Three Festival of Arts students win top awards at annual National Ceramic Exhibition in Kansas City

Three ceramic students from the Festival of Arts Youth Arts Education classes received honors from the 19th Annual National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition in Kansas City, Missouri. These students, under the tutelage of FOA ceramics teacher Monica Dunham, were selected from hundreds of entries nationwide and had their work exhibited at the Kansas City Convention Center in March.

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Marc Stavisski (L), Amelie Thonar, teacher Monica Dunham and Shane Turkich

Kindergarten student, Amelie Thonar from Irvine, received an Artistic Merit Award and Curators Book Award (given to only 10 of the over 500 exhibitors) for her piece “Flower at Home.” Shane Turkich, a first grader from Mission Viejo, received an Artistic Merit Award for his piece “Red Cone Head.” Aliso Viejo fifth grader Marc Stavisski’s piece, “Oz Bag,” was awarded the Bailey Potter Cash Award and an Honorable Mention Award.

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Amelie Thonar’s piece “Flower at Home”

“It’s a great accomplishment for these young artists,” said Ron Morrissette, Festival of Arts exhibits director. “We’re thrilled that our students are receiving these awards and that the Festival’s summer Youth Arts Education classes are being recognized nationally.”

The19th Annual National K12 Ceramic Exhibition is the premier juried ceramic competition for Kindergarten through Grade 12 (K-12) students in the United States. Designed to showcase the best K12 ceramic work made in the country, the exhibition takes place in conjunction with the annual conference of The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

The Festival of Arts is now accepting reservations for Youth Arts Education classes, available July 5 – Aug 31, Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. In addition to ceramics, classes are available in painting, printmaking, jewelry, and more. Art classes open to children ages 5-12. There is a $15 – $25 materials fee per child per class. For more information, visit: www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org or call (949) 464-4234.


Playhouse names Ellen Richard Interim Executive Director 

The Laguna Playhouse Board of Directors announced that, later this month, Ellen Richard would be joining Laguna Playhouse as its Interim Executive Director. The Playhouse announced late last year that it was undertaking a national search guided by Arts Consulting Group (ACG) for an Executive Director to succeed Karen Wood who had held this position for the past eight years. 

Commenting on the appointment Joe Hanauer and Paul Singarella, Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors, said, “In the midst of our search we encountered this wonderful opportunity to engage Ellen while we continue to seek appropriate long-term leadership. To have found someone with the extraordinary qualifications that Ellen has is thrilling. She is the recipient of six Tony Awards as producer at New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company where she was Managing Director. Ellen also has strong successes in supervising the construction of theatres in New York and also in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theater, a rare and valuable skill set considering the contemplated major remodel and expansion of the Laguna Playhouse.” 

Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham adds, “We are pleased and proud to have Ellen Richard, truly a rock-star in our field, join us as our interim Executive Director who will help guide the Playhouse during this transition.” 

Ellen Richard said, “I have quickly grown fond of Laguna Beach and the Playhouse. I embrace this extraordinary opportunity to join one of the country’s top regional theatres at this time in its remarkable 95-year history. I look forward to helping the Playhouse and working with their incredible Board of Trustees and Ann E. Wareham.”

Ellen Richard served as Executive Director of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco from 2010 through 2015. During her tenure, Ms. Richard negotiated a deal to buy the Strand Theater in tech corridor of Mid-Market San Francisco, helped raise the $34 million to renovate and operate it and steered the design and construction for the project which opened in May of 2015. The complex featured two performance spaces and has won multiple awards. She was also Executive Director of The Second Stage Theatre in New York City. During her tenure at Second Stage, which began in 2006 (through 2009), she was responsible for the purchase contract of the Helen Hayes Theatre, growth in subscription income of 48 percent, and growth in individual giving of 75 percent, as well as conceptualization of a highly successful gala format and “Second Generation,” a giving program through which donors enable deserving New York City youth to experience live theater. Under Ms. Richard’s leadership, Second Stage provided the initial home for the Broadway productions Everyday Rapture, Next to Normal, and The Little Dog Laughed. 

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.


The FOA Foundation awarded LBHS with $25,000 in grants for Visual and Performing Arts programs 

The Festival of Arts Foundation recently awarded Laguna Beach High School with grants totaling $25,000 toward ceramics, band, dance, and the visual and performing arts departments.LBHS teachers applied to receive $5,000 grants to enhance the programs and opportunities available for students to continue learning and developing their skills in visual and performing arts.

