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January 22, 2018


SANTA ANA, Calif. – From January 18, 2018 – February 19, 2018, underwater photography by Patsee Ober will be on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of JWA’s Community Focus Space Program. These works 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.

“Ms. Ober’s work truly captures the unique vibrancy of Orange County’s fascinating coastal tide pools,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do. “Travelers coming through our world-class John Wayne Airport will get a taste of the natural beauty Orange County has to offer through these stunning, unedited pieces of photographic art.”

The intimacy of the tide pools allows Ms. Ober to explore space, angles, reflections and light as they constantly change with the tide, currents and path of the sun. Her intention has always been to explore the tide pools, not alter them. Ober’s images are taken in the marine protected areas of the shallow tide pools and reefs along the coast from Laguna Beach to Corona del Mar, California, and since 2015, the protected marine areas of the Sea of Cortez, Belize and French Polynesia.

The Gang's All Here
The Gang's All Here by Patsee Ober

More images can be seen here.

“The idea here is to have an image flip from photo-realism to an abstract image, imagined but very real,” said Ms. Ober, who does not edit her images with a computer or a dark-room. A resident of Laguna Beach for over 30 years, she spent her formative years in Newport Beach. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Whittier College and her Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Long Beach. Ms. Ober is an annual Sawdust Festival exhibitor who is a representative for saltwater inhabitants and their pristine ocean homes, and accomplishes this by revealing their world through her work.

Please visit for more information about Patsee Ober’s work.

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include Veronica Schmitt (February 19 – March 19) and Stephanie Hager (March 19 – April 19).

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit


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