Shagadelic – Viewing the Artwork of Shag at the Grand Central Arts Center
I spent much of my youth in Santa Ana, CA and when traveling down Main Street in the downtown area I was able to witness firsthand the decaying remnants of the once vibrant city center. It filled me with both a sadness and nostalgia for a time I never knew and most likely shaped the devotion to historic preservation that I hold today.
For that reason, I applaud and appreciate the revitalization effort that has been undertaken in the last decade. Although not a resounding success I do see signs of improvement amongst the blight. Downtown Santa Ana may never be the thriving district it once was but I’m thankful there is an effort to salvage the beauty that still remains.
Now, I’m sure you must be wondering what on earth any of this has to do with the mysterious title of this piece. One word, Shag. You already know I’m a fan due to my Palm Springs wanderings but now I have a more local delight to share with you. Currently at the Grand Central Arts Center in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana is a free exhibition of Shag’s artwork entitled Hand Pulled: The Complete Shag Print Collection.
This exhibit is an all encompassing retrospective of the prints that artist has created. Unfamiliar with Shag? Here’s a chance to immerse yourself in his world, consider it Shag 101. Casual fan? Here’s an opportunity to remind yourself about what it is about his work that just strikes your fancy. Complete and devoted fan? Here is your Disneyland, all his prints in one spot so you can chart the evolution of the artist.
So, no matter where you are on the Shag fan spectrum head on down to the Grand Central Arts Center and check out the exhibit. Then maybe grab a drink or some eats at one of the local spots and appreciate the effort that has been put forth to revitalize this little corner of Southern California.
Hand Pulled: The Complete Shag Print Collection runs until August 14, 2011.
Grand Central Art Center
125 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Tues-Sun 11am-4pm, Fri & Sat 11am-7pm