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LCAD MFA opens two exhibitions at new LCAD Gallery 805 space and in Santa Ana

LCAD MFA is opening three related exhibitions in Laguna Beach and Santa Ana, focusing on new works by recent graduates of LCAD’s MFA program in painting.

Called Regarding Reality I and II, two exhibitions will be on show at Q Art Salon, 205 N Sycamore St, Santa Ana.

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LCAD exhibition Regarding Reality 1

Regarding Reality I is set to take place from June 3 - 14, with a reception following on June 2 from 6 - 9 p.m. 

Regarding Reality II will take place from June 17 - 30, with a reception following on June 16 from 6 - 9 p.m. 

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LCAD New Wave exhibition

Also on the calendar for June is The Next Wave: New Masters of Fine Art, taking place from June 7 - 26, with an opening reception on June 7 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the LCAD Gallery 805 space at 805 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For more information on these upcoming events, contact Mary Castillo at (949) 933-6279. 


FOA gives LPAPA a $3,000 grant to supplement educational programs

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) received a generous grant of $3,000 from The Festival of Arts (FOA) Foundation to supplement their educational projects. This generous grant will be used to partially fund LPAPA’s Educational Plein Air Project. Three portions of the Plein Air Project will once again be presented during the annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational to inspire our next generation of artists.

Laguna Plein Air Project – Recent nominee at LBAA Art Star Awards Best New Arts Program – A program where LPAPA artist/mentors introduce students to the history of plein air painting through lectures, demonstrations and in field study (where students are given art supplies to create their works of art) along with a field trip to museums.

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The Younger Generation enjoy painting

The Younger Generation – A program designed to provide students with the knowledge of plein air painting, art and California history, museum education, field study and a multi-faceted education of California’s natural landscape. The program is meant to enhance their standard study of California history and allow students to connect these history studies to plein air art.  

Ultimately, LPAPA hopes that the program will change the way a student looks at their surrounding landscape and inspire them to further explore their artistic abilities.  

An exciting part of the annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational is the Kids’ PaintOut & Cookie Reception, designed to educate our local students about plein air painting. Students are paired with plein air painters and given their own plein air painting supply kits to create their own works of art

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Board trustee John Campbell, LPAPA president Toni Kellenberg, and FOA Foundation trustee Scott Moore

The Next Generation – A program designed to cultivate the next generation of plein air painters. LPAPA artist/mentors work with students from local colleges to assist in developing their knowledge and expertise in the plein air field. LPAPA supplies the mentors as well as supplies. 

The Now Generation – A multi-faceted education program designed for adults who are interested in learning about plein air painting, California Impressionism, and/or to enhance the knowledge and skills of professional emerging and beginning artists.

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, established in 1996, is a nationwide organization of over 300 professional artists devoted to the art of plein air painting. More information about upcoming events and programs can be found on their website at www.lpapa.org or call (949) 376-3635.


LCAD Graphic Design + Digital Media students create new brand identity for Sherman Library & Gardens 

Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) BFA program in Graphic Design and Digital Media has designed a new brand experience for Sherman Library & Gardens. 

Sherman Library Director Paul Wormser and Garden Director Scott LeFluer worked with Dana Herkelrath, LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media Professor on the six-week long project. 

They provided access to research, historical and current data as well as gave feedback during mid-progress and final presentations. Students developed final brand identity solutions that included symbol and type solutions, color stories for brand expression, unique interfaces for web and mobile access, environmental graphic design for exterior signage as well as wayfinding in the garden. Students also considered advertising, marketing and merchandise for the Sherman Library & Gardens Garden Shop.

LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media Alumni Emily Atwood, Ridan Arellano, and Torye Cooke were recognized as creating outstanding work that was relevant to the new brand experience.

LCAD Graphic Sherman building

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Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar

“What impressed me most was the consideration and creativity the students brought to the project,” said Wormser. “They took the time to explore the gardens and library, to ask questions, and to incorporate their experiences in their final products. We are very pleased by the final product.”

