Best of O.C.: Arts & Culture

The Editors | January 5, 2017 | Feature Features

It's the start of a new year, and foremost on our minds is enjoying all that Orange County has to offer—arts and culture worthy of standing ovations, style that's always on point, health and beauty so we feel and look our best, design and realty for true bon vivants, and food and drink that are as tempting as ever. It's all right here. Happy 2017, indeed!

Watching artist Karlin Meehan work in her Downtown Santa Ana studio these days is a study in contrasts. A shimmering gold canvas is bisected with black lines. Swaths of acrylic and oil are cut with house paint. Her California-girl good looks and sunny disposition shine amid the grit of the city. And a difficult year of loss is transformed into something beautiful. Meehan—a Newport Beach native who studied at USC’s famed Roski School of Fine Art—was known for filling canvases with bright, happy images that ignite emotion. But, following the sudden death of her father in late 2015 and a creative hiatus, she felt it was time for a change. We see that progression in her new Metallic Series. “I gave myself permission to experiment with no expectations, and the images poured out of me,” she says. She’s set to display the series at G Galerie in Newport’s Cannery Village in March and plans to mount group and solo shows at the Spurgeon Building. “My painting is a diary of my life and where I’m at,” she notes. “It can never be duplicated or recreated, and there’s something so poetic about that.”


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