“The FOA Foundation strives to help enrich the lives of our young students, with the hope that these dollars will make a difference in their perspective on art and culture,” said Scott Moore, president of the foundation. “It has been our experience that these young boys and girls, men and women, hold on to these early art-filled years, and give back to their communities in their adulthood.”

The FOA Foundation, which operates independently of the Festival of Arts, was established in 1989 to preserve and promote the fine arts and all other artistic endeavors regarding Laguna Beach.Teachers have been able to provide students with real-world experiences and opportunities as a result of the grants.

“The generosity of the FOA Foundation has allowed us to build on the rich history of musical theatre at Laguna Beach High School. Our production of Once Upon a Mattress was a success, much in part to the spectacular costumes and props, which the grant covered. As a direct result of the Foundation’s support, students, families, and community members alike were exposed to a professional-style production,” said Alexis Karol, LBHS drama teacher.

Karol has invited several professionals to work with students including performer and choreographer Paul Nygro, and New York City playwright and screenwriter Jeffrey James Keyes. Students gain first-hand knowledge and experience from seasoned professionals, and as a result have been successful in their performances throughout the school year. The dance department plans to utilize the funds to continue providing community members with unforgettable experiences and performances by students.

“The instrumental music program and band boosters are very grateful to have the support of the FOA Foundation and to receive this grant,” said Jeremy Chung, chair of the music department. “The money will be used to enhance the music program and benefit all music students involved as well as the community.”

Visual arts teacher Bridget Beaudry-Porter also thanks the Foundation for their commitment of supporting the LBHS art and digital photography programs. “This grant is indispensable to the continuance of our 2-D arts programs. With this grant, our students will be provided the necessary tools to express themselves visually. We will be able to purchase needed canvases, paint, drawing materials, pastels, paper, watercolors, and studio equipment. These materials are essential in helping my students getting into top universities and receiving scholarships to further their career in the arts industry,” said Beaudry-Porter.

Utilizing funds from this grant will also allow students in ceramics classes to continue creating art and showcase it to the community of Laguna Beach. Ceramics courses benefit over 100 enrolled students at LBHS. Each year, students showcase their work publicly such as at the Coastal Eddy A Gallery on Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna College of Art + Design’s Color It Orange Invitational, and the 3D art show at the Irvine Fine Arts Center.

“I am so thankful for the continued support of the FOA Foundation,” said Somer Selway, ceramics teacher. “The grant allows us to provide all the necessary tools and equipment needed to continue to nurturing and enriching the lives of the students at Laguna Beach High School.”

“Everyday, up to 140 students enter our facility with the desire to study dance and express themselves in a healthy and positive way,” said Estee Carrizosa, dance teacher and dance production advisor. “Dance is one of the greatest outlets for young people to achieve their fullest potential, artistically and academically. I am extremely grateful to have received support from the FOA Foundation to continue providing our students with these on-going opportunities.”

The dance department offers students an opportunity to meet, learn and engage with guest teachers for open level master classes after school. The teachers range from a variety of professionals in the commercial, concert, and Broadway dance scenes. Carrizosa hopes to bring in guest choreographers to continue working with students, dance companies to host residencies as part of the daily curriculum, and guest teachers to lead open master classes in all genres and styles of dance.

The FOA Foundation will be recognized by the Laguna Beach Unified School District at the next school board meeting on Tuesday, May 10 at 6 p.m. 


Artists Fund board members now exhibiting at City Hall

The Artist Fund at Festival of Arts is exhibiting a Board of Directors show at Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave., now through May 24 during business hours. Exhibiting board members include Hedy Buzan, Geraldine Cropser, Anne England, Elizabeth McGhee, Hugo Rivera, Liz Rubel, Shirley Rush and Wendy Wirth.

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The Artists Fund, founded by Anne England in 2000, provides financial aid to Festival artists suffering economic hardship, as well as a career scholarship program.

Additional board members include Karen Alvarado, Cynthia Ayers, Roger Folk, Rick Graves, and Ashley Gregg. 

To contact The Artists Fund, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 612-1949. For more information, visit TheArtistsFund-foa.org.


25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee auditions

An eclectic group of mid-pubescents (played by adults) vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride complete with audience participation. 

Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, May 16, 17 starting at 6:30 p.m. by appointment only at No Square Theatre, 384 Legion Street.

Callbacks are Wednesday, May 18 starting at 6:30 p.m. You will be singing from the score.

Final callbacks are Saturday, May 21 starting at 1 p.m. You will be reading and running through choreography.

