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Murray Kruger, Laguna Niguel

Arts Published August 2010

Murray Kruger, Laguna Niguel

See It
Kruger’s work is displayed through Aug. 31 at the Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 800-487-3378,

Kruger says his art is similar to sculpture—but instead of molding clay or wax, he works with 3-D computer modeling software typically used in animation and video games. “My art is experimental in nature,” says Kruger, who has a background in painting and printmaking. “I’m continually exploring what’s possible with the computer, evolving with the technology available to me.”

The medium allows Kruger to incorporate free-floating elements, and he can manipulate the texture and lighting to take a painterly approach to his prints. But it’s a complicated process. “My biggest pitfall is having something in mind, but not having the first clue how to achieve it on the computer. I spend a lot of time reading manuals and online technical forums.”

“The African theme for this series was very natural for me. I was born in South Africa, and African art and culture are very much a part of me. Everything I create is a response to experiences or emotions I encounter from day to day.”


Front and Center

Still Going Strong
When the Irvine Arts and Crafts Center opened in 1980, it offered a cluster of studios and a small selection of classes. This year, the Irvine Fine Arts Center celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special exhibit and open house. Along with the name, here are a few other things that have changed over the years.

Shows Some studios were converted to galleries in the mid-’80s at the request of local artists, says center curator Lisa Wren. There are about 14 exhibits annually.

Classes The 650 or so programs each year include jewelry, culinary arts, and a new printmaking class. There also are youth programs and drop-in studio times.

Special Events The center hosts two major annual fundraisers: the Studio Arts Festival in June, and the Holiday Faire in November.

The 30th Anniversary Exhibition runs from Aug. 14 to Oct. 23, with an open house Aug. 14 at 14321 Yale Ave., 949-724-6880,



They may be talented, but can they cook? Find out by flipping through “The Art Lovers’ Cookbook,” with works by O.C.  artists displayed alongside their recipes ranging from quiche to chocolate-chip cookies.

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