The Great Parks Huell Howser Showed Us on View at Orange County Great Park

Huell Howser on California’s Gold. Courtesy KCET

Huell Howser exposed Orange Countians (and other Californians) to the Golden State’s great parks (and beaches and lakes and mountains and rivers and etc., etc., etc.).

So, it is only fitting that the Orange County Great Park is the venue for the art exhibition “Golden Parks: Huell Howser.”

Opening Sunday with a reception from 1-3 p.m. and then continuing through May 13, the exhibit highlights the parks that were brought to viewers on California’s Gold and other KCET/Channel 28 shows hosted by Howser, who passed away way too soon in 2013.

The exhibition is presented in partnership with Orange’s Chapman University Leatherby Libraries, which is the home of the Huell Howser Archives.

The exhibit, opening and parking are free and open to the public at the Orange County Great Park, 6950 Maine Way, Irvine. Phone 949.724.6247 or visit

Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.

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