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Arts Commission presents Lucie Galvin’s Paper Pictures: Washi, Scraps, and Souvenirs

Continuing through February 9, 2024, Paper Pictures: Washi, Scraps, and Souvenirs by artist Lucie Galvin is appearing at the City of Newport Beach Arts Commission exhibition at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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“Drain to Bay,” 2023

Galvin grew up in Newport Beach, attending Eastbluff Elementary and Corona del Mar Middle and High schools. She learned to sail the harbor, worked at Fashion Island, and volunteered at the old Newport Beach Library and Hoag Hospital. After studying art history at the University of Michigan, education at St. Mary’s College, garden design at The English Gardening School, London, and Craftsman gardening with the National Trust for Scotland, she returned to her husband in Newport to raise their family.

Galvin teaches and practices gardening and crafts. During the pandemic, she iPad-sketched portraits of missed family and friends, walked town Instagramming plants vernacular, and began the illustrative paper collages in her exhibition. She has recently returned from studying traditional and modern papermaking in South Korea and Japan.

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“The Surfer,” 2023

The pictures’ paper plant materials include – bamboo, banana, cotton, daphne, ficus, flax, gampi, hemp/jute, mango mitsumata, mulberry, nettle, onion, papyrus, rice, silk, snake plant, and anonymous hard and softwoods in upcycled modern card stock, cellophane, construction paper, greeting cards, grocery bags, parchment, pastry boxes, souvenirs, wrapping paper and vellum.

Some works on display are available for purchase. Contact the artist for pricing at


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