Natural Response: OCMAEXPAND Opens 6 New Shows by Contemporary Pacific Rim Artists

As we phase out of summer and welcome the very subtle changes of fall in Southern California, the art season is ramping up and opening vibrant exhibitions to tantalize our senses and invigorate our spirits. During this time of year, we can’t help but focus on the seasons and nature — saying goodbye to the extreme heat and eagerly greeting the breezy cool nights of fall. The Orange County Museum …

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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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Skate Art Exhibit on Display at Golden West College Art Gallery

The feeling of the wind enveloping your skin and whipping through your hair is an unforgettable experience that is often relegated to the animal kingdom. The genius of the skateboard allows us to transcend that barrier and fly through the air without defying the natural laws. Humans have been searching for ways to fly like the animals for centuries, hoping to replicate the nuanced relationship between the natural elements and …

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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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Finding the Tipping Point on Catalina Island with Elizabeth Turk

Internationally renowned Orange County-based artist Elizabeth Turk began working on the “Tipping Point” project in the Fall of 2018 during a month-long open studio/live exhibition “ThinkLab LIVE .002,” at the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion at Orange Coast College. In this next iteration of the project, Turk has created an evocative experience at the Catalina Island Museum, “ThinkLab LIVE .003: Tipping Point.” Remaining on view through March 2020 with three core …

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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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The Idiosyncrasies of Memory in the Gallery at WorkWell

Bright green floating foliage delicately sways and flutters with each passing body in the metal and glass shrine of the WorkWell space. High above the touch of human hands, these self-contained plant bodies hover and dance in place while inspiring onlookers to dream and wonder at the magic and memory they seem to contain. This installation is one of the many works currently on view at Irvine’s coworking space, WorkWell, …

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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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“Time Under Tension” at Irvine Fine Arts Center Is Art at Its Most Powerful

Visual art can be a powerful force of communication, it can change perceptions, open minds, and tug on viewers’ heartstrings. This power is partly responsible for art and visual communication having such a dominant role in our society; we see advertising, paintings, drawings, installations and even graffiti works that stop us dead in our tracks and make us think, fee, or consider. Making art that has this kind of power …

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