For more information, visit www.nosquare.org.


coastal eddy a gallery Presents “Diggin’ Laguna…Then And Now”, featuring works by Laguna’s ceramics icons

coastal eddy a gallery presents “Diggin’ Laguna…then and now”, a retrospective on the history of ceramic art in Laguna. This new show ties in with the celebration of the gallery’s third anniversary and features Marlo Bartels, Boris Buzan, Thom Chambers, Monica Dunham, Gifford Myers, Walter Reiss, Fred Stodder, Jon Stokesbary, Roger Van de Vanter and Leah Vasquez, along with some nostalgic surprises. 

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It’s no coincidence that coastal eddy a gallery opened their doors three years ago in the heart of the HIP district, also of historic importance to ceramic art. Get ready to take a trip back in time when production potters were all the rage in Laguna Beach. This retrospective will timeline production pottery from Brayton Laguna and others in 40’s and 50’s, and emphasize the groundbreaking 60’s and 70’s, with the introduction of raku at the Sawdust, and continues through today with work by some of the mainstays here in Laguna. 

The show runs May 7 – July 7.  Saturday, May 7, is the Artist’s Opening Reception, 5-8pm and is open to the public. The only ceramic art gallery in Laguna Beach is located at 1417 S. Coast Highway, in the HIP district of Laguna, 949.715.4113, http://www.coastaleddyagallery.com


Quorum Art Gallery: Laguna’s longest established co-op gallery has new remodel to reveal, May 5th party

Located in the heart of Laguna Beach’s famous “Gallery Row,” the Quorum Art Gallery was the very first co-operative gallery to open its doors in Laguna Beach. 53 years later and The Quorum is still going strong, showcasing the work of 12 local artists.

The Quorum confidently looks to the future and has invested in a total remodel to create a state of the art gallery. Come celebrate with us as we launch our new gallery on May 5, from 3 – 9 p.m.

Stop by to meet our talented artists and allow them to share their passion for creating art with you.  Enjoy fine art, wine and food and be prepared to experience one of Laguna Beach’s artistic treasures.

The Quorum Art Gallery is located at 374 N. Coast Hwy, in Laguna Beach.

For more information visit: www.quorumgallery.com or call (949) 494-4422


Mystic Arts Gallery has artist Justin Garnier in May

From May 1-31, an out of town guest artist is coming to Mystic Arts Gallery to exhibit his paper cutting two-dimensional pieces with all hand build wood frames, very unique, from Fresno.  He will be installed and showing the whole month of May.  

His name is Justin Garnier.  

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“We are very excited we are growing and people from throughout the state are hearing about our special cooperative gallery in Laguna.  Also, in the month of May Mystic Arts will be up to 17 member artists. Of course we do monthly opening at ArtWalk, but this is really different since we are welcoming an artist coming in from quite a distance for the whole month,” said Rachel Goberman of Mystic Arts Gallery. 

Justin Garnier will be at the gallery from May 1 through 31, from 11 to 6 Sunday to Thursday and 11 to 9 on Friday and Saturday. 

Mystic Arts Gallery is located at 664 S. Coast Highway.


Laguna Playhouse announces its 2016-2017 new season of shows – going into their 96th season

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce its 2016-2017 season of shows. Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham commented, “It’s truly one of our most diverse, wildly entertaining and thrilling seasons ever.  Our subscribers and audiences are going to love each of these theatrical journeys.”  

This summer is going to jailhouse rock as you dance to your favorite Elvis songs in All Shook Up. You can’t help falling in love with this jukebox musical.  Next will be Billy & Ray, directed by Michael Matthews. It tells the behind the scenes story of Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder as they nearly kill each other making the movie “Double Indemnity.” The New Year starts with the unexpected love story, Chapatti. Hershey Felder returns as master pianist in Tchaikovsky, then another musical genius hits our stage with the world premiere musical King of the Road: The Roger Miller Story, directed by Andrew Barnicle. We complete our season with the extraordinary The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. Add in a special engagement from Lythgoe Family Productions of Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight and you have one of the finest seasons in our nearly 100-year history.

All Shook Up runs July 6 – August 7. A newcomer’s rock ‘n’ roll attitude shakes up an Eisenhower-era town in this Broadway musical featuring the best of Elvis Presley. Summertime fun for all ages!

Billy & Ray runs Oct 5 – Oct 30. They plot to kill in “Double Indemnity,” but Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder nearly killed each other in the making of this classic film noir. It’s deadly funny adult comedy. 

