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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 Artists Studios, housing a publicly-accessible artists-in-residence program. 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.

The Living Room

September 2014 – August 2015
The Living Room is an installation space that provides a community gathering place for engaging, intimate conversations with local artists set among a collection of nostalgic mural art and décor. Exhibition décor, curated by Yevgeniya Mikhailik, features artwork by Orange County artists Jennie Cotterill and Chantal deFelice.

The Living Room Talks
Join us the first Sunday of every month from 1–2 p.m. for The Living Room Talks featuring artisans, entrepreneurs and raconteurs sharing their inspiring stories of collaboration.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 – Chris Marrs Piliero
Chris Marrs Piliero is an American actor, writer, producer, and director of short films and music videos. Piliero directed the 2010 music video for Tighten Up by The Black Keys, which won the 2010 MTV Video Music Award for Breakthrough Video. Piliero also wrote and directed many other music videos, including the 2011 videos I Wanna Go and Criminal by Britney Spears.

Sunday, June 7, 2015 – Yesterday’s Future
Southern California artists featured in the Yesterday’s Future exhibition will share their stories about creativity and process.

Sunday, August 2, 2015 – Ryh-Ming Poon
Ryh-Ming Poon is a public relations professional and communications consultant who has worked with GameFly, Machinima, and Activision/Guitar Hero.

Great Park Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. –4 p.m.
Admission is free.

Image Caption: The Living Room, 2013 by Jennie Cotterill and Yvegeniya Mikhailik.

Tom Brown: In the Open Air Exhibition in the Great Park Gallery

Exhibition: February 14-May 10, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 15, 1-3 p.m.

Tom Brown: In the Open Air is an exhibition featuring vibrant impressionistic oil paintings of Orange County landscapes created by artist Tom Brown. The exhibition will also include lectures, workshops, a canvas installation detailing the painting process in weekly progressions, and a collection of Plein Air work created by Tom’s former students.

Tom has lived in Southern California since the 1980s. His oil paintings are known for their bold, confident brushwork that vibrates with energy and captures the light and beauty of the California landscape. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries nationwide. His works are also featured in corporate collections at Sears, Standard Oil and Coca Cola and are showcased in American Art Collector, Art Calendar, Southwest Art, Art & Antiques, American Art Review and other leading art publications.

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

Image caption:
El Toro, Tom Brown, 2009

Zine Library and Reading Room

The Orange County Zine Library & Reading Room is an exhibition curated by L.A. Zine Fest in collaboration with popular zine festivals in Brooklyn, Houston, Scranton, and San Francisco. The library features more than 200 zines from across the country.

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.
Admission is free.

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. This installation is produced in conjunction with The Living Room at the Orange County Great Park.

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.


Great Park Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. –4 p.m.
Admission is free.

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Arts Happenings at the Great Park bring the community together to experience — and participate in — art in the Park. Programs are developed to cover a wide variety of media and interests, and include events developed in collaboration with Arts Orange County and our Artists-in-Residence. Check back soon for more information on upcoming Arts Happenings.

Tom Brown: Lectures/Demonstrations

Join Tom Brown as he demonstrates Plein Air techniques throughout the Great Park. These lectures will focus on simplifying complex compositions while working on location. They will also cover basics like color, values, brushwork, and how to set up equipment for outdoor painting. This special series is open to the public. Artists who wish to paint along with Tom are welcome to do so.

Saturday, April 18, 10am – Noon
Location: Farm + Food Lab

Saturday, April 25, 10am – Noon
Location: Reflecting Ponds and Viewing Pier

Yesterday’s Future: Lecture Series

In conjunction with the Yesterday’s Future exhibition, this lecture series explores the concepts of mapping, spatial design, architecture, urbanism and cultivating a sense of place in a community. Learn about these topics through conversations with guest artists, architects and historians.

Sunday, June 7, 1-2 p.m., Great Park Gallery
Yesterday’s Future
Southern California artists featured in the Yesterday’s Future exhibition will share their stories about creativity and process.

Saturday, August 8, 1-3 p.m., Great Park Artists Studios
Bryan Cantley, Architect
Bryan Cantley describes himself as the spatial orchestrator of Form:uLA Dimension Laboratory, an experimental design studio. Cantley is also Professor of Design Theory at California State University, Fullerton.

Saturday, September 19, 1-3 p.m., Great Park Artists Studios
Alan Hess, Architect and Historian
Alan Hess has written 19 books on Modern architecture and urbanism in the mid-twentieth century. He is currently researching the architecture of Irvine, California, one of the United States’ largest master-planned communities of the 1960s and 1970s.

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