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NBPL Foundation Hosts Studio Chats

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its first ever virtual program season with a new art series.  Studio Chats will feature conversations between contemporary creatives and curator, writer and NBPL Foundation CEO Meg Linton.  Beginning, August 25 at 1:05 p.m., the series will feature four different artists each Tuesday through September 15.

Launches Tuesday, August 25 at 1:05 p.m. via ZOOM 

The 24-minute conversational Q&A format in the artists’ studios gives an intimate glimpse of what three contemporary artists and an architect are working on and thinking about during this time of physical distancing and uncertainty. Creativity never sleeps, so join the NBPLF for inspiring chats about art and now.  

The Studio Chat Schedule is below.  TO RESERVE a virtual seat for this FREE series, please send an email to with the Subject Line: Studio Chats! You will receive a personal ZOOM link and a little light reading about the featured artist. This way you will be prepared with some background information about our guest and be able to jump right into the talk of the day.     

""Tuesday, August 25, 1:05 p.m. 
Artist Deborah Aschheim discusses her 365 Days of Voters Instagram drawing project. This is an individual’s visual diary documenting voters from all backgrounds and why they vote. Ms. Aschheim has exhibited her work in Orange County at Laguna Art Museum, The Orange County Great Park Gallery, and The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. 365 Days of Voters:  


""Tuesday, September 1, 1:05 p.m.  
Santa Barbara based architect Michael Patrick Porter discusses how the pandemic is shaping conversations about urban planning and home design for the future.  Mr. Porter is a former president of the American Institute of Architects in Orange County and has designed homes up and down the Southern California coastline.


""Tuesday, September 8, 1:05 p.m. 
Artist Holly Tempo discusses her abstract paintings inspired by her daily walks in her Inglewood neighborhood. Her painted and conceptual gestures speak to her urban setting’s geographic and cultural history, its state of transition/gentrification, and what it means to be an artist during COVID 19. Ms. Tempo is a 2019-20 City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs COLA fellow and a 2012 recipient of a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. 


""Tuesday, September 15, 1:05 p.m.
Artist Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez discusses his recent abstract paintings and sculptures inspired by his neighborhood and growing up in Boyle Heights.  When he is not in his studio Mr. Muñoz Hernandez works at the esteemed Robert Graham Studio and was a featured artist in the exhibition, “Bridging Homeboy Industries: Fabian Debora, Alex Kizu and Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez.”  

Event details and RSVP Information: 

  • All virtual Studio Chats take place on Tuesdays at 1:05 p.m. 
  • Location: NBPL Foundation’s ZOOM Webinar Room 
  • Virtual Doors open 10 minutes before program begins promptly at 1:05 p.m. 
  • FREE event with reservation 
  • Email to make your reservation today 

 Questions? 949-717-3818 or  

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