Gallery Q celebrates the wild side of 55-plus with art show – artists are invited to submit their works

The annual 55+ Art Show at Gallery Q is on its way... and this is NOT your grandparents’ senior art show. The Wild Side of 55+ Plus: Exploring the Untamed Heart will celebrate the creative talents and acquired insights of Orange County’s 55-plus population.

Artists from Orange County are invited to bring their artwork to Gallery Q on Thursday, March 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. or Friday, March 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. All artwork is welcome and accepted — media/painting, mixed media, ceramics, wearable art, small sculptures, and photography.

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Examples of Gallery Q’s artworks 

There is an entry fee of $25 per piece and a special discount for those 65+ who qualify. Additional entry pieces $5 each — limit 3. Visit www.susiq.org or the Susi Q front desk (380 Third Street) for guidelines and an application form.

A free Artist’s Reception with beverages and light refreshments will take place on Friday, April 8 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from March 21 through May 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Gallery Q is located in the Laguna Beach Community and Senior Center at 380 Third Street in downtown Laguna Beach. Many of the art pieces in the show will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors.

For additional information please visit www.susiq.org or contact Carole Zavala, Arts Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


James C. Leonard solo exhibition, The Language of Color, at Avran Art + Design on March 19 – 6-9 p.m.

Avran Art + Design is pleased to present a solo exhibition of artworks by critically acclaimed artist, James C. Leonard, on Saturday, Mar 19 from 6-9 p.m.

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“Weather’s Fine”, by James C. Leonard

According to Urban Tulsa Weekly, “Leonard’s compositions are entirely non-representational and move the viewer’s eye vertically or horizontally across the space. This basic movement is complicated by layers of dropped, speckled, and fragmented colors that infuse not only a rich language of color, but also a visual history left to be discovered by the eye as it moves across the surface. Leonard’s inventive layering process results in heavy impasto, or textured, surfaces with a glossy, wet shine, making them particularly beautiful when seen in person.” 

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.

The gallery is located at 540 South Coast Highway, Suite 106. For more information, visit http://www.avranart.com


Landscape painters will pair with mentors at “Mentor Paint-Out Plus” on March 14, at Heisler Park

Landscape painters seeking to improve skills are invited to Mentor Paint-Out Plus at the spectacular Heisler Park in Laguna Beach. Hours are 9 a.m. – noon on Monday, March 14. Cost is free. The event is presented by Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), and LOCA Arts Education. 

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Participants, with their own easels, may paint alongside professional LPAPA artist-mentors as they paint the scenic shoreline views. As a plus, a selection of watercolors, acrylics, and oil pastels will be available to “test drive.” The morning will conclude with a helpful, supportive critique of everyone’s work.

The event is presented with support from The City of Laguna Beach and local lodging establishments.

Painting will be at Heisler Park, 375 Cliff Dr., in Laguna Beach. For information visit www.LPAPA.org, or www.LOCAarts.org, or call (949) 363-4700.


Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson next Jazz Wednesdays March 16

Vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist Josh Nelson have aligned their musical spirits in a way that would make any artistic duo envious. Gazarek’s top flight interpretations of the vast and varied American songbook are buoyed by the sensitivity of Nelson’s supple command and they have transfixed audiences from New York to Tokyo. More about the artists and to hear their music, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org/concerts/jazzwednesdays

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Jazz Wednesdays Winter 2016 brings great jazz music and great food together. Concerts are at the distinctive [seven-degrees] event facility, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, on March 16. A full bar and buffet dinner menu are available for purchase from [seven-degrees]. Cover charge is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Buy tickets online www.lagunabeachlive.org or call 800-595-4849. Doors open at 5 p.m.; Concerts start at 6 p.m.; Reservations are accepted until 3 p.m. on day of concert or until sold out. Information line is 949-715-9713.


Crystal Cove Alliance to host “Reflections,” a spring art show and sale featuring more than 25 artists

Love art? Enjoy the beauty of Crystal Cove State Park? On March 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., discover one-of-a-kind works at Crystal Cove Alliance’s (CCA) Spring Art Show and Sale, “Reflections,” featuring the region’s most talented professionals who have captured Crystal Cove State Park with oil, acrylic and canvas. 

