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Art in the Park Celebration

March 31 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The shimmering ocean and rolling hillsides of Crystal Cove State Park have long inspired artists to paint, write, photograph, compose, tell stories, dance, and sketch. Be it a watercolor, a dance, or a musical composition, artists from different genres continue to be inspired by the beauty of the park and the spectacular landscapes, breathtaking scenery, and abundant gifts from nature.

On Saturday, March 31 from 10am – 4pm in the Crystal Cove Historic District, come join Crystal Cove State Park and Crystal Cove Conservancy for a spring art show and Art in the Park a day filled with activities that celebrate the integration of art and nature through workshops, performances, and activities.

In the afternoon, join us for a special performance by Cal State Fullerton’s New Music Ensemble as they perform Music Across Borders: Across Winds and Waters, with works from Crystal Cove State Park’s Featured Composer Pamela Madsen’s National Endowment for the Arts-funded project, There Will Come Soft Rains.

Schedule of Events

9:30 – 10amSea Glass Beach Walk, meeting in the Education Commons. Come walk along the shoreline with Rick as he shares tips and tricks for finding sea glass and afterwards make your own one-of-a-kind creation.

Register for the Sea Glass Beach Walk here!

10am – 3pmWatercolor painting on the Promenade with artist Pamme Turner of the Saddleback Emeritus Institute.

10am – 4pmSea Glass Wrapping in the Education Commons

10am – 4pmSpring Art Show in Education Commons. For more details, visit here.

10am – 4pmBeyond the Jaws. Learn about how sharks process their prey and the role that sharks play in ocean ecosystems by taking a walk through this artistic installation by UCI Art masters student Lauryn Moles and UCI Ecology and Evolutionary Biology PhD student Samantha Leigh in Cottage #22.

11am – 12pmNative American Basket Weaving with Jacque Nunez at the Beaches Cottage (Cottage #13). Materials fee is $5 to the public; free to Crystal Cove Conservancy members.

Register here for the 11 am – 12 pm basket-weaving session.

11am – 12pmAloha Strummers hula dancing and ukulele playing outside Cottage #00.

12 – 1pmNative American Storytelling with Jacque Nunez at at the Beaches Cottage (Cottage #13).

1 – 2pmNative American Basket Weaving with Jacque Nunez at at the Beaches Cottage (Cottage #13). Materials fee is $5 to the public; free to Crystal Cove Conservancy members.

Register here for the 1 – 2 pm basket-weaving session.

1 – 2:30pmMusical performances by the CSUF New Music Chamber Music Ensemble and CSUF New Music Improvisation Ensembles, with piano in the Historic District’s Visitor Center.
2 – 3 pmAcoustic guitar duo David Barba and Aaron Jenne in Cottage #46.

2:30 – 3pmCSUF New Music Ensemble’s Brian Geary, Solo Guitar in Cottage #13

2:30 – 3:30pmSwing Dancing in the Education Commons.

3 – 4pmCSUF New Music Ensemble performance in Cottage #34, near the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages check-in office.

The day use parking fee is $5/hour, $15/maximum.


March 31
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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