Path of Pilgrimage, An Exhibition of Paintings by Joshua Smith


THE PATH OF PILGRIMAGENew Works by Joshua Smith

An Inspire Exhibition at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Opens October 13th

Costa Mesa, CA, September 1, 2015: Artists are often asked where their inspiration comes from; when Orange County artist, Joshua Smith, is asked that question he is quick to respond that he relies on his dreams and his faith for inspiration. Working in a vortex of color and often on over twenty varying sizes of canvas at a time, Smith, not unlike the dreams he credits with inspiring his work, paints in a fever of remembrance, memory, mysticism, and metaphor.  

“I take my visual clues from architecture and from religion, allowing my paintings to be a reflection of art and of my faith,” says Smith, “and like a small child, I fanaticize my surroundings, the sky’s the limit.” A technically proficient oil painter, Smith, with his Masters in fine art from Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, approaches his work like a metaphysical journey through some unknown reality; he believes in the omnipotence of the dream, the fantasy.

With his emphasis on landscape, his colors lay one on top of the other in a powdery mist of memory; chairs, paths, trees, butterflies, nests, and small home-like structures stand in lonely isolation, but still he imbues each canvas with the emotion of hope and of home. The paintings’ dense, fragile surfaces and areas of multi-chromatic richness recall ancient wall frescos. 

“The Center is thrilled to present this Inspire Exhibition of work by the artist, Joshua Smith,” says Craig Kausen, chairman of the board and Chuck Jones’s grandson. “His work, like that of other great artists, inspires each of us to view our world a little differently, with faith and hope; and, perhaps, to question our responsibility to the world around us.”

Opening night reception for the artist is Tuesday, October 13 from 7 to 9 PM at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A, in Costa Mesa at the South Coast Collection (SoCo). The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will close on November 30. A portion of proceeds benefit the programs of the Center, a 501(c)3 public charity.

A graduate of the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford (Connecticut) with a Masters in painting, Smith received his undergraduate degree at the Laguna College of Art & Design.  He has participated in over 30 group exhibitions and more than 25 solo exhibitions in the past 10 years. Awarded the prestigious Best New SOLO Artist at the New York International Art Expo in 2007, Smith recently exhibited at the Carousel du Louvre with the Socièté Nationale des Beaux. He has been involved in numerous projects with The Guildford Handcraft Center, taught as adjunct professor at the Hartford Art School and has been exhibition curator at the Nathan J Gallery, Farmington, Ct. Currently, he lives in Orange County with his wife and two children.

Sangria and Sceneries - Thursday, March 13 at 7pm!


Join us for Sangria and Sceneries, the next class in our Palate and Palettes series!

SANGRIA AND SCENERIES on Thursday, March 13 at 7pm

Learn to paint a landscape using the colors of the rainbow. When you complete your masterpiece, you'll have a canvas with the perfect view!

Thursday, March 13

7:00pm to 9:00pm

You bring your wine and snacks, and we provide the materials and canvas!

Where: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Ave, Ste A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


1 Artist=$30.00

2 Artists=$40.00

Register today! Click here!

Questions: Sasha Advani, (949) 660-7793 x20107 or

Our first Pinot and Picasso was a sucess!


On Thursday night (February 6, 2014), people from all around Orange County got together at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity to participate in the Center’s first-ever Pinot and Picasso.We were joined by groups of all kinds – families, couples, mothers with their daughters, and friends out for a night of fun. There were people from all skill levels – from those who haven’t picked up a brush since elementary school, to those who have missed the familiar feel of a paintbrush in their hand.

When the guests arrived, they all enjoyed wine, cheese, and other bite-sized treats to go along with their painting lesson. They were provided with a 16x10 canvas, a palette, paintbrushes, and paints, and each sat across from their partner.

The class was led by Chris Scardino, and he taught everyone how to paint basic dimensions of a human face and head. His class was loosely themed around various eras of Picasso style portraits, and everyone released their inner Picasso. They filled up their palettes with paints, and got creative with different ways to capture the personality and quirks of their partner.

Some of our guests stated that they enjoyed, “Expressing oneself. The lesson was useful. I played with colors…. and its fun to see how you see each other.” Her partner smiled and responded, “It’s a big challenge to paint something as beautiful as her.” 

A family stated, “It was good family time. I'm with my wife and kids and a student who is living with us, so it was a very enjoyable evening for us. Very relaxing. I haven't done this for 30 or 40 years and she used to do a lot of art. I'm glad I got to paint her and share a bottle of wine.”

“You just relax and drink and paint a theme like Picasso – which I’ve never done before. It’s fun and forgiving because you can kind of do anything and it doesn’t have to be accurate. Everything is set up – no stress! You come, you open a bottle of wine, and you take home your masterpiece, and hang it up on the wall.”