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"Paintings For All Seasons" Oils by Agnes Schenk:

March 5 - May 4, 2018

Agnes Schenk poses behind one of her flower paintings  

Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition by painter Agnes Schenk. Ms. Schenk previously exhibited at the Newport Beach Central Library in 2015, with enthusiastic response from the public.

Approximately thirty years ago, "Aggie" – as she prefers to be called – returned to an early love for oil paint, brushes, and canvas. Her early art instruction while in high school in Missouri, was by Ursuline nuns educated at the Sorbonne in Paris. Those early lessons forced her to focus on drawing and details of hands and faces. After mastering the pencil, she was then allowed to progress with charcoal, then watercolor and finally to oil. This classic method of careful attention to composition laid the framework for her now well-known paintings of flowers in all their glory.

Aggie studied under several master painters such as local artists Frank Tarallo, Bill Alexander and Gary Jenkins. Later, she joined Jonathan Burke and Roger Armstrong's classes at Laguna College of Art & Design.

At 90, Aggie continues to attend painting groups twice a week, refusing to let any ailments get in the way of her creativity.

The exhibition will be on display during library operating hours, March 5 through May 4, 2018.

A reception, open to the public, will be held in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room on Thursday, April 5, at 6 p.m.

Shown above: Agnes Schenk beside one of her beloved paintings.
(Photo courtesy of Jennifer Mathews, Coastline Pilot)


"Uncommon Goods: Artist Book as Object"

April 7 - May 5, 2018


The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is hosting an exhibition featuring a reinterpretation of the book by 25 University of California, Irvine student artists. Students researched the history and creative production of the artist's books at the special collections department of UCI’s Langston Library. There they explored the infinite possibilities of constructing and organizing data, or in some cases interweaving visual narratives, using unusual materials, color, line, and form.  Their collective activity underscores what Johanna Drucker, visual theorist and cultural critic, suggests that “artist's books became a developed art form in the 20th century. In many ways, one could argue that the artist's book is the quintessential 20th-century art form.  Artists' books appear in every significant movement in art and literature and have provided a unique means of realizing works within all of the many avant-gardes, experimental, and independent groups whose contributions have defined the shape of 20th-century artistic activity.”

The exhibition will be on display on the 2nd floor of the Central Library during library operating hours, April 7 through May 5, 2018. An opening reception is scheduled in the exhibition area on Saturday, April 7 at 12 p.m.


"Behind the Brushstrokes" Paintings by James Strombotne

May 7 - July 6, 2018


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

Up Next


  • Diana Blaisure (photography): July 9 - September 7
  • Iriet Peshkess ("At the Beach" paintings): September 10 - November 2
  • Diana Ghoukassian (photography): November 5 - January 4 


  • 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

To have artwork considered for an exhibition at the Central Library, download and fill out the Application for Consideration Art

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