator Marija Nelson Bleier, are on display from this Friday to Aug. 18.

An opening reception is scheduled for the new exhibition Friday from 5-7 p.m. There will be two free film screenings immediately following the opening reception.

The first screening is "The Sunnydale Kids," a short documentary by Micro-Documentaries that focuses attention on kids from San Francisco. The second screening is "Soul Surfer," a movie based on the true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who returned to the ocean to surf after after losing an arm in a shark attack.

The reception event is free to the public, and popcorn and complimentary refreshments will be served.

The Village Theatre and Art Gallery, located at 233 Front St., is open Wednesdays through Fridays 12-5 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only.

For more information, visit the Village Theatre website.

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