AR Mini, Yevgeniya Mikhailik & Diana Markessinis
Yevgeniya Mikhailik is an Orange County based artist and curator at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. She has exhibited in Los Angeles, Orange County, New York, San Francisco and Rome and has her work published in several local, regional and international publications. She earned her BFA and MFA with the emphasis on Illustration from California State University, Long Beach and maintains a studio at Mutual Aid in Downtown Santa Ana. She is represented by Raw Salt Gallery in Laguna Beach.
Diana Markessinis is a Santa Ana based sculptor and fabricator especially known for welding organic forms out of salvaged metal. In 2007 she received her Masters of Fine Art from California State University, Fullerton, CA and her undergraduate degree in sculpture from West Virginia University (2003), attending special workshops at the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, France and the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, in Maine. Markessinis has her work currently installed at the Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Park, the Los Angeles Arboretum, Park Santiago Nature Center in Santa Ana, and The Artist Village in downtown Santa Ana. Other projects include Ten Feet along the LA River, The Rails for Trails Sculpture Garden in West Virginia and private residences throughout Southern California. She has had numerous exhibitions in Southern California, including Pulling the Forest Along the Road a NEA Grant project with Hope Center for the Arts and Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA. Markessinis has received awards and grants from The Hoff Foundation (2009) and California State University Fullerton Art Alliance (2006).