In the land of master-planned, it’s nice to have some fun, eclectic, artistic, and independently-owned shops in the area.
If you haven’t heard about Union Market at The District in Tustin, well…that’s not a huge surprise. Located in the main promenade of The District where Borders book store used to be, Union Market is home to several eateries and locally-owned shops that have that more “Berkeley chic” type of feel. (Go Bears!) It is similar in spirit to The OC Mix shopping center in Costa Mesa. It’s taken several months to gain more visibility, popularity, and the right mix of stores, but Union Market is starting to take off, with Portola Coffee Lab and other well-received eateries anchoring the space.
One of the shops is The Shangri-La Boutique, which, according to their website, is an “emporium of handcrafted alchemy and beyond.” They bring in a unique selection of art pieces from local and international artists, including jewelry and other handmade items.
While I’m not a gal who usually wears much jewelry (or have much artwork on my walls at home, for that matter), I do admire beautiful works of art. So when my good friend and neighbor invited me to check out an upcoming art show where her artwork would be featured, I quickly said, “I’ll be there!”
Meet Tasha Chang.
Well, this painting is not of Tasha. But it was done BY Tasha. She studied art in college, was a teacher in the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) for several years, is a devoted wife and loving mom to two very bright and talented daughters, and now is going back to her passion to create beautiful pieces of art as well as some photography.
Tasha’s fine art and photography will be on display and for sale this Saturday (tomorrow), February 6th at The Shangri-La Boutique from 2:00pm-7:00pm. There will be other artists’ work on display and available for purchase as well.
So come on over to The District in Tustin tomorrow, grab a coffee from Portola Coffee Lab, then take a leisurely stroll over to The Shangri-La Boutique to check out what all this fuss is about. You can then resume your Super Bowl party plans afterward.
Follow Tasha on Instagram: @nahranuhra
Updated on 2/5/2016 at 9:50pm: updated with correct event time.