Bistango Restaurant Kicks Off Summer with New Art Exhibit

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May 31, 2018 / By / Post a Comment

Bistango Restaurant is kicking off summer with the opening of its newest art exhibit. An opening reception to honor the artists and introduce their work to the community will be held on June 9. In conjunction with Forest & Ocean Gallery, the exhibition features the works of local artists and will be showing through October. Guests will be able to meet the artists, as well as enjoy a glass of white wine and pizzas, provided by Bistango’s culinary and beverage teams, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9.

Bistango art curator Antoinette Sullivan has put together a show consisting of vibrant new works including paintings by Greg La Rock, David Downes, William Havlicek, Cydette Vikander and Michael Jacques; sculptures by Sukhdev Dail; and photography by Robert Hanson, Jason Haygood, Tomb Lamb and Ludo Leideritz, who is also the founder and principal of Forest & Ocean Gallery. All art will be available for acquisition at Bistango during the duration of the showing.

“We are thrilled to showcase these remarkable works by our local artists here at Bistango Restaurant” said Bistango proprietor, John Ghoukassian, who is instrumental in the art program at the restaurant. “Art has always been a passion of mine, and we are especially honored to support local artists during this show. I hope and believe our guests will enjoy the new artwork as much as we do, and that it elevates their dining experience.”

Ghoukassian has dedicated himself to showcasing all things art, creating a perfect juxtaposition between the culinary artistry of Chef Javier Montoya and the rotating artists featured on the gallery walls and hallways of the restaurant. With the help and guidance of Sullivan, Ghoukassian’s genuine appreciation and passion for art has provided a unique platform that has allowed hundreds of local, national and internationally renowned artists to showcase their artwork in one of Orange County’s finest and unique venues for 31 years.

“I am excited about this new collaboration between Bistango and Forest & Ocean Gallery. Bistango is a truly unique establishment, and our artists will grace the walls beautifully,” Leideritz said. “Antoinette, John and I look forward to this mutually inspiring and exciting collaboration. I am sure our artists will be thrilled about the exposure this affords them, in this wonderful, respected place”.

In addition to the pieces from Forest & Ocean Gallery artists, Diana Ghoukassian, John Ghoukassian’s wife, will also exhibit some of her own artful photography this summer, providing a taste of her own personal artistic expression.

For more information please visit and follow along on Instagram (@bistango_irvine) and on Facebook.  To RSVP for the art show, please email

To check out more information on Forest & Ocean Gallery, please visit the website at

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