Monthly Archives: June 2011

Laguna museum celebrates ‘Noguchi: California Legacy’

If you have never visited Isamu Noguchi’s public art/public park/sculpture garden installation in the heart of Costa Mesa, then you have missed one of Orange County’s treasures. Hidden away (but very accessible) among the high rises and freeways of the city, California Scenario — also known as the Noguchi Museum — is as calming and inspiring as a Japanese tea garden. The park is located adjacent to South Coast Plaza and depicts various landscapes of California. It is a pleasure to behold both during the day and at night when special lighting enhances the experience.

A view of California Scenario, Noguchi's sculpture park and gardens in Costa Mesa.

A view of California Scenario, Noguchi's sculpture park and gardens in Costa Mesa.

Now (and through October) the Laguna Art Museum honors both the California Scenario and other works by the Southern California artist with the exhibit: ‘Noguchi: California Legacy.’ The exhibit features both photos of the construction and completed sculpture garden as well as other works by Noguchi. Born here, the artist has spent much of his life in his native Japan and in New York. But he was convinced by Costa Mesa developer Henry Segerstrom to develop this unique space set in the middle of downtown Orange county. The sculpture park was completed in 1980 and has been one of OC’s hidden gems ever since.

Over the course of a few years, I often used to meet my mother for lunch somewhere in Costa Mesa with our eventual destination being Noguchi’s installation. It was and remains a beautiful location for strolling, sitting, contemplating, meditating.

Thanks to the Laguna Museum exhibition, we can get a closer look at this very wonderful place.

Richard Chang in the OC Register writes:

This exhibition provides narrative and context for his Southern California work, especially “California Scenario,” which remains one of Orange County’s best and most accessible public artworks.

Over the course of two years, Noguchi and his staff worked hard to create an abstract, metaphorical representation of California’s natural resources. Noguchi used natural materials – trees, plants, stones, sand and steel – to create six main sections, each one symbolizing an aspect of California’s diverse environment: desert, forest, mountain, river, agriculture and urban.

The titles Noguchi designated for these sections reflect Noguchi’s interests and goals: “Land Use,” “The Desert Land,” “The Forest Walk,” “Energy Fountain,” “Water Use” and “Water Source.”

The exhibit continues at the museum through October 2 and while it is not a complete catalog of Noguchi’s work, it is a fine way to begin to know the artist who created the beautiful California Scenario.

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‘Stories of Home’ benefits Friendship Shelter

The Laguna Beach Independent features a great story about local talent contributing to a benefit performance of ‘Stories of Home’ offered by and for Laguna’s Friendship Shelter..

Member of the Artists’ Collective, Terrel Anansi, left, and Karen K. Redding, by their work, which serve as a backdrop for readings at the Stories of Home fundraiser. Photo by Ted Reckas

Member of the Artists’ Collective, Terrel Anansi, left, and Karen K. Redding, by their work, which serve as a backdrop for readings at the Stories of Home fundraiser. Photo by Ted Reckas

The Friendship Shelter provides secure temporary housing for the homeless while helping them develop strategies for rebuilding their lives and becoming self-sufficient. ‘Stories of Home’ is a multimedia presentation that focuses on these very issues. This week’s event follows a successful staging of ‘Stories of Home’ last year.

This year’s performance adds new elements: a variety of actors, some from the local scene, plus displays of art pieces created by members of the Artists’ Collective, a small group of professional artists who are current or past residents of Friendship Shelter, and whose talents are being nurtured by the organization.

The Laguna Beach Indy article features Laguna Police community outreach officer Jason Farris whose participation on stage for this event corresponds to his work reaching out to and assisting area homeless.

Except for a recent six-month absence to complete training, Farris has served for several years as the city’s point man on the issue even as the city wrestled to create a temporary overnight shelter after its policies were challenged in court. Farris, who has built bonds and respect among people in a post others might run from, recently earned the American Legion’s recognition as the county’s community service officer of the year, as well as garnering him state-level recognition for the same.

Miller knew Farris through his close work with the Friendship Shelter. The officer readily agreed to join the fundraiser line-up, where he will read a story about 9/11. He’s a veteran of public speaking and practiced at telling stories to his four children.

The event will be held this Thursday, June 16, at Laguna’s [seven degrees]. It begins with cocktails at 6 p.m., performances at 7:30 p.m., and a panel discussion at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person. For info call 949-494-6928 or visit Friendship Shelter.

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Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa to celebrate 25 years June 11

25 years ago, Merle Hatleberg began feeding the homeless at Rea Elementary School. Back then, she was only able to help about 30 people a day. The wife of a World War II veteran, Merle raised her 8 children and then sought ways to continue to help those in need. Realizing the growing population of homeless in Orange County, she started her meals operation on her own birthday in 1986.

Now her granddaughter Shannon Santos runs the soup kitchen out of a former Chinese restaurant on 19th Street in Costa Mesa — and now Someone Cares is able to feed about 350 a day.

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa, Orange County

Greg Scafferty, right, spends his 51st birthday having a meal at the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa. "Because of this place I've lived another year," said Schafferty. - Leonard Ortiz, The Orange County Register

A story in the OC Register highlights the great work these people do in anticipation of the 25-year celebration next week.

Each day as many as 350 people get a hot lunch at Someone Cares. On a recent afternoon at lunch time, guests lined the neatly arranged tables.

The kitchen welcomes a variety of people, not just the homeless, said Santos. According to a survey the soup kitchen does each year, only 20 percent of their guests are homeless. About 35 percent are families in need, and seniors make up at least 20 percent to 25 percent of their guests, Santos says. With the senior center right across the street and Bethel Towers senior living center next door, the soup kitchen is like “social hour” for seniors.

Someone Cares will celebrate its anniversary with a dinner on June 11 at the kitchen, located at 720 W. 19th St. Tickets are $135 per person and $250 per couple and all proceeds will go toward programs.

Beyond being a soup kitchen, Someone Cares is also provides tutoring services! You can visit their website for more information or call them at 949-548-8861. You may also want to support them on their Facebook page.

A youtube video features an interview with a man who is grateful for the help he has been fortunate enough to receive from Someone Cares.

What an outstanding program this is. We are happy to do what little we can to help promote it.

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