Suzie’s ARTiculation

Art Walk takes viewers on very different journeys

By SUZIE HARRISON

For this ARTiculation, I am focusing on this month’s Art Walk, Oct. 5, 6 - 9 p.m., which as locals know, features many new and stimulating exhibits at more than 30 member galleries. I have decided to highlight three exhibits that take the viewer on very different journeys, expressed through different mediums in unique ways, from realism and landscapes to abstract expressionism. Works that illustrate various perspectives, including thought-provoking social commentary.

At foaSouth, curator Pat Sparkuhl is featuring Michael Heintz’s photographs, a series by the long-time Laguna Beach area artist who has shown at Festival of Arts and Sawdust Festival. The series juxtaposes automotive remnants of the past in stunning natural landscapes mostly in desolate environments. 

The photography is a series of photos that are part of a book he is working on that will be titled, “The Last Taxi,” a project he started about 37 years ago in South Dakota, where he grew up.

“The photo used on the cover was taken outside of Monument Valley many years ago, and very subtly, on the side of the car, somebody had spray painted the word taxi, and it was kind of faded by the time I did this photograph,” said Heintz, thus the title of the book. He’s photographed that same piece and location three times, showing very different perspectives.

 “It all began with these images that disappear really rather quickly,” said Heintz. “I started as a painter, not a photographer, but I thought somebody needs to record these subjects before it’s too late. So I got a camera and that’s when I started.”

He never imagined it would go on for all these years to nearly every Western state. 

“These images obviously come from very out of the way locations,” Heintz said. “I have always liked the wide landscapes that are in the Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada. But I have done a lot of work in South Dakota on the prairies too, rather than something that’s trapped in the woods.”

Heintz has photographed hundreds of locations, except the Pacific Northwest.

“This book has become much more biographical as the years have gone by. And I figure this is my statement book. I will never probably do something like this again,” said Heintz. “So I want it to be the best it can be. And the written part of the book is a series of short stories about all these adventures on these road trips.”

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Enjoy longtime local artist Mike Heintz’s work at foaSouth

His means of transportation is an old truck that he has fixed up, “Buster,” as he calls it, seemingly as old and rare as his subjects; the odometer is approaching 600,000 miles and counting.

“It has been so much a part of my life. When a photographer gets into these series there is just no end to it, you keep doing it,” said Heintz of his life’s work. He’s still at it.

The painter turned photographer and jewelry artist moved to Laguna Beach in 1968 to be high school teacher. “My first little apartment was at Anita Street Beach. And I could literally see from my front door that little house where the gallery is today,” said Heintz. “I think it’s so strange to wrap it up in the same neighborhood.”

So his adventure has gone full circle in Laguna. And at the end of the month, Heintz is moving back to the ranch he grew up in rural South Dakota, where he’ll finish his book.

saltfineart + RAWsalt Gallery

I am excited to highlight one of my favorite gallerists, Carla Tesak, and her gallery, a favorite too,saltfineart + RAWsalt Gallery, especially since Oct 3 is the nine-year anniversary of opening her first gallery in Laguna Beach.

The exhibit and participation in the Getty-led exhibit was spearheaded by one of her artists. “It felt like a perfect gift for the gallery for almost a decade now we’ve dedicated ourselves to Latin American art,” Tesak said. 

“The show is called Descendants and Dissonance,’ and it’s all about iconography and appropriation and layering of different cultures, which are very relevant to every American I would say,” said Tesak. “Whether it be right now or in their past, everyone of us came from somewhere else. And I think these artists have a very interesting take on Latino culture and things that have informed this culture.” 

And not just recent influences, but “told” by some really original voices. Oscar Magallanes’ work deals with the codices and Aztec symbols and how some of those have inspired a lot of modern mathematics, and of James Turrell, a world famous architect, who was inspired by an Aztec temple in Mexico.

“We have a really experienced voice with Linda Vallejo and her sacred geometry. They’re really cool works which are basically census data that have been made into art, so it’s like 63 percent of all labor trafficking is Latino,” said Tesak. “She’ll take a handmade paper and 63 percent of the surface will be covered in brown to represent that.”

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Experience works by Linda Vallejo, handmade paper geometry of census stats

She described Sonia Romero’s tiles as amazing. Her works tackle various social issues from GMO and things of that nature to Western expansion.

 “She has a giant pile of bison skulls and roses and Monarch [butterfly] piles. And the Monarchs migrate every year between the United States and Mexico and there are hundreds of thousands of them,” said Tesak. “It’s just about sort of an exchange of cultural ideals. It’s right up our alley.”

“I think that people should just come out and see it and come enjoy the show,” said Tesak. “Take advantage. We have this show and the Laguna Art Museum is participating in PST La/LA. It’s an opportunity to really enjoy this.”

Seven-Degrees

Ahhhhh, Seven-Degrees, one of my favorite venues of all time. There’s really nothing like it. It’s a perfect venue for Steve Metzger’s exhibit, “Colors,” featuring large-scale pieces.

“I’m showing a group paintings that I did at the beginning of the summer and they’re all about color. Each one is just a personal response to color.”

Previous to this show, Metzger painted very realistic works. He calls these pieces the opposite of that. He called the large scale, 4’ x 5,’ paintings in the show, very intuitive.

He said that the 20 paintings in the exhibit work very well in that space at Seven-Degrees because the space is large and the works are well lit. 

“I go back and forth between painting really tight realism and painting what’s called non-objective art for years. I got an MFA from Cal State Fullerton doing non-objective abstract art,” said Metzger.

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Seven-Degrees: the perfect venue for Steve Metzger’s “Colors” exhibit and music

“So I have this real strong inclination toward non-objective art where it’s color for color and shapes for shapes,” Metzger said. “I use what are called interference colors and pearlescent colors. “The thing that I like about acrylic paint it has all these possibilities for color. I don’t try to make them into trees or buildings or things. If I just use them as color, I can let that color kind of work for itself. That’s what I really like about it.”

The finished works reflect light and change with different viewings due to the acrylic “interference,” metallic, and fluorescent paints that he works with.