Chapatti will run Jan 11 – Feb 5, 2017. A crazy cat lady and a lonely dog owner; this is a charming tale of two devoted pet owners reminding us it’s never too late to fall in love.

Hershey Felder will play Tchaikovsky, March 1 – March 26, 2017. “Swan Lake,” “The Nutcracker,” “1812 Overture.” …At the age of 53, Russia’s most famous composer was dead. And to this day, the how and why is still a mystery. 

King of the Road: The Roger Miller Story runs April 19 – May 14, 2017. It’s the true story behind the wisecracking country star and Tony-winning Broadway composer, Roger Miller.

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey will run May 31 – June 25, 2017. The darkness surrounding a boy’s disappearance is illuminated by memories of his brilliant spirit in this touching one-man show. 

Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight is a bonus Panto option presented by Lythgoe Family Productions, running December 3 – 30, 2016. Broadway and TV stars perform in this interactive musical fairy tale, with comedy, magic and pop music sure to delight children of all ages.  A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to fairytale fans of all ages. This British holiday tradition dating to the 1700s mixes classic fairy tales, family-friendly magic and modern pop songs.

Subscriptions to the 2016-2017 season are now available by calling the Box Office at 949-497-2787 (ARTS) or online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com. Six-Play Season Tickets range from $279 - $351. Single Tickets will range from $48 - $66 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229. 

The box office is open Mondays – Saturdays: Noon to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days). Sundays: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.  

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.


JoAnne Artman Gallery presents The Back Room

JoAnne Artman Gallery presents in its Main Gallery The Back Room, a group exhibition including artists Anthony Hunter and Pedro Bonnin. The exhibition will run until June 30, 2016.

Month after month, JoAnne Artman Gallery exhibits new work in its front gallery spaces by featured artists in a thoughtful and thematic way. However, each month many of the gallery’s viewers are enthralled by the “Back Room” of the gallery, which is why JoAnne Artman has decided to unlock some hidden treasures and feature “Back Room” artists, including Anthony Hunter and Pedro Bonnin.

British painter Anthony Hunter delivers a fresh take on abstract expressionism creating works that are both emotionally powerful and visually captivating. Hunter, who has been immersed in the art world as an art fabricator for Damien Hirst, is known for his energetic compositions, unexpected palettes, and innovative use of materials.

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Anthony Hunter’s “Curious Big Black Square Running Away from Black Blob Over There Painting” (Gloss Paint on Panel)

Mexico City-based artist Pedro Bonnin is remarkable for his handling of oil paint, but what further distinguishes him is his rare ability to conjure moods. Bonnin is fascinated by darkly humorous subjects that frequently border on the absurd, like fantastical tableaus of sharply dressed urbanites juxtaposed against irrational spaces.

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 Pedro Bonnin’s “Constellation 08” (Oil on Canvas)

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.

JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 326 N. Coast Highway. For more information, call 949-510-5481, email mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit joanneartmangallery.com. The gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.


Painting Weekend: Laguna Landscapes or Beach Watercolor workshops on April 30th and May 1st

LOCA Arts Education and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) are collaborating to present a choice of two exciting new painting workshops in Laguna Beach. Low cost registration is offered, due to a special grant from the City of Laguna Beach and local lodging establishments. Adults and families of all skill levels are invited, all materials are included, and everyone will take home finished art. Advance registration is required.

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Artists Rick Delanty (left), Gil Dellinger and Rita Pacheco

The first workshop, Laguna Landscapes, is on Saturday, April 30, from 9 – 11 a.m. It will be held indoors at Top of the World School. LPAPA signature members Rick J. Delanty, Gil Dellinger, and Rita Pacheco will teach all aspects of composition, acrylic color mixing, and detailing a finished landscape. Cost is $20 for adults and children ages 9 and up.  Register at LPAPA.org, call (949) 376-3655, or visit: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=6usu6ldab&oeidk=a07ecjd4n06f8582ba1

The second workshop, Watercolors by the Beach, is offered Sunday, May 1st, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Participants will observe LPAPA artists painting the scenic shoreline of the spectacular Treasure Island Park, and then enjoy a guided tour of the tide-pools at low tide. Following that, a LOCA instructor will teach fun, easy steps in painting watercolor renderings of starfish and ocean life. Everyone will take home a reusable canvas tote, watercolor kit, journal, pencil and more.  Cost is $35 for adults and children ages 5 and up.  Register at LOCAarts.org, call (949) 363-4700, or visit: http://www.locaarts.org/event/watercolors-by-the-beach/


Ed. Note: Artist Fitz Maurice has set out to paint live at all of the US national parks. She will be submitting her stories from the road to StuNewsLaguna from time to time. 

