Laguna College of Art and Design Summer Animation Master Classes to screen animated shorts at [seven-degrees]

Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) nationally ranked Animation program announced the screening of the short films created during the 2015 summer stop-motion and traditional Animation Master Classes. 

“Un Garçon et Sa Bête” (stop motion animation) and “The Big Dad Wolf” (traditional animation) will be screened from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb 11, at [seven-degrees], 891 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. 

The event is open to the public.

Disney Supervising Animator, James Lopez (The Lion King, The Princess and the Frog and Hercules) led the traditional animation class that produced, “The Big Dad Wolf.” The LCAD student team included Autumn Bell (Co-Director), Louis DeBrat (Co-Director), Laura Arce, Ye Htut Aung, Brittney Baker, Dana Brender, Nico Delgado, Pat Lee and Shawna Sa. 

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“The Big Dad Wolf”, a traditional animation film

Animation Director Stephen Chiodo of Chiodo Bros. Productions (Elf, Team America: World Police and The Simpsons) returned to teach the stop-motion animation class that produced, “Un Garçon et Sa Bête.” The student team included Calley MacDonald (Director), Stephanie Alexander (Producer), Torey Bangi, Michelle Furlong, Atiyeh Hess, Sarah Jaques, Briana Ornelas, Nicole Pannebaker, Crystal Perea, Kristen Schlosser, Meaghan Tosi and Michael Wansing.

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“Un Garçon et Sa Bête”, a stop motion animation film 

Both animated shorts were scored by Alexander Burke of Magnolia Memoir, performed by the Laguna Concert Band and recorded in Capitol Records’ legendary Studio A, site of recording sessions by Frank Sinatra, Sam Smith, Imagine Dragons and more. 

LCAD Animation remains one of the few programs that continue to instruct students in traditional, hand-drawn animation as well computer-generated animation and stop-motion.

The annual Summer Master Class program attracts LCAD students and alumni who work in teams over the course of twelve weeks to create short animated films from concept through final color, sound and music. This collaborative opportunity offers participants the closest approximation to a professional studio production experience.

“Our method of instruction keeps all LCAD Animation students connected to the origins of animation so that even digital animators have a strong foundation in classical techniques. Adapting to different mediums becomes a matter of students applying what they already know to different tools,” said Dave Kuhn, chair of LCAD’s BFA program in Animation. “Whether our animators create by hand, on a computer or with puppets, their reward is making audiences believe the characters on the screen truly think and feel.”

For more information about LCAD Animation please visit www.lcad.edu

About LCAD Animation

Founded by Chuck Jones in 1961, LCAD Animation continues to bring instructors and mentors from the top animation studios in the world including Disney, Warner Bros., DreamWorks and Sony.

LCAD Animation is dedicated to training exceptional filmmakers and storytellers. LCAD Animation students develop their abilities in traditional animation with classic artistic skills then apply that knowledge to the latest digital tools. The Animation faculty at LCAD is comprised of experienced industry professionals who help our students bring their characters to life in their own unique styles.

LCAD Animation alumni have worked for a number of major studios including Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Fox Animation, South Park Studios, Sony, Zynga, Renegade Animation, Titmouse, John K. Enterprises and Obsidian Entertainment.

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Peter Asher tells stories from the 60’s and beyond – a British Invasion Tribute, with Laguna Concert Band

By MAGGI HENRIKSON

British Invasion Tribute will be at Laguna Playhouse, Saturday Feb 6 at 7 p.m., and Sunday Feb 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets available at: http://purchase.lagunaplayhouse.com/

Peter Asher, gifted musician, known during the 60’s “British Invasion” as one half of Peter & Gordon, is also a two-time Grammy award winning producer. He worked at the start with the Beatles’ Apple Records, where he discovered and signed a talented young musician named James Taylor. His keen sense of musical shifts and notable new sounds led him towards his own management company, Peter Asher Management, which became one of the most successful artist management companies in the U.S., handling artists such as Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, and Carole King.

He moved from the personal management business in 1995 when he was appointed Senior Vice President of Sony Music. As a producer, Peter Asher has worked with diverse artists, including Diana Ross, 10,000 Maniacs, Neil Diamond, Kenny Loggins, Robin Williams, Hans Zimmer, Cher, Billy Joel, The Dixie Chicks, and many others. He has been awarded 37 RIAA-certified gold albums and 22 platinum albums in the U.S., and many more internationally. He’s produced fourteen Grammy Award-winning recordings, and in 1977 and 1989 was honored individually with the Grammy Award for “Producer of the Year.” In 2015 Asher was awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

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Peter Asher

Suffice to say, the man knows everyone who’s anyone in the music business and beyond, and he lives to tell the tale. In fact he has put that tale together as a sort of memoir through music. 

Next week, Feb 6 and 7, Asher will be trying something new with his retrospective; he’ll be joining with Laguna Concert Band to tell the multi-media tale of his life at the center of remarkable times in the music world. With the 60-piece band of brass and wind instruments, a video montage, and with Peter Asher’s live anecdotes it’s sure to be a memorable event. 

Here is his personal message about the show: https://youtu.be/6OOExrLT9nA

Looking back and looking forward

  As a musician, producer, lecturer, as well as director of Hans Zimmer live concerts, and musical supervisor for the upcoming Broadway show, “Bright Star” (opening in March), Asher is in demand. Still, at 71, he’s got plenty of energy left to pursue his many passions. In fact, after rehearsing with Laguna Concert Band on Wednesday, he was flying out the next morning to Shanghai where he is a judge on their television version of American Idol, called “Celebrity Star.” 

He laughed, “I just know what I like, a good voice. But then they interpret what I say. For all I know, they could be making me into Simon Cowell.”

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Rehearsing with Laguna Concert Band for show on Feb 6 and 7 at Laguna Playhouse

Asher grew up the son of a doctor and a professional musician in London, on Wimpole Street. “Where all the doctor’s offices were,” he explained. 

His friend, Paul McCartney, shared the top floor with him, in his family’s home/doctor’s office. “It was just after The Beatles had played in Germany [their first big appearance], and my father’s patients were confused by all the girls out front!”

