Thursday, October 21, 2021

Irvine’s Oldest Hotel Provides Canvas for Young Artists

Looking at a blank white wall near John Wayne Airport, 18-year-old University high school student Roy Kim in Irvine, Calif., saw the potential to create a masterpiece.

He took his vision a step further by involving the participation of young students and considering how to guide them on their artistic journey through the non-profit organization, Access to Art.

Kim told The Epoch Times, “I don’t think it’s necessary to prioritize the arts in schools given the budget.”

“At Access to the Arts, we offer to go to schools and create art lessons after school. It provides an opportunity to express themselves creatively, and any exposure they have with art will allow them to broaden their future. can help and basically see what they can do with it.”

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Roy Kim and Tracy Newton shake hands in front of the New Wave mural at the Atrium Hotel on September 8, 2021 in Irvine, Calif. (John Fredericks/The Epoch Times)

sharing a passion

Coming from a family of artists, Kim often tossed with her the idea that art is in her blood. He serves on the board at Access to Art, which originally started as a club at University High School with two basic goals:

“(It) provides volunteer opportunities for high school students, and it provides art education for young children. Our volunteers choose an art topic for each month, and then we create,” he said.

Growing up in the suburbs of Orange County, Kim never considered art as a professional career. It was during his sophomore year of high school taking his first art class when his passion as an artist developed into something he knew he wanted to pursue in the years beyond that.

“I realized something I wanted to do during that class. Now, I’m applying to colleges and universities as an arts major.”

When the 2020 coronavirus pandemic sent him and his fellow students home to learn in a quarantine environment, Kim soon found that volunteer arts opportunities dwindled. This ignited the desire within him to continue serving his community with his passion for the arts.

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Tracy Newton stands at the front desk of the Atrium Hotel on September 8, 2021 in Irvine, Calif. (John Fredricks / The Epoch Times)

an impossible partnership

When Tracy Newton, the new director of sales and marketing for The Atrium Hotel, began her role in the midst of the pandemic, the idea to beautify Irvine’s oldest hotel property came after a conversation with her supervisor, when she noticed that The empty walls of hotels can be paves the way for artistic creations.

“It’s really interesting because when I first started looking for an artist, I already had a few skilled professionals who had met me, but I thought it was a great way to get some of the students to shine with their work.” There will be opportunity!” Newton told The Epoch Times.

“I felt it was important to bring the community into the fold and give young people a chance to really show what they have. They were already cut short because of the pandemic and there were a lot of social things that they could do with their lives. As a stage of development will never get back.”

With both sides seeking a mutual means to bring creativity to their community during the hardships of the pandemic, City of Irvine officials linked The Atrium Hotel with Kim’s request for Access to Art’s skills.

“His proposal was so professional, and he hit it out of the park,” Newton said.

“Roy and his students couldn’t have been a better match, and you’ll see for yourself how this mural turned out.”

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Newton then connected Kim with The Atrium Hotel management team to present his proposal and the vision he had for the art ahead.

“He put his cost together and really took care of himself. Art is not seen as a career by many, and I love the fact that he took the initiative really professionally and did this work with a team. Done. He has my hat on!”

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The New Wave mural at the Atrium Hotel on September 8, 2021 in Irvine, Calif. (John Fredricks / The Epoch Times)

none like a mural

After finding the right place to start painting a highly visible wall mural near the hotel’s parking area, Kim, whose vision for the piece was inspired by the complexities she and her community face during the coronavirus was encountered, added cool-based colors to a fantasy scene. Which starts with the center theme of a house. The house appears to be unable to contain the thoughts and dreams flowing into its surroundings.

“I think during the pandemic, a lot of people felt this discomfort, and it was very limited. There were so many limited situations in which people could not go out and do simple things in life. So part of this mural, talks about it, or it kind of celebrates how we are transitioning from that period to a more normal lifestyle,” shared Kim.

“But as we do, we must still reconsider our relationship with nature and how we have become so dependent on mechanical processes on it.”

Flowing with the colors of the house, Kim and the kids in the Access to Art program symbolize evolution through a caterpillar becoming a butterfly and one with nature again.

“When Tracy first got me to paint a mural, I didn’t want it to be a simple decoration on the wall. I still wanted it to have a meaning and impact, because I think it’s a piece of art. The most important aspect.”

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Roy Kim stands in front of the New Wave mural at the Atrium Hotel on September 8, 2021 in Irvine, Calif. (John Fredricks / The Epoch Times)

The final piece, finished in the first week of September 2021, is approximately nine by fifteen feet and completely surrounded by two narrow palm trees. Upon arrival within the month there is a metal plaque that will display the title and description of the painting:

New Wave – Let your dreams take flight

Like a new wave, we sway from recent boundaries; We find ourselves experiencing an exciting cultural metamorphosis. While the world around us is changing, so are we.

Keeping a close eye on the balance between nature and the mechanical components in life, it is important to reflect on the simple pleasures of life, the pursuit of our dreams, the celebration of nature, and the need for personal growth.

micro enterprises ofnew waveDisplay nature delicately intertwined with the mechanical modernization of our environment.

Welcoming with the beauty and rhythm of nature, we let our dreams take flight, organically flowing into a new and exciting wave of adventures.

Newton said with a smile on her face, “To me, I just hope that the arts continue to support this nonprofit, and that any other students will get involved and have the opportunity to shine their artistic and creative outlet.” , because it’s really important.”

“I hope this is the beginning of a long and beautiful relationship.”

John Fredericks


John Fredericks is a California-based journalist for The Epoch Times. His reportage and photojournalism features have been published in various award winning publications around the world.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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