oct-NOV 2010

30th Year Anniversary Show: A celebration of current and past members of OCCCA


October 14 – November 27, 2010

Reception Saturday Nov 6th, 6-10pm

This year OCCCA is entering its 30th year and to celebrate this historic event we are devoting two months to showcase and reunite our past and present members. We invite you the OCCCA alumni to participate,

We have a proud history of providing cutting edge thought provoking shows and showcasing a diverse range of art from hundreds of talented artists from around the world. We could not have made it this far without you.

Stephen Anderson
Executive Director, 2010

Purchase Catalog:

Participating Artists

Alexandria Allen
Angie Bray
Ann Phong
Barbara Berk
Bardene Allen
Burt Palisi
Carol Saindon
Carole Gelker
Christina Ponce
Dali Polivka
Darlyn Susan Yee
David Harton
Denise Di Salvo
Diana Frawley
Eileen Anderson
Eric Strauss
Evalynn Alu
Fay Colmar
Francoise Issaly
Gabriel Mejia
Gina Genis
Hamid Zavareei
Janet Mackaig
Janice De Loof
Jean Towgood
Jeff Alu
Jeffrey Crussell
Jeffrey Frisch
Jim Caron
Jennifer Irani
Joella March
Jorg Dubin
Julie Easton
Karena Massengill
Kebe Fox

Kurt Weston
Laura Hines-Jurgens
Lee Willmore
Leslie Davis
Linda Southwell
Lisa Popp
Lynn Kubasek
Marcia Louise Cox
Marilyn Ellis
Marsha Turner Pluhar
Melanie Kehoss
Mildred Kouzal
Mike Sasso
Nancy Kooslin
Pamela Keilson
Pamela Grau
Patricia Turnier
Patricia Whiteside
Phillips Patrick Merrill
Paul Silkowski
Ray Jacob
Rebecca Erbstoesser
Richard Bohn
Rik Lawrence
Rob Mintz
Robert (Bob) Tartter
Scott Ferry
Sergio Salgado Dirzo
Shorty Vassalli
Shoshana Ernst
Stephen Anderson
Suki Berg
Susan Elizalde-Holler
Suvan Geer
Theresa Fernald

OCCCA Alumni Artist Lecture/Events Series:

Saturday, October 16th, 2 to 4 pm

Drawing Out the Feeling: Drawing Workshop
led by Janice DeLoof, Artist

No art experience necessary!  Free!
(materials will be supplied)

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to release inner thoughts and feelings using a universal vocabulary of expressive line gestures and color on paper. Their awareness and ability to use intuitively understood elements to express their feelings in a creative, communicative, and therapeutic manner will be increased.  All Art materials needed for the workshop will be provided. 

This is an experiential workshop suitable for both those with no previous experience in art and also those with more advanced experience who seek to further develop their expressive drawing skills. OCCCA alumnus, Janice DeLoof has been an exhibiting artist and an instructor of art in Southern CA for over 35 years. Enrollment is limited to 15 persons.


Saturday October 23rd , 2pm

Art As Therapy
Artist: Marilyn Elis

Although I have taught some 25 years in the Newport Beach area on levels from Middle School to University in Art and Foreign Languages, my serious ambition has always been my painting, drawing and printmaking.  I feel very fortunate that for over two years now I have been sharing my interest and love for Art with three groups in need of care and understanding in our present day society. Two groups are young people in de-tox houses and the third is in the Lynn House for indigent women sometimes also in need of de-tox.  I bring my Art as Therapy to these young men and women in their de-tox houses once a week in three different locations: two for women and one for men.  We have a common love for Nature and a similar Spiritual Program.  My own Art is abstract and large, however, with the young people, I go back to representational studies on a smaller scale with Nature as our guide.


Saturday October 30th, 2pm

Jean Towgood, Carole Gelker - Artist Talk

Saturday, November 6th, at 2.00 pm.