 

Recent painting, “ONCE” has an ancient connection

Story and photos by FITZ MAURICE

While on the quest – exploring the vast desert park that is Saguaro National Park in Arizona, I discovered an ancient petroglyph that was a ringer for my recent oil painting titled “ONCE.” 

The petroglyph was created by the Hohokam people; an ancient people who lived and carved images into stone thousands of years ago.

Fitz Maurice encountered an ancient petroglyph that looks like one of 

her own paintings

A close-up of the ancient petroglyph Fitz found in the Saguaro National Park, 

Sonoran Desert, Arizona

In the petroglyph we can see that the ancient people were honoring and communicating a spiraling vortex of energy thousands of years ago. I am a 21st century artist who painted this exact same image recently.  It’s incredible to me to discover this same image out in the middle of the desert while hiking along on the quest – looking for the ultimate Saguaro scene to paint.

“ONCE,” a recent oil painting (24” X 36”) from the ILLUMINISM series 

by FITZ Maurice

I guess my image of “ONCE” makes me a rock artist!

Another great discovery I made while at Saguaro National Park was Abe Valenzuela. He is Native American, from the Zapotec tribe and a volunteer at the Saguaro National Park.

Before the public video was played to a full audience at the West Visitor Center, Abe spoke about how his tribe believes that the saguaro cactus are their actual ancestors and that they need to be respected as such. He went on to say how they believe that there is one Creator above all his creations – from mankind to animals, to all of nature. 

Abe says, “We are all one!” He closed with words of encouragement for everyone to show their respect for the land and all living things “as if you are one with them.”

I believe that these ancient people were honoring and communicating the same message that I am today: All is one. 

I feel that, like them, all humans have a deep inner knowledge that there is a higher Creator. His signature is on every cell of every chromosome in humans, animals, nature, and in the universe. The more I am immersed in nature and the more I paint it, the more this is proven to me.

We are all one with all!

To see the “ONCE” oil painting, and the ILLUMINISM series, visit Main Beach Fine Art, located at 206 North Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach.

 

FITZ Maurice has been on a quest to paint ‘live’ in every national park in America. Now totally committed to helping promote and protect the parks, the artist is traveling by truck and trailer, living and painting in each park. Hiking, kayaking and horseback riding in search of the ultimate scene, and finally setting up with portable easel and oil paints, FITZ sets out to capture in paint the wonders that make every national park a treasure to Americans and all the people of the world.To see her National Park Paintings: www.nationalparkpaintings.com


Happy 43rd anniversary to BC Space Gallery

On Saturday, April 23, BC Space Gallery will celebrate its 43rd Anniversary. 

In recognition of this endurance record Mark Chamberlain has organized a special Birthday Bash with an evening of food, drink, conviviality with kindred spirits, and a full course of visual and musical art.

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The current exhibition Amerikan Krazy: Life Out of Balance features over 22 outstanding Southland artists whose work addresses the social, political, and environmental imbalance of human affairs. The show may be previewed on the website at www.bcspace.com to give you a taste. 

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Along with the cuisine and visual treats will be the wonderful array of local musicians assembled by Mark Turnbull for the evening. The performers include Steve and Beth Wood, Trio Dinicu, Jack Prather featuring Victoria McGinnis, and our own compère beyond compare guitar virtuoso Mark Turnbull.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. and the cover donation at the door is $30.00. The musical performances begin at 8:03. Seating is limited, and there are many preparations to make & provisions to stock, so an early RSVP would be appreciated. Reservations may be made by contacting the gallery at (949) 497-1880 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Father Bill Moore solo exhibit at Avran Art + Design

Avran Art + Design is pleased to present a solo exhibition of artworks by critically acclaimed artist, Father Bill Moore, on Saturday, April 23rd from 6 - 9 p.m.

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Father Bill approaches each canvas without a definite plan. Working with mixed media, he lets his ideas flow spontaneously onto the canvas and then adds bits of metal, glass, and other discarded materials to each painting to create a simple piece of artwork with deep autumnal colors and a rich surface texture that is ridged and rippled. Despite their contemporary feel, his canvases exude a timeless and spiritual quality that is almost mystical. Father Bill’s art expresses a love for the physical world, where he encourages his viewers to touch and feel the surfaces of his paintings.