According to Wormser, Sherman Library & Gardens Garden Shop is rolling out the new logo and rebranding in presentations to various stakeholders, including announcements in the printed and electronic newsletters.

 “Students invested in design discovery, on-site interviews, tours and comprehensive research to determine how to best approach the guest and brand experience at this local cultural icon,” said Herkelrath. “We very much appreciate Sherman Library & Gardens for the opportunity to allow LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media students to engage in designing and developing a multi-faceted solution for a local historical cultural center.”

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Rollout of new logo for Sherman Library & Gardens

This was the first collaboration between LCAD and Sherman Library & Gardens, but not the first time LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media has partnered with leading brands to give students a real-life, immersive educational experience. Industry partners such as Anaheim Ducks, WATG, Museum of Modern Art, Taco Bell, Vans, Hurley, Nike, Stance and others have tapped the creative talents of LCAD students whose skill sets includes print, advertising, web, 3D motion, video, iPad development, packaging, UI/UX and virtual reality (VR).

Thanks to immersive, real-world experiences with a variety of cultural and business partners, more than 98 percent of LCAD’s recent Graphic Design and Digital Media graduates work in their chosen field, with most finding employment through LCAD prior to graduation.

Laguna College of Art Design (LCAD) offers a BFA in Graphic Design + Digital Media (GD+DM). The program offers a creative, digitally-advanced and professionally-relevant educational experience. All GD+DM students receive a comprehensive education in print, 3D, video, motion, and UI/UX design. The reputation of LCAD’s BFA program in Graphic Design + Digital Media has given graduates a competitive edge to gain employment with the world’s most recognized brands. 

To download a catalog, stay up-to-date on the latest news and events and support LCAD, go to www.lcad.edu, follow on Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD, and Instagram @lcad.


Laguna Beach Live! Bluegrass & BBQ tickets still available for this Sunday, June 10 at LCAD

Bluegrass & BBQ featuring The Barefoot Movement, Laguna Beach Beer Co, Purple Corduroy Wine & Gnarly “Q” BBQ, will be presented this Sunday, June 10 by Laguna Beach Live!

 Guests will enjoy a sunny afternoon on the pastoral campus of Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD), listening to bluegrass music and eating delicious BBQ. 

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A sunny afternoon under the trees listening to The Barefoot Movement

The Barefoot Movement, named “Band of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2014, will provide the lively entertainment. They performed in a sold-out concert at The Ranch at Laguna Beach in 2014. 

Laguna Beach Live! has also partnered with several local companies, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Purple Corduroy Wine, and Gnarly “Q” BBQ, serving local craft beers and wines as well as freshly smoked choices of Pulled Pork, Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs, or Tri Tip (all plates include baked beans, baked corn mash and Hawaiian style coleslaw). A vegetarian option is also available.

Laguna Beach Barefoot Movement

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The Barefoot Movement

 The concert is from 5 - 7 p.m. The grounds open at 4 p.m. for BBQ and bar. Concert only tickets are $20 in advance for adults, $25 at the door. Barbecue tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Beverages will be sold separately. Pre-order food deadline is June 8. VIP tickets are $100 and include reserved table seat, concert, and BBQ. 

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.

Laguna College of Art & Design is located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Laguna Playhouse receives $5,000 Grant for Youth Education Programs from FOA Foundation

The Laguna Playhouse was recently awarded a 2018 FOA Foundation Grant of $5,000 to support its year-round, award-winning Youth Education Programs: Youth Theatre, Conservatory and Workshops.

“The Youth Education Programs at the Laguna Playhouse are perfectly aligned with the mission of the FOA Foundation. Making the arts accessible to the youth of our community is our primary goal and the Youth Theatre, Conservatory and Workshops help fill that purpose,” said Scott Moore, Board Member of the FOA Foundation.  

“The FOA Foundation has become an important partner in support of our youth education programs. We are convinced that participation in the arts is necessary and highly beneficial for all youth. Playhouse Youth Programs provide the joy of live theatre based on classic children’s literature and innovative, high-quality arts education for youth. “

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 The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre cast of Little Princess on stage 

Grant support also enables low-income children to participate. It is often their first exposure to live theatre,” added Ann Wareham, Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director.