The Double-Edged Sword of Digital Photography
Artists: Gina Genis and Denise Di Salvo


Sunday, November 7th, 2010: 12:00pm

Are We Failing Our Students?

Artist Panel:
Suvan Geer
Randy Au
Clifford Lester
Craig Stone

Moderator is Gallery owner, David Harton,
of Beaver Street Gallery, Flagstaff AZ

"The general topic, of course, will be “Are We Failing Our Students?”  My position on this is, yes, we are, but being a panel, there will be room for debate and discussion, and also talking about how we can improve going forward. 

Personally, I am coming from the viewpoint, not only of a working artist, but also of a teacher and of a gallery director. In my experience meeting with students and young hopeful artists, I am seeing that several important areas are being neglected in our educational system.  One deficiency is not demanding a firm grounding in the basics at the undergraduate level, another is a complete lack of preparation of the students to be able to make a living in their chosen field (art as a business), a yet a third is a de-emphasis on background (the history of art).  We have given the students so much freedom to be “creative” and do what they want, they are often missing important basics, and by hiring teachers who have graduated from this kind of system, we are in danger of falling into the trap of perpetuating this type of mediocre education, because some of the teachers themselves possibly lack proper training.  The determination and work-ethic of the individual students is of great importance in their being able to utilize their knowledge and their degrees, but all of the factors I mentioned combine to make success in the field of art extremely difficult."

-David Harton


Concerts @ OCCCA

Friday November 12th, 7pm doors. 8pm concert

Musical Concert in conjunction with SolArtRadio $5 Donation

(from Mexico) WITH PILAR DIAZ (LA)


Saturday, November 13th, at 2.00 pm

The Power of Portraiture
Artist: Kurt Weston

The portrait is art's attempt to account for identity, to make sense of what it means to be an individual. It is art's way of grappling with being a subject, with subjectivity itself, and in a sense is as old as art itself. Both art and individual identity emerge at the same historical moment: the simple outlined handprint on a cave wall. These earliest human gestures are where art history textbooks begin. The same handprints are also evidence of the first notions of "I," the first self-conscious mark, signaling the moment of recognition of one's own being. The first work of art is also the first graphic evidence of identity: it is, precisely, a self-portrait. 

While the origins of portraiture might be quite simple, even Romantic, contemporary identity, contemporary art, and therefore contemporary portraiture are decidedly complex. Nationalisms, the loosening of gender constructions, and reconsiderations of race, are just several obvious examples of the limitless number of pressures currently being brought to bear on the most essential of questions: "Who are you?" At the same time, art itself continues to redefine, reassert, and reconfigure ideas of representation and expression, and so while many participants in the contemporary art world would like to dismiss it, we are (despite the embarrassment it causes some of us) grappling with variations of the resilient question, "What is art?"

It is these two channels of urgent, fundamental questions, "Who are you?" and "What is art?" that come together in the portrait. All portraits are negotiations between identity and representation, between being a subject and portraying a subject.


Saturday, November 20th, 2pm-3:30pm

Current Issues in Genetics and Illness – panel and discussion
This panel and discussion event will be held in conjunction with an installation entitled “Genealogical Differences” that Janice DeLoof is exhibiting in the OCCCA 30 Years Anniversary exhibit. Information will be given about "The Human Genome and Its Impact on Modern Medicine" as well as information about some of the current research on genetics at UCI. Time will be allotted for a questions and discussion on how personal knowledge of one’s genome would be beneficial to the health of individuals with mental illness and other illnesses and the problems anticipated with this knowledge.

Panel members include: 
Dr. Lu Forrest, a researcher in the UCI Department of Physiology and Biophysics, moderator; J. Jay Gargus, M.D., Ph.D. Professor; Dr. Rob Steele, PhD, Professor and Interim Chair, UCI Department of Biological Chemistry; Adrian Preda, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior; Phyllis Gallagher, RN, MA in Bioethics, JD, and Janice DeLoof, MA, Artist.


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