Avran Art + Design distinguishes itself among the vibrant art scene in Laguna Beach by offering its clients a unique perspective on contemporary art for collectors and enthusiasts. The exquisitely edited gallery exhibits museum-quality glass sculptures, original paintings, avant-garde photography, and distinctive jewelry. Lovers of both contemporary and traditional art will revel in its exclusive collections.

Avran Art + Design is at 540 S. Coast Hwy – phone 494-0900.


Ten OC – exhibiting at Artists Republic Gallery

Artists Republic Gallery is proud to present Ten – a group show featuring 10 artists living and working in Orange County. Artists were selected because of their talents and the impacts that they have made on the OC art community and beyond. 

Their pedigrees range from emerging to world-renowned, but together they are representative of the depth and power of the work being created here in our own back yard.

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Chantal de Felice

“House of Spirits”

Participating Artists 2016: Ben Brough, Brian Bent, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Chantal de Felice, Danny Schutt, David Blake, Laurie Hassold, Michelle Bickford, Sophie St. Onge and Tyler Warren.

The show runs through May 1.

The gallery is at 1175 S. Coast Hwy.


Laguna Dance Festival’s May 6 springtime party “Magic in Motion” will highlight Sept 2016 season

Dancers from season’s troupes to provide a sneak peek at fall talent; scholarships to be announced; first seats on sale to fall Festival

The allure of dance will be on full display for guests at Laguna Dance Festival’s Magic in Motion party, set for Friday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. at [seven-degrees]. Partial proceeds will go to the newly announced 2016 Laguna Dance Festival Scholarship Program to assist deserving young dance artists. This is in addition to the new Laguna Beach High School scholarship that was established earlier this year to be given to a deserving graduate who plans to major in dance or dance-related therapy. Selected dancers who will be seen onstage during the new fall festival season will perform. 

Event chair Susan Giusto noted, “Magic in Motion will be a celebration of the charm and sheer joy that dance offers both dancer and viewer. But the event has a deeper meaning, because some of the funds will go to educational scholarships. A significant thrust of Laguna Dance Festival’s mission is to promote dance education, and this evening’s effort directly aids selected young artists.”

Professional dancers will greet guests as they enjoy cocktails before entering the party for dinner, music, performances by artists from the fall season, live auction, and dancing. 

Tickets to Magic in Motion are $250 each. For information and individual tickets or tables of 10, please visit www.lagunadancefestival.org or phone 949-715-5578. At the party, guests can purchase the best seats to the 2016 festival September 22-25. 

“Dance is a creative tool that challenges students to stay in school and learn keen focus, creative problem solving, and the value of persistence,” commented Laguna Dance Festival founder and artistic director Jodie Gates, who is also director of and vice dean and director of the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.

For the Laguna Dance Festival performances September 21-25 at the Laguna Playhouse, Gates will bring back BalletX and BODYTRAFFIC, two of the most popular companies from previous festivals in Laguna Beach. A third dynamic new company, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, led by choreographer and 2013 MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Kyle Abraham, is certain to electrify audiences in September. The fall festival includes free performances during First Thursdays Art Walk and several master classes for intermediate and advanced dancers age 12 and older. Tickets for all onstage September performances will go on sale in June but the best seats can be purchased at the Magic in Motion party on May 6.

Laguna Dance Festival, now in its 12th year, is regarded as one of Orange County’s major annual cultural events and continues to be an important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists. Its mission is to support and promote the development of dance creation, presentation and education, and to increase public appreciation of the art form in Orange County and beyond.


Celebrate the arts with the 2016 Passport to the Arts

Purchase before May 15 for a chance to win a Laguna Beach fall getaway

The Passport to the Arts team of Laguna Beach has the perfect offering this summer season - a 2016 Passport to the Arts. Plus, if you purchase before May 15, you will be automatically entered to win a one-of-a-kind Laguna Beach Fall Getaway that includes a two-night stay at The Tides Laguna Beach, theater and museum tickets, complimentary meals and more!

Kicking off its eighth consecutive season, the Passport team, comprised of Festival of Arts, Laguna Art-A-Fair and Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach and the City of Laguna Beach, offers the 2016 Passport to the Arts for just $24. This triple-value, unique season pass provides unlimited entry to the three premier art festivals in Laguna Beach throughout the summer festival season, which runs June 24 through August 31, 2016.

