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charity art show

Oct 5th - Oct 6th • 10:00 am - 7:00 pm • Nguoi Viet Gallery

Art for a Smile: Paintings by Hue Nguyen

Exhibit offers original artwork by the artist behind classic Hoffman California Fabrics’ surfwear designs

You can call Troung Tien “Hue” Nguyen an “artventurer” because photos of his family’s summer vacations – to Europe, Vietnam, Hawaii, Alaska and dozens more destinations – find their way into his oil and gouache paintings. “Art for a Smile,” showing Oct. 5-6 at Nguoi Viet Gallery invites viewers to reminisce about their own favorite getaways with artwork that captures bucolic moments and natural reveries.

As is the case of each of his exhibits, proceeds from art sales will be donated to SmileTrain, the global charity that provides cost-free surgeries to repair childhood cleft lip and palate. Nguyen committed his efforts because he can’t imagine a child not being able to smile. It’s also his simple way of paying back kindness. Nguyen, his wife Diep, and their 5-year-old son, Le, were among the first groups of Vietnam refugees that the Lutheran Church assisted after the fall of Saigon.

He enjoyed a 30-year career as a textile artist for Hoffman Fabrics in Mission Viejo. His hand-drawn and hand-painted artwork was developed and produced as textiles sold to garment manufacturers for the creation of tropical- and novelty-print shirts. Nguyen contributed to what is referred to as the “authentic Hoffman look” in designs for surf brands like Volcom, Roxy and Stussy. Last month, he attended a 95th anniversary party for family-owned Hoffman Fabrics.

A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. The show continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nguoi Viet Gallery is located at 14771 Moran St., Westminster (off Bolsa Avenue between Magnolia and Bushard streets). Find more information at

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