Art Walk Exhibits Original Art At Nautilus and Seacrest in Crystal Cove

The seaside enclave of Crystal Cove on The Newport Coast® provides the backdrop for the enchanting blend of art and architecture that is Art Walk, a unique artistic display program presented by Laing Luxury Homes within the estate-home neighborhoods of Nautilus and SeaCrest.

Encompassing original oils, acrylic paintings, mixed media, and monoprints, the art works featured throughout the model homes of Nautilus and SeaCrest showcase the talents of some of California’s most celebrated artists, including several well-known Orange County artists.

According to Tom Redwitz, president of Laing Luxury: “The artwork displayed at Nautilus and SeaCrest serves as an integral part of each home’s stunning and highly personalized interior design. Additionally, these carefully selected pieces provide a view into the level of sophistication that Laing Luxury provides in its collaboration with homebuyers to create truly signature homes.”

Between Nautilus and SeaCrest, the work of approximately 24 artists is on display. “It’s wonderful to have my work displayed amid the beautiful architecture and interior design of the SeaCrest estate homes,” said Newport Beach artist Carole Akins, whose paintings reflect the whimsy of everyday life.

An interior designer before she became a painter 15 years ago, Akins works in both oils and acrylics on canvas, sometimes incorporating fabrics, photographs and other mixed media into her compositions.

“I begin each painting with a mental snapshot inspired by the humor and magic I see all around,” Akins said. “Then I write down my impressions of what I’ve seen and paint from those. People are always out and about on The Newport Coast, whether they’re driving along PCH or walking their dogs at Crystal Cove Promenade™. This is a perfect backdrop for my work.”

Added plein-air artist Jesse Powell, whose oil paintings are exhibited at both Nautilus and SeaCrest: “Having original art on the walls of these residences makes them feel lived in and allows the homes to make a more personal statement. The art also serves as a fantastic avenue to show visitors the look and feel of The Newport Coast and adjacent coastal areas.”

Powell began studying with his father, noted American impressionist John Powell, more than 20 years ago. After college, the younger Powell met a group of Russian plein-air artists in New York, and after spending more than two months painting with them in the republic of Georgia and in Moscow, he found his life’s work.

“My goal is to capture on canvas a fleeting moment in nature, emphasizing how sunlight and atmosphere affect color,” said Powell, whose studio is in Laguna Canyon. “What inspires me the most is returning to the same location day after day and seeing how dramatically it changes with the changing light.”

Newport Beach artist Elyse Katz creates abstract paintings, monoprints and collages inspired by “dreams of color and my fascination with Chinese calligraphy.” She uses a variety of techniques to fashion both small and large pieces that are highly textured, rich in color and layered with papers, images and text. The result is art that captivates from the start, then invites the eye to discover layer upon layer of unexpected beauty over time.

“Being a part of Art Walk is great exposure for artists, and it’s a privilege to have my work on view in this magnificent Newport Coast environment,” said Katz. “These are beautiful estate homes in an incredible coastal location, and they provide a wonderful backdrop for a variety of artwork.”

Rising along the last great stretch of coastline between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove is a gated seaside sanctuary. Luxurious estate residences are currently available in the two Laing Luxury Homes neighborhoods, as follows:

NAUTILUS offers one- and two-story homes sized from approximately 3,182 to 4,102 square feet. Prices start from the $3 millions.

SEACREST offers one- and two-story homes ranging from approximately 5,517 to 7,945 square feet.

Additionally, Crystal Cove offers limited-edition custom homesites sized from approximately 16,000 to more than 35,000 square feet. For homesite pricing information, call (949) 720-COVE.

To visit Nautilus and SeaCrest at Crystal Cove, take the I-405 freeway, exit at MacArthur Boulevard and drive south toward the ocean. Turn left on Pacific Coast Highway and proceed through Corona del Mar, turning left on Reef Point Drive to the gated entrance.

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