Free admission this Sunday for Art-A-Fair 45th Anniversary

Arty PhotoCelebrating 45 years of exhibiting fine art in all mediums, Art-A-Fair will hold a day of commemorative festivities on Sunday, Aug. 7 with free admission for all patrons.

Arty, Art-A-Fair’s 45th anniversary character specially created for this year only, has been hidden daily this season on the grounds. The first visitor to find him each day has been awarded an art prize created by Art-A-Fair’s renowned artists. On Aug. 7, Arty will be hidden on an hourly basis, providing visitors multiple opportunities to find him and take home an exceptional piece of art.

While viewing art by Art-A-Fair’s 125 international, national and local artists, the sounds of live Caribbean music by Upstream and smooth jazz by Rideshare will fill the air. Sunday’s art workshop, which continues the daily art workshops offered throughout the season, will feature collage. The class will be taught by Art-A-Fair mixed media and watercolor artist Agnes Copeland. Aspiring and established artists may sign up for a two-hour session from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for $30 or all four hours for just $45.

Art-A-Fair is open daily Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Laguna Beach residents are admitted free with valid ID. A season admission ticket is $7 for adults and $4 for seniors (60+), military and students with an ID. Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult. Parking is available at Act V, just a short distance north on Laguna Canyon, with free shuttle service to Art-A-Fair, located at 777 Laguna Canyon Road.  For information, go online to www.art-a-fair.com or call 494-4514.

The Triple Value Passport to the Arts, which for the low price of $19, provides unlimited admission all summer to the three Laguna art festivals – Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts and Sawdust Festival. The Triple Value Passport is available online at www.LagunaBeachPassport.com or by calling 497-0521.


First Thursdays Art Walk sure to delight art enthusiasts

Every first Thursday of the month, Laguna Beach celebrates its cultural art scene through the award-winning First Thursdays Art Walk. The event is free to the public and in the last thirteen years has become a much-anticipated event by visitors and O.C. residents alike benevolent.

Ron Dier SculptureOn Aug. 4, stroll and trolley around this picturesque town on a self-guided tour enjoying gallery openings, artist demonstrations and receptions, live music and other entertainment and refreshments. “I encourage everyone to experience the Art Walk in August. It’s a chance to see why Laguna is an infamous arts destination,” said First Thursdays Art Walk President Rebecca Barber.

It’s a great time to come and see what all of the buzz is about. Throughout the evening see artists in action and watch their creative process when visiting them at many galleries demonstrating their techniques and sharing their insights. The following are a few participating: Clark Little at Clark Little Gallery; John Eagle and other resident artists at Studio 7; and Richard MacDonald at Dawson Cole Fine Art. Each of their styles and characters are uniquely Laguna.

Also, make sure to check out Studio Arts, saltfineart, Karin Worden Gallery in the HIP district and on Gallery Row find Joanne Artman Gallery, Marion Meyer Contemporary Art and Sue Greenwood Fine Art Gallery. More information can be found at www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com.

This jam-packed evening includes a multitude of galleries to see from Downtown to Gallery Row to Bluebird, enhanced by performances by local musicians and gallery hospitality. It’s easy to get to all destinations, simply hop the free trolley, another distinctively Laguna experience. Be sure to ask the docents at the Museum and Bluebird Center for their recommendations as to where the next stop should be. At any gallery, also pick up an Art Walk brochure that includes a map and featuring all the evening’s special events.  Other highlights include: the latest exhibition at Laguna Art Museum, “Noguchi: California Legacy,” and Laguna College of Art & Design’s Rodin sculpture exhibit.

Art Walk is over at 9 p.m., but not the art options and savings. After 9 p.m., head over to the world-famous Sawdust Art Festival and Festival of Arts where you will receive free admission when you present the First Thursdays brochure at each festival’s box office. For information, go online to www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com.


Festival of Arts features premiere arts and entertainment –

The Bold and the Beautiful cast members “meet & greet”

The Festival of Arts features 140 of the area’s most accomplished artists, as well as expansive menu of arts and entertainment opportunities.

Some of the free, popular happenings include music: Friday Night DJ with DJ Lucky Lou Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. On Saturdays is Jazz on the Green, 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays feature three happening starting with The Art of Cooking, presented by William Sonoma, 1 to 2 p.m.; Art in Motion: Hip Hop to Tango is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Beatles’ Classics performed by Jason Feddy and Friends, 6 to 8 p.m.

