By Dave Barton
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Geeks will be taken seriously (for four months, at least), as curator Grace Kook-Anderson explores the art and history of World of Warcraft June 14 through Oct. 4 in “WoW: Emergent Media Phenomenon” at Laguna Art Museum. The exhibition will include fan art, guest lecturers and work inspired by the Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment’s MMORPG. 307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971; www.lagunaartmuseum.org.
The indefatigable Light Gallery burns the candle at both ends with three shows in three months: “Art & Sole 2,” a custom-shoe art show opening on June 13; a record fair and music-themed group show starting on July 25; and “The Garage,” a custom-car, hot rod-themed group show beginning on Aug. 29. 440 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, ?(714) 642-7899; www.thelightgalleries.com; www.myspace.com/thelightgallery.
Orange County Museum of Art runs “Illumination: The Paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, Agnes Pelton, Agnes Martin and Florence Miller Pierce” through Sept. 6. I haven’t seen any work by the other three artists, but I certainly dig O’Keefe’s paintings of vagina flowers. 850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 759-1122; www.ocma.net.
Through Aug. 31, Rohrer Fine Art’s group show “Highlights!”features a panoply of acquisitions, from French painters and Taiwanese photographers to American contemporary and Latin American surrealism, culminating in an opening of Latino art later this summer. 346 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8200; www.rohrerfineart.com.
The works of R. Kenton Nelson are usually tightly framed portraits of isolated Americana. No Norman Rockwell here, there’s a stiffness that hints at Edward Hopper and WPA art projects. An exhibition of his mosaic paintings runs July 11 to Aug. 24 at SCAPE (Southern California Art Projects and Exhibitions). The pixellation of the imagery treats the formal rigidity of his characters as if they belong in a church, giving them a touch of the divine. 2859 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, (949) 723-3406; www.scapesite.com.