Art Start: OCCCA’s Holiday Art Sale

November 5 thru December 10, 2016
(Nov 6 the gallery will be closed at 1:30 pm for a private event)

Gallery will be closed Nov 24-26 for the Holidays

Receptions: November 5th and December 3rd, 6-10 pm

5% of sales will go to the Corbin Family Resource Center/ Children's Bureau
Launched in 1994, Families and Communities Together (FaCT) is a network of Family Resource Centers (FRCs) located throughout Orange County’s highest-risk communities providing essential family support services, education, and resources.


Prices are $250 and under, you can purchase and take the work home with you right away! No waiting until the end of the exhibition, get a unique one of a kind work of art for yourself or as a present to someone special!

Art is life! The creation of art is a defining characteristic of the human species. It reflects the world around us and expresses our unique spirit throughout time. We love popular art forms: movies, books, songs.... Along with mass- produced art, original works of fine art should be accessible to the public as well. It can be something that belongs to you and not just something you see in museums and galleries or resides in the basements of private collectors. The purpose of ArtStart is to offer gallery-quality art by professional artists at affordable prices to beginning art collectors, art lovers, and the general public. Whether you want to start your own art collection, buy a work of art for your own personal pleasure, or give someone art as a gift for the holidays, ArtStart affords you that opportunity.   Art belongs to everyone.

Featured Artists:

Robin Repp, Abe Moya, Janet Inez Adams, Evalynn Alu, Carolyn Yarnell, Vincent Benitez, Beverly Jacobs, Eduardo Bonilla, Elizabeth Boretz, Jorn Fox, Stephen Anderson, Nancy Caster, Chung-Ping Chen, Annie Clavel, Joelle Cooperrider, David Levy, Diana Ghoukassian, Betsy Enzensberger, Mo Camacho, Robert Ball, Ann Fanciullo Sperling, Karen Feuer-Schwager, Jeffrey Frisch, Shelley Heffler, Sierra Holloway, Ron Howlett,Kebe Fox, Echo Lew, Marianna Baker, Rojean Maciula, Janet Milhomme, Lena Moross, Nicholas Nicola, Jennifer Peck, Eva Andry, Kate Ryan, Sofia Pushkarshaya, Aaron Rathbone, Rich Bohn, Steve Roberts, Nate Rupp, Dale Marie Stephens, Eric Stogner, Hirotaka Suzuki, Maureen Vastardis, Riley Waite, Thom Wright, Tomi Yang, Michael Ziobrowski, N. Red Caritte



Joelle Cooperrider, Daydream No. 4, mixed medium on canvas, 12" x 12"


Dates to remember:

Pick Up Accepted Works
Pick-up of all work in the exhibition is scheduled for December 11, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. If you need to make special arrangements call (714) 667-1517 before December 11, 2016. Works not picked up by this deadline will be charged $10 per day storage fee and will be disposed of at the discretion of OCCCA.



Image: Kurt Weston, Grim Justice


Open Call for Art, Deadline to enter December 30, 2016

February 4 thru March 11, 2017

Curators: Pat Sparkuhl, Gregg Stone, Leslie Davis




+++ All media will be considered, open to all countries +++ 


“If you would seek vengeance above all else, be sure to dig two graves.”
- Greek proverb


The U.S. now confines more than 2.2 million people in its prisons. This amounts to 1.2% percent of its population, more than any other country and eight times more per capita than Russia. Our incarcerated citizens have become a shadow nation, hidden and often forgotten. This shadow nation is supported by a budget estimated at 64 billion annually, or nearly 6% of our gross national product. Incarceration has become a big and rigorously privatized business. Our current approach has produced a profitable if brutal cycle: poverty and the absence of economic opportunity funnel individuals into crime, prisons militate against rehabilitation, convicts re-offend following release, and after arrest are returned to prison as compliant recidivists. As a result, U.S. recidivism rates are now at 68% and increase every year. In this environment, it's hard to tell where justice ends and vengeance begins.

How did we get here? Starting in the 1970’s, our prison population underwent rapid and unprecedented growth. In 2016, we house 700% more prisoners than we did in 1970. This increase happened in spite of steady decreases in violent crime. The growth of the prison population was fueled by the mandatory minimum sentences of the “War on Drugs”, and the accompanying “tough on crime” legislation. Prisoners are now overwhelmingly African-American and Latino, and the majority have been imprisoned for non-violent offenses. Many struggle with drug addiction and mental illness. Prisons in a single state, California, now house more of the mentally ill and drug addicted than all of the hospitals in America.

