august 2017
21st Orange Open Art Show

August 5-26, 2017

Opening Reception August 5, from noon - 10 pm

Awards ceremony, Saturday, August 26. 1 - 3 pm

Judges: Christopher Bliss and Jack King.

The primary goals of The Orange Art Association Association is to foster a better understanding of fine art in our community and to to the public, to encourage students to pursue art as a career through our support programs and to continually challenge our members to strive for excellence and fulfillment. The association is a gathering of artists at all levels of interest and skills and who share a desire to be involved in the arts.


Fine Art: Jack King, a native of Pratt, Kansas, is a renowned artist, lecturer and art instructor who began his studies as a young man in East Moline, Illinois under the tutelage of Leon Eugene Wright, noted landscape artist and art educator. After high school, Mr. King continued to pursue his artistic endeavors while serving in the U.S. Navy. This culminated in a one-man exhibition in Key West, Florida in 1957. Upon his honorable discharge, Mr. King began his formal art education at El Camino College in Torrance, California. He then completed a Bachelor’s Degree in art, with honors, at California State University, Long Beach. In 1974, Mr. King received his Master’s Degree in art, with a specialization in lithographic printmaking from California State University, Fullerton. His Masters show was the most highly attended student exhibit in the history of the university. In addition to a distinguished career as an adjunct professor in the Fine Arts Department of El Camino College, Mr. King has exhibited his work professionally for over fortyfive years, participating in both one-man and group exhibitions. Mr. King is also a highly sought after and popular lecturer in art and design at educational institutions, as well as, private art and cultural organizations throughout Southern California. When he is not occupied teaching or lecturing, Mr. King devotes the majority of his time to working in his studio.

Photography: As a native New Yorker, Christopher Bliss has always been drawn to the many facets of cosmopolitan life. He finds inspiration in urban skylines and in the challenging and invigorating lifestyles of cities. Though always active in the field of photography, Chris began his career as a concert pianist, having studied Music in Vienna Austria, receiving his Bachelor’s degree at Manhattan School of Music in New York, and his Master’s degree at USC in Los Angeles.

In 1986 Chris changed careers from music to photography and, since 1988, has been spending as much time as possible each year in New York, photographing the city as part of an ongoing project aimed at capturing the evolving architecture and culture of the metropolis and its people. Chris has recently completed work on his second photography book on New York City, entitled Iconic New York. Featuring black and white, and color photography, with a forward by former New York mayor Ed Koch, it is an up-to-date photo essay of the world’s ever changing and most exciting city.

Chris’s work is represented by several galleries and is part of many private and corporate collections throughout the Unites States, Canada and Europe. Several of his pieces are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York. Chris has also been an exhibitor at the Laguna Beach Art Festival for 25 consecutive years. He is in high demand both for his fine art and for his work as a commercial photographer serving clients throughout the United States.

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