Art at the Library


Art Exhibits

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Judit Laufer Sculpture l January 13 - February 12, 2016

The Newport Beach City Arts Commissionpresents a collection of sculpture by local artist Judit Laufer. Canadian-born Laufer has lived in California for over thirty years, the last nineteen here in Newport Beach. She has studied under the tutelage of Paul Lucchesi, Eugene Daub, Philippe Farault, and other accomplished artists.

The artist’s sculptures have been exhibited in Orange County art shows and in the Best of the Best, in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has twice received awards at the Newport Beach Art Exhibition.

Laufer’s exhibit will showcase small-scale works including a bust of Einstein and many of her award-winning sculptures showing her attention to the human form. According to Laufer, “The natural world often inspires and informs my sculptures. I see beauty in nature’s bounty, the human form, face and gestures. When sculpting a portrait, I try to capture the person’s essence and spirit in addition to an accurate likeness. Through my art, I wish to convey humor, hope and the human condition.”

The exhibit is open to the public and will be displayed on the lower level of the Central Library from January 13 through February 12 during library hours, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 12 noon – 5 p.m.


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Joan Irving Brandt Art Exhibit l February 16 - March 31, 2016

Centennial Celebration: March 5, 2 p.m.

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission invites you to view an extraordinary collection of watercolors at the Central Library in celebration of the 100th birthday of celebrated Corona del Mar artist, Joan Irving Brandt.  The Centennial Celebration will include a special presentation on March 5 in the Central Library Friends Room.

The program, lecture and panel will be hosted by the exhibition curator Gordon T. McClelland, an author and art curator specializing in California Scene Paintings.  E. Gene Crain, a lifelong friend of the Brandt’s and collector of their art, will offer a personal perspective on the artist and her work. The art exhibition will feature an overview of nationally renowned artist Joan Irving Brandt’s watercolors from the collections of Gene and Diane Crain and others.


Joan Irving Brandt, a painter, sculptor and muralist was born in Riverside on March 12, 1916. She began painting while a student at the Katharine Branson School in Ross, and after graduation, she attended Riverside College and studied at the Los Angeles Art Center School under Edward Kaminski and Barse Miller. She and her husband, artist, Rex Brandt, began teaching at their home and studio in 1948, and in 1973 she became co-director of the Blue Sky school, located by the footbridge on Marigold Avenue in Corona del Mar. Her teaching experience also included Orange Coast College, Coronado School of Fine Arts, and Chouinard Art School. Joan Irving Brandt was elected to the California Watercolor Society in 1948 and was a signature member of the American Watercolor Society. She was very active in the Newport Beach community.  She was appointed chairman of the City Arts Committee in 1961 and was a founding member and chairman of the Newport Harbor Art Museum.  Brandt’s art is in the collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as other museums of note.

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