Great Park Gallery Celebrates World of
Japanese Anime and Manga with Hero
New art exhibition opens January 5 with special reception featuring live mural painting by artist Peter Han

IRVINE - Heroes are everywhere - parents, teachers, firefighters, policemen, as well as servicemen and women. The Great Park Gallery's latest engaging exhibition, Hero, celebrates the iconic, creative world of Japanese Anime and Manga.

Anime are Japanese animated productions featuring hand-drawn or computer animation. Manga are comics created in Japan or by Japanese artists in the Japanese language, conforming to a visual and story-telling style developed in the late 19th century.

Hero, which opens on Sunday, January 5, 2014, showcases the art of Anime and Manga across a variety of mediums, including digital arts, sculpt modeling, 3D design and printing technologies, as well as traditional mediums such as acrylics and ink.

As a tribute to the kid in all of us, a diverse group of innovative artists from film, television, video games, and publishing have been selected to honor legendary Japanese artists and their heroes.

Artists include: Patrick Ballesteros, Eric Browning, Claire Chen, Jose Emroca Flores, Rafael Grassetti, Ryan Hall, Peter Han, Felix Ip, Jin Yung Kim, Luke Mancini, Kimie Kim Mizutani, Eddie Nunez, Angel Palacios, Thomas N. Perkins IV, Mai Van, and Dave Wilkins

The Hero exhibition runs from Sunday, January 5 through Sunday, June 13, 2014. Admission is free.

Hero Exhibition Reception
A special opening reception will be held on Sunday, January 5, 10 a.m. -2 p.m. and include a live mural painting by artist Peter Han.

Great Park Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays: noon - 4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Editor's Note: Images available upon request.

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