Metzger is a musician as well and will be performing his original works with his friend Rico Lozano on percussion. “I am musician and it seems like these paintings relate to that concept too. They’re kind of lyrical and have musical connection,” said Metzger.

Until next time…so many incredible exhibits, so little time!

 


Playhouse presents Spooktacular Tricks & Treats: dine at four scarily good restaurants this Halloween

On Tue, Oct 31, Laguna Playhouse will present Spooktacular Tricks & Treats, an exclusive & tasty Halloween dine-around party. 

Instead of trick or treating with candy and apples, guests will be treated to delectable food paired with wine and beverages from four top restaurants located within the Canyon Festival Center. 

If attendees are so inclined, they may choose to dress in a favorite Halloween costume and be rewarded with prizes for best male, female, and couples costumes. Restaurants include Another Kind Café, Kitchen in the Canyon, Ivory Lounge, and [seven degrees].

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The cozy interior of Ivory Lounge will welcome you on Halloween

The first stop of the night is at Another Kind Cafe from 6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. where the dining adventure begins, with tastes from Vietnam and South-East Asia. The restaurant will be serving Bun Cha Ca, a traditional white, buttery fish that is pan fried, marinated with turmeric, and served on top of vermicelli noodles and mixed greens. The dish is topped with caramelized onions, red onions, scallions, fresh baby dill, and roasted peanuts and paired with a 2015 Simonnet Febvre Sauvignon Blanc. 

The second stop is the Kitchen in the Canyon,  from 6:30 p.m.- 7:15 p.m., serving a seasonal menu of roasted butternut squash soup with nutmeg cream, and herb marinated hanger steak skewer with truffle butter, paired with a Seasonal Aqua Fresca. 

Ivory Lounge and Restaurant, the third stop, will offer a true comfort food of veal pelmeni which is Russian style dumplings filled with tender veal and complemented by a creamy mushroom sauce. This dish will be paired with Angeline Pinot Noir. 

The final stop is [seven degrees] from 7:30 p.m- 9 p.m., with a dessert trio of mini chocolate pot de creme, lemon meringue tartlet, and cheesecake bar, along with an array of beverages including Michelle champagne, sparkling apple cider, sparkling water, gourmet coffee, and fine hot tea station. 

The evening ends there with music, dancing, and the awarding of prizes to the “The Best Costume” winners. 


LAM announces 2018 Centennial plans: Mark your calendars to help celebrate Laguna’s 100 years of art

In the summer of 1918, a group of artists led by Anna Hills and Edgar Payne opened their first exhibition in a small board-and-batten pavilion near the Laguna Beach Hotel and formed the Laguna Beach Art Association (LBAA). Thus begins the story of Laguna Beach, the art colony, and the story of Laguna Art Museum.

(Stu News Laguna will be helping tell the tale of the Art Museum’s storied 100 years, and how the history of the museum is, in so many ways, a history of Laguna itself. Starting in January, we’ll feature an article a month about the many strands that connect the art museum to the town’s culture, our history and our people.)

Art from the Start: The Art Museum is where it all began for Laguna

Beginning in January 2018, the museum will celebrate this milestone with a year-long series of special exhibitions, events, programs, and collaborations. Continuing the work the LBAA began, promoting the best of California art, offering art education and programs in music, dance, and film, and the visual arts, the museum invites Laguna Beach to honor the community’s shared history and look ahead to its future.

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Laguna Art Museum under construction

Centennial Celebration Events, 2018

Centennial Bash, January 27: To kick off the centennial celebrations, the Centennial Bash will bring hundreds of art lovers and enthusiasts together for the ultimate late night party with site-specific installations, live music, craft beer, and more.

Art Auction 2018: California Cool, February 10

Art Auction 2018 will include 100 museum-curated works by California artists. This lively affair will include both live and silent auctions, delicious cuisine, and creative cocktails.

Opening of Tony DeLap: A Retrospective, February 24

Accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue, this retrospective of Tony DeLap’s work will include approximately eighty paintings, sculptures, and drawings by Orange County’s foremost living artist.

Patriots Day Parade, March 3: The museum will join Laguna Beach’s 52nd annual Patriots Day Parade with a centennial-themed float. 

Film Screening of Laguna Art Museum at 100, April 19: The museum will premiere a documentary film chronicling its history, from its founding as the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, its transformation to Laguna Art Museum, and continuing to today as the museum of California art. 

Palette to Palate, June 8: This all-star edition will showcase the culinary talents of Executive Chef Craig Strong, exquisite wines, and the work of ten artists who have participated in Palette to Palate since its beginning in 2006.

Laguna Beach Art Association: The Founders, June 23: This special exhibition, accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue, will feature key works by the LBAA founders and document the critical role they played in the development of the city of Laguna Beach.

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Laguna Art Museum, postcard, 1935

LBAA Birthday Party, August 25: To celebrate the birthday of the Laguna Beach Art Association, the museum will host a free day with family art activities, docent tours, and special giveaways. Come cut the birthday cake with us!

Centennial Ball, Saturday, September 29: This one-time exclusive event will celebrate Laguna Art Museum’s history in grand style with dinner, dancing, and world-class entertainment, to be held at the Festival of Arts Grounds in Laguna Beach. 

Art & Nature, November 1-4: The museum’s annual Art & Nature program presents special exhibitions, a commissioned outdoor artwork, lectures, discussions, performances, and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world.  

Centennial Collaborations and Projects

A Pictorial History of Laguna Art Museum, January: This publication will include a journey through the museum’s first 100 years, including the LBAA, founders, and key moments in its history, with historic images and reproductions of key works of art.

Laguna Art Museum at 100, April: The documentary film by Dale Schierholt will chronicle the museum’s history, from its founding as the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, its transformation to the Laguna Art Museum, and continuing to today with its mission as the museum of California art. 

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Laguna Art Museum today

John Wayne Airport Exhibition, April-September: In collaboration with the John Wayne Airport Arts Program, the museum will present an exhibition inside the airport illustrating the history of the museum and art in the community and the county. 

Creative Design Collaborations: Local designers and artists, inspired by the museum’s 100-year history, will create limited-edition items and artworks available exclusively in the Museum Store.

