Behold These Nominees for Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter's New Logo

City of Newport Beach
Councilman Peotter, prepare to be blown ... away.
UPDATE, JULY 17, 6:30 A.M.: So far, talent has exceeded volume when it comes to submissions to our contest aimed at finding a new logo for Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter, who agreed to take the City of Newport Beach seal down from his newsletter after some cutting observations about same-sex marriage and the LGBT community.

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"Souls of Santa Ana" Captures the Stories of the City's Residents

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Anabella Pritchard/Souls of Santa Ana
Santa Ana artist Alicia Rojas captured by Anabella Pritchard

If you frequent SanTana enough, you might've already caught photographer Anabella Pritchard snapping photos and collecting stories of local residents for Souls of Santa Ana, her new project profiling the people of the city (much akin to the popular "Humans of New York").

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Brilliant Bookworm Comics Brings Vietnamese Mythology to Orange County

Brilliant Bookworm Comics
An excerpt from "The Awesome She-Kings"

When King Lac Long Quan (also known as "Dragon Lord of the Seas"--where you at, Daenerys Targaryen?) married a fairy princess named Princess Au Co, she bore him 100 eggs that would hatch into the first 100 people of Vietnamese origin. And that's how Vietnam was born--at least according to the historical Vietnamese legend.

Tales like this one are the premise of Brilliant Bookworm Comics, a comic series about Vietnamese mythological stories and legends by Placentia-based engineer and artist Huey Nguyenhuu. "If you're familiar with Vietnamese history, you know we use a lot of mythology to explain things... it's very similar to Greek mythology," Nguyenhuu explains. Brilliant Bookworm Comics started as a way to teach Nguyenhuu's 7-year-old daughter Hailey and 10-year-old son Hendrick about Vietnamese culture. The first set of comics were created on a computer and printed for kids at Hailey and Hendrick's school three years ago. Today, two of Brilliant Bookworm's comics are published by Viet Toons.

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Katherine England Makes Art for the Heart in Fullerton

Photo by John Gilhooley
Katherine England doesn't walk into a space--she swishes into it, usually wearing a flowing garment, her hair in an elegantly messy bun above feather earrings that blend in with her tendrils. Her murals cover more than 30 walls in the city, and her mosaic heart sculptures, which once lined Harbor Boulevard, raised thousands of dollars for art in schools. She's a crucial supporter of All the Arts For All the Kids Foundation, and you'll often find her at the heels of community leaders, pushing for more. She's Fullerton royalty.

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Cybele Rowe Is the Clay Lady

Photo by John Gilhooley
Now THAT'S a sculpture!

When some of us were in elementary school, there were art classes. Once a week or so, your class would be lead by an art teacher in creating something with popsicle sticks, clay, paint or the holy grail of childhood art that is papier-mâché. And then budget cuts happened, and those classes were axed entirely or replaced with a monthly Art Masters program, in which kids ape the classics.

"The thing that separates us is cultural creative artistry," believes Cybele Rowe. "And we're skipping a generation."

The world-renowned sculptor aims to change that.

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Kevin Staniec Is Creating the Great Park's Art Scene

Photo by John Gilhooley
The one good thing of the Great Park

By dave barton

After graduating from Chapman University with a BA in film and television production in 2001, Kevin Staniec's parents expected him to go the traditional route: move to Hollywood, get a low-level job as a production assistant and work his way up. He bristled. "Why would I start at the bottom when I could just start writing and making movies?" he now asks.

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Danni Hong's Oh, Hello Friend Delights Fullerton and Beyond

Photo by John Gilhooley
Downtown Fullerton represent!

Behind the counter and below a bold OHF sign stands Danni Hong. Though the petite, smiling woman looks totally unassuming, she is actually a powerhouse, moving mountains with her shop, Oh, Hello Friend. The 29-year-old's business began as any good millennial's would--with a blog by the same name. And in a precisely 21st-century manner, that blog led to a retail space, workroom and her own line of paper goods.

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Magical Realism, Comics and Friend-Love: The Artwork of Yumi Sakugawa

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Yumi Sakugawa
Nobody here but us weirdos...
While OC's arts scene has always shown promise, few have ever reached the widespread attention and buzz that Yumi Sakugawa has achieved. Sakugawa is an indie comic artist and illustrator who was born in Orange, grew up in Anaheim Hills and was naturally drawn to the arts (and encouraged by her parents) since an early age, leading up to her enrollment at UCLA.

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New Art Exhibit In Fullerton Takes on Police Killings in OC and Beyond

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Kelly Thomas and his Mother by John Sollom
The Magoksi Arts Colony in Fullerton is quiet when local painter Valerie Lewis arrives late Tuesday night with portraits in hand. A painting of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old unarmed Ferguson, Missouri man killed by police officer Darren Wilson is surrounded by flowers and a quote that reads "love is a song that never ends." Next to that portrait is another piece by Lewis showing John Crawford, a 22-year-old African-American gunned down last month by police in Beavercreek, Ohio, holding a newborn child in his arms. Paintings from the Kelly Thomas memorial art show are laid out, waiting to be stationed.

The human faces of those killed by police in OC and beyond frame the Our Lives Matter: Portraits of the Unprotected exhibit slated to open Friday night during Fullerton's art walk.

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Emigdio Vasquez, Legendary Chicano Artist, Passes Away

Photo by Keith May
Vasquez, in front of his "controversial" mural, in 2009

Emigidio Vasquez, a legendary Chicano artist most famous for his epic murals that continue to dot Orange County, passed away yesterday after a long illness. He was 74.

Born in the mining town of Jerome, Arizona, Vasquez moved to Orange's Cypress Street barrio in the 1940s and eventually gravitated toward painting. In his heyday, he achieved the almost-impossible: mainstream, underground AND governmental success, as his works became famous nationwide among art lovers and lionized among Chicano activists. He even scored contracts to do public murals for the county of Orange (the sprawling epic of OC history off the old OCTA bus terminal near the Civic Center in SanTana) and the city of Anaheim (in a mural located in the lobby of Anaheim City Hall) during the 1980s.

Unfortunately, Orange County is an ingrate, and Vasquez and his supporters spent the last years of his life trying to preserve his work from being destroyed by the elements, indifference, and law enforcement.

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