"Colors and Designs"
On exhibit at the Central Library
September 8 - October 25, 2014
"Sun Cloud Moon" by Michael Magrutsche
The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an art exhibit, “Colors and Designs,” by Michaell Magrutsche at the Newport Beach Central Library from September 8 through October 25, 2014.
The local artist grew up in a Viennese home surrounded by a collection of art by his uncle, famous Austrian painter, Adolf Frohner and his peers, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Hermann Nitsch, exposing him to the power of abstract expression at an early age. He moved to California when he was 22 and began to create what he calls, "Art with a Punch." Magrutsche's visual work has been termed "Liminal Hard Edge, Minimal or Reductive Pop." The colorful paintings, with titles such as "Vortex in Harmony," "Dance of Crowns," "Festivities" and "Smile & Relax," aim to evoke "the strongest positive impact possible," according to Magrutsche, "thereby, uplifting emotions and changing the feel of a room or area."
Rex Brandt Centennial Celebration
Special Event: Saturday, November 1, 2-5 p.m
Central Library Friends Room
Exhibition: November 1 - December 15, 2014
Central Library Lower Level
The Newport Beach City Arts Commission will host a Centennial Celebration, honoring the life and art of California scene painter Rex Brandt, on Saturday, November 1 at the Central Library. The community is invited to view an exhibition of Rex Brandt paintings from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Central Library and to attend a special program at 2 p.m., followed by a reception from 3-5 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room.
The event will honor the important role that Brandt played in the California watercolor movement and his exceptional relationship with the City of Newport Beach. Not only did the renowned artist live and work in the City for most of his life, he also created the iconic Newport Beach City seal, served on the Newport Beach Public Library Board of Trustees in the 1940s and 1950s and helped establish the Newport Harbor Art Museum.
The program will be hosted by the exhibition curator Gordon McClelland, an author and art curator specializing in California Scene Paintings. E. Gene Crain, a close friend of Rex Brandt will provide information about the artist and his work. The art exhibition will feature a retrospective overview of original Rex Brandt watercolors. In addition, there will be a projected visual presentation of Brandt paintings along with photographic images of the artist painting on location in Newport Beach. Mark and Janet Hilbert have arranged for a selection of original Rex Brandt watercolors to remain on display in the Central Library through December 15.