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San Clemente, California

Morning Colors: San Clemente Pier Walk
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Morning Colors: San Clemente Pier Walk
Paul Gavin, 2014

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San Clemente All Stars
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San Clemente All Stars
Paul Gavin, 2011

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San Clemente Pier at Sunset: Playa Romantica
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San Clemente Pier at Sunset: Playa Romantica
Paul Gavin, Oil on masonite, 2004

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Three Wise Men: Peace on Earth or We Three Kings of Orient Oar
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Three Wise Men: Peace on Earth or We Three Kings of Orient Oar
Paul Gavin, Oil on canvas, 2010

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The ocean's edge is a magical place and every beach town has its own special and unique feel. Seventy-five years ago, San Clemente was established on low mustard and sagebrush-covered rolling hills and meadows on cliffs above the Pacific Ocean.

Founder Ole Hanson's aesthetic spirit was a "Spanish Village by the Sea" with signature red tile roofed, whitewashed adobe structures and the world's best climate. The residences were primarily vacation homes and most swimming was done in the Ole Hanson Beach Club's pool. The word "surfing" wasn't in the dictionary and all along San Clemente's beautifully articulated coast were distinct beaches that seemed separate from the rest of the world.

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Now the physical landscape is nearly the same, but numerous state of the art buildings have joined those few vacation homes on the hills and in the meadows. The beaches are now populated with swimmers and the whole world surfs. Yet the original spirit and magic are still present. The signature village feel remains and each distinct beach still seems untouched by time and is separate from the rest of the world.

San Clemente Ocean Fest 2001
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San Clemente Ocean Fest 2001
Paul Gavin, Oil on canvas, 2001

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A Part of San Clemente's History

Kimberleigh and Paul Gavin have been part of San Clemente's art history for over 20 years.

In 2004, they were honored to create the San Clemente 75th Birthday design — The Art of San Clemente. It presents the city's original signature 1928 "Spanish Village" feel and breathtaking, timeless physical beauty that are alive and present today. In addition to the San Clemente Celebrate 75 merchandise, the Gavins have also created the first San Clemente Hawaiian™ shirt. Paul has also released a special 75th Anniversary Edition paper giclee of his painting, Vista Romantica: San Clemente Pier, and produced the Art of San Clemente 75 series of new and original paintings.

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Art History of San Clemente

Paul and Kimberleigh have always taken chances on frontier concepts, images, and areas not yet discovered by other artists — including this charming Spanish Village by the Sea.

In 1986 Paul proposed for San Clemente's 60th Anniversary the same landmark image, special event poster project that he had just developed and produced for Irvine and Huntington Beach where he then had his studio. Someone else was chosen for the job and produced a beautiful anniversary poster.

In mid 1989 Paul released the painting, Vista Romantica: San Clemente Pier in a limited edition — the second in Paul's Premier Coastal Series. This was the first fine art image of San Clemente displayed as part of a pioneer, stand-alone, fine art series celebrating local beaches other than the heavily-painted Laguna Beach. Later that year, he opened the first of three San Clemente studios and galleries. For the next nine years, Paul, and later with Kimberleigh in 1992, focused their efforts as full-time artists, creating their own opportunities in San Clemente, South Orange County, and beyond.

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Classic Prints and Signature Wearables

Paul's now classic coastal prints are seen in many homes, businesses, galleries, and public buildings. Kimberleigh's signature wearables are equally well known. These local landmark prints include Dana Point Festival of Whales, Mission San Juan Capistrano Swallows Day, and San Clemente Fireworks. The Gavins also rejuvenated the San Clemente Fiesta wearables program at their own risk and expense when the Chamber of Commerce had decided to end their Fiesta and Race T-shirt programs due to losses.

Paul has always endeavored to be new and different, developing interactive concepts to engage the public and make art more interesting and fun. He was The Artist on the Roof while working on his Ocean Festival painting and San Clemente Details concept. This was developed for his Local Treasures collection and used for the 60th Anniversary Sun-Post poster and still enjoyed as San Clemente Secrets. He continues to engage viewers and clients with new and different ideas that combine classical art with modern technology such as his Portable Gallery™ and Art by GPS™.

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The Gavins' success and pioneer spirit have opened new frontiers that necessitated much more travel and the recent closing of their retail San Clemente galleries. They continue to work and display in San Clemente and release local designs and paintings. The Gavins are regulars at the San Clemente Ocean Fest and in front of the San Clemente Hotel for the San Clemente Arts & Crafts Fair (held the first Sunday of each month).

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