we bid farewell to a great art piece..

3rdi,streetart,gcs,santaanaBy nature, street art is meant to be temporary. Never lasting too long, if spotted, it should be appreciated, photographed, and remembered. Because the length of it’s existence is always unknown. With that said, we bid a fond farewell to this piece by the artist 3rdi. Painted for his NOV 1st 2014 solo art show at the new GCS Santa Ana entitled “Return to tell the Tale”, this piece has been enjoyed by countless passers-by, urban campers, midnight alley thugs and 4th street shoppers alike.3rdi,gcs,dtsa,streetartDon’t be too upset, the wonderful DEITY is painting a new masterpiece that will be finished for the FEB 7th art walk …. We know that wall will continue to be straight fire!

Common Ground in store DEC 13, 2013 flashback!

We’re still playing catch up with this blog. Today we revisit the time that #thecommonground took over our gallery for a great in store performance. Curtiss King, Stevie Crooks, Noa James, Speach Impediments, WAJU, Jmelen and Calligraphy blessed the gallery with some great music. Make sure you follow BRICKTOYAFACE for more info and more fire.

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SCARUB in store added to “All Our Love 2” art show..

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we are very pleased to announce that SCARUB will be our special guest for art walk on FEB 7th during the “All Our Love 2” art show. He’s been one of our favorite emcees of all time, we are happy that he can take time out of his busy schedule to rock a set at GCS santa ana.. as always, the event is all ages and free!. . art show runs from 7pm until 11pm.. not sure when he’s going to perform yet.. stay tuned!

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#showcase626 takes over GCS Santa Ana… JAN 17th, 2015

showcase626flyerJAN 17th, 2015… GCS was honored to host Big Rob, Mary Alex  and the #showcase626 crowd as they took over our gallery for the night. And what a night! Every emcee that grabbed the mic came correct and had this place jumpin’. It was great to get the live music vibe back into GCS santa ana. Here is a run down of the artists that were on hand: Spliff Hemingway, Poetik Force, Infinate Wizdom, AM Oner, Geno Boombox, Kahlee, DUBIE, Daejo x Kyirim and Nine Trey Nous. DJ RAWZ held it down behind the turntables all night long. Adding a visual element to the evening, we had DUER, Geno Boombox and Bubbles Magazine here  We can’t wait to bring down the #showcase626 crew again. Much love and respect to all the artists that came through.

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Sage Francis at The Observatory JAN 27th, 2015

sageflyerOne of our personal favorites, Rhode Island’s own Sage Francis blessed The Observatory stage for a very cool $5 tuesday night show. Sage has been on the road for a good minute to promote his new album “Copper Gone“. The room was packed with avid fans that were receptive to the new material as well as eager to hear the classics. As always, he did not disappoint. The quiet freight train that is Sage hit the crowd with a constant barrage of deep thought and great music. And did we mention leg, a whole lot of leg. We can’t wait until the next time we can see this giant perform. Continue reading to see the rest of the photos from the night. IMG_1714

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art walk March ’15 featuring CODAK Smith

codakbannerGCS Santa Ana is very excited about our MARCH 7th, 2015 art show. CODAK Smith will be our featured artist of the month. Its hard to describe the amount of talent this guy has. His work has inspired and intrigued us for some time, and we are thrilled that he can come share his skills with us here in our gallery. You can check out his work here. CODAK will have a solo show here in our gallery, he’ll be signing prints and blackbooks, and we’ll have a new GCS x CODAK tee released to coincide with the event. Stay tuned for more info….

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“All Our Love 2” art show for Feb ’15 art walk

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Love is in the air as GCS Clothing Store and Art Gallery gets ready for the second installment of “All Our Love” art show. And with a roster of artists like this, whats not to love. We hope that you and your loved ones can join us for ART WALK DTSA feb 7th, 2015. As always, the art show is free and all ages. Music, refreshments and artists will be on hand for the nights festivities. Event starts at 7pm and goes until  11pm. For those that cannot make it out that night, the art will hang for the rest of the month.

