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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, 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. 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.

Sunday, January 4, 2015 – Ian Gibson
Ian Gibson is an intellectual property attorney handling litigation and transactional matters in the areas of copyright, trademark, and entertainment law. He has represented a broad variety of clients including internationally known illustrators, prominent photographers, film production companies, musicians, and technology firms.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 – Neil Wright
Neil Wright is the Director of the In-Store Experience at Pacific Sunwear. He has over 15 years of retail experience; specializing in visual merchandising and store design, experiential marketing and events.

Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Kimberly McKinnis
Kimberly McKinnis is a southern California native currently pursuing her MFA at Cal State University, Fullerton. She is most interested in interactive community based projects by socially active artists. Currently she co-manages the curatorial collective, Day Job Projects, with artist Heather Bowling out of her studio at the Grand Central Arts Center in downtown Santa Ana.

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.


Mark Leysen Exhibition in the Great Park Gallery

Exhibition: November 1, 2014-January 25, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 2, 1-3 p.m.

Mark Leysen’s abstract expressionist paintings allude to physical space, its experience and emotional imprint. Color and rhythm shape the compositions, with geometric forms providing balance and harmony. Leysen’s tools and materials—brushes, palette knives, paints and his music collection—are incorporated in the exhibition to illustrate the creative process of the artist at work. Leysen taught college level art for over 30 years. Since his retirement in 2010, he has worked intensively on a new body of work influenced by geographical regions that inspire him including Carmel, Carpinteria, Coronado, Monterey and San Francisco, which will be featured in the exhibition.

About the Artist
Mark Leysen was born in Antwerp, Belgium during WWII. He moved to Orange County 57 years ago and has lived in Irvine 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.

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

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

Image caption:
Approaching Carpinteria, Mark Leysen, 2013


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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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:

AiRs

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.