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.