Newport Beach Art Exhibition comes together for its 53rd year on Saturday

Visitors and artists mingle at last year’s Newport Beach Art Exhibition at the Civic Center in Newport Beach. This year’s exhibition will present 245 pieces of art up for sale and prizes Saturday at the Civic Center.
(Courtesy of city of Newport Beach)

The 53rd annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition will bring together 135 artists who will display 245 works of paintings, drawings, photography and sculptures Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center on 100 Civic Center Drive.

The variety of works, which will be for sale, come from people ages 18 to 85 who responded to the exhibition’s call for artists earlier this spring.

“We typically have regional artists who participate but also artists from all over Southern California and afar,” said Arlene Greer, a Newport Beach City Arts Commissioner. “One year, we had an artist from as far away as the south of France.”

The free one-day show is organized by an exhibition committee and members of the Newport Beach Arts Commission, which consults with the City Council on artistic and cultural matters within the city.

Twenty percent of the proceeds from art sales will contribute to the city’s Arts Commission programming.

Cow sculptures in the Civic Center’s Cows4Camp exhibit will also be up for a silent auction during the event, with a majority of those proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House and a small amount going toward Newport Beach arts programming.

The bids for Cows4Camp Saturday will coincide with online bids for the works on, which will close July 13.

Curator and art advisor Dana Yarger will lead tours of the sculptures on Saturday.

The event at the Civic Center will also include live music and $9 box lunches from The Bungalow in Newport Beach.

A reception at 4:30 p.m. will honor participating artists with awards presented by Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon.

This year’s juror David Kiddie, a faculty member from the Wilkinson College of Arts at Chapman University in Orange, will determine the winners for categories in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and the juror’s choice.

Visitors will also be able to submit ballots for a people’s choice winner at the exhibition.

“[The exhibition] is a great opportunity for artists who have exhibited elsewhere or artists who have never exhibited before,” Greer said. “The most significant benefit of this is that it brings people from all seven districts and afar to the Civic Center to enjoy a one-day exhibit where they can meet, mingle and make new friends.”

For more information on the Newport Beach Art Exhibition, call the Cultural Arts Office at (949) 717-3802.

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