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Behind the Brushstrokes, paintings by James Strombotne

May 7 - July 6, 2018, Central Library Gallery

An Evening with James Strombotne: May 24, 7 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

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The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition of paintings by reknown artist James Strombotne, who will be making a return visit to the Newport Beach Central Library gallery.

Since his first one-man show in 1956, James Strombotne has captivated audiences with his provocative paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. Strombotne Studio is the official online site for this nationally recognized American artist.

James Strombotne's resume includes over 100 one-man shows including 14 retrospectives. His work is housed in many of the finest public collections in the country and is also included in numerous prestigious private collections.

The exhibition will be on display during library operating hours, May 7 through July 6, 2018

 

Bridge, photographic mono-prints by Diana Blaisure

July 9 - September 7, 2018, Central Library Gallery

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The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition of mono-prints by photographer Diana Blaisure at  who will be making a return visit to the Newport Beach Central Library gallery.

“There are many definitions and applications of the word. My work begins with exploring bridges for their sculptural aspects.  The sweep of a curve, the geometry of the piers, the patterns of steel underneath the roadbed. More than a span connecting one access point to another.

Bridge also functions as a metaphor: linking analog and digital as I combine scanned water-color mono-prints with digital photography. Integrating abstract forms and color of a mono-print with the solid form and composition of a bridge is the initial step. The process has allowed me to look at bridges with new eyes. It is an experiment, changing the opacity, shifting the color intensity, trying different mono-prints, using more than one section of a bridge in the same composition.*

The process is a journey of discovery. Abstract patterns emerge, colors shift, geometric forms can lose their anchor and seem to float.”

For the more than 30 years, photography has been the primary creative expression for artist Diana Blaisure. When preparing for retirement from city planning, she made a list of what she wanted to accomplish in this new phase of her life and, topping the list, was to formally study photography. In 2011, Blaisure began taking classes at Orange Coast College, in their highly regarded photography program.

The exhibition will be on display during library operating hours, July 9 through September 7, 2018.

(Coronado Duet by Diana Blaisure)


Up Next

2018

  • Iriet Peshkess ("At the Beach" paintings): September 10 - November 2
  • Diana Ghoukassian (photography): November 5 - January 4 

2019

  • Gianne de Genevraye (oil paintings): January 7 - March 1
  • Joe Cladis ("OC Coastal Print Series"): March 4 - May 3
  • Raphaele Cohen Bacry (acrylic and mixed media): May 6 - Jul 5
  • Ed Olen ("Sobier Photo Project"): July 8 - September 6

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