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November 20, 2009

ARTIST GERARD BASIL STRIPLING FEATURED IN COMMUNITY FOCUS PROGRAM AT JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT

Santa Ana, California - Artist Gerard Basil Stripling's contemporary fine art bronze sculptures are featured at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of the Community Focus Program and will be on display through Dec. 17, 2009.

Stripling's fine art sculptures are inspired by real life experiences and are expressed in different shapes and sizes using different mediums like ceramic, wood, steel and bronze.

"As an artist my main focus is to create a physical object that compels viewers to take a reflective pause to question, wonder, and contemplate, thus creating their own opinion and conclusions," says Stripling. "With this experience I hope to spur ongoing conversation, which in turn creates new ideas and thought. I feel that art should not only be created to show beauty, but must be produced from emotion in order to be compelling."

The beginning of Stripling's artistic career began in the 1980's in the fashion design industry. He worked with Bill Whitten, a costume designer who designed costumes for Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Neil Diamond, and many other music legends. Stripling eventually transitioned to working full-time creating abstract sculptures.

He and his works have earned recognition by the American Style Magazine as an emerging artist to watch in 2008 and he has been commissioned to create four public art pieces throughout Southern California.

Stripling's sculptures will be displayed in the departure (upper) level near the security screening areas and on the arrival (lower) level near baggage carousels 1 and 4. To learn more about JWA's Community Focus Program, visit www.ocair.com.

John Wayne Airport (SNA) is a self-supporting enterprise, owned and operated by the County of Orange, serves nearly nine million passengers annually and is governed by the five-member Orange County Board of Supervisors.

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