The holiday season is here, and finding the right gift for loved ones can be a daunting task. Nothing resonates more than unique, one-of-a-kind work to make a lasting impression. If cologne sets and ugly sweaters just won’t cut it for your loved ones this year, meet these local artists and shop the best art the area has to offer.
Rafael Gevorkian boasts 15 years of glass working brilliance found in museums, galleries and, ideally, a private collection near you. Acquiring a piece of Gevorkian’s art for yourself or a loved one is a guaranteed way to gussy up any home. Expect meticulous sculptures, design projects or wall art when you work with Gevorkian and his constant exploration of the true nature of his art. A finalist for the NICHE Award for fine American-made craft, this man understands what it takes to make simple glass into complex art.
Known for figurative works and stunning series, September McGee is the area’s next big thing in paint. Each of her works boasts an understanding of color and energy, displaying technical mastery rarely seen these days. Using her own palette of perfect colors, each brush stroke sets her apart from modern American artists. She blends realism with impressionism to show the world exactly how she sees it. The winner of 16 national juried exhibits, she continues to set herself apart exhibit after exhibit.
59 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
For more than 30 years, the gallery has hosted work by artists that range from Thomas Kinkade to Michael Godard to Fabian Perez. The Company offers the latest trends in art for the Orange County area and aims to tend the needs of local collectors. The gallery is one of the largest Thomas Kinkade dealers in the country and carries other artists as well. Custom framing is available to highlight your masterpiece.
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Laguna Beach, CA
Laguna Beach artist and designer Leila Ehdaie creates products that range from hand-carved stamped cards to fascinator hats. Her bow ties for men are made from a variety of material that even include Lakers fabric for those local fans looking to show their team spirit. Gifts for women that are unique include Leila’s hand-sewn and painted eye pillow filled with rice and organic lavender oils. Ehdaie offers customers the option of custom ordering her brilliant, creative pieces to ensure everyone gets the perfect gift this holiday season.
Jewelry by Alishan Studio
17777 Main St., Suite A
Irvine, CA 92614
Armenian artist Alishan Halebian has incorporated his luxurious designs into his Orange County artwork. The products he creates of platinum, gold and sterling silver fuse together the Eastern and Western cultures that are influenced by his heritage. He plays with contemporary designs in classical art elements, and his work sells in jewelry stores in the U.S. and Canada. Celebrities seen wearing Alishan jewelry include U.S. Olympian silver medalist Kelci Bryant and television personality Kelly Osbourne.
Elle Toussi is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.