Heart and Art Reception

Last year was co-hosted by Festival of Arts, and attendees joined for an unforgettable evening filled with entertainment, music, art, and networking as we celebrated the groundbreaking advancements within Cardiovascular Tech.

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As we reflect on the success of last year’s Cardiovascular Tech Forum, we can’t help but fondly recall the unforgettable moments shared during the Heart & Art Reception—the perfect conclusion to an inspiring event. The synergy of cutting-edge cardiovascular technology and the artistic celebration of innovation created an atmosphere like no other. The reception was co-hosted by Festival of Arts and featured select artists & vendors who exhibited on site!

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We know you’re eager to discover what’s in store for this year’s reception. While we can’t spill the details just yet, rest assured that Octane is committed to delivering an experience that surpasses expectations. Anticipate a blend of networking, celebration, and surprises that will leave you inspired and connected with the forefront of cardiovascular technology.

Meet the Artists

Brad Neal

Brad Neal is a drawer and painter who was an architect for over 40 years. A Festival of Arts exhibitor since 2018, his pen and ink and watercolor work focuses on compelling local sights as well as favorite places that he has discovered while working and travelling over the years, both domestically and abroad.

Fred Stodder

Fred’s ceramic art is regularly exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the country. He is the recipient of numerous awards, appears in many collections and has been featured in Ceramics Monthly as well as other publications. Fred has exhibited at the Festival of Arts for at least 30 years.

Eri Sugimoto

Eri is a ceramic artist born in Tokyo. While working as an industrial designer, she encountered the world of clay and started learning hand-building at a ceramic studio. After moving to the U.S., she began wheel throwing. Since then, she has been challenging her creativity in her studio in Orange County, CA.


Beau Johnston

Beau is an Orange County, CA native who draws his inspiration from the ocean & earth nearby as well as afar. You will find Beau traveling around the USA showing his art at art shows and expanding his library of imagery to include not only ocean based photography, but also earth-based photography as well.

Sheri Cohen

Sheri Cohen is a co-founder of Indigo Lights, a jewelry design company. She has exhibited at hundreds of art festivals over the past 20 years – including the Festival of Arts. Sheri is a long time instructor at the Irvine Fine Art Center where she teaches lost wax casting, jewelry fabrication, and jewelry design.

Jayne Dion

Jayne began 30 years ago as a muralist for Newport coast homes. This led to becoming resident artist, lead set designer and prop stylist for South Coast Plaza. A self-taught artist, Jayne went back to college to study sculpture and illustration. Since then, she’s been featured in various publications.

Brian Giberson

Brian’s artistic journey has taken him through a wide variety of art forms. Brian has taught portrait sculpture, a variety of jewelry techniques, and glass fusing at the Irvine Fine Art Center in Irvine, CA. His work has been featured in books, magazines, and is in hundreds of homes and private collections.

Maaria Kader

Maaria Kader is a California fine art scratchboard artist. Her art has been exhibited in galleries across the country including California, Arizona, Kentucky, Ohio, Florida and across the globe in Australia.

Roberto Brun

Roberto’s father’s family were watchmakers, goldsmiths, gunsmiths and knife makers & his mother’s side owned art galleries. In 1980, Roberto moved to Orange County and set up shop. The next year, he juried into the Festival of Arts and has been continually juried in each year for over thirty years.

Ken Sugimoto

Ken Sugimoto’s work is sculptural metalwork. He has always wanted to create one-of-a-kind pieces as an antithesis of mass-production. Since then he has been willfully laboring in the world of metal art by both exploring and challenging his artistic abilities and limits in the creative confines of his studio.


Cheyne Walls

Cheyne presents the location as if you were standing there witnessing that moment. He’s been published in National Geographic and had work inducted into The Wildling Museum of Art & Nature’s permanent art collection — one of the youngest photographers to receive these accolades.


Casey Parlette

Casey’s work evokes the movement and essence of his subject matter, reflecting a lifetime spent observing these creatures in their natural habitats. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind sculpture that culminates in his unique process of wood carving, stone carving, blacksmithing and metal fabrication.


Natalie Uhrik

The principal theme in Natalie’s work is nature and landscapes. She often revisits past trips taken when painting, both Australian and abroad. With a range of painting techniques, line, texture and color, her pieces mimic the elements of nature and create a kind of ambience.


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