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“After Hours” Exhibit at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

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After Hours is a three phase project that emphasizes the value of promoting “mutual understanding through art.”

With an exhibit about life’s big questions, an artists’ co-operative searches for epiphanies. Who are we, where are we going? These O.C. existentialists understand fame’s fifteen minutes are fleeting. Art is forever. They are activists on behalf of their obsessions, convinced that art is an unpredictable experiment. They are practical dreamers, street-smart provocateurs. They believe art has the power to cause a paradigm shift in the way people think about daily life.

When the works they create are presented together under one roof in Slovakia, magic happens, especially as the evening grows late, and final toasts are proposed to the future’s unfinished sketches. The artworks come alive, rubbing against each other with the friction of ideas, triggering animated arguments among the gallery’s guests, strangers no longer in a sudden rush to divulge intimate secrets, personal tastes, fears and longings. At OCCCA after hours, in every work of art, the cool breeze of a coming dawn.

This exhibit is a preview of the work by OCCCA members that will travel to Slovakia next summer. Slovakian artists will exhibit their work at OCCCA in June. I have included 4 mixed media works from a series titled “Dream Bags.”

AFTER HOURS Artists: Jeff Alu, Evalynn Alu, Stephen Anderson, Ricky Becerril, Suki Berg, Richard Bohn, Jeffrey Crussell, Leslie Davis, Julie Easton, Kebe Fox, Gina Genis,Pamela Grau, Rik Lawrence, Rob Mintz, David Ordaz, Dalibor Polivka, Christina Ponce, Lisa Popp, Sergio Salgado Dirzo, Joy Shannon, Gregg Stone. Kurt Weston

Exhibit runs from March 3-29, with an opening reception on March 6 from 5-10 p.m.

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

117 N. Sycamore St, Santa Ana CA 92701, 714 667-1517


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About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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