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Sorry we missed you…

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Hello GCS friends,

Times have been hectic. Things change. But one thing remains the same… GCS is still here for you. HA! OK, lets not get to deep and emotional. We fell off a bit on keeping up our blog posts, but here we are. So we’ll be pulling double duty, posting current and up coming events as well as returning to the previous year that was unfortunately neglected. So bear with us until we get caught up. As always, you can keep in contact with our FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM pages. Thanks for taking the time to read this and let us know how we are doing…

KRS ONE at The Observatory DEC 3rd… $5 show

You have to give it up to The Observatory for throwing these $5 shows with top quality acts. Despite the fact that it was a tuesday night, the main room was at near capacity for KRS ONE . Backed up by his son on the decks, KRS gave the crowd a great show as usual. Classic tracks, fresh freestyles and a few newer pieces had the paying customers flipin out. Big ups to Out Da House productions for promoting a great show, big ups to Ian and everyone from The Observatory for a another fun night and big ups to KRS for being the legend that hip hop needs right now.

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The ‘Cypher Effect’ goes down at GCS Santa Ana

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Oct 25, 2013… Well known and industry respected video project named “The Cypher Effect” came out to the GCS in Santa Ana to shoot their latest episode. The project combines hip hop mc’s from different areas into an old school cypher in order to showcase their talent for the wider audience. On this occasion, the shooting of the cypher was open to the lucky people that came to our gallery to witness the show. As ususal, all the acts did amazing work and can be viewed here. The art work in the background is courtesy of artist Haunted Euth, make sure you check out his work.

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NOV 30th, 2013 in store at GCS Santa Ana…

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Well, it doesn’t happen often. not sure of the cause, maybe it was the itis that you get from Thanksgiving dinner. Or perhaps the fact that the long weekend started on Weds night and by Saturday night people are beat, spent and over all rundown from too much food and drink. Whatever the case may be, the attendance to this in store was light but consisted of good people, down for the cause and great music. Big thanks to Longevity , GEL ROC and Mes1dge for rocking the mic.Longevity,gcs,hiphop,dtsa

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Deltron 3030 Event 2 tour hits The Observatory

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NOV 25, 2013… Deltron 3030 hits The Observatory this Monday night while on a tour marking the release of their new album “Event 2”. Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator played along with a live band while Kid Koala manned the turntables. We’re very happy to catch this show…. another success for The Observatory. Big thank you to Ian from The Observatory and Droops from Out Da House…

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Classic Icons – A Visual Representation art show NOV 23, 2013

1374776_599962646716591_182304209_nNOV 23, 2013….  GCS was host to the ‘Classic Icons – a visual representation’ art show that was put together by KENOS ONE and SHUCKS ONE. These guys are great artists and have been good friends of the GCS for some time now and we were excited to host the event when the plan was hatched a few months back. The idea was to celebrate the iconic personalities that served to influence KENOS and SHUCKS’ art over the years. Mainly consisting of portraiture, the show was made up of legends from the worlds of music, sports and comedy.

Opening night was a success, attendees had the gallery jammed packed for the entire 4 hours. The artists had a good little write up in the OC WEEKLY in the week leading up to the show. The art show will remain in the gallery for the remainder of the month and will take a portion of the gallery for the next art walk. So stop in and see what SHUCKS and KENOS has new for you!

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Ghost Face Killah and Sick Jacken at The Yost

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Sunday October 27, 2013. The Yost theatre in Downtown Santa Ana played host to “Night of the Living Dead” featuring Ghost Face Killah and Sick Jacken. The event that brought together two heavy hitters from The Wu Tang Clan and Psycho Realm came together was the work of Out Da House and Ad Hoc production companies. This sure was an event to remember. Lets hope Wu Tang x Psycho Realm happens again real soon.

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The Common Grounds comes to GCS Santa Ana… DEC 13th… in store!

For those of you that are familiar with Noa James, Curtis King, Stevie Crooks and the rest of the gang, you know that they usually tear stuff up in Pomona and the surrounding areas. Now we have worked it out to bring them to our OC location… I hope this provides them with a new fan base. I’m sure they’ll win some hearts and minds that night.. as always, free and all ages… DEC 13th, 2013.. 7pm…

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GZA at The Observatory, Santa Ana…

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