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"Real Heroes" by Fernando Del Rosario l August 2 - September 30, 2016

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Meet artist Fernando Del Rosario at a reception on Thursday, September 15, 5-7 p.m.

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents the art of Fernando Del Rosario in a special exhibit titled “Real Heroes” from August 2 to September 30 at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach. The exhibit will showcase Del Rosario’s original artwork featuring comic book superheroes juxtaposed with inspirational quotes from real life heroes.

Del Rosario, a freelance graphic designer and creative instructor at the Art Institute of California in Orange County, recounts how he found “solace and inspiration in the stories and characters of the superheroes as a young boy new to America.” Later, as he was drawn to history and stories of personal struggle and accomplishment, he discovered that superheroes do exist in the real world, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad Ali, John Wooden, and Nelson Mandela among others. According to Del Rosario, his artwork was created in honor of the heroes that have inspired him throughout the years. “Every one of these comic book pages are from my collection as a kid.  And this is my way of sharing my story and my inspiration to the public.  It is an art collection 31 years in the making,” he states.

The exhibit will be on display at the Central Library through September 30.  An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, September 15, 5-7 p.m. in the Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach.

 

"Half-Century Aerial Photography Perspective" by Fred Emmert & Richard Frost l October 3 - December 2, 2016

 AerialFred Emmert and Richard Frost will host a reception on Monday, October 17 and Monday, November 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents “Half-Century Aerial Photography Retrospective” at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach. The exhibit features photographs from the collaboration of Fred Emmert, aerial photographer, and Richard Frost on the premier edition of Real Estate Masterwork, a book illustrating the story of the development of Newport Center / Fashion Island.  Imagery of the history of developing Newport Beach from 1966 through 2016 was compiled from the archives at Air Views, Emmert’s aerial photography firm.  Photography will be on display from October 3 to December 2, 2016.

Rising out of a dirt field, known for hosting the 1953 Boy Scout Jamboree, emerged the preeminent business and shopping center, Newport Center / Fashion Island. This exhibit, with over 50 aerial photographs, takes viewers on a historical journey through the transformation of Newport Center/Fashion Island from the earliest layout of its infrastructure through the ongoing development of the Newport Beach business center. The incredible scenic photography includes shots of Newport Harbor, the Back Bay, Pacific Coast Highway, surrounding housing and golf course developments, Newport Beach Civic Center site, and other city landmarks, capturing the visual history from above the ground.

The unique collection of photographs was assembled by Richard Frost and aerial photographer Fred Emmert for their recently published book, “Real Estate Masterwork Series: Half Century Aerial Photography Perspective,” which includes additional photos and recollections from individuals associated with the development of Fashion Island.

The exhibit will be on display at the Central Library through December 2, 2016.  The aerial photography will change every two weeks during the course of the exhibit.  Admission is free and open to the public during library hours:  Monday –Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday, Noon-5 p.m. An artist’s reception will be held on Monday, October 17 and Monday, November 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach.

 

 Upcoming Art Exhibits  

  • Mark Leysen (abstract): December 5 - January 27, 2017
  • Scott Amling (photography): March 2017
  • Ron Yeo (assemblages): April 2017

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