Story and Photos by Joshua Miller/Co-editor in chief/@joshua_miller8

Students, employees and friends of LBCC gathered for an evening of food, wine, music and portrait painting at a gallery on Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach on Thursday, March 24.
The LBCC Foundation Fine Arts Associates hosted a reception that included a live portrait painting session of John Molina, son of Mary Rose Molina, matriarch of one of Long Beach’s most prominent families, and Gio Molina, 14, a student at Westerly School of Long Beach, and son of John Molina.
The live portrait art was painted by Everett Babcock, 25, an art major at LBCC, and Christopher Chinn, a drawing and painting professor at LBCC.
The event also included a performance by LBCC theater majors Frania Duenas, 32, and Jason Bowe, 35, in a comedic-skit that reflected the topic of getting a divorce “Brooklyn-style.”
At the event, the music was played by brothers and LBCC music majors Bryan Baker, 19, and Brandon Baker, 22.
Trustee Ginny Baxter, executive director for the Foundation attended the art event. “I think it’s a good partnership between the art community here in Long Beach and the students.”