Malibu Seen: The Matisse of Malibu

Malibu’s Kim McCarty is all smiles at her current exhibit.

If you’re an art lover, don’t miss Kim McCarty Paints! It’s an art installation and pop-up shop running at the Santa Monica Museum of Art through April 20.

In addition to the installation and sale, there’s also a watercolor studio in the project room that provides guests with close-up access to McCarty’s work. If you’re a real fan, you won’t want to pass up an opportunity to paint right alongside Kim in her studio setting.

McCarty’s project features a wide array of new watercolors created exclusively for SMMoA. McCarty is best known for her fragile and ephemeral images of slender, youthful figures. She uses a “wet into wet” watercolor medium that allows the paint to flow and pool, creating ethereal patterns over the surfaces of the paper.

McCarty’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions at museums and galleries, including “Fresh” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and “Contemporary Passions” at the Museo de Ponce in Puerto Rico. She has had solo exhibitions at Morgan Lehman, New York, and Cherry and Martin and Lightbox galleries in Los Angeles.

Proceeds from Kim McCarty Paints! support the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s exhibitions and public programs.

Coming attractions

Doo-Wop returns to the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks on April 27. The ’50s-and ’60s-inspired show is called “At The Hop” and stars the Alley Cats. You’ll be in Doo-Wop heaven as the world-famous a cappella singing group delivers its high-energy family- style show filled with great harmonies, comedy, oldies and fun!

Every a cappella performance is accompanied by the sounds of laughter, singing and fond memories. From the White House to concert halls worldwide, the Alley Cats have earned a stellar reputation as the coolest singing cats around; they have shared the stage with such notable artists as Sha-Na-Na, Chubby Checker, The Beach Boys and even comedian Jay Leno.

So get your groove on a get ready for a blast to the past. Some of the groups being honored include rave faves like The Tokens, The Temptations, The Platters, The Edsels, Danny and The Juniors, Dion and The Belmonts, The Chords, The Drifters, Frankie Lyman and The Teenagers, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, The Five Satins, Richie Valens and The Diamonds. Can you dig it? Crazy!