The AAA Electra 99 Co-Op Art Museum and Gallery in Newport Beach--a 26 person co-op of musicians, performing artists and visual artists--is looking for a new location.
"We found a spot in Orange that we might be able to afford but we haven't signed a lease," said gallery owner Richard Johnson. We don't know if we can stay in Orange County and we're thinking of Long Beach or Santa Monica."
AAA Electra is housed in a '60s office building across from John Wayne Airport. AAA stands for Any Art Accepted. Some of the pieces now on display include a plucked and lacquered chicken with the head of a doll mounted on canvas, and a rat shellacked to a painted panel.
The 600-square-foot gallery received an eviction notice from landlord Optima Property Management. Gallery owner Johnson says his space has been home to at least 200 fee-paying members since it opened three years ago.