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Toast to Casa!
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Toast to Casa!

Announcing Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Gail Ochs as Honorary Chairs of this year's Gala!

Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Gail Ochs are Orange County art collectors and philanthropists. Peter Ochs is the former chairman and CEO of the Fieldstone Group of Companies. Together with his wife Gail, they underwrote Casa Romantica’s Open Casa: I Love You California, a 2017 exhibition of historically significant California Impressionist artworks from the Ochs’ personal collection. As Honorary Chairs of Toast to the Casa: Casablanca, they continue their investment in Casa Romantica’s mission of making cultural and education programs accessible to people of all ages.

In addition to supporting the arts within Orange County, the Ochs are the founders of the Fieldstone Leadership Network, a non-profit leadership training and networking organization. They are also active in their private foundation First Fruit, which provides the developing world with resources in the name of Christ to live a fruitful life.

Join us at Toast to the Casa 2018: Casablanca

Support culture and arts education for all ages at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens' annual Toast to the Casa gala on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The gala also secures much needed funds to preserve and maintain our beloved San Clemente landmark and botanical gardens.  

For our 16th annual fundraising gala, take a trip to exotic Casablanca. Our 2018 theme recalls the Art Deco glamour of the landmark film Casablanca (1943), starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, as well as the vibrant marketplace and nightlife of Morocco’s most romantic city. Experiential entertainment includes:

Charity casino  •  a swing-style Big Band  • Moroccan dancers  • hookah and cigar lounges  • a tea lounge  • Wheel-of-Wine  • gourmet food & beverages from 30 local vendors  •  premier live and silent auctions

Tickets: $175 for a limited time only!
Tickets include valet parking, admission to all entertainment and auctions, UNLIMITED food and drinks, and live music on two stages.


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The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association in collaboration with the Bowers Museum and Jean Stern will be presenting a fun and informative Plein Air Experience.

Join us at the Bowers Museum

Sunday July 29, 2018


The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association in collaboration with the Bowers Museum and Jean Stern will be presenting a fun and informative Plein Air Experience. 


LPAPA Signature Artists Quick Draw Paint Out

10:00 am - 12:00 Noon


Come watch as LPAPA Signature Artists Rick J. Delanty, Mark Fehlman, Nita Harper, Jeff Horn, Greg LaRock, Calvin Liang, Lisa Mozzini-McDill, Michael Obermeyer, Anthony Salvo, Michael Situ, W. Jason Situ and Durre Waseem take over the Key Courtyard for a plein air Quick Draw paint out in support of Bowers Museum's California Bounty: Image and Identity, 1850-1930 exhibit! Paintings will be available for purchase through LPAPA with a portion of the proceeds going to support both LPAPA and the Bowers Museum. This is a free Key Courtyard outdoor event; click here for further details: LPAPA Paint Out at the Bowers.


Art Talk with Mr. Jean Stern

From Past to Present: The History of Plein Air

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Join us in the Norma Kersha Auditorium at the Bowers Museum after the paint out for a special Art Talk presentation by Mr. Jean Stern, Director of The University of California, Irvine Institute and Museum for California Art. Mr. Stern will discuss the history of plein air painting from past to present with references to specific pieces in the California Bounty: Image and Identity, 1850-1930 exhibit. This is a ticketed event: Click here for further details and a link to purchase tickets: From Past to Present


Celebrate the plein air legacy... 

Be part of the plein air painting tradition!




Questions? Please contact...

Rosemary Swimm, LPAPA's Executive Director

By Phone 949-376-3635 or Email

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to Jul 28

Los Angeles County Museum of Art


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JUL 26–AUG 8


Los Angeles County Museum of Art


No need to adjust your eyes, you should be seeing double! Come see LACMA's latest groundbreaking exhibition 3D: Double Visionwhich features artworks drawn from the realms of art, science, mass culture, and entertainment that dazzle the eyes and provoke the imagination. 

Also, don't forget to say goodbye to all of David Hockney's friends in  David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life. The exhibition closes on July 29. 




Opens Jul 15

The quest for perfect 3D representation drives innovation, stimulates creative expression, and sparks wonder in generation after generation. 3D: Double Vision is the...

