BAFA Secret Art Show Raises Funds And Showcases Arts In BUSD

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Art show volunteer Isabella Mardirossian carefully removes an artwork from the display board, to offer a closer look to an art show attendee at the Secret Art Show on Saturday. Photo by: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank Arts For All Foundation (BAFA) put on its third annual The Secret Art Show last Saturday evening, September 26, at ATB Studios in Burbank.

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The event raised over $30,000 for the foundation and showcased more than 1000 4×6 inch artworks by more than 500 different artists.

Student volunteers pose for a photo at the Secret Art Show on Saturday. Photo by: Edward Tovmassian
Student volunteers pose for a photo at the Secret Art Show on Saturday.
Photo by: Edward Tovmassian

Live visual and musical artists performed during the four-hour event. Burbank High School’s Dance Team “Unleashed” took the crowd by surprise with a late-evening flash mob dance.

“Burbank Arts for All Foundation is grateful to the entire Burbank community and because of their generous support, the third annual Secret Art Show was a huge success,” commented BAFA Executive Director Trena Pitchford.

The Burbank High School dance team "Unleashed" arrives at the Secret Art Show on Saturday, just moments before they put on a spectacular performance. Photo by: Edward Tovmassian
The Burbank High School dance team “Unleashed” arrives at the Secret Art Show on Saturday, just moments before they put on a spectacular performance.
Photo by: Edward Tovmassian

“In addition to our fun and colorful hip pop-up art show, we were very excited to include the talents of our Burbank Unified students in visual arts, dance, music and vocal performance!”

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More than 500 guests attended The Secret Art Show including City Councilmember Will Rogers and Burbank Unified Board of Education members Dr. Roberta Reynolds and Dr. Armond Aghakhanian along with BUSD Superintendent Matt Hill. Several of the Secret Artists, members of Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s Board of Directors, BUSD teachers, principals and administrators, Burbank citizens and industry leaders also enjoyed the event.

Art show volunteer Isabella Mardirossian carefully removes an artwork from the display board, to offer a closer look to an art show attendee at the Secret Art Show on Saturday. Photo by: Edward Tovmassian
Art show volunteer Isabella Mardirossian carefully removes an artwork from the display board, to offer a closer look to an art show attendee at the Secret Art Show on Saturday.
Photo by: Edward Tovmassian

“As always, the wonderful part about The Secret Art Show is our ability to showcase student works of art alongside celebrities and well-known professional artists,” added Pitchford.

The final list of artists included:

  • Conan O’Brien, Talk Show Host, Comedian
  • Andy Richter, Talk Show Announcer
  • Adonna Khare, Artist
  • Tony Hale, Author and Emmy Award Winning Actor in “VEEP”
  • Bill Morrison,  American comic book artist and writer, and co-founder of Bongo Comics
  • Bart Johnson, Actor and Director, known for his role in “High School Musical”
  • Robyn Lively, Actress, known for her role in “Teen Witch”
  • Peter Bennett, Art Director, “SpongeBob SquarePants”
  • Blake Lively, Actress, known for her role in “Gossip Girl” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”
  • Ryan Reynolds, Feature Film Actor
  • Stephen Hillenburg, Creator, “SpongeBob SquarePants”
  • David Shannon, Caldecott Winning Children’s Book Author and Artist
  • Joe Mantegna, Actor, “Criminal Minds”
  • Ana Bagayan, Artist
  • Frank Dietz, Award-winning Artist and Filmmaker
  • W. Earl Brown, Actor, known for his roles in “Black Mass,” “American Crime” & “Deadwood”
  • Jim Henson Creature Shop
  • Members of the Burbank Art Association
  • BUSD Students
  • BUSD Superintendent Matt Hill
  • Artists from Warner Bros. Entertainment, The Walt Disney Animation Studio and Nickelodeon 
  • and many, many more…

At noon on Monday, October 5, BAFA launches the online auction of remaining artworks available for the $40 per piece purchase price at: www.32auctions.com/2015SecretArtShowAuction

Adonna Khare puts on a demonstration at the Secret Art Show on Saturday as she works on an enormous drawing of a lion. Photo by: Edward Tovmassian
Adonna Khare puts on a demonstration at the Secret Art Show on Saturday as she works on an enormous drawing of a lion.
Photo by: Edward Tovmassian
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