Performance, Poetry and Nature with the UCI MFAs (Part II)

Continuing on the curious exploration of the art world introductions of the graduating University of California, Irvine MFA students, additional relevant themes and ideas seem to reverberate in the work of young artists and in our collective consciousness. In this second round of solo exhibitions for MFA candidates Andrea Welton, Mountain House, Nicolas G. Miller, Ariel McCleese and Michael Thurin, the works on whole are more ephemeral and touch on …

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The Pride of California Art at Brea Art Gallery

For 34 years, the city of Brea Art Gallery has been hosting a locally-treasured art exhibition that highlights California artists and offers visitors a well-rounded look at the current moods and materials dominating the contemporary art practices in California. This exhibit is the most popular for the gallery, garnering massive crowds and over a thousand submissions each year. With awards, prizes, a selective jurying process, and a time-honored exhibition to …

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Hope, History and Play with the UCI MFAs (Part I)

The MFA, the terminal degree for artists — it is what artists strive for and what gallerists pushing the contemporary art market forward thrive on. For an artist, the MFA’s culmination is the thesis exhibition; it is like their coming out party in the art world, their brief introduction into the real art world and can make or break an artist’s forthcoming luck in the art market. UCI’s MFA program …

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Local Farmers Market Rundown

Everyone loves a good farmers market. An open-air market full of fresh produce, great face-to-face interactions with farmers, chefs and artisans, and a great place to educate yourself or your family on fruits, vegetables and health. In addition to offering locally sourced fresh produce and goods to the community, farmers markets help preserve farmlands, and promote economic stability and sustainability. Luckily, here in Southern California, we have optimal weather for …

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Exploring the Art of Kitsch at Coastline Community College Art Gallery

The fine art world has been at odds with the concept of kitsch since the 1920s; however, the complicated relationship fine art has with kitsch today is nuanced, in part thanks to the growing variety and popularity of lowbrow art and culture. “Kitsch” is the German word for trash and is used in English to refer to particularly cheap, vulgar and sentimental forms of popular and commercial culture or art. …

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Orange County’s Vegan Village Offers Accessible Plant-Based Cuisine to the Masses

Veganism has been gaining massive momentum in recent years. There’s been a 600 percent increase in people identifying as vegans in the U.S. in the last four years. Mainstream health organizations are recommending a plant-based diet, including the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee; the American Institute for Cancer Research; and Kaiser Permanente, the largest health care organization in the U.S. Plant-based cuisine is sweeping through our culture, in part thanks to professional …

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Stay Whimsical: The Life and Legacy of Arlyn Pillay

It’s shocking to realize it’s been two years since local Irvine-based artist and friend to many, Arlyn Pillay, died by gunshot, on January 31, 2017. The Irvine resident was a beloved artist, art gallery director, mentor and a breath of fresh creativity in a hum-drum art world. Pillay’s gallery, the Arlyn Pillay Art Gallery, was a home for creatives, artists, musicians, comedians, designers, art aficionados and disenchanted youth looking for …

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The Best Local Valentine’s Day Date Night Ideas

Valentine’s Day, aka February 14, has been a day of love and fertility for centuries. Although this holiday has roots in violence, murder and matchmaking, today the holiday is much sweeter and is celebrated as a day to honor and treat the you people you love. The dilemma with this annual celebration of love is that you’ve got to come up with something new to do or give to your …

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Wandering Through Yevgeniya Mikhailik’s World

Imagine if you could create a place – a physical place that is vast and varied but reflects your specific sensibilities and interests – it grows, moves and evolves, just as you do. This place incorporates your fascinations, favorite colors, and treacherous physical and emotional challenges that only you could imagine for it. Irvine-based artist Yevgeniya Mikhailik has been creating places with stories through her artwork for some time, but starting …

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