“Support of our Youth Education Programs helps us provide innovative, high quality arts education for thousands of children throughout the year. Arts education improves critical thinking and spatial reasoning skills, while encouraging creativity and stimulating imagination. “

Theatre training encourages discovery and innovation, offering children a more complete picture of their own identities and an expanded view of the world around them,” explains Donna Inglima, Playhouse Director of Youth Programming.

For more information on Laguna Playhouse’s Youth Programs, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com/youth-theatre.


Auditions for the play “The Giver” will take place on June 21 and 22 at the Boys and Girls Club 

Laguna Playhouse will present The Giver directed by Darryl Hovis, based on the Newbery Medal Book by Lois Lowry. Auditions are set to take place on June 21 and 22 from 6 - 8 p.m, and on Sunday, June 23 from 1 - 4 p.m., at The Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, located at 1085 Laguna Canyon Road.

Callbacks by invitation will be on June 25. These auditions are for the Theatre for a New Generation Production (suitable for ages 11+). Performances will take place on September 28, 29, and 30. 

Auditions for The Giver

The play opens up with Jonas living in a perfect world. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12, he is chosen by The Giver for training to receive and keep the memories of the community, and things change.

The roles include: Father (Adult) – Jonas’s good-natured father, Mother (Adult)– Jonas’ good-natured mother, The Chief Elder (Adult) – Master of the Ceremony, The Giver (Adult) – an old man, Jonas (12 - teen) – a boy turning 12, Lily (10 - 13, but must look younger) – Jonas’ 7-year-old sister,  Asher (11 - teen) – Jonas’ best friend, Fiona (11 - teen) – Jonas’ friend, Rosemary (11 - teen) – a girl from the past, and Ensemble (11 – teen) – townsfolk, “Greek Chorus.”

Those who wish to audition should prepare a one and a half minute memorized monologue from a play or literature (age appropriate, of course). They must also bring a photo, resume and a schedule to complete a conflict sheet.

All casting roles include a modest (adult) travel stipend.

Auditions are by phone appointment. To schedule an audition, call Wally Ziegler at (949) 342-1785.


Artist Joan Gladstone is inspired by a walk at low tide

Artist Joan Gladstone

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“This may be the inspiration for my next painting,” says artist Joan Gladstone – finding inspiration in Laguna’s loveliness, as so many artists have over the years


FOA preview night builds excitement

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Media preview night drew dozens of enthusiastic reporters and photographers, including our own Suzie Harrison (see her ARTiculation column on Front Page II) and photographer Mary Hurlbut. See more of her photos here!

FOA preview night

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The enthusiasm of the media was palpable

FOA preview group

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L-R:  Wayne Baglin, Dora Orgill, Mo Honarkar, Pat Kollenda, Jan and Fred Sattler, Faye Baglin enjoy the preview

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LagunaTunes concerts are short, sweet, free and fun, truly the voice(s) of the community

Story by LYNETTE BRASFIELD

Countdown to Motown wasn’t perfect, which made it perfect. That is, a few arms waved in the wrong direction during the rendition of Stop! In the Name of Love – that’s about it – but these (very) minor errors make the audiences at LagunaTunes concerts feel part of the show, part of the happy camaraderie of the choir – what matters, these tiny imperfections say, is singing together for the joy of it, not for fame and glory (though the standing-room-only audience clearly found the singers glorious).

And the professionalism of these amateurs is also evident in every number.

Succinctly put, LagunaTunes concerts are short, sweet, free, and fun, and truly the voice(s) of the community. 

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Little Stevie Wonder

Last Sunday’s show covered quite a bit of ground in an hour, including some of my favorites: My Cherie Amour, My Girl and Chain of Fools. Friends recalled memories of “Little Stevie Wonder” when he first started out and I have no doubt that the performance evoked many a remembrance of happy past times and loves.

The transcendent rendition of Midnight Train to Georgia, sung by the redoubtable Roxanna Ward, was clearly an audience favorite.