He and Paul shared that top floor for two years. Asher has many more Beatles stories, but he is not interested to write his memoirs. “Everyone who’s ever worked with The Beatles has written a book,” he said. “Even my assistant wrote a book.” What else can be said? He’s got a few more tales to tell – but it will be at the concert in Laguna.

“I’m looking forward to this very much, it’s going to be an extraordinary evening and I encourage you to join us!” - Peter Asher CBE


Grant Hier, LCAD chair, nominated for American Book Award and Kate Tufts Discovery Award

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) announced Untended Garden—Histories and Reinhabitation in Suburbia by Grant Hier, chair of LCAD Liberal Arts and Art History, has just been nominated for both an American Book Award and the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, two of the most prestigious literary awards in America.

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Grant Hier

Hier’s book-length poem was named winner of Prize Americana 2014 and was published by The Poetry Press in 2015. Hier was also recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

“Grant Hier’s prestigious literary nominations are excellent examples of how LCAD is dedicated to bringing the top practicing scholars, designers and artists to the classroom so that LCAD students will learn from the best,” said Jonathan Burke, president of LCAD. “I am thrilled that Grant is receiving recognition for the literary merit of his writing and storytelling skills and I applaud him for his talent, his hard work and his achievements.”

The American Book Award nomination statement declared, “By blending personal memory with generational experience, Hier sheds light on often-overlooked histories, and celebrates the diversity of all life forms that have existed in this same place and connects us all as vital parts of the shared continuum. Untended Garden is an outstanding contribution to American literature [and] a profound exploration into what it means to be an American.”  

American Book Award is sponsored by the Before Columbus Foundation (BCF). Founded in 1976, BCF is a nonprofit educational and service organization dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of contemporary American, multicultural literature. The winners are nominated and selected by a panel of writers, editors and publishers who also represent the diversity of American literary culture. Past American Book Award winners include William H. Gass, Don DeLillo, William Kennedy, Gary Snyder, May Sarton, Li-Young Lee, Louise Erdich, Sandra Cisneros, Juan Felipe Herrera, Cornel West, Art Spiegelman, Bell Hooks, Isabel Allende and Toni Morrison. 

The Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry awards are considered among the world’s most generous and distinguished prizes for books of poetry. The Kate Tufts Discovery Award is given to a poet who demonstrates genuine promise in their first book of published poetry, with an attached purse of $10,000. 

Poet Charles Harper Webb, who was awarded the 1998 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for his book, Reading the Water, said, “Grant Hier’s Untended Garden is a poem that should be chanted by firelight at the entrance to a cave. It is a journey of self-discovery, shifting back and forth in time, propelled by rhythms of creation and sensations of the natural world.  It is a well-wrought psychic quest for a life rooted in the contemporary while still in ancient sympathy with the earth.”

For more information about LCAD, visit: www.lcad.edu


Grab your partner for a special Valentine’s ticket offer to the Pageant of the Masters 2016 – and save 20%

This Valentine’s Day, the Pageant of the Masters is spreading the love with a special ticket offer. For a limited time only, save 20% on all tickets to this summer’s production “Partners” with promotional code VAL20. To take advantage of this incredible offer, call (800) 487-3378 or visit www.PageantTickets.com. Offer begins February 1 and ends February 14, 2016.

The 2016 Pageant of the Masters sets out in search of stories of compelling collaborations that lead to the creation of unforgettable artworks. This year’s presentation of “Partners” runs July 7 – August 31, 2016 in Laguna Beach. 

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Pageant of the Masters will re-create “The Kiss on the Hand” by Gerolamo Induno in the 2016 production, “Partners”

Featuring works from around the world, this year’s production of “living pictures” highlights memorable art made possible by partnerships – between husbands and wives, siblings, artists and models, even artists and their patrons. This theatrical and musical journey will also consider how partnerships can become an ideal subject for masterpieces devoted to family, love and courtship, as well as historical, scientific and even fictional quests.

“Tickets to the Pageant of the Masters are a great gift idea for Valentine’s Day, especially given this year’s theme ‘Partners,’” said Festival of Arts Marketing and Public Relations Director Sharbie Higuchi. “It doesn’t get more romantic than sitting under the stars and enjoying the show with that special person. Plus, you can’t beat this great Valentine’s Day offer!”

Tickets to the 2016 Pageant of the Masters “Partners”

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (living pictures), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original art pieces.


14th Annual Laguna Beach Music Festival artists and concerts announced for Feb 10 – 14 – tickets available

The annual Laguna Beach Music Festival, now in its 14th year, is pleased to announce its 2016 Festival artist mentors, violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner. Based in Laguna Beach, the Festival has historically been and continues to be a platform for the discovery of up-and-coming artists with its presentations of world-class musicians in intimate venues. 

The 2016 Festival, taking place Feb 10-14 at a variety of venues in Laguna Beach, features exciting performances by Koh—recently named Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year—and Wosner, along with a special appearance by members of Los Angeles-based music collective wild Up.

Jennifer Koh

Program highlights include the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by composer Anthony Cheung. Tickets for the 2016 Laguna Beach Music Festival are now on sale.

“Every year the Festival brings premier artists to Laguna Beach and our mission is to share this artistic talent and exploration with our community and beyond,” says Laura Ricker, Festival Director. “This year’s program continues the unique and memorable musical experience we are proud to share with our patrons, both new and returning. We want to become a part of every classical music lover’s annual calendar and not only share the dynamic programming our Artistic Directors come up with, but also continue to build long lasting relationships with our audiences, new and returning.”

The Artists

Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. With an impassioned musical curiosity, she is forging an artistic path of her own devising, choosing works that both inspire and challenge. She is dedicated to performing the violin repertoire of all eras from traditional to contemporary, believing that the past and present form a continuum. She is also committed to exploring connections in the works she performs, searching for similarities of voice among diverse composers and associations within the works of a single composer. 

Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight. His performances of a broad range of repertoire, from Beethoven and Mozart to Schoenberg and Ligeti, as well as music by his contemporaries, communicate his imaginative programming and intellectual curiosity. Widely praised for his interpretations of Schubert’s solo repertoire, Mr. Wosner has been focused on the composer in recent seasons and is widely sought after by colleagues for his versatility and spirit of partnership.

