Thank You for Celebrating with GCAC!

September 5, 2012

We would like to thank everyone who joined us at Grand Central Art Center this past Saturday night to celebrate the 2012-2013 Season Opening Reception.

Martin Durazo, Claudia Huiza, Mary Leigh Cherry, Tony de los Reyes, John Spiak, Nancy Popp, Deb Klowden Mann

It was a wonderful evening celebrated by friends of GCAC, both long time supporters and individual’s visits us for the very first time.

Patrons enjoying Tony de los Reyes exhibition.

Along with the three exhibiting artists, Tony de los Reyes, Constantin Hartenstein and Erin Morrison, we were joined by many institutional colleagues for the successful event, including: Sarah Bancroft, Orange County Museum of ArtJulie Lee, Bowers Museum; Jocelyn Tetel, Skirball Cultural Center; Tyler Stallings, Sweeney Art Gallery at University of California, Riverside; Leslie Ito, California Community Foundation; Cassandra Coblentz, Independent Curator; David Michael Lee, Coastline Community College Art Gallery and Chapman University Collection; gallery owners Mary Leigh Cherry of Cherry and Martin Gallery in Culver City and Deb Klowden Mann of Gallery KM in Santa Monica; writers/critics Liz Goldner, Julie Friedman, Bill Bush; numerous collectors and patrons; plus outstanding artists including:  Nancy PoppMatthew Moore, Carrie Marill, Martin Durazo, Micol HebronLG Williams, Nobuhito Nishigawara, upcoming GCAC Artist in Residence Saskia Jorda, among many others; and students and educators from across southern California.

LG Williams, Julia Friedman, Erin Morrison, Saskia Jorda, Matthew Moore, Carrie Marill, Mary Leigh Cherry, Tony de los Reyes, Bill and Inez Bush

If you missed the evening, we invite you to visit Grand Central Art Center in the coming weeks to see these three remarkable exhibitions for yourself.  We also thought you might enjoy a few more images of the reception activities below.

The evening also included the opportunity to visit CSUF MFA Grand Central Art Center residents who opened their studio spaces to the public for the evening.

Patrons enjoying the studio and artwork of CSUF MFA student and GCAC resident Sara Dehghan.

Patrons enjoying the studio and artwork of CSUF MFA student and GCAC resident Sara Dehghan.

With the season kicked off, we are now focused on our community, educational and outreach programming.  Many announcements will be made in the coming weeks, so keep posted as additional programs and events are confirmed.

The first day of the official new season started on the right note, with a day long visit to Grand Central Art Center, arranged by Joe Forkan, Associate Professor of Foundations and Drawing, for his California State University Fullerton MFA and BFA drawing and painting students.  Joe spent quality time with his students talking about the light qualities of Southern California, encouraging them to view the world in person instead of through a lens, and explaining how to create depth within a work of art.  He used his skill to demonstrate his thoughts on canvas, sharing with his student’s techniques that this skilled artist uses in his own outstanding work.  With this shared knowledge, the students dispersed across the Grand Central Art Center 2nd Street Promenade and began to create their own works, capturing elements of the downtown Santa Ana urban landscape.

Joe Forkan’s CSUF Class

Joe Forkan’s CSUF Class

Joe Forkan’s CSUF Class

This is the environment in which Grand Central Art Center exists and thrives.  It is a balance of education, outreach, shared experience and inspiration for our CSUF campus, GCAC Resident, Santa Ana, Orange County, national and international communities through contemporary art.  It bridges generations, cultures, ethnicity and gender, celebrating the diversity in humankind – developing programming that connect us with one another and help us to understand the world around us in deeper and more meaningful ways, through exhibitions – artist in residence, public programs and engagement.

We look forward to having you connect with us!


GCAC Recognized by Mayor, First Saturday Recap and On Campus Posters!

June 5, 2012

Last night, June 4, at the City of Santa Ana council meeting, Mayor Miguel A. Pulido awarded Grand Central Art Center a Certificate of Recognition in appreciation of GCAC’s long-standing relationship with the City of Santa Ana and the promotion of the arts in the downtown.

Grand Central Art Center is honored to be a part of this great city and thanks the Mayor and entire City Council for their continued support of our institution, exhibitions, programs, outreach and activities. The City and Mayor were there as this institution was first developed and they, and the members of the City Council, are here for us today as this institution continues to develop forward!

The recognition capped of another great weekend of activities that took place at Grand Central Art Center during the First Saturday Art Walk on June 2.