Community Collaborations: The museum, with local organizations including the Pageant of the Masters and the Festival of Arts, Laguna Playhouse, Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, and others, will celebrate the legacy of the LBAA and the thriving creative community of Laguna Beach.

New Website: In time to celebrate the centennial year, and looking ahead to the future, Laguna Art Museum will present an engaging new website. Designed by Studio Misfits, the new site will reach audiences in communities beyond Laguna Beach, with a focus on presenting California art and engaging programs.

Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. Its mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. The museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive, on the corner of Coast Highway and Cliff Drive.

For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


Pianist Sarkis Baltaian appears in concert for Saddleback’s Classical Keyboard Series on Oct 15

On Sun, Oct 15, Saddleback College’s Reflections of the Ocean Classical Keyboard Series presents a concert and master class with pianist Sarkis Baltaian. The event will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the McKinney Theatre.

Dr. Sarkis Baltaian has gained an international reputation as a concert pianist, chamber musician, recording artist and pedagogue. He has been praised by critics for his “beautiful tone and ability to project even the most delicate pianissimos” and compared to George Gershwin and Oscar Levant for his performance of Gershwin’s Concerto in F. Dr. Baltaian made his Carnegie Hall Debut in 1999 and has performed extensively both as recitalist and concerto soloist with major orchestras throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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Concert pianist Dr. Sarkis Baltaian

The Dept of Music at Saddleback College is a place where students of all abilities, instructors who love teaching and performing, and guest artists from around the world come together to develop their understanding of music and of themselves as creative artists. Graduates of Saddleback’s Music Department have transferred to many prestigious music schools, including Eastman School of Music, USC Thornton School of Music, University of California campuses, California State Universities, and other universities around the world. 

Tickets are $10 general; $7 seniors (presale only); $5 students; (presale only); children are free with paying adult; 2 for 1 for music teachers with MTAC/CAPMT ID.  For tickets, call 949-582-4656, Tues through Fri, noon to 4 p.m. or order tickets online at www.saddleback.edu/arts

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Pkwy exit.  Free parking is available in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway and turn left. Turn right into the first campus entrance and take the second left to Theatre Circle. Parking Lot 12 is on the right.


Laguna Playhouse presents Spectacular Tricks & Treats: dine at four restaurants this Halloween

On Tue, Oct 31, Laguna Playhouse will present Spectacular Tricks & Treats, an exclusive & tasty Halloween dine-around party. 

Instead of trick or treating with candy and apples, guests will be treated to delectable food paired with wine and beverages from four top restaurants located within the Canyon Festival Center. 

If attendees are so inclined, they may choose to dress in a favorite Halloween costume and be rewarded with prizes for best male, female, and couples costumes. Restaurants include Another Kind Café, Kitchen in the Canyon, Ivory Lounge, and [seven degrees].

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The cozy interior of Ivory Lounge will welcome you on Halloween

The first stop of the night is at Another Kind Cafe from 6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. where the dining adventure begins, with tastes from Vietnam and South-East Asia. The restaurant will be serving Bun Cha Ca, a traditional white, buttery fish that is pan fried, marinated with turmeric, and served on top of vermicelli noodles and mixed greens. The dish is topped with caramelized onions, red onions, scallions, fresh baby dill, and roasted peanuts and paired with a 2015 Simonnet Febvre Sauvignon Blanc. 

The second stop is the Kitchen in the Canyon,  from 6:30 p.m.- 7:15 p.m., serving a seasonal menu of roasted butternut squash soup with nutmeg cream, and herb marinated hanger steak skewer with truffle butter, paired with a Seasonal Aqua Fresca. 

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Chef Patrick Giacomo of Kitchen in the Canyon

Ivory Lounge and Restaurant, the third stop, will offer a true comfort food of veal pelmeni which is Russian style dumplings filled with tender veal and complemented by a creamy mushroom sauce. This dish will be paired with Angeline Pinot Noir. 

The final stop is [seven degrees] from 7:30 p.m- 9 p.m., with a dessert trio of mini chocolate pot de creme, lemon meringue tartlet, and cheesecake bar, along with an array of beverages including Michelle champagne, sparkling apple cider, sparkling water, gourmet coffee, and fine hot tea station. 

The evening ends there with music, dancing, and the awarding of prizes to the “The Best Costume” winners.


LAM announces 2018 Centennial plans: Mark your calendars to help celebrate Laguna’s 100 years of art

In the summer of 1918, a group of artists led by Anna Hills and Edgar Payne opened their first exhibition in a small board-and-batten pavilion near the Laguna Beach Hotel and formed the Laguna Beach Art Association (LBAA). Thus begins the story of Laguna Beach, the art colony, and the story of Laguna Art Museum.

(Stu News Laguna will be helping tell the tale of the Art Museum’s storied 100 years, and how the history of the museum is, in so many ways, a history of Laguna itself. Starting in January, we’ll feature an article a month about the many strands that connect the art museum to the town’s culture, our history and our people.)

Art from the Start: The Art Museum is where it all began for Laguna

Beginning in January 2018, the museum will celebrate this milestone with a year-long series of special exhibitions, events, programs, and collaborations. Continuing the work the LBAA began, promoting the best of California art, offering art education and programs in music, dance, and film, and the visual arts, the museum invites Laguna Beach to honor the community’s shared history and look ahead to its future.

Centennial Celebration Events, 2018

Centennial Bash, January 27: To kick off the centennial celebrations, the Centennial Bash will bring hundreds of art lovers and enthusiasts together for the ultimate late night party with site-specific installations, live music, craft beer, and more.

Art Auction 2018: California Cool, February 10

Art Auction 2018 will include 100 museum-curated works by California artists. This lively affair will include both live and silent auctions, delicious cuisine, and creative cocktails.

Opening of Tony DeLap: A Retrospective, February 24

Accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue, this retrospective of Tony DeLap’s work will include approximately eighty paintings, sculptures, and drawings by Orange County’s foremost living artist.

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Artist Tony DeLap’s Pyramid, 1984

Patriots Day Parade, March 3: The museum will join Laguna Beach’s 52nd annual Patriots Day Parade with a centennial-themed float. 