On Thursdays Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate offers music and more, 5 to 8 p.m., cost is $15.

A special celebrity event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. Daytime drama cast members of CBS’s hit show, The Bold and the Beautiful, will attend the Festival of Arts to greet fans, take photos, sign autographs and enjoy the fine art of Festival exhibitors before they take in a performance of this year’s beloved Pageant of the Masters production, Only Make Believe.

Cast members include Don Diamont, John McCook, three-time Emmy® award winning actress Heather Tom and Emmy® recipient Scott Clifton.

“We are so excited to welcome cast members from The Bold and the Beautiful to the Festival of Arts,” said Sharbie Higuchi, Director Marketing and Public Relations for the Festival of Arts. “For some of them, it will be their first time here and their first time seeing the Pageant of the Masters. For our visitors, it’ll be a really special moment with their favorite celebrities!”

Thursday, Aug. 4 the popular series, Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate, will feature jazz vocalist Annie Sellick.

This week’s schedule… Friday, Aug. 5, DJ Lucky Lou will be spinning retro, “Love, Peace & Happiness…it’s the 70s.

Saturday, Aug. 6, Jazz on the Green will feature three amazing jazz musicians - Eric Marienthal, Brian Bromberg, and Jeff Lorber.

Marienthal is one of the one of the most recorded sax players in contemporary jazz. As part of Chick Corea’s Elekric Band, Eric traveled every corner of the globe playing jazz, and his solo albums are favorites of many of the most knowledgeable contemporary musicians.

Bromberg is a bassist, composer and producer who has released some of the most critically acclaimed instrumental albums in contemporary jazz. This is a not-to-be-missed concert!

Master of the keys Jeff Lorber is one of the busiest musicians in smooth jazz history. Lorber was a pioneering figure in the movement known as “jazz fusion” – a marriage of traditional jazz with other genres.

Sunday, Aug. 7, The Art of Cooking with Williams-Sonoma featured recipe will be summer salad delicious, creating a tasty carrot and parsnip salad. Spectators will not only learn how to make the recipe themselves, they’ll also get to help Chef Joffrey eat what he prepares.

Also on Sunday, Art in Motion: Hip Hop to Tango will feature Argentine Tango.

Check out the Art Talks on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Tuesday will feature exhibiting artists leading discussions on topics of medium, influence and present trends. And Thursdays will host some of the best minds in the Orange County art scene – from curators to conservators – will visit the Festival to speak on issues of buying, appraising, displaying, restoring and conserving fine art.

Today’s talk features Jonathan Burke, president of Laguna College of Art and Design, who will lead a discussion with faculty and alumni of LCAD who are exhibiting Festival artists in the Laguna Beach art community.

On Thursday, Aug. 4, 10-11am, artist and conservator Andre Lohnert will discuss how to care for your collection. Andre Lohnert Fine Art Services restores canvases, oil paint and other paint types, and stone-based installations.

Next week’s Art Talks: Tuesday, Aug. 9, Karin Worden will lead a discussion with other jewelers on “The Art of Jewelry.” In addition, on Thursday, Aug. 11 will feature Scott Haskins, author and fine art conservator who will talk about “How to Save Your Stuff from disaster.”

The Festival of Arts is at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. For information go online to www.foapom.com or call 494-1145.


Back Room exhibit on the forefront at JoAnne Artman Gallery

JoAnne Artman Gallery exhibits new work in the front gallery spaces by their featured artists in a thoughtful and thematic way. However, each month many viewers are enthralled by the “Back Room” in the gallery, which is being unlocked to reveal hidden treasures and feature its “Back Room” artists including Brooke Shaden, Rimi Yang, Peregrine Heathcote, America Martin, and Anja Van Herle.

A couple of the artists include Van Herle, who combines a European sense of high fashion in her artwork with an American sense of wonder. In Van Herle’s masterful hands, fashion becomes alive.

Moreover, Heathcote’s paintings conjure a world of intoxicating glamour and intrigue, each canvas suggests a story, prompting us to imagine the circumstances around a single crucial scene. The artist purposefully leaves such questions open, allowing us room to construct multiple narratives. This weaving in and out of various realities, blending the literal and metaphoric is achieved with great skill, imagination, and ingenuity.

These artists will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you’re sure to find the right artistic expression. The JoAnne Artman Gallery is at 326 North Coast Highway. For information, call 510-5481 or go online to www.joanneartmangallery.com.

