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OC Contemporary Gallery Opening Reception
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Categorized as: Art & Galleries
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The OC Contemporary Gallery, the first premier fine art gallery located in San Clemente, has its opening reception on Saturday, February 25th.

The opening reception exhibit will highlight the works of seven local artists, including Patrick Servidio, Tom Elliott, Jordan Christian, the venerable James Hill, Andy Horn, Alejandro Goya from Maui, and the street artist Rex. The gallery also features an Andy Warhol room and a ‘Modern Masters’ room with works of the likes of Jackson Pollock, Norman Rockwell, Keith Haring, and Wassily Kandinksy.

OC Contemporary is the brainchild of longtime San Clemente resident and business owner Brian McCracken. “This gallery will serve multiple purposes by providing a much needed venue in the city to enjoy and procure art, getting the very talented local artists the visibility they deserve, and housing my personal collection of fine art.” The space will also serve as a studio for some of the artists.

What is unique about the gallery is the exquisite setting and architecture of the self-standing structure and its multiple outdoor spaces. “We opted for a destination with character and a vibe over a more central, white-box type of location in the middle of town,” said McCracken. The beautiful space will also be available to rent for corporate and private events.

North Beach, originally designated as an art district, is experiencing a renaissance, with the Sea Summit development, outlet mall, new restaurants, and the impending restoration of the historic theatre and other buildings. “This is a beautiful part of the city, with positive people and a very artistic atmosphere,” says McCracken, “and we wanted to be part of its blossoming.”

OC Contemporary Gallery is located at 1509 N El Camino Real, open Wednesday through Saturday from 12-6pm, and by appointment at 888-948-0086. With an international presence online as well, it sells and rents original art, high-end secondary market works, photography, and sculpture. The venue is also available to rent for catered affairs. Visit www.occgallery.com for more information.

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