Garden Grove

“Art in the Park” paints a pretty picture

DO-IT-YOURSELF art at the “Art in the Park” event Saturday in the Village Green in Garden Grove (Tribune photos).

By Jim Tortolano

“Every day is a great day in Garden Grove, but it’s greater when there’s art involved.”

So said Mayor Steve Jones at the “Art in the Park” event on a picture-perfect Saturday in and around the Village Green park in the downtown area.

STUDENT ART on exhibit at the Courtyard Center in the Village Green.

The day featured a confluence of do-it-your-self art projects, work by professionals and a show of art from pupils in the Garden Grove Unified School District in the form of the 41st annual “First Impressions” student art exhibition and arts ceremony.

“I” STOOD for “Iguana” in the “Re:Imagine” sign along Euclid Street.

Visitors to the event could express their individuality by daubing images and messages on a 1939 Cadillac, creating three-dimensional pieces and viewing the student art in the adjacent Courtyard Center.

There, work from students in kindnergarten up to senior year in high school was on display, with the work ranging from simple drawings up to professional-level photography, mixed media, painting, drawing and more.

Leaders from the city, school district and Garden Grove Community Foundation were on hand for the presentation of $1000 checks from the GGCF to art programs at Los Amigos and Santiago high schools for winning the Grove Art Installation contest.

The whole enterprise – teased to passing motorists on Euclid Street by a 50-foot lettering of “Re-Imagine” created by GGUSD students – is intended both to raise the profile of art in the community and focus public attention on the burgeoning downtown area.

PAINTING a classic Caddy was part of the fun on Saturday at the Village Green.

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