The World Above Photo

Brooke Shaden

The World Above

Photograph on Paper, 20” x 20”


Suzie Speaks

Suzie’s Articulation…

 

It’s rather hard to fathom that we’re coming close to festival season half time, if you will, with a little over a month left to enjoy the incredible artists in these shows and buy original works.

The buzz about sales this season has been positive on the Richter scale. On Sunday at the Sawdust - Stuman, Shaena and I chatted with Tom Klingenmeier, and he said both attendance and sales are going strong.

The Sawdust’s tavern stage was a good indicator that night. It was packed for Shaena’s lively performance. She and her musical cohort Denny had the crowd on its feet dancing to some fantastic original songs and perennial classics.

Master glassblower John Barber is hitting it out of the ballpark with some impressive sales this summer, according to his wonderful wife, Rebecca. The beauty for John’s fans is that his work can be acquired at the Sawdust or at his gallery – Studio Arts in Laguna’s HIP District.

It’s quite tidy to know the Festival of Arts is doing really well too, and we have enough art visitors to spread the wealth. Festival exhibitor Mike Tauber said, “Sales are great for everyone.”

Tauber will be leading a ceramics lecture at the Festival of Arts Center Green today at 10 a.m. and one that I refuse to miss! I am certain the Festival was packed too for Jason Feddy’s Beatle Sundays. Feddy’s Beatles is a necessary happening while you’re there checking out the art.

Next week is First Thursdays Art Walk…make sure to engage in the Sue Greenwood Fine Art gallery on North Laguna’s famed Gallery Row. Sue has some impressive artists exhibiting. One of the many talented artists is Paul Brigham, whose work will be on display through Aug. 15. He has some enthralling pieces. Brigham’s paintings are captivating, while his birds have a very realistic look; the colorful species are interestingly depicted against abstracted backgrounds.

I’ve never been a professional ornithologist, but my interest has been sparked indeed. And I dig that most male birds have such a vibrant gorget to attract the females. By the way, personally, I am especially fond of hummingbirds.

However, the dilemma continues… so much art... so little time…


At Festival of Arts

Tasty Jazz Wine and Chocolate served up on Thursdays

Thursday evenings at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts are rapturous. “Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate: What Could Be Better?” is a wine and chocolate pairing event that pairs perfectly with live jazz and the beautiful atmosphere of the Festival of Arts outdoor fine art exhibit.

This event this week features Kate Reid and is a favorite with Festival of Arts visitors and Pageant of the Masters ticket holders who arrive a little early to enjoy the Festival. These wine and chocolate pairings were created especially for this event, which will please the palette and stimulate the senses.

Festival visitors ages 21 and older can enjoy the “Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate: What Could Be Better?” event every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., with a broad spectrum of jazz styles and genres to be enjoyed over the course of the season. The Festival’s casual and classy outdoor setting, together with the richness of chocolate delectably paired with choice wine and the sensuous sounds of jazz surrounded by fine art, creates an ideal evening for friends, sweethearts and family.

Musical performance weekly lineup: July 28 is Kate Reid. Check for the August listings in an upcoming edition of Stu News Laguna.

Tickets for “Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate: What Could Be Better?” are $15 in addition to Festival of Arts admission $7 adults and $4 seniors, and each ticket includes three unique wine and chocolate pairings.

For information, call 494-1145 or go online to www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org. The event is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Proceeds support the arts and art education in and about Laguna Beach.


Landscape and Figuration from LAM Collection lecture on July 31 – with early to mid twentieth century works

On Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., Laguna Art Museum will host a lecture on historical California art with Curator of Collections Janet Blake who will discuss early to mid-twentieth century works from the museum’s permanent collection which are currently on display in “Landscape and Figuration from the Collection.”

The lecture will include in-depth historical information about the artists featured in the exhibition, including many who lived in and around Laguna Beach.

“Landscape and Figuration from the Collection” features exemplar 20th century works from the permanent collection ranging from impressionism to modernism. Works from the early part of the century include several of the museum’s popular impressionist paintings, among them The Old Post Office (c. 1922–23) by Joseph Kleitsch and Golden Morrow (1931) by Granville Redmond.

Levine Painting

David Levine, Near Angel’s Flight, 1938

Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches

Laguna Art Museum Collection, Gift of Florence and David Levine, in memory of Mark Levine

The exhibition also features works by artists who aligned themselves with a more modernist approach in both landscape and figurative works. Included are Day’s End (1947) by Francis de Erdely and Bastions of the Painted Desert (c. 1910) by Fernand Lungren, both of which were included in the 2009 exhibition Collecting California: Selections from Laguna Art Museum.