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Now on view

In 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life, David Hockney offers a vibrant and intimate view of people with whom he has developed relationships over the past 50 years. The majority of the...

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Sat Aug 4 | 1:30 and 3 pm | Free
| Charles White Elementary School*

Join local artists and educators for guided tours of the exhibition. A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America presents work by contemporary...

*This program is part of PST: LA/LA and takes place off-site at 2401 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90057

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Tue Aug 7 | 6 pm | Ray's & Stark Bar

Enjoy a special evening dedicated to the love of food and art while exploring the museum after hours. Discover how artists throughout the centuries have depicted nature...

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Sun Jul 29 | 12:30 pm | Free

Mark Grotjahn’s large colored-pencil drawings are all about color and optical illusions. Check out the exhibition Mark Grotjahn: 50 Kitchens. Fun fact: the “kitchen” in the title...

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Mon Jul 30 | 2 pm | Free | North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library*

Learn about the styles of various artists from LACMA's collection—such as Enrique Chagoya, Roy Lichtenstein, and Takashi Murakami—who incorporate comics...

*This program takes place off-site at 5211 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91605

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Sun Aug 5 | 12:30 pm | Free

Explore the printmaking boom during the Italian Renaissance in the exhibition The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy. Learn simple printmaking techniques in artist-led...

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Sat Jul 28, Aug 4 | 10 am

Create fun, handmade books! Learn bookmaking techniques, as well as how to use color, texture, pattern, design, and composition. Families can create books together...

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Fri Jul 27 | 5 pm | Free

Never been to LACMA? Let’s change that this summer! Stop by and check out what LACMA has to offer. Friday evenings are a great time to make your first visit—museum galleries...

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Sat Jul 28 | 1 pm


Learn basic drawing techniques and get expert tips that allow you to develop your own creative work. Study LACMA’s diverse collection of modern sculpture and paintings to build...

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Sat Jul 28 | 1:30 pm | Free | Charles White Elementary School*

In collaboration with teaching artists from Get Lit–Words Ignite!, you will be introduced to your own inner insurgent, the part of you which rejects what has been and imagines...

*This program takes place off-site at 2401 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90057

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Fri Aug 3 | 6 pm
Have a creative experience looking at and making art inspired by In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art....

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Tue Aug 7 | 3 pm | Free | Benjamin Franklin Library*


Visit the Benjamin Franklin Library for an art workshop where we will discuss the representation of animals in Egyptian art and their use of visual storytelling...

*This program takes place off-site at 2200 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Tuesdays | 1 pm

Watch a classic film each week at LACMA.

Anastasia | Jul 31

The Call of the Cumberlands | Aug 7 

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 Enjoy films, guest–curated programs, and conversations with artists, curators, and more. 


Classic and Contemporary...  | Yi Yi | Thu Jul 26

The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova) | Sun Jul 29

Free Sneak Preview | Searching | Thu Aug 2

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Join us for free concerts every weekend.

Jazz at LACMA | Fridays at 6 pm

Latin Sounds | Saturdays at 5 pm

Sundays Live | Sundays at 6 pm

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Jul 28–29 | Free | Central Ave. between King Blvd. and Vernon Ave.

The all-star FREE festival returns July 28 & 29 with Betty Bryant, Pete Escovedo Orchestra, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and many more. Plus, make art at the LACMA booth.

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A Visual Banquet Opens At the Getty
to Oct 21

A Visual Banquet Opens At the Getty

A Visual Banquet Opens At the Getty
Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography + Artists And Their Books

Two new exhibitions are set to open at the Getty Center on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.  The first one is Icons of Style:  A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011.  This exhibition covers the past hundred years of fashion photography, documenting how photography has made fashion accessible, and also how it has evolved.  It is not just the documentation of an art form, by another art form.  Rather it showcases the presentation and style involved in fashion, and how it is captured in photographs.  The exhibition also serves to track many of the aspects of the last century, as the values and lifestyle changes that occurred through the years are reflected in fashion.  It is truly an ambitious show, with all the great names in photography you would expect, such as Ritz and Avedon, with high quality vintage prints, 190 plus objects on display and 80 artists shown.  It is a comprehensive selection, rich in layers of meaning, and featuring a slice of the best the fashion photography world has to offer.