GCAC presented artist and curator receptions for our three current exhibitions, Nadia Osline: All the Queen’s Men, Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement and Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings and Loan, curated by CSUF Master Candidates Concepción Rodriguez and Wendy Sherman.  In our GCAC Theater Space, Tony Sheets and professional storyteller Jim Cogan shared with the audience memories and personal stories on the life of Millard Sheets.

Danny with artist Naida Osline

Along with the reception and talk, the surprise performance art piece Guerrilla Gowns, organized and performed by CSUF current students, alum and Grand Central Art Center MFA residences, occurred on our 2nd street promenade.


Just another active night in downtown Santa Ana, CA.

And to top this off, Grand Central Art Center poster announcements are popping up all over the CSUF main campus this week. We’re excited to continue engaging students, staff, faculty and administration with our programming.

Mark your calendar, our next big opening celebrating the 10th year anniversary of ISM takes place July 7th!


Weekends Are Active @ Grand Central Art Center!

May 29, 2012

February 1st of this year we announced our new tenant/collaborative partner relationship with Delilah Snell, as she opened The Road Less Traveled location in Grand Central Art Center.  We knew this would be a match made in heaven, but we didn’t realize just how heavenly it would truly be.  Delilah is a SUPERSTAR!!!

Delilah Snell of Road Less Traveled & Patchwork

This past Sunday, Delilah presented her Patchwork Indie Arts and Crafts Festival here at Grand Central Art Center.  The Patchwork Festival has its roots in Santa Ana, started at the original Road Less Traveled store parking lot off Buffalo Street, but this is the first year it’s been presented in downtown Santa Ana.

Crowd arriving prior to 11 a.m.

Patchwork took over two full downtown city blocks along 2nd Street and Sycamore.  Vendors lined the streets, DJ and live music filled the air, and the community came out in grand support, with estimates of well over 5,000 individuals attending.  And it started early, with many folks arriving even before the 11 a.m. opening time, browsing the booths.

Packed streets during Patchwork @ Grand Central Art Center in Downtown Santa Ana, CA.

By mid-afternoon the streets were packed and the booths brimming with patrons.  Everyone was having a great time and enjoying another wonderful sunny California day.

Gypsy Den, Road Less Traveled and Lola Gaspar overflowing with people during Patchwork @ Grand Central Art Center!

Our neighboring restaurants were pleased as well, they were packed with patrons throughout the day.  In speaking to them, the only issues were the fact that they hadn’t anticipated such a successful event.  We were told that one ran out of some food items and that another was so packed they had to turn people away.  That’s a true sign of success!

Cheers! project by ISM

Grand Central Art Center had patrons visiting our exhibitions, zines designers and GCAC store all afternoon.  Patchwork also provided a booth to ISM as they engage folks for their Cheers! project to be included in the upcoming ISM 10th anniversary exhibition at Grand Central Art Center, opening July 7th.

Millard Sheets Studio, All the Queen’s Men and The Disagreement exhibitions

We thank everyone who attended Patchwork here at Grand Central Art Center and we look forward to having you join us in downtown Santa Ana again this coming Saturday (6/2) from 7-10 p.m. for this months First Saturday Art Walk. Continuing exhibition includes Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings & Loan
 curated by Concepción Rodriguez and Wendy Sherman.  Please join us for an evening with Tony Sheets, son of the artist Millard Sheets, and storyteller Jim Cogan beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Plus Naida Osline’s All the Queen’s Men and Camilla Taylor’s The Disagreement, which all are set to close on june 17, so this will be one of your last chances to see these outstanding exhibition.

And if you missed Patchwork in downtown Santa Ana, you have another chance this weekend when Patchwork is presented Sunday in Culver City.

Patchwork @ Grand Central Art will be presented again in the fall, so make sure to sign-up for the Grand Central Art Center email announcements to keep informed of all dates, activities and times.


What a Weekend @ Grand Central Art Center!

May 7, 2012

We kicked off this past weekend on Friday, by engaging with Social Practice collaborative artists Owen Driggs, through their Performing Public Space Loitering Project.  Invited as part of Jules Rochielle’s Artist in Residence at GCAC, Janet Owen and Matt Driggs took visiting artists Jules Rochielle, Maria Del Carmen Montoya, Christina Sanchez, Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz, and Cypress College art professor Ed Giardina and his students Brian Yellowshirt McNamara and Luis Munoz-Najar, on a loitering adventure of Downtown Santa Ana.  Owen Driggs and Maria Del Carmen Montoya were exploring the area in preparation of future visits and activities in associating with Rochielle’s GCAC Artist in Residence throughout the summer and fall.