Watchel Painting

Elmer Wachtel, Winter Scene, 1920

Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

Laguna Art Museum Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Julian Willcox

There are also several paintings on view that have not been exhibited in many years, including signature works by McClelland Barclay, Conrad Buff, Leland Curtis, Phil Dike, Elsie Palmer Payne, Lee Randolph, Anna Katharine Skeele, and Elmer Wachtel.

Blake is a historical California art expert, and curated this exhibit, which is on display through Oct. 9.

Skeele Painting

Anna Katharine Skeele, Rancho Church, New Mexico, c. 1930

Oil on canvas, 20 x 27 inches

Laguna Art Museum Collection, Gift of the artist

This lecture is free for museum members and free for non-members with paid admission. For information, contact Curator of Education Jacqueline Bunge at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 494-8971 ext. 207. Laguna Art Museum is at 307 Cliff Drive.


FOA Shakespeare Series reception at Wells Fargo Saturday

The Festival of Arts is presenting a special must-see exhibit, The Shakespeare Series at Wells Fargo Bank – third floor gallery to run Saturday to Sept. 15. The exhibition pays tribute to the late artist David Rosen and marks a milestone as the first of many exhibits investigating the history of art in the region, utilizing the resources of the newly established Festival Collections Research Center, foaNORTH.

This series of 24 powerful and graphic paintings, based on Shakespeare’s plays, are some of the best-known and critically acclaimed works of Rosen’s career.

In 1945, Rosen moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career. For 13 years, he continued to ‘push the envelope’ creating powerful expressionistic works that were exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and elsewhere.

Making his home in Laguna Beach’s art colony in 1958, Rosen exhibited in 17 major national annual exhibitions including the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts where Rosen was the first non-traditional painter allowed to exhibit. His work was exhibited in juried art shows at LACMA and more.

“It has been truly an honor to participate in developing this presentation of a significant artist who influenced the art culture in Laguna Beach, and whose Shakespeare Series illustrates his passion for painting and the love of theatrical expression,” said Festival of Arts Collection Specialist Pat Sparkuhl.

Born in Toronto, Canada in 1912, Rosen studied at Cooper Union Art School in New York City from 1930 to 1933. In 1936, he was employed in the pre-war Federal Arts Project in New York City where he worked in the Mural Division until 1941. During that time, he worked in the Siqueiros Art Workshop. It was there that, together with his friend Jackson Pollock, he experimented with new media and techniques.

The free Shakespeare exhibit is part of an ongoing series of shows that the Festival of Arts is having at Wells Fargo this year.

The Wells Fargo building is at 260 Ocean Ave. and is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Art-A-Fair welcomes visitors to meet artists and talk about their work seven days a week

Art-A-Fair’s 125 international, national and local artists come from a variety of origins and they work in wide range of art mediums. These individual differences contribute strongly to this season’s remarkable collection of art, says publicist Kathy Westervelt. “In sharp contrast to these differences, however, is a commonality shared by all. That is their passion for their art, which is reflected in the exceptional creativity, execution and presentation of their work,” Westervelt said.

Step onto Art-A-Fair’s grounds, and the artistic ambiance is obvious. Visitors can walk among the artists and watch them work or have a conversation about what inspires them. From the first glimpse of an artist’s booth to viewing the exhibited art, visitors often make their own discovery of a piece of art that ignites their passion, similar to the artist’s own journey.

Susan Driscoll, Art-A-Fair oil artist, whose creativity also extends to writing, recently explored this topic with two Art-A-Fair artists, Bonnie Leigh, from Laguna Beach, who is a gourds, sculpture, and mixed media artist and Miguel Borbolla, a relief artist, who lives in Orange.

She discovered that her fellow artists shared a lifetime love of art as well as their unusual techniques that create one-of-a-kind art.

Bonnie Leigh Photo

Laguna Beach artist Bonnie Leigh

As a child Leigh enjoyed the outdoors, her many adventures she did enjoy.

To keep her occupied, Leigh’s grandmother gave her gourds to play with, and her Ukrainian nanny gave Ukrainian clay to work with, which she still uses today.

Leigh has been at the festival for 21 years. She makes “forged gourds,” which means she bonds together pieces from two or more gourds to make a unique shape. She uses a palette knife to apply her special clay mixture to the surface to make delicate organic designs. After the gourd is painted and glazed, it appears to be a lovely iridescent object elucidating its organic beauty.