Council member Bob Whalen, whose wife, Kirsten, is a member of the choir, confessed that he was biased, so he loved everything about the show (but who didn’t?).

“I particularly enjoyed Roxanna’s version of R.E.S.P.E.C.T because it got the crowd moving and singing,” he said. 

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Guest star Roxanna Ward

That number was written by Otis Redding, something I didn’t know. Which made me long to hear Sitting on the Dock of the Bay. Maybe next year?

Other random things I learned: LagunaTunes is in its fifteenth season, and Pat Kollenda, one of the founders, has been involved in each one of them, and is still singing her heart out; there are no auditions, so anyone can join the choir; and not only is LagunaTunes exceptionally good, they’re also, according to Ward, one of the widest choirs she’s ever known – a rare accolade…

The community chorus, ably directed by the inspiring Bob Gunn, is a local treasure. For more information, visit www.lagunatuneschorus.org.


Live! at the Museum presents KOZM duo on June 14

Laguna Art Museum and Live! at the Museum are collaborating to present musical guests Tom Farrell and Javier Orman of KOZM on Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m. 

Guitarist Tom Farrell and violinist Javier Orman of KOZM have risen to the scene as one of the most formidable and unique music duos, recently described by LA Weekly as “avant-sonic acrobats,” and “the most rock ’n’ roll pair of classically trained musicians working today” by 21st Century Musician.

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See guitarist Tom Farrell and violinist Javier Orman live 

Often compared to Rodrigo y Gabriela and Reinhardt and Grappelli for their virtuosic intensity, KOZM’s music is multi-textured, profound and riveting. While their compositions have been described as “elegant, delicate, cross-genre amalgamations” by the Michigan Daily, what’s made the group so unique is the colossal sound they generate from just a violin and a guitar.

Advance tickets are recommended, and admission is free. The Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive. For more information or to reserve a spot, call (949) 494-8971 x203 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


Third Annual Art Show, Open Studio, features exhibit opening of Ron Whitacre at historical estate on Saturday

 Award-winning sculptor Ron Whitacre will be displaying his recent work at the Third Annual Art Show, Open Studio, and champagne reception, this Saturday, June 2 from 4 to 9 p.m. This exhibition will be held at the private residence of Kathryn Lang-Slattery on the intimate and historical Fredrick M. Lang estate in South Laguna.

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Ron Whitacre and Kathryn Lang-Slattery

The welded steel sculptural works by Ron are unusual in their fluidity and movement. He is inspired by classic legends, mythical creatures, and the human figure in motion such as dancers, acrobats, musicians, and contortionists. Collectors of his work include churches, synagogues, medical and business centers, and many private collectors. 

In Laguna, his best-known work is “Harmony,” a large steel sculpture of a man, woman, and child, installed in 1998 over the entrance to the Art-A-Fair. Ron often

produces individualized works for homes and commercial settings. At the event, he will be available to discuss his process and his inspirations. If attendees would like to see their ideas become reality, Ron will be happy to create a custom piece.

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Sculpture by Ron Whitacre

Besides his most recent sculptural works, drawings and paintings by both Whitacre and the show’s sponsor (Kathryn Lang-Slattery) will be on display throughout the private home and garden. Everyone is welcome to join the celebratory evening champagne reception.

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The address for the exhibition, 31541 Eagle Rock Way, offers limited parking. Plan to carpool, use Uber, or take the Laguna Beach trolley.


LCAD conferred degrees on the class of 2018, and there were some surprises at the ceremony 

On Monday, May 21 at 5 p.m., one hundred eleven students became graduates of Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) Class of 2018. President Jonathan Burke and Board of Trustees Chair Jared Mathis conferred undergraduate degrees in Animation, Drawing & Painting, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, and Illustration. LCAD Provost Helene Garrison, PhD conferred graduate degrees in LCAD’s MFA program in Art of Game Design. Peter Zokosky, chair of LCAD’s Master of Fine Arts programs in Drawing and Painting, conferred graduate degrees in painting.

LCAD undergrads

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LCAD Commencement Class of 2018 pictