Into The Light

February 1, 2020 - March 28, 2020

Receptions February 1, 6-10pm & March 7, 6-10pm

Juror: Nicholas Barlow, Curatorial Assistant, Hammer Museum.

Are you into the light? From Caravaggio to Turrell, light is essential for art. With digital effects, or old master techniques, and in every imaginable medium, artists capture and reflect light in all its forms. Since time immemorial, the radiance of light has expressed spiritual illumination, and the thirst for transcendence. Today, experimental works utilize technology to reveal the world in a new light. Enlighten the juror of Into the Light with the brilliance of your work --- traditional or avant-garde, figurative or abstract --- in all mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, video, installation art, functional objects, fashion and craft. Into the Light seeks artworks in all media to brighten our spirits in these dark times. Without art, there is no light.


Featured Artists:
Hila Abada, Bardene Allen, Olivia Batchelder, Gar Benedick, Richard Bohn, Sarah Cecil, Michael Chesler, Ann Chwatsky, Annie Clavel, Sheila Daube, Brent Dedas, Peter Devenyi, Judy Doherty, Carla Falb, Karen Fishof, Kevin Flynn, Michele Fraichard, Susan Gale, Symmes Gardner, Elizabeth Grier, Jennifer Griffiths, Michael Haight, Beverly Jacobs, Jake Jacobs, Virginia Katz, George Katzenberger, Jung ji Lee, Lauren Lipinski Eisen, Whitney Lorenze, Heather Lowe, Mary March, William Nettleship, Jon Ng, Roxanne Norman, Carol Orzack, Andrej Pisoncik, Angelique Pivoine, Elizabeth Polley, Constance Rawlins, Melissa Reischman, Robert Repp, Frederika Roeder, Carol Roullard, Julia San Roman, Janice Schultz, Robin Street-Morris, Sylvan Streightiff, Emily Wallerstein, Acquaetta Williams

(click on image to see artist info and if there is other accepted work by the artist, if no image then its a video piece. Note, Gallery is generated from submission information by Entry Thingy)



Spirit of Transformation and Nine Greek Muses inspire
community literary festival that grows each year


Sessions held at OCCCA on March 7th:


The Marriage Clock by Author Zara Raheem is a warm, funny debut novel about love, how we find it, and how we can keep it. So fresh and charming and fun! I adored being in Leila's world, from her girls' nights with her friends to her conversations with her loving, pressuring parents to her many first dates. At Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts.

TIME: 12:00-2:00 PM


Cuban born author reads from her latest works

In this two-part session, Cuban-born novelist, poet, playwright, and scholar Susannah Rodríguez Drissi reads from her latest poetry collection, The Latin Poet’s Guide to the Cosmos (Floricanto Press, 2019), and from her novel, Until We’re Fish, forthcoming fall 2020 from Propertius Press. With Special Guests Yalil Guerra (Latin Grammy Award-winner composer and musician) and Justin Lack (percussionist, Graham Bonnet Band). There will be a Q&A with author after each session. Refreshments will be served during a 10-minute break. Books will be available for purchase at the event at Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts.

​TIME: 2:00-3:00 PM



Author's Circle is where authors Writer and PEN Emerging Voice, Marytza K. Rubio, Hugo Award Winning Author, Foz Meadows; Internationally acclaimed author Holley Kammier will share their work with the audience after which they will sit on a panel curated by Artist Courtney Gordon Burch to further discuss their works and the craft of writing at Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts.

TIME: 3:00 - 4:00 PM


​​UFORA Dali Polivka, Annabella Pritchard, Rob Mintz

Founders of UFORA talk about their published literature and collaboration with artists, art exhibitions and how to help to create artists books. ​ Founders of UFORA Rob Mintz and Dalibor Polivka will share and discuss their latest literary and design adventures that were produced in conjunction with OCCCA. Long term collaboration between writer Rob Mintz and designer Dalibor Polivka resulted in art publications, art promotional catalogs, monographs, open call for arts, posters and videos). With Artists Dalibor Polivka, Photographer Annabella Pritchard, Artist and Author Rob Mintz. Curated by Dali Polivka and Rob Mintz at Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts.

TIME: 4:00 - 5:00 PM



Santa Ana, California (February 17, 2020) -- Boca de Oro (Mouth of Gold) Festival of Literary Arts & Culture returns for its fourth year with free writing and arts and crafts workshops, panel discussions, author talks and performances on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout Downtown Santa Ana. This year’s theme, “The Spirit of Transformation” with the nine Greek muses was illustrated in a stunning poster by Santa Ana Illustrator and Artist Barbie Godoy.

“What sets Boca de Oro apart from other book festivals is that it is organized by the community for the community, celebrating our local authors, poets, artists and students whose creativity breathe life into our city,” said Madeleine Spencer, literary festival coordinator and co-founder. I am thankful for the opportunity to share my expertise and engage with the future readers, writers, and leaders of America. As I plotted to help them reach their potential, I grew exponentially as well. LitCon 2020 was an absolute success said Marcus Omari of the Poetic Reform Party, who has been a key organizer, mentor and educator for the student Literary Festival that acts as a pipeline into Boca de Oro Festival. “We are deeply grateful for the businesses, galleries, restaurants and creative spaces that have opened their doors to us. Each year, I am so moved by the generosity and enthusiasm everyone feels for this event said festival co-founder Robyn MacNair Visual who is the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Santa Ana Unified School District’s 60 schools.”

With an expected attendance of 7,000 people – many of whom are families with young children - Boca de Oro has expanded its programming with a K-5 Arts Festival put on by Oasis Center International and a Scholastic Book Fair at Birch Park. Santa Ana College has a wonderful set of events this year including, Big Band Performances, Children’s Theater, Poetry Readings, as well as Theater and Media Arts. Visitors can ride a complimentary trolley to visit the various locations hosting performances across all creative disciplines in literature, dance, theatre, speech, and music.

A Boca de Oro app is will be released on iTunes and GooglePlay “SAUSD Arts” so everyone can discover, plan and track events in real-time such as workshops, readings, Lit Con & Poetry Out Loud sponsored by Arts OC at the Wayward Theater, and a Festival of Films at Frida Cinema. The finale of Boca de Oro is a showcase by the by Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble.
SABC and SAUSD are also grateful to Community Engagement for their generous contributions to the festival for the past two years and their new Partner Oasis Center International. The Santa Ana Elks Lodge that have given a sponsorship, will do a reading in the festival and will give out 150 free books to children. Organizers are also thankful for the Newport Friends of the Library’s generous donation of books that will be given away for a dollar a bag at the West End Book Fair.
In total, the Boca de Oro brings 100 authors and poets and 3,000 visual and performing artists to Downtown Santa Ana. “Authors, poets and artists will turn Downtown into a vibrant hub of creativity,” Spencer said. “We see so many attendees who are first-time visitors to our community because of Boca de Oro and once they see the beauty of this place they wonder why they hadn’t discovered the gem of Downtown Santa Ana sooner.”

Among the many authors on hand is Keynote Speaker Zara Raheem, author of The Marriage Clock - named a "must-read book of the summer” by Cosmopolitan, POPSUGAR, Bustle and Book Riot. Festival attendees will also have the chance to meet and hear from Cuban Poet Susannah Rodriguez Drissi; Marytza Rubio, founder of the Makara Center for the Arts; and Hugo Award-Winner Foz Meadows along with many other inspiring local, regional and visiting authors.

For more information please visit: www.BocadeOro.org;
Facebook at www.facebook.com/bocadeorofest or Instagram @BocadeOro


Boca De Oro Festival of Literary Arts & Culture, “mouth of gold” curates diverse and evocative writers, poets, storytellers and artists who present their work through literary readings, workshops, panel discussions, poetry slams, spoken word styles and visual art experiences. A Fringe of the March Downtown Santa Ana Art Walk lead by Downtown Inc., Boca de Oro is a gift from Community Engagement with Santa Ana’s small businesses through the Santa Ana Business Council in partnership with Santa Ana Unified School District, Santa Ana College and the City of Santa Ana.



April 4 - 25, 2020

Reception April 4, 6-10pm

vision2020 presents the work of three artists working in three distinct mediums: painting, assemblage, and fashion design. And yet there is a mysterious affinity between them. Annie Clavel paints science-inspired abstractions, Dame Zandra Rhodes, D.B.E., designs avant-garde fashions, and Jeffrey Frisch creates three-dimensional assemblages that seem to have sailed in from a parallel universe. Annie Clavel’s paintings reflect her interest in exoplanets, quantum mechanics, deep space, dark matter and black holes.  Jeffrey Frisch’s ‘dreamVessels’ can take you there, steam-punk sailing ships with sails cut from the cloth of the artist’s own clothing. These bilaterally symmetrical, airborne vessels --- although created with the humblest of found objects --- suggest ancient technologies and imaginary voyages. Dame Zandra Rhodes is a British fashion designer most known for her innovative use of textiles. Rhodes was one of the first designers to incorporate street-style punk into couture, earning her the nickname the ‘Princess of Punk.’ Rhodes is a fashion icon with a fifty-year career of innovative and trend-setting provocations. Travel to the far shores of the imagination with Clavel, Frisch and Rhodes in vision2020.

Annie Clavel


Dame Zandra Rhodes, D.B.E

Jeffrey Frisch




Collaborate, Create and Heal

May 2 - 30, 2020

“Collaborate, Create and Heal” by Andrea Moni and Yuri Boyko
Opening in Orange County

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art will be opening an exhibition by two contemporary artists Andrea Moni and Yuri Boyko, who both address the healing power of art. The exhibition will open on May 2  and continue until May 31. There will be a reception on Saturday, May 2, from 6:00-10:00 pm. at OCCCA, open to the public.


Andrea Moni finds beauty in the broken and imperfect.  Her newest work incorporates personal trauma into creative expression.  In late 2015 a serious accident left her with third-degree burns requiring a month-long hospital stay and years of physical and mental rebuilding. Drawing inspiration from the people who helped her during her recovery, she developed a collaborative process of working with individuals suffering from various kinds of trauma.  One at a time, Moni and her newfound collaborators set up a temporary art studio beside a natural body of water, painting on large canvases, using the motion of the waves to layer natural earth pigments onto the surface. This process became an intimate exercise with profound psychological implications as memories of traumatic experiences were symbolically washed away. Later, alone in her art studio, Moni unearths mysterious, hidden figures on the canvas, ciphers of pain expelled from the psyche. By adopting “Kintsugi” philosophies of non-attachment, acceptance of change, and fate as aspects of human life, Moni does not hide the imperfections. Instead she displays the brokenness, illuminating their unique significance.

The medium is the ocean and the message is salvation. The specific site for this art making is a patch of shoreline, the unique ingredients are the jostling waves that run with the winds and the heat of the sun at the break of day.”
– Chaos as Deliverance: The Environmental Art of Andrea Moni By Dr. Jeanne Willette


Yuri Boyko is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. His artistic practice focuses on the deconstruction of identity, exploring states of loss and triumph, pain and pleasure. He is eloquent when he speaks of the human condition.  “Our disillusionment over unfulfilled desires, and our endless struggle to find harmony amid life’s many doubts, can reshape our understanding of the world, and lead to personal growth, transforming our lives.” The process of individuation is vividly expressed in his moody photographs that mingle the sacred with the profane. Despite the transient nature of life, Boyko’s nude figures leap with unbridled exuberance. Boyko was a recipient of the Art on the Outside Award for public art in the City of West Hollywood. Through Photo Independent, Los Angeles, Boyko received Second Place Award, by Paul Martineau, Associate Curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Boyko was also selected for a Short List of Artisti Primiati (Top Artist) at the V Biennale of Contemporary Art in Genoa, Italy and Artist Residency at the Center for Research and Creativity Casamarles in Barcelona, Spain. He received partial Grant Award for Artist Residency at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, and Quick Grant Award through Creative Capacity Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles. Boyko’s work has been published in FULL BLEDE (Los Angeles) and Uncoated Platform (Berlin), and he was interviewed by VoyageLA for their Hollywood's Thought-Provokers column. Last November he appeared on the Paris based internet TV channel, Bastille.tv preceding Fotofever 2019 art fair.


What is most exciting about this exhibition is how each artist interprets and connects their medium with the subject of healing. Working from two different disciplines, painting and photography, while investigating the awakening from the past, launching the soul, and proclaiming an existence into the future.  

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