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April Raber

Crystal Cove Clouds

Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists and purchase their magnificent artwork. Fifty percent of the all proceeds will benefit CCA’s mission of restoration, conservation, and education at Crystal Cove State Park.

On March 18, CCA members can enjoy an exclusive preview sale and reception from 4 – 6:30 p.m.

The show will be held at the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park, 5 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA 92657. Admission is free, but state park day-use fees apply.

RSVP here or visit www.crystalcovealliance.org or call (949) 376-6200 ext. 35 for more information.


LOCA Arts Education offers watercolor classes with Lydia Delgado: Workshops on both March 10 & 24

LOCA Arts Education is offering affordable watercolor workshops now through April in Laguna Beach. Workshops are on select Thursday mornings, from 9:30 – 11: 30 a.m. at Delgado Gallery, across from Surf and Sand Hotel. Beginners and all levels of artists are invited.

Instructor Lydia Delgado will introduce a plant or flower theme, then will lead everyone together in easy step-by-step painting processes. Participants may choose one, or many workshops, as a new subject and process will be featured at each class. All supplies are included, and everyone takes home finished art each time.

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Lydia Delgado, artist and instructor of watercolor workshops

Upcoming workshops feature hydrangeas on March 10, and succulents on March 24. Cost is $30 for an individual, or $125 for 5-workshops and advance registration is required.

LOCA is also offering plein air painting workshops, a runway fashion studio, and more. For more information call (949) 363-4700 or visit: http://www.locaarts.org/events/


Art Walk from 6 – 9 p.m. this Thursday

First Thursdays Art Walk member galleries will be open from 6-9 p.m. this Thursday. Everything is free including the trolleys that will take you from north to south.

Art Walk provides a unique opportunity to promote Laguna Beach as a leading, year-round destination and community of fine art galleries. Its mission is to increase the public’s exposure to the arts by creating a friendly and entertaining environment during exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and artist receptions.

More information can be found at www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com

 

Whitney Gallery

New Paintings of Morro Bay

Marc Whitney

Morro Bay #1

Oil on panel - 10” x 20”

 

Whitney Gallery

305 Forest Ave

(949) 463-1752

www.marcwhitney.com

 

Woods Cove Fine Art

Main Beach Fine Art 

The Laguna Foundation for the Arts (LFFTA), a local 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, announced the official opening of two new art galleries in Laguna Beach. Events marking the occasion will take place during this First Thursday’s Art Walk from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The new Main Beach Fine Art gallery, located at 206 N. Coast Highway will exhibit original works by highly regarded fine artists Mia Tavonatti, Fitz Maurice, Victoria Moore, Casey Parlette, as well as the respected local artist Nicholas Hernandez, Ph.D. – who also serves as the gallery curator.

Guests will have the opportunity to preview the newest downtown art gallery and help celebrate with a performance by the internationally acclaimed violinist, cellist and singer, Jessy Greene, who will be introducing some of her original music.

As Art Walk-goers make their way south, they can to stop by the Woods Cove Fine Art Gallery, located at 1963 S. Coast Highway at Diamond Street. The local community is invited to enjoy another incredible gallery opening at LFFTA’s second location.

The Woods Cove Fine Art Gallery is an eclectic collaboration of many different artists including painters and photographers, sculptors and musicians. A gallery with a more relaxed feel, this is the place for people from all walks of life to come and experience the arts, and share in collaboration and discussion. There will also be live music during this Thursday’s Art Walk opening.


Live! at the Museum presents violin & guitar duo March 10

Laguna Beach Live! presents violinist YuEunKim and guitarist Ines Thomé on Thursday, March 10 from 7 p.m. at the Laguna Art Museum. The duo is acclaimed for offering a scholarly approach to folk music and a lively perspective on classical music.

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YuEun Kim, violin (Seoul, Korea), has won top prizes in numerous Korean competitions and was selected to be a semi-finalist in the 2012 Buenos Aries International Violin Completion. She has performed as a soloist with the Seoul National University Philharmonic Orchestra and the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra.

YuEun holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Seoul National University and is presently working towards her graduate certificate at the University of Southern California on a full scholarship. YuEun actively performs in the Los Angeles area, including recitals at the Pasadena City College, Pasadena Presbyterian Church, Palos Verdes Library and has won first places in USC’s Solo Bach Competition and the Strings Concerto Competition.

