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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Crear Studio Hopes to Give OC Artists of Color a Home in Santa Ana

A new gallery awaited people strolling the streets of downtown Santa Ana in August as the city’s monthly art walk reawakened from its long, pandemic slumber. Around the corner from the Artists Village, Crear Studio gave those passing by a glimpse into its ambitious vision.

Sarah Rafael Garcia, the studio’s gallery director, pulled a drawstring and slowly raised a curtain from inside its quarters. Neon green lights affixed to an installation wall beamed through the window and revealed a sneak peek of Santa Ana artist Albert Lopez Jr.’s upcoming exhibition “¡El baile del dólar que nunca tuve!” (The dollar dance that I never had).

After a few hours, the curtain drew back down by art walk’s end, but the work of Crear Studio’s grander reintroduction to the Orange County art scene had only just began.

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