As grim as this situation appears, there are proven and equitable models for reform. In rebuke to our badly broken justice system, Germany, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden provide examples of what compassionate, evidenced-based approaches to crime and punishment can accomplish. These countries achieve exceptionally low rates of crime and recidivism with lower total and per capita expenditures. All of them provide intensive rehabilitation programs for inmates in an environment modeled closely on the communities where they will be reintegrated. This is followed by extensive coordinated support services after release.

Any path to reform will begin with a demand for justice: justice for the incarcerated, for their families, and for communities devastated by the loss of essential members. We have reached a critical moment in the struggle for a better criminal justice system. It is crucial that the chorus of voices making this demand includes artists and that these artists be willing to wield the power of art to inform, to inspire, and to heal.

Leslie Diane Davis


hiroko, #15. Bronze, Glass & Steel. 36 x 46 x 65


About the Curators:

Pat Sparkuhl My concern is making artwork that has its own fingerprint. I attempt to explore images that reflect my relationship to issues that I feel are relevant. I seek out unique and personal ways of integrating the various ingredients for my compositions, attempting to develop for the viewer an attitude of curiosity and discussion when viewing a particular artwork.

Curator of exhibits; Festival of Arts & Community Art Project at Wells Fargo Bank, Laguna Beach, Ca.Committee Member; Artists Advisory, Exhibits & Jury Formation, Permanent Collection, Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, Ca “Photography and Jurying Seminar”, Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, Ca.


Gregg Stone has been an Art Director at Orange Coast College Media Center, Airbrush Artist, illustrator for a publishing company and fourteen consecutive year exhibitor at The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, California. A graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena Gregg has had numerous exhibitions in US and Mexico including notable museums including overseas.

He is also an award-winning signature member of the San Diego Watercolor Society and Western Federation Watercolor Society. Being trained in traditional design and composition which will aid him in judging work in any media. Also, he is an experienced competition judge in both U.S. and Mexico.


Leslie Diane Davis is a transformative sculptor whose work focuses on the role of art in response to social, environmental, and biological crises. After extensive training under Dale Chihuly at Pilchuck Studios, Leslie’s early work concentrated on the tension between biological forms and abstract ideas. Her pioneering 2003 exhibition “Worlds in Collision” marked the beginning of the “third culture” movement integrating art and science. Her latest project, “Incarceration”, explores how art can render the experience of imprisonment and inspire comprehensive criminal justice reform.




Artist agrees that acceptance and display of artwork and/or framing for INCARCERATION is entirely at artist’s risk. 

While OCCCA will make every effort to handle all artwork 
and/or framing with professional care and consideration, OCCCA does not provide insurance for artwork and/or framing accepted for INCARCERATION. 

OCCCA is not responsible for any damage or loss to artwork and/or framing accepted for INCARCERATION. 

Artists concerned about damage or loss to artwork and/or framing accepted for INCARCERATION are encouraged to, and are responsible for, obtaining their own insurance. 

Artist hereby indemnifies and holds harmless, and agrees to defend OCCCA against any claims or demands arising out of or related to injury or damage caused by the work, or from claims of infringement. 

OCCCA is not responsible for the appearance or non-appearance of OCCCA members or their conduct.

OCCCA is not responsible for the behavior of any guests or members of the public at this or 
any exhibition.


Terms of Entry for Entrants:

All work will be considered for sale unless otherwise indicated on the entry form. 

Proceeds from work sold: 60% to the artist, 40% to OCCCA 

Checks to the artists are processed within 10 days of the close of the show. 

OCCCA does not pay for shipping, and a return shipping label MUST be included with each shipment. 

Art sold remains on display until the close of the exhibition. Although care will be taken in the handling of entries, OCCCA accepts no responsibility for damage of work submitted to the competition improperly framed or packaged for handling. Artists may wish to obtain their own insurance. 

Failure to pick up the artwork on the scheduled pickup day(s) will incur a $10 per day storage fee and after 30 days may be discarded.

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