Film Screening of Laguna Art Museum at 100, April 19: The museum will premiere a documentary film chronicling its history, from its founding as the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, its transformation to Laguna Art Museum, and continuing to today as the museum of California art. 

Palette to Palate, June 8: This all-star edition will showcase the culinary talents of Executive Chef Craig Strong, exquisite wines, and the work of ten artists who have participated in Palette to Palate since its beginning in 2006.

Laguna Beach Art Association: The Founders, June 23: This special exhibition, accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue, will feature key works by the LBAA founders and document the critical role they played in the development of the city of Laguna Beach.

LBAA Birthday Party, August 25: To celebrate the birthday of the Laguna Beach Art Association, the museum will host a free day with family art activities, docent tours, and special giveaways. Come cut the birthday cake with us!

Centennial Ball, Saturday, September 29: This one-time exclusive event will celebrate Laguna Art Museum’s history in grand style with dinner, dancing, and world-class entertainment, to be held at the Festival of Arts Grounds in Laguna Beach. 

Art & Nature, November 1-4: The museum’s annual Art & Nature program presents special exhibitions, a commissioned outdoor artwork, lectures, discussions, performances, and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world. 

Centennial Collaborations and Projects

A Pictorial History of Laguna Art Museum, January: This publication will include a journey through the museum’s first 100 years, including the LBAA, founders, and key moments in its history, with historic images and reproductions of key works of art.

Laguna Art Museum at 100, April: The documentary film by Dale Schierholt will chronicle the museum’s history, from its founding as the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, its transformation to the Laguna Art Museum, and continuing to today with its mission as the museum of California art. 

John Wayne Airport Exhibition, April-September: In collaboration with the John Wayne Airport Arts Program, the museum will present an exhibition inside the airport illustrating the history of the museum and art in the community and the county. 

Creative Design Collaborations: Local designers and artists, inspired by the museum’s 100-year history, will create limited-edition items and artworks available exclusively in the Museum Store.

Community Collaborations: The museum, with local organizations including the Pageant of the Masters and the Festival of Arts, Laguna Playhouse, Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, and others, will celebrate the legacy of the LBAA and the thriving creative community of Laguna Beach.

New Website: In time to celebrate the centennial year, and looking ahead to the future, Laguna Art Museum will present an engaging new website. Designed by Studio Misfits, the new site will reach audiences in communities beyond Laguna Beach, with a focus on presenting California art and engaging programs.

Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. Its mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. The museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive, on the corner of Coast Highway and Cliff Drive.

For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


Laguna Playhouse welcomes Sheila Hennessey and Gregory Andrews to the Board of Trustees 

Laguna Playhouse recently appointed two new Trustees to the Board, Sheila Hennessey and Gregory Andrews, according to Laguna Playhouse Board of Trustees Chair Paul Singarella.  

“We’re delighted to welcome Sheila and Gregory to our organization. They both bring great assets with a passion for live theatre, and professional knowledge and expertise working with businesses and non-profits. Both received unanimous approval from our board,” noted Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard. 

The Playhouse has been working to cultivate and attract new business leaders and philanthropists with a love of theatre to our expanding Board, which now comprises 26 members.  Board member responsibilities include participation on various committees, advocating for the Playhouse, attracting others to support the theatre, advancing its goals, and making a financial commitment of support. 

Sheila Hennessey is an actor and corporate executive with a deep love of theatre

Sheila, an actress with a deep love of theatre, and currently a Principal with executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners, was looking to give back to the community and said, “The presence of the Laguna Playhouse – a historic theater of national stature – was a significant draw for my husband and me, in choosing to move to Laguna.  I was honored to be asked to join the board, and am excited to be part of the Playhouse’s future.”  

Sheila’s work at Koya focuses on the nonprofit/university sector, including recent leadership recruitments for cultural organizations such as the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  

Her professional experience also includes: Associate Producer for Manifold Productions in Chevy Chase, MD working on two documentaries:  Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton and New Shakespeareans; Downtown Boise Association Executive Director; account executive positions with public relations firms Scofield & Co. and Hill and Knowlton; and Associate Consultant with Bain & Co.

Sheila has a Master of Fine Arts in classical acting from The Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University. As a professional actress, her credentials include appearances on “Hallmark Hall of Fame”, “The Wire”, “America’s Most Wanted”, “Days of Our Lives” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.”  

Gregory Andrews’ love of theatre stems from his high school years

Laguna Playhouse invited US Bank, a long-time corporate supporter of Laguna Playhouse, to ask a bank executive to join the board, and they recommended Gregory Andrews, US Bank Director of the Western Region, from Denver west.  

“My personal experience with the theatre in my teens made a huge contribution to my growth and development. I look forward to sharing that experience with the youth of Orange County through the Playhouse’s many programs,” said Gregory.

Gregory is from a small town in upstate New Hampshire that happened to have a great high school theatre program spearheaded by a couple of people who had retired there after Broadway careers.  His high school experience was a defining experience for him and also his brother.  He and his wife Ann have been frequenting the LA and NY theatre scene for many years, but he is glad to be focusing on the Playhouse which is closer to his Irvine home, and where he believes he can make a difference.  

His prior positions include Managing Director at Boustead Securities in El Segundo, CA, Group Chief Financial Officer for Wrench Group, CFO of Location Based Technologies, Managing Director of William Henry & Associates, CFO of Traffic Safety and Control, CEO Macquarie Americas Parking, and Regional Managing Director of Jefferson Wells International. Gregory received an MBA in Business Administration from UCLA, a BS in Accounting from Boston College, and is currently a CPA in good standing.  

Playhouse Board of Trustees members include: Toni Alexander, Gregory Andrews, Steven R. Chidester, Jamie Walters El-Erian, Ken Fischbeck, Joe Hanauer, Glenn Gray, Cynthia Harriss, Sheila Hennessey, Melinda Masson, Timothy D. Carlyle, Cody Engle, Otis Healy, James Hale, Lisa Hale, Gary Jenkins, Greg and Barbara MacGillivray, Jared Mathis, Jim Mellor, Heidi Miller, Justin Myers, Paul Singarella, Tim Spangler, Terri Turner, Nicholas Yrizarry, Artistic Director Ann Wareham, Executive Director Ellen Richard.