 

Saturday’s activities started with an outstanding talk by author Gustavo Arellano.  He shared with those in attendance the history of Mexican food in the US, through stories from research for his latest book Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.   Following the talk, Gustavo graciously signed copies of the book for those in attendance.  Thank you to Rueben Martinez of Libreia Martinez Book and Art Gallery for providing the publications for the event.  Thank you as well to Gustavo for allowing us this opportunity – sharing your knowledge and providing engaged insights, all with such humor and grace!

 

It was the monthly First Saturday Art Walk in Downtown Santa Ana, as well as Cinco de Mayo, so that could only mean a joyous night of opening receptions and cultural activities throughout the city.

Grand Central Art Center opened three new exhibitions to a very large and receptive audience.  The artists, curators and GCAC team did the center proud, with top quality exhibitions throughout, so we thank them all for their hard work, passion and talent.

The exhibitions included:

Naida Osline: All the Queen’s Men

 

Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings and Loan

Curated by Concepcion Rodriguez and Wendy Sherman

 

Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement

Curated by Yevgeniya Mikhailik

 

Along with Saturday’s three opening receptions, California State University, Fullerton’s student project Evoke Unity engaged with Jules Rocheille’s What is Democracy?, creating an interactive/participatory installation in the GCAC AIR studio space.  Thank you to our outstanding CSUF students for their hard work, dedication and engaged approach to art making.  Many of these students, along with the artists who participated in the loitering of Downtown Santa Ana, will be joining us at the Open Engagement conference in Portland, OR, May 18-20.

 

And what celebration would be complete without some traditional Lucha Libre on the front 2nd Street promenade?  What power, what force, what energy – truly entertaining!

 

Sunday afternoon provided the opportunity for an educated conversation on the work of Millard Sheets and his studio.  The lively and informative panel, Dr. Adam Arenson, Alan Hess, Mike McGee, provide outstanding perspective and historic background to the work of this artist, designer and architect.  They shared their knowledge and research on the importance of the masterful artist and the impact he, along with Howard Ahmanson and Home Savings and Loan, played on the landscape, history and vision of Southern California.

 

And to round out the weekend activities, members of Southern California Artists (SCA) joined GCAC Director/Chief Curator John D. Spiak for an evening of conversation at the center.  The group discussed the current series of exhibitions, the future vision and residency programs of GCAC, and shared views on Social Practice.

Thank you to all that continue to participate and contribute to the programming of Grand Central Art Center, we truly appreciate your support, enthusiasm and insights!


Openings, Social Practice, Book Signing, Lucha Libre, More – Cinco de Mayo (5/5) @ GCAC

April 23, 2012

CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND
IN DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA!!!!!

Please join us for First Saturday, May 5
and Sunday, May 6!

OPENING RECEPTIONS @ GCAC, 7-10PM:
Naida Osline: All The Queens Men
Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings and Loan
Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement

SOCIAL PRACTICE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, MAY 2-5
Jules Rochielle: What is Democracy?
with additional invited artist in residence Carmen Montoya

TALK/BOOK SIGNING @ GCAC – May 5, 1-5PM:
Gustavo Arellano: Taco USA

ADDITIONAL DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA ART OPENINGS:
Random Acts of Time @ Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
The Knights Debut @ Grand Opening of Q Art Salon Space
Group Exhibition @ GCS Santa Ana
Open Studios and Galleries @ Santora Building

LUCHA LIBRE: WORLD POWER WRESTLING
Full Ring Wrestling @ GCAC 2nd Street Promenade

CALLE CUATRO: OC’s LARGEST CINCO DE MAYO
Activities Throughout Downtown Santa Ana, May 5 & 6

MILLARD SHEETS EXHIBITION PANEL @ GCAC – MAY 6, 2PM:
Dr. Adam Arenson, Alan Hess, Mike McGee

See details below for a complete list of all the activities
occurring throughout the day…

Dany (Royalty Series), 2012. Courtesy of the Artist

Naida Osline: All the Queen’s Men
May 5 – June 17, 2012
Main Gallery
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_gcartgallery.php

Naida Osline: All the Queen’s Men presents two separate, but
related, bodies of photo-based work from the artist’s residency
at Grand Central Art Center from November 2011 through
January 2012.

The two series consists of formal portraits of subjects who are
photographed in the studio against a neutral backdrop, mostly
members of the Santa Ana community. One series models are
middle-aged men; the other of women and men dressed in drag.
Each series bring up ideas about identity, power, representation,
gender, fame, beauty, aging and fashion.

