UCI Law Tells Its Stories With Exhibition Highlighting Its First Decade

“UCI Law Stories: Past, Present and Future,” celebrating and highlighting the school’s remarkable first 10 years, is a new exhibition mounted in the lobby of UC Irvine’s Langson Library on East Peltason Drive. It includes numerous photographs, letters, documents, other writings and memorabilia. It highlights the law school’s recent achievements, along with its historical beginnings, going back to the 1960s when UCI first opened its doors, and the law school …

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A Tribute to SoCal Art Pioneer and Legend Tony DeLap

Tony DeLap, who died at his Corona del Mar home on May 29, was one of Orange County and SoCal’s most well-known and innovative artists.  To honor the life and work of the pioneering painter and sculptor, a public event, “A Tribute to Tony DeLap,” will be held Sunday, September 8, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Several people who worked with DeLap, along with friends and family, will present visuals, …

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The Life and Loves of Multi-Faceted Assemblage Artist George Herms

It was 2011, and a high point for Irvine-based artist George Herms as he had just installed the exhibition, “Chaos’ Job: Restrain Order” at Santa Ana’s Grand Central Art Center. Representing the breadth and depth of his six-decade career, the show contained artworks made from cast-off materials, including a rusted ironing board, a wheelbarrow, lawn mower, muffin tin, fan, early cell phone, broken mirrors, torn crumpled posters, miniature cars, lamp bases, …

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Bringing a Natural Gift for Storytelling to the Pageant of the Masters

Richard Doyle, narrator, Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters, South Coast Repertory Theater founding actor, and longtime Irvine resident, believes that live theater is about creating performances that enable viewers to reflect on themselves and to enhance their understanding of the world around us. “It is important for actors to let the audience in,” he explains. “Before we had language,” the loquacious Doyle adds, “people acted things out. In the …

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Artwork from Six Irvine Residents Graces Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts 

Soon after Laguna Beach’s summerlong Festival of Arts (FOA) invited people from around Orange County to enter its fine art show more than a dozen years ago, several artists from Irvine eagerly applied for admission.  This year, six Irvine residents are pleased to show their artwork in the festival, which opened on Friday, July 5. Three of these artists, working in printmaking, photography and oil painting, respectively, help to demonstrate …

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Works on Paper: The Collection of Cheech Marin at the Muzeo

Bright fauve-inspired colors, energetic brushstrokes and finely wrought figurative, abstract and surreal works characterize the striking exhibition “Papel Chicano Dos” at the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim. The symbolism in many pieces harkens back to the 1960s Chicano civil rights movement in East L.A, called El Movimento, while the iconography in other works references Aztlán or the mythical ancestral home of the indigenous Aztec people. The show is …

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The El Toro Air Show: A Look Back 

The Great Park’s Palm Court Arts Complex, at the site of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, is uniquely positioned to mount art shows extolling the glory and thrill of aviation. The inaugural exhibition at the arts complex gallery, displayed in 2011, was “Plane Air Power: Paintings and Sculptures by Jorg Dubin.” With the title of the show ⁠— a play on the phrase “plein air painting,” ⁠ …

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Natasha Shoro: Evoking the Splendor of Nature

Natasha Shoro approaches her abstract expressionist paintings intuitively. Working in her Irvine home studio, listening to exotic dance music, she picks up her brushes and palette knives, dips them into brightly colored paints, and incorporates collage elements, some with South Asian textile designs. Moving joyously to dance music, she paints swirls, biomorphic shapes and intricate patterning onto her canvases. The results are large multicolored artworks, infused with symbols and influences …

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Kevin Staniec: Artistic Renaissance Man

On a recent tour of “The Art of Competition” exhibition, illustrating the breadth and depth of professional sports by world-famous artists, Irvine Great Park Gallery director Kevin Staniec talked enthusiastically about the artwork in that show. Along the way, he reminisced about his own nurturing childhood — he grew up with strong encouragement to pursue both the arts and sports — which mirrored the sports-themed art show. “My family moved …

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Tony DeLap, Former UCI Art Professor and Groundbreaking Artist, Dies at Age 91

Artist Tony DeLap, a founding member of UC Irvine’s Art Department, where he taught from 1965 to 1991, died May 29, 2019. DeLap’s final public appearance, in January, was participating in a panel discussion at UCI’s Claire Trevor Theater. For this occasion, the lucid nonagenarian exhibited his characteristic dry sense of humor while discussing memorable events from his years at UCI. Among his reminiscences, DeLap recalled walking onto campus one …

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