Artists in Residence, Tacos and a Wedding – Another Typical Weekend @ GCAC

July 22, 2014

At Grand Central Art Center you never know what to expect, especially when you are an artist in residence. The only thing that is certain is fun activities and connecting with great people.

This past week we had Lisa Bielawa back in residence as we prepare for her major opera project Vireo, a project with her long-time collaborator librettist Erik Ehn. It was a week full of meetings with community leadership, potential collaborators, individuals from Cal State Fullerton and key members of our direct community.

We also continue to have in residence curator Regine Basha, here for the month of July working on projects and talking possibilities of future collaborations with GCAC through her Basha Projects initiative.

tacos

But it’s not all work around GCAC, we always find time to walk down to our favorite local tacoria and grab some lunch. Tacos provide a great way for our artists in residence and staff to connect further – just ask Lisa, Regine and GCAC Associate Director Tracey Gayer.

d and g dancing

gustavo rchard delilah

reception1

reception2

richard and delilah

dancing

And what GCAC weekend would be complete without an event on our 2nd Street plaza? This weekend, Delilah Snell (our former GCAC tenant through her Road Less Traveled store, Co-Founder of Patchwork Modern Handmade Festival and Co-Founder of the Craftcation Conference for Creative Makers) and Gustavo Arellano (Editor of OC Weekly, Author of Taco USA, writer of the syndicated column “¡Ask a Mexican!”) celebrated their marriage with a reception on the plaza. Delilah and Gustavo sure know how to throw a party! It was, as they have called it “a street fiesta”, with a great mix of live bands, DJ’s including the world famous Richard Blade (formerly of KROQ and now on SiriusXM 1st Wave), great food and drink, and a wonderful gathering of the Santa Ana community. It also provided the opportunity for some dancing to classic 80s pop, allowing Lisa Bielawa to get in on the festivities and share some moves with GCAC’s Santa Ana Sites Co-Found Allen Moon – a fun time was had by all!

delilah and gustavo

GCAC SENDS OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO DELILAH AND GUSTAVO – SUCH A LOVELY COUPLE! TO A LIFE TIME OF HAPPINESS!!!


PATCHWORK SANTA ANA – December 1 from 11am – 5pm!

November 19, 2013

Grand Central Art Center and Road Less Traveled are pleased to once again welcome PATCHWORK to Downtown Santa Ana!

PATCHWORK
Modern Handmade Festival
December 1 from 11am-5pm

PW Festival

2nd Street Plaza, Sycamore and 3rd Street
125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701

FREE to the public.

Peruse 125+ booths featuring local independent artists, designers & crafters at the show. You can snack on delicious creations from local restaurants and unique food trucks.

Bring the kids so they can make art at our DIY craft booth.

Here is a link for more details:
http://patchworkshow.com/craft-fair-locations/santa-ana-events/


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.


Another Active Weekend @ Grand Central Art Center!

May 14, 2012

It was another active weekend at Grand Central Art Center!  Saturday was an action packed day of engaged events and programs for a diverse range of audience.

Throughout the center were activities for children of all ages, as GCAC participated in the county-wide IMAGINATION CELEBRATION!  Our team, along with our tenant/collaborative partners MASKA Architectural Studio, Belly Sprout and Road Less Traveled, organized hands-on activities stations inside and outside the center for a day of fun.

As part of the IMAGINATION CELEBRATION!, dancers from the Claudia de la Cruz Flamenco Institute delighted our patrons with their mastery.  They shared both solo and group dances, than opened their stage with audience members to teach some amazing moves.

Outside, on GCAC’s 2nd Street promenade and along Sycamore Street, the 9TH ANNUAL HOT ROD RESURRECTION CAR SHOW was presented by ACES Car Club.  The event included cars, music, food and vendors.  People loved the great bands, the amazing cars and talking with the car owners about their rides.

Saturday afternoon provided an opportunity for deep discussion and exchange through the panel OCCUPY EDUCATION: SHOW ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!, organized by GCAC resident Bonnie Massey.  The panel included Alan Emery (Prof. of Sociology @ CSUF) presenting: Successes and failures of democratic social movements in South Africa and Steve Jobbitt (Prof. of History @ CSUF) presenting: Reviving the Left.  Jules Rochielle (Artist in Residence @ GCAC) was present to record individual perspectives on the subject for her current project What is Democracy?

The evening capped off with individuals from Santa Ana’s Fisher Park, West Floral Park and Floral Park neighborhoods joining us for their NIGHT ON THE TOWN event in downtown Santa Ana.  It was a chance for individuals to get together, meet new friends and see our current exhibitions, all while sharing drinks and dessert.

Just another active, engaged and diverse weekend of programming here at Grand Central Art Center!


Family Activities, Car Show and Democracy Panel – This Saturday (5/12) @ GCAC!

May 10, 2012

Please join us this Saturday, May 12
for the following events and programs!

IMAGINATION CELEBRATION!
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

9th ANNUAL:
HOT ROD RESURRECTION CAR SHOW
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

OCCUPY EDUCATION:
SHOW ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!
3:30 p.m.

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

IMAGINATION CELEBRATION!
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
GCAC Interior and Exterior Spaces
http://sparkoc.com/event/detail/441584345/Art_spectacular_Obras_de_arte_espectaculares

Join us for a day of family celebration with exhibitions of Naida Osline, Millard Sheets Studio and Camila Taylor. Activities in conjunction with Claudia de la Cruz Flamenco Institute, MASKA Architectural Studio, Belly Sprout and The Road Less Traveled.

9th ANNUAL:
HOT ROD RESURRECTION CAR SHOW
May 12, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
2nd Street Promenade
http://www.acescarclub.com/News/Resurrection_I/Resurrection.html

Join ACES Car Club for a day of cars, music, food, vendors, pin stripes and trophies!

OCCUPY EDUCATION:
SHOW ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!
3:30 p.m.
GCAC
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/field-report-from-artist-residence-jules-rochielle/

Alan Emery (Prof. of Sociology @ CSUF) presenting:
Successes and failures of democratic social movements in South Africa

Steve Jobbitt (Prof. of History @ CSUF) presenting:
Reviving the Left

Jules Rochielle (Artist in Residence @ GCAC) presenting:
What is Democracy?


FIRST SATURDAY – April 7 in Downtown Santa Ana!

April 5, 2012

Please join us this First Saturday, April 7, 7-10pm!

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

AIR Studio Space – Jules Rochielle



ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Meet our current Artist in Residence working in Social Practice,
Jules Rochielle. She will open the AIR store front studio space
as a platform for recording individual thoughts on democracy
through personal stories and local histories. Artist Silvia Mantilla
Ortiz
will be collaborating with Rochielle throughout the evening.
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/jules-rochielle-portable-city-projects-artist-in-residence-gcac/



CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
Take advantage of your last opportunity to enjoy our current
round of exhibitions:

Here In Your Space:
Guy Ben-Ner, Christian Jankowski and Gillian Wearing
February 4 – April 15, 2012
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/here-in-your-space-2/

The Cacophony Society Zone Show:
You May Already Be A Member
February 4 – April 15, 2012
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/67/

Imaginary Realism:
Works on Paper
March 3 – April 15, 2012
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Rental.php



GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
Join the activities as our tenant/collaborative partners
The Road Less Traveled and Belly Sprout as they
kick-off their official Grand Opening Celebration!

The day of activities includes:
1-6pm: belly sprout “campfire” trailer
2-3pm: kids music
2-4pm: DIY nature printing
3-5:30pm: kauzbots coloring
4-8pm: wood carving
5-7pm: lips and cheeks
5-6pm: fern book signing
6-8pm: front porch pops
6-7pm: henna
7-9pm: music/food/beverage, local honey sampling from the Backyard Bees
+ free klean kanteen with every 100$ purchase (while supplies last)
http://www.roadlesstraveledstore.com/
http://bellysprout.com/



OC ART BLOG RE-LAUNCH
Celebrate OC Art Blog Re-Launch with a party and art exhibition
in the back room of Memphis at the Santora, 7-10pm.
http://www.ocartblog.com/



ORANGE COUNTY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
Winners of the Mobil Photography Awards.
Opening Reception: April 7th, 2012. 6pm to 10pm
.
Special live performance by artist Tiffany Trenda.
Soho Taco Food Truck will be serving on the opening.

This exhibition will feature 60 printed images: 27 winners plus 15
images from the judges and 18 more chosen by founder Daniel
Berman
, as well as four slide shows that will highlight even more
work. Winners from the Mobile Video Awards will be shown as well.
http://www.occca.org



PARKING:
Car Parking on 3rd Street (structure @ Sycamore) / Bike Parking on 2nd

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!

Grand Central Art Center
a unit of Cal State University Fullerton’s College of the Arts
125 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
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ROAD LESS TRAVELED with BELLY SPROUT’S – NOW OPEN – FEB 1, 2011

February 2, 2012

Yesterday at 11am, Road Less Traveled with collaborative partner Belly Sprout opened their doors to the public in a beautifully remodeled space of Grand Central Art Center. Here are a few images to entice you. We invite you to visit!


A NEW BEGINNING!

January 5, 2012

We are starting a new Grand Central Art Center blog.

This is the first post – many more to come!

September 6, 2011, just a little over four months ago, I started my new role as Director/Chief Curator of the Grand Central Art Center.  Although born and raised in Orange County, a 1985 graduate of Tustin High School, I’ve spent the last 17 years of my life in Arizona as a member of the curatorial team at Arizona State University Art Museum.

I am honored to be here at the GCAC and in this amazing community of Santa Ana.  I was fortunate to spend much of my youth in this community. My grandparents lived just up the street from the downtown area in Santa Ana’s Washington Square (1954-1998).  My grandfather took me to the 4th street district; he banked down here off Main Street; at family gatherings we ate Koo’s Chinese take-out; played on the fields of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School; went to the Pep Boys on 1st Street to get parts for his cars; shopped at the Montgomery Wards in Horner Plaza; and giggled when we drove by the Mitchell Brothers Theater.  As a member of the Tustin High School marching band, I performed in parades on the streets of this city and during field shows at Santa Ana Stadium.  As I grew older, I took classes at Santa Ana College – my dad, after graduating from Santa Ana High School, began his college career at Santa Ana College as well, before heading off to the University of Arizona to get his degree in civil engineering.

In the late 90s, I watched with anticipation the development of Grand Central Art Center.  As it was being retrofitted and renovated, I was fortunate to receive a preview tour of the facility.  As a curator with a sociology degree, working at a major university art museum with a focus on social engagement, I found the approach Santa Ana, California State University Fullerton and the CSUF College of the Arts was taking extremely innovative.  I met with Mike Mcgee and Don Cribb, the forward thinking minds behind Grand Central, and they shared their vision.

Original Sigalert device from 1955 Photo courtesy of Loyd 'Sig' Sigmon

As the center prepared to open in 1998, Mike approached me with the offer to bring an exhibition I was curating for Arizona State University Art Museum to GCAC, for what would be the second exhibition to be presented within this space.  I accepted, and in the summer of 1999 the exhibition Sig-alert 2, which featured the work of twenty-one Los Angeles area artists, opened in downtown Santa Ana.  I have kept engaged with the institution ever since, seeing the exhibitions of Grand Central every time I was home from Arizona visiting my parents and sisters.

In 2003, I once again had the good fortune of involvement in curating a project at the center, the group video exhibition VJ Johnny D. Presents: Top of the Pops.  After appearing at GCAC, the exhibition traveled back to ASU Art Museum for a one-night screening.

From 2000-2006, the Arizona State University Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival presented a tour version of the festival on the 2nd Street plaza in front of Grand Central, a project realized through the co-organizational efforts of artist/filmmaker Bob Pece.  Bob was a co-founder of the ASU Art Museum Festival, which began in 1997, and had his studio in the Santora building for many years.  The Santora studio was where Bob and I would spend three full days each year, from 9am – 10pm, jurying the ASU festival.

The reason for providing this background information is to let you know how invested I am in the Grand Central Art Center, Downtown Santa Ana, this community and a forward vision.  I LOVE THIS INSTITUTION AND CITY!  It has a mix of everything I desire – the rich cultural diversity and energy that thrives throughout downtown, especially along 4th Street; the creativity and innovation occurring in the Artists Village; the vision and quality of the numerous restaurants in the district; the collaborative partnerships that exist through the City, University, organizations such as Latino Health Access, Downtown Inc., local business owners and residents.   Most of all, what this downtown has that makes it so desirable to me is its authenticity.  That is why I not only work in this city, but chose to live in Santa Ana as well.

My desire for Grand Central Art Center is to be a major contributor to the vision of Santa Ana, working in collaborative, mutually beneficial ways, to engage community through artistic and creative practice.

Over the past four months, I have been adjusting to my role as director and working to reach out to meet new individuals – introducing Grand Central Art Center and downtown Santa Ana to individuals who might not yet be familiar with these jewels of Southern California.  I am beginning to develop partnerships and implement a vision for Grand Central Art Center moving forward.

Following you’ll find a little recap of a few of the activities that have taken place since September…

In November, we opened the hugely successful RIDE exhibition to an opening night crowd of over 2,800.  Curator Elle Seven (Loriann Hernandez), a MFA candidate of Cal State Fullerton’s Exhibition Design/Museum Studies Program, brought a number of the artists, who live nationally, to the opening to enjoy the evening with us.  Members of Apache Skateboard, OC Roller Girls and the curator herself activated the in-gallery, half-pipe skate ramp throughout the evening as DJs rocked the house with music energy.  At the closing reception January 6, over 2,100 people attended as skaters from Element Skateboard’s team activated the half-pipe, exhibition artist Tommii Lim DJed the music and the audience enjoyed art in the exhibitions.  I cannot take credit for this exhibition or it’s success.  The full credit must go to Elle Seven for curating the project, Mike Mcgee for scheduling it here at GCAC, the artists who have work in the exhibition and the dedicated GCAC team I was fortunate to inherit.

For the record, that team includes Tracey Gayer, Matthew W. Miller, Krystal Glasman (who just left us for an amazing opportunity at the Palm Springs Art Museum), Jenny Mikhailik, Angelica Perez and Tony Pedraza.

The solo exhibition of artist Hiromi Takizawa‘s installation work has been on exhibition since November as well.  The artist, a Cal State Fullerton Alum, reflects on connection, the ocean and distance that separates her from her homeland of Japan.  Again, an exhibition that would not have been possible without the hard work, skill sets and intelligence of a team already in place prior to my arrival.

Both exhibition close this Sunday, January 15, so if you haven’t yet seen the exhibitions, this is your last chance.  The center will be open 11am-7pm today (Friday),  11am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

In December, the first of many Dutch Treat Dinners, a gathering of creative and arts professionals, occurred at downtown Santa Ana’s El Curtido Salvadorian Restaurant.  The evening was attended by 78 individuals from the Southern California region, with artists, community members and individuals representing the following institutions: Museum of Contemporary Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, Bowers Museum, UC Riverside’s Sweeny Art Gallery, Orange Coast College’s Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Coastline Community College Art Gallery, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine Great Park,  Cal State Northridge and of course, Cal State Fullerton.  The evening was followed by an informal tour of the Grand Central Art Center.  It was a great success and the next Dutch Treat Dinner is already in the planning stages.

For the past two months, artist Naida Osline has been Grand Central Art Center’s Artist-in-Residence.  Through her vision for four different bodies of work, Naida has engaged and photographed middle aged men of our community, including individuals of our street community and local business owners; she’s collected stories of individuals past drug use, for which she is currently creating audio files for future projects; and just this week she engaged the local drag queen community, bringing them into our GCAC Theater space for a 10-hour day photo shoot.  Naida has definitely made the most of her time here and taken advantage of a full depth of resources this community has to offer.  Her time here and the success of her residency would not have been possible without the generous support of the Grand Central Art Forum and its board.

January marks the beginning of our new collaborative partnership/tenant relationship with The Road Less Traveled store.  The Road Less Traveled store is an environmentally and human conscious store dedicated to bringing alternatives to every aspect of life.  Delilah Snell has moved everything from her old location on Main Street to the storefront space on our 2nd Street promenade (formerly Watermark Printmaking Workshop). She will be opening the doors (and window blinds) February 1st for a soft opening, before celebrating a major grand opening during the First Saturday Art Walk events in April. Grand Central Art Center and The Road Less Traveled will be working together to create engaged community programs, expanded partnerships and activities for mutually beneficial outcomes.  The initial collaboration will begin with Belly Sprout, which is a natural living store for families in Orange County, from pregnancy through parenthood. The Road Less Traveled and Belly Sprout are community hubs of resources, information and education, so a natural fit for the Grand Central Art Center. In the coming months our outreach activities will continue expanding to include our additional collaborative partnership/tenants The Gypsy Den restaurant, Claudia de la Cruz Flamenco Institute Tierra Flamenca, MASKA architectural school for kids and adults, the 27 MFA student resident apartments of Grand Central Art Center’s upstairs space, as well as businesses, non-profits, NGO’s and individuals throughout Santa Ana and the region.

The coming months will also involve the realizing of exhibitions and a few programs that remain on the schedule set by former directors of Grand Central Art Center.   Projects like The LA Cacophony Society retrospective exhibition opening February 4, organized by former Interim Director and GCAC Founder Mike Mcgee, members of LA’s Cacophony Society and students of Cal State Fullerton’s Exhibition Design/Museum Studies Program.  The exhibition will run through April 15.  The next blog post will include many more details.

With an open time slot in the GCAC Project Room for the same period, February 4 – April 15, we decided to organize an exhibition that creates a dialogue with the work of the Cacophony Society exhibition. Here in Your Space will focus on the work of three artists – Guy Ben-Ner, Christian Jankowski and Gillian Wearing – engaging in private/pubic space.  More information on this exhibition will appear on the blog next week.

In the year to come, you will have the opportunity to meet and engage with visiting artists of the Grand Central Art Center Artist-in-Residence program.  We’ve been in dialogue with artists and are making arrangements for their time here in our downtown Community.   The new emphasis of the residencies will focus on artists working in Social Practice, projects that will look toward collaborating with community.  The artists will be invited to explore the intellectual, cultural and physical resources of our community. GCAC provides each artist an apartment, studio, time and the support to empower their vision, focused toward creating new projects and/or research relevant to their artistic  practice.

Visit our blog, website or sign-up for our email list to keep informed of the visiting artist dates and activities.

In November, you will see the first exhibition scheduled through the new vision for Grand Central Art Center.  Artist Tony de los Reyes will be premiering his new body of work, both in painting and sculpture, that will focus on the US/Mexico border.  A series of programs are being developed to compliment the exhibition, so we will definitely keep you posted as these are scheduled.

As the new Director/Chief Curator, I invite you to join us here at the Grand Central Art Center.  Come visit and share our vision, enjoy our programs, engage with our community and explore all that Grand Central Art Center and Downtown Santa Ana has to offer.

We look forward to collaborating with you!

John D. Spiak
Director/Chief Curator
Grand Central Art Center