Millard Sheets, Home Savings and Loan Mosaic Mural. Image credit, M.O. Quinn

Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings & Loan
Curated by Concepción Rodriguez and Wendy Sherman
May 5 – June 17, 2012
Project Gallery
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Project.php

Millard Sheets: The Art of Home Savings & Loan creates a renewed
awareness of the Home Savings & Loan mosaic murals located
throughout Southern California, originally designed by the Millard
Sheets Studio. Included in the exhibition are images of the mosaics,
original works of art, sketches, supporting documentation and
images of the restoration process of the Rolling Hills Estates mural.
The exhibition focuses on five of the mosaic murals located in the
communities of Temple City, Rolling Hills Estates, Anaheim, Pomona
and Santa Ana.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Sunday, May 6th, 2012 at 2pm
Panel will primarily address the Millard Sheets Studio, which included
Millard Sheets, SueHertel, Denis O’Connor, and others who contributed
to the Home Savings & Loan project.

Confirmed participants include: Dr. Adam Arenson – Assistant Professor
of History at the University of Texas, El Paso. Is currently completing
research for abookon the art and architecture of Home Savings & Loan.
Alan Hess – Architecture critic and historian, with a particular emphasis
on mid century modernism. Mike McGee – Gallery Director of the
Begovich Gallery, Professor and ProgramDirector of Exhibition Design
and Museum Studies at California State University, Fullerton.

But I Didn’t Know, 2012. Courtesy of the Artist.

Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement
May 5 – June 24, 2012
Education Gallery
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Rental.php

Comprised of two-dimensional and three-dimensional prints, generated
through relief printing, Camilla Taylor’s work explores the concepts of
narrative, repetition and what has been referred to as “otherness.”
The artist references the capacity people have to project onto, or
empathize, with objects that have similarities to humans.

Young Women Think-Tank, with Teen Space of the Santa Ana Public Library

Jules Rochielle: Social Practice Artist in Residence
Through May 2012
http://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/field-report-from-artist-residence-jules-rochielle/

Meet Jules Rochielle, our current GCAC Artist in Residence, and
engage with her project What is Democracy?. Jules will continue to be in
residence through the end of May, then return in the fall for the second
part of her residency.

May 2nd- May 5th: Jules Rochielle has invited artist Carmen Montoya
for a short residency here at GCAC, in hopes of running a set of
community art making workshops. Carmen has been actively engaged
with a group known as Pineros y Camesinos Unidos del Noroeste
(Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United), which is Oregon’s
union of farmworkers, nursery, and reforestation workers, and Oregon’s
largest Latino organization.Jules will work with Carmen and the community
to create a set of powerful images to take back to the Pineros y
Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste.

A complete list of activities for the last week of April and beginning of May
can be found at the Field Report: Blog Posting by Jules Rochielle:
http://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/field-report-from-artist-residence-jules-rochielle/

Talk/Book Signing
Gustavo Arellano: Taco USA
1pm talk, followed by book signing
Grand Central Art Center Theater
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2012/03/gustavo_arellano_s_taco_usa_reviewed_.html

Nationally syndicated columnist and bestselling author of ¡Ask a Mexican!
Gustavo Arellano presents an entertaining, tasty trip through the history
and culture of Mexican food in this country, uncovering great stories and
charting the cuisine’s tremendous popularity in el Norte. In the tradition of
Bill Buford’s Heat and Calvin Trillin’s The Tummy Trilogy, Arellano’s
fascinating narrative combines history, cultural criticism, personal
anecdotes, and Jesus on a tortilla.

ADDITIONAL DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA ART OPENINGS:


Random Acts of Time
@ Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
Juror/Curated by William Moreno
http://www.occca.org/index.html

The Knights Debut
@ Grand Opening of Q Art Salon Space
http://www.qartsalon.com/

Group Exhibition
@ GCS Santa Ana
http://www.gcssantaana.com/blog/

Open Studios and Galleries
@ Santora Building
http://www.aplaceforart.org/galleries/santora

ADDITIONAL DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA ACTIVITIES:

LUCHA LIBRE: WORLD POWER WRESTLING
Full Ring Wrestling @ GCAC 2nd Street Promenade
Presented by Downtown Inc.
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/Event/first_saturdays_art_walk_-_may_5th_2012

CALLE CUATRO: OC’s LARGEST CINCO DE MAYO
@ Downtown Santa Ana, May 5 & 6:
http://callecuatro.com/

PARKING:
Car Parking on 3rd Street (structure @ Sycamore) / Bike Parking on 2nd
Additional Structures @ 4th St. & Spurgeon and 3rd St. & Birch St.
Surface Lot @ 3rd St. & Bush St.

GALLERY HOURS:
Closed Mondays and Holidays
Tuesdays – Sundays 11.00 am – 4.00 pm.
Extended hours: Friday & Saturday 11.00am – 7.00 pm.
(First Saturday of the month galleries are open until 10.00 pm)

http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/maps.php

We look forward to having you join us!

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