January 29, 1994
I am an artist, a poet and a grandmother who attended the "Baking Cookies" art exhibition at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana on Jan. 8. Your art critic Cathy Curtis (Calendar, Jan. 11) directed strong criticism at the 27 artists, who did not deserve such harshness. Their energies did much to further the cause of Southern California Women's Caucus for Art. Men have been recognized as artists for centuries, and women are only beginning to find their way to recognition.
September 1, 2001 |
When the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art placed promotional ads months ago for entries into its juried show "Beefcake/Cheesecake: Sex, Flesh, Money and Dreams," organizers anticipated a good response. But they never expected a major artist like California photographer Arthur Tress to submit his work. More than 500 artists from throughout the United States, England, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Japan and India submitted their art for the show that opens today.
December 23, 1988 |
Fondly dubbed "Joe Good Citizen" by a leader of one of Santa Ana's arts groups, longtime Santa Ana resident Don Cribb was largely responsible for bringing together the arts groups and the Community Redevelopment Agency at a workshop earlier this month. Cribb, an antique conservator who grew up in Santa Ana, said recently that he believes in the city's "enormous human resources, which I didn't think were being explored. . . .
February 18, 1999
THEATER The Rude Guerrilla Theater Company's production of "Rashomon," Fay and Michael Kanin's drama based on a brain-tickling Japanese tale examining a rape and murder from three opposing perspectives, closes Sunday at the Empire Theater, 200 N. Broadway, Santa Ana. "Director Patrick Gwaltney's staging is a study in grace, quietly building passions. . . . It also marks the maturation of members of several young Orange County theater companies," Robert Koehler wrote for The Times. 8 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1994 |
In a move that brings the city's vision of a downtown artists village closer to reality, the City Council has set aside money to buy two historic downtown buildings that would be converted into studios where artists can live and work. Earlier this week, the council approved the use of $1.5 million in redevelopment money to buy the Grand Central Building and earmarked $2 million to rehabilitate it.
December 14, 1987 |
Moon earrings. Cactus earrings zonked with rhinestones. Critter earrings. Checkerboard earrings. Plastic coil earrings. Dangling suffusions of color for the ear lobes. Pins made of paper, painted metal, ceramic and fabric. This artist-crafted gift bonanza--at prices from $5 to $25--may be the best reason to stop by the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in a gift-giving season. In the gallery, work by the center's member artists is for sale ($75 to $800) through Dec.
July 28, 1992 |
John Breitweiser says that when he and his companion Stuart Wilber returned to America in 1987 after four years abroad, the culture shock they experienced had nothing to do with fast food and video games, but with intolerance and bigotry. Settling in Orange County, Breitweiser, an artist, found that Rep. William Dannemeyer (R-Fullerton), the Rev. Lou Sheldon and other officials openly opposed to the gay lifestyle "were just waiting to club us for being who we were."
February 27, 1997 |
Artistically speaking, it can take a village to raise a city--and in the case of Santa Ana, the Artists Village at Santora Arts Complex and environs may do the trick. One unoccupied storefront sports the slogan "SoHo, So What?" AFTERNOON: 1, 2, 3 Historic buildings house scores of studios and galleries. Many studios at the Santora Arts Complex, which has been open since July 1995, are working spaces, and artists' hours can be random. Thanks to picture windows, some displays are always visible.