Orange County claims many incredible festivals and events annually, especially in the spring. From local artists, to tributes, to well-known musicians and even a kid-friendly exhibit discovering animals, there are many options when it comes to discovering spring festivals in Orange County.
Wayne Thiebaud: American Memories
Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Date: Feb. 23 -June 1, 2014
More than 60-70 paintings, prints and drawings will be put on exhibit at the Laguna Art Museum showcasing Wayne Thiebaud’s career. Much of his work are productions of everyday objects that include pies, cakes, pinball machines, the San Francisco skyline and much more. During his youth, Thiebaud work as a sign painter and in “in-betweener” for the animation department at Walt Disney Studios. He held numerous exhibitions and was recognized for his work, including the National Medal of Arts presented by President Clinton in 1994.
Beethoven: The Late Great
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Date: Through May 18, 2014
The 60th anniversary of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County will showcase the major late works of Ludwig van Beethoven with a celebratory exhibit at the Bowers Museum. Curator Dr. William Meredith will exhibit artifacts including a personal letter and drafts of personal scores in Beethoven’s own handwriting from the Library of Congress which have never been shown on the West Coast until now. Other things to look out for is the life mask of 1812, two locks of the composer’s hair from 1827 and his household account leaf.
Huntington Beach Downtown Art Walk
Main St.and 5th St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Date: March 20, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This event in Huntington Beach is held the third Thursday of every month and it features emerging artists and students. The event is free and open to the public. The art show is themed monthly and displays are placed inside restaurants and stores throughout downtown Huntington Beach. This proves to be a great place to meet and enjoy the artists first-hand and face-to-face. The 2013 season ended in November and March will be the commencement of the 2014 year.
Sarkisian & Sarkisian
Orange County Museum of Arts
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Date: April 13-July 27, 2014.
A father-and-son exhibit showcases video artist Peter Sarkisian, born in Glendale in 1965. After working in the film industry, Sarkisian explored video sculpture and employed textures and surfaces that combine sculptural and cinematic space. On another note, the artist’s father, Paul Sarkisian, was a respected avant-garde artist in the LA scene in the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibit will show 22 video sculptures fromPeter and more than a dozen paintings by Paul. The distinct approach by two artists will be explored, who happen to be father and son.
Discovery Science Center
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Date: Through April 20, 2014
The Discovery Science Center is a dedicated nonprofit organization that aims to educate young minds and assist in increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits. For the spring, the DSC will get up close and personal with some of the slimiest, stinkiest and yuckiest creatures on Earth with its Animal Grossolgy exhibit. You can get answers to some of the random questions that lurk about why dogs sniff each other’s rear ends or even why cows need four stomachs to digest their food. The Dookie Lover’s interactive exhibit will help kids uncover the mystery behind animal excrementin all sizes, textures and shapes. The Blood Suckers exhibit also helps kids understand why blood-sucking creatures drink your blood and how they are anatomically different.
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