Fullerton Art Walk's 4th Anniversary This Friday!

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Ed Carrasco
Art party with these dudes!

This Friday, starting at 6pm, the Fullerton Art Walk will celebrate its four-year Anniversary. If you know about the somewhat underground art community in Fullerton, then you'll already be there; if you have no idea what I'm talking, about you might want to visit this wacky and colorful event.


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"Banksy: Completed" Examines Banksy's Street Art at Cal State Fullerton TONIGHT!

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It's hard to imagine another street artist who has made a bigger name for himself than Banksy, the stencil-loving political artist and activist from Bristol, UK whose creations have adorned walls of buildings the world over and even made their way into museums. But tonight at 7pm at Cal State Fullerton's main campus at Visual Arts Lecture Hall 113, Banksy's art finds itself being discussed out of the museum and in the classroom.

Art critic Carol Deihl will be discussing the artist's month-long residency in New York last October, where each day he painted a different area with his trademark stencil works to the delight of his fans and to the revulsion of New York's underground street artists. Through examining the clues and running themes in Banksy's work, Diehl ultimately strives at getting into the nitty gritty of his philosophies and objectives.

Presented by Grand Central Art Center, this event is open to the public and FREE!

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Local Artist Plans to Create Homage to Kim Pham at Utility Box Where Her Memorial Stands

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It has been more than two weeks since the senseless killing of Kim Pham happened outside the Crosby in downtown Santa Ana. Readers as far as Los Angeles and even the U.K. have picked up on the story, reeling in shock while OC residents collectively shake their heads at Santa Ana, the people and city as a whole, in indignation.

In tribute to Pham, supporters have adorned the utility box where Pham was brutally beaten with candles, flowers and Pham's photographs, but in due time, that box will undergo another major visual change.

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New Beginnings is Dax Gallery's World of Color

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Zofia, "The Birth of Venus"
Keeping in step with their promise to continually showcase some of the world's finest street artists, Dax Gallery followed up their debut with a second show entitled New Beginnings: A Spectrum of Collections. The show features a vast array (and I do mean vast) of works, ranging from painting to digital media to sculpture, each one employing a wild and amazing use of color.

Dax gallery is a fairly large space; however it still amazes me how many pieces were included in the show (curators even had a surplus of art tucked away in the back). Check out the show before it closes on February 8, they are open regularly. In the meantime, here's some highlights of the pieces that interested me, just enough to tide you over 'til you explore it yourself. So GO GO GO!

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OC-Based Kush Bottles Has Your Baby-Proof Pot Bottles

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Jay Brockman
Last fall, the Obama Administration made history when it announced that it would not file lawsuits against Washington State and Colorado to prevent them from allowing the legal sale of recreational marijuana starting Jan. 1, 2014. But in making that announcement, the U.S. Justice Department listed several areas that it would continue to monitor in those states that allow the recreational or medicinal use of marijuana. Among them: harshly prosecuting anyone who allows pot to end up in the hands of minors.

With that in mind, a Santa Ana company called Kush Bottles, Inc. is marketing its product--baby-safe marijuana containers--as a way for dispensaries to ensure that we don't see an epidemic of high toddlers now that the war on weed seems to be reaching a somewhat fuzzy end.


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Santa Ana City Council Launches New Arts and Culture Commission

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84? She doesn't look a day over 50
Downtown SanTana will have some bold new changes to look forward to as it was announced last week that the city council greenlit the formation of a new Arts and Culture Commission group to reinvigorate local arts and businesses in DTSA.

The United Artists of Santa Ana, one of the many groups angling for a slice of the quesadilla, issued a comprehensive manifesto on their site here that details their plans that seem more likely to come to fruition: celebrating the Santora Building's 84th Anniversary, the formation of a Film Commission, and the creation of jobs for artists and art businesses are just some of the things UASA hopes to achieve in the future.

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Mexisoul to the Max: Diane Utley-Aguilar's Fabulous Creations

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Hola, friend!
By Samantha Navarro

"I have become very solitary," says Anaheim artist Diane Utley-Aguilar. "I spend most of my time alone almost to the degree that it hinders me when I am in a social atmosphere.

I met Aguilar by chance on a motorcycle ride from Anaheim to Temecula, along with hundreds of other bikers, only four days after my engagement. I rode behind my fiancé, and she behind her husband of 25 years. There, I mentioned my impending marriage, and she suggested that if I was interested in a non-traditional dress created from vintage materials, I check out her store, Mexisoul, on Etsy.com.

"Normally, I don't talk to people," she told me months later, reminiscing about out initial encounter. "I find myself shying away from these types of events, but you started talking about getting married, and I thought, hmmm..."


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Dax Gallery Opening This Saturday

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Gregory Siff, "I'm In"
"I've found that for the last thirty-two years of my life, I've always done things right up until the very last minute. I don't think I'm going to change that, it makes things more exciting."

Right off Bristol Street behind The Lab and The Camp sits Dax Gallery, where co-founder Chris Kane oversees the installation of its very first art show on a late Thursday night. Among friends and art handlers, fellow owner Alex Amador attends to other business nearby while Kane gives me a tour of the progress the gallery has undergone since my last visit, three days ago. And it's come a long way since then.

Kane and Amador aren't pulling any stops for Dax Gallery's premier. Nestled away in an industrial street off the SoBeCa district, Dax has already culled a promising array of artwork from renowned and underground artists delving in painting, sculpture and even taxidermy. The show is called "For Love of Dreams: Romancing Evolution" and it opens in all its completed, polished glory on Saturday night at 6 p.m. For those who can't get enough of the street art-high art connection, this show is for you.

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Noche de Altares, OC's Largest Día de los Muertos Celebration, Needs Your Help

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Tomorrow, tens of thousands of people will descend upon downtown SanTana--and they won't all be hipsters or wabs! It'll be the annual Noche de Altares, the Día de los Muertos celebration co-held by Calacas Cafe and the Centro Cultural de México that's been growing bigger and bigger for the past decade to the point where last year's celebration went from the corner of Broadway and Fourth Street to Sasscer Park. This year, they're shutting down Broadway for the biggest Noche de Altares yet.

But, to paraphrase Robert Heinlein, TINSTAAFNDE--There's No Such Thing as a Free Noche de Altares. And while the event won't cost the public a dime, the cost of holding this amazing Día de los Muertos celebration is escalating every year.

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Santa Ana's Utility Box Art Project Will Make Your Utility Box Look Good

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The colors... the colors!
SanTana has just about the greatest public art in Orange County--most of it anyway. Street art, storefront murals, large gaping murals hidden within downtown's alleys, all paying homage to the breadth of culture that lives within the city. And it looks like more is on the way.

The City Council is offering artists the opportunity to beautify SanTana's plain ol' dumpy utility boxes with their own original artwork with the Utility Box Art Project. UBAP is just one of the ways the council is planning to bring in more public art to town, while at the same time engaging members of the community to participate. Artists and art groups must apply by November 6 to be considered for the opportunity, as they will be able to enjoy the neat perk of exposure, a stipend of $700 and a reimbursement of $200 for supplies. That's a huge win-win-win!

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