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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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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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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