For more information on upcoming events, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com


12 Angry Men debuts at the Playhouse on Oct 4

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce the third show in the Laguna Playhouse 2017-2018 and 97th season, Twelve Angry Men, written by Reginald Rose and directed by Ovation Award-winning director Michael Matthews.

“We are so excited to be presenting this classic of the American theatre on our stage. Our subscribers and audiences are going to experience this timeless play at a time that will feel more relevant than ever,” comments Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard.  

Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham “We are so honored to be presenting thirteen of Southern California’s finest actors in this production. We are particularly thrilled to have the inspired direction of Michael Matthews leading this courtroom.”

Be part of the courtroom action in this classic drama in which 12 jurors decide the fate of a young man accused of murder. What will the verdict be? Find out in this suspenseful thriller that pits passionate jurors against one another in a timely, timeless and bold examination of the American justice system. 

Director Michael Matthews is thrilled to be returning to Laguna Playhouse after directing last season’s Billy and Ray. Michael is the recipient of the 2015 LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Career Achievement in Direction.

Reginald Rose, playwright, is best known for writing Twelve Angry Men. The play was inspired by Rose’s own stint on jury duty in the Foley Square courthouse in New York in 1954. Rose stood out among writers in television’s golden age for his willingness to tackle social and political issues. He won an Emmy Award in 1954 for best-written dramatic material for the original television version of “Twelve Angry Men” and received a nomination for an Academy Award in 1957 for the screenplay of the film version, which he produced with Henry Fonda, who was also the star. 

Scenic design is by Stephen Gifford; lighting design is by Tim Swiss; costume design is by Kate Bergh; and the production stage manager is Vernon Willett. 

This season is generously underwritten by The Hale Family. Twelve Angry Men is produced by Laura and Louis Rohl.  

Additional Season Sponsors are South Coast Plaza, Haskell White, Surterre Properties, Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders, Gelson’s, and Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin.

Twelve Angry Men will begin previews on Wed, Oct 4; will open on Sun, Oct 8 at 5:30 p.m. and will run through Sun, Oct 22 at the Playhouse, 606 Laguna Cyn Rd.

Performances will be Tues through Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Thurs and Sat at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. There will no Thurs performances on Oct 12 at 2 p.m. There will be an additional Sunday performance on Sunday, Oct 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $45 - $80 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.  Prices subject to change.

The box office is open Mon – Sat: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days); Sundays: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Tickets now on sale for Lagunatics at No Square

No Square Theatre’s 25th season is about to start. Laguna’s beloved parody of all things dear to, well, nearly everyone, will debut on Oct 13 and run until Nov 5.

Spreading rhyme disease since 1992

This year’s motto is, beautifully, “spreading rhyme disease since 1992.” Mad-sacred-cow disease, more likely, as the audience gets to hear original songs and watch Broadway-quality performances about the nearly-dearly-departed pepper tree, the invasion of the drones, and who knows, maybe even the smoking ban (though Sean Spicer probably wouldn’t characterize it that way…).

This 2017 production will be directed by Bree Burgess Rosen and choreographed by Paul Nygro. The music director is Roxanna Ward.

To purchase tickets or become a member, visit www.nosquare.org.Performances take place on Oct 13 - 14, 20 - 22, 27 - 29, Nov 3-5, with the 25th Anniversary Gala on Nov 5.

(How do the writers come up with their ideas? Well, more information on that in Tuesday’s edition of Stu News!)


Suzie’s ARTiculation

‘The Secret Life of Girls’ at the Playhouse provides an emotional portrayal of the tragedy of bullying: it’s a must-see for girls 11 and up 

By SUZIE HARRISON

Unfortunately, the hateful practice of teen bullying is nothing new, but it has never been taken to the widespread level seen today through cyberbullying. 

Thanks to the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre production, “The Secret Life of Girls,” the topic is being brought into the spotlight, Sept. 22-24, in a play that highlights the impact of bullying via cell phones, text and instant messaging, e-mail and chat rooms. 

Donna Inglima, Director of Youth Theatre, Education & Outreach at Laguna Playhouse, who has been on the staff since the 1998-1999 season and has served in her current role since 2005, knows the play well. With the anti-bullying campaigns happening this month at the Laguna Beach Unified School District and the schools’ adoption of a No Place for Hate pledge, Inglima thinks the message is as timely and important as ever.   

 “I did this play before, it might have been 2010, but it has been a while. This author Linda Daugherty has written a number of these plays that address teen issues. When we did ‘Secret Life’ the first time, I was looking for a contemporary piece that was girl-centric,” Inglima said. “There are a number of writers that do that now. It’s a very important topic for parents, educators, young girls and boys as well.” 

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Telling secrets leads to bullying and trouble in today’s digital age in “The Secret Life of Girls”

She said the first time they did the play it was well received and had a positive impact.

“The students that were in the production learned a lot about the topic, how to advocate for themselves, and how to interrupt this kind of bullying,” Inglima said. “It’s just, now, it’s more complicated because we have this whole cyber life that our young people engage in. And it gives them this incredible privacy and agency to do whatever they want in cyberspace when adults are not looking.”

She said another issue is that youths are engaging in the online world a lot earlier. 

The play illustrates the negative cause and effect of gossiping, keeping secrets, name-calling, exclusion, spreading rumors, backstabbing, cliques, and manipulation and how these insidious actions can lead to depression and dangerous behaviors such as cutting, premature sexual relations and other disorders.

“It’s contemporary, timely, and resonates with young women probably from the ages 11 and up,” Inglima said. “There are some harsh…you only see one really difficult moment which is toward the end of the play. But along the way you see the ‘clickiness’ or targeting of one girl or another. You see that in cyberspace they’re sort of excluding each other. So, in that way, it’s fairly typical to adolescent girl behavior, I am sorry to say, among some circles.”

The prominent subject of weight in today’s society is brought up as well, as a girlgets bullied and excluded. 

