By Kristina Pritchett

A local artist and a retired U.S. Army Special Forces colonel will be showing their art during a painting and sculpture exhibit at the Dana Point Yacht Club.

Randall Zorn, an artist who owns a studio and business in Capistrano Beach, will be partnering with Gary Cassidy, a retired colonel. The two have known each other since attending Claremont Graduate University in the ’80s.

Zorn said he reached out to Cassidy about the exhibit.

“[Cassidy] came to the last show I had and then we talked about it, and it evolved from there,” Zorn said.

Zorn’s passion for nature and surfing is incorporated into his plein air water color and oil paintings. Zorn also has drawings and paintings of live models and still life.

Cassidy has had images in the “Bosnia Art Project,” which is a part of the Army’s permanent art collection, paintings in the Capitol building and a sculpture in the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago.

Zorn said he’s never had an exhibit at the Yacht Club before, but he’s excited for it.

“I think it will be really great,” Zorn said. “I just think it will be a good thing for this area, and it’s kind of changing around here. People are getting more interested in art and sculptures, and what’s going on in the area and the community.”

He added even though the community is known for its water-based activities, it’s still a community that can good art.

The exhibit will be on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 1-7 p.m. in the Yacht Club. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Zorn’s work, visit

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