Local News in Brief : San Juan Capistrano : ‘California Style’ to Open Decorative Arts Center

The nonprofit Center for the Study of Decorative Arts will open Feb. 7 with the exhibit “California Style: Collectors and Collections” at 31431 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano.

The center, which is next to the San Juan Capistrano public library, will host exhibitions, seminars, studio classes and study tours to integrate the history of furniture, architecture, decorations and gardens, said director G.R. Durenberger.

Room settings and vignettes will show collector’s items from 17th- to 20th-Century Europe, America and the Orient and 18th-Century England and Ireland.

The center will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by special arrangement. Admission for non-members is $3.


In addition, the center will hold lectures every other Saturday at 10 a.m. from February through May, beginning Feb. 11. Stanley Barrows, dean emeritus of the Parsons School of Design in New York, will speak on “California Style: Origins and Antecedents.”

The lectures, at the San Juan Capistrano library, will cost $35 for non-members and include a picnic lunch and tour of the exhibition.

For more information, call (714) 496-2132.