Sunday, August 4, 2013

A History of "A Night in Fullerton"

Before there was the Downtown Fullerton Art Walk, there was "A Night in Fullerton."  This was an annual city-wide cultural celebration featuring art, music, drama, and dance.  For 45 years, the city of Fullerton hosted this event.  Free shuttles would take people from Cal State Fullerton to Downtown to the Hunt Branch Library on a night of creative expression and community.

"A Night in Fullerton" lasted from 1964-2009.  In an effort to better understand this important part of my city's cultural history, I've been hanging out in the Local History Room of the Fullerton Public Library, scanning documents.  I've also had the pleasure to befriend two of the original organizers of this event, Dorian Hunter (who owned a gallery in Fullerton from 1963-1969) and Marjorie Kerr, a local artist who has twice shown at my Fullerton gallery, Hibbleton.  And so, for all who are interested, here is my history of "A Night in Fullerton."

Florence Arnold, Co-Founder of "A Night in Fullerton"

"A Night in Fullerton" was conceived in 1964, when local artist Florence Arnold wanted to create a cultural event to show Norton Simon (who lived in Fullerton) that we were an art community.  Norton Simon was a well-known collector of fine art, and he had offered to gift the city a world-class art museum.  He built the Hunt Branch Library as a proposed site.  Florence enlisted the help of local gallery owner Dorian Hunter and a group of artists to create the event.  "A Night in Fullerton" debuted in 1964, and Norton Simon's collection was on display at the Hunt Branch for all to see.  The event was an extraordinary coordination of art venues in a historically conservative town.  The first "A Night in Fullerton" included eight venues, listed below.  Fullerton (Junior) College had Ansel Adams photographs on display.


And, at the Hunt Branch Library, there were paintings by Picasso, Cezanne, Goya, Degas, and other masters.  




Sculptures by Rodin, Giacometti, and other masters graced the grounds.




"A Night in Fullerton" was off to a great start!



The next year, 1965, was also a success.  William Pereira was the architect who designed the Hunt Branch Library.  Mr. Pereira also designed the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, the Geisel Library at UC San Diego, the Disneyland Hotel, and the master plan for the City of Irvine.   He displayed his drawings at Fullerton College.


By this point, Dorian Hunter's gallery was in full swing, Cal State Fullerton was hosting art exhibits and plays, and it seemed that Fullerton was becoming a legitimate arts destination.  By 1966, the number of venues had grown to nine.


Notice the artists on display at the Hunt Branch: Titian, Matisse, Picasso.  No big deal.


Norton Simon was still in negotiations with the city about making the Hunt Branch a permanent art museum.  And then, for some reason, the Fullerton City Council decided it couldn't pay for security guards.  And thus begins one of the greatest mysteries (and tragedies) of Fullerton's history.  The city's leaders fucked up the museum offer, and it didn't happen.


Nonetheless, "A Night in Fullerton" continued.  1967 appears to have been a particularly active and exciting year.  The library file is filled with articles, flyers, and photos from that year.


Dorian Hunter is on the left.







The Villa del Sol Plaza at Harbor and Wilshire hosted the Danzas Folkloricas Mexicanas.





The Fullerton Public Library displayed paintings by Hans Burkhardt.


The 1968 flyers had cool graphic design.  1968 was a crazy year in America.  It was the year Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated.  The Anti-War movement was in full swing, and the country was filled with social changes and challenges.



The Hunt Branch continued to display Norton Simon's artwork...




But things were not going well with city council...


Meanwhile, Dorian Hunter continued to host radical art shows...



1969 was another year of awesome graphic design.



Dorian Hunter had a psychadellic light show at her gallery.



The Mukenthaler Cultural Center had African sculptures...




But, alas, 1969 was also the last year Norton Simon displayed his art at The Hunt Branch Library.  He'd taken the hint, and took his collection elsewhere, to Pasadena, where The Norton Simon Museum would open in the early 1970s.  

In 1970, there was no "A Night in Fullerton."  No reason was given in the library archives, only this letter...


...and a single newspaper clipping, about a man named Frank "Marty" Reid who worked for the Chamber of Commerce.  The article doesn't mention how he was related to "A Night in Fullerton" or if he had something to do with it being cancelled in 1970.  1969 was also the last year of the Dorian Hunter Gallery.  What happened in 1970?  It was a year of loss for the Fullerton art community.  Dorian continued to be involved in organizing "A Night in Fullerton."


But all was not lost.  In 1971, "A Night in Fullerton" continued...



In 1972, this was the flyer.  The early 1970s had some awesome graphic designs.


On back of the 1972 flyer, there was a quote by Florence Arnold.  It seems to acknowledge the losses of the past couple years, but also it shows hope for the future.  Her initial goal of bringing the Norton Simon Museum to Fullerton had faded, but there was still a local art scene.



Cool 1973 poster...


Notice that, on this list of venues, the Hunt Branch Library has gone from being the top billing, to being at the bottom of the list.  By this time, Norton Simon had given up on Fullerton, and was in negotiations with Pasadena, where his museum would ultimately be located.


In 1974, Cal State Fullerton was a very important part of "A Night in Fullerton."  Among their various exhibits was one of Native American photographs by one of the unsung art heroes of the 20th century, Edward S. Curtis.  Also, a new gallery appeared in Fullerton, Fine Print Gallery.


Rad 1975 poster...


In 1975, Dorian Hunter began to show work at her Interior Design office on Chapman Avenue, which she called The Design Block.  Dorian doesn't quit.


That year, Dorian hosted an outdoor slide presentation of the environmental arts...


1976 was the Bicentennial of the United States of America.


That year, there were 14 participating venues...



That year, Dorian Hunter hosted a film festival.


Cal State Fullerton hosted a large, interactive inflatable art exhibition.


In 1976, the organizers also drafted a list of "Purposes" and "Guidelines" of "A Night in Fullerton."  The purposes are very similar to those of The Downtown Fullerton Art Walk.


1976 also saw the birth of a new artists' cooperative called Common Ground.  It was located across the street from the Fox Thteatre on Harbor.  Local artist Marjorie Kerr designed the graphic on the side.  This building (which is now a State Farm Insurance agency) is one of the few examples of art deco architecture in Fullerton.  It is a little local treasure, built in 1946.



The rainbow design theme continued in 1977.



I like the 1978 flyer.


Here are the participating venues/map from 1978:


In 1978 there was also a really cool sculpture exhibit at the Fullerton Public Library, featuring work by Aldo Cassanova, who did the large "Flight" scultpture outside the library, which is still there today.



1979 is the year I was born.



In 1980, Florence "Flossie" Arnold turned 80, and there was a big celebration.  She was well-loved.



The Night in Fullerton flyers hit a bit of a graphic design lull from 1979-1984, where they all looked basically the same.  I blame Ronald Reagan.







1983 saw the birth of yet another art gallery in Fullerton, called Edge Gallery.




In the file from 1983, I found these guidelines for police and fire "explorers" who accompanied everyone on the buses that took people from venue to venue.  It sounds like it would be a pretty somber and un-fun activity to explore local culture accompanied by police officers and firemen.  Not only that, but there were "rules" for these buses, which included "NO LOUD TALKING."  I'm trying to imagine how lame it would be for attendees to ride quietly around in a bus with law enforcement, like prisoners or children.  I think, in the 80s, A Night in Fullerton began to really decline.


Interestingly, in 1983, Florence Arnold was ill and unable to attend her beloved "A Night in Fullerton."    In her stead, a fireman named Tom Thompson was in charge.  That's probably why there were all those tight regulations.


However, the arts in Fullerton are resiliant, and (despite setbacks) there were still some legitimate galleries in downtown, like Common Ground, Designs Recycled, and Edge Gallery, not to mention the galleries at Fullerton College and Cal State Fullerton.



Both the Hunt Branch and the Fullerton Public Library remained important centers of local culture during "A Night in Fullerton."  


