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Bridge, photographic mono-prints by Diana Blaisure

July 9 - September 7, 2018, Central Library Gallery

Reception: Wednesday, August 8, 6-8 p.m., Central Library Friends Room


The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition of mono-prints by photographer Diana Blaisure at the Newport Beach Central Library gallery.

“There are many definitions and applications of the word. My work begins with exploring bridges for their sculptural aspects.  The sweep of a curve, the geometry of the piers, the patterns of steel underneath the roadbed. More than a span connecting one access point to another.

Bridge also functions as a metaphor: linking analog and digital as I combine scanned water-color mono-prints with digital photography. Integrating abstract forms and color of a mono-print with the solid form and composition of a bridge is the initial step. The process has allowed me to look at bridges with new eyes. It is an experiment, changing the opacity, shifting the color intensity, trying different mono-prints, using more than one section of a bridge in the same composition.*

The process is a journey of discovery. Abstract patterns emerge, colors shift, geometric forms can lose their anchor and seem to float.”

For the more than 30 years, photography has been the primary creative expression for artist Diana Blaisure. When preparing for retirement from city planning, she made a list of what she wanted to accomplish in this new phase of her life and, topping the list, was to formally study photography. In 2011, Blaisure began taking classes at Orange Coast College, in their highly regarded photography program.

On Wednesday, August 8, Diana Blaisure will host a meet and greet at the Central Library at 6 p.m. to discuss her work and unique photographic technique. No RSVP is required for this free event. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibition will be on display during library operating hours, July 9 through September 7, 2018.

(Coronado Duet by Diana Blaisure)


At the Beach, mixed media paintings and digital photography by Iriet Peshkess

September 10 - November 2, 2018, Central Library Gallery



The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition of mixed media paintings and digital photography by artist Iriet Peshkess, on display at the Newport Beach Central Library gallery. The works capture the essence of life along the shores of Newport Beach.

Iriet Peshkess was born in Israel and has lived in Orange County with her family since 1981. She is a California-inspired representational artist and a storyteller in paint and photography. Before embarking on her career as an artist over 15 years ago, Peshkess was a psychologist. People’s stories have always moved her, and she strives to capture mood and story rather than detail. Her stories describe daily life in the California sun.

Iriet Peshkess works in mixed media — digital, acrylic and fiber, and photography — moving back and forth between them. Her creative process always goes through the digital medium. At what stage and to what extend varies in each painting.

The exhibition will be on display during library operating hours, September 10 through November 2, 2018.


(Argument on the Beach and Quality Time by Iriet Peshkess)

Up Next


  • Diana Ghoukassian (photography): November 5 - January 4 


  • Gianne de Genevraye (oil paintings): January 7 - March 1
  • Joe Cladis ("OC Coastal Print Series"): March 4 - May 3
  • Raphaele Cohen Bacry (acrylic and mixed media): May 6 - Jul 5
  • Ed Olen ("Sobier Photo Project"): July 8 - September 6

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