Exploring the Quiet Beauty of “Re:balance” at Irvine Fine Arts Center

Throughout the life of an individual, the balancing act of acceptance and surrender can be difficult to navigate. For women especially, aging is a very trying experience – with motherhood changing your body, your time commitments and your perspective; and, watching yourself get further and further from society’s acceptable standards of beautiful, getting older is a complex thing. However, currently on view at Irvine Fine Arts Center is an exhibition …

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Setting Dreams Afloat With Art in Irvine’s Cadence Park

As you approach the fully-loaded lavishly contemporary Cadence Park in Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhoods, you will be wowed with the amenities and incredible care taken in creating such a lovely and modern community park – but the pièce de résistance of this gem comes in the form of two bright and beautifully painted murals in the pool area. As you circle the park, you can see them peeking from in …

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Inspiring California Impressions: “Upon a Painted Ocean” at the Irvine Museum

Whether you were born in Southern California or flocked here, you know the splendor and power of the Pacific Ocean and the beauty of the coast here. For centuries, the California coastline has inspired artists to try and represent it in realistic, impressionistic or expressionistic styles, among others. The Irvine Museum Collection has dedicated much of its existence to collecting and preserving works that celebrate our local landscape, including the …

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DesignerCon 2018 Unites Worlds of Collectible Toys and Designer Goods

It’s the time of year for DesignerCon 2018! Stemming from the footsteps and success of ComplexCon in Long Beach, this annual art and design convention brings together the worlds of collectible toys and designer goods, pairing them with the finest in underground urban and pop art. With Christmas shopping already hitting its stride, tens of thousands of DesignerCon fans gathered at Anaheim Convention Center November 16 and 17 for two …

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Finding Innovation and Inspiration at Irvine’s Newest Art Gallery: The Gallery at WorkWell

In the nooks and crannies throughout Irvine, there are small hubs being built, neighborhoods being transformed and needs being met. As the city evolves into a mecca for innovation and inclusivity, spaces like the membership-based coworking destination WorkWell will be much more common. For now, it is a unique and gorgeous gem that can be found in a sea of conglomerates and large companies. WorkWell is a place for independent …

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Creating a Community by Hand: The Patchwork Show

In this day and age, to make something with your own hands is rare, but the effort and the glory of creating something from scratch and seeing it through to completion is a rewarding experience – something that can be felt in the objects themselves, even after the creator has sold or given the item to someone else. Handmade goods have made a comeback in recent years, and in California …

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Exploring Speech, Sound and Source with Ella de Búrca

The role of an art object is a tenacious and assumptive role. What it does or does not do can be decided by artist or viewer. Its singular life and role in our world is complex, always changing and never stationary; it changes as seasons changes, as views shift and as history moves forward. Language acts similarly; meanings of words and sentences change in different contexts, over time and when …

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The Best Galleries to See Amazing Art in Irvine

People have been flocking to Irvine for nearly 20 years for its great schools, utopian planned communities, and gorgeous sprawling landscape. As more and more of Irvine becomes developed and populated with diverse cultures and people with a range of interests, the more cultural offerings we find popping up all over the city. Among those offerings are fantastic art galleries that have been springing up all over the place with …

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A Memorable First Glimpse – The Buck Collection at UCI

Gerald Buck was a Newport Beach developer whose passion for compelling art grew into that of legend over a span of 40 years until his death in 2013. This long-time love affair with art resulted in a massive collection of 3,300 artworks by California artists working between World War II and 1980. One of the most widely recognized collections of California artists spanning a wide range of genres and media, …

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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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