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By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 17, 2012
The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum is getting closer to reaching its ambitious fundraising goals, according to museum President Rita Stenlund. The museum also has profile-raising community events coming up, from a kick-off party for the Newport to Ensenada yacht race Sunday to weekly family events starting in June. Stenlund told the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that the museum now has about $8 million in an investment fund. That's up from the $6.6 million listed in its 2011 tax return and $5.1 million the year before.
NEWS
August 18, 2004
Simon Brown Whenever the Balboa Island Historical Society and Museum is in need, Peggy Marotta answers the call. "She's always ready, willing and able to help under all circumstances," Craig Page, president of the Balboa Island Historical Society, said. "If you ever need something done, give her a call, and there is never a refusal." Marotta, 73, is a founding member of the Balboa Island Museum, which was created in 1999. She remains a board member and serves as a museum docent two hours each week.
NEWS
August 20, 1999
Stacy Brown BALBOA PENINSULA -- Marriage and a baby have accomplished what El Nino could not: they closed the "museum" where body surfers meet for wild parties and late-night wave riding. Kevin Thoman, whose home on the peninsula was transformed into the Wedge Preservation Society's museum and hangout 10 years ago, is taking down all the photos and memorabilia that decorate the place. Thoman married last year, and his wife is expecting the couple's first child later this year.
NEWS
August 14, 1999
We believe in giving credit when credit is due. In this case, we'd like to give credit -- and wish a fond farewell -- to Shelli Smith, who for the past three years served as director of the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. In addition to helping the museum grow into its quarters on the Rubin E. Lee, Smith was instrumental in getting the HMS Bark Endeavour to throw anchor in Newport Harbor in April. It gave locals an opportunity to see what life on the high seas was like during the 18th century.
OCNOW
August 1, 2012
Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine is getting into the Olympics spirit. To celebrate the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the museum hosted its own child-sized Torch Run through Pretend City on Friday. The run ended with the lighting of the “torch” in the city center, according to a news release. To add to the Olympics spirit, the museum is also hanging up flags from nations around the world, and there is an awards podium where kids can get their picture taken with pretend medals.
NEWS
September 21, 2000
An overflow crowd of more than 600 guests arrived at the Orange County Museum of Art last Thursday to celebrate the opening night of the Pacific Craft Show. "This is the second most important fund-raiser of the year," said museum spokesman Brian Langston, who was on hand to welcome the arriving crush. "Next to our incredible Art of Dining, this show and sale is very important to the museum." Langston helped organizers of the craft show raise more than $160,000 at the weekend-long event, which closed Sunday afternoon.
SPORTS
By John Burton | February 25, 2010
This week I made my first visit to the Surfing Heritage Foundation’s location in South Coast Plaza. It’s a unique combination of retail sore and museum that regularly hosts events for surfing related artists and authors. It opened hurriedly for the Christmas season and has undergone considerable remodeling since. It’s on the third floor of the west, Crate & Barrel/Macy’s wing on Bear St. When you enter you’ll find yourself in the retail shop that has an elegant selection of apparel, books, DVDs and specialty items.
NEWS
March 24, 2001
Young Chang Go ahead, dance! Jump out and do it, urged Beverly Bain, a docent at the Orange County Museum of Art. But nobody listened. So she took a step forward. Against footage of what looked like bleeding tie-dye and psychedelic-colored rays, in a totally black room lit only by the image being projected, Bain did a small, reserved boogie. Just to prove she could. This is the nature of the museum's "One Wall: A Video Series," which ends Sept.
FEATURES
May 29, 2008
In 1925, the Carnegie Institute teamed with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History to create and maintain a botanic garden. Calling for a place that could exhibit various trees, shrubs and flowers against the backdrop of both the ocean and mountains, the plan came to fruition when Anna Blaksley Bliss purchased 13 acres of land in Mission Canyon and donated it to the museum. For its first 10 years it was called the Blaksley Botanic Garden until it became a separate organization and was renamed the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | April 10, 2014
He still remembers Georgia O'Keeffe on roller skates. Growing up as a painter's son in a small New Mexico town, Peter Sarkisian got a firsthand view of many of the art scene's luminaries - including the times when they set aside the brush and played party games with his family. In the abandoned school building that his parents converted to a living space, Sarkisian sometimes felt removed from mainstream society. Still, he witnessed the business end of the arts: the collectors who stopped by the house, the shows in New York, the revenues that paid the bills for years.