Marjorie Kerr showed her work at the Hunt Branch.



While Martha Bartholomew, Mildred Kouzel, and others showed at the main branch library.  Marjorie, Martha, and Mildred were part of an all-female artist collective called The Bloody Marys.


In 1985, there was a new design for the flyer!



Here's a flyer for an exhibit at Designs Recycled Gallery.



The public library continued to host cool exhibits, like this one.



In 1985, "A Night in Fullerton" got some local news coverage.




One of the iconic things about "A Night in Fullerton" was the skylights, shooting into the night sky at each venue.  It must have been quite a sight to see, as this flyer from 1986 suggests.



1986 saw the birth of a few new galleries in downtown Fullerton: Gallery 57, Mary Zarbano Gallery, and Eileen Kremen Gallery.





The Fullerton Public Library had an amazing show of Native American arts and artifacts, and local scholar Paul Apodaca gave a talk.  Paul has long advocated for appreciation of our local Native American tribes, like the Tongva and Acjachemen.


And someone named Margaret-Ann Ashton displayed her egg collection at the Hunt Branch Library. 


In 1986, my family and I moved to Fullerton from Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin.  That first year, I got mono nucleosis and was bed-ridden for four months.  My first year in Fullerton kind of sucked.  But things would get better.


1987 was the 100 year anniversary of the founding of Fullerton by George and Edward Amerige.


The Fullerton Observer ran this spread.  I wonder of "A Night in Fullerton" was possibly in danger of going away.


Postcard from Eileen Kremen Gallery exhibit in 1987.


People on the Night in Fullerton committee got to wear these cool button badges.



1988 saw the introduction of Sarah Bain Gallery to "A Night in Fullerton."  This gallery still exists today.  It't now located in Brea.



1989 was the 25-year anniversary of "A Night in Fullerton."  They used the original 1964 design.


1990 poster and map:



1991 poster and map:



Flossie got a special V.I.P. badge.  She was 91 years old.


Beginning in the early 90s, the flyers started looking kind of cheap.



In 1992, Harbor Blvd. was closed down between Chapman and Commonwealth for "A Night in Fullerton."  


There were no flyers at the library from 1993.  In 1994, Florence Arnold passed away (age 94) and that year "A Night in Fullerton" was dedicated to her memory.




There are no flyers at the library for two years after Flossie's death, 1995 and 1996.  I'm not sure if "A Night in Fullerton" happened those years.  The next flyer is a cheesy try-fold from 1997, and things seemed to have changed.  Costco is a major sponsor and, ironically, the flyer looks really cheap.


Looking over the venue list, all of the independent art galleries have disappeared.   In their place, three churches appear on the list.  What the hell happened?!


1998 was the year I graduated from Fullerton Union High School.



By 1999, "A Night in Fullerton" had been taken over by the City of Fullerton Department of Community Services, which made it subject to city budget approval.  In 10 years, it would be finished.


Churches continued to play an important role which, from an artist's perspective, is pretty lame.


The flyer from 2000 is just bad, and the event seems to have lost it's original creative magic.


Church music?  This doesn't sound like a fun event.


2001 "A Night in Fullerton Flyer." *facepalm


"Say, what are you doing tonight?"
"I'm going to 'A Night in Fullerton'."
"What's that?"
"It mostly involves going to local churches and listening to culturally irrelevant music."
"Sounds like a blast!"


Beginning in 2001, Cal State Fullerton stopped being a part of "A Night in Fullerton."  At least there were puppets.




From 2003-2005, they hit another graphic design lull, lost their creativity, and used the same design template, as they had done in the early 80s.  I blame George W. Bush.


"Do you enjoy brass band music?"
"No."
"Are you unable to make the whit Friday brass band contests in Saddleworth on June 13th?"
"What the fuck are you talking about?"


2004 flyer.


2005 flyer.  


In 2006, there seems to have been a creative resurgence.  There was decent newspaper coverage that year.







2007 flyer.  C'mon people, stay creative!


In 2008, some friends and I opened Hibbleton Gallery in downtown Fullerton.  That year, we were part of "A Night in Fullerton."  At the time, I didn't think much of it.  I thought, why not, it might bring more foot traffic.  I had no idea of the rich history behind this event.





In 2008, the historic Fox Theater in Fullerton opened it's doors, to inform the public about its renovation efforts.



2009 was the last "A Night in Fullerton."





Just as galleries were once again starting to open their doors in 2009, the city "pulled the plug" on "A Night in Fullerton."  But never fear, Fullertonians, something new was on the horizon.


In 2010, some gallery owners, artists, and business owners got together and organized the Downtown Fullerton Art Walk, which is an independently-run, multi-venue art event that happens the first Friday of every MONTH!  


When I helped start the Art Walk, I had no idea of the history I was a part of.  But now I do, and I have a deeper understanding of the challenges, joys, collaboration, and hard work it takes to keep the arts alive in my community.  

This year, we celebrated our third anniversary.  Here's hoping we last at least as long as "A Night in Fullerton" (45 years!)


The Downtown Fullerton Art Walk happens the first Friday of every month.  Visit www.fullertonartwalk.com for more information!

34 comments:

  1. Ryan Snyder
    Reading this blog posting has helped me to realize how interesting the history behind any city can be, and how important it is to hold some kind of cultural event to encourage people become more active in their community. I believe the reason that the “A Night in Fullerton” event did not survive in our modern world is simply because it seems like the type of event that attracts a more middle-aged to older crowd in today’s society. The younger crowds today are mostly into extreme sports and partying, so I can imagine why the attendance of such an event would slowly decline over the years. Also, the lack of creativity and artwork in the flyers posted in the 21st century would discourage many people from attending an event such as this one. Why would I attend an art event, if the advertisements aren’t even artistic? I wouldn’t.
    The new event described in the blog, the “Downtown Fullerton Art Walk”, sounds like a great way to experience the art history of the town, and I think that it is pretty cool that you have gotten to be a part of it. If it lasts as long as the “A Night In Fullerton” event, it will be interesting to be able to tell your children and grandchildren that you were a part of it during its first years. I am from the Bay Area in Northern California (Gilroy to be exact) so before reading this I was not very familiar with the history of this town and how artistically rich its history is. I just thought it was some old orange grove that became industrialized and has been boring ever since, so it was good to read a little about something from this town that has helped to shaped it into what it has become today. Even though it is sad that this event no longer exists, I believe that in a way it does because of how much of an impact it has had on this town. Gilroy, the town I am from, is the garlic capital of the world. So every year in July it hosts an event called the “Garlic Festival” where you can find live music, dancing, carnival games, and pretty much any garlic food you can imagine (and probably some that you can not). People come from all over the country, and sometimes the world, just to see what this event is about. So the point is, I believe that events like the “Garlic Festival” and the “Downtown Fullerton Art Walk” are great ways to show people exactly what the town is all about, and also to help out local businesses by bringing tourists into the town. They are great for fun, knowledge, and the local economy.

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  2. David Guzman
    English 101
    Mondays, Wednesdays 2:30PM - 3:45PM

    After reading the article about the history of “A Night of Fullerton”, I was very surprised on how much contribution from different artist, bands, dancers, and other talented people from different places and cultures have decided to put into this event to show the most beautiful arts and talents to the world. In fact, I am even more surprised that “A Night of Fullerton” has lasted for 45 years (from 1964-2009)! This just grabs my attention the most because back in the day, way more people have had an interest in the arts to find out more about their world. Even though I am not interested in the arts that much, I enjoyed looking at some of the old art that was displayed for “A Night at Fullerton”. In fact, as the years went for the event, the arts are improving such as the sculptures, paintings, and more. This event was really becoming a huge success for not only showing one of the finest arts, but also being able to get the community in Orange County to become more involved and active as well. Nowadays, many young people (such as myself) honestly are just not that interested in participating in the arts for our community. However back in the day, much more people are interested in learning about the arts, bringing their paintings or drawings to A Night at Fullerton’s art exhibit, and just having a great time. Therefore after learning about “A Night at Fullerton” this event has really been able to bring life and joy into the community for anyone to come by to visit.
    Towards the end of the article, I was very disappointed that “A Night of Fullerton” event has been stopped by the city in 2009. When I read about this, I was just wondering as to why even stop the event? I mean did the city stop such a very life changing exhibit that was only becoming more popular among people along the years and was giving them new perspectives on life? I had wished that it could have kept going for more than 45 years. However when I read that the Downtown Fullerton Art Walk was organized, I was very happy. This is because since “A Night of Fullerton” was such a great life changing event, the Downtown Fullerton Art Walk can be able to replace for that event, if not become better than it. In fact this event happens EVERY first Friday of every month! Therefore, I am very glad that you have been able to help contribute in creating the event! Hopefully it will last just as long, if not longer than “A Night of Fullerton”. This event will be great for people in today’s society because it is interesting and will help them really learn about the history of city of Fullerton.