“You see the heaviest of the girls, they kind of make fun of her and call her a bathtub and laugh about her. They make mooing sounds and she ends up with some level of an eating disorder,” Inglima said.

After each performance, a health care professional will be available to discuss the issues brought up in the play, offering a Q & A session with the audience.

 “It’s called the “Secret Life of Girls, so they all have a secret of some kind. So what can we do if we can reveal our secrets?” said Inglima. “Maybe my parents have broken up and I am being pulled in many directions, and maybe I am observing someone doing self injury, and yet nobody else knows about it. What is my responsibility to myself and to my friends?”

Directed by Sharon Jakubecy Klehm, “The Secret Life of Girls,” addresses the many topics that are integral today and it is a must see for parents and teens 11 and up. Performances run Sept 22 to 24 with shows at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $18 and up. For tickets and information visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com. The Playhouse is at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

Until next time…so many important lessons, so little time!


LCAD MFA Alumnus Andre Thomas is named to Advisory Board for National Academy of Sciences 

The Advisory Board for the National Academy of Sciences’ New Koshland Public Engagement Program just announced the appointment of LCAD MFA in Game Design (2017) Alumnus Andre Thomas.

“My appointment came as a total surprise. It is a huge honor and I am very humbled by it. However, more importantly, my appointment to the Advisory Board is a validation at the highest level of academia that LCAD’s groundbreaking MFA program in Art of Game Design is leading the way,” Thomas said. He also credits the work he is doing at Triseum and the LIVE lab in the Visualization department at Texas A&M University.

Thomas was invited to be part of a group of talented individuals who have a passion for science, public engagement, life-long learning, and creative use of new media to serve on the Advisory Board and help design and shepherd the new program. Thomas developed award-winning games including a 3D adventure, Variant: Limitsto make learning math, specifically calculus, fun as well as a game to teach Art History.

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Andre Thomas named to Advisory Board for National Academy of Sciences

Thomas’ term on the Advisory Board begins on Sept 1 and ensd on Aug 31, 2021. Thomas, a professor at Texas A&M, was among the first cohort of candidates of Laguna College of Art and Design’s Art of Game Design MFA. 

Thomas taught at Texas A&M while running his own higher education game company. During his multiple current projects, Thomas earned his Unity Certification while at GDC 2016. Pandit, Andre’s thesis game project, was developed through LCAD’s partnership with the USC GamePipe Laboratory.

“This honor clearly shows that the world around us is noticing the power of games as more than just a form of entertainment. I couldn’t be prouder to have completed LCAD’s Art of Game Design program as a member of one of its first cohorts,” he said.

The Art of Game Design MFA is dedicated to the exploration of game design as a creative practice and of games as a cultural art form. LCAD’s motto is “Great Art Matters.” By extension, LCAD’s Art of Game Design MFA champions the notion that “Games Matter.”

For more information about LCAD admissions or LCAD MFA in Game Design, visit www.lcad.edu


Laguna Art Museum opens PST LA/LA exhibition “Dan McCleary: Prints from Oaxaca” 

Laguna Art Museum announces the opening of the exhibition “Dan McCleary: Prints from Oaxaca” as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

Since 2000, the Los Angeles-based artist Dan McCleary has made regular visits to the Taller de Grabado in Oaxaca, Mexico, to work with master printer Fernando Sandoval. The exhibition focuses on the prints McCleary has made at the Taller, mostly etchings and other forms of intaglio, along with related paintings and drawings. 

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Dan McCleary, Skull # 5, 2017, etching, aquatint, pastel and watercolor, trial proof, 8 x 7 inches, courtesy of the artist

McCleary’s subject matter has ranged from sugar skulls to a head of Christ after the Renaissance painter Correggio, from studies of men and women—in a series titled Masculine/Feminine—to portraits and floral still-lifes. 

McCleary takes a pride in his relationship with Sandoval and his increasing command of traditional printmaking, and the exhibition will include educational materials to convey the subtleties of the various techniques he uses. Some prints that he made on his most recent Oaxacan sojourn will be shown for the first time. The exhibition is on view through Jan 14, 2018. 

Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a collaboration of arts institutions across Southern California.

Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions and programs, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA highlights different aspects of Latin American and Latino art from the ancient world to the present day. 

With topics such as luxury arts in the pre-Columbian Americas, 20th century Afro-Brazilian art, alternative spaces in Mexico City, and boundary-crossing practices of Latino artists, exhibitions range from monographic studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries. 

Supported by more than $16 million in grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA involves more than 70 cultural institutions from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at  Visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org for more information.


Sawdust General Manager Tom Klingenmeier retires

Tom Klingenmeier, general manager of the Sawdust Festival for the past nine years and affiliated in one way another with the festival for close to 40 years, is retiring. Klingenmeier plans to spend more time with his kids and grandkids. 

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Michelle and Kelly Boyd, Patty and Tom Klingenmeier celebrate Tom’s career

A retirement party was held at the Marine Room Tavern in his honor, with champagne toasts and memories in abundance.

Natalie Haug has been promoted to general manager. Haug was formerly Sawdust operations director.


Best in Show: Rotary Club’s Annual LB Invitational Classic Car Show attracts finest cars on Oct 1

On Sun, Oct 1, classic car enthusiasts gather for The Rotary Club’s Annual Invitational Classic Car Show, which will be held on the city grounds opposite the Festival of Arts. It opens at 9:30 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. 

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Close-up example of past entry

This event features 200 cars in 26 award categories and continually draws the best examples in each category. A few of the categories this year are Antiques through 1931, muscle cars, and woodies (for a full list of the 26 categories, go to the website below).

Participants will enjoy strolling among the cars, food, drink, and live music.

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Car enthusiasts mingle among cars and enjoy festivities

The entry fee is $45 and includes two gate passes and a special gift pack. The proceeds go to local charitable and non-profit organizations.

To purchase tickets, or to enter a car in the show, go to www.lagunabeachcarshow.com.  

