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NEWS
By Alan Blank | September 27, 2008
Even Costa Mesa Historical Society administrator Mary Ellen Goddard learned something new about the city’s origins when she was doing research for the painting of a mural near Fairview Park. The mural, painted on a 35-foot cinder block wall adjacent to the fire station on Placentia Avenue, chronicles the history of Fairview Park since its first known inhabitants, and one item in particular piqued Goddard’s attention: an oil derrick. She opened up a large, yellowed map of the area from 1946 to find that there were a couple of registered oil wells smack in the middle of what today is park land.
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NEWS
By Michael Miller | July 26, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — It was a great night in town for Greg LaRock — even if he wasn’t there to appreciate it. The Newport Beach resident won the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center’s mural competition late Friday night, as his painting “Shadowed Bluffs” beat out 38 other submissions for the design of the upcoming mural by the center’s entrance. LaRock, though, couldn’t be at home to celebrate; he was in Easton, Md., where he took first and second place in another competition.
LOCAL
By Cynthia Fung | July 24, 2008
Long-time Sawdust Art Festival artist and exhibitor, Douglas Miller created his 10,000th original acrylic painting this year, which is currently on display at the 42nd annual summer show. The six-by-eight-inch canvas, entitled “In My Studio, the Water Jar in Pot, Shells, and a Painting,” which accurately describes the art piece, represents Miller’s growth and development as a veteran Laguna Beach artist. Following Picasso’s prolific spirit, Miller has produced 10,158 paintings, and has reached this extraordinary number by dedicating a portion of each day – since December of 1994 – to his painting.
FEATURES
By Alan Blank | July 19, 2008
In an age defined by text messages, e-mails, video games, television and thousands of other ways to never see other people, few things sometimes are more astounding than a group of neighbors getting together and working through the weekend to help someone in need. Having lived through a simpler time, Dorothy Moore can fully appreciate the rarity of such a situation these days. Twenty to 30 people from her Eastside neighborhood are getting together to paint and landscape the house she and her husband moved into more than half a century ago. “I knew they were great neighbors, but you just don’t hear about neighborhoods that do this kind of stuff anymore,” Moore said.
BUSINESS
By Jack Salisbury | June 26, 2008
A car dealership isn’t the most typical setting for an art exhibit, but don’t tell that to Newport Lexus. The second floor of the dealership on MacArthur Boulevard is currently home to an exhibit of 75 original works by the famous Spanish artist Salvador Dalí, a collection ranging from sculptures to graphic engravings to watercolor paintings. “We have two contrasting themes: Dalí and a Lexus car,” said Allen Moznett, general manager of Newport Lexus.
BUSINESS
By Alan Blank and Brianna Bailey | May 2, 2008
The same type of paint Newport boat owners have used for decades to protect their vessels from barnacles and algae could be deadly to some of the fragile organisms that live in Newport Bay, prompting a local environmental group to take action. Orange County Coastkeeper is teaming up with Newport Beach officials and a private boating company to encourage boaters to switch to more environmentally friendly paint. The majority of the program, which will include education, financial incentives, city policy changes and water monitoring, will be paid for by a $260,400 grant funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
NEWS
By Alan Blank and Brianna Bailey | May 2, 2008
The same type of paint Newport boat owners have used for decades to protect their vessels from barnacles and algae could be deadly to some of the fragile organisms that live in Newport Bay, prompting a local environmental group to take action. Orange County Coastkeeper is teaming up with Newport Beach officials and a private boating company to encourage boaters to switch to more environmentally friendly paint. The majority of the program, which will include education, financial incentives, city policy changes and water monitoring, will be paid for by a $260,400 grant funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sue Thoensen | March 14, 2008
Grouped along three walls in an alcove nestled toward the back of the gallery at Roger’s Gardens is a series of plein-air paintings depicting local Orange County landscapes. Those paintings will be on public display for the first time in Orange County, when Roger’s premieres its new Fine Art Gallery today. Gallery manager Theresa Marino said such scenery throughout California is disappearing quickly, but the 11 artists whose work will be featured in the seasonal show, “Reflections of Spring: California Masters of Plein-Air” are preserving the beauty those areas reflect by painting them.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | January 15, 2008
FOR THE RECORD In the article below, it should have read Michael Schofield had the drawing on consignment from the Studio City casting director, meaning he did not share ownership of the piece. . . . . . Newport Beach artist Michael Schofield will be investigated for possible grand theft after allegedly using a Pablo Picasso drawing that did not belong to him as collateral for a $40,000 loan from real estate broker Jeff Stokes, authorities said Friday. Schofield, 60, is an artist with paintings listed on several art websites.
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