Exhibiting Artist Program



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The goal of the City of Buena Park’s Exhibiting Artist Program is to nurture working relationships and partnerships between artists, presenters, art organizations, and the greater Buena Park Community. 

Our gallery space in the Buena Park City Council Chamber provides artists with the opportunity to create a dialogue between their work and the civic life of our community. From solo and two-person shows to our open-call group shows and partnerships with local arts organizations, the Fine Arts Division ensures that a wide range of voices and perspectives are included in this conversation. 

We welcome work from artists both locally and nationally, from diverse cultural backgrounds, and who come to art making in varied ways. Our definition of what constitutes art and who is an artist is expansive and inclusive.

This is a free event, open to all. Exhibitions are held every six to eight weeks at the Buena Park City Hall, Council Chamber, 6650 Beach Blvd. For more information visit or contact the Fine Arts Division at (714) 562-3868 or at

Viewing is by appointment only; please call the Fine Arts Division at (714) 562-3868 or e-mail to confirm viewing availability.

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Artists: Submit your work!

Interested in exhibiting your work in our gallery? Submit your application online (click here).

Interested in curating a group show? Submit your proposal online (click here). We use dropbox to review portfolios.

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 Amy Smith

Amy Smith is a self-taught contemporary artist that uses photography, layers of hand cut stencils, and torn recycled fashion magazine pieces to create elaborate collages.

The artwork will be on display in the City Hall Council Chamber located at 6650 Beach Blvd. 90621 from May 20, 2020 to July 1, 2020.  City Hall is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm and alternating Fridays. Please call the Community Services Division at (714) 562-3860 to confirm viewing availability before planning your visit.



Beauty of Quilts Poster Social Media


The City of Buena Park is proud to present an exhibit featuring quilts from the Acacia Quilt Guild and the Subterranean Quilters.  These vibrant handcrafted textiles were created to illustrate a story, donated to charitable organizations, and simply for the appreciation of the craft.  The Acacia Quilt Guild has partnerships with The Boys & Girls Club of Buena Park, Senior Care Centers, Relay for Life, the Buena Park Police Department, and so many more.  The Subterranean Quilters is a group of artists who create unique dyes and textures that are incorporated into their quilts. 

Vakseen Social Media


Exhibiting Artist: Vakseen
September 10 - October 31
Please call (714)562-3860 for viewing appointments

About the Artist:
Vakseen is a Los Angeles based artist and distinct collage-influenced painter who fuses elements of cubism, photorealism, fashion design, and pop surrealism into vibrantly alluring, and abstract portraits. Drawing distinct inspiration from society's fascination with popular culture, his paintings are a celebration of women, beauty, duality, insecurity, and self-preservation. In addition to being sold to collectors and art enthusiasts, his art has been shown in museums, countless gallery exhibitions and featured in over 100 magazines worldwide.

This exhibition will be on view September 10 – October 31, 2019, in the City Council Chamber in Buena Park City Hall, 6650 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90621. City Hall is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm and alternating Fridays. Please call the Community Services Division at (714) 562-3860 to confirm viewing availability before planning your visit.




EXHIBITION: September 14 toOctober 5
RECEPTION: September14 at 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Ehlers Event Center
8150 Knott Ave
Buena Park, CA 90620

The City of Buena Park’s Community Services Department in partnership with The Museum of Teaching and Learning (MOTAL), the Fine Arts Division and the Senior & Human Services Division, was proud to present A Class Action: The Grassroots Struggle for School Desegregation in California. The exhibition was on display September 15 - October 5, 2019, in the Senior Activities Center at Ehlers Event Center, 8150 Knott Ave., Buena Park, CA 90620. Visitors of all ages were encouraged to participate in workshops, lectures, and tours.

In March 1945, five fathers in Orange County, California, brought a class-action lawsuit against four school districts on behalf of their own children and 5,000 other children that were being forced to attend segregated “Mexican schools.” This exhibition tells the story of their landmark lawsuit, Mendez et al. v. Westminster School District et al., and reveals how community organizing and grassroots activism can produce positive change in schools and communities across the United States. Experts have called this the most important court case about segregation before Brown v. Board of Education.

