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Art show dedicated to Lueke

September 04, 2012|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Emblem Club officials are, from left, State Marshal Leah Shiers, State President Yvonne Fiori, Emblem Club President Elaine Paonessa and Club Marshal Bobbi Palmatary.
Emblem Club officials are, from left, State Marshal Leah… (Photo courtesy…)

Artist Claude Hulce, who co-founded the Creative Arts Center in 1972, is having a retrospective show featuring his paintings and clay works made between the center's opening and now.

He is dedicating the exhibit to the late Betsy Lueke, who with him co-founded the center.

Lueke worked with the city's park and recreation department for 37 years and held the title of Recreation Supervisor when she retired, her daughter, Linda Oseransky, said. Lueke was an advocate of the Arts in Public Places ordinance, and established the Fine Arts Federation that supports the Creative Arts Center and the Performing Arts Federation that brought under one umbrella organization the Burbank Symphony, Choral Club, Police/Youth Band, Civic Light Opera and Little Theatre.

“She was a strong advocate of the arts in the community and a great supporter and admirer of Claude and his work, so I know she would be very pleased with the recognition from him,” Oseransky said.


Hulce taught art for almost 30 years as senior specialty activity leader with the park and recreation department, and was gallery director. He retired in 2001, but continues to teach pottery at the center, he said.

In the early 1970s, Lueke was teaching crafts classes and Hulce, just graduated with an art degree, was working in the city's supplies warehouse. She would come to pick up supplies and he would ask her if she could get the city to hire him as an art teacher. And she did. The two worked at the Auld Lang Syne bungalow in Izay Park before the city built the new gallery and pottery studio in 1989 at the same location.

Hulce is showing more than 100 pottery pieces in the show, including several dragons, his signature (he is known as the Dragon Master, he says), jack-in-the-boxes and knights, and functional pieces like vases and bowls plus more than 35 abstract paintings.

The show opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the center, 1100 W. Clark Ave. The exhibit will remain open through Sept. 27.

Emblem Club honors state officers

Burbank Emblem Club honored California State Association President Yvonne Fiori, State Marshal Leah Shiers, Emblem Club President Elaine Paonessa and 11 other state officers on “Aloha Hawaii” night at the Burbank Elks Lodge in July.

More than 50 members and guests from 13 other Southern California clubs had a Hawaiian buffet supper.

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