When Leigh finds the design she wants to use, she traces around the putty with pencil, pulls it off, and replaces it with her permanent clay mixture. A small blowtorch is used to dry the clay.

Leigh uses a Dremel tool and scalpel to do deep-relief carving, another of her gourd techniques. Her favorite subject matter to depict is wildlife, and she lets the gourd’s natural mottling influence its outcome. Few gourd artists use this technique, and her work was featured in “The Complete Book of Gourd Carving,” chosen from submissions from across the world.

Orange resident, Miguel Borbolla, grew up in the town of Paso del Macho, in the Mexican state of Veracruz, where he first learned the art of “repujado” from his sister. Women primarily created the art form to make decorative work for the home, often copied from a pattern.

Borbolla decided he wanted to make “real art,” so he reinvented it by coming up with his own original ideas, and then matting and framing the finished work.

After 14 years of exhibiting at the Art-A-Fair he said,  “You never forget your first love. Art-A-Fair is number one for me.” And when a person owns a piece of his art, he says, they basically have a part of him.

Art-A-Fair is open daily Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A season admission ticket is just $7 for adults and $4 for seniors (60+), military and students with an I.D. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free with an adult. Laguna Beach residents are admitted free daily with valid I.D. Parking is available at Act V with free shuttle service to Art-A-Fair, located at 777 Laguna Canyon Road. For information, go online to www.art-a-fair.com, or call 494-4514.


Art Talks at FOA Tuesday and Thursdays

Art lovers, connoisseurs and amateur collectors alike can learn and be captivated with Art Talks on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Festival of Arts.

Tuesdays through Aug. 30, exhibiting artists will lead a discussion addressing topics of medium, influence and present trends. On Thursdays, some of the best minds in the Orange County art scene – from curators to conservators – visit the Festival to speak on issues of buying, appraising, displaying, restoring and conserving fine art.

Tuesday and Thursday at the Festival will be a special discussion series covering topics of art trends and connoisseurship, and will cover modern ceramics and a multi-topic discussion led by the California Art Services Alliance.

Today ceramicist Carol Tripp Martens will host a group of Festival of Arts ceramic artists on issues critical to the medium of ceramics and three-dimensional art, including its rewards and challenges.

Then on Thursday members of the California Art Services Alliance will join to discuss a variety of topics. Fine art appraiser C.H. Boyd will address appraising and cataloging; Conservator Susan Brown will address conservation and restoration; Brian Ross of Orange County Fine Art Storage will discuss proper handling and storage; David Aeppli, owner of Display Art Installation Services, will address installation, display and transportation; Phil Olson, owner at Mayen-Olsen, will discuss framing and presentation; and Chris Bliss, Festival of Arts exhibitor, will address fine art photography.

The Art Talk series at Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, is free with Festival of Arts admission, $7. Immediately following the Art Talks at 10 a.m. on both days is a docent tour of the Festival of Arts grounds at 11 a.m. For information, call 494-1145 or go online to www.lagunafestivalofarts.org.


Art enthusiasts enjoy Art Talks at FOA Tuesdays & Thursdays

Art lovers, connoisseurs and amateur collectors alike can learn and be captivated with Art Talks on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Festival of Arts.

Tuesdays through Aug. 30, exhibiting artists will lead a discussion addressing topics of medium, influence and present trends. On Thursdays, some of the best minds in the Orange County art scene – from curators to conservators – visit the Festival to speak on issues of buying, appraising, displaying, restoring and conserving fine art.

Next Tuesday and Thursday at the Festival will be a special discussion series covering topics of art trends and connoisseurship, and will cover modern ceramics and a multi-topic discussion led by the California Art Services Alliance.

On Tuesday, July 26, ceramicist Carol Tripp Martens will host a group of Festival of Arts ceramic artists on issues critical to the medium of ceramics and three-dimensional art, including its rewards and challenges.

Then on Thursday, July 28, members of the California Art Services Alliance will join to discuss a variety of topics. Fine art appraiser C.H. Boyd will address appraising and cataloging; Conservator Susan Brown will address conservation and restoration; Brian Ross of Orange County Fine Art Storage will discuss proper handling and storage; David Aeppli, owner of Display Art Installation Services, will address installation, display and transportation; Phil Olson, owner at Mayen-Olsen, will discuss framing and presentation; and Chris Bliss, Festival of Arts exhibitor, will address fine art photography.

