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April 19, 2016


SANTA ANA, Calif. - From April 13 through May 18, a collection of oil paintings from Laguna Beach resident Patricia Turnier are on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of JWA's Community Focus Space Program. The paintings can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

"I am proud to see a local Laguna Beach resident showcase her artwork," said Board Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett.  "The County is fortunate to have a world-class airport with an Arts Program that highlights the many talented artists within our community."

Patricia Turnier's paintings rank among the best that John Wayne Airport has had the opportunity to exhibit.  Her artistic interpretations of various bird species are powerfully captivating, yet ethereal portraiture. Her exquisite works can be characterized as technically excellent and artistically straight forward.

"African Vulture" by Patricia Turnier

"African Vulture" by Patricia Turnier

More images can be seen here.

"Audubon prints were the original inspiration for my paintings," said Patricia Turnier. "Subsequently my sources have been drawings and photographs from books in my collection."

A native Californian, Turnier has made her home in Laguna Beach since 1960. Turnier graduated from Fullerton High School and Fullerton College, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the University of California, Irvine. She served on the Board of the Laguna Beach Art Museum for 6 years.

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include Stan Vosburg (May 18 - June 15) and Maryana Wagor (June 15 - July 14).

To learn more about JWA's Art Programs, visit


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