Shai Wosner

Modern music collective wild Up is a group of Los Angeles-based musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. Believing that music is a catalyst for shared experiences, and that the concert venue is a place for challenging, exciting, and igniting the community, wild Up’s programs are eclectic studies of people, places, and ideas.

Christopher Rountree is the founder, conductor and creative director of the path-breaking Los Angeles chamber orchestra wild Up. If there is a dam separating establishment classical music from more adventurous forms, Rountree finds himself spilling over both sides—conducting everything from opera to experimental metal. Driven by his vision of a world-class orchestra, he creates visceral, provocative experiences that are unmoored from classical traditions.

Special Events

The 2016 Laguna Beach Music Festival launches with the Festival Prelude on Wednesday, Feb 10 at 5:30 p.m. at [seven-degrees] in Laguna Beach. Guests will delight in a memorable evening while socializing with Festival Artistic Directors Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner, as well as emerging artists wild Up, before a performance of musical highlights from this year’s Festival. The evening features tasty appetizers, dinner, wine, friends, music and other exceptional memories.

The Concerts

The 2016 Laguna Beach Music Festival features three concert performances taking place at Laguna Playhouse throughout the weekend. The Opening Night concert on Friday, Feb 12 at 8 p.m., finds Festival Artistic Directors Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner holding up a mirror to some of the great classics. Recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance, Koh pairs Bach’s mighty Chaconne for solo violin with two of its 20th-century offspring: Berio’s astonishing Sequenza and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Lachen verlernt, with a video installation by BAFTA Award-winning multi-disciplinary artist Tal Rosner. Wosner, whose insightful and perceptive playing have made him a favorite among audiences and critics, plumbs the depths of Schubert’s last set of Impromptus, pairing them with jazz improvisations of his own devising.

On Saturday, Feb 13 at 8 p.m., the musical dialogue between past and present continues with New Global Voices, a thrilling evening featuring 20th- and 21st-century masterpieces from across the spectrum of great musical traditions. Koh and Wosner join wild Up and its founder and conductor Christopher Rountree for works ranging from the haunting neoclassical strains of Ukranian composer Valentin Silvestrov to those of contemporary jazz master Vijay Iyer. Claude Viver’s Asian-inspired masterpiece Zipangu and Los Angeles-based composer Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo round out this thrilling night of musical exploration and adventure. 

The final concert of the 2016 Festival takes place Sunday, Feb 14 at 3 p.m., with Bridge to Beethoven, which explores the impact of Beethoven on a diverse group of composers and musicians. In this program, Koh and Wosner pair two of Beethoven’s magnificent heroic-period sonatas for violin and piano with the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by California-born, New York-based composer Anthony Cheung inspired by Beethoven’s sound world. By pairing Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano with new works by exciting young composers, this concert ignites a creative conversation around Beethoven’s music not only as a cornerstone of classical music but as a universal, culture-crossing source of inspiration. 

The Laguna Beach Music Festival is a presentation of Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Tickets for the 2016 Laguna Beach Music Festival are $45 per concert, with discounted student tickets available. Tickets can be purchased through the Laguna Beach Music Festival (949.715.9713, or LagunaBeachMusicFestival.com), the Philharmonic Society of Orange County (949.553.2422 or PhilharmonicSociety.org), or the Laguna Playhouse (949.497.2787 or LagunaPlayhouse.com).

About the Laguna Beach Music Festival

Founded in 2002 the Laguna Beach Music Festival is co-presented by Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. The LBMF Board is made up of outstanding local community members who support and develop the Festival from selection of musicians, theme, development of special events, educational and outreach programs, partnerships with other organizations and marketing activities.

The Festival’s commitment to lifelong learning makes possible meet-the-artist events, salons, open rehearsals, and lively discussions, while local schoolchildren encounter live music in the schools during Festival week. These programs capture the spirit of the Festival, blurring the lines between artist and audience, professional and amateur.


“Bouquets” exhibit at FOA Third Floor Gallery, Wells Fargo, with Artists Reception January 30

Spring has sprung early at the Festival of Arts Third Floor Gallery with a new exhibit titled Bouquets on display now through April 9th. 

Located inside the historic Wells Fargo Bank in downtown Laguna Beach, the exhibit features artwork of flowers, fields and bouquets. Mediums presented include paintings, drawings, mixed media and sculpture.

Participating artists include Mary Aslin, Cynthia Fletcher, Rick Graves, Molly Hutchings, Mariko Ishii, Jangwon Lee, Jacquie Moffett, Mia Moore, Mariana Nelson, Tim Shockley, Teri Starkweather, Marie Tippets and Barbara White.

The public is invited to join the artists for a free reception on Saturday, January 30 from 11 – 1 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank.

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Mary Aslin’s pastel,  “Allegria”

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Molly Hutchings’ watercolor, “Sunflower”

“Flowers have always been a major source of inspiration for the arts,” said Exhibit Curator Pat Sparkuhl. “This exhibit is a fascinating look at a variety of floral themed works created by Festival artists.”

The exhibit is at the Festival of Arts Third Floor Gallery at Wells Fargo Bank located at 260 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach. It is part of an ongoing series of shows that the Festival of Arts will be holding at Wells Fargo. The building is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization whose proceeds support the arts in and about Laguna Beach. For more information call (949) 494-1145 or go to www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org


Festival of Arts Foundation 2016 funding grants available: Submission deadline is February 12

The Festival of Arts Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now available for 2016 Art Grants. Nonprofit organizations that have programs that promote fine arts in and about the City of Laguna Beach may apply. Submission deadline is February 12, 2016.

Grant applications are available online at www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org or may be picked up at the Festival of Arts administration office located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

“The Foundation board anticipates a record number of applications this year, and looks forward to giving approximately $140,000 in grants to the qualified recipients,” said Festival of Arts Foundation President Scott Moore. “We’re proud to be able to help fund the many art-related non-profits in the Laguna Beach community, emphasizing the enrichment of our children and young adults in all disciplines of art.”

In 1989, the Festival of Arts with a $1.5 million donation established the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation, in order to guarantee annual financial support for the arts in Laguna Beach.

The Foundation, co-founded by John Rayment and David Young, was designed to hold these funds in a permanent endowment. The earnings and income from this endowment would be distributed annually in the form of scholarships to graduates of Laguna Beach High School and as grants to nonprofit art organizations and educational institutions in and about the city of Laguna Beach.

The Foundation operates independently from the Festival of Arts. In 2007, the Festival of Arts assumed the financial responsibility of the art scholarships, enabling The Foundation to focus on its grant program for local non-profit art organizations.

The Festival of Arts Foundation is comprised of a five-member board of trustees who oversees and administers the program including Scott Moore (president), John Campbell (vice president) Bob Earl (treasurer), Jacquie Moffett (secretary), and John Rayment (board member).

For more information on the grant application process, please contact Scott Moore at (949) 494-9680.


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. 

Fitz’s QUEST 2016: So begins my fourth year painting “live” in each of the 59 American National Parks 

By FITZ MAURICE

There is no place like home for the holidays. Just a few weeks ago the Solo Show of my newest National Park Paintings opened at the Design Studio International Gallery in the Laguna Design Center, and when I asked the audience how many were reading my Stories From The Woods I was thrilled when almost every hand went up! It makes it all worth it, to know that so many of you readers are getting a kick out of my wildlife discoveries and vicariously living through my adventures in our National Parks.

Thank you for your enthusiasm, and now to answer some of your frequent questions:

Yes, I am loving the freedom I feel when immersed in monumental beauty, untouched by man, as mighty as only God can create! Yes, I am loving all of the daily inspiration I am absorbing while surrounded by fresh greens and vibrant fragrances permeating from the lush vegetation. Abundant life is continuously growing and changing while peace fills my ears and penetrates my heart. 

No, it is not easy to live with few comforts and be vulnerable to the elements. You must discipline yourself to own and travel with less, including the limitation on water usage. I do not miss shopping or things. The longer I live in nature the more I let go of things. Truly, there is freedom in not being ruled by the constant wanting of more things.

The land of man bombards you with distractions from morning till night. In fact, as you become more deeply connected with nature and your daily life is more involved with the colors of the seasons you simply let go of wanting more man-land things. The most beautiful real things are already all around you! 

Your spirit slowly opens up and feels full of what is pure beauty and truth. You feel good – you feel the peace of being a part of the perfect oneness of all creation. 

You can be one with nature starting now. Start by listening to the birds that live right around you. Start seeking beauty with your eyes and focus on it rather than 

man-land’s concrete, billboards, and commercials.

I feel happier, healthier, calmer and more in tune with the rhythms and rhymes of nature. Nature is nurturing my spirit. I feel its potent healing influence, and the stress from man-land is rinsed away.  My greatest comfort is the growing peace that is deeply rooting in my soul. The more I live as my higher self – my spirit – the better the quality my daily life has become.  I focus on using my God-given gifts of painting and writing. I am inspired to create because I feel the oneness with all of creation and its pulsating passion for life.

Fitz Maurice on the quest for the Ultimate Scene 

Next question: How do I start out on my QUEST once I have landed in a new National Park?

Before ever reaching the park I will have read as much as I can from a variety of sources so that I have a broad overall vision of that particular park.

It is wonderful to take advantage of the brilliant Ken Burns documentary series, The National Parks.

Upon arrival at the National Park, the first place I head for is the Visitors Center. I’ve learned that it is wise to be aware of all of the highlights of the park, and then decide what you want most to experience in the time frame you have. Prioritize and then go for it when the weather is right.

 A secret I will share with you: give up your planned list. Go with nature – that’s the secret! For example, if it is sunny the first day you get there, do not kid yourself – just get out in it, with your camera. Often the first day is your best bet. Also, if the day is sunny and hot, seek the shady hike along the river. If the day is very cold, hike in the warmest part of the day, and be back before sunset. 

These are examples of what I mean when I share with you how I have learned some things the hard way. It is best to flow with nature; guaranteed, she will not conform to your plans!

After carefully researching a new park, I review weather reports and factor in time limitations. If up in the mountains, it can get dark by 5 p.m. You’d better be back before sundown or it may get so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face. And it gets colder every 10 minutes after the sun sets.

When I wake up, I feel the day out, checking the weather again for the whole day. Then I decide what direction to take.

Dressing for the entire day of changing weather very often requires layering. Layers of underclothes, shirts, sweatshirts enable you to start in the cool morning air, hike through the full-sun middle of the day, and return in cooling afternoon shadows.

Water is important. Must pack enough water – always! 

I pack a whole picnic and some favorite snacks to make it enjoyable through all the different moods of the day, and I often pack a special treat for those miraculous sunset moments. I wear the appropriate hat for that day, considering wind possibilities.  I also pack a Red Cross pocketknife, handkerchief, sunblock, chapstick and a whistle.

Setting out on a fresh trail to a new place I have never been before is thrilling to me! Walking out, I am already breathing hard with excitement, my eyes darting everywhere, taking in the particular light of the park – its smells, its mysterious character unfolding step by step. All along the way, I am writing little notes and drawing quick sketches as reminders of the different intriguing scenes. Plus I’m quick with the finger on the trigger of my camera. I’ve learned to be always ready to capture that second when a wild animal makes its sudden appearance.

I will hike, ride a horse, kayak, ride up in a gondola… whatever it takes to get to that Ultimate Scene that beckons my spirit to paint. Planning ahead, I will spend as many days as the park merits on the search, all the while learning about the birds and wildlife that are indigenous. 

I am here to learn and grow. This quest has made my life as lovely as being a child again!  I am fascinated to witness the geology and formation of the landscape – volcanoes to caves. There is so much to explore by day, not to mention the magical world of the starlit night sky.

Usually what happens is the Ultimate Scene finds me. I’ll be moving along and it will suddenly hit me as I turn the corner or reach the summit: There it is, all laid out before me. Then I embrace the scene by returning to it at different times of the day, studying its nuances, and realizing its personal light.

Finally, I pack up my portable easel and tubes of oil paint, and carry them off to the Ultimate Scene, day after day until the painting takes on the iconic profile and essence that is unique to that National Park.