The interactive exhibition provided a physical space where visitors explored the case, its origins, and how its legacy inspired others to go on to make a difference. Exhibition features included photographs and items from all plaintiff families, interactive elements and oral histories, docent-led tours, and a space for community dialogue and civic engagement.


Co.Act Social Media


EXHIBITION: July 16 to September 5
RECEPTION: September 5 at 6:00 PM

City Hall Council Chamber
6650 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90621

Co.Act is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization run by students across the U.S. and Korea that aims to provide emotional and monetary support to students in need around the world. The group provides support by organizing volunteer events, book drives, art exhibitions, and other activities to help achieve their goals.

This year’s theme was “Hand in Hand in Peace,” follows Co.Act’s summer DMZ Exhibition which was held on the border between North and South Korea. This historical event's goal was to facilitate peace between the two countries and to convey that students working together can make the world a better place for all. Co.Act hopes to inspire everyone who comes to view the show.

This exhibition was on view July 16 through September 5, 2019 in the City Council Chamber at Buena Park City Hall, 6650 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90622. City Hall is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm and alternating Fridays.


Hedy Torres May 21 to July 11 featuring two of her pieces on a dark background

BUENA PARK, CA: The City of Buena Park’s Fine Arts Division is proud to present our current art exhibition in City Hall featuring the work of exhibiting artist, Hedy Torres.  

Hedy Torres is a contemporary artist who looks to capture her community through her thoughtful black and white portraits that presents the individuals as they are without the prejudices that may come with color.

This exhibition will be on view now through July 11, 2019 in the City Council Chamber at Buena Park City Hall, 6650 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90622. City Hall is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm and alternating Fridays. Please call the Community Services Division at (714) 562-3860 to confirm viewing availability before planning your visit.


Sunny Hills IB Senior Art Show


BUENA PARK, CA: The City of Buena Park was proud to partner with Sunny Hills High School.

This exhibition provided an assessment platform for International Baccalaureate (IB) art students to showcase the final product of their art-making processes. It allowed for the assessment of the observable qualities of technical resolution, the successful communication of ideas, and the synthesis of form and function. 

It also provided students with the opportunity to demonstrate their discernment by identifying the strongest works for the exhibition, how to arrange these works to their best advantage, and to make connections for the audience between each art piece. As part of the IB Art assessment, each student was required to write a curatorial rationale, plan for the presentation of their work, and mount the exhibition according to their plan.

This exhibition was on display from April 8 through May 15, 2019, in City Council Chamber at Buena Park City Hall.

Winter Watercolors Group Show Promotion Social Media 2018-19 (3)

The Fine Arts Division of the City of Buena Park was proud to present an open-theme group exhibition Winter Watercolors. One of the oldest forms of painting, watercolor traditions are present in cultures throughout history and all over the globe. From Paleolithic cave paintings and Ancient Egyptian scrolls through the Renaissance in Europe and the rich traditions of Asia to the present, watercolors have been used to illustrate text, document travel, and explore the rich textures of myriad peoples and cultures. This is was celebration of work that honored these traditions and pushed the boundaries of water-based media.

Winter Watercolors was on display from November 29, 2018 – January 18, 2019 in Council Chamber at Buena Park City Hall.


Double Take_ Gomez Park

This two-person photography exhibition featured local photographer Omar Gomez and Brooklyn-based photographer Unhee Park. It was on view October 9 through November 27, 2018.  


 Co.Act 2018 Social Media

Cooperation.Act is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization run by students that aims to provide emotional and monetary support to other students in need around the world. They organize volunteer events, book drives, and art exhibitions among many other activities to achieve our goals.

The theme of the exhibit was Humanity, Peace, and Diversity. They believe that these themes are more important now than ever, and want to express their hope for the future through their members' artistic interpretations. They hope that it will encourage and touch the hearts of those who come to view their hard work.

An opening reception was held on Friday, August 31 from 4-6pm in Buena Park City Council Chamber.

 Chip Fesko

May 3 through June 14, 2018 

Chip Fesko presented two series of watercolors: one abstract pixelated fields, the other brightly rendered birds.