German-born guitarist Ines Thomé is a multifaceted musician who performs internationally as a solo and chamber musician. She studied classical guitar in Frankfurt and Stuttgart and received a Master’s degree (with distinction) at Stuttgart State University of Music and Performing Arts. In August 2013 she began post-graduate work at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where she will continue as a doctoral student in the studio of Prof. William Kanengiser (LAGQ).

Since a young age Ines won first prizes as a solo and chamber musician in national competitions. Later she received awards from numerous international competitions in Germany and Italy and received a special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Johann Sebastian Bach at the International Guitar Competition in Erwitte. 

In 2014 she won the International Guitar Competition in Walnut Creek, California.

Live! at the Museum is a collaboration of Laguna Beach Live! and the Laguna Art Museum that takes place the second Thursday of each month at 307 Cliff Drive. The Museum’s doors are open from 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday. The concerts are free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission. Reservations may be made, at no cost, through the Museum’s website at www.LagunaArtMuseum.org or by contacting the Museum’s Membership Manager at 949.494.8971 x203. For more information about the series and other concerts, visit online at www.lagunabeachlive.org or phone 949.715.9713.


Community Art Project (CAP) announces “Portraiture” exhibit in second floor gallery at Wells Fargo Bank 

“Portraiture”, the current exhibit at the CAP Banking on Art Gallery, is a triple-header of figurative work. The juried show features Elizabeth McGhee, Ellen Rose and Bruce Vanderwilt, local artists with well-established backgrounds, each with a distinct style of work and take on the subject.

Elizabeth McGhee, a 2009 LCAD graduate, works in the classic realist style. Her figures have fine definitive features and a smooth texture. The feeling is that they may engage you in conversation at any time, and tell you their story. Her works are from her “Mythica” series. Using people from the Laguna area for models and current day elements along with classical ones, she creates her contemporary interpretations of tales from ancient mythology.

“Medusa”, a female whose head is covered with writhing snakes instead of hair, is known for her power of turning anyone who looked at her into stone. McGhee’s version shows a woman with a full head of flowing white hair, snakes slithering from behind and above her head. She holds an electrical extension cord in her hands as if handling a snake, while looking straight at the viewer, her face expressing power and confidence.

“Circe” by Elizabeth McGhee

“Circe” shows a woman in black dress, holding a wand in one hand, a drink in the other and a small dog at her side. Circe was a magician with a vast knowledge of potions and herbs. She lived on a small island with docile wild animals. In the tale of the Odyssey she invites the boorish crew of the Odysseus to a feast, serving them with food laced with one of her potions. Turning them into pigs was her way of repaying them for their bad behavior. The model displays a bit of a secretive smile as she looks out of the canvas.

Ellen Rose works in more of a drawing style using bold lines, strong shapes, bold colors and layers of textured paint, paper, fabric and “found” objects. Her works are from two different series: “Vestments” and “The Performers”. The works are on large canvases, which give her the room and freedom to paint, enjoying the experience of painting with all its smears, drips and surprises.

The subjects of “Vestments” range from the conservatively dressed to the richly robed, all people of power and authority. It is what is under that public persona that interests and intrigues Rose. Are people really as strong and assertive as they seem, or is there a vulnerable and insecure side they keep to themselves?

“Left/Right” shows two judges in their severe black robes, one white, one black, sitting side by side. Both have very serious expressions. The white one is looking off to the left, with a shade of a smirk, as if something has caught his eye, his fingers are intertwined and his feet crossed at the ankles, holding something in. The black judge, on the right, stares straight ahead, deadpan yet possibly in deep thought, his hands are clasped holding each other, his feet apart. Both are charged with making decisions of import, but both have different influences they don’t show the public.

“Fat Lady Sings,” from “The Performers” series, is a heavy set lady dazzling in her pearls, rich cobalt-blue fabric draped shoulders and a bright smile, ready to perform and entertain the public. What is interesting is from the waist down the sparkle is absent. Her large gloved hands are clasped in her lap, as if a bit anxious, the colors are subdued green and yellow with a pink underground, the closest thing to sparkles is the gold bracelet on her wrist. What frailties and insecurities does she hide?

