Fab Five: Can’t-Miss Art Events
Take a peek at O.C.’s must-see exhibits.
Kristin Leachman: Xylem Rays At Laguna Art Museum through Jan. 15, the show displays the artist’s latest series of paintings that offer a microscopic view of the tree tissues that move water from the roots to the leaves.
Incarceration This juried exhibition at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana (Feb. 4 through March 11) examines the country’s prison system through the eyes of artists.
Frida Kahlo: Her Photos Feb. 25 to June 25, Bowers Museum offers a glimpse into the life of this beloved artist by way of 241 photographs that she collected over the years.
The 2017 California-Pacific Triennial Curated by Orange County Museum of Art’s Cassandra Coblentz, the exhibition highlights works by artists who use architecture as their muse. The show opens May 6.
Pacific Standard Time This summer, Muzeo teams with major institutions like the Getty in a series of thematically linked exhibitions showcasing important works by Latin American and Latino artists.
That’s the cost of the most expensive work sold this year at South Coast Plaza’s Martin Lawrence Galleries. The untitled acrylic-on-paper piece was by late internationally acclaimed pop artist Keith Haring and was once owned by Tony Shafrazi, a major art dealer in NYC.
The Santa Ana Arts Collaborators gives credence to the saying that two heads are better than one. Here, though, it’s three: Madeleine Spencer of the Santa Ana Business Council, Ryan Smolar of Downtown Inc. and Robyn MacNair of the Santa Ana Unified School District. Since December 2015, they’ve held three Arts Roundtables (the latest one was last month) to give up-and-comers and professionals the chance to digitize their work in a website launching this winter. Why? To build a structure for the arts in DTSA and drive creatives to live and work in the city. “There’s an intimacy between artists and their community that can’t be captured as deeply with those outside [it],” says MacNair. The site will debut with 200 talents, like industrial artists Mira and Stacy Dukes of the latter’s namesake design warehouse. And March 4, watch out for Boco de Oro, a new arts and literary fest in the district.
A NIGHT IN THE DISTRICT
Feb. 11 marks the third anniversary for Anaheim’s Art Crawl Experience, a street fest from 6 to 10pm that takes culture vultures and night owls through the downtown art district. Here, our guide for navigating the scene.
1. Center Street Gallery Start your crawl at this art space located in the Downtown Anaheim Community Center. It’s where you’ll find works by creatives from throughout the region. From there, head toward Center Street Promenade and begin browsing the dozens of artist and vendor booths (no fewer than 70) lining the district’s streets. 250 E. Center St.
2. Healthy Junk Stop in at this cool, wholesome cafe at the Good Food Hall and grab a healthful snack. The menu is made up of comfort foods (think tacos, burgers, salads and fries) that are vegan and gluten-free. Our recommendation: Try the Anaheim Chili and cornbread. 201 Center St. Promenade
3. Street Smarts Before leaving the promenade, see what’s happening at the Street Smarts outdoor meeting space. It’s an informal setting where folks can chat and exchange ideas. Given the night’s theme, we’re certain whatever’s happening will ignite your creative soul. 201 Center St. Promenade
4. Gypsy Den By this time, we hope you’ll have discovered a
new favorite artist—someone like Jessie J (jessiejinspirations.com), perhaps—or picked up something sparkling from Terry’s Treasures Fused Glass. (The artisan is a regular vendor at the crawl, which will be held again in May.) So take a break from the street festival action and nab a seat at this boho-inspired cafe. We suggest nibbling on the hummus and pita platter. 211 W. Center St.
5. Muzeo A visit to this museum makes for a perfect cap to your night of art and culture. If you’re there between 6 and 8pm, you’ll catch the opening reception for the museum’s SoCal Ceramics and Glass exhibit. Then check out the holiday model train display, and be sure to view the permanent collection of artifacts
and memorabilia. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd.