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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This Thursday's Cinema Orange Film Sol LeWitt Screens at OCMA

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Traces of the Newport Beach Film Festival are ever-present throughout the year with Cinema Orange, NBFF's collaborative programming series with the Orange County Museum of Art. Cinema Orange celebrates ten years of serving culturally enlightening films to the public, showcased at OCMA's tiny but aptly decorative screening space. 2014's Cinema Orange summer season kicked off earlier in May at the end of NBFF with Impossible Light, and now makes a return with a film about minimalist and conceptual artist Sol LeWitt.

Sol LeWitt achieves what so few writers and journalists have been able to in the over fifty-year span of his career: get LeWitt to discuss his work. Notoriously shy and introverted, yet brilliantly innovative in his construction of radical three-dimensional structures, abstract paintings and drawings and numerous wall drawings all over the world, LeWitt's subtle and restrained creations have garnered him the distinction of being one of the founders of minimalist art.

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"Like Father Like Son" Photographers Eriberto and Estevan Oriol Exhibit at Dax Gallery This Saturday

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Dax Gallery

There was always something about Estevan Oriol's portraits of Los Angeles gang members that mesmerized the eye; a combination of a direct, knowing gaze towards the viewer, the starkness of black and white, and hard shadows that underlined the tough exteriors of his subjects. He and father Eriberto Oriol, a photographer and painter, are both cut from the same cloth; while Estevan documents the lives of inner city gang members, Eriberto has documented graffiti and street art, as well as the urban expanse of Los Angeles.

Both artists have curated their work into a traveling art show that has made hits in both LA and New York in a show called "Like Father Like Son." Joining together some of their most iconic works, from the elder Oriol's abstract paintings and photo prints to Estevan's infamous gang portraits, the show comes to Costa Mesa's Dax Gallery this Saturday, with both artists in tow to sign prints as well as Estevan signing his latest book release LA Portraits.

I spoke with both artists on their art and was surprised by the differences between their practices; from Estevan's purist stance on analog film to Eriberto's history of activism; both artists' paths and styles are deviations from each other but are suitably cohesive works of two like-minded artists from different generations. Presented here is a compilation of both their interviews.

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Getty Foundation Awards Grants to OC Art Museums for Pacific Standard Time Exhibit

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Back in 2011, art museums across Southern California collaborated on telling the multi-faceted history of the Los Angeles modern art scene in a series of exhibits titled "Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980." The epic art event included a variety of content like the influences of LA's punk scene on the art world at MoCA to the subversive works of UC Irvine artists in the '70s at Laguna Art Museum. The next Pacific Standard Time plans to delve even deeper into SoCal history in recognizing the impact of Latin American culture in Southern California and the artistic movements that amplified these cultural exchanges in its upcoming site collaboration "Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA".

The Getty Foundation, the forces behind PST, released news of the event earlier this week, along with the news of the grants they will award to each individual institution to research and cultivate the exhibits for its launch in September 2017. Of course, OC museums like OCMA and Laguna Art Museum will be in on this adventure, as well as UC Irvine and Cal State Long Beach's galleries, but to find out what they and other sites in Orange County will have in store, read on after the jump.

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