Bruce Vanderwilt’s works are done “alla prima,” all at the first sitting. Working in the representational style, with a limited palette and direct brush strokes, his placement of paint creates line and definition and form, defining the features and mood of the moment. It is all manipulation of the paint that creates the reflections of the light and darkness of the shadows. The paint and rich texture of strokes express themselves and the excitement he enjoys while painting and gives the viewer a chance to experience the feeling of working in oil in a quick and sure manner.

“Coral Necklace” is named for the jewelry piece the model wears, but it is just one element of the image. The fullness of the pink skirted dress, the highlights glancing off the model’s arms and her pensive stare all captured by Vanderwilt’s deft and deliberate strokes makes one wonder what it is she is thinking as she sits for the artist.

The sultry eyed model in “Lady in Red” again showcases Vanderwilt’s rich paint and stroke work. Light illuminating the front of her and the dark shadows defining her back, giving the feeling she that she is there for just a short time and then will be gone.

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The exhibit runs through April 15. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is free to the public.

CAP’s mission is to increase the visibility and appreciation of art and serve as a catalyst for art education. CAP provides ongoing exhibitions in CAP Gallery, Banking on Art in the Rotunda Gallery space located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building, 260 Ocean Avenue. 

CAP Gallery is a unique space for juried, solo and retrospective exhibitions. Visit www.caplaguna.org for information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits, submission guidelines for juried shows, to be on our email list or to become a member and supporter of CAP. 

CAP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit funded by the member supporters, the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna 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. 

 

Stories from the Woods: Mojave Desert Animals

Story and photos by FITZ MAURICE

Did you know that wild burros are out roaming the Mojave Desert? A wrangler told me that you hardly ever see wild burros out there anymore. So I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this one in the distance and was able to zoom in and catch it on camera before he turned tail and scrambled away.

Wild burro roaming the Mojave Desert

There are several things about burros that make us laugh – just when you get use to them standing around like they are half asleep they suddenly throw their heads up and run around madly as if they are possessed! They also “bray” (heehaw) whenever they get excited and it just makes you bust out laughing when you hear them going at it.

Desert Coyote

As hungry as this Desert Coyote looks, it is best not to feed him! Recently, I learned that humans feeding coyotes causes them to become increasingly dependent on man. Coyotes hunt day and night and will eat just about anything. Your trash and the fruit you are growing is food that they will eat. Unbelievably, coyotes will stand on their hind legs to knock down the fruit off your tree and gobble up the spoil. 

If they can’t find food in your living area, coyotes will return to their natural environments and hunting ways. Coyotes need to hunt for their food in the wild for their species to survive!

I enjoy having a Photo Album Collection - of all the wildlife I’ve captured by my camera. I encourage everyone to create a personal photo album: a collection of the wild animals you were able to catch with your camera.

You ought to experience Joshua Tree National Park now! This is the best time of year to see the desert tortoise emerging from the underground – where they spend 95 percent of their lives. This is also the best time of year to see the cactus blooming and all the magical wildflowers bursting open, carpeting the desert floor in a quilt of bright colors.

 

FITZ Maurice has been on a quest to paint ‘live’ in every National Park in America. Now totally committed to help promote and protect the Parks, the artist is traveling by truck and trailer to 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 each National Park a treasure to Americans and all the people of the world. To see her National Park Paintings: www.nationalparkpaintings.com


John Eagle to retire from board of First Thursdays Art Walk

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Plein Air painter John Eagle

First Thursdays Art Walk (FTAW) has announced the retirement of John Eagle, from their Board of Directors.  John is one of the founding members of FTAW and has served on the board of FTAW since it’s inception in 1998 and held the positions of Treasurer and Director at Large.

“John has been a huge asset to First Thursdays Art Walk. He’s been an active and supportive board member and Treasurer since FTAW’s earliest years as well as a stellar role model and mentor to students through the LCAD Professional Gallery/ Student Mentoring Program” said Robin Fuld, board member and LCAD Instructor of Professional Studies 

“It’s been an honor and a joy to work with John. He’s always so enthusiastic and encouraging of FTAW -  he makes sales every time!  He goes all out to ensure visitors to his gallery have an educational enjoyable art experience by providing art demonstrations and discussion, “ said Fuld.

“His gallery, Studio 7, is named after his favorite studio at LCAD, his alma mater!”

