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Tony Dulap's famous Minimalist work

Art Trips
Pictures of our recent trip:
Minimalism to Movies

Laguna Art Museum, Tony Delap
Hilbert Museum,
Motion Picture and Animation

George James California Artist at the Hilbert Museum

We went to two museums dedicated solely to California artists, covering most genres from non objective contemporary works to works for great movies.  
First we stopped at the Laguna Art Museum for a docent guided tour to see an all inclusive retrospect of the world recognized minimalist leader, Tony DeLap’s works ranging from lithographs to large sculpture.
 While in Laguna Beach we enjoyed lunch and visited the many local art galleries. 
We then took a short ride to the Hilbert Museum, Chapman University in Orange, which opened on 2016, to see artists works in the permanent collection by artists who were lured to southern California in the early 1900s to work in the motion pictures and animation, to explore new ways of expressions with representational art based on everyday life, and the effects rising from the aftermath of the depression, build up of military, and expansion of railroads and the automobile, and inspired by our climate, easy way of life and wonderful visas of the coasts, mountains and deserts,  all within a day’s travel. We viewed exhibits of drawings from Star Wars, and Disney films (Eyvind Earle!!!) and the beautiful exhibit of oil paintings from the California Scenic Tours collection. The art museum very generously gave us each an exquitise Eyvind Earle poster to take home.

At the Laguna Art Museum Cheryl and Ahna at the coast after the docent tour Reflection on the Tony DeLap installation
Art Museum in Laguna with Sharon, Ahna and Sue Vitan and Kathryn in Laguna  
Eyvind Earle poster gifted to NCSFA trip goers Dog with pink shoes  

More About the Museums
Laguna Art Museum's collectionnis created by Californians or represents California. Significant examples from all periods of California art are represented.
Tony DeLap is Orange County’s foremost living artist. He has been at the nexus of significant art movements throughout his career, namely Southern California minimalism, op art, hard-edge painting, the California Light and Space movement, and site-specific installation. For years he has played with the concept of an artwork’s edge and explored the point where painting and sculpture intersect.

The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University's superlative collection focuses on the “California Scene” painting movement of roughly the 1920s through the 1970s and beyond. The Hilbert Collection – which includes oils, watercolors, sketches and lithographs of rural and urban scenes, coastal views, farms, ranches, freeways and landscapes of everyday life in the Golden State – is a significant repository of 20th-century representational art by California artists.

(Pictured above left: Tony DeLap's piece, one of 80 displayed at th Laguna Art Museum. Above Right: George James China Cove watercolor, Mark and Janet Hilbert Collection.)

Tony DeLap from the Laguna Art Museum
Tony Dulap at the Laguna Art Museum The Hilbert Art Museum Collection
Hilbert Art Museum

Previous Trip--Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Art Trip Photos

We all were looking forward to seeing CHAGALL, but believe we,  to the person, were overcome by the beauty and depth of  this magical  exhibit.  The costumes were  breathtaking and the wonderful imagination of the artist was displayed over and over again in the sketches and colorful paintings lining the walls.  The photos of the day tell the story.

For those who could not make the trip, the exhibit runs through January 7 ’2018  

The NCSFA thanks Jo Lind and her committe, that planned this trip to the exceptional standard we are known for at the NCSFA
photos compliments of Ahna Street
Jo Lind and Vita with Chagall's donkey at the LA COunty Museum of Art Valerie with a closer view of the Chagall dancer costumes
Jo Lind and Vita with Chagall's animals Valerie with Chagall's dance costumes
Lois with Marc Chagall's  painting "The Red Circus" Ahna and Valerie enjoying the Chagall exhibit at the LA County Museum of Art Sue Ann with Chagall's theater costume at LACMA
Lois with the Chagall masterpiece "The Red Circus" Chagall's donkey watching over Ahna and Valerie Sue Ann with village animal at the Chagall exhibit at LACMA
Sue at the Chagall Exhibit, c0stumes in the background at LACMA Ahna with ballet costumes by Marc Chagall at LACMA Jan with Chagall costume at LACMA
Sue with Chagall costume LACMA Ahna with Chagall's ballet costumes Jan with Chagall's theater costume LACMA
BAckdrop for the Magic Flute Magic Flute
Marck Chagall at work on a stage set Backdrop for Aleko by Marc Chagall
Marc Chagall painting Backdrop at NY Met for "Triumph of Music" Backdrop for finale scene of the ballet "Aleko"