Once I brought a friend with me when I was on the QUEST and actively searching for the Ultimate Scene. After miles and miles of hiking he said, “I would like to eat now – are we there?” “No,” I replied. “I’m not feeling it yet.” Further and further we went, and then suddenly the view opened up on the pristine ocean cove that inspired me to paint  “Utopia, Santa Cruz, Channel Islands National Park, Ca.”

Yes, I am more excited than ever to be saddling up for the QUEST - 2016!

I am heading out to Sequoia National Park to catch some snow. Then I’ll head down to Joshua Tree National Park for some fun in the desert sun. 

What National Parks are you going to this year?

FITZ Maurice has been on a quest to paint ‘live’ in every National Park in America. Now totally committed to help promote and protect our American legacy, 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.2016 marks her fourth year on the quest. 

To see her National Park Paintings: www.nationalparkpaintings.com


Council supports Whalen’s million-dollar matching grant idea for LAM and Playhouse over four years

During the mid-year budget review at last Tuesday’s meeting, Councilmember Bob Whalen introduced an agenda bill asking the city to set aside $1,000,000 each for The Laguna Playhouse and Laguna Art Museum – $500,000 total for each of the next four calendar years – as grants for matching funds.

As an introduction to the agenda bill, Whalen wrote: 

For nearly 100 years, the Laguna Art Museum and the Laguna Playhouse have been at the center of the cultural life of the City.  The Laguna Art Museum emerged from the desires of fine artists and the Laguna Playhouse from the desires of actors, in each case to work together to create a center for their respective art form, to encourage participation by others, to share their creativity with the community and visitors, and to establish Laguna Beach has an “art” colony.  

While starting as fledgling organizations, as Laguna Beach grew over the past nine decades, so did the Laguna Art Museum and the Laguna Playhouse.  Each organization has survived the formidable challenges that nonprofit arts organizations face, including recessions, depression, wars, changing tastes and preferences, competition and limited public and private funding.  Yet each remains today an outstanding contributor to the City’s cultural life and its economic vitality, with a potential for even greater accomplishments ahead.

Objective:

With the upcoming one hundred year anniversary of the Laguna Art Museum in 2018 and the Laguna Playhouse in 2020, provide matching grants from the City (1) to promote the sustainability of each organization and its continued contribution to the cultural life and economic vitality of the City, and (2) to elevate the artistic and creative excellence of each organization.

Councilmember Whalen remarked afterward, “I was very pleased that there was support for my proposal to do two matching grants of $1 million each for the Museum and the Playhouse in celebration of their upcoming 100 year anniversaries. I believe that these gifts will help sustain two of our core cultural institutions and also help promote economic development in the City by attracting visitors to our restaurants, hotels and local businesses.  

“My purpose in styling them as matching grants was to inspire greater private giving to our arts institutions.”

Each institution will submit an annual report/request for the matching funds to offset expenditures that, “…target primarily towards facility improvements or other tangible uses (for example upgrading registration systems, improving websites, developing mobile applications, improving visual displays, acquiring art, reducing long-term debt).  Uses may include programming and personnel expenditures so long as the expenditures contribute to the achievement of these two goals. Up to 10% of each City grant and matching funds may be used for overhead related to the execution of the targeted expenditures.” 


LAM Art Auction 2016: California Cool – February 6 

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Laguna Art Museum Art Auction 2016 showcases museum-curated works of art from over 100 premier California artists, which will be sold during a fast-paced live auction as well as a silent auction. The featured artists and their galleries have generously donated these works of art, and proceeds from the sale of the works will benefit Laguna Art Museum, a non-profit organization.

Art Auction 2016: California Cool: will begin with Auction Preview Week from Saturday, Jan 30 through Friday, Feb 5 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Tickets for Saturday night’s auction are $125-$150 each. Purchase tickets here or call (949) 494-8971 x203.

A portrait for the successful bidder to be painted at the artist’s studio of Don Bachardy in Santa Monica. Value: $7500 Starting bid: $3750

With works by over 100 important California artists, the museum-curated Art Auction 2016 will include great art at great prices, delicious cuisine, and creative cocktails. The evening includes a silent auction as well as an exciting live auction that attracts competitive bidding by art collectors, both seasoned and new. Selected by the museum’s curatorial staff, the works include many by well-known names–thanks to the museum’s long-standing relationships with California artists and their generosity in supporting the institution.

Proceeds from the art auction ensure that Laguna Art Museum continues its dedication to collecting and preserving California art, providing high-caliber exhibitions and enhancing art education for all.


Laguna Dance Festival’s Contemporary Master Class Series opens with Montreal-based Victor Quijada 

Intermediate and advanced dance students are invited to participate in a master class taught by celebrated dancer and choreographer Victor Quijada. The class will be held on Saturday, Jan 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the dance studio at Laguna Beach High School, 625 Park Avenue. The class and Q&A session are open to dancers ages 12 and older. Cost is $25 to participate; observers may sit in for $15. Register in advance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949-715-5578. 

Photo by Michael Slobodian

Victor Quijada

Quijada’s work is an imaginative fusion of classical choreographic principles and hip-hop ideology. He is a native of Los Angeles whose unique journey took him from dancing on the streets as a B-boy hip hop dance artist who was invited to work with Twyla Tharp in New York, and from there he joined a classical ballet company in Montreal. There, he founded his RUBBERBANDance Group in 2002, and has since choreographed more than 24 short and full-length pieces and toured with his company across North America, Europe, Japan, and Mexico. 

Quijada’s artistry is not limited to the concert stage. He has acted as director and dramaturge, with more than one dozen film credits to his name. Some of his many accolades include the Bonnie Bird North American Award and the Peter Darrell Choreography Award in 2003, the OQAJ/RIDEAU Prize in 2009, and a Princess Grace Awards Choreographic Fellowship in 2010. Quijada has been commissioned to create works for companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Met, Le Jeune Ballet du Québec, Transitions Dance Company, and twice each for Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Scottish Dance Theatre. Quijada is an artist in residence at the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California.

Quijada’s class is the first in a newly announced series of three master classes that include Patrick Corbin on Feb. 27 and Thomas McManus on March 26. Corbin is a contemporary artist who will teach the repertory of Paul Taylor. McManus will explore William Forsythe’s improvisation techniques and repertory. 