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  3. Lauren Jenzen
    I really found this article interesting, the history, it is amazing to see people so passionate about something and make it as big as they did. As I read through the article I was amazed by some of the names that appeared; Picasso, Matisse, as well as many other well-known artists. I really have respect for Florence Arnold and her colleagues, to work as hard as they did to get “A Night in Fullerton” started, really shows that if you are passionate about something and work hard you can achieve your dreams. I was saddened by the fact that they could not get the Hult Branch Library to become an official museum all because the city council apparently did not have the funds to hire security guards. Personally I think that is a load of bull they probably just wanted to put the money towards something they actually cared about. As I was reading through some of the other comments and I have to say I agree with Ryan’s comment if you don’t have enough people that are interested things like this will eventually die off if there is no one there to revive them so to speak. It really is sad because I love looking at artwork and seeing how people express themselves creatively. In our modern day and age it seems most adults are too preoccupied to do anything outside of working or things of that nature. When it comes to teenagers or young adults it seems there are a rare few who are actually interested in these types of events; most want to go out to concerts or clubbing with their friends. I think social media would’ve been a great way for them to draw a younger crowd in, if you can get your name out there and spread the word you can get a lot of people to come out. The gradual decline in the creativity of the flyer probably played a role as well, it’s like people stopped caring. I was disappointed to hear that “A Night in Fullerton” ended for it to be around for so long and then just kind of die out, is really unfortunate. I am happy to hear that the Fullerton Art Walk was started, and that it happens every Friday is amazing, and the fact that you played a part in getting it started is awesome just to be able to say, “yeah I helped start that” is so cool. Overall I think these types of events are great for the local community it brings business to the city and lovers of art to the area to experience all the beauty that Fullerton has to offer.

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  4. Tahir Patel

    “A night in Fullerton” is something I was completely unaware of, probably because I was still young when it was going on until it ended. I never imagined these types of cultural celebrations happened so close to my home but I should have known better knowing the diversity around me. What surprised me the most was how far back the event started. The fact that it started in 1964 and continued for 45 years really shows its importance in the history of Fullerton. I imagined someone in my shoes, a freshman at Cal State Fullerton, taking a shuttle from school with their friends to go see the local art, music, drama, and dance that takes place in their city. Although I never attended “A night in Fullerton” it was still kind of sad to hear that it stopped after 45 years just because it feels like something that is close to home. However, it was nice to find out at the end of the article that The Downtown Fullerton Art Walk is similar to “A night in Fullerton” except that it happens once a month and not annually.

    The first chapter of “Orange County”, by Gustavo Arellano was relevant and relatable to me. When he was describing his Latino family and the specific things they were individually doing, I instantly thought of multiple friends that I have who are very similar to those in the book. A lot of other things made me interested in the reading. He talked about the FBI monitoring Muslims in Garden Grove and that made me laugh because I’m one of those Muslims. Another thing that made me laugh was how he said only the Vietnamese students attended the college workshop even though the school was predominantly Latino. Putting all stereotypes aside, the high school I attended was almost exactly like that, and I have many Vietnamese friends whom I joke with about being intelligent. I’ve lived in Orange County for 18 years, since I was born, and it wasn’t until I opened this book that I learned about the history of areas and streets around me. After reading that Anaheim gets its name from the Santa Ana River and the German word for home, heim, I feel a tad bit smarter and I know I’m going to show off my knowledge to my family every time we’re in Anaheim. Other than that it was cool to see the author mention places like Disneyland, Mile Square Park, Huntington Beach, and John Wayne Airport which are all very near to me right now.

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  6. Art is the most fundamental human necessity. Forget food, water, air, whatever. Art speaks to the very depths of our soul, it is real and it is more powerful than most understand. To know that Fullerton was home to such an event as “A Night in Fullerton” displaying brilliant work from brilliant artists is just… brilliant! :D
    It only makes me that much more proud to be an acting major at Cal State Fullerton.
    It’s crazy to me how only 5 years short of it’s 50th anniversary, “A Night in Fullerton” was no more. Everyone benefits from a community that nurtures the arts and makes it easily available for people of all walks and ages. Even if it wasn’t the same and there was a new project underway, how could the city pull the plug on something so timeless and needed?

    This article also makes me question the authority of city officials of not only then but today. I know as an artist you must question everything you hear and never trust “the man” or any of his worldly doings that the others blindly follow with a hand on their heart and a fist in their pocket, but who is the city to say “we’re done with this”. Or even to claim they couldn’t pay for security guards in 1966? Was this really an unfortunate inconvenience or were selfish motives involved...? I would think the community would be more upset about this. Or they could have taken city council’s words at face-value and accepted the difficulties in continuing with it. Whichever it is, I believe it would have been best for the community and its people to have kept “A Night in Fullerton” going despite its rate of decline in certain areas over the past few years. Art is much too vital to community and growth to do away with it so easily. With the proper action and adjustments, ANIF could have soared higher than it ever had. City officials did not ensure the life of this special night, actually playing the biggest role in its demise in 2009.
    Despite the absence of “A Night in Fullerton”, it is nice to know there is still a strong force behind the art movement within the community. The Fullerton Art Walk is something I will definitely be attending throughout my stay here in Fullerton, and I think it’s pretty rad my English teacher is such an avid supporter of it all. Overall, this article has made appreciate the rich artistic history that not only this city but my school has to offer. I will continue in my arts education more aware and deeply rooted in this space, working to one day mark my place in it artistically as well. 

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  7. Simon Siongco
    Art has never been something I was too interested in, but after reading this article, it has totally changed my perspective. I find it incredible that so many talented people got together to create something so amazing! I had no idea that Fullerton, at one point, had such a big part in art at the time, showcasing such art works from artists as big as Picasso! The part I found most interesting was about Norton Simon. I did not know that the art collector who opened his own museum in Pasadena, the Norton Simon museum, lived in Fullerton at one point and first thought of the location for his museum to be in Fullerton, only to have the “city's leaders fuck up the museum offer”. Something that was also appealing to me was, discovering that our own Cal State Fullerton was a one of the venues of “A Night in Fullerton”. I find it such a shame that the youth of our nation do not appreciate such things of beauty like the arts displayed at “A Night in Fullerton”, I think it is very important that we see the beauty in the arts and revel at the works of the past, present and future. Although you may think of me as a hypocrite, saying up until now that art was never too intriguing to me, this article has made me realize how amazing and historical the arts can be. Although art was never something that kept my attention, most history is, which could probably be the main reason I was able to read though this whole essay. The frequent pictures, paintings, and flyers were also a reason this article was not boring! I also enjoyed how highly respected and loved Florence Arnold was, because I kind of have a soft spot for the elderly.
    I think you are extremely lucky to have met and befriended people who were such a huge part of Fullerton’s history in art. Also, a main part of why this article did not bore me was your commentary “…I blame Ronald Reagan.”, “What the hell happened?!”, and my favorite “I'm trying to imagine how lame it would be for attendees to ride quietly around in a bus with law enforcement, like prisoners or children”. And lastly, as a side comment, I find it hilarious, and no offense whatsoever, that you said, “…for all who are interested…” when this was assigned to us as homework.