NCSFA chose LACMA for its autumn educational art trip because of its special ticketed exhibit:  Chagall’s Fantasy of the Stage.  It focuses on his set designs and costumes for 4 theatrical productions – the ballets “Aleko”, “The Firebird”, “Daphnis and Chloe” and the opera “The Magic Flute”. It is replete with 145 objects, more than 100 sketches, reproductions of original backdrops and projections and rare 1942 film footage of “Aleko”. He painted onto the costumes while the dancers were wearing them to emphasize the dynamism and fluidity of the dance.

The trip includes LACMA exhibits, INCLIUDING Chagall, a comfortable bus ride to and from Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with water and snacks provided. There will be two points for pick-up and drop-off (Poway and Escondido). We will have lunch at one of the nearby eateries. There will be time to explore attractions. On the way back we will stop by the Farmer's Market.

There will also be time on your own to explore areas nearby the museum. For more information about what other exhibits the museum also features at 

         Chris Burden's Metropolis II is an intense kinetic sculpture, modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city. Steel beams form an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of 18 roadways, including one six lane freeway, and HO scale train tracks. Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulate through the dense network of buildings. According to Burden, "The noise, the continuous flow of the trains, and the speeding toy cars produce in the viewer the stress of living in a dynamic, active and bustling 21st century city."
Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz is the first major retrospective of one of the most influential Los Angeles artists of the 1970s and 1980s. Arguably the first of the many Chicano artists whose artistic, cultural, and political motivations catalyzed the Chicano art movement in the 1970s, Almaraz began his career with political works for the farm workers’ causa and co-founded the important artist collective Los Four. Although he saw himself as a cultural activist, Almaraz straddled multiple—and often contradictory—identities that drew from divergent cultures and mores, and his art became less political in focus and more personal, psychological, dreamlike, even mythic and mystical as he evolved artistically.
The first to focus predominantly on Almaraz’s large-scale paintings, the exhibition features more than 60 works and includes pastels, ephemera, and notebooks, mostly from 1967 through 1989, the year of the artist’s untimely death at age 48.

There are also minor exhibits of note. One is a virtually present experience of you crossing the Mexican border by film director Inarritu called Blood and Sand.
Robert Irwin is represented in “Miracle Mile”.  The witty artist Chris Burden known for his kinetic sculpture has a wild take on freeways. The Japanese Pavilion has new exhibits of cloisonné, atmospheric landscape painting and Chinese snuff bottles.

Bus arrives at the Target Center, Pomerado Rd, Poway at 9:00 am, to leave at 9:15 am
The rest of the driving times are approximate:
Arrive Escondidio Transit Center, 700 W. Valley Pwky at 9:40 am to leave 9:45 am
Arrive Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr, about 10:50 am
Leave Laguna Beach at 3:00pm for Hilbert Art Museum, 167 N Atchison. St, Orange
Arrive Hilbert 3:35 pm.
Leave at 5:00 pm to arrive Escondido at approximately 6:20 pm. Arrive Target, Poway approximately 6:50-7:00 pm 

We will be loading those needing help first, and can accommodate electric chairs

Secure your seat: scroll down to sign up and then pay

Cost is $64 for members and $69 for non-members
Not a Member? You are invited to join the NCSFA,
Our annual dues are very low--only $30.
and you will have access to many fantastic programs through the NCSFA as well as support the arts in San Diego

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Even if you have indicated interest for this trip, reservations are made in the order payments are received.
Please contact Jo-Lind Eckstein if you have questions.  

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