Compare the nominal Passport to the Arts fee of $24 to the standard fee of more than $57 in value. Passport holders receive unlimited admission to all three festivals through August 31, 2016. Special discounts from selected retailers, merchants, hotels, attractions and restaurants throughout Laguna Beach are also available to Passport holders, as well as one-time free parking at Lot #16 (Act V) at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.

The 2016 Passport to the Arts benefits include:

Unlimited admission all summer long to all three Laguna Beach art festivals

More than 500 artists and 300 hands-on art workshops

Great music at all three festivals throughout the season

Dozens of special events

One-time free parking at Lot #16 (Act V), 1900 Laguna Canyon Road

FREE shuttle service all summer long

Special values at selected lodging properties, local shops, eateries and attractions

Also, the annual Grand Prize Getaway drawing is in full effect! Passport purchasers will be automatically entered to win a unique Laguna Beach Fall Getaway if obtaining a Passport to the Arts before May 15.* The grand prize includes a two-night stay at The Tides Laguna Beach; two tickets to any 2016 Mainstage performance at Laguna Playhouse; whale watching for two at Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching; two tickets for admission to Laguna Art Museum; golf for two with one electric cart at Ben Brown’s Golf Course; dinner for two at Skyloft; and lunch for two at The Rooftop Lounge.

In celebration of 50 years of the Laguna Art-A-Fair and Sawdust Art Festival and in the spirit of collaboration, the Passport to the Arts team came up with the idea of creating artist-made clocks that could be displayed around the city, in hotels, restaurants, galleries and within the festivals. The team was inspired by the clock at the Sawdust Art Festival. The clocks will be on display during the summer festival for all to see and will be auctioned off at the end of the season, proceeds to benefit the three festivals art education programs. Visit online at http://lagunabeachpassport.com/art-is-timeless-clock-collaboration/ for more information, a map of the clocks and a list of participating artists.

The 2016 Passport may be purchased online at www.LagunaBeachPassport.com. Visit Laguna Beach’s Official Visitors Center (381 Forest Ave.) will also have passports for sale during the summer months. A complete list of merchant special offers is available online. Free shuttle service to the festival from various points in Laguna Beach and from the Lot #16 (Act V) parking lot will be available throughout the summer. The Passport does not include admission to the Pageant of the Masters.

For information about overnight stays and things to do while in Laguna Beach, drop in to the Official Visitors Center, located at 381 Forest Avenue or visit www.visitlagunabeach.com. The Visitors Center is open daily, Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., with extended summer weekend hours.

*No purchase necessary to enter the drawing. Those interested may send a postcard to Sawdust Art Festival, Attn: Passport Giveaway, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 to obtain your free entry form. The festivals, Visit Laguna Beach and the City of Laguna Beach assume no responsibility for receipt of mailed entry requests. See Passport website for details.


Free decoupage workshop for kids ages 6-14 at the Hortense Miller Garden on Saturday morning, April 16

Artists Fay Wiles stands as students display their succulent creations. On the bench, (l-r): Katie, Lizzy and Katie. Seated in front (l-r): Roxy, Zoe and Marlena.

Indulge in a creative adventure at the Hortense Miller Garden! On Saturday April 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a free Kids Decoupage workshop with artists Fay Wiles. The event is open for kids ages 6-14, but parents are welcome.

Please bring a sack lunch. Space is limited and parking instructions will be given upon confirmation. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 415-299-0838.


Hilarious Sex and Education opens at the Laguna Playhouse April 30, previews begin April 27

Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham is thrilled to announce the fifth show in the Laguna Playhouse 2015-2016 season, Julia Duffy starring in Sex and Education, written by Lissa Levin and directed by Andrew Barnicle. 

“This hilariously smart lesson in the English language taught by Designing Women and Newhart star, Julia Duffy, is going to have our audiences doubled over with laughter.  Mature language has never been funnier,” says Wareham. 

Sex and Education will begin previews on Wednesday, April 27; will open on Saturday, April 30 and will run through Sunday, May 22 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

Meet Joe Marks, a basketball star whose college scholarship is suddenly in jeopardy when his poorly written, sexually charged note to his girlfriend is intercepted during a final exam. Meet Miss Edwards, his high school English teacher on her last day of teaching. In this hilarious homage to educators everywhere, Miss Edwards uses the note to teach Joe a lesson – on life, love, and the power of words.

Warning: explicit language, excessive hilarity.