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  8. Chris Schmidt
    English 101
    I love events and festivals like “A Night in Fullerton” and I appreciate all of the arts, cultures, and events that are shown or performed in them. What was especially enlightening was how this article explained the process of creating “A Night in Fullerton” and the full life to end history of it, through its ups and downs. It showed the creations and designs and how the community was completely apart of it on the rise, and how Florence Arnold was in charge and co-creator of this nights. The purpose original purpose was to create an art exhibit and museum, but it was shut down by the city leaders. For some reason thought this became a tradition and continued. It’s exciting to see real pictures of all the people involved to create this event, and what I really appreciate is the graphic designs for every year.
    I am new to Fullerton and this area; I grew up in Northern California and my hometown is Auburn, in which these festivals are all too common. There is Pioneer day, Summer solstice, Equinox, Hot Summer Nights, Wine Walk, Car shows, and Music festivals ext. the list goes on. An event is happening almost every week. But this article has opened a new curiosity for me, because I was so desensitized from the significance of these events either because of my generation or due to over exposure, how did these festivals, shows, walks come about. What’s the history behind it and why do we do it?
    It is sad when “A Night in Fullerton” began to decline, and the pamphlets became simple and meaningless, and the 1983 guidelines for policemen and firemen were to accompany everyone in which Florence Arnold was ill. The quality significantly declined once she passed, which also gets me to wonder, who is pushing for these events, what’s there story and what would happen is they didn’t fight for it. 45 years is a great run, I am sad to hear that it did end. But I am happy that it did bring the artistic community together and today there is of the “Downtown Fullerton Art Walk” continuing the artistic legacy of Fullerton.

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  9. Alicia Robles
    After reading this article, I was saddened by the abrupt ending of “A Night in Fullerton”. This event seemed like such an awesome experience with so much potential. It is clear to me, after reading this article, that many residents are unaware of what local events are happening within their community. By residents I mean, the younger generations. As mentioned in one of the earlier comments, young adults are more concerned about attending the hottest parties and getting “turnt” rather than becoming involved within their area. I do agree that the downfall to “A Night in Fullerton” had partly to do with age groups; it mainly targeted the middle-aged. Sure, maybe it’s the not the typical “cool” scene, but there are plenty of rad events that happen in our cities that we simply ignore. It is so crazy to me that we each become so involved with the fast pace atmosphere of life that we forget about appreciating the little things we are offered. We have the tendency of trying to target larger issues of life- abortion, war, politics-that we so easily zone out the problems so within our reach. “A Night in Fullerton” could’ve lasted so much longer and had the desire to expand if the people within the community would’ve voiced their opinions. I think it is a wonderful aspect to be active in your city as you are with The Fullerton Art Walk; what better way to make a statement than to make it in your very own hometown. This is where the concept “Think Globally, Write Locally.” Begins to tie-in. I believe we all want to make difference or at least say we did something about a certain action we didn’t agree upon, it feels good to be a part of something important. After concluding this blog I realized how little I know about my own community. I never thought about the local events that carry out on weekends, the annual Greek festival, or that we are home the oldest McDonalds In the world! I’ve been encouraged to become knowledgeable and take advantage of what great things my city has to offer.

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  10. Mario Cristales
    English 101
    As soon as the beginning paragraph of the article “A Night in Fullerton”, what caught my attention was that fact that Fullerton was famous for having a special event related to the arts. What surprised me was that fact that Florence Arnold was willing to provide an art museum for Fullerton. Although, without her assistance, nobody would have been informed or be able to see how amazing art gallery was. The fact that Florence was able to host a location for this particular event, it also showed how she was able to help other people as well. For example she was able to assist both Norton Simon and Ansel Adams in order to display their artwork within the museum. I was glad up to the point where the art museum was a success; however, what shocked me the most was that the museum was not offered sufficiently. And the reason was due to the fact that they were unable to pay for security guards. Viewing such amazing artwork from the article, I was amazed how Fullerton was able to get a hold of such amazing artwork. Over the years ever since the museum was open, there has been new artwork added and as a matter a fact even new designs have been added as well. Even though it was becoming a success having an art’s museum, in due time the talents for the arts have decreased. After Florence’s death, everything was not the same. It was a shame that all the arts was lost with Florence. Some arts were lost, and not a lot of people were being involved in the event. As for the book “Orange County”, what caught my attention was the fact that many people were involved in typical events, such as helping the community and the people who live within the town. But at a last, some people started to not appreciate to what certain people had done in order to help them. What I noticed was that this was the same problem with “A Night in Fullerton”. The cause of losing something valuable had to be the fact that the people had lost a certain person. For instance, relating back to “A Night in Fullerton”, the reason why they lost the certain events about the arts, was the fact that Florence died. That person was basically setting up the evens and bringing everyone together. So in short terms, one person can make a difference towards changing the community.

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  11. Amanda Arias
    English 101
    Mon, Wed. 2:30-3:35

    As an avid art enthusiast, I found the article “A History of a ‘Night of Fullerton’” to be very insightful and interesting. I was actually planning on finally attending the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk this month so I was surprised to hear about Fullerton having its own Art Walk and that a “Night at Fullerton” preceded it. I found it very interesting to hear how so many people who shared a similar passion for art, such as Dorian Hunter, came together to organize and celebrate it at Fullerton. I admire the people who were a major part of organizing “A Night at Fullerton” because they were so committed to it and even continued to help out when they were old. I have never really read much about the history of Fullerton so I was bewildered how something like a city’s annual art event could contain so much history and be interesting to read about. I would have liked to have been able to attend a “Night of Fullerton” due to the fact that Picasso pieces and other artwork owned by Simon Norton were on display and it was during a time period that many movements and events happened. The fact that it lasted from 1964 to 2009 shows that it was something that was cherished by the people who lived there. I think that it would have been just as beloved if it was still on today. I was saddened to read about how Fullerton lost the Simon Norton museum to Pasadena due to lousy city leaders messing up the deal to convert the Hunt Branch library to it. It is even sadder the main reason Fullerton could not keep the Simon Norton Museum was because they couldn’t pay for the security. It seems like more of a copout rather than a real legitimate reason. It would have been great to have a prized art collection be located close to the school I am attending. Seeing all the flyers for “A Night in Fullerton”, especially the ones from the earlier years, showed how creative and rich Fullerton’s art scene was. I would not have pegged Fullerton as being a city rich with art history, but that could easily be because I never took the time to actually research the city. It was also very cool to see pictures of people attending the event from the past and how interested they were in the artwork.

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  12. Lauren Jenzen
    Part 2: Orange County
    So I definitely did not realize we were supposed to write about the first chapter of Orange County therefore I had to write a second post. I found myself so intrigued the minute I started reading the book, the author Gustavo Arellano has this witty humor he kind of just throws in. I found the part about multiculturalism and how all of the different races have their own little niches throughout Orange County so interesting. How the Vietnamese have Little Saigon, the Hispanic kids in Santa Ana as well as the others. I found it so sad how he mentioned that some of the white community chooses to have their Halloween on a different day just so they don’t have to trick or treat with the so called “brown kids” so incredibly stupid if I may say so. Or how UC Irvine is considered the most anti-Semitic campus; which I could understand how some feel that way from some of the recent attention they have gotten for their YouTube video I know it did not go over so well with some of the students. Other than that I found it so rad to learn interesting new facts about Orange County, like how some of the cities and streets got their names and where they came from. I loved that he brought up Disneyland and Angel Stadium because I am a huge baseball fan! I really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the rest of the book.

