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From Glasswork to Art and Wine: Enjoying the Arts in Orange County

If you love art, you will be happy to explore some of the exciting things happening in the art world in Newport Beach!

Glasscapes by Viscosity

If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out the Glasscapes by Viscosity exhibit at Sherman Library & Gardens, you have until October 29th to see it before it goes away for good. Made possible by the husband and wife artist team of Scott Graham and Cristy Aloysi, the exhibit includes five beautiful contemporary blown glass sculptures.

Graham and Aloysi of Viscosity Glass Studio began their glassblowing careers at Urban Glass in Brooklyn. They were captivated by the ancient process of glassmaking, which involved forming handmade objects from molten material. They soon became involved in the city’s art and design world, which ultimately had an influence on their work.

The couple continued their study at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington before learning more at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine and then at Centro Studio Vetro in Venice, Italy. They then continued their study at Pratt Fine Art Center in Seattle, Washington, at which time they moved to Seattle and began creating a line of contemporary glass objects for the home. Their goal was to create pieces that were unique with clean lines and simple designs.

Today, the couple lives in Boulder Creek, California where they are surrounded by the serene beauty of the redwoods. They continue to design and make original blown glass pieces, with their Corona del Mar exhibit gaining inspiration from the amazing plants and grounds of Sherman Library & Gardens. In fact, three of the pieces are originals that were designed specifically for the Sherman Library exhibit. The other two pieces were previously displayed at Fioli Gardens in Redwood City, California in the summer of 2016.

The exhibit is open daily from 10:30 am until 4:00 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 through 18. Those under 12 are admitted for free, as are members of the Gardens. The onsite restaurant, Café Jardin, is also open Monday through Friday from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. The Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar.

Meet Artist Aldo Luongo

Artist Aldo Luongo will be at Fashion Island Shopping Center on October 7th to display his new collection of artwork, which will include the unveiling of a new limited-edition gicle’e print “Amethyst Afternoon!” The event will include special pricing on the limited edition print. In addition, every client who makes a purchase will receive a bottle of Parker Wine.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentia and of Italian heritage, Aldo Luongo had his first major success in the art world in the 70s with multiple reproductions of his black and white drawings. In addition to receiving great critical acclaim, they were also a huge commercial success with hundreds of thousands of pieces sold within several years. He has gone on to receive numerous awards and honors, including being a 3-time official Olympic Artist.

The show is open to the public, but RSVP is required. The exhibit will be held at Lahaina Galleries, which is located at 1173 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach. Gallery hours are from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm Monday through Friday and from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm on Sunday and 11:00 am until 6:00 pm on Sunday.

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