Art has a new home in downtown Santa Ana—well, actually, it's Koo's founder Dennis Lluy's home, but art can use it as long as it stays out of the underwear drawer, at least until Lluy finishes prepping his ambitious ScentWalk 2K6 project. And so far, art is really a great roommate: "The Clearing," a duo show by Cal State Fullerton grad students Diana Markessinis and Edwin Maguire, debuted in Lluy's newly unofficial gallery space at the beginning of the month, and it's working out so naturally that Lluy has several future shows waiting at the door. Gallery space adjacent to the Santa Ana Artists' Village—Lluy's wide-open loft is just east of the Santora/Memphis drag—isn't in a shortage, but it is at a premium, says Markessinis, who laughs with Maguire about having to hide the beer and the futon for impromptu student-studio shows of her work. But Lluy's loft space—pressed into service after a chance meeting with the artists at Memphis—lends itself remarkably well to gallery duty, with bright, flattering light, plenty of wide white space and one of the best docents in town (A whiskey?... More >>>