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  13. Joshua James
    English 101
    Mon,Wed,Fri 10-10:50


    Reading about the rich history of the local area of which I now reside has really made me start giving a shit. “Orange County” did this in three ways in the first chapter by discussing the current state of the county and how it has been in the past. All of the irony, jokes, and satire is really relatable because I been to a lot of these places and I’ve seen a lot of these things happen. I’m learning about the county in a whole new way and about things I would have never cared before. I never would have imagined before that orange county was so influential throughout the country. I can’t wait to learn more as I read this book. So many aspects were properly described in the intro. I feel as though my eyes have really been opened to the county and I can’t wait to go and explore it to really see it for myself. “A History of a ‘Night of Fullerton’” wasn’t too interesting because I just found it sad to learn that such a long tradition died out and I had never heard of it, I will definitely go to the next A Walk in Fullerton and see history in the making. Jesse La Tour has really opened my eyes to the fact I could be a part of history just as he has. I could be a part of something famous or memorable that comes out of orange county like Rise Against The Machines or something. Although I did
    My favorite thing about reading Orange County was the satire. It kept my interests as the author Gustavo Arellano poked fun at his home county. It’s funny to see the oversight of truth that most people see of Orange County. Our view of it is superficial and commercial. I never realized how many original Spanish names of places were ignored or historical facts were really in accurate. After reading, I would say that orange county is a really bad place but all places have their flaws. The deeper you dig into the history the more ignorance dies and you see the truth. I’m glad I know more truth now. I find it interesting because I like mysteries and I like uncovering things. It’s a game personally to me and wait to continue reading more about Orange County and the truth horrific, surprising, and wonderful facts about it.

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  14. The article “A History of “A Night in Fullerton”” was really interesting to read, to know how many times and how often the community came together to put something on for the other residents around them. Each of the important people like Dorian Hunter, someone who was involved with community until she passed away and even then she was still making an appearance in that years’ A Night in Fullerton, has made such an impact on the city of Fullerton. I found the entire passage very interesting and I learned quite a lot about the city I just recently moved to and will be spending the next four years in! This piece is very effective to provide the history of the culture that surrounds all of us everyday, and to see how the community changed over time. I also believe that the journalist behind this article shines through adding his own comments in on the layouts flyers, and adding his own opinion really shows how much this community means to him. You can tell that he wants the community to be knowledgeable about the art that was built around this city. I really enjoyed seeing the progress of technology from when the first flyer came out to the more recent flyers; it really gives it a sense of nostalgia.
    In the book Orange County by Gustavo Arellano I once again really enjoyed reading about this culture of Orange County way back when. I really like how I read the article before I read the first chapter because I went from just learning about art in the town of Fullerton from the past 50 years to a much bigger picture over 150 years and the entire county it’s self. I’m not sure why I liked it better that way but I was able to connect to it more on a different level because I already learned about the city I now live in and now I’ve learned even more about the entire area I now call home. I really enjoy Arellano’s writing with lots of creative phrases and descriptive writing. I know that the first chapter was suppose to recap the Orange County’s history but for someone who doesn’t know a lot about history I found it a little bit hard to follow but it was still all good new knowledge that was interesting to read because it has become my new home!

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  15. Tiffany Jin
    English 101
    After reading the article about the history of “The night in Fullerton”, I was surprised that how interesting a city’s culture event could be. I really love events and shows like “The night in Fullerton” and I have made the decision to attend the “Downtown Fullerton Art walk” to know more about the city Fullerton. To me, the show is not only a show but the essence of the world’s culture. What I really appreciated are the posters of “The night in Fullerton” each year. I love the flyer of 1973 which is a cute moon with nightcap. This article reminds me the time when I was visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, I was shocked by how brilliant our human history could be. You can feel those artists’ passion from the past through their masterpieces. However, it’s a pity that most of the visitors are middle- aged couples and only a few students attend the museum. I understand why teenagers now don’t like arts: it is abstract, dull and totally not fun at all. However, I found it very important to know art especially for girls because I believe a saying that:” A lady can never be out of elegant.” Every girl should be artistically accomplished in order to improve personal refinement. Young people now prefer doing extreme sports or partying to visiting museums as they may have much fun hanging out together. The change of our society changes people’s interest and that explains why “The night in Fullerton” eventually disappeared after its 45 years existence. Although there is no more “The night in Fullerton”, “Downtown Fullerton Art walk” take its role and I hope it will stay even longer than “The night in Fullerton”.
    I really enjoyed reading the first Chapter of Orange County. The author Gustavo Arellano introduced Orange County in his own way; he makes fun about the county which make the reading much more interesting. It’s not just listing how many people lived in the county but how, especially for a Mexican family, spend their lives in Orange County. Some descriptions he wrote can be found in real life like 4 large SUVs parked in front of the house. What a typical American family! I’m totally new to this city so this chapter to me is more like a guide to help me know about this city’s history. However, I found it a little hard to follow because there is so much new information. I think the more time I spent lived in Los Angeles, the better I will understand the book.

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  16. Daniela Gomez
    English101
    Mon,Wed; 2:30-3:45
    I am not so much of an art person as a matter of fact art always seem boring to be. I have different view of art because I think art is not so special. I know that art is very valuable for most people because they find meaning to it but that just isn’t me. Reading about “A Night in Fullerton,” it seemed very interesting because I would never expect Fullerton to be an art city. I mean I live in Los Angeles and most of the art is mural paintings in the streets which I find pretty awesome. What I found interesting was that the event of “A Night in Fullerton” lasted for a pretty long time which was 45 years and people actually attended the events. It was cool that the event also went out to the streets. I was happy when I saw the name Picasso because that the only artist I could recognize. Most of the exhibitions took place in the Hunt Branch Library and it was cool knowing that Cal State Fullerton took some part in hosting art shows. The things I do like to seem from art are sculptures because those seem interesting and I like to hear the story behind the sculptures. It would have been good if the Hunt Branch could have become a permanent art museum because maybe “A Night in Fullerton” would have probably existed right now. I did not like that the city leaders did not want to support the event because that is just being selfish. If people enjoyed going to the event then, why not support it? I am not a fan of art but I would have gladly support it to see people happy in the community. If the event still was around I might have attended to at least see some culture art. I have always asked myself what attracts people to art and I could never seem to find the answer. I guess it is just in some peoples background that’s why they find it interesting. Sometimes I wish I could have that passion some people have for art but it just does not grab my attention. If I keep learning about art maybe I could get to understand the meaning of art a little more. Sometimes I even wish to be an artist myself but if I do not find interest then it will be useless. Overall reading about “A Night in Fullerton,” it made me realize that art is valuable for so many people in the world and not so valuable to others.

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  17. Viviana Villanueva
    English 101

    "A Night in Fullerton" captured my attention because it is true that people don't realize how much history is behind many events and this lack of information leads people to take things for granted. Knowing the history of the arts in Fullerton definitely changes ones' perspective on the arts and why a "A Night in Fullerton" happened to end by 2009. This article depicted the way "A Night in Fullerton" began to fade and it is because of law and security influences. For instance, one of the pictures showed how police officers were required to guard people in the arts show not allowing to speak freely and loudly their opinions of the arts. Learning about the history of the arts in Fullerton definitely encourages people to try to bring back what was once an extraordinary event in Fullerton. It is nice to see that people got together and still formed an art event in downtown Fullerton. Events like these are important to a community and it also brings the community together which is really important.

    "Orange County" by Arellano showed the importance of the history of the Orange County community. As I read the first chapter, the history that Arellano talked about definitely related to me considering that my family came here from Mexico. It is true that California has been one of the main places for immigrants to come to. As the author talked about, different ethnicities in a community does change its personality as a whole community because it surrounded by many different cultures that may or may not be in conflict with one another due to differences in background. For instance, Arellano mentioned how Mexicans were separated from whites and were not allowed in the same places like restaurants, theaters and many public places. Both the article of "A Night in Fullerton" and Chapter 1 in "Orange County" emphasize the dramatic changes that communities go through and the influences that cause these changes. I find it really important for people to learn about the history of their community because it teaches them of the changes that have taken place in where they live and why things are the way they are now.

