About the Charity

South Bay Artist Collective

Our purpose is to support and serve the Hermosa Beach and South Bay visual arts community. We want to help connect the artists, audience, students, and venues in the South Bay and help contribute to a thriving art community. If you are a local artist, enthusiast, art student, retailer, or simply a lover of the arts – please reach out to us at Rafael@rafaelmcmaster.com. We’d love to hear your ideas, feedback, and embrace your participation.

About the Project Creator(s)

RESIN GALLERY Created 14 Projects

My name is Rafael McMaster and I run the youth program for the Southbay artist collective out of Resin art gallery in Hermosa Beach. Over the last two years our students have photographed over 38,000 photos with a focus on macro photography as a way to see the extraordinary out of the every day ordinary. We’ve handpicked 100 of these photos and made a book entitled Wonder - Through The Lens Of Youth. This is a pre-printing donation to secure a book. The book will be printed and delivered following fundraising completion in June-July. This is a limited-edition hardcover book who’s production will see only 300 copies. All proceeds received from this book will go towards supporting the arts here in the South Bay.

You can receive a signed book as a gift by donating to support the South Bay Artist Collective (501c3). Your donation is tax deductible and will help us continue our Youth Program for the coming year.

The Hermosa Beach Artist Collective youth program, entitled “16 Under 16” (named because all 16 of the current members are under the age of 16) - taught students to see the EXTRA in the ORDINARY, and translate the beauty of everyday life through a macro lens. The students captured the images through dSLR cameras on manual focus. The curious and explorative nature of the students evolved the program to include painting, pasting, scribbling, scrubbing, glueing, and burning - and everything in between - to create fantastic imaginationscapes through the eye of their lenses. Their resulting work is refreshing and brilliant.

The program gives them artistic tools encouraged opportunity and creative confidence. Watching these kids create has forced me to reflect on what I perceive the purpose of teaching art to be. When these kids are deep into creating, they are in a unique state the combines total attention and original thought. Effect of those two together is powerful. Through art we are helping these kids develop a creative self that provides life skill to a kid of adaptability, flexibility, creativity and vision.

To learn more about the collective and our youth program, visit hbartistscollective.org, or the Resin gallery at 618 Cypress Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254




  1. A Dollop of Hope Posted on November 16, 2018 by Fund Deed

    This is a piece by one of our art students from our Youth Program at South Bay Artist Collective. It was conceived and executed by 9-year-old Parker, and printed on a beautiful wood canvas by Woodsnap. We are posting this to the Wildfire Project to show our support for those....
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  2. Wonder Update 2 – a deeper dive Posted on May 02, 2018 by Fund Deed

    In this update, Rafael gives some insights and background on several of the great pieces from the show, Wonder Through The Lens Of Youth.  He explains how some of the images were created and how the young artists achieved their amazing results. There's Violet. She’s almost 9 years old. She....
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  3. Closing exhibit on Sat. April 21 Posted on April 20, 2018 by Fund Deed

    The Wonder exhibit closes tomorrow, Sat. April 21 from 4 to 9 PM here in Hermosa Beach at Resin gallery (618 Cypress Ave.) We are lucky enough to have a great sponsor Woodsnap who printed out 20 of the kids works on large format prints. And we also have the....
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  • April Malovani
    WONDER Through The Lens Of Youth. An Art Book.
  • daniel mcmaster
    WONDER Through The Lens Of Youth. An Art Book.


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