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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, September 7, 2014 – Yevgeniya Mikhailik
Yevgeniya Mikhailik received her MFA from CSU Long Beach in 2013 and has exhibited in Orange County, Los Angeles, New York, Rome and Cosenza. She has received several awards including the CSULB Outstanding Creative Achievement Award and the Elisabeth Vyse Memorial Art Scholarship. Yevgeniya has taught Illustration at CSU Fullerton and curates exhibitions at the CSUF Grand Central Art Center and her shared studio space and gallery, Mutual Aid, in Santa Ana, CA.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 – Suzanne Walsh
Suzanne Walsh is the gallery director of saltfineart in Laguna Beach as well as an artist, writer and arts activist. She grew up in and around the Orange County arts community and uses her lifelong experience to support a number of related organizations and publications.

Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 – Mark Leysen
Mark Leysen was born in Antwerp, Belgium during WWII and has lived in Orange County for the past 35 years. His work has been exhibited throughout California and Mexico in various exhibitions including UCLA Hammer Museum, San Bernardino Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Museo de Arte in Queretaro (Mexico) and Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana.

Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 – Grace Kook-Anderson
Grace Kook-Anderson is a curator of contemporary art. At Laguna Art Museum, Kook-Anderson curated Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971 in conjunction with Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative. Beginning in summer 2012, she started a contemporary art program ex.pose, focusing on solo exhibitions of emerging and overlooked artists. Kook-Anderson is currently working with Lita Albuquerque on a site-specific commission for Laguna Art Museum’s 2nd Art & Nature event taking place in the fall and curating an exhibition on the works of Marcia Hafif scheduled for summer 2015. Kook-Anderson received a dual B.A. degree in art history and art practice from the University of California, Berkeley, and received her M.A. degree in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

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.

SPIRIT: Tae Soon Kim Exhibition in the Great Park Gallery

Tae Soon Kim’s artwork reveals the spirit of traditional Korean culture by transforming, through the technique of collage, handmade paper (Han-ji) and old damaged books, into clothing, furniture and books. Tae Soon Kim’s aesthetic is inspired by the traditions of her motherland that she experienced as a child. Through her work, the culture and wisdom of a time before Western influence is shared with the present generation. The exhibition presents 21 artworks from the late 1990s to the present.

Tae Soon Kim was born in Kyungnam, Republic of Korea. Her artwork has been widely exhibited in Korea and abroad and she has participated in several international art fairs. In 2013, The Spirit of Joseon (2006) was included in Looking East: Ruben’s Encounter with Asia at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

The SPIRIT exhibition runs from Saturday, July 12 through Sunday, October 12, 2014. Admission is free.

Exhibition Reception
Saturday, July 12, 4-6 p.m.
The reception is free and open to the public.

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

Image caption:
Hwang Jin-I, 2008, Hanji and mixed media, 67 x 48 inches.

Zine Library and Reading Roo

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.

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October 4 – October 26, 2014

Bewitching examines the art of costume culture with a brief history of Halloween in Southern California. The exhibition features an eclectic collection of hand-made costume couture, fashion illustrations from design legends of classic Hollywood, and historic photographs documenting Halloween in Southern California. Bewitchingis presented in conjunction with the Great Park Spooktacular Saturdays program. This month-long event happens every Saturday during the month of October from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Great Park Artists Studios – Special Exhibition Hours:
Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sundays 1-4 p.m.
Admission is free.

The Legacy Project
The Legacy Project
The Legacy Project is dedicated to documenting and interpreting the former Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro, simultaneously honoring the history of the site and celebrating its transformation into the Orange County Great Park. This group of six photographers, assisted by legions of students and friends, have created over 200,000 images of El Toro in addition to shooting several videos. Their most notable work is the world’s largest photograph, The Great Picture, a 32-by-111-foot image of El Toro created in a former F-18 hangar.
Photo: Detail from Nature Prevails ©Mark Chamberlain

Check out some of the Great Park’s past Artists-in-Residence:


Jennifer Backhaus - October 2012 through March 2013

Andre Woodward - May - October 2012

Deborah Aschheim - November 2011 through May 2012

Amy Caterina - October 2011 through May 2012

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.

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