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  18. David Rojas
    It was nice to get a different perspective on things. I do appreciate art in a way, but I had never thought of it having much relevance. It was rather interesting to see what people did to simply bring life to a city. Seeing as this display of culture brought the outcome of human thought and experience to others. “A Night in Fullerton” was something I was not readily expecting; I wasn’t expecting Fullerton, or any city, to have that kind of history. The fact that something so rich in culture met its end was rather saddening for it was something that seemed worth seeing. Nonetheless the fact that it did not stop the community from keeping a dream alive was interesting. Some people still wanted to give the city some cultural flavor. The sprouting of the “Downtown Fullerton Art walk,” made me think that Art does in fact have relevance, since a community of people actually tried to keep the culture flowing. Now I think that an event like this should be given the chance to grow and flourish in the heart of the city and elsewhere. The first chapter of Orange County by Gustavo Arellano also provided and interesting perspective and left me wondering more about Orange County which was at some point(and still is) a mystery to me. It seems as though there is much to be learned about this place. I did like how Arellano described the urbanizing of Orange County and its early stages development. Though I have lived in Orange County my whole life, I hadn’t the slightest idea that Reagan had actually started a campaign in Mile Square Regional Park or why Orange County was even called that. Though in the long run I figured all this was irrelevant and rather dull, to my surprise it was in fact interesting and quite engaging. Maybe part of it was Arellano’s humor as he described Orange County but in a way I’d like to demystify this place now. Some things were already apparent like the heavy incoming wave of Hispanics and the fact that many of the wealthier populations do live in other places like the hills and such. In a way segregated. It was in interesting first chapter, I do see now why the front of the book also says “a personal history.” I do wonder how these sort of things were apparent to others like Arellano but not to me.

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  19. English 101
    MW 2:30-3:45
    After reading "A night in Fullerton" i was surprised by how much art can really depict what a city is about. Fullerton turned out to be a more interesting city with culturally captivating background than i had ever thought to be. It is truly saddening to read by "A Night in Fullerton" slowly began to vanish. In my opinion, people should try to re-make what was once such a beautiful event and aspect to this city. I am proud to see that Cal-State Fullerton had some sort of par-take in this event by hosting art-shows, because that's the way it should be. We have professors who have based their entire lives on the cultural and artistic aspects of this city and they should be the ones reviving this great idea.

    After reading the first chapter of "Orange County", i was in awe at some of the facts that i had learned about this city. For example I had no idea and have always wondered how the city even acquired its name!Or how it came to be urbanized by so many different ethnicity's. I knew about segregation in the southern states but never did i think it used to happen right here where we live. I look forward to reading the rest of this book and learning everything about the city I live and grew up in.

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  20. Tyler Siedentopp
    English 101

    Wow. I found this article quite interesting and I had no idea that this had ever existed or that it was so closely tied to Norton Simon. I have lived in an LA County suburb for my entire life and I was never really exposed to art as a child. To think that less than an hour from my home, this happened nearly every year up until 2009 is shocking to me because I had never heard about it. I have to wonder how many people were truly inspired by this event that went on to become artists themselves. How many people are now in love with art that would never have had the chance to be exposed to anything like this without “A Night in Fullerton”? It also frustrates me that the Fullerton City Council would turn down the offer of having Norton Simon open up his permanent showcase in Fullerton because of money issues. However, even after Simon left, Fullerton’s true pride did show through as they continued “A Night in Fullerton”. It was also interesting to see the evolution of the marketing with the pictures of the programs; from the groovy and funky 70’s to the cultureless 80’s and even to some rebirths of creativity with the ultimate end of “A Night in Fullerton”. They allowed me to step into the shoes of Fullertonians of that time and wonder what it would be like to not only see these exhibits, but even more so, what it would be like to live in that time and culture. As all of these historical events were happening around the country such as the MLK Jr and Kennedy assassinations, different presidents, wars, etc. and the Night in Fullerton Committee was dedicated to giving people one night where they could forget all of that and just appreciate art and the city that they lived in. I am extremely fascinated that you, Prof. Latour, befriended one of original co-founders of this event because she would just be a fountain of information with story after story of incredible history about Fullerton. Having lived elsewhere my entire life and now living in Fullerton for college, I feel a bit out of place being that I know little to nothing of my new home, but if I could just listen and learn about the history and culture of Fullerton, I believe that I could learn to comfortably and confidently call this beautiful city my home.

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  21. George Martinez
    The first chapter of "Orange County" by Gustavo Arrellano was fun to read. I liked the way the author described Orange County. It wasn't just a bunch of boring facts. He gives a more humorous view about OC which is much more interesting. Even though I'm not exactly from this area I can still relate to his some of descriptions, especially his depiction of how Sundays are. My family used to be exactly like that. It was interesting to learn that the county earned its name to attract outsides to come and buy land. It's a good history lesson for someone not from the area or anyone in fact. I enjoy the book so far and as I continue to read on i will take Arrellano's advice and use the book as "a manual for the future."
    "A History of 'A Night in Fullerton'" showed me how much art was a part of Fullerton and its community. It's unfortunate that "A Night in Fullerton" no longer exists after such a long run because I would've loved to attend. But I will definitely check out "Downtown Fullerton Art Walk." I've been interested since middle school but have never been really good at it. I have come to appreciate art much more than I have when I was younger because I realize now that from a piece of art you can get a sense of the artists passion and emotion. I believe art isn't confined to only being paintings and drawings, it could be anything. Where I'm from, most of the art you'll see is what people have spray painted on the walls or what they've drawn on a postage sticker and slapped it somewhere.

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  22. David A Herrera
    Mon. & Weds. 2:30 - 3:45

    Art never really grabbed my attention. I would just stare at a painting, then move on to the next one. Sculptures, about just the same but those are a little more interesting. I don’t know why but art to me just really has to be really interesting and really grab my attention. Now, from reading about “A Night in Fullerton,” it makes me want to go back in time and experience what actually happened at these events. To my understanding, it was full of life and enjoyable art. I guess I can see myself enjoying the drama and dancing that took part of the venue. Going to this event, it would have given me a better understanding about the artists. Because usually when I see the name I know nothing of them. The only artists that I knew was Picasso, but only because everyone in the English speaking world knows about him or of him, or even have heard his name. Moreover, reading about these events and unfortunate debates made me realize that art does have true meaning, and “A Night in Fullerton” actually meant a lot to hundreds, if not thousands of people. It sucks to say that “A Night in Fullerton” has recently ended, well in the past years, and I was alive before it finished and it sucks that I never got the chance to go. Maybe if I were to have attended “A Night in Fullerton,” my interest towards art would have increased. However, while I was reading the blog, I started to get emotionally invested towards “A Night in Fullerton” and began to become upset at the flyers. I mean c’mon, it’s an art event. At least be a little more creative. For a couple of years they kept the same design and it wasn’t even the best one that they’ve had. I guess I can say that was the only disappointing thing about the event, but other than that I was really interested. I just wish “A Night in Fullerton” was still alive, I mean, imagine all the people now that would show up, and all the different type of art that would be there. OMG and Florence, I give her props and a round of applause. I truly look up to her, I mean look at the thousands of people she has influenced towards art. Maybe without her, art in Fullerton wouldn’t be as interesting at all. She deserves a monument or something, or maybe a better recognition. I’m just amazed on how much one person has done for such a popular city. Overall, art somewhat has a little more meaning to me, but other than that I just really want to experience “A Night in Fullerton.”