Inyoung Seoung

 January 9 - February 16, 2018

Utilizing a strikingly defined line, Inyoung Seoung creates artwork that grows organically, occupying a space—whether it is the physical space of the gallery or the visual space of the canvas or paper. Her forms often reference nature and are intended to awaken in the view a sense of the intricacies of the natural world as well as our own uniqueness as human beings that exist in that world.

Inyoung Seoung has a BFA in sculpture from Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea and has shown her work both nationally and internationally.

Double Take- Pinter and Fingerhut 

 November 7, 2017 through January 5, 2018

Marco Pinter holds a PhD in Media Arts and Technology from UC Santa Barbra and has exhibited his work in cities across the world. In the series on view in Buena Park, he utilizes thermal cameras to capture moving bodies, translating the ephemeral gestures into layered imagery on a variety of surfaces.

Stuart Fingerhut holds a BS in Environmental Design and explores the intersection of art, science, and nature by creating objects that use formal relationships to engage the viewer. In his work on display in Buena Park, laser-cut sheets of metalized acrylic are assembled onto geometric grounds. The spiraling shapes create a sense of movement in the viewer’s gaze as the shapes tumble out from the wall.


 Social Media.Frida Group Show Reception.2017

 September 12 - November 2, 2017

Frida Kahlo’s life and work has served as inspiration to artists of many identities for decades. Chicanx, Latinx, Feminist, and LGBTQI communities see Kahlo’s work as a celebration of Indigenous heritage, a challenge to fixed identities, a contemplation of the feminine, an exploration of the bounded and unboundedness of the body, and so much more. The title for this show comes from Zora Neale Hurston’s seminal novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Although Kahlo’s work has often been described as Surrealist, she resisted the label, asserting, “I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality”.  The exhibition showcases seventeen artists who have been inspired by Kahlo, whether through her iconic portrait, her engagement with form, her use of color, the subjects she explored, or the fearless way she lived.


 Double Take- Elaine Hughes and Cyndi Bemel (1)

July 24 - September 7, 2017

Cyndi Bemel, a resident of South Pasadena, CA expresses her curiosity about people and their world through her photography. As a freelance journalist and radio producer, she has developed the ability to connect with a wide array of people and capture the many facets of life in various communities.

Elaine Hughes, a resident of Buena Park, CA creates textured paintings that invite the viewer to take a moment to be still and find the beauty in simple moments. Born and raised on Southern California, the coast is an important setting for many of her paintings.


 Katie McGuire.Exhibiting Artist.2017


May 4 -July 13, 2017

A Los Angeles based artist, Katie McGuire creates portraits of people in an altered, dreamlike, and magical way using color, pattern, shape, and paint texture techniques.  She uses bright, improbable, and skewed amalgamations of color to illustrate dissimilar aspects of the body and personality.   Utilizing her distinctive paint application technique is how she transmits sentiment and sensation.  Her aim is to create a world that oscillates between the surreal and real.


John Barney.Exhibiting Artist.2017

 February 14 - March 23, 2017

John Barney is an award-winning abstract expressionist artist based in Long Beach, CA.  He believes that the psychological dimension is the vehicle through which a work of art communicates and evokes an emotional response from the viewer. Color and texture are two aspects of this process that allows his work to make an emotional impact.  Combining these in an abstract expressionist style encourages the viewer to learn something about themselves - on a deep, subconscious level - during the viewing experience.  For more information about Barney, please visit 

Al Shelton

The Old McKettric Place by Al Shelton

November 22 - December 30, 2016

A prolific painter, and leather art craftsman, Shelton lived a humble life in his art studio in Hollywood California, creating evocative images of the American West, drawing from his own life story as well as other modes of inspiration. His paintings, saddles, and western wear are collected worldwide by lovers of the American West, including many actors from Hollywood's golden age.

Arts For Wellness Orange County

October 11-November 18, 2016

Arts for Wellness Orange County (AWOC) advocates for arts events, classes, and workshops in the community.  The association is open to all artist and supporters of the arts.  A broad variety of art disciplines are represented including visual (fine arts, crafts, digital arts, photography, film and video), music, dance literary, and theatre.

