FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2011 Contact: Jenny Wedge (949) 252-5182 (office)




SANTA ANA, Calif. - A group of abstract paintings by Newport Beach based artist Michaell Magrutsche will be on display in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal as part of John Wayne Airport's (JWA) Community Focus Space Program. The artworks will be exhibited on the departure (upper) level near the security screening areas and on the arrival (lower) level near baggage carousels 1 and 4, now through December 19, 2011.
"I am drawn to colorful Minimal Abstract art and the Liminal (space in between abstract and representational). Liminal paintings engage the viewer by interpreting and filling in the blanks with one's own imagination," said Magrutsche.

Wolf's Perspective Blue by Michaell Magrutsche
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Magrutsche was born in Vienna, Austria and was exposed to Modern Art at an early age. His childhood home was filled with art created by his uncle, well known Austrian painter Adolf Frohner. Michaell moved to Southern California 30 years ago when he mistakenly thought that Orange County was Los Angeles. While traveling internationally for 20 years visiting the "nicest" places in the world, Michaell fell more in love with Orange County and learned to appreciate its values. Currently, Michaell works in his new home-studio in Newport Beach where he holds monthly exhibitions with guest painters, musicians and writers.
To learn more about Michaell Magrutsche, visit To learn more about JWA's Community Focus Space Program, visit
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