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By Steve Virgen | April 8, 2014
John Hamilton expressed remorse and disappointment, yet pride during an interview Tuesday afternoon in his Newport Beach office. It's what happens when he announces Newport Sports Museum has closed its doors after 18 years and he will begin to sell its prized items. The founder of the museum, known for its cute scavenger hunt and free admission, cited reasons such as costs, his own health, wanting to spend more time with his family and a recent break-in to shutting down the place.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 6, 2014
The most common response to Asad Faulwell's latest series comes with a question. It goes something like this: You're neither Algerian nor a woman, so why did you make these? The 35 pieces in "Les Femmes D'Alger" form a modern-day commentary on heavily stylized works created by Delacroix in the 1800s and Picasso in the 1950s. They are the Orange County resident's canvas, acrylic paint and paper shrines to female combatants from the Algerian people's struggle to overthrow the French government.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | January 24, 2014
The Orange County Museum of Art will join 20 Southern California arts venues during the ninth annual Museums Free-For-All. Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, patrons can enter the Newport Beach location at no charge. Along with free admission to its galleries, OCMA will also offer a docent-led tour at 1 p.m. About 40,000 people pass through the museum's doors every year, with weekends bringing maximum foot traffic. Despite this, OCMA also provides free general admission on the second Sunday of each month.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | December 3, 2013
Shirley Pepys still hasn't fully pieced together the history of the house whose 100th birthday she'll celebrate this month. Pepys, the creative director of the Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society, moved in 1995 into the home facing the water at 526 S. Bay Front. She hasn't found documentation of who built the house but has confirmed that Leonora May Collins, the sister-in-law of Balboa Island developer W.S. Collins, bought the land in June 1911. Some of the house's owners may be lost to history as well, but Pepys knows that Charles and Muriel Gay, who owned an African lion attraction in El Monte, lived there around the World War II years.
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.
NEWS
By Beau Nicolette | August 28, 2013
Kids gave up a day of summer relaxation to join the work force as part of When I Grow Up Day, hosted by the Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine. Pretend City hopes through the event to inspire youngsters by letting them interact with professionals. More than 15 guests attended, including a personal trainer, a hairdresser, a nurse, an entomologist and a police officer. "This is really how children learn," said Linda Hunter, the nonprofit's chief operating officer and senior director of education.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | June 29, 2013
By the time you enter the doors of the Orange County Museum of Art and look for the first work of art on display, you'll probably have stepped on it already. The Newport Beach museum's inaugural "2013 California-Pacific Triennial" exhibit, which opens Sunday, begins with an incongruous speed bump that stretches from the tree in front to a strip of lawn near the door. The speed bump is actually an installation by Chilean sculptor Sebastian Preece, who contributed other municipal-themed touches around the grounds.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | February 28, 2013
In the 1970s, Mad Magazine published a classic cartoon depicting an amusement park called Get-It-Out-Of-Your-System-Land, which offered a series of booths allowing visitors to unload their basest urges: defacing classic paintings, burning books, smashing rare violins and the like. The park didn't include an opportunity to create a mess in a major art museum, but that's what the Orange County Museum of Art is basically offering as part of "Ain't Painting a Pain," its chaotic new show by Richard Jackson.
OCNOW
August 1, 2012
Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine is getting into the Olympics spirit. To celebrate the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the museum hosted its own child-sized Torch Run through Pretend City on Friday. The run ended with the lighting of the “torch” in the city center, according to a news release. To add to the Olympics spirit, the museum is also hanging up flags from nations around the world, and there is an awards podium where kids can get their picture taken with pretend medals.
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