Come Celebrate the Art of Crystal Cove!

Art is part of the fabric of Crystal Cove. Whether a painting, a photograph, a poem, or something else; each piece is part of an ever large and diverse tapestry of creations. On March 31st, join us as we take a day to celebrate this idyllic setting and the works it inspires. At the Art in the Park Celebration, experience a day full of activities, performances, and workshops that embrace the combination of nature and nostalgia that has charmed many great artists who have visited Crystal Cove.

Take some time pick up a brush and sit seaside with Pamme Turner and her students from the Saddleback College Emeritus Institute, who will be watercoloring on the Promenade from 10 – 3. Pamme, professional artist and Fine Arts faculty member at the Emeritus Institute, will give you tips as you create your own painting. Let this spectacular setting inspire you like it has so many others and make an addition to the tapestry of Crystal Cove creations.

Spend your afternoon in Cottage #13 with Jacque Nunez who will lead a workshop on basket weaving and captivate with an hour of storytelling. Jacque Nunez is a descendent of the local tribe, the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians/Acjachemen Nation, and has been an educator for 40 years. She is also a master storyteller who preserves her cultural history through the Native American traditional art of storytelling. This combination of crafting and storytelling is a truly enthralling experience, all happening in one of Crystal Cove’s most iconic cottages.

While in the area, be sure to drop by Cottage #22 and pass through a shark’s digestive system. Become prey as you walk through this art installation, designed by Lauryn Moles and Samantha Leigh from UC Irvine, which demonstrates how sharks process their victims. Visitors are sure to leave with a greater understanding of both how sharks eat and the vital roles they play in the ocean ecosystem.

Finally, look out for the various musical performances happening throughout the park. These include an acoustic guitar duo, ukulele strumming, and performances by Cal State Fullerton’s New Music Ensemble. The New Music Ensemble will be performing Music Across Borders: Across Winds and Waters, with works from Dr. Pamela Madsen’s National Endowment for the Arts-funded project, There Will Come Soft Rains. Check the schedule to make sure you don’t miss anything!

More information about Art in the Park, including reservations for the sea glass walk and basket weaving, can be found here.

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