The second show, Artists And Their Books/Books and Their Artists has been curated from the Getty Research Institute’s collection of over 6,000 artist books.  100 of the finest works were selected for display.  Many of them were only published in limited editions of 5 or 10, and 20 of the books featured are unique objects.  There are books made from non-traditional materials such as wood, wool and acrylic, and a handful are sculptural in nature.  The books challenge the very notion of what a book is, including books that serve as a vehicle for the artist to make social commentary.  In several instances, the books are in conversation with other books or other artists.  Quite a few are meant to be interactive.  Los Angeles is a real center for Book Art, and this exhibition is a brilliant gathering of some exemplars in the field.  Both shows are thoughtful, provocative and worthy contenders for “must see” art experiences this summer!

Louisa Castrodale
Arts Coordinator PSUSD

"You don't have to explain your dreams, they belong to you." - Pablo Coehlo


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Casa Up Close: Arts Education Panel
7:00 PM19:00

Casa Up Close: Arts Education Panel

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Studies show that children who have access to arts education develop more self-confidence, focus, and long-term memory. This arts education panel, led by Casa Romantica Executive Director Berenika Schmitz in conversation with award-winning educators from both coasts, will share their experiences of how the arts help students succeed -- both at school and in the 'real world.'

Panelists: Dr. James Dawson (Professional Children’s School, NYC), Ralph Opacic (Orange County School of the Arts), Gordon McNeil (Sage Hill School) Mitzi Lizarraga (Los Angeles County School of the Arts), and William Moseley (St. Margaret’s School).

Cost: $10-12

Notes: Free parking, cash bar

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672
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Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
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Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA – April 2018.  

Harvard University is honored to welcome Professor Eduardo Matos Moctezuma on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 to deliver the lecture, “Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Discovers Himself: Excavations of the Great Aztec Temple,” at 6 pm at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Harvard University.

LIVESTREAM: The Eduardo Matos Moctezuma lecture will be hosted by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology A livestream will be available on the Facebook page of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture   

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2018
Pacific Standard Time  3:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Daylight Time  5:00pm - 7:00pm
Eastern Standard Time  6:00pm - 8:00pm

Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series:

This is the first lecture at Harvard University as part of the five-year Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series; the inaugural lecture in the series was delivered at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City this past October 2017. With the Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series, Harvard seeks to celebrate the excellence of Mexican archaeology and history and aims to build and strengthen existing educational and research ties with Mexico. In subsequent years, other world-renowned experts on pre-Hispanic Mexico will be chosen to deliver the Matos Moctezuma lectures in Mexico City in the fall and at Harvard in the spring.

Eduardo Matos Moctezuma is considered a national treasure of Mexico and Professor Emeritus at the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH) in Mexico City. He received a master’s degree in Anthropological Sciences from ENAH and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Beginning in 1978, Professor Matos coordinated the Templo Mayor Project, which revolutionized understanding of the religious and political character of the Aztec empire. He has taught at ENAH since 1968 and also teaches at the Escuela de Restauración, Conservación y Museografía “Manuel Castillo Negrete.” He has been honored by universities and governments in Latin America, Asia, and Europe.  Matos has given over 1000 public lectures, and among his most prominent books are Muerte a filo de obsidianaLife and Death in the Templo MayorTeotihuacan: The City of GodsThe AztecsEl Templo Mayor de TenochtitlanLa casa prehispánicaLas piedras negadas; and Estudios mexicas.

George Yepes - Caballero Águila/Eagle Warrior painting unveiling:

On April 11, 2018, Dean David Hempton of the Harvard Divinity School; Professor Davíd Carrasco; and Professor Eduardo Matos Moctezuma; will unveil a painting by celebrated Mexican-American artist George Yepes, commissioned to honor Professor Eduardo Matos Moctezuma and symbolize the lecture series. The painting, “Caballero Águila,” or “Eagle Warrior,” is inspired by images related to Professor Matos’ work at the Templo Mayor. The original painting was acquired by Harvard Divinity School and will be unveiled at 2 pm April 11th during a ceremony featuring George Yepes himself at Harvard Divinity School’s Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Harvard University.

Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University:

“Last year the Divinity School marked the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Next year (2019) the School will remember an even more significant 500th anniversary for the future of religion and culture in the Americas, namely the beginning of the beginning of the ‘great encuentro’ between the Spaniards and the Aztecs in Mexico,” said Harvard Divinity School Dean David N. Hempton. “This painting symbolizes the scientific and cultural findings that Eduardo Matos Moctezuma has painstakingly uncovered, which has led to the development of new knowledge about a flourishing Aztec civilization before the arrival of the Spanish in 1519. We are excited and honored to have it here on display at Harvard Divinity School.  George Yepes’ brilliant work, in addition to the inauguration of an important new lecture series, celebrates our growing ties to Mexico and Latino America.  Having this beautiful painting here reminds us about the importance of the connections we are making between our School and Mexican cultural institutions.”


The Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of José Antonio Alonso Espinosa and the initiative of Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor for the Study of Latin America at the Department of Anthropology and Harvard Divinity School. This is the first such series to be named after a Mexican in Harvard’s nearly 400-year history. It is the product of almost four decades of close collaboration between Professors Matos and Carrasco on the excavation and research projects surrounding the Templo Mayor at Tenochtitlan. The Lecture Series comes out of collaboration among the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies offices in Cambridge and Mexico City, the Harvard Divinity School, and the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project.

Ocarinas of the Americas exhibit:

As a prelude to Professor Matos Moctezuma’s lecture, program attendees are invited to a special presentation on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 5 pm in the Ocarinas of the Americas exhibit, located on the 3rd floor of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Musician and anthropologist José Cuellar, who curated the exhibit of these ocarinas, will speak about this collection of indigenous instruments that featured prominently in rituals of pre-Hispanic societies, including the Aztecs and Maya. The exhibit will be on display and open to the public until June 2018.

Caballero Águila/Eagle Warrior painting:

This painting of the Aztec Eagle Warrior honors the excellence of Eduardo Matos Moctezuma and his rise to the peak of Mexican archaeological achievements. The painting is based on images related to Professor Matos’ work at the Templo Mayor, as conceived by the celebrated Mexican American artist George Yepes.  The combination of archaeologist Eduardo Matos Montezuma with the Coyolxauhqui stone symbolizes the origin of the decades-long excavation of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan beginning in 1979. At the center of the composition, the Sun God, dressed as an elite Eagle Warrior, rises victorious above the cityscape of Tenochtitlan and the two shrines to the Rain and Sun Gods atop the Great Aztec Temple. Pulling the composition together is the ancient and modern national La Bandera Tricolor, with the ancient Aztec prophecy of the Eagle and Serpent Coat of Arms, eclipsed by the emblazoned Eagle Warrior. 

Young Tintoretto at Harvard:
“In 1998, when George Yepes painted the mural “Tikkun Olam” To Repair the World, I was reminded of Jacopo Robusti Tintoretto (1518 - 1594, Venice, Italy) and that great painters have the gift of pulling down from heaven the designs which God has for humans, so that people can discover through art what they can’t find in words. Little did I know that Yepes is in touch, through his brush strokes, with the Aztec Divinities as well as Christian spirits.  Gazing at this painting of the Caballero Águila, one can see the cosmic design of Tenochtitlan and, if you listen closely, hear the rhythm of wings, the cry of the eagle, and the voices of our ancestors.”

Dr. David Carrasco, Professor - Historian of Religions
Editor-in-Chief, Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures
Director, Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project
Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America
Divinity School - Harvard University

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Destination Paradise: 100 Years of Catalina Advertising Design
to Apr 22

Destination Paradise: 100 Years of Catalina Advertising Design

The art of luring visitors to Catalina is vividly presented in this exhibition. From hand drawn and painted signs to modern posters, the evolution of advertising the island through slogans, jingles and captivating designs is fully explored. Nostalgic and fun this exhibition includes images of early island attractions, the work of Otis and Dorothy Shepard who cohesively branded the island under Philip K. Wrigley and the continued messaging of a paradise destination.


Phone: (310) 510-2414

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