Eagle was born in Ashtablula, Ohio. He grew up in Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay area. His artistic career began in San Jose, California, where he completed his undergraduate degree at SJSU.

His post graduate studies were at Otis Art Institute and the Laguna College of Art and Design. He is a member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Sawdust Art Festival, Festival of Arts,Southern California Artists Association, American Impressionist Society. He is an instructor of oil painting for the City of Laguna Beach and the Sawdust Art Festival. John is also a registered artist in Who’s Who in American Art.

John paints en plein air (on location) using an impressionistic style half way between French and American impressionism. He applies thick, undiluted oil paint with a flat brush in such a manner that the colorful image changes in appearance depending on the lighting and viewing distance. 

John’s objective is to dramatize the quality of light and stimulate a warm positive feeling of serenity and tranquility. You can visit John at his gallery, Studio 7 Gallery at 384 N. Coast Hwy where he will continue to mentor, educate and delight all who visit.

Dora Orgill, President of the FTAW Board of Directors said “On behalf of the Board of Directors of First Thursdays Art Walk, we would like to thank John for his exceptional service over the years.  We will miss him.”


In memory of Ken Auster/In Gratitude

A tribute By CAROLE ZAVALA

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One of the first things I see each morning is a beautifully rendered painting of the “beaches” house at Crystal Cove painted by Ken several years ago. I purchased it because it reminded me of the many years I was fortunate enough to live in the Cove, in the early 70s, and because of the “fresh” approach to a scene that has been painted many times. And… it was clearly a Ken Auster work. Lucky me!

One of Ken’s many gifts was his ability to share his approach to painting with other artists. About eight years ago I asked him if he would be willing to let me bring some artists, who were part of the Art Salon I run for the City, to watch him paint and hear his perspective on how he worked. He agreed and on that special afternoon about 15 of us crowded into his studio (amidst the canvases, used gloves, paint tubes and partially finished paintings), to watch in amazement as he brought several paintings to life within a matter of minutes with swift, vigorous and lively strokes! 

We were in awe of his talent, gift for humor, technique and practical suggestions for how to compose and execute a painting. 

The meticulous painters among us were astonished at his “never clean a brush” philosophy and learned some significant lessons about the value of a limited palette. Whenever I mention that afternoon to some of those artists who are still part of our group, they remember, in vivid detail, the ideas and concepts he shared with us. I have his video, which is always checked out, and am grateful to be able to pop it into the DVD and have him come “alive” for all of us one more time.

He was a gracious, charming and very gifted Laguna treasure. He will be missed.


Louis & Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara opens February 27 at Laguna Playhouse – acts of musical sensation

The Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Hershey Felder Presents are thrilled to announce the fourth show in the Laguna Playhouse 2015-2016 season. Tony award-winner Anthony Crivello and Vanessa Claire Stewart will star in Louis & Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara, written by Vanessa Stewart, Taylor Hackford and Jake Broder, with choreography by Vernel Bagneris, and directed by Taylor Hackford.  

“Our subscribers and audiences are about the have the time of their lives as we transport them to 1950’s Las Vegas and beyond – and the incomparable song-stylings of Louis Prima and Keely Smith,” says Wareham. 

Louis & Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara will begin previews on Wednesday, Feb 24; will open on Saturday, Feb 27 and will run through Sunday, March 27 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

Anthony Crivello and Vanessa Claire Stewart star in

 “Louis & Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara,” opening at Laguna Playhouse

Louis & Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara is the compelling story of Louis Prima and Keely Smith, who were an American musical sensation in the 50s and 60s, pioneering the Lounge Act in Las Vegas. The show features many of the duo’s greatest hits including “That Ol’ Black Magic,” “Hey Boy Hey Girl,” “What is This Thing Called Love.” Even “Frank Sinatra” appears in this dramatic new American musical, featuring a hot seven-piece live band that is guaranteed to bring down the house.

Performances will be Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. There will be additional performances on Thursday, February 25, Thursday, March 10 and Thursday, March 24 at 2 p.m., and Sunday February 28, Sunday, March 6 and Sunday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m. The Sunday, March 27 performance will be at 4 p.m.

Tickets range from $53 - $66 and can be purchased by calling (949) 497-ARTS or online at http://www.lagunaplayhouse.com. Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229. 

