Butterfly Initiative in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach, California - Artist in residence at the Huntington Beach Art Center, Robin Repp, created molded butterfly art, inspired by the California Western monarch butterfly.

Repp's Huntington Beach Monarch based on the butterfly which travels along the coast and rests at various beaches as it migrates, is a composition consisting of photographic images of the people and places in Huntington Beach. She took digital photos at several beach sites, including parks, at the Fourth of July parade and at Bolsa Chica to create the shape of a butterfly.

Public television station KOCE and other community organizations supporting the Butterfly Initiative are working with the City of Huntington Beach in a series of projects designed to engage the public and promote creativity. And it will include the Arts and Science Legacy Project, which will help start the first Endowment for Science and Arts Education in Orange County.

The  Huntington Beach Monarch  along with projects from other communities will be displayed at Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach. And the works will be auctioned at a televised event on March 4.

Organizers of the program hope to expand the initiative to schools, corporations and non-profit organizations.

Repp's butterfly was displayed at the Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main St., to mark the California Western Monarch Butterfly Day.

It will be at the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center, 1706 Orange Ave., through the end of March and displayed at  City Hall lobby in April.