For more information, call Harry Bithell at 949-874-1742


Enter the space: JoAnne Artman Gallery presents Brooke Shaden’s Fourth Wall – Room Series on Oct 1

On Sun, Oct 1, JoAnne Artman Gallery presents the second installment of Brooke Shaden’s Fourth Wall - Room Series exhibition in which the artist continues her exploration of the space between illusion, perception and identity in the photographic medium. The opening reception is Thurs, Oct 5, from 6 – 8 p.m. 

The term “fourth wall” is a reference to an exercise in the audience’s suspension of disbelief in the field of theatre and film. This happens when the invisible barrier between the reality of the action on screen and the present moment is broken by one of the characters directly addressing the audience. Shaden plays with this concept through the sense of anonymity when viewing the work, capitalizing on the self-reflective nature of the photographs. The viewer is at once the voyeur as well as a participant in the unfolding action, activating the images through our gaze and giving life to the stories captured inside. 

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Fragile by Brooke Shaden

Shaden’s series blends dreams and reality into a nuanced magical realism. The tight composition and forced dimensionality and perspective of each image creates a shadow box effect, reinforcing a studied stillness. Each piece feels like a glimpse into a secret world, a specimen study of private space usually concealed from the outside world. 

Her painterly style and polished finish belie the intensive artistic process undertaken to achieve each completed image. The transformation of the seven by seven-foot room from one scene to the next is captured in a video loop, the only evidence of the laborious production undertaken for each scene, as well as the only physical remainder of Shaden’s colossal artistic process other than the photographs themselves. 

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Undone by Brooke Shaden

Brooke Shaden (b. 1987, Lancaster, PA) is a fine art photographer. She was the winner of Photographer’s FORUM 35th Annual Spring Photography Contest (2015), and one of Shutter Magazine’s Top 10 Most Influential Photographers (2014). Her work has been featured on numerous book covers and exhibited nationally.  

Brooke Shaden’s work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. 

The exhibit continues through Nov 15.  

To RSVP for the reception, call: 949.510.5481 by Sept 29.

JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 326 N Coast Hwy. JoAnne Artman, telephone: 949-510-5481, e-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text79473); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. http://www.joanneartmangallery.com/


Call for artists: Gallery Q engages with the natural world in fifth exhibition of the 2017 season

Gallery Q at the Susi Q explores the art-nature connection in its fifth and final exhibition of the 2017 season – Nature as Muse. 

In partnership with the Laguna Art Museum’s community-wide, annual Art & Nature Festival (Nov 2-5), OC artists of all ages are invited to submit nature-inspired entries in any medium. Paintings, photography, sculpture, collage, jewelry, mixed media, textiles, ceramics…unique and creative expressions are encouraged.

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Carole Zavala and Verna Glancy: The Peacock Princess

Gallery Q will be accepting artwork on Thurs, Sept 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday, Sept 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. There is an entry fee of $25 per piece. Additional entry pieces are $5 each — limit three. Scholarships are available to individuals 65+ on a limited income. Contact Laurie Smith for additional information. Visit the Susi Q front desk (380 Third Street). 

A free Artist’s Reception with beverages and light refreshments will take place on Friday, Oct 13 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from Sept 25 through Nov 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon through Fri. 

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Iriet Peshkess: Running down the hill

Many of the art pieces in the show will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors. 

Laguna Art Museum’s annual Art & Nature serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature. 

Visit www.lagunartmuseum.org for more information. 

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Maureen MacDonald: Sunset at Shadow Ridge

Gallery Q, located at the Laguna Beach Community and Senior Center, is a public exhibition space dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the talent of emerging, semi-professional, and professional artists of all ages in Orange County.  Five to six shows per year honor local artists and are kicked off with a public art reception.  

For more information about the Gallery Q and Laguna Beach Seniors at the Susi Q visit www.susiq.org or call 949-464-6645 or contact Laurie Smith, Arts Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Auditions for the musical Annie will begin on Sept 22 

The audition schedule is set for the production of Annie at No Square Theatre. Adult roles and ensemble auditions will be Fri, Sept 22 at 6 p.m. with callbacks on Sun, Sept 24 at 6 p.m. Annie and orphan auctions will be Sat, Sept 23 at 10 a.m with callbacks on Sun, Sept 24 from 10 a.m.

The popular musical (music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin) will be directed by Joe Lauderdale and choreographed by Ellen Prince, with music direction by Roxanna Ward. 

This production employs minimal staging, based on the ideas of story theatre. It places emphasis on the actors and the story rather than scenery, making the ensemble even more important than it would be in a traditionally mounted production.

Strong performers are desired for leading roles and ensemble parts. In Annie, the spunky orphan with humble beginnings in 1930s New York City, inspires everyone with her enduring positive attitude. Standout songs include “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and the ultimate anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

The roles to be cast for Annie include: Annie – Appear around age 11. Energetic and optimistic orphan. Oliver Warbucks – Appear around age 40-60. Billionaire with a kind heart. Grace Farrell – Appear around 28-35. Loyal, intelligent private secretary to Warbucks. Miss Hannigan – Appear age 40-55. Character and comedic actor.

Rooster Hannigan – Appear 20-35. Slimy con artist. Lily St. Regis – Appear 20-35. Rooster’s floozy girlfriend. Franklin Delano Roosevelt – 50s, strong character actor, minor group singing. Orphans – Ages 6-14. Gritty, lovable, strong singers and movers. (Molly, age 6-8; Kate, age 7-10; Tessie, age 10-12; Pepper, age 12-13; July, age 13-14; Duffy, age 13-14) Ensemble – Female and Male, ages 16 and up. Sing, dance (or move well), play multiple roles. The backbone of this production.     

Performances will be Fri-Sun, Dec 2 - 17. General rehearsals begin around Oct 1, Mon – Fri, 6:30-10 p.m. and Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Schedule is approximate and subject to change.)

To schedule an audition appointment, email director Joe Lauderdale (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and indicate a preferred time. Complete information, forms, and suggestions on how to prepare for the auditions can be found on the No Square Theatre website, www.nosquare.org

No Square Theatre is in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of the High School.


