I never know where my neighborhood wanderings may take me, but recently I met up with Maureen MacDonald, who invited me to visit her at the Showcase Gallery in Santa Ana. I’m so glad I took her up on that invitation! I didn’t know what to expect, but I was in for a pleasant surprise.
I found the gallery nestled in the corner of South Coast Village just off Bear Street. (Across the street from South Coast Plaza.) It’s a bright and sunny spot full of artistic treasures.
I soon learned that this location has been here for the last fifteen years. The artists association has been around even longer, about fifty or sixty years.
Step inside, the view is even better!
The featured artist was none other than Maureen MacDonald, who said she was listening to music from the sixties when she painted. Her works have appropriate titles such as “Kodachrome” or “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.” However, my personal favorite is the following.
I asked about the money, and she said it was to buy the chicken.
I like this oil painting by Fay Baki. It’s called “Surrender.”
I have no idea what’s happening in this picture, but something appeals to me just the same.
I also took countless images of a bronze statue of a little girl.
It is a large piece, about four feet high, and a joy from any angle. I like the rhythm and movement in the piece. The girl is absorbed by her game. It’s lovely.
I like horses, so it was wonderful to meet artist Denise Messenger. She posed for me beside her painting of a red horse.
She told me that red is unusual. Her horses are usually multi-colored. I saw a few examples. They’re wonderful!
The gallery is more than paintings. It also has a featured photographer. At present this is street photographer David Silberstein.
In addition to the galleries, there is studio space available for rent. There is also a large classroom area.
I’ll close with one more image.
This table is in the gallery window in the blog title-image. I like it because of the California designs. It’s a delightful piece.
You may not like the things I enjoyed. That’s fine because there are a lot of beautiful paintings, photographs, silk scarves, and pottery that you may like. I couldn’t feature everything, so you’ll have to visit and see for yourself. Showcase is a fantastic gallery; you won’t be disappointed.
To see more images from the Showcase Gallery, please click here.