In the News - Daily Pilot 10/31/2014
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.
Visual Sensations of Light:
Celebrating the Life and Work of Watercolor Artist Rex Brandt
November 20, 2014
7 pm, Central Library Friends Room
Jennifer Martinez Wormser, Library Director at the Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) will present a lecture on "Visual Sensations of Light: Celebrating the Life and Work of Watercolor Artist Rex Brandt" Wormser recently curated the exhibit “Rex Brandt: Awash with Color” at LCAD in Laguna Beach and specializes in historical California art. She served as President of the Society of California Archivists in 2006, was a member of the California Historical Resources Advisory Board for five years and was honored earlier this year with the Society of California Archivists’ Sustained Service Award.