Laguna Dance Festival founder and artistic director Jodie Gates, who is also director of and vice dean and director of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, noted, “We are launching our Contemporary Master Class Series, which reflects the expansion of the Laguna Dance Festival’s programming and represents our commitment to relevant arts education in schools and the community. Laguna Dance Festival is known for its contemporary thinking and for giving students and patrons direct access to internationally known choreographers, teachers and dancers. We look forward to increasing our community engagement this coming year.”

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

The 2016 festival is set for Sept 21-25; the world-class dance companies that will take the stage at Laguna Playhouse will be announced soon. www.lagunadancefestival.org 


KX93.5 announces a couple of new things… tune in!

Laguna’s radio station, KX93.5, has a couple of change-ups in the works. Adding to their creative staff will be Steph Weaver-Weinberg, named as Music Director, and Steven “SLi Dawg” Chew to serve as KX 93.5’s new surf and weather reporter on the station’s weekday morning show, “Daily Scramble Live.”

Weaver-Weinberg, formerly a music and promotions assistant, said she is committed to preserving KX 93.5’s reputation as a beacon for independent, local, and unknown artists, aiming to help listeners discover new music and take chances on new records before commercial radio stations do.

“I so look forward to abusing this newfound power,” she joked. “My first decree shall be to change KXRN’s format to ‘All Nickelback, All the Time.’ 

“But really, as a lifelong music lover, this truly is a dream job!” she affirmed. “I couldn’t be happier or more excited to be part of the amazing team that makes KX go round. Many thanks to founder/PD Tyler Russell for training and entrusting me with the sound of our station.”

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Steph Weaver-Weinberg

The station’s “Generational Alt Rock” format also allows for creative exploration of classic alternative music, to which Weaver-Weinberg says she is looking forward.

The new MD may be reached during her call hours on Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. at 949-715-4859. Music submissions are accepted digitally to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Steven “SLi Dawg” Chew, who will do the report by phone a few days a week between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., said, “I’m stoked to be turning you on to some weather, waves, and wonder from the Super Sonic Surf Shacky! Pray to the Surf Gods!”

Chew, a Laguna native, will deliver the day’s surf height, wind conditions, tides, weather, and other pertinent information.

Daily Scramble Live can be heard 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on 93.5 FM within the boundaries of Laguna Beach, on www.KX935.com on any device, or on the iPhone or Android apps. (The morning surf reports are sponsored by XS Energy drink).


LOCA Art Club kicks off a season of events Jan 21 with Elizabeth McGhee at the Delgado Gallery

LOCA Arts Education invites artists, patrons, and observers to its Art Club events, offered monthly in Laguna Beach. The fun and interactive gatherings take place at local galleries, artist studios, and community centers. 

“Everyone can participate,” said founder Betty Haight, “it’s for artists and non-artists alike”.

The 2016 season kicks-off with Elizabeth McGhee, on Thursday January 21st, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Delgado Gallery. McGhee, a multi-award winning oil painter, LCAD graduate, and Festival of Arts exhibitor, will share stories about the Greek myths behind her portrait series, and the swap-meet finds, including vintage toys and postcards, that inspire her still lifes.

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Artist Elizabeth McGhee

On February 18th, acclaimed wood sculptor, Larry Marley will reveal the unusual paths he took to get to his present career, and on March 24th, Brad Elsberry and Mariana Nelson will lead Fashionista, a hands-on costume workshop. All attendees will be invited to help create two fabulous dresses from discarded and recycled materials. The finished ensembles will be presented on April 24th at LOCA’s “One Thin Dime,” a circus-themed fundraising party, at the studio of Sandra Jones Campbell. 

The season will close on May 19th as Bernie Jones leads an educational critique of works brought in by local artists.

LOCA members are admitted free to all regular art club events. Guests and visitor admission is $20 per event.  Admission to the special One Thin Dime fundraiser is $40. Advance registration is requested.

Call  (949) 363-4700, visit: www.LOCAarts.org or register now at: http://www.locaarts.org/events/category/art-club/


City of LB Cultural Arts Funding Applications available

The Arts Commission is currently accepting applications from non-profit organizations with functioning cultural programming based in Laguna Beach. 

The deadline to submit the application is February 1, 2016.

For additional information contact Siân Poeschl, Cultural Arts Manager at (949) 497-0722 extension 4. 

Applications must be submitted online at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com


Linda deBecker Shoemaker will offer intermediate to advanced ballet classes beginning January 12

Linda deBecker Shoemaker is an American born Classical Ballet dancer. Her studies, performances and 50-year teaching career have taken her all over the U.S. and Europe. Now back home in Laguna, Linda will begin a program of classes on Tuesdays at Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach beginning January 12 through June, from 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

The Tuesday classes at the Woman’s Club highlight Linda’s love of classical ballet. After receiving scholarship training, Linda feels that teaching is her way to give back. “When things like this are given to you, you just have to give back,” she says. 

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Linda deBecker Shoemaker

Linda began her training at age nine in Laguna Beach, with classes in the Legion Hall from Theodore Bekefi and his partner Ethel Mevay. The technique she was taught was from the Imperial School in Russia. She moved to Los Angles to continue her studies. Her teachers included such greats as David Lichine, Leon Varkas, Tatina Riabouchinska, Irina Kosmovska and Misha Panalieff. She was offered full scholarships at Eugene Loring’s American school of dance as well as the Juilliard School of music and dance. Her career took her to New York, where she continued her studies with Danilova, Leon Danielian, Dukodofsky, Nemchiniva and Swaboda, and to Europe to study with Bejart in Belgium, Madame Nora in Paris, Gustav Blanc in Germany, Fredric Stebler in Switzerland and Hector Zaraspi in Spain.

At a young age she danced with the Los Angeles Ballet Company and the Southern California Ballet Company. She had the pleasure of working with many exceptional choreographers including David Lichine. Linda danced the Pas De Deux in Lichine’s own creation “Graduation Ball.” She also danced with the Los Angeles Opera Company, in musical comedies such as “Plain and Fancy” and “Oklahoma,” both of which she was the lead dancer.

