Making His Mark: The Art and Design of Nick Simon

The bright and sketchy style of artist and designer Nick Simon is catching like wildfire. A full-time Senior Designer at O’Neill USA and a compulsive creator, Irvine-based Simon never stops creating. His signature style of sketchy monochromatic ink paintings of California scenes with dark and graphic undertones has pushed his graphic design work and his fine art work into one another, blending the edges of both genres. Taking influence from …

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OCMAEXPAND Provides Temporary Home for Orange County Contemporary Art

The Orange County Museum of Art has been a local art destination staple in Orange County since the 1960s. The museum opened in 1962 as the Balboa Pavilion Gallery by 13 visionary women but was renamed the Newport Harbor Art Museum in 1968. In 1997, the museum was remodeled and renamed the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA). Most recently in 2018, OCMA began a new chapter of its tenure …

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Art for All: The Best Art Walks in Orange County

In Southern California, it’s hard to find a fun and cultural activity that is free and entertaining for all ages. Luckily, for the past 10 years or so, many communities have taken advantage of the phenomenon of the “art walk” which brings hordes of people together for an art-minded cultural event that generally takes place every month in every major area. Orange County seems to be better at the art …

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Irvine Fine Arts Center Tackles Topic of Censorship

Art can be a touchy subject. This is especially true when creative expression is used to reflect upon the darker realities of life. When juxtaposed with an art gallery as a family-friendly zone, such reflections can be censored. Recently, the Irvine Fine Arts Center experienced a controversy over an exhibit featuring explicit subject matter. The result of this controversy involves the restructuring of the process by which artists and exhibits …

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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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