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Julia Duffy

Julia Duffy is known for a number of classic comedic TV roles such as Allison Sugarbaker on Designing Women, and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated role of Stephanie on Newhart. More recent TV appearances include the recurring role of Mrs. Lishman on Shameless, Patrick’s mother on HBO’s Looking, Key and Peele, and Scream Queens. Theatre work includes Once in a Lifetime on Broadway and much regional theatre, most recently Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at Boston’s Huntington theatre, The Heiress [Lavinia] and The Little Foxes [Birdie], at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Andrew Barnicle (Director) served as artistic director of Laguna Playhouse from 1991 through 2010. In that time he produced over 100 Playhouse shows and directed over 40 of them, including many World, U.S., West Coast and Southern California premieres. Recent directing projects at Laguna include Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine, Noel Coward’s Private Lives, Ron Hutchinson’s Moonlight and Magnolias, which also played the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts as a co-production with McCoy/Rigby Entertainment, and Burbank’s Colony Theatre.

The Cast of Sex and Education will also feature Nick Tag and Alexandra Johnston. Set Design is by Trefoni Michael Rizzi. Lighting Design is by Don Guy.  Sound Design is by Juan Sanson.  Costume Design is by Jim Prodger.  The Stage Manager is Vernon Willett.

Sex and Education will begin previews on Wednesday, April 27; will open on Saturday, April 30 and will run through Sunday, May 22 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. Performances will be Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m., Sundays at 1 p.m. There will be additional performances on Thursday, April 28, Thursday, April 5 and Thursday, April 19 at 2 p.m., Sunday May 1st and Sunday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m. 

Tickets range from $48 - $61 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229.

The box office is open Mondays – Saturdays: noon to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days), Sundays: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


Art That’s Small at City Hall exhibited to April 21

The winners of the annual Art That’s Small at City Hall exhibition were announced at an Artist Reception at Laguna Beach City Hall recently. The exhibition can be viewed through April 21, 2016. 

The jurors, Hedy Buzan (Artist), Kelsey Irvin (Kelsey Michaels Gallery) and Arabella Cant (Laguna Art Museum), reviewed submissions from artists from throughout Orange County. 

The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach fund this program.


10th annual Art Stars Awards a dazzling celebration

Story and photos by ELIZABETH NUTT

On Sunday evening, Laguna Beach’s businesses, organizations, individuals and artists came together to celebrate at the 10th annual Art Stars Awards dinner. Laguna Beach Arts Alliance bestowed awards in seven categories to those ‘Art Stars’ in Laguna’s artistic community who have made significant contributions to the town’s arts and culture scene. 

The event was hosted by [seven-degrees] and kicked off with a red carpet reception. Guests then enjoyed a champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres and live music outside on the terrace, as they mingled and waited excitedly for the awards dinner to begin. 

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The 10th Annual Art Stars Awards Dinner

The Magnolia Memoir band continued to entertain guests with live music during dinner, which was followed by a welcome from Jonathan Burke, president of Laguna College of Art and Design. Jonathan presented a Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award and video tribute in memory of Ken Auster. 

Next, bronze sculptor Louis Longi was recognized for “10 Years of ‘Louies’”, the one-of-a-kind sculptures—of which there are 75 altogether—that are created specifically for and presented to the Art Stars award winners each year. 

Delyer Anderson, the recipient of the 2015 [seven-degrees] of Inspiration Grant presented a film of her dance project, “IV”, which was funded in part by the grant. 

Dora Wexell and Mark Orgill presented the first Art Stars Award, the 2016 [seven-degrees] of Inspiration Grant Winner: Russell Pierce. 

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Russell Pierce, the 2016 [seven-degrees] of Inspiration Grant Winner

Russell’s collection, titled “Change Agents”, will capture and honor through a series of 50 portraits individuals who have made an impact on the world. The paintings will be presented on the walls of [seven-degrees] during the 2017 Art Stars Awards dinner.

 The six remaining 2016 Art Stars awards recognized Laguna Dance Festival (Best Arts Program), Montage Laguna Beach (Corporate Arts Patron of the Year), Jim and Suzanne Mellor (Individual Arts Patrons of the Year), LOCA Arts Education (Outstanding Arts Collaboration), Malcolm Warner (Arts Leadership), and Olivia Batchelder (Artist of the Year). 

Presenter Sharbie Higuchi of the Festival of Arts summed up the evening’s sentiment, saying, “When Art Stars got started, we were concerned that we’d run out of artists and individuals to recognize. But we quickly realized that would never be the case. Laguna Beach is the mecca for artists and supporters.”

 

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