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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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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