OCMAEXPAND Provides Temporary Home for Orange County Contemporary Art

The Orange County Museum of Art has been a local art destination staple in Orange County since the 1960s. The museum opened in 1962 as the Balboa Pavilion Gallery by 13 visionary women but was renamed the Newport Harbor Art Museum in 1968. In 1997, the museum was remodeled and renamed the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA). Most recently in 2018, OCMA began a new chapter of its tenure …

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Art for All: The Best Art Walks in Orange County

In Southern California, it’s hard to find a fun and cultural activity that is free and entertaining for all ages. Luckily, for the past 10 years or so, many communities have taken advantage of the phenomenon of the “art walk” which brings hordes of people together for an art-minded cultural event that generally takes place every month in every major area. Orange County seems to be better at the art …

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Off the Walls of Greatness: Vans, an Orange County Icon

Worldwide shoe company, Vans, is an Orange County original and stays true to its roots in family, hard work, quality manufacturing and creativity. Originally named the Van Doren Rubber Company, Vans has always specialized in making simple, straight-forward, high-quality shoes for everyday wear, extreme sports and stylistic statements. Founded in 1966, the Van Doren Rubber Company, aka Vans, began as a unique business venture that stood out from the rest …

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Left Coast Brewing Company: Dedicated to Quality Beer

In Irvine, Left Coast Brewing Company is our local brewery. There are a few other beers that are brewed here, but none with as much local pride and creativity than that of Left Coast. Helping to build a craft beer scene from the ground up, Left Coast Brewing Company’s founders, the Hadjis family, has been dedicated to making quality beers and extraordinary experiences in their establishments since the 1990s and …

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The Best Art Activities for Every Age in Irvine

Art activities and events are a terrific way to engage your creative right-brain, inspiring creativity, expression and reflection. Activities in the artistic realm can also encourage kids and adults to play more – life is about exploring and enjoying, but we can often get bogged down in the hum-drum of everyday life and forget to play and create. For years, studies have shown that art activities can reduce stress and anxiety …

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Irvine’s Own Shelby and Sandy are Making a Big Splash in L.A.

Walking into the studio of Irvine-born, L.A.-based artist duo (and brothers) Shelby and Sandy, you are immediately transported to another world; a world of possibilities, creativity and fun. The space vibrates with creative energy and seems to exist in a place that is in between eras of art history, bringing all moments in time together simultaneously, and between levels of our human imagination, straddling the boundaries of serious work and …

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The 2018 Irvine Holiday Dining Guide

The holidays are different for everybody, but often involve a ton of home cooking, family, friends and gift-giving. What really helps to perfect the holiday experience is giving the family cooks a break once in a while. At least once or twice during the holidays, make that passionate cook in your family stop showing their love through their food and go out to eat! Not sure where to go? Don’t …

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A Sensory Exploration at Beall Center for Art + Technology

Most people would never think that computers could create compelling or interesting art or music – the human brain has intricacies and nuances that are difficult to replicate, especially when dealing with artistic expression. However, in this amazing technologically driven age, there are in fact computers, programs and algorithms that have been designed to create unique and fascinating musical compositions and the artistic visualizations that represent it, thanks to a …

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Divine Exploration of the Goddess at Irvine’s Museum of Woman

The Museum of Woman is a wonderful and unique educational space that is a largely unknown hidden gem in the city of Irvine. This organization is less of a traditional museum and more of an interactive sanctuary and educational center for goddess spirituality and historical womanhood, telling the stories of goddesses, queens and wisewomen from the paleolithic to the present. Although the Museum of Woman (MOW) does offer visitors rotating …

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The Best of Irvine’s Craft Cocktails

In the craft cocktail world, the biggest dilemma is the fact that it is trendy to drink craft cocktails. That means that as a craft cocktail-serving establishment, your primary customer-base is much larger right now, but most of the average drinkers that will order craft cocktails choose their poison based on the way the drinks look and by the cool names they have. So, you have to create craft cocktails …

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