The Art Talk series at Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, is free with Festival of Arts admission, $7. Immediately following the Art Talks at 10 a.m. on both days is a docent tour of the Festival of Arts grounds at 11 a.m. For information, call 494-1145 or go online to www.lagunafestivalofarts.org.


Art Talks at FOA Today and Thursday feature printmaking

Art lovers, connoisseurs and amateur collectors alike can learn and be captivated with Art Talks on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Festival of Arts.

Tuesdays through Aug. 30, exhibiting artists will lead a discussion addressing topics of medium, influence and present trends. On Thursdays, some of the best minds in the Orange County art scene – from curators to conservators – visit the Festival to speak on issues of buying, appraising, displaying, restoring and conserving fine art.

Today and Thursday at the Festival will be a special discussion series covering topics of art trends and connoisseurship, covering modern printmaking and the Festival of Arts permanent collection.

This morning Festival exhibitors specializing in printmaking will host “The Process and Issues for the Contemporary Printmaker,” a discussion regarding the various processes of fine art printmaking and the issues facing printmakers in our highly digital world.

And on Thursday, July 21, board member, Tom Lamb, exhibits director Martin Betz, and permanent collection specialist Pat Sparkhul will talk about the contents of the Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection and the special issues of conservation that the Festival encounters as it seeks to preserve this special selection of artworks.

The Art Talk series at Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, is free with Festival of Arts admission, $7. Immediately following Art Talks on both days is a docent tour of the Festival of Arts grounds at 11 a.m.


Suzie speaks!

Suzie’s articulation…

Holy head spin  - it’s art, art, art time, and I’m loving soaking it all in. Of course, the opening parties of Laguna’s incredible art festivals rocked! Ever since then, I continue to ping pong between the festivals enjoying the comprehensive host of art and happenings.

Art Walk was a delight. I particularly loved the artist reception for Jon Seeman at Marion Meyer Contemporary Art and the hot artists she’s showing now, as well as James Verbicky at JoAnne Artman’s gallery. It was great to gallery hop with cultural arts manager Sian Poeschl and arts commissioner Lisa Mansour.

Another treat was the No Square Theatre rehearsal for “Xanadu the Musical” at Legion Hall. It is phenomenal and funny – the talent and the storyline. It was so great to see LBHS graduate Noah Plomgren, who plays the lead, on summer break from Carnegie Melon. He turned 21 on opening night and the ever fab - Bree Burgess Rosen celebrated her birthday on Thursday – so snaps and claps out to those peeps. The show is indeed a must see for anyone who has a brain.

I also enjoyed hearing Jason Feddy at the Festival of Arts’ Beatle Sundays on, well ah Sunday. Whoa – is he not the cat’s musician meow – so diverse and talented. It was a delight to see a packed house and a slew of beloved Lagunans – Ruben Flores, Nelson Coates, Mike Tauber, Sian and Troy Poeschl, Marsh Scott, Sharbie and Darrin Higuchi and Diane DeBilzan. I particularly enjoyed my conversation with Coates, Flores and Tauber about a new piece Flores and Coates acquired from FOA artist  Philip Womack. The piece is so phenom that Tauber and I spoke at length opening night about it. I’m giving pats on the back to the first time very talented artist, Womack.

I can’t wait to see the Rodin exhibit at LCAD – what a rare treat. So much art…so little time!


Lagoonies in the Great Park

Lagoonies Photo

Submitted photo

Last Saturday Colleen Corbett and Monica Jackson and Lagoonies were invited to teach art at the OC Great Park’s Anniversary ceremony. Jackson explained the joy they felt teaching at the park. “It is a huge and beautiful park - they do concerts in the evening hours that are free, and you only pay $10 for the parking,” Jackson said. “We were in the newly finished Palm Court where there is an museum and art gallery along with an outdoor stage.” The two artists said they were happy and proud to represent Laguna Beach at the Great Park. Kids of all ages were instructed about how to make and love a Lagoonie!


Social media marketing classes for artists Thursday

Gaylen Corbett Design and Art Biz success have joined forces to help artists navigate business and marketing in today’s Internet-centric world and will be offering a series of classes to facilitate.

The first in the series “Should you add Social Media to your art marketing plan” is being offered on Thursday, July 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. The presentation is the first in a series of workshops covering art marketing. The class will provide an overview of how artists can combine Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other social media with marketing strategies. The cost is $15.

