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The Newport Beach Central Library is currently open the to the public for the following hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 noon - 5 p.m. 

Richard Ferncase: Paris. . .and Beyond, infrared photography

September 7 - November 5, 2021, Central Library 

 Ferncase-L'observateur des cieux


The City Arts Commission is pleased to present the works of photographer Richard Ferncase as he takes us on an ethereal journey through ‘The City of Light’. Originally a painter whose work was often influenced by the Surrealist and Pop movements, Mr. Ferncase garnered numerous exhibitions with his New Topographic-influenced infrared photographic work in the early 1980s, which introduced metaphysical and dreamlike elements to a genre known for its bleak and banal imagery.

Through desaturated colors creating a duotone appearance, this collection, titled Paris. . .and Beyond, gives a sense of the ethereal and otherworldly, yielding a view of Paris sites that exist only in memory and reverie. Mr. Ferncase will also exhibit images from his first infrared series, Irvine Metaphysical, and his recent OC Parks Series.

Mr. Ferncase served for over thirty years as professor of filmmaking, photography, and computer graphics at the Dodge College of Film and Television at Chapman University. He is the author of several books on film as well as numerous short stories, and his photography has been exhibited nationwide and collected both locally and abroad. Mr. Ferncase currently lives and works in Corona del Mar, California.

(L'observateur des cieux by Richard Ferncase)


Aging as Art: Presented by the Council of Aging

October 13 - November 17, 2021, Central Library (Second Floor)


How do you perceive aging today? Is it the thriving lifestyle of seniors taking on new careers, volunteering or being physically active? Or is it the traditional notion of the harsher realities of aging?

The Council on Aging – Southern California invited all amateur and professional photographers, 18 years of age or older residing in California, to use their imagination and share their vision and unique interpretation of the aging experience.

The Aging as Art Photography Show was juried by a panel of distinguished judges. Selected entries are currently on display on the second floor of the Newport Beach Central Library from October 13 through November 17, 2021.

The Aging as Art Photography Show depicts the diversity, dignity, and challenges of what living a long life means today.



Up Next


  • Sunny Kim (Acrylics): November 8 - January 7, 2022


  • Roxanne Sexauer (Woodcuts & Linocuts): January 10 - March 4
  • Lisa Fu (Watercolors): March 7 - May 6
  • Ann Apeles Brunning ("Flying Flowers", photography): May 9 - July 1
  • Rob Williams (Photography): July 5 - September 2
  • Shant Beudjekian (Acrylic): September 6 - November 4
  • Helen Polin-Jones (Watercolor Portraits): November 7 - January 6, 2023

To have artwork considered for an exhibition at the Central Library, download and fill out the Application for Consideration Art

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