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Palm Court Arts Complex

Palm Court Arts Complex

The Palm Court Arts Complex is home to the Great Park Gallery and the Great Park Artist Studios. This new civic space also features Hangar 244, a 10,000 square foot event center; a shaded outdoor performance plaza enhanced by 54 Canary Islands date palms; and the Great Park’s first site-specific permanent public art installation.

Visitors will discover that the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro’s World War II-era atmosphere and architecture have been preserved by means of adaptive reuse of existing buildings, a strategy that aligns with the Park’s ecological values. The Palm Court’s re-purposed military structures now form a cultural campus supporting the development of a fresh approach to establishing an interdisciplinary, public arts program.

Anthology: Mike Stilkey

Exhibition: February 6, 2016-April 10, 2016
Opening Reception: February 7, 1–3 p.m.

Anthology is a retrospective of international artist Mike Stilkey and his reclaimed book installation work. Using a mix of ink, colored pencil, paint and lacquer, Stilkey depicts a whimsical cast of characters inhabiting ambiguous spaces and narratives of fantasy and fairy tales. His large-scale projects have been built all over the United States and in Turin, Italy; Bern, Switzerland; Manila, Philippines; and Hong Kong and Beijing, China.

Great Park Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free admission

Image: Times of Uncertainty, Mike Stilkey, 2013.


The Living Room

The Living Room is a community gathering place for engaging and intimate conversations with local artists, set among a collection of nostalgic mural art and décor.

Great Park Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free admission

Image: The Living Room, Megan Clarke, 2015


Orange County
Art Book Collection

The Orange County Art Book Collection is a curated library of books documenting the history of Orange County art and exhibitions.

The Orange County Art Book Collection was made possible by generous contributions from Andrea Harris McGee, Dana Jazayeri, Grand Central Art Center, Huntington Beach Art Center, Jane Bauman, Laguna Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, and The Irvine Museum.

The collection also features highlights from the Orange County Zine Library & Reading Room curated by L.A. Zine Fest in collaboration with popular zine festivals in Brooklyn, Houston, Scranton, and San Francisco.

A zine is a small circulation, self-published work of original and/or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via Do-It-Yourself culture and tools including a photocopier, printing press, or just paper and pen. Artists often use zines to share their own work, thoughts, and ideas with their peers.

Great Park Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. –4 p.m.
Free admission

Image: Orange County Art Book Collection, Yevgeniya Mikhailik, 2014


Find out more by visiting our upcoming events page, signing up for email updates (on the right), or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Living Room Talks

The Living Room is a community gathering place for engaging and intimate conversations with local artists, set among a collection of nostalgic mural art and décor.

Su  Dec 6  1pm–2pm  OCGP Free
Kevin Kwan Loucks, Musician

A Korean-American and graduate of The Juilliard School, Kevin Kwan Loucks holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University where he served as head of Piano for the Pre-College Division and teaching assistant for both the Emerson String Quartet and the Graduate Chamber Music Program. He is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music OC, one of the most dynamic classical music projects in the country, and is a member of the award-winning ensemble Trio Céleste.

Su  Feb 7  1pm–2pm  OCGP Free
Mike Stilkey, Artist

Mike Stilkey is an international artist known for his reclaimed book installation work. Using a mix of ink, colored pencil, paint and lacquer, Stilkey depicts a whimsical cast of characters inhabiting ambiguous spaces and narratives of fantasy and fairy tales. His large-scale projects have been built all over the United States and in Turin, Italy; Bern, Switzerland; Manila, Philippines; and Hong Kong and Beijing, China.

Su  Mar 6  1pm–2pm  OCGP Free
John Spiak, Curator

After 17 years as a curator at Arizona State University Art Museum, John Spiak became the director and chief curator of Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center, which includes three galleries, a theater, apartments for graduate art students, and an artist-in-residence program.

Great Park Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free admission

Image: The Living Room, Jennie Cotterill and Yevgeniya Mikhailik, 2013


Creation Stations at the Artist Studios

Play, create and explore at self-directed creativity stations. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Parent participation required. Free drop-in program on Saturdays and Sundays.

Every Saturday and Sunday  10am–4pm  OCGP Free

Great Park Artist Studios Hours
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free admission

Image: S.T.E.A.M., Yevgeniya Mikhailik, 2015


OC Writers: Read & Critique

This gathering, on the first Friday of each month, is dedicated to providing writers with space and time to write, learn and network. Writers should bring their own manuscripts-in-progress to work on in this welcoming and supportive environment. Electrical outlets and Wi-Fi available. Hosted by published author DeAnna Cameron. Free program; registration not required. Ages 18+.

First Friday of each month  11am–1pm  OCGP Free

Great Park Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free admission

Image: Read & Critique, Yevgeniya Mikhailik, 2014


Find out more by visiting our upcoming events page, signing up for email updates (on the right), or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Novel Writing Workshop

Learn how to write, sell and market a mainstream novel. This workshop explores writing basics such as characters, point of view, plot, outlines and how to keep your story on track. You will also learn the business side of writing including query letters, agents, editors and independent publishing options. Ages 16+.

Th  Jan 14–Feb 18  6:30pm–8:30pm  OCGP $119  #162626


Broadway Lab

Explore the history and practice of musical theater. Join accomplished Broadway actress Darcie Magino as she leads three workshops in which you will work on your own song, scene, or performance. Ages 16+.

Song Study Su  Mar 6  1pm–4pm  OCGP $69  #162627

Scene Study Su  Mar 13  1pm–4pm  OCGP $69  #162629

Musical Theater Performance Su  Mar 20  1pm–4pm  OCGP $69  #162631


Find out more by visiting our upcoming events page, signing up for email updates (on the right), or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Need more info? Contact the Visitors Center at (866) 829-3829 (toll-free) or send an email.