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  23. Bryce Rollins
    English 101
    The introduction of “Orange County”, by Gustavo Arellano was very informative and relatable to me; from the author’s personal outlooks on the county as a whole while also highlighting the ethnic communities and niches that scatter the thirty four distinct cities. I was very intrigued by the author’s explanation of the founding and settling of early “agricultural” Orange County by the Spanish conquistadors and Mexican ranchers, as well as the transition to the “industrial/commercial” post world war two era insurgence of family centered life. The also book gives a great description to the non resident of the OC to the lifestyle and setting of Orange County from the trendy beaches to the smog laden skies and the few orange groves that still survive which built this metropolis. I also relished the little bits of interesting misconceptions and trivia that Arellano included throughout the narrative of the history, setting, and cultures of Orange County; such as the story of John Wayne Airport and the curse of Angel Stadium. In all, the book thus far has captivated me as a reader to explore more of the unknown about my surrounding neighborhood.
    After reading “A Night in Fullerton” the article gave me a very different appreciation for my hometown as a city that has roots in not only political but also cultural avenues ,which are imperative to foster in this day and age. Art is a fundamental aspect that Orange County let alone the nation and current generations has begun to neglect. Art is vital to people as an outlet of expression of ideas and emotions, yet many people tend to disregard its importance to society just as the case in “A Night in Fullerton”. Nowadays art and music programs are among some of the first things to be cut from schools and people today are suffering the con sequences with little genuine musical talents and artists. So I found it very ominous that throughout the history of “A Night in Fullerton” how the city kept persistently trying to put down the event whether it was the “lack of funds” to protect the art, the decline of the prestigious Norton Simon art museum, and the eventual downfall and demise of “A Night in Fullerton”. I am glad to have found out that there is resurgence for art in Fullerton now with the monthly Fullerton art walks (which I now look forward on attending) and I hope the community will now recognize these art centered events and never again let them disappear from Fullerton.

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  24. I thought “A Night In Fullerton” was especially interesting because in incorporated graphic design with an entire community. I never thought art was interesting until I took a graphic design class my senior year in high school. It turns out that I wasn’t too bad at creating images on the computer using photoshop, I found art to be a bit interesting, as did the city of Fullerton. My favorite editions were the ones from the early 70’s, using the moon as a major theme in the designs of the posters. Art alone can help bring a city together and give it life. It seems that is exactly what “A Night In Fullerton” did for the town before being shut down in 2009. This is most likely disappointing to many residents of the area because events like this can give a city life and without that the place you reside in could seem dull and boring like many parts of the world today. Art is an expression, and as humans expression is natural. Hopefully in the near future the city of Fullerton adopts a new way of expressing creativity through the minds of citizens.
    The first chapter of “Orange County” was nothing like I have ever read. The tone used by the author was extremely entertaining and objectifying in a good way. I enjoyed the subtle truths to a lot of what was said, and truth in some of the stereotypical examples of hispanic families. There is truth in every joke which is why this form of humor is so funny. An example from the text was when the narrator described their family as a Los Angeles Dodger and Oakland Raider supporter. Both of those teams have a strong hispanic fan-base which I thought was interesting because I too root for those teams, but I happen to be white. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the landscape because although I grew up in San Diego, I am still able to relate to the area of Orange County having visited before, as well as basic knowledge of the freeways and beaches that appear off the coast. Learning about some of the history of the area towards the end of the chapter was cool as well because I didn’t realize prior to the reading that there is a lot of World War II history in this area. History is one of my favorite subjects, and my grandfather is a WWII veteran, so for myself so far, this book has it all, and I’m looking forward to continue the reading.

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  25. Matt Kolb
    English 101
    In response to Orange County A Personal History, Gustavo Arellano introduces some of his thoughts and feelings concerning his hometown of Orange County. He presents his family and his strong cultural ties to Mexico. He rants about many of the superficial qualities of the people of Orange County and the concrete jungle that it has become. After WWII the population of Orange County spiked from 130,760 in 1940 to 1,420,386 in 1970, old farmland and Orange groves have turned into the “Hyper-Suburbia” as Gustavo calls it. Small cities began popping up all over the place, large corporations took residence, and two state universities were constructed giving growth to the once tranquil land of Orange County. Orange county soon became recognized as a hardworking Republican safe-haven for those of the upper class. The OC then started to evolve into a very different multicultural place where Muslims, Koreans, Chinese, and Mexican cultures all began to increase in numbers. Further signs of Orange County loosing its elite reputation began in the 80’s when large aerospace corporations closed their doors, the LA rams moved, and the layoffs of defense sector jobs all led to the collapse of the economy and Orange County Declared bankruptcy in 1994. Reading this first chapter has made me realize the amount history behind the Land that I have lived in my entire life and I am excited to learn more about my hometown.
    (Response to Orange County)
    “A night in Fullerton”, founded by, Florence Arnold, began in 1964 as a collective cultural art show. From 1964-2009 various fine art pieces were displayed from various artists at multiple venues. These pieces often conveyed messages of change and this often sparked controversy between city officials and the public. What started, as an art show became one small step towards complete freedom of expression. Art plays such an important part our culture and this appreciation needs to be passed down to future generations.

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  26. Michael Kelly English 101 MWF 9-9:50September 3, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    A History of “A Night in Fullerton” was a very interesting article as I have lived in Placentia, CA my entire life, but I have been unaware of this event. I always thought that the Fullerton Art Walk was the prominent activity in downtown Fullerton, but after reading your article I was enlightened to the fact that although I have lived in the surrounding city by entire life I am still very naïve in regards to information. This event having been in existence for over forty five years must have been extremely success. I was familiar with an art walk in the city of Laguna by having one so close to home was eye opening.
    It is a relief knowing that some brave individuals were determined to share their passion in such a way that other were able to enjoy artwork as well as being able to socialize and make new friends along the way. Having such a influential person in the city of Fullerton and having a large quantity of fine arts is a blessing to have Norton Simon. Establishing a city with a specific activity is a way to promote growth within the city as well as tourism which helps benefits the surrounding businesses and promotes economic growth.
    To find out that the school I attend Cal State Fullerton help assists this project by allowing the use of the college’s facilities is just another reason why I am so fortunate to attend a university of this caliber. As with everything that is successful there always comes the downfall in this case the voidance of allowing this project to having a set establishment. If there was a set establishment within Fullerton that we could view art I believe this project would have been more successful. I was unaware of this event because there wasn’t a set building to examine the artwork, but a walk. When you first mention that you were involved in the monthly artwork walk I was curious how and why you were involved. This article has been enlightening for me to read as well as to learn more about you outside of teaching at Cal State Fullerton. Thank you for your role in helping promote unity within the wonderful city of Fullerton, California.

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  27. David Saldivar
    English 101
    9/3/13
    Don’t get me wrong the online article was pretty cool but the reading from”0range County” kind of just blew me away. Why? Well the author and I had quite a bit of similarities in are life. For starters both my father and mother are from the same little village in Mexico that his parents are from. I always knew there was a lot of people from my parents’ hometown in the Orange County area but I never realized just how big El Cargadero really is. I’ve been there quite a bit in my life, most recently last December. It is exactly the way he describes it a small town on the side of a mountain with a small dam that feeds the river that goes through the town as well as other small towns in the area. What I find crazy is that this little small village really is a big deal and not just my uncles exaggerating. It was a huge part as far the avocado industry in Mexico and the U.S. But what really amazes me is a lot of families in orange county originated El Cargadero and that really in a way El Cargadero helped shape Orange County. Granted I live in Corona but my dad pretty much grew up in the Anaheim/Fullerton area. I still have probably at least half of my family living in the area.
    What I really liked about these readings was the fact that they gave me some new perspectives. The online reading was interesting simply because I not only got to see a bit of the art history in Fullerton but I got to see some of the history to the city itself. I have always really enjoyed looking back at old photos and other items. The reading from the book was like looking at the way my family is now and how my family originated. Almost everything I read was identical or similar to a lot of the things I’ve experienced in my life A lot of my family immigrated from Mexico and many of them went on to work in the fields picking fruit. Also the way he describes the way his family acts is just so remarkably similar to my own family. There were just so many things I connected with in the introduction and 1st chapter. It wasn’t only looking back at Orange County’s history it was looking where not only my relatives but where many other families came from.