The box office is open Mondays – Saturdays: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days), Sundays: 11a.m. – 4 p.m.  For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


LPAPA and LOCA present workshop with landscape painter, Michael Obermeyer on Feb 27: sign up now

Noted artist Michael Obermeyer will lead a special landscape painting workshop in Laguna Beach on Feb 27, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The activity is part of a new collaboration between LOCA Arts Education and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA). Adult oil painters of all levels are invited.

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Michael Obermeyer teaches

Obermeyer, an annual exhibitor at Festival of Arts, is a premier artist signature member of LPAPA and a recipient of LPAPA’s 2015 lifetime achievement award. He will lead participants through a complete plein air painting experience, including planning the composition, mixing and laying paints, and adding details.Everyone will take home finished art.

The workshop is a unique and special offer, provided with support from the City of Laguna Beach and local lodging establishments. Cost is $125 and advance registration is required. The location and a supply list will be provided upon registration. Visit LPAPA.org, LOCAarts.org, call (949) 376-3635 or click link:

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ec7y7c4631a75bba&oseq=&c=&ch=


Art-A-Fair: Call For Artists 2016 show, by Feb 21

Art-A-Fair announces the call for artists to be juried for the “Art-A-Fair” summer art festival, held June 24 – August 28, 2016 in Laguna Beach. There are no residency restrictions on exhibitors; the show is open to all fine artists and master craftsmen. 

Jury Day: February 21, 2016. The deadline for mail-in submissions: February 6th. Artists may jury with more than one medium. Jury fee is $40 per medium. Three original works of art are required for each medium.

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Entry Deadline: February 21
Eligibility: Art-A-Fair, one of the three premier art shows held each summer in Laguna Beach, is the only show that places no residency restrictions on exhibitors. Open to all fine artists and master craftsmen.
Medium: All media may be submitted to be juried, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, mixed media, fiber, digital art, charcoal, pencil, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, and wood.
Prospectus / Website for More Info: http://art-a-fair.com/call-for-artists-2/ or call 949-494-4514.


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. 

 

Highlining is happening at Joshua Tree National Park

By FITZ MAURICE

“Hanging out with friends” definitely takes on higher meaning when highlining! Still a very new and evolving outdoor sport, it’s what’s happening in Joshua Tree National Park these days.

I’ve been traveling to each national park in the West for many years now and I’ve seen rock climbers of many ages conquering their summits. What I was thrilled to see at Joshua Tree was so many 20 to 30 year olds interacting with each other and having a blast – outside in their national park.

I started my visit in this national park in my usual way; going immediately to the visitor center to check out what was happening this season. The “front door” appeal to this park is a little dusty but the deeper you delve into its many areas of intrigue, the more you discover the colorful facets of this diamond in the rough. There are vast views of open land you can meditate on, or there are gigantic rock piles from prehistoric time to be conquered.

As soon as I hit the parking lot of Hidden Valley in Joshua Tree, I was struck by the sight of a human being suspended in the sky. My eyes couldn’t see the nearly invisible rope that was supporting the figure nearly 150 yards away. I stood staring in awe – till suddenly he fell off! Fortunately he was retrieved by a climbing harness that held him like a leash, and he sprung back up to the main line. Thank God for this safety device because there was no net below. 

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“Highlining” at Joshua Tree

These quiet and intensely focused individuals are called Sky Walkers. They pull themselves up to a vertical standing position then proceed to tightrope from the tip of a huge boulder to the top of a giant pinnacle – on a one-inch rope. Personally, I’m not going to do it, but I did enjoy observing and photographing the human figure suspended in up in the air.

I asked John, at Nomad Ventures (the local mountain equipment store), “Why highlining over rock climbing?” He explained that there is a real special “oneness,” like there is in surfing; a relationship that takes place between the individual and the “source of all.” You must unite with being suspended. You have to remain in such total concentration while balancing that you can’t think about your problems – so it’s a release from daily tensions. You can come of it with a huge sense of wellbeing.

I was amazed that some of our national parks were cool enough to allow rock climbing and highlining. And here’s a happy 100th anniversary and a pat on the back to our National Park Service for having the mastery to set free new outdoor enthusiasts who have found new ways to enjoy their park.

