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Art Exhibits

Memories in the Making: September 6 - November 3


Newport Beach City Arts Commission and Alzheimer's Orange County present Memories in the Making, a fine arts program for people with Alzheimer’s. As part of the Memories in the Making program, patients with no art background can create art to regain the ability to communicate while boosting self-esteem and opening the channels of communication with loved ones.

The Program gives something back to patients, families, and the community that no other program has been able to duplicate. Patients benefit through the creation of art. Families benefit because communication is made possible, allowing them to develop a unique appreciation of their loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s.

The exhibition will be on display during library operating hours, September 6 through November 3. A special program will be held on October 3 at 7 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room at the Central Library. 

Special Program:  Tuesday, October 3, 7 p.m., Central Library

A special program, to be announced, will be held at the Central Library in conjunction with the exhibition. Admission is free. No reservations required.

Shown above: San Francisco by Joan and Fleur by Barbara


Watercolors by Chip Fesko: November 6, 2017 - January 5, 2018

 Fesko, Chip - The Power Of Gold 

Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents Abstract Pixel Geometric Patterns in Watercolors, by artist Chip Fesko. His current style of watercolor paintings contain 10,000 quarter-inch squares per painting, all bursting with pixel-like squares of color. The list of geometric abstract artists is long and fascinating with well noted artists such as Frank Stella, Ran Davis, Mino Argento, Pat Lipsky, Nadir Afonso and Betty Hawley Kelso just to name a few.

When his paintings are arranged in a variety of combinations, it is easy for the viewer to imagine Tibetan Prayer Flags flying in the wind representing the Five Elements:  Blue for Sky – White for Air – Red for Fire – Green for Water and Yellow which symbolizes Earth. Each Painting takes weeks and sometime months to finish, and after five years his series contains a mere 12 paintings that will soon be on exhibit at the Central Library gallery space.

Inspiration for Fesko's artwork comes from many different directions such as his recent painting The Power of Gold inspired by the accomplishments of Olympic Athletes from the Summer Olympics.

Chip Fesko was a recent winner at the 53rd Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition. His piece, Fire, took 2nd place in the Watercolor category.

The exhibition will be on display during library operating hours, November 6 through January 5, 2018.

Shown above: The Power of Gold by Chip Fesko

Up Next


  • Phyllis Paxton (mixed media acrylic paintings): January 8 - March 2
  • TBD: March 5 - May 4
  • James Strombotne ("Inspiration of Women" paintings): May 7 - July 6
  • 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 4

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

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