Orange County Almanac

With the installation of "Awakening," a free-form aluminum sculpture, Brea now has 105 pieces in its Art in Public Places program.

The new work, at the Gateway Auto Spa at Brea Boulevard and Imperial Highway, was created by Newport Beach artist Essie Pinsker. Her work can also be seen at the National Portrait Gallery, Vassar Museum and Lincoln Center.

Brea's art program, established in 1975, is designed to beautify the city by requiring developers to select, buy and install permanent, outdoor artwork that is accessible to the public.

People interested in taking self-guided tours of the 105 art pieces can pick up a map at City Hall.


More than 200 young artists, writers, musicians and photographers from 15 Irvine schools will gather at Irvine Valley College at 1 p.m. for the second annual Reflections cultural arts competition and fair.

Students from kindergarten through grade 12 will submit entries in literature, music, photography and visual arts.

Winners will advance to state and national competitions. The event is presented by local PTAs, the school district and the college.

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