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  28. Hannah Yoon
    MWF 10-10:50

    Reading this article about “A Night in Fullerton”, I realize how interesting and important it is for a community to come together and recognize different cultures. It really amazes me how one event in town can expand so much for so many years. Being into arts and music myself, I liked how “A Night in Fullerton” focused primarily on those categories. That said, I believe those aspects need to come back into our time. Today, much of our society is based on parties, following media, mainstream music, etc. These things do not bring a community together. It instead can bring harm to one another. However, events that show cultural diversity and respect other people’s masterpieces truly bring a community together. “A Night in Fullerton” lasted for 45 years because of that!
    It saddened me, however, that this event went through a rough patch. I do not understand why it was stopped in 2009 so suddenly. How could anyone even want to get rid of such an artistic and joyous part of a town, a community? Why would people not care about their world’s history? I do realize, though, that when an event goes on for a long period of time, people can get tired of seeing the same things, going out to the same event ever year, and knowing what it is going to be about. For many years, the flyers have been creative, different, and fun. But, a few years into it, it seems as though the people gave up. No creativity flowed from their minds into advertising through these flyers. There’s that reason, then, why this event slowly declined! Without advertising differently and creatively, not many people are bound to be interested. However, I still feel as though this cultural and artistic event closed down too quickly.
    There is good news! After “A Night in Fullerton” disappeared, others took the initiative to found the “Downtown Fullerton Art Walk”. This takes place every month without a fail! I view it as carrying out the same tradition the town had and continuing Fullerton’s history. I am hoping as well that it lasts maybe even longer than “A Night in Fullerton” did! It is things like these that truly bring people together and help people realize how important culture and community is. A community should be like a family. And something like the “Downtown Fullerton Art Walk” can help mold that.

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  29. Tania Cabello
    English 101
    Mon, Wed, & Fri 10-10:30am
    Art is just an amazing factor in each individual’s life. Who would have known that art could impact so many lives all at once? So many artists coming together and creating such a movement that impacted Fullerton in such great ways is amazing. Different cultures getting together to share all the different talents that they have to offer is an amazing way to learn different things. It must have been so much fun to be able to enjoy all the different types of music, dance, art pieces, and drama. I never really paid attention to history that had to do with art or any type of events such as this one. The history of “A Night of Fullerton” has made me realize that there is so much more behind these types of events. The artists’ contributions are amazing. I enjoyed reading the brief descriptions to each photograph. The advertisement to the event progressed each year in such positive ways that it was a way to attract people to be a part of it. Even though the museum proposal had been declined once, the artists did not give up and continued to progress. More and more people became involved which allows so many different opinions to collide and become even better ideas. Cultures are such a big influence for art that it is great that all of Fullerton’s cultures and different views are shared amongst the communities. Every community has its own way of expressing their love and affection to different things and becomes very enjoyable. If I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to read this and I would have heard of this event elsewhere, I would have probably thought that it was an old boring event that people had just to pass the time. But really getting to know the background of it all, it allowed me to think of art as a broader idea and want to be a part of it. It’s awesome how Cal State Fullerton was also so greatly involved with it all and was also a reason to why it grew into such a pleasant event. It would be nice to continue to have events such as this one to be able to view the variety of cultures within communities and share what we have all learned throughout life. Art is truly an amazing form of bringing people together and allowing us all to have a form of expression among each other. History is awesome and it is important to learn of past events to be able to view how different things truly are. Learning about things shows us how much we may actually enjoy it.

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  30. Justin Jacela
    English101
    mon,wed,fri 10-10:50

    In the article of “The History of a Night in Fullerton” I realized how colorful and expressive the city of Fullerton is. As a new student and first timer of being involved in the city of Fullerton, this has given me an idea of the Arts community it has to offer. Although the “Night in Fullerton” event has been discontinued, it has continued its spirit in the now current, Fullerton Art Walk. In all honesty I personally am not a fan of Art, but I have now found a interest due to learning about the Fullerton Art Walk and its history. I found this article to represent the the more creative side of the city, but also a representation of the youth and the up and coming undiscovered talent. Just thinking if I see a young persons work then, later find then in LACMA or other famous museums, and being able to tell people I have seen his rookie work. Having a cousin who lived in Fullerton for the past five years, I asked if she ever went to the events, she replied that shes been to everyone since she moved. She told me about all the creativity she was surrounded by. My cousin being a dancing, performing arts major, explained to me how it really spoke to her and made her feel like she lives in the right city for her life. She still lives there even though she has graduated. She recommended the art walk to me although she knows Im not a person who finds interest, well until now, she said although you do not understand the art around you, just the vibes given off by the people you are surrounded by will make you feel great. So, at the next art walk I am willing to come with an open mind and see how it pans out.
    As for the article itself, I think I am going to find the next art walk to be even greater than other first timers mostly because I now know someone who has helped start the Art Walk, I can ask about it and ask about key items that I should look for to make my first time a memorable moment. Maybe, when the next one comes up I will get a couple friends together and spend a night out in Fullerton at the Art Walk.

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  31. Rebecca Manzo
    “Orange County: A Personal History” I have got to admit that I started reading it as simply an assignment (which in reality it is). But in my head I’m just reading along and digesting the information, the story about the Miranda family, then Arellano starts discussing the bracero program to the U.S. So then I just think to myself “WOW” I can totally relate to part of the reading. My grandfather at some point in my fathers childhood moved his family to America for the same reasons the Miranda family moved as well, for better opportunities. I would expect any parent for the most part would do anything for the better of their families, so to make such a drastic move to an unfamiliar place, things must have had to have been very bad. I found myself thinking trying to relate, wondering if my father’s family could have found themselves in similar situations like the American kids who chased them with rocks, to me its simply mind boggling. The simple fact that I can relate to some portion of the reading made the rest of the chapter so much more interesting.

    Both the first chapter of “Orange County” and the article “A night in Fullerton” seems to be a timeline. They provide insight of the evolution of time, we are able to look back into history and see the events along with the actions that had taken place in orders be able to see the present as it is currently presented. In “A night in Fullerton” we could see its highest points along with it’s lows, and eventually it’s downfall. Over the years we can clearly see the un-interest of the people. I feel as though since the rise of technology people seem to be so infatuated with technology and what is has to offer, so its easy to forget about those simple things that at some point would entertain us. To me its really just evolution, as time goes by news things rise but others have to fall. Its unfortunate that “A Night in Fullerton” had to come to an end, but out of the downfall came the Art walk which is quite interesting.

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  32. Hi, Jesse,

    Where did you get the 1970's posters for this article? Specifically the Night In Fullerton owl? Thanks!

    Lisa

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  33. Hi: I'm happy to see a piece on Night in Fullerton, but not pleased to see a void in your history. Please do a little more research. My mother Dr. Alma Weller Pitts worked like a fiend to support the arts in Fullerton and was also one of the original founders for A Night in Fullerton. Both of my parents were supporters of the arts. If you check the documents more you will find her. I still have some of the original documents in storage and old newspaper clippings from the early years and then 1980 when my mother was chair.

    Florence Arnold, "Flossy" was her very dear friend of my mother's as was Dorian Hunter. My mother passed away 1 1/2 years ago at the age of 96. She went to bat with the city administration time and time again trying to bring culture and the arts to Fullerton. The city was NOT supportive and they lost out to keeping the beautiful sculptures on loan for the Hunts Library. My mother was involved in that fight with Florence Arnold and I remember the politics and how upset she became over the various struggles. My mother was the 2000 chairperson when she was 80 years old. It was also the year she had a heart attack. She had a catered dinner arriving for the Board of Director's and was not going to call it off until I threatened to call paramedics myself. That's how dedicated she was. She also helped get CSUF's Art Alliance off the ground and she began Theater in the Green at the Muckenthaler, taking it to a new level as a dinner theater.

    Nano fun fact. In the photo of Florence celebrating her 80th there is a man wearing a t shirt with graphic art on the front. The art is from pieces that Florence did and we have many of her pieces still in our family.

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