Local Farmers Market Rundown

Everyone loves a good farmers market. An open-air market full of fresh produce, great face-to-face interactions with farmers, chefs and artisans, and a great place to educate yourself or your family on fruits, vegetables and health. In addition to offering locally sourced fresh produce and goods to the community, farmers markets help preserve farmlands, and promote economic stability and sustainability. Luckily, here in Southern California, we have optimal weather for …

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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 Vegan Village Offers Accessible Plant-Based Cuisine to the Masses

Veganism has been gaining massive momentum in recent years. There’s been a 600 percent increase in people identifying as vegans in the U.S. in the last four years. Mainstream health organizations are recommending a plant-based diet, including the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee; the American Institute for Cancer Research; and Kaiser Permanente, the largest health care organization in the U.S. Plant-based cuisine is sweeping through our culture, in part thanks to professional …

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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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The Best Local Valentine’s Day Date Night Ideas

Valentine’s Day, aka February 14, has been a day of love and fertility for centuries. Although this holiday has roots in violence, murder and matchmaking, today the holiday is much sweeter and is celebrated as a day to honor and treat the you people you love. The dilemma with this annual celebration of love is that you’ve got to come up with something new to do or give to your …

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Wandering Through Yevgeniya Mikhailik’s World

Imagine if you could create a place – a physical place that is vast and varied but reflects your specific sensibilities and interests – it grows, moves and evolves, just as you do. This place incorporates your fascinations, favorite colors, and treacherous physical and emotional challenges that only you could imagine for it. Irvine-based artist Yevgeniya Mikhailik has been creating places with stories through her artwork for some time, but starting …

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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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