Classes are at Laguna Canyon Studios, 3251 Laguna Canyon Road, #F3. Register by phone at 248-5263 or online at www.livetocreate.com/workshops.

Susan Haldeman and Gaylen Corbett will lead this informative series.


Festival of Arts Shakespeare Series reception at Wells Fargo Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Festival of Arts is presenting a special must-see exhibit, The Shakespeare Series at Wells Fargo Bank – third floor gallery to run from Saturday to Sept. 15.

A wine and cheese reception will be held on Saturday, July 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wells Fargo Bank. The reception is free and open to the public. Guests will also enjoy a performance by Shakespeare’s Fool with Jason Feddy and Ava Burton.

The exhibition pays tribute to the late artist David Rosen and marks a milestone as the first of many exhibits investigating the history of art in the region, utilizing the resources of the newly established Festival Collections Research Center, foaNORTH.

This series of 24 powerful and graphic paintings, based on Shakespeare’s plays, are some of the best-known and critically acclaimed works of Rosen’s career.

In 1945, Rosen moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career. For 13 years, he continued to ‘push the envelope’ creating powerful expressionistic works that were exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and elsewhere.

Making his home in Laguna Beach’s art colony in 1958, Rosen exhibited in 17 major national annual exhibitions including the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts where Rosen was the first non-traditional painter allowed to exhibit. His work was exhibited in juried art shows at LACMA and more.

“It has been truly an honor to participate in developing this presentation of a significant artist who influenced the art culture in Laguna Beach, and whose Shakespeare Series illustrates his passion for painting and the love of theatrical expression,” said Festival of Arts Collection Specialist Pat Sparkuhl.

Born in Toronto, Canada in 1912, Rosen studied at Cooper Union Art School in New York City from 1930 to 1933. In 1936, he was employed in the pre-war Federal Arts Project in New York City where he worked in the Mural Division until 1941. During that time, he worked in the Siqueiros Art Workshop. It was there that, together with his friend Jackson Pollock, he experimented with new media and techniques.

The free Shakespeare exhibit is part of an ongoing series of shows that the Festival of Arts is having at Wells Fargo this year.

The Wells Fargo building is at 260 Ocean Ave. and is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 to 4.


saltfineart ‘Collectiva 2011’ hot Latin summer show

saltfineart is featuring a summer group show, “Collectiva 2011,” previewing the very best to come throughout 2011/12 with a special emphasis on Costa Rican surrealist photographer, Leo Correa, as well as a large-scale sculpture inspired by the constellations from Los Angeles artist Victor Hugo Zayas.

The show will run to Aug.  28.

Strawberry and Me Photo

Leo Correa

Strawberries And Me

40 x 60 inches, photograph,

fresh and limited edition 1 of 6

Correa and Zayas are joined by 14 additional artists representing 7 countries throughout Latin America:  Ana Mercedes Hoyos (Columbia), Andriy Halashyn (Costa Rica), Arturo Monroy (Guatemala), Cecilia Paredes (Peru), Cinthya Soto (Costa Rica), Hector Tadeo (El Salvador), Irene Pressner (Venezuela), Karen Clachar (Costa Rica), Lucas Rise (Argentina), Marco Valencia (El Salvador), Mayra Barraza (El Salvador), Rafael Varela (El Salvador), and introducing W (Costa Rica) and Lucio Kansuet (Panama).

Salt Fine Art is at 1492 S. Coast Hwy. For information go online to www.saltfineart.com or call 715-5554.


Rare Rodin exhibit at Laguna College

Laguna College of Art & Design is presenting a rare exhibit of the French sculpting master Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). The exhibit, which is now open and runs to Sept. 23, features 14 figure sculptures and a 10 piece display of the lost wax casting process of Rodin’s “Sorrow.”

St John Sculpture Photo

Saint John the Baptist Preaching. Modeled about 1880. Alexis Rudier Foundry, bronze. Cast number and edition unknown, cast 1925, size 31 1/2 “ x 19” x 91/2”

Torso Sculpture Photo

Torso of the Walking Man. Modeled about 1878-79. Coubertin Foundry, bronze. Musee Rodin cast Oct. 12 1979, size 20 1/2” x 10 3/4” x 8”.
LCAD is at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission and parking are free.


Get informed and enthralled with upcoming Art Talks at FOA starting today through August

Informed connoisseurs, amateur collectors and art lovers alike can learn and be captivated with Art Talks on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Festival of Arts. On every Tuesday at 10 a.m. through Aug. 30, exhibiting artists will lead a discussion addressing topics of medium, influence and present trends.

