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Upcoming Show: “Queer as Art: Exploring the Power of Art and Sexual Expression” June-August 2019


We are now located within The LGBT Center Orange County in downtown Santa Ana, on the second floor next to Native Son Alehouse and above Wursthaus.

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Upcoming Show: “Queer as Art: Exploring the Power of Art and Sexual Expression” June-August 2019


We are now located within The LGBT Center Orange County in downtown Santa Ana, on the second floor next to Native Son Alehouse and above Wursthaus.

Current Exhibition

About

Contact

Newsletter

BG Art By: Oscar Vega, one of the featured artists for “Queer as Art”, called “Heart Seeking Bow”.

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About Current Exhibition


"Queer as Art: Exploring the Power of Art and Sexual Expression" // an all LGBTQ artist show

Opening Show: June 15th, 2019
OC Pride Opening: June 22nd, 2019
Normal Artwalk Opening: July 6th, 2019
Closing Show: August 3rd, 2019

Some people may not remember the original 8 colors of the LGBT flag created by Gilbert Baker in 1978. Each color symbolized a word that embodied the LGBT rights movement and the community. Due to practical reasons, the rainbow flag seen today was standardized down to the 6 colors. To celebrate LGBT Pride this June through August 2019, we present “Queer as Art: Exploring the Power of Art & Sexual Expression” where the aim is to express each of the original colors by an all LGBTQ cast.

Featuring the art of: Alex Stoddard, Anh Dang, Bari Jo Berman, Bill Georgiou, Brandy Stiles, Brian Oldham, David Luong, Edmund Liang, Nesskain, Oscar Vega, Oscar Waldes, Tim Fangon, and Tommy Wu.

Oscar Vega, illustrator/concept artist at Blizzard Entertainment, will be doing a digital art demo from 8-9pm.
The first 10 in line will receive the commemorative show poster, an 11x17" print signed by all show artists and numbered out of 10.

There will be both original and previous pieces by artists for sale as well as limited edition prints. A portion of the sales proceeds will go to charity via The LGBT Center OC.

This is a FREE event, and open to the public. However, due to the sexual nature of this exhibit, parental guidance is encouraged.

We hope these artists and the show as a whole will serve as an inspiration to all who walk through the gallery. Open during OC Pride in addition to DTSA Art Walk Saturdays.

RSVP to the June 15th opening reception here!

BG Art By: Alex Stoddard, one of the featured artists from “Queer as Art”

About Current Exhibition


"Queer as Art: Exploring the Power of Art and Sexual Expression" // an all LGBTQ artist show

Opening Show: June 15th, 2019
OC Pride Opening: June 22nd, 2019
Normal Artwalk Opening: July 6th, 2019
Closing Show: August 3rd, 2019

Some people may not remember the original 8 colors of the LGBT flag created by Gilbert Baker in 1978. Each color symbolized a word that embodied the LGBT rights movement and the community. Due to practical reasons, the rainbow flag seen today was standardized down to the 6 colors. To celebrate LGBT Pride this June through August 2019, we present “Queer as Art: Exploring the Power of Art & Sexual Expression” where the aim is to express each of the original colors by an all LGBTQ cast.

Featuring the art of: Alex Stoddard, Anh Dang, Bari Jo Berman, Bill Georgiou, Brandy Stiles, Brian Oldham, David Luong, Edmund Liang, Nesskain, Oscar Vega, Oscar Waldes, Tim Fangon, and Tommy Wu.

Oscar Vega, illustrator/concept artist at Blizzard Entertainment, will be doing a digital art demo from 8-9pm.
The first 10 in line will receive the commemorative show poster, an 11x17" print signed by all show artists and numbered out of 10.

There will be both original and previous pieces by artists for sale as well as limited edition prints. A portion of the sales proceeds will go to charity via The LGBT Center OC.

This is a FREE event, and open to the public. However, due to the sexual nature of this exhibit, parental guidance is encouraged.

We hope these artists and the show as a whole will serve as an inspiration to all who walk through the gallery. Open during OC Pride in addition to DTSA Art Walk Saturdays.

RSVP to the June 15th opening reception here!

BG Art By: Alex Stoddard, one of the featured artists from “Queer as Art”

Show Poster


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A portion of the sales proceeds will go towards The LGBT Center Orange County, a 501(c) non-profit organization, helping empower the LGBT community.

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About


A little history on our humble art gallery

About


A little history on our humble art gallery

 

Located in the culturally rich downtown  Santa Ana (DTSA) at the LGBT Center on 4th

 

In April of 2014, David and Steven bought a live/work artist loft in DTSA.  David wanted to showcase his work as well as the work of other amazing digital artists he has met through out his career as a VFX artist. The artist loft is a unique place where you can have your home high up above, while also have a work space below for projects and creative work.  Together, Steven and David chose to turn it into an art gallery to be open once a month in conjunction with the monthly art walk of Santa Ana. The grand opening was on August 2nd, 2014 far surpassing expectations. View the grand opening photos here.

Photonic Playground it was dubbed, a gallery space featuring digital art work manifesting in the physical realm.  View the gallery space photos here. The art gallery will be curated by David, and is to feature the finest digital artists in the industry who have shown great skill in digital matte painting, 3D modeling, animation, photography, illustration, and character art. Limited edition large and small prints will be for sale by David and guest artists in the exhibitions.

In November 2017, however, the artist loft was sold David & Steve moved into a new house in the beautiful Park Santiago neighborhood, putting their art gallery business on hiatus indefinitely. Then in February, David was approached by The LGBT Center Orange County board member, Phillip Hillenbrand, to strike up a new collaboration with their gallery space and Photonic Playground and have David curate their gallery future exhibitions. A contract was signed, and the first grand opening show with Photonic Playground moving into The Center's gallery space for monthly exhibition shows, opening with the "Women of Art" exhibition.

David Luong is a senior cinematic artist working in the video games and film industry, a co-author of d'Artiste: Matte Painting 3 book and digital matte painting instructor of CGSociety.org.  He is currently a senior cinematic artist at Blizzard Entertainment and has worked on AAA game titles such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone.  You can check out more of his work at his website http://davidluong.net

Steven Dowling Jr is an avid gamer with strong business sense who also works in the video game industry.  He is currently an Executive Admin to the World of Warcraft team at Blizzard Entertainment and was the Executive Admin to former Chief Creative Officer, Rob Pardo at Blizzard.

 
David Luong: Owner, Artist & Curator

David Luong: Owner, Artist & Curator

Steven Dowling Jr: Owner & Business Operations

Steven Dowling Jr: Owner & Business Operations

Xena Kyubi: Chief Pets Officer & Gallery Mascot

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In WoW?!

Our gallery, Photonic Playground, is now in World of Warcraft in the new Dalaran as of the Legion expansion! Thank you to the WoW design team for adding us digitally to the world's biggest MMORPG game. More about the game: http://worldofwarcraft.com

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Contact


Email, call, or visit us

Contact


Email, call, or visit us

 

Located on the second floor near the 4th St. Market above Wursthaus, and adjacent to Native Son Alehouse. Parking structure is adjacent with elevator for accessability. 

 

 

 

305 E. 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Hours: Open only on the first Saturday of every month, during the DTSA Art Walk from 7PM - 10PM

If you have any questions or would like to request an exhibition, please contact us.

Email: info@photonicplayground.com

For updates on DTSA's monthly art walk, go to The East End Santa Ana website.

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