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November 16, 2015


SANTA ANA, Calif. - From now through December 16, John Wayne Airport (JWA) is displaying a collection of paintings by Orange County resident Dori Murnieks as part of JWA's Community Focus Space Program. The artwork can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near the security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

"My paintings in this show are all done in acrylics, my favorite medium. Acrylics allow me more freedom of expression, and help me achieve a looseness and fluidity. The mood of the scene dictates my palette," said Dori Murnieks. "I look forward to exhibiting my works to a new audience and connecting with local artists."

Murnieks' artwork primarily depicts western landscapes and the animals that inhabit them. While most of her work is painted using acrylics, she also works with other media, such as pastels. Murnieks' paintings capture a certain uniqueness of a special place. She often begins painting with a general idea of her subject matter and sees where it takes her. Throughout her artistic process, the artwork evolves as she explores the possibilities.

“Dawn Break” by Dori Murnieks

“Dawn Break” by Dori Murnieks

More images can be seen here.

Dori Murnieks was born in Johnson City, New York, and grew up in a family of artists. She studied fine art at the Arts Students League and Cooper Union School of Art. She later moved to Northern California, where she became a founding member of the Avenue 9 Gallery Art Guild in Chico, California, and showed her artwork in regional galleries and exhibitions. Dori now resides in Laguna Woods, and is a member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Her paintings have been displayed in Laguna Woods Arts Association exhibits and in Laguna Woods City Hall. In addition to painting, she currently illustrates children's books for author M.C. Arvanitis.

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include Leonard Myszynski (December 17 - January 14) and Susie Stockholm (January 15 - February 16). To learn more about JWA's Art Programs, visit


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