I decided to ask Dan Messaros, of National Park Service Law Enforcement, “How do you feel about these activities and are there many accidents?”

Dan was glad to respond, “We haven’t had very many problems. There seem to be fewer injuries with highlining than rock climbing, really. We haven’t had many emergency calls in the last five years that I am aware of. We ask all highliners to wear their climbing harness leashed to the main line for their safety and that of our park.”

Do you want to hang out, literally? Do you want to try highlining? Before you buy the gear, I recommend you go check it out. Watch it live in Joshua Tree National Park.

 

FITZ Maurice has been on a quest to paint ‘live’ in every National Park in America. Now totally committed to help promote and protect the Parks, the artist is traveling by truck and trailer to 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 each National Park a treasure to Americans and all the people of the world.To see her National Park Paintings: www.nationalparkpaintings.com


Louis & Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara opens February 27 at Laguna Playhouse – acts of musical sensation

The Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Hershey Felder Presents are thrilled to announce the fourth show in the Laguna Playhouse 2015-2016 season. Tony award-winner Anthony Crivello and Vanessa Claire Stewart will star in Louis & Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara, written by Vanessa Stewart, Taylor Hackford and Jake Broder, with choreography by Vernel Bagneris, and directed by Taylor Hackford.  

“Our subscribers and audiences are about the have the time of their lives as we transport them to 1950’s Las Vegas and beyond – and the incomparable song-stylings of Louis Prima and Keely Smith,” says Wareham. 

Louis & Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara will begin previews on Wednesday, Feb 24; will open on Saturday, Feb 27 and will run through Sunday, March 27 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

Photo by Hershey Felder Presents

Anthony Crivello and Vanessa Claire Stewart star in

 “Louis & Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara,” opening at Laguna Playhouse

Louis & Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara is the compelling story of Louis Prima and Keely Smith, who were an American musical sensation in the 50s and 60s, pioneering the Lounge Act in Las Vegas. The show features many of the duo’s greatest hits including “That Ol’ Black Magic,” “Hey Boy Hey Girl,” “What is This Thing Called Love.” Even “Frank Sinatra” appears in this dramatic new American musical, featuring a hot seven-piece live band that is guaranteed to bring down the house.

Performances will be Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. There will be additional performances on Thursday, February 25, Thursday, March 10 and Thursday, March 24 at 2 p.m., and Sunday February 28, Sunday, March 6 and Sunday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m. The Sunday, March 27 performance will be at 4 p.m.

Tickets range from $53 - $66 and can be purchased by calling (949) 497-ARTS or online at http://www.lagunaplayhouse.com. Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229. 

The box office is open Mondays – Saturdays: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days), Sundays: 11a.m. – 4 p.m.  For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


JoAnne Artman Gallery presents “This is America,” new evocative works by painter America Martin

From a press release

Plan to join JoAnne Artman Gallery as they celebrate Colombian American painter, America Martin showcasing her new works in both; oils and acrylics as well as mixed materials. America’s artistry, in motion and content, spills over her canvases. With visually stimulating and emotionally penetrating style, America delivers her most powerful works to date.

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America Martin’s “The Hold Up”

As I went walking I saw a sign there…and on the sign it said ‘No Trespassing’…But on the other side it didn’t say nothing...That side was made for you and me. 

– Woody Guthrie.

See the signs or, rather, signposts in America Martin’s new works emboldened by the unexpected...the dangerous...the pleasurable. Paper collages direct you to the open highway in Vroom...America speaks: “Feel only the boxing wind.” Oil and acrylic provide sensual delight in Red Woman...Blue Woman...Red, White or Blue. Each expression and impression tells us something about ourselves textually, visually, and artistically. Open road – open America.

America Martin (b. 1980, Los Angeles, California) lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. The show runs until April 15 at JoAnn Artman Gallery, 326 N. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. www.joanneartmangallery.com


Gallery Q celebrates the Power of RED at their first show of the 2016 season through February 27 

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Gallery Q, located at the Laguna Beach Community and Senior Center, has announced its inaugural show for the 2016 season — “RED” The Power and the Glory. RED is energizing and exudes a strong and powerful energy. 

In Eastern cultures such as China red is the color for good luck.

Over 60 pieces of art including paintings, sculptures, etchings, photography, ceramics and fiber art inspired by the color RED are currently on display through February 27, 2016. A special showing of art by children involved in the City’s Artful Everyday Program will be featured, as well. 