Being very petite, Linda deBecker was exceptionally talented in Adagio work for which she became well known in Europe and the United States. She and her partner toured Europe for five years, performing in famous Casinos and Theatres in Italy, France, Switzerland, Holland, England, Portugal, Belgium, Germany and Spain. She also did film and television performances throughout those countries. She was known as the American Classical Adagio Star.

Linda began teaching while in Europe, where she gave master classes in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, and Florence, Italy. Returning to the U.S., she taught at Eugene Loring’s School of American Dance, the Nico Charisse School and many others. She began full time teaching in Las Vegas where her students became known for the quality of their excellent technique, and many received scholarships to such schools as the Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet Company and the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company.

In 1995, Linda was asked to be the director of the Nevada Ballet School. She organized their first Summer Workshop, with such teachers as Cynthia Gregory, Jacques D’Ambroise and Stanley Holden. Four years later, she began her own professional company as a summer performance company. This gave the dancers at Nevada Ballet an opportunity to perform while they were out of contract. Her school “Tomorrow Studios” became known as an outstanding school with a faculty of the finest of teachers.

Linda and her husband moved back to Laguna Beach six years ago. “I just said, ‘I want to go home!’” She is excited to meet the talented dancers in Laguna as she says, “Teaching is the most rewarding experience of my career in dance.”

Linda deBecker Shoemaker’s classes begin January 12, and continue on Tuesdays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Woman’s Club. Classes are for intermediate to advanced ballet students. Drop-in classes are fine, but monthly sessions are preferred. Cost is $20 per class. For information call (702) 325-0698


Painting with Passion is a course for artists who love the challenge of a blank canvas, beginning January 7

Painting with Passion is designed to help intermediate to advanced artists take their work to the “next level” as defined by an initial personal inventory. 

Artists of all levels are invited to a class that will explore the challenges and joys of painting.  Activities will include creative “warm ups,” basic theory in terms of composition/color, etc., with reference to both traditional and current masters and an approach that encourages experimentation.  All mediums are welcome. 

A sense of fun, adventure, risk and exploration will enhance sessions that include demonstrations of techniques as well as significant time to work on personal projects.  All non-toxic mediums are welcome.  Sessions may include a critique of work by old masters and newer masters of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The course will include opportunities to work with pen/ink, and mixed media. Guest artists may be available to enhance the course.  An outline of the course and suggested materials list will be available to all participants.

The series is nine sessions: on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Nine sessions; no drop-ins; limited to 15 students

Dates:  January 7 – March 10, 2016  (skips Feb. 18th) 

Located at the Laguna Beach Community Center, 380 Third St. in the Art Room

Materials:  Artists bring their own materials. A limited number of easels are available.

All mediums are welcome (gamsol or non toxic solvent if using traditional oils)

Instructor:  Carole Zavala- (949-683-0433) with questions or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Register online with www.Laguna BeachCity.org

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“A Woman in Gold” by Carole Zavala, acrylic with gold leaf

Carole Zavala has been painting for more than 10 years.  She launched and ran the Susi Q’s initial art shows, now known as the Gallery Q, and has been instrumental in creating a space for master senior artists to exhibit their work.  Her Friday afternoon Art Salon has been available for more than eight years as a space for artists to gather for furthering their skills, sharing ideas, and critiquing their work.  Her artwork is in private collections throughout the US, Canada and China. Check out her website/blog at www.czartsandfilm.com and “Musings from (a)Broad.”


LCAD Gallery will open The Splendor of Italy Jan 13 – Feb 20 

Exhibition recollects experience of LCAD Summer Aboard program in Italy

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) announced The Splendor of Italy, an exhibition of work opening Jan 13 through Feb 20, 2016 at LCAD Gallery, 374 Ocean Avenue. The public is welcome to meet the artists at a reception on First Thursday Artwalk, Feb 4 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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The Duomo, Florence

Brad Neal

Color Wash – 15 x 20

The works of art will allow viewers to experience the highlights of the group’s visits to many significant and memorable museums, churches and historical sites such the Pantheon, Colosseum of Rome, Roman Forum, Sistine Chapel, Villa Borghese, Brancacci Chapel, Medici Chapels in San Lorenzo Church, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Uffizi Palace, Doge’s Palace, Accademia Gallery and more. 

 “One of my greatest joys as an educator is to give artists their grand tour of Europe and bring them face to face with historically significant art and culture that continues to influence us today,” said Betty Shelton, Professor of Fine Arts and Post Baccalaureate Chair and Study Abroad Director. 

“For more than 20 years, I’ve been privileged to escort over 400 LCAD students to Europe, and I continue to be enlightened both as an artist and as a teacher.”

Exhibiting artists include: Micaela Aguirre, Elizabeth Alvarez, David Amaral, Nicole Bakale, Amy Bergener, Caitlin Blenz, Taylor Caro, Venetia Ellis, Omar Field-Rahman, Lauren Ghiasian, Meaghan Greaves, William Havlicek, Sara Humel, Don Lagerberg, Sam Mazzarella, Maureen McGinnis, Hiroko Miyama, Hyatt Moore, Anne Moore, Machiko Naganuma, Grant Nasto, Brad Neal, Kassidy Penso, Kellen Pocock, Betty Shelton, Scott Talevich, Nina Ulett, and Lora Wanta.

33 participants, including students and faculty from LCAD, traveled to Rome and Florence from May 28 to June 12, 2015 with Shelton and Art History Professor Dr. William Havlicek. A smaller group continued on to Ravenna and Venice until June 18. 

Professor Shelton started the Laguna College of Art and Design Summer Abroad program in 1995 and has been leading students on art study trips to Europe ever since.  Past trips have included France, Greece, Belgium, Austria, Holland, Czech Republic, England and Ireland, Germany, and Spain. In the summer of 2016, LCAD Study Abroad will return to France from May 28th through June 16th.

For more information please visit: www.lcad.edu.


City joins Americans for the Arts’ National Study of the economic impact of spending by nonprofit arts organizations

Siân Poeschl, Cultural Arts Manager, announced that the City of Laguna Beach has joined the Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. The research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education.

