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The Newport Beach Central Library is currently open the to the public with modified hours and services. 

Following the State guidelines, the Central Library has restarted in-person services incrementally. Face-coverings are required for both staff and the public entering the Library. Initial services allow patrons to browse the shelves, check out materials, and manage accounts. Public computers will be available on a limited basis.

In accordance with guidelines from the State of California, Newport Beach Public Library has implemented a variety of precautions to make the environment as safe as possible for staff and the public. The Central Library is equipped with Plexiglass barriers at public service desks, social distancing demarcation signage and hand-sanitizers.


"Animal Kingdom+", mixed media: wood and watercolor by Michael Crook

March 8 - May 7, 2021, Central Library 

A Little Nip for Mom by Michael Crook

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents "Animal Kingdom+", an exhibition of mixed media wood and watercolor works by artist Michael Crook, on display at the Newport Beach Central Library gallery. 

Michael Crook creates hand-carved wildlife art pieces from various types of hardwoods and hand-paints them using opaque watercolors. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska and raised in Sierra Madre, California, Crook has worked in various media, including painting and drawing, photography, silversmithing, stained glass, ceramics, printmaking, and woodworking.

While serving in the Army in the late 1960s, Crook was a Combat Artist in Vietnam. His works from that time are now the property of the Military History Department of the U.S. Army and were, at one time, displayed at the Pentagon. Since 1994, he has participated in many art shows around Southern California, including 18 years at the Art-A-Fair in Laguna Beach.

Michael lives in Newport Beach with his wife Pamela and their cat, Coal.

The exhibition will be on display March 8 through May 7, 2021, during the library's operating hours.

(A Little Nip for Mom by Michael Crook)


Up Next


  • TO BE DETERMINED May 17-July2  
  • Quilts on the Wall (Textiles): July 5 - September 3
  • Richard Ferncase (Photography): September 7 - November 5
  • 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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