Selected pieces of art are available for sale with a percentage going to the Susi Q to support its art program. Artwork may be viewed from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, although some rooms may be closed when classes are in session.

Meet the artists and view the exhibit at the free, public art reception on Friday, Feb 12, from 4:30-6 p.m. Limited parking is available at the Center. Refreshments reflective of the Chinese Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day will be served.

In honor of this show, please consider wearing your favorite RED clothing or accessory. For questions, contact Carole Zavala/Co-Arts Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - for more information about Gallery Q or Laguna Beach Seniors at the Susi Q, visit www.susiq.org or call 497.2441.


Young Artists Shine at 2016 Annual ImageMakers Photography Exhibit at Laguna’s Boys & Girls Club 

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach invites the community to come see this year’s talented young photographers and Regional Selections as the Club holds its 2016 Annual ImageMakers Photography Exhibit at its Main Branch on Feb 12.

Everyone is welcome to join the Club on opening day to view the exhibit that will highlight over 200 photos that will be on display. During the exhibit on opening day, the Club will also host a show opening for the whole family to enjoy together between 5:30 and 7 p.m.

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Vallery, a young photographer 

The Photography Exhibit is an opportunity for young minds to explore their creative sides and develop their artistic and technical skills by taking photos and much more. They get a chance to make art from the world around them and learn to look closely at what they see with a creative and imaginative eye. 

Throughout the year, members have been participating in Photography Club and this annual exhibit is the selection of their best work. The first place pieces will go on to be judged at the Regional Exhibit, and then they go to National, where they have a chance to compete against over 4,000 other Boys and Girls Clubs across America.

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach has won nationally six times.

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Gracie—another talented young photographer

The exhibit will be on display through Feb 19, so be sure to make time to see the exceptional work of these young and talented club members with this captivating display of photographs. For more information on the 2016 Annual ImageMakers Photography Exhibit, please contact Art Director Karla Fandel at 949-494-2535, extension 108, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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. 

 

Stories From the Woods XVI: Sequoia National Park 

By FITZ MAURICE

It feels fabulous to be on the Quest 2016, and here I am in the snowy Sequoias! Personally, this is my favorite National Park simply because it’s easy for me to get to in the center of California and yet it feels way out there with its deep woods and high mountains. 

In the summer I love swimming in the fresh water of Hume Lake in Sequoia National Park – one of the few National Parks that allows public swimming! Now, in wintertime, I find that I treasure the peace and stillness of this season more than ever. Walking in the solitude of woods newly powdered with snow renews and refreshes one’s spirit. When was the last time you had rosy cheeks and caught snowflakes on your tongue?

Here in the woods I am enjoying reading and writing; two forms of communication that are disappearing from our high-tech society. I like reading about trees and the ways of nature. I want to learn the names of the trees that surround me, and how they have managed to survive hundreds or thousands of years in this weary world.

It was exhilarating to learn, for example, that snow and long periods of cold weather help destroy the tree-killing beetle that has been devouring thousands of acres trees throughout the state of California. The more I live in snowy environments and read about the benefits of cold winters, the more I happily adapt and take delight in nature’s ways. 

Fitz Maurice’s oil painting, “QUEST, Sequoia National Park, California”

This oil painting, “QUEST, Sequoia National Park, California,” is the very first piece in the National Park Paintings series. It reveals a radiant sunset reclining behind the mountains with rays of color that stretch across Hume Lake in the foreground. Hopefully, this painting invites you into its refreshing embrace!

Did you know that there are nine National Parks in California? You can easily see Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (right next door), and then you’re just a hop, skip and a jump away from the spectacular Yosemite National Park.

Did you know that America’s newest National Park is Pinnacles National Park in Northern California? It was designated on January 10, 2013.

What is your favorite National Park – and why? There is a National Park for you to enjoy each season of the year. Find the one nearest you. Get outside and have some real winter fun!

FITZ Maurice has been on a quest to paint ‘live’ in every National Park in America. Now totally committed to help promote and protect the National Parks, the artist is traveling by truck and trailer to 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 each National Park a treasure to Americans and all the people of the world.To see her National Park Paintings: www.nationalparkpaintings.com

 

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