On every Thursdays through Aug. 25 at 10 a.m., some of the best minds in the Orange County art scene – from curators to conservators – will visit the Festival to speak on issues of buying, appraising, displaying, restoring and conserving fine art. Art Talks is a fascinating and informative series that you can enjoy with a late morning cup of coffee and the beautiful atmosphere of the Festival.

Today, July 12, sculptor Gerard Basil Stripling hosts Tom Lamb, Scott Moore and Marlo Bartels in a discussion on the sources of their artistic inspirations and goals for the future.

Thursday, July 14, Rich Reitzell, author, From a Versatile Brush…The Life and Art of Jean Mannheim will speak. His body of work not only provides a glimpse of the impressionist movement that energized and supplied an identity for the burgeoning SoCal population, but also captures and preserves images of a bygone era.

Born in Germany, trained in Paris, and touched by the American Midwest, Jean Mannheim settled in Pasadena in 1908 and quickly became a major figure in California’s art community. For nearly four decades, Mannheim was an active teacher and mentor and a well-known contributor to the Southern California art scene.

The title of the book is drawn from a 1916 art review that highlighted the breadth of Mannheim’s paintings, ranging from formal and casual portraits, to scenes of people at work or play, to plein-air landscapes of California’s unspoiled shorelines, valleys, mountains and deserts.

On Tuesday, July 19 The Festival of Arts Printmakers will host “The Process and Issues for the Contemporary Printmaker” a discussion with FOA printmakers on the various processes of Fine Art Printmaking and the issues facing printmakers in our highly digital world.

The Art Talk series at Festival of Arts is free with Festival of Arts admission ($7). Immediately following Art Talks on both Tuesdays and Thursdays is a docent tour of the Festival of Arts grounds is available at 11 a.m.


Art filled fun for the family on tap Saturday at Festival of Arts

Girl PhotoParents and children will be treated to a day of art and fun on Saturday, July 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts annual Family Art Day. Family Art Day is a special day designed for and around the children.

When they arrive, children will get booklets full of coupons redeemable for special activities and treats. They will take a backstage tour of the Pageant of the Masters and do printmaking and ceramics in the new Art Center. They will even go on a scavenger hunt where they will answer kid-friendly questions by investigating exhibited art throughout the grounds. It’s a great way to inspire a conversation for the whole family about things like color, dimension, medium and types of art.

In addition to art-related activities, there will also be face painting and balloon twisting for the kids while mom and dad enjoy live musical entertainment by The Fugowies, who perform light rock with a ton of great harmonies.

“Family Art Day is one of our favorite days of the entire season here at the Festival of Arts,” said Susan Davis, director of special events for the Festival of Arts. “There are so many fantastic activities planned for this year’s Family Art Day, it is bound to be the most fun-filled, art-filled and enchantment-filled day of the entire summer for Orange County families!”

Family Art Day is free with Festival of Arts admission $7 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for kids under 12.

The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization that produces The Festival of Arts–California’s Premier Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters–Where Art Comes to Life. For general information, call 494-1145 or go online to www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org. The event is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Proceeds support the arts and art education in and about Laguna Beach.


Laguna College opens its exciting 793 Gallery on Thursday with reception and student exhibition

Portrait of Jack Painting

Portrait of Jack

Mike Harnish

Oil on Canvas

Laguna College of Art & Design will be opening the doors for the summer to its student gallery, Gallery 793 with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 7. The public is invited to experience the fine art, meet the artists and partake in refreshments.

Gallery 793 will feature the exceptional works of LCAD students, representing the different majors and class levels. A mix of art media, including sculpture, painting and works on paper created by the talented students will be on display and available for purchase. A portion of the sales proceeds will benefit ongoing programs at the college.

“The student work stands out among the surrounding festivals and the visitors will be astonished at the sophistication of the artwork,” said LCAD spokesperson Jennifer Daniels.

The Dinner Wine Glass Painting

The Dinner Wine Glass

Alison Hyman

Oil on Canvas

This exciting, off-campus gallery will be open for the public to experience, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 3 to 8 p.m. July 7 to Aug. 13.

Disturbance Painting

Disturbance

Jodi Weitzman

Oil on Canvas

The 793 Gallery is appropriately located at 793 Laguna Canyon Road, between the Art-A-Fair and Sawdust Art Festival. For LCAD information, go to www.lagunacollege.edu

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