August 2015 Around Town 2


New Generation of Chinese Artists Showcased at OCMA

My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, the exhibition that Orange County Museum of Arts (OCMA) recently launched and which runs through October 11, 2015, is a look at the new generation of artists emerging in mainland China since 2000. Born after 1976, all of them are products of the One Child Policy, have grown up with a high-powered market economy and been exposed to global art movements through the Internet and, increasingly, liberalized education at China’s art academies. They have much to say about their homeland–positive and negative–and are able to navigate around the restrictions of censorship and cultural differences. The exhibition is supported by The Segerstrom Foundation, Visionaries and Chopard.

Irvine Barclay’s Founding President Steps Down

After 29 years at the helm of the very successful Irvine Barclay Theatre, Douglas C. Rankin is stepping down on August 31st. With the Barclay celebrating its 25th anniversary season, Rankin arrived on the scene four years before opening in order to help fund, construct, equip, staff, and set the program for the opening season in 1990. Under Rankin’s leadership, the Barclay has earned a reputation for diverse, often challenging, programming in dance, music and theatre, frequently showcasing national and international artists not seen elsewhere in southern California. Rankin will be missed. He was a master at his craft.

Scholarship Tradition Continues

Assistance League of Newport-Mesa, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, has a storied tradition of providing scholarships to the community’s youth. Fourteen students from the Newport-Mesa high schools–Newport Harbor High School, Corona del Mar High School, Estancia High School, Costa Mesa High School, Early College High School, Back Bay High School–were chosen to receive $2,000 scholarships for their higher education pursuits. The awards were presented at a luncheon in their honor, where the guest speaker was David A. Grant, Coast Community College District trustee, President Emeritus of Orange Coast College and 1958 recipient of an ALNM scholarship. Presiding was ALNM Scholarship Committee Chair Mary Lynn Bergman-Rallis and President Karen Treaccar.

Carrying on the Tradition

For 20 years, the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Concert Series has drawn thousands to the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach to see an impressive cadre of top-rate artists perform. Launched in June with Bobby Caldwell, Kenny G and Boz Scaggs, now, into August, you can enjoy Najee, Gary Taylor, Esperanza Spalding, Ruben Stoddard and The Sax Pack: 10th Anniversary. Held at the hotel’s Back Bay Amphitheatre on Friday evenings, the doors open at 6 p.m., with showtime at 7:30 p.m.

Barefoot Ball in the Sand

Bolsa Chica Conservancy, celebrating its 25th year of service to the community and environment, held its annual Barefoot Ball at Bolsa Chica State Beach, where more than 250 guests enjoyed partying on the sand. Dr. Jerry Schubel, President and CEO of Aquarium of the Pacific, received the conservancy’s Conservator of the Year award. It was presented by noted marine artist Wyland, who was the 2014 recipient.

“The Bolsa Chica Conservancy and the Aquarium of the Pacfic share the same focus on education as a way to engage youth and the public in the long-term effort to conserve coastal resources like wetlands and the ocean,” Schubel says. More than $150,000 was raised for the conservancy’s STEM-based education and conservation efforts.

Local Art Gallery Celebrates 39th Anniversary

Lahaina Galleries in Fashion Island is celebrating its 39th anniversary with a special party on Sunday, August 16, 12 to 3 pm, which will showcase an incredible group of world-renowned artists. The artists will be unveiling a stellar collection of new work, including impressionism, abstracts, colorful florals, painted and etched metal, intricate marquetry and sculpture. Look for Dario Campanile, Larissa Morais, Kalman Radvanyi, Andrea Razzauti, Bugagiar Twins, Michael Talbot and Caroline Zimmerman. Warm alohas are guaranteed and pupus will be served. 949.721.9117