Laguna Playhouse patrons donate $17,000+ for flood relief to Houston’s Alley Theater staff  

The remarkable powerhouse cast of A Night with Janis Joplin electrified their Laguna Playhouse audience with potent performances that moved theatre goers to dig deep and help raise over $17,000 to support our colleagues and friends at the Alley Theatre in Houston, many of whom lost homes and property.

“A Night with Janis Joplin recently performed at the Alley Theatre last year, making this request very near and dear to the hearts of the performers,” said Ellen Richard, Laguna Playhouse Executive Director.

Alley Theatre, Houston, before Harvey hit

As Houston was being hit by Hurricane Harvey on Aug 31, the Janis Joplin cast and Playhouse staff were strategizing on how to support their fellow theatre makers in Houston. The plan was quickly put into motion, and beginning with the matinee performance that day, until the closing evening performance on Sun, Sept 10, 13 Janis Joplin performances in all, a collection bucket was passed around the theatre for patrons to show their support with cash donations. 

Ellen Richard said, “The national theatre community is like a family, so we all felt that it was important to help make a dent in the overwhelming losses of our peers.” 

Hurricane Harvey inflicted an estimated $75 billion in damage on Houston. Little was spared. Damage to the city’s downtown arts district was substantial. In the savagery of its magnitude, it was also unprecedented.

Ms. Richard added, “We are extremely grateful for the generosity our patrons showed. Each Janis Joplin performance raised more than $800. Those contributions go directly to support the staff of the theatre, many who have lost everything. We are thankful to the community here in Orange County for supporting our friends in Houston.”

For more information, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


Sawdust GM Tom Klingenmeier retires

Tom Klingenmeier, general manager of the Sawdust Festival for the past nine years and affiliated in one way another with the festival for close to 40 years, is retiring. Klingenmeier plans to spend more time with his kids and grandkids.

Tom Klingenmeier

Natalie Haug has been promoted to general manager. Haug was formerly Sawdust operations director.

The public is invited to a retirement party on Sept 20 at the Marine Room Tavern at 214 Ocean Ave between 6 & 8 p.m.


Festival of Arts is now accepting artists’ applications for the summer of 2018 Fine Art Show

Recently voted one of the top five art festivals in the nation by USA Today readers, the Festival of Arts is a prestigious, highly competitive, regional juried fine art show featuring original artwork by Orange County’s finest artists. 

The 2018 show will run July 5 – Sept 1. Artists who would like to apply for the 2018 fine art show should submit three digital images per media and a completed application form to the Festival of Arts by Oct 31. Applicants must apply online through the Festival’s website, www.foapom.com/apply. For more information call 949-464-4234. 

Artists applying to the Festival of Arts must be able to show that they have resided in Orange County for at least one year prior to Oct 31. Jurying fees are $50 per medium submitted. 

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Artist Demo Michael Ward getting creative with his masterpiece 

The jurors will score the submitted artwork based on quality, intention and content; excellence of craftsmanship; facility with media; excellence in the use of design elements; and professional presentation.

To learn more about the Festival of Arts, the application process and photographing artwork effectively for submission, artists are invited to attend a free seminar offered on the following dates and locations: Sept 30 at 10:30 a.m. in the Saddleback Visual Arts Studio located at 1 Purpose Drive, Lake Forest, and Oct 4, at 5 p.m. in the Festival of Arts Forum Theater located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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Artist Toni Danchik standing next to her own gallery of art pieces 

The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization whose proceeds support the arts and art education in and about Orange County. This prestigious juried art exhibition is Southern California’s oldest and most respected outdoor art show. Recent accolades include Orange County Register’s Best Place to Buy Original Art, Art Fair Calendar’s Top Five Art Fairs in the West and Top Five Art Festivals in the nation voted by USA Today readers. Each summer the works of 140 accomplished artists are showcased to the public in a six-acre art haven. The event is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. For general information visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org or call (949) 494-1145.


12 Angry Men come(s) to the Playhouse in October

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce the third show in the Laguna Playhouse 2017-2018 and 97th season, Twelve Angry Men, written by Reginald Rose and directed by Ovation Award-winning director Michael Matthews.

“We are so excited to be presenting this classic of the American theatre on our stage. Our subscribers and audiences are going to experience this timeless play at a time that will feel more relevant than ever,” comments Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard.  

Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham “We are so honored to be presenting thirteen of Southern California’s finest actors in this production. We are particularly thrilled to have the inspired direction of Michael Matthews leading this courtroom.”

Be part of the courtroom action in this classic drama in which 12 jurors decide the fate of a young man accused of murder. What will the verdict be? Find out in this suspenseful thriller that pits passionate jurors against one another in a timely, timeless and bold examination of the American justice system. 

Director Michael Matthews is thrilled to be returning to Laguna Playhouse after directing last season’s Billy and Ray. Michael is the recipient of the 2015 LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Career Achievement in Direction.

Reginald Rose, playwright, is best known for writing Twelve Angry Men. The play was inspired by Rose’s own stint on jury duty in the Foley Square courthouse in New York in 1954. Rose stood out among writers in television’s golden age for his willingness to tackle social and political issues. He won an Emmy Award in 1954 for best-written dramatic material for the original television version of “Twelve Angry Men” and received a nomination for an Academy Award in 1957 for the screenplay of the film version, which he produced with Henry Fonda, who was also the star. 

Scenic design is by Stephen Gifford; lighting design is by Tim Swiss; costume design is by Kate Bergh; and the production stage manager is Vernon Willett. 

This season is generously underwritten by The Hale Family. Twelve Angry Men is produced by Laura and Louis Rohl.  

Additional Season Sponsors are South Coast Plaza, Haskell White, Surterre Properties, Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders, Gelson’s, and Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin.

Twelve Angry Men will begin previews on Wed, Oct 4; will open on Sun, Oct 8 at 5:30 p.m. and will run through Sun, Oct 22 at the Playhouse, 606 Laguna Cyn Rd.

Performances will be Tues through Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Thurs and Sat at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. There will no Thurs performances on Oct 12 at 2 p.m. There will be an additional Sunday performance on Sunday, Oct 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $45 - $80 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.  Prices subject to change.

The box office is open Mon – Sat: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days); Sundays: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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