Informative Program This Morning @ GCAC!

October 25, 2012

Grand Central Art Center was pleased to host this mornings event for Exhibit Envoy, organized through the efforts of their board member Jan McKay and in-kind support of Arts Orange County‘s Richard Stein. If you are not familiar with Exhibit Envoy you should be, as they are a non-profit organization that offers a variety of art, history and culture, and natural history traveling exhibits to institutions throughout California.

The morning started at The Gypsy Den, our collaborative tenant located in the Grand Central Art Center building. Arts professionals from Orange County cultural institutions, including two individuals who also happen to be students of Cal State University Fullerton‘s Exhibition and Design program, met and shared wonderful conversations over breakfast, talking about current and upcoming programs.

We then moved the gathering to the Grand Central Art Center Main Gallery, where Exhibit Envoy‘s Executive Director, Adrienne McGraw, shared information about the non-profits current activities, shows that are available and projects in development. At the conclusion of the presentation, there was a question and answer session in which many wonderful institutional exchanges occurred, ideas regarding marketing, development and collaborative efforts.



We at Grand Central Art Center are excited and honored to be hosting such events that benefit our many communities, bring our colleagues together, work to develop mutually beneficial outcomes and better serve all involved.

Thank You to Jan, Adrienne, Richard, The Gypsy Den, all those who attended, and the GCAC Team for making this mornings event a success!

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Mat Gleason, Brent Green, Dan Cameron, Kip Pastor, Ruben Dario @ GCAC

October 18, 2012

We would like to thank everyone who has participated in programming over the past week here at Grand Central Art Center. It has provided another active schedule of diverse programming and wide range of visitors.

Last Thursday, Mat Gleason from Coagula (both the magazine and gallery) stopped by to see the exhibitions and chat a bit. We had the opportunity to talk about Tony de los Reyes, Constantin Hartenstein and Erin Morrison‘s work and the upcoming programming, before the conversation shifted to Angels baseball. Mat is one of the Angels number one fans, he actually pens for http://www.halosheaven.com/, but we won’t reveal his moniker, you’ll have to guess. The talk of baseball led to a great conversation about Adam Moser‘s residency/project this summer at GCAC, The Cut-Off Men. We honored Mat by presenting him with one of the team autographed, limited edition, baseballs from the project. Now if Mat would just stand still for one moment, we could get an in-focus picture…

Mat Gleason with Cut-Off Men autographed baseball


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday afternoon, artist in residence Brent Green and his collaborators, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley and Jim Skuldt, met up at the Orange County School of the Arts, Margaret A. Webb Theatre. They spent much of the afternoon doing set-up and sound checks with the amazing OCSA team and volunteer students for that evenings screening with live soundtrack performance of Green’s feature film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. The venue is top notch and the sound quality was fantastic! After the sound check and a few warm-up runs, we headed down for a wonderful, pre-screening/performance, Mexican food dinner in downtown Santa Ana.

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Following the early dinner, it was time to head back to the theatre for the performance. There was a great audience who experienced a performance that was truly emotional, reflective and inspiring. It was a very moving evening of live music soundtrack and powerful film. Thank you Brent and your collaborators for creating such powerful art! Our sincere gratitude to the team at the Orange County School for the Arts, especially Aaron Orullian, Patrick Williams, Eric Hamme, Kevin Cook, Cathy Michaels. We are looking forward to future collaborations with your team, faculty and students!

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Post performance conversation. Curator Cassandra Coblentz with artists Todd Gray, Kyungmi Shin and Joe Biel

The working week started of Monday with a visit from Orange County Museum of Art Chief Curator Dan Cameron. We invited Dan down to speak with students enrolled in the Exhibition and Design program at Cal State University Fullerton. Dan shared stories of how he began his career in the curating practice, his early travels to Spain that so inspired him, and his early writing on the topic of art. He talked about past projects, including his time at the New Museum, curating the 2003 Istanbul Biennale and the development of Prospect 1 in New Orleans. The students asked great questions and the conversation was lively. Thank you Dan for the time, energy and inspiration you provided to our students.

Orange County Museum of Art Chief Curator Dan Cameron

Monday evening, we partnered with OC Food Access Coalition, Positively Delicious OC and Memphis at the Santora to present a screening of the film In Organic We Trust. We had the great fortune to work with two wonderful individuals through this collaboration, OC Food Access Coalition Executive Director Gillian Poe and Program Coordinator Mire Molnar-Barton. We had an engaged crowd on hand that had the opportunity to talk with numerous organizations that set-up booths in our lobby, take in the tasty treats provided by Memphis, and enjoy the screening of the film. Following the film, the audience was provided the opportunity of a Q&A with the films Director/Producer Kip Pastor. It was an educational exchange that lasted close to an hour, with quality information provided by both the filmmaker and audience.

OC Food Access Coalition Event

OC Food Access Coalition Event

OC Food Access Coalition Event

Screening of In Organic We Trust

In Organic We Trust Director/Producer Kip Pastor during Q&A


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This afternoon, we were visited by Jose Quant and Shell Martin of the Q Art Salon, one of our great gallery neighbors here in Downtown Santa Ana. Jose and Shell brought Ruben Dario of Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario, Managua, Nicaragua, for a site visit to GCAC and conversation about cultural exchange possibilities. Lots of ideas and energy, so we will keep you posted as things develop.

Jose Quant of Q Art Salon, Ruben Dario of Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario, Managua, Nicaragua, and GCAC Director/Chief Curator John Spiak

Once again, we thank everyone who participated in our programming over the past week and look forward to providing more opportunities for community focused engagement in the coming days and months.

Lots of great GCAC programs, educational outreach, exhibitions and performance on the horizon!

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU JOIN US!


WE LOVE OUR CSUF AND SANTA ANA COMMUNITIES!

October 9, 2012

Weekends are busy at Grand Central Art Center and we have plans to keep it that way!

This past Saturday, we began our new series of panel and gallery talks to kick-off the Santa Ana Art Walk evenings.  At 5pm, we presented CONVERSATIONS WITH MASTERS: PANEL 1, a series of panels that place current Cal State University Fullerton MFA students working on degrees is specific medium or practice, in conversation with individuals currently successful in that practice, as well as in conversation with individuals who play a role in decision-making within that practice.

The first of this series focused on the practice of painting.  CSUF MFA in Painting, Sara Dehghan, lead the conversation with fellow panelists artist Tony de los Reyes (current GCAC exhibiting artist of Border Theory), and Deb Klowden Mann, owner of Gallery/KM in Santa Monica.  They talked about the current gallery structures, how to and how not to approach galleries in terms of representation, the struggles of post graduation for an artist, and much more.  The speakers were insightful, knowledgable and extremely generous through the conversation, setting the bar extremely high as this series continues.  The next panel is scheduled for Nov. 3 and will focus on the practice of Public Art, an announcement will be coming soon.  Thank you to Sara for preparing such fantastic lead questions and engaged follow-ups.  Thank you Deb and Tony for your time and energy, we know the audience truly felt rewarded.

At 6pm, we followed the panel with a gallery talk by GCAC exhibiting artist Erin Morrison, whose current exhibition Meditative Action is on exhibition in our Education Gallery.  Erin toured patrons through the exhibition, talking about each work in the show and sharing her insights into process, theory and vision for the overall work.  She shared insight into her current status as an MFA candidate at UCLA, her influences from both life and the artistic field, the growth of her current work, and her thoughts as the work moves forward.  A very inspiring talk, so please join us in thanking Erin for this opportunity to engage the work so deeply.

At the conclusion of Erin’s talk, it was time for the Art Walk activities.  The community joined us for the evening and the opportunity to see the exhibitions by Tony de los Reyes, Erin Morrison and the video installation Event Horizon by Constantin Hartenstein.  Many were on hand to see the exhibitions after reading the excellent review of Border Theory in the current edition of the OC Weekly.  We are thankful to Gustavo Arellano for such a positive review.

Along with the openings, we were joined onsite by individuals who are working with us to build an even stronger and healthier arts community.  Rebecca Tuynman and her team from Ryman Arts were on hand with a Wishing Tree drawing activity.  Grand Central Art Center and the CSUF College of the Arts have been in dialogue with Ryman over the past few month in development of a greater project, for which we hope to announce in the coming weeks, so please keep posted.

Claremont Graduate University Arts Management student Alē McGrew was here working on her cap-stone project, a semester long engagement research project involving Grand Central Art Center.  Alē is working with GCAC towards a better understanding of our audience, answering basic questions like:  Who is GCAC’s audience?  How does GCAC monitor and understand our audience behavior?  How does GCAC engage and cultivate their audience?  How can GCAC work to better serve our audience?  To date, the insights she has provided has been invaluable.

Saturday evening also marked opening weekend for this semesters Grand Central Art Center Theatre season.  Managed and programmed by CSUF’s Department of Theatre and Dance, the 85 seat black box theatre presents an outstanding series of programs annually.  The season kicked-off with a sell-out audience to Ordinary Day’s.  The musical will continue to run through October 20, so purchase your tickets now and find out about upcoming Grand Central Art Center Theatre offerings on the Department of Theatre and Dance website: http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/gcac/theatre.html

On Sunday, Grand Central Art Center hosted a Farmers Market community forum, organized and moderated by Delilah Snell of The Road Less Traveled.  A very diverse group of individuals came together to discuss the topic, past farmers markets in Santa Ana, structures that might need to be put into place to organize such a market, community groups whose voice should be at the table and the overall desire to get a Farmers Market in the Santa Ana community as rapidly as possible.  It was clear, there was true knowledge, diverse perspective and passion in the room, and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to receive such wonderful insight.  By the end of the meeting it was clear –  if we can all work together to put past issues aside and unite in positive ways, we can collectively create something amazing – that is what we at GCAC would love to see most of all. Then we believe the next step would be, a well organized, well respected, serving everyone, Farmers Market!  Thank you Delilah for making this happen and thank you to everyone who attended and provided feedback.

And throughout the day Monday, the sounds of drumbeats, piano, violin and clarinet are booming from our GCAC Theatre space, as artist in residence Brent Green and his collaborator Mike McGinley of Bitter Tears, work to develop and record the soundtrack for Green’s next feature film.  It is joyous and ambitious energy drifting through our walls, and we are so truly grateful to have these two extremely talented individuals among us.

Brent and Mike, along with Tim Rutili (Califone), Tim Hurley (Califone), Mike McGinley (Bitter Tears), Jacquelyn Gordon (artist), and Jim Skuldt (artist), will be performing the live soundtrack with Green’s feature length Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then this Friday, October 12 at 7pm.  The event is FREE TO ATTEND and is a collaborative presentation with the Orange County School for the Arts.  Complete details can be found on our blog at: https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/brent-green-film-with-live-performed-soundtrack-oct-12-7pm/ 

WE LOVE BEING PART OF OUR CAL STATE UNIVERSITY FULLERTON AND SANTA ANA COMMUNITY!!!


Brent Green: FILM with LIVE Performed Soundtrack, Oct. 12 @ 7pm

October 4, 2012

Grand Center Art Center is pleased to collaborate with
Orange County School of the Arts
to present…
 

Brent Green: Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then
Film with Live Performed Soundtrack


The live soundtrack will be performed by Brent Green, with his collaborative partners: Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley (both from Califone); Mike McGinley (Bitter Tears); artists Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt.


Sneak Preview of Performance on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/50408682

ADMISSION: FREE 

Friday, October 12 @ 7pm
Orange County School of the Arts

Margaret A. Webb Theatre
801 N. Main St.

http://www.ocsarts.net/

Donations to benefit future OCSA programs will be accepted at the door.

Generous support for this program, residency and workshops with artist Brent Green provided by:

William Gillespie Foundation
Fainbarg-Chase Families
Max H. Gluck Foundation
Orange County School of the Arts
anonymous donor
community collaborative partners

While in residence, Green will conduct outreach programs with students from California State University Fullerton College of the Arts, Orange County School of theArts, and teens of the Santa Ana community, through drawing, animation and stop-motion filmmaking techniques.

  

ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

http://www.ocsarts.net/

Orange County School of the Arts provides a creative, challenging, and nurturing environment that offers bright and talented students unparalleled preparation for higher education and a profession in the arts.

Additional Information on Brent Green’s residency, workshops and upcoming exhibition at Grand Central Art Center can be found online at: https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/brent-green-current-artist-in-residence-gcac/