OC Art Galleries Will Feature Japan, Shag and More!

[SUMMER GUIDE] Highlights from Orange County and Long Beach galleries for the summer

Summer's here, it's a holiday, school is out, now it's time to play—and even if you don't know the lyrics to that famous Annette Funicello Bikini Beach theme song, you can still head down to the shores and various inland-y parts to check out the summer art fun awaiting. From Japanese dead guys to skateboard punks, OC rolls out some truly inspiring and awesome artful memories this season, so wax your board, or your car, and take it to the beach, babies. Here are a few must-sees:

AR4T
Director Torrey Cook calls Artists Republic for Tomorrow (AR4T) "a seed. . . . It starts as the idea to provide a location where young creatives born of the youth-culture world can have a place to show their work and be supported. . . . The next idea is a radical experiment to foster community spirit." Promoting the work of artists who lend their talents to graphic tees, snowboards, skateboards and all facets of youngster expression, Cook says, the gallery is "inspired by people who work hard to make life visual and without bounds." Check out the summer shows at this free-thinker spot, starting with "Girls vs Boys: The Summer of Love," featuring a selection of solo and collaborative works by Brooke Reidt and Robert "Sticky" Shaw that inspire conversation between the male and female animal. 210 N Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (415) 690-6180; www.ar4t.com. Through July 3.

ART-A-FAIR FESTIVAL
Now in its 45th year, Laguna's annual show once again features artists from OC and around the world exhibiting every kind of medium and style of art—and all of it is for sale! Pick up snazzy oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood—and on the weekends, do it to live music while chowing down on fancy cuisine. 777 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-4514; www.art-a-fair.com. June 24 -Aug. 28.

Um, yeah . . .
Robert "Sticky" Shaw, "Dancing In Japan"
Um, yeah . . .
A scope, or a sphere?
James Verbicky, "Red Dot. 4 Panel"
A scope, or a sphere?

Location Info

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AR4T

210 N. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Laguna Beach

Art-A-Fair

777 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Community Venues

Region: Laguna Beach

Bowers Museum

2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Category: Museums

Region: Santa Ana

The Box Gallery

765 St. Clair
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Costa Mesa

Laguna Beach Festival of Arts

650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Laguna Beach

Grand Central Art Center

125 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Santa Ana

Irvine Fine Arts Center

14321 Yale Ave.
Irvine, CA 92604

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Irvine

JoAnne Artman Gallery

326 N. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Laguna Beach

Les Jolis Tresors

3226 E. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Long Beach

Laguna Art Museum

307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Museums

Region: Laguna Beach

Long Beach Museum of Art

2300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90803

Category: Museums

Region: Long Beach

Muckenthaler Cultural Center

1201 W. Malvern Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92833

Category: Music Venues

Region: Fullerton

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

628 Alamitos Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802

Category: Museums

Region: Long Beach

Orange County Museum of Art

850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Category: Museums

Region: Newport Beach

The OMC Gallery

7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Huntington Beach

Sawdust Art Festival

935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Laguna Beach

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BOWERS MUSEUM
The big show this summer is Bowers' "Masterpieces From the Price Collection," showcasing the exceptional screen and scroll painters of Edo-period Japan. Step back into the 18th Century in Tokyo and Kyoto and experience the unrivaled talents of Nagasawa Rosetsu, Maruyama Okyo, Mori Sosen, Suzuki Kiitsu and others. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Through July 17.

THE BOX GALLERY
Don't miss "Aerosols to Airplanes," new pieces by Aaron Kraten, as curated by Johnny Sampson, featuring mixed-media works of fashion, technology, beauty and angst often created with found objects and heavily influenced by graffiti art. Sampson puts it succinctly in his curatorial statement: "Strikingly devoid of narrative, Kraten's work offers an objectified snapshot into the world of emotion and artifice we call 'today.'" Sounds rockin'. 765 Saint Clair St., Ste. B, Costa Mesa, (714) 724-4633; www.boxboxbox.com. Through Aug. 5.

FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS/PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS
It's time once again to see art come to life—or at least be alive—in the Pageant's new theatrical tableaux vivant, Only Make Believe, a series of images presenting worlds populated by ancient and modern superheroes and strange mythical creatures, including Victorian historical fantasies, fairy tales and futuristic imaginings. Just as the flier says, "You get two shows for the price of one" at this event, meaning that after the living painting show, you can wander over to the Festival of the Arts to ogle and awe over nonbreathing works by more than 140 award-winning artists. 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-1145; www.foapom.com. July 7-Aug 31.

GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER
Shag, that darling of the rockabilly and midcentury modern sets, is back in town with more than 250 limited-edition serigraphs, etchings and pigment prints in "Hand Pulled: The Complete Shag Print Collection." There'll be a new etching available for sale, as well as other Shaggy stuff. Get there early on opening night to have your book and poster signed by the dude himself. 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, (714) 567-7233; www.grandcentralartcenter.com. Opening reception, July 2. Open Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Through Aug. 14.

IRVINE FINE ART CENTER
"Making Mischief: Humor In Art" focuses on the disarming social vehicle that so many use to express the foibles and folly of earthlings, most pointedly the comics and caricatures of Max Espinoza and Ruben Gerard. 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine, (949) 724-6880; www.cityofirvine.org. Opens Aug. 13; through Sept. 17.

JOANNE ARTMAN GALLERY
The gallery presents internationally acclaimed abstract expressionist James Verbicky in a new conceptual, mixed-media construction show, "Diffusion." Taking the term fairly literally, Verbicky's works represent the various stages of particles in liquid, gas or solid form and their subsequent spontaneous movement. This encompasses a variety of things, so look forward to some conversation-generating sculptures and paintings. 326 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (949) 510-5481; www.joanneartmangallery.com. Opening reception, July 7. Through July 31.

LES JOLIS TRESORS
The funky little gallery offers up some entertaining fare with "Coup de Foudre," meaning "bolt of lightning/love at first sight," with the ceramics of Lynne Haggard and paintings by Annie Clavel, Hiroko Momii and Veronica Schmitt. 3226 E Broadway, Long Beach, (562) 735-4060; www.lesjolistresors.com. Through Aug. 10.

LAGUNA ART MUSEUM
Japan is the thing this summer (see Bowers Museum), and the Laguna Art Museum joins in with "Noguchi: California Legacy," spotlighting works by artist/designer Isamu Noguchi, with a focus on the impact he had on California. You've seen his sculpture garden at South Coast Plaza, but you may not have caught his other works around Los Angeles, and it's high time you did. 307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971; www.lagunaartmuseum.org. Through Oct. 2.

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