Marius Menea

Current Exhibition 

Exhibition Dates: August 30 - October 7, 2016


Marius Menea is a Romanian-born artist living in Southern California. The ninth of thirteen children and the father of two, Marius' work brings enthusiasm, passion and hope through the exploration of the color, line, dimension and complexities and intricacies of time, thought, and existence in this brink of a world.

 Endless Summer

Exhibiting Artists.California Dreaming.2016 

Exhibition Dates: July 6 - August 26, 2016

Artists shared their creative spirit at our Endless Summer Group Art Exhibition. Designed for both emerging and established artists, this exhibition showcased work celebrating the look, feel and texture of California with visual art.


Alexis Lennon

Alexis Lennon

Exhibition Dates: May 10 - July 1, 2016

Alexis Lennon is an accomplished fine art painter and connoisseur of all things creative.  With a subtle minimalistic approach, Alexis creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal.  Alexis expands her abilities through diving deep inside into her mind, where she says the inspiration comes from a place somewhere between a prayer and a dream.

Michael Payton

 Michael Payton
March 29 - May 6, 2016

Michael Payton has had a passion for rock & roll, art and guitars since he was a teen growing up in Southern California.  An avid guitar player, Michael rediscovered his love for painting as an adult and found a way to fuse his musical passions into a unique brand of art.  In a style that combines realism with abstract and finishes with a pop art touch, Michael recreates the instruments that have shaped the musical tastes of rock for the decades.

Arts For Wellness Orange County

Canyon Bouquet by Theresa Boyd

August 25 - December 31, 2015

Arts for Wellness Orange County (AWOC) advocates for arts events, classes, and workshops in the community.  The association is open to all artist and supporters of the arts.  A broad variety of art disciplines are represented including visual (fine arts, crafts, digital arts, photography, film and video), music, dance literary, and theatre.

Arts For Wellness OC invites the community to attend their open reception on Thursday, October 8 from 2:00 - 3:30pm in the Buena Park City Hall Council Chamber.  For more information about the reception please contact the Cultural/Fine Arts Division at (714) 562-3868.

Dani Vinokurov

Sunshine and Shadow

June 30 - August 21, 2015

Dani is a storyteller. Her collages are equal parts magic, dreamscape, folk art, and nature. Her visual narrative is told through tiny ink drawings, meticulous paper cuts, watercolor washes, miniature weavings, and embroidery. Each collage creates an environment where the conscious and subconscious minds intersect; a place of luscious and whimsical environments where flora and fauna interact with repeat-pattern design to tell a story of femininity, folklore, and fantasy. For more information about the artist and her work, visit

Jack Azua


May 5 – June 26, 2015

Jack Azua is a professional fine art photographer specializing in capturing his extensive journeys throughout the Southwestern United States. His photographs are thoughtful reflections of the places and people he has met throughout his travels. With emphasis on the Sierra Nevada region, his current collection encompasses sweeping panoramas and timeless portraits demonstrating the unsurpassed beauty and timelessness of the most geographically diverse area in America.His diverse body of work has most recently been exhibited in the Los Angeles Join Photography Exhibition of Chinese and American Photographers.

Toti O’Brien


March 3 – May 1, 2015

Whimsical and enchanting, Toti O’ Brien’s collages are composed of personal fragments – drawings, paintings, and photographs – all carefully created by the artist. Using meticulous craft skills such as embroidering, appliqué’ and beadwork as well as recycled and found materials, Toti’s interesting compositions allow viewers of all ages to discover and delight.

A Los Angeles based artist, musician and poet, Toti O’Brien has exhibited in group and solo shows, in the US and Europe, for the last 20 years. Her work was on view in the Charmsexhibition - as part of the Glendale GALA series - and In light of Shadowsexhibition at Brand Gallery in Glendale. For more information about the artist and her work, visit


If you have questions or need special accomodations in completing your submission, please contact Imani Tolliver,  Fine Arts Supervisor at or call (714) 562-3867.