It is the fifth study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments. This will be the third time the City of Laguna Beach has participated in the program. Arts & Economic Prosperity 4 concluded that non-profit arts and culture was a $49.1 million industry, supporting 1,351 full-time equivalent jobs. The report also noted that visitors to our city spent $50.36 per person at arts events (not including admission).

As one of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, the City of Laguna Beach will collect detailed financial data about our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations. The City will also collect surveys from attendees at arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire that asks how much money they spent on items such as meals, parking and transportation, and retail shopping specifically as a result of attending the event. Surveys will be collected throughout calendar year 2016. The results of the study will be released in June of 2017.

“Our Arts & Economic Prosperity series demonstrates that the arts are an economic and employment powerhouse both locally and across the nation,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Leaders who care about community and economic vitality can feel good about choosing to invest in the arts. Nationally as well as locally, the arts mean business.”

Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study is supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. In addition, Americans for the Arts’ local and statewide study partners are contributing both time and a cost-sharing fee support to the study. This project is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.


Laguna Beach native Skylar Campbell has been named First Soloist with The National Ballet of Canada

Laguna Beach native, Skylar Campbell trained with Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky in Orange County, and went on to join The National Ballet of Canada.  He has recently achieved the starring soloist position. 

Skylar Campbell

Photos by National Ballet of Canada

Campbell joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2009 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2015.

He debuted as Florizel in The Winter’s Tale, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet by Alexei Ratmansky, and the White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Additionally he danced in the world premiere of Being and Nothingness by Guillaume Côté.

“The most outstanding performance was by Skylar Campbell – a California native – this Mercutio was the star of the night.”  BachTrack.com

Campbell’s repertoire also includes the title role in the Nijinsky, Alain in La Fille mal gardée, Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker and Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty as well as roles in Swan LakeGiselleA Month in the Country, Cinderella, ManonOneginDon QuixoteHamlet, The Seagull, Theme and VariationsThe Four Seasons, Emergence, Chroma, Symphony # 9 and the second detail.

Performing as Nijinsky, the Toronto Star had this to say about Campbell:
“Skylar Campbell, plucked from the corps and a decade younger, offers a different dramatic perspective. His is a Nijinsky of childlike innocence, conveyed in dancing of unaffected, almost angelic purity. He simply breaks your heart.”

During his training, Campbell was one of the top ten male finalists at the Prix de Lausanne and the Bronze Medal winner for Pas de Deux at the Youth America Grand Prix.


JoAnne Artman Gallery, in the Main Gallery: “Spirit in the Sky” - the fine art photographer Jana Cruder opens Dec 28 

Spirit in the Sky

Never been a sinner I never sinned

I got a friend in Jesus

So you know that when I die

He’s gonna set me up with 

The spirit in the sky

Oh set me up with the spirit in the sky

Norman Greenbaum, lyrics

Spirit in the Sky, 1969

The life-changing event of leaving Ken in the previous series drove Barbie to seek understanding of her role and relationship to spirit. She questions the very core of her beliefs and steps out of her strict Christian upbringing to search for herself. She examines first, the religious constructs of the standard Christian American upbringing, moving to creation vs. evolution. Discovering how societal roles and relationships play out, she sees how they’ve shaped her filter of understanding of self-image and she begins seeking a higher consciousness. 

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The 1960s and Barbie’s psychedelic experimentation

This series is set in mid 1960s America: an era of youth cultural uprising, war, media and musical influences that urged the challenging of old ideas and the embracing of new ones. Ideologies of new, religious yogic and breath-work movements, a spiritual awakening and freedom from conformity emerged.  

Not unlike today, this was a time of seeking, freedom, pushing for peace and love beyond that era’s comprehension.  Barbie also seeks higher consciousness with psychedelic experimentation allowing her to transcend the external world and discover the true nature of divine existence. 

“As we follow Barbie’s path of exploration we are reminded of where she is at in her journey by the color in the image reflecting that of the chakra’s: starting in red, the root chakra, and ending at violet, the white enlightenment,” said JoAnne Artman. 

“Please join us as we celebrate Jana Cruder’s Spirit in the Sky!”

Jana Cruder’s work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you’re sure to find the right artistic expression. 

JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 326 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 92651. For more information, contact JoAnne Artman at 949-510-5481 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Visit www.joanneartmangallery.com 


A British Invasion tribute featuring the pop music legend Peter Asher with the Laguna Concert Band

We first came to know Peter Asher through the global No. 1 smash hit, “A World Without Love” as one half of the British Invasion duo Peter & Gordon. With the backing of the Laguna Concert Band, the two-time Grammy-winner for Producer of the Year brings his multimedia experience to the Laguna Playhouse.

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Peter Asher and his personal band

Peter Asher moved effortlessly from his role with Peter & Gordon to Music Executive with the Beatles’ Apple Records, then famously—as in cover-of-Rolling-Stone-magazine-level-famous—to Producer and Manager, handling the careers of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and a host of others. Books abound, documentaries with half-truths (and worse) are too common, but now, finally, Mr. Asher tells first-hand his tales from the eye of the cultural hurricane in this intimate evening.

“He has turned down all offers to write his memoirs. He’d rather sing them.”-New York Daily News

The evening will be filled with the music of Peter & Gordon, including “I Go to Pieces,” “True Love Ways,” and “Lady Godiva.” The songs given to Peter & Gordon by Paul McCartney are also front and center: “Woman,” “I Don’t Want to See You Again,” “Nobody I Know,” and “A World Without Love,” all of which were US Top 40 hits. Peter – backed by the 70 piece Laguna Concert Band and his own four piece band-presents these timeless classics along with other old favorites from that golden era. 

The “Memoir” portion of the program includes film footage and photos from Peter’s considerable personal archive, brought to life with a storyteller’s gift, transporting audiences back to the heart of 60s popular culture. Icons such as Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithful, Yoko Ono, Carole King, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt are among the cast of characters in this narrative – along (of course) with the greatly missed Gordon Waller.

“The exuberant Mr. Asher knew anyone who rocked and everyone who mattered.” (Wall Street Journal)

There will be two shows, on February 6 and 7. Saturday’s show will be at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s will be at 2 p.m. Full price tickets are $50 and VIP tickets, which include a meet and greet with the artists and a Deluxe CD, are $100.

 

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