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April 22, 2008
Long time Laguna Beach resident, Grace Powell Narver passed away peacefully on April 19, 2008. Born in Portland, Oregon, on July 8, 1923, she moved to Southern California in 1952 residing in San Gabriel, Altadena, and Pasadena, before finally moving to the Laguna Beach area where she and her husband had a home in Three Arch Bay for 30 years. Grace was an active volunteer and supporter throughout her adult life, belonging to such organizations as the Huntington Memorial Hospital’s Tumor Clinic and Altadena Guild, the Pasadena Art Alliance, and the Fellows of Contemporary Art. She was volunteer coordinator of the Pasadena Art Museum, a costume restorer for the Los Angeles County Art Museum’s Costume and
NEWS
January 7, 2003
Lolita Harper Orange County Museum of Art officials ended their exhaustive hunt for a new executive director Monday. Dennis Szakacs, now the deputy director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, will replace Naomi Vine, who died of cancer a little more than a year ago. In his current gig, Szakacs heads program development, the planning of a new building and museum management, officials said. He will begin at the Orange County Museum of the Arts in April.
NEWS
August 2, 2001
Young Chang NEWPORT BEACH -- Irene Hofmann once toyed with the question most undergraduates ask later, if not sooner: What in the world do you do with a degree in (fill in the blank)? In Hofmann's case, it was art history -- an undergraduate and graduate education in subjects including art and anti-art, movements such as dada and surrealism, art theory and art criticism. "What do you do with it other than perhaps teach?" said Hofmann, who has been named the new curator for the Orange County Museum of Art's contemporary art collection.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | September 5, 2013
Dennis Szakacs is bidding adieu to the Orange County Museum of Art after 10 years as director and chief executive. He will vacate the position Dec. 31, Newport Beach-based OCMA announced in a press release Thursday. Szakacs, who came on board in 2003, will remain as a consultant until mid-2014, according to the announcement. OCMA has created a search committee and hired Heidrick & Struggles, a professional services firm, to assist in the search for new candidates. "I've had a fantastic decade at the museum building OCMA's exhibition program to international prominence, strengthening the collection, increasing access to visual arts education and raising the support and visibility for modern and contemporary art in our community," he said in the release.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | April 4, 2012
If you caught CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday, one of the news magazine's segments reported on the phenomenal rise in investment value in the world of contemporary art. For reasons not explained in the broadcast, the contemporary art market has exploded in the last 20 years, outperforming other investment instruments including the traditional ones like stocks, bonds, commodities and currency markets. Last week in Irvine, a local gathering of art investors came together under the banner of First Foundation, Inc., which arranges loans on art for high net worth clients.
NEWS
November 13, 1999
Art appreciation and collecting in Orange County are growing and emerging. Over the last decade, Orange County and in particular the Newport art community -- in conjunction with the Orange County Museum of Art, The Laguna Museum of Art, Bowers Museum, The Art Institute, and other fine organizations dedicated to the visual realm -- are gaining prestige on a regional and even national level for collections and concerns relative...
NEWS
By: | September 23, 2005
ART WALK Join more than 40 galleries throughout Laguna Beach on Thursday for a festive cultural evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Free shuttle service starts from the Laguna Art Museum at 6:15 and runs until 9. Information: www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com or (949) 683-6871. ( Denotes galleries that participate in the First Thursday Art Walk.) The next Art Walk will be on Oct. 6. LAGUNA ART MUSEUM Janet Blake, Laguna Art Museum curator of collections, will conduct a lecture at 1 p.m. Sunday on the current exhibition, "California Art from the Permanent Collection, Part I, The Beginning, 1832-1925."
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By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Daily Pilot | May 31, 2012
The Orange County Museum of Art this weekend will honor Irving Blum, legendary director of the former Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles that launched the Pop Art movement's most famous names, for a lifetime of influence on the Southern California art scene. "The motivation for buying art should be rooted in the passion between you and the picture," Blum said in an interview. "If the picture becomes valuable, that's certainly a plus. But it shouldn't be your reason for wanting it. " Blum's thoughts on art appreciation stem from a unique professional palette.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | June 20, 2012
It is the most sophisticated social event of the year in Orange County. Art of Dining 2012, the Orange County Museum of Art's annual fundraising gala, honored Los Angeles art dealer Irving Blum , a visionary collector and exhibitor of contemporary art. The debonair Blum, director and co-owner of the internationally recognized Ferus Gallery, was honored for a career that has spanned more than 50 years and championed the likes of American...
NEWS
December 14, 2002
Barbara and Jim Glabman opened their elegant furniture emporium on Bristol Street this Tuesday evening to welcome childhood friend turned world-class art collector Richard Weisman. The after-hours in-store reception featured fabulous Asian-themed hors d' oeuvres and a very special holiday cocktail called "double happiness." When asked what was in the drink, the waiters replied, "sake and peach juice." Many of the guests had two drinks to ensure that the name was appropriate.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | September 5, 2013
Dennis Szakacs is bidding adieu to the Orange County Museum of Art after 10 years as director and chief executive. He will vacate the position Dec. 31, Newport Beach-based OCMA announced in a press release Thursday. Szakacs, who came on board in 2003, will remain as a consultant until mid-2014, according to the announcement. OCMA has created a search committee and hired Heidrick & Struggles, a professional services firm, to assist in the search for new candidates. "I've had a fantastic decade at the museum building OCMA's exhibition program to international prominence, strengthening the collection, increasing access to visual arts education and raising the support and visibility for modern and contemporary art in our community," he said in the release.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | June 20, 2012
It is the most sophisticated social event of the year in Orange County. Art of Dining 2012, the Orange County Museum of Art's annual fundraising gala, honored Los Angeles art dealer Irving Blum , a visionary collector and exhibitor of contemporary art. The debonair Blum, director and co-owner of the internationally recognized Ferus Gallery, was honored for a career that has spanned more than 50 years and championed the likes of American...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Daily Pilot | May 31, 2012
The Orange County Museum of Art this weekend will honor Irving Blum, legendary director of the former Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles that launched the Pop Art movement's most famous names, for a lifetime of influence on the Southern California art scene. "The motivation for buying art should be rooted in the passion between you and the picture," Blum said in an interview. "If the picture becomes valuable, that's certainly a plus. But it shouldn't be your reason for wanting it. " Blum's thoughts on art appreciation stem from a unique professional palette.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | April 4, 2012
If you caught CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday, one of the news magazine's segments reported on the phenomenal rise in investment value in the world of contemporary art. For reasons not explained in the broadcast, the contemporary art market has exploded in the last 20 years, outperforming other investment instruments including the traditional ones like stocks, bonds, commodities and currency markets. Last week in Irvine, a local gathering of art investors came together under the banner of First Foundation, Inc., which arranges loans on art for high net worth clients.
NEWS
By Imran Vittachi | September 8, 2011
The Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine will formally open its newly completed Contemporary Arts Center on Nov. 9. The long-awaited, $42.35-million building - equipped with state-of-the-art studios and spaces for displaying, staging and producing art - will be the new anchor for the art school complex. Faculty members and school and campus administrators say the center will allow the school's departments to leap ahead with early 21st century artmaking, exhibitions and research.
NEWS
April 22, 2008
Long time Laguna Beach resident, Grace Powell Narver passed away peacefully on April 19, 2008. Born in Portland, Oregon, on July 8, 1923, she moved to Southern California in 1952 residing in San Gabriel, Altadena, and Pasadena, before finally moving to the Laguna Beach area where she and her husband had a home in Three Arch Bay for 30 years. Grace was an active volunteer and supporter throughout her adult life, belonging to such organizations as the Huntington Memorial Hospital’s Tumor Clinic and Altadena Guild, the Pasadena Art Alliance, and the Fellows of Contemporary Art. She was volunteer coordinator of the Pasadena Art Museum, a costume restorer for the Los Angeles County Art Museum’s Costume and
FEATURES
By Kelly Strodl | November 21, 2006
One time, Mike Kershnar stuck one of his drawings on the wall of the Museum of Contemporary Art in New York to say he had a piece of his work displayed at the museum. A drawing of a black and white paper flower seemed to be growing from the wall of the building. Another time, the Laguna Beach resident purchased an entire painting simply for the frame, covering the canvass in a new work. Kershnar, whose work is all about combining nature in an urban setting, presented his work as part of Made in OC, a residents only art show in the courtyard of the Lab shopping center this weekend.
NEWS
By: | September 23, 2005
ART WALK Join more than 40 galleries throughout Laguna Beach on Thursday for a festive cultural evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Free shuttle service starts from the Laguna Art Museum at 6:15 and runs until 9. Information: www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com or (949) 683-6871. ( Denotes galleries that participate in the First Thursday Art Walk.) The next Art Walk will be on Oct. 6. LAGUNA ART MUSEUM Janet Blake, Laguna Art Museum curator of collections, will conduct a lecture at 1 p.m. Sunday on the current exhibition, "California Art from the Permanent Collection, Part I, The Beginning, 1832-1925."
NEWS
January 7, 2003
Lolita Harper Orange County Museum of Art officials ended their exhaustive hunt for a new executive director Monday. Dennis Szakacs, now the deputy director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, will replace Naomi Vine, who died of cancer a little more than a year ago. In his current gig, Szakacs heads program development, the planning of a new building and museum management, officials said. He will begin at the Orange County Museum of the Arts in April.
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