Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is looking forward to its third annual Arts and Crafts Show, May 7-18. The show will be in the Design Center Gallery of the Design building on CSULB campus at Palo Verde Avenue on State University Drive. The exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday. There is a public reception for the artists on Sunday, May 18 from 1-5 p.m. Parking during the week will be available at meters on State University Drive or in Lot 11 off Palo Verde Avenue for a fee. There will be free parking in Lot 9 on Sunday, May 18 only.
The annual art show began in 2006 to showcase the work of OLLI students who are 50+ years of age. Late Design Professor Michael Kammermeyer was able to get permission for OLLI to use the Design Center Gallery and helped Roy Hubbs, OLLI art instructor, and Betty Hutchen, his assistant set up the gallery for the exhibit.
At the first art show in 2006, Georgia Whitlock, the first watercolor instructor was honored and showcased one of her paintings. Also that first year, work from 31 entrants’ — all OLLI students — submitted 92 items for the exhibit..
At the second art show reception in 2007, the recorder class provided music and the memoir writing class sent three members who read their memoirs for the entertainment of a large audience. Crafts and photography were added to include 100 items submitted by 32 individuals. This included crafts and photos that made for an interesting exhibit.
The student body of OLLI at CSULB (formerly Senior University) consists of more than 850 students ages 50 to over 90. A large variety of lecture classes are offered five days a week and the computer lab teaches basic beginner classes to the latest in the computer world.