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By Kelly Strodl | July 17, 2006
When Dariela Wilson finally realized her vision as a watercolor painter, ironically it came under the tutelage of an artist most noted for his plein-air work. Plein-air painters like Wilson's teacher, Roger Armstrong, specialize in painting real landscapes, but Wilson had another vision she wanted to pursue. Mermaids. When Wilson, whose work is on display at the Newport Beach Central library until the end of the month and the Orange County Fair, retired 10 years ago she took a watercolor class after some encouragement from her friend, Lucy Burns.
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By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | August 5, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - Among the frozen bananas, bustling stores and multitude of languages spoken by tourists from around the globe, Balboa Island summers bring another perennial: the Brush Off. Plein air artists, who do their work outdoors, come from across the country to paint island scenes. Canvases capture the intimate community from many angles, from a neighbor's white picket fence topped with sunflowers to a view of the island as seen through a hazy green lens. The plein air artists have been out and about on the island since Tuesday, but at 4 p.m. Saturday, they will gather along Marine Avenue and compete against one another in the annual Brush Off. At 6 p.m., the paintings will be taken into the nearby Debra Huse Gallery for judging by Jean Stern, director of the Irvine Museum.
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By: | September 9, 2005
The Crystal Cove Alliance will hold its third annual Tropical Gala and Coastal Splendor Plein Air Invitational Art Show & Sale beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, on the beach at Crystal Cove. The event features great cuisine, a martini bar, and the sights and sounds of a tropical South Seas beach soiree. Coastal plein air paintings created specially for the event will be on sale. A highlight of the event will be a "raise the Martini-flag ceremony."
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March 6, 2001
-- Paul Clinton To help shoulder the cost of restoring the historic cottages at Crystal Cove, Joan Irvine Smith has proposed an annual painting contest and fund-raiser. Smith said she is in the process of organizing the event, scheduled for June, which would bring painters from the plein air movement to Crystal Cove. The painters will compete for about $10,000 in prize money, Smith said. Once the contest is completed, the paintings would be sold to raise funds to restore the aging cottages.
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By: | August 20, 2005
Send AROUND TOWN items to the Daily Pilot, 1375 Sunflower Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626; by e-mail to o7lindsay.sandhamf7o7@latimes.comf7; by fax to (714) 966-4667; or by calling (714) 966-4625. Include the time, date and location of the event, as well as a contact phone number. AUG. 21 Sunday Fun-Day in the Park will feature live music, raffles, games and activities. Food will be for sale to benefit local youth sports. The event will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the corner of Bonita Canyon Drive and Mesa View Drive.
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April 25, 2003
Art and Frame Co. of Stonemill Design Center has been providing art and frame services to interior designers, artists and galleries for more than 25 years. They stock thousands of unusual Baroque and Classical ready-made frames in all styles and sizes. Within 15 minutes, the designer can have a beveled mirror ready to hang in the frame of their choice. Owner Randy Higbee says he always feels gratified when someone asks "how long till it's ready" and he can reply "about 15 minutes."
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By Sue Thoensen | June 4, 2007
There was nothing "plain" about the images created on the canvases and displayed on the easels set up by local plein-air artists along South Bayfront on Balboa Island Thursday night. Eight artists — Debra Huse, Greg LaRock, Scott Prior, Jim Wodark, Joyce Pekala, Michael Situ, Dick Rice and Jeff Sewell — were there for a "once in a blue moon" opportunity to paint both the sunset and the second full moon rise to be seen this month. Most of the artists painting the phenomenon weren't even familiar with what a blue moon was until Huse asked them to join her in taking on the challenge of trying to paint it — and the sunset — in the small window of time available to capture each event.
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By Joyce Rudolph | June 9, 2006
Light and color are plein-air artist Margot Lennartz's inspirations. The La Crescenta resident uses them in her oil paintings, especially one in which she has captured the brilliant oranges found in California poppies. The piece is on display in her show, "California Style" continuing until June 1 at the Boddy House Gallery in Descanso Gardens. "My favorite in the exhibit is a painting I painted at the poppy reserve in Lancaster in the Mojave Desert," she said. "It's titled 'Desert Magic, Mojave Desert in Bloom.
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By Brianna Bailey | October 1, 2009
Taiko drummers, children dancing to traditional Mexican folk songs, and a French plein air painter will all be a part of the giant melting pot Sunday at the Newport Beach Sister City International Festival. The free event will celebrate Newport’s relationship with the cities of Antibes, France, Okazaki, Japan, and Ensenada, Mexico. “It’s going to be like an old-fashioned family day in the park,” said event organizer Connie Skibba, who has been a part of the Newport Beach Sister City Assn.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | December 27, 2012
Starting at 7 a.m. Nov. 6, Allyson Jones Wong strapped herself into a safety harness and climbed atop a boomlift. Working nonstop until the light ebbed at 5 p.m. almost every day, she overlooked exhaustion and illness. Her sole focus: to paint. "I was so excited to wake up each day and pick up my paintbrushes," Wong said. "It got to the point where I was getting sick but didn't even realize it. Everything in my life gravitates around my work. When I'm working, I'm happy - it's like I get high off of it. " Now, the rear facade of a former Edwards Theater on Adams Avenue has been given a facelift.
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By Amy Senk | May 4, 2012
About 20 Harbor View Elementary School students spent Wednesday afternoon on the Goldenrod Footbridge, using class art lessons and their hands to paint masterpieces that will be auctioned later this month at a parent fundraiser. "It is freeing, far more than in a regular classroom," said Eve Nycz, the school's art teacher, who stopped by to watch the children paint. "I love that this takes kids out of the classroom. I love the sensory aspect of it. " Parent Mark Akhavain, who paints as a hobby, organized the project after working all year with fourth-graders in their Art Masters classes.
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By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | August 5, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - Among the frozen bananas, bustling stores and multitude of languages spoken by tourists from around the globe, Balboa Island summers bring another perennial: the Brush Off. Plein air artists, who do their work outdoors, come from across the country to paint island scenes. Canvases capture the intimate community from many angles, from a neighbor's white picket fence topped with sunflowers to a view of the island as seen through a hazy green lens. The plein air artists have been out and about on the island since Tuesday, but at 4 p.m. Saturday, they will gather along Marine Avenue and compete against one another in the annual Brush Off. At 6 p.m., the paintings will be taken into the nearby Debra Huse Gallery for judging by Jean Stern, director of the Irvine Museum.
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November 30, 2010
TILL THURSDAY Chanukah Party On Sale Tickets are available for the Dec. 3 Chanukah Party at Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach, featuring Dale Schatz and his All-Star Band. Dinner, latkes, games for children and the World Series of Poker will be part of the festive event. For more information, call (949) 644-1999 or visit http://www.tby.org. TILL DEC. 15 Fleming's Steak And Lobster Three-course dinner for two with filet mignon and lobster tail will be served at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at Fashion Island.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | July 21, 2010
More than 1,000 paintings by the Southern California Plein Air Painters Assn. will be on display and for sale this weekend on the patio of the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center; a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends nonprofit organization. The sixth SOCALPAPA Biennial, a three-day event, will kick off Friday night with a juried competition and a private reception to recognize contributing artists, local community members and leaders, and to thank Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach for securing the funding through the county for new improvements to the center, said NBNF spokesman Roger Mallet.
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April 1, 2010
Beloved mother, sister and friend passed away on March 24, 2010 surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with cancer at the age of 59. She was the daughter of Jacqueline and Robert Leclerc of Paris, France. Francoise and her siblings were born in Tunisia and moved with her family to Altadena. Her family then moved to Newport Beach where she graduated from high school and she lived in Corona del Mar for her adult life.
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By Brianna Bailey | October 1, 2009
Taiko drummers, children dancing to traditional Mexican folk songs, and a French plein air painter will all be a part of the giant melting pot Sunday at the Newport Beach Sister City International Festival. The free event will celebrate Newport’s relationship with the cities of Antibes, France, Okazaki, Japan, and Ensenada, Mexico. “It’s going to be like an old-fashioned family day in the park,” said event organizer Connie Skibba, who has been a part of the Newport Beach Sister City Assn.
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September 23, 2009
Rainey Fine Art Gallery, 515 Balboa Blvd., will host two demonstrations on plein air painting by local artist Jeff Sewell this week. The gallery will offer a demonstration for adults 6 to 8 tonight and a class for fourth- through sixth-graders from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be wine and cheese available on the patio for adults during both classes. The gallery will give canvases to each of the young artists who attend the children’s demonstration. A raffle will be held for kids, including paints, brushes and canvas.
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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.
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