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OC Insider: Art Work

Orange County Museum of Art CEO Heidi Zuckerman says she meditates daily, a practice which fits in well with the latest exhibit at the 1-year-old museum, Jennifer Guidi’s “And so it is.”

The Redondo Beach artist’s “layered painting practice investigates and generates meditative states of being—spaces in which spiritual, natural, and ethereal boundaries cease to exist,” according to a description of the exhibit, which Zuckerman gave a tour prior to its opening last month.

OCMA’s exhibition is Guidi’s first domestic museum solo show, and presents a selection of the artist’s work to date alongside the premiere of several new paintings.

For a less meditative outing, OCMA on Oct. 7 holds its annual fundraising gala, ArtSense, which features a gourmet dinner, Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher and a disc jockey to provide plenty of dancing.

“I’ve been told that the party is the most fun in Orange County,” Zuckerman said.

The event co-chairs are new board member Alexandra Airth and Reesa Emadi.
For more on OCMA’s eventful first year, see Peter J. Brennan’s front-page feature.

The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach last week announced its most extensive public showing of its permanent art collection, now on display across three terminals at John Wayne Airport.

On exhibit through Nov. 1, the exhibition features nearly 90 artworks by over 60 artists from the past century, including renowned early Laguna artists such as Joseph Kleitsch and Edgar Payne, as well as contemporary artists like Stillman Sawyer and Thomas Waddelow.

“From the early days of Laguna to the present, the artwork on display reflects the rich history and pivotal role played by the Festival of Arts in nurturing both the historic and contemporary artist community in Laguna Beach,” said Director of Exhibits and Events Christine Georgantas.

Its art collection wasn’t specifically cited, but J.D. Power’s 2023 North America Airport Satisfaction Study in September ranked John Wayne Airport No. 2 (behind Tampa International) for traveler satisfaction among nearly 30 similarly sized airports in North America.

The ranking was based on terminal facilities; airport arrival/departure; baggage claim; security check; check-in/baggage check; and food, beverage, and retail.

Among the 20 largest North American airports, LAX ranked 14th.

In Orange, the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, home to one of the world’s largest collections of California narrative art, continues to move ahead with its expansion to 22,000 square feet.

When it debuts in the first quarter of 2024, the expanded Hilbert will offer triple the exhibit space available for display of the more than 5,000 pieces in its collection.

For an early look at some of those pieces, keep an eye on the Business Journal’s eighth annual OC500 publication, which is published in early November and again will feature work courtesy of Mark and Janet Hilbert.

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Sonia Chung
Sonia Chung
Sonia Chung joined the Orange County Business Journal in 2021 as their Marketing Creative Director. In her role she creates all visual content as it relates to the marketing needs for the sales and events teams. Her responsibilities include the creation of marketing materials for six annual corporate events, weekly print advertisements, sales flyers in correspondence to the editorial calendar, social media graphics, PowerPoint presentation decks, e-blasts, and maintains the online presence for Orange County Business Journal’s corporate events.
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