“Art of Competition” Captures the Spectacle of Sport

“The Art of Competition” on view at the Palm Court Arts Complex is an arena exhibiting athletes and illustrators at the top of their game. Vibrant colors create rhythmic melodies inside the rigid boundaries of white frames. Digital manipulation, graphic design and hand-painted illustration is highlighted in this show. The results are nuanced compositions that thrust into the complexities of championship, identity and spectacle. The show opens with Noah MacMillan’s digitally …

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“Poems Without Words” – Curation as an Art Form

The exhibition, “Poems Without Words,” opening at the Irvine Museum on April 6, running through August 10, will include 42 California impressionist paintings, which the director/curator refers to as visual poetry. Or as Greek biographer and essayist Plutarch (46-120 AD) wrote, “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” The artists to be exhibited include Franz Bischoff, Anna Hills, Joseph Kleitsch, Guy Rose, Edgar Payne, Granville Redmond and …

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The Hilbert Museum Exhibits Treasures of California Scene Painting

At a time when edgy contemporary art proliferates museums and galleries, the paintings and drawings at the Hilbert Museum of California Art focus on socially relevant scenes, created during the 20th century. The California Scene Paintings depict people and settings in cities and towns, parks and amusement centers, theaters and schools, at work and at play. One of the landscapes in the museum collection is Preston Blair’s “Bunker Hill” (1938). …

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Rising Artists of Orange County

Art is alive in Orange County. Local talent emerges constantly, and even though people typically look to L.A. for art in Southern California, we have more to offer than you’d think. During an exhibit by the Orange County chapter of RAW, an independent artist organization, I was lucky enough to speak with three different artists who were showing their work. The first person I spoke with was M.o.M Cllct founder …

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Laguna Art Museum Celebrates Culture & Identity with Self-Help Graphics Exhibit

For those looking to connect more with the artistic and cultural roots of Southern California, the Laguna Art Museum has welcomed a new exhibit you shouldn’t miss. From now until May 27, the museum is hosting an exhibit of select works from the famed Self-Help Graphics & Art printmaking shop and studio. If you haven’t heard of them before, they’ve been a pivotal artistic institution for some time. They were …

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The Illustrious Career of Jean Stern

As Jean Stern, Irvine Museum Executive Director, tours his current exhibition, “Upon a Painted Ocean,” he looks forward to the museum’s move in the next decade to the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art; a multi-faceted venue to display and research all genres of art from the Golden State. Yet few people realize that Stern, a quiet self-effacing art historian, is one of the first people to promote late …

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Exploring the Art of Kitsch at Coastline Community College Art Gallery

The fine art world has been at odds with the concept of kitsch since the 1920s; however, the complicated relationship fine art has with kitsch today is nuanced, in part thanks to the growing variety and popularity of lowbrow art and culture. “Kitsch” is the German word for trash and is used in English to refer to particularly cheap, vulgar and sentimental forms of popular and commercial culture or art. …

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Orange County’s Competitive Advantage Is Its High ARTS IQ!

SPONSORED CONTENT Business and the arts were in perfect alignment on Thursday, February 7, at Hotel Irvine as local musicians, performers and visionary leaders celebrated “The Art of Business. The Business of Art.” with almost 700 business executives, academic leaders and elected officials at Orange County Business Council’s Annual Dinner and Installation of the organization’s 2019 Board of Directors. Robbin Narike Preciado, Managing Director and Regional President of Union Bank, …

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Stay Whimsical: The Life and Legacy of Arlyn Pillay

It’s shocking to realize it’s been two years since local Irvine-based artist and friend to many, Arlyn Pillay, died by gunshot, on January 31, 2017. The Irvine resident was a beloved artist, art gallery director, mentor and a breath of fresh creativity in a hum-drum art world. Pillay’s gallery, the Arlyn Pillay Art Gallery, was a home for creatives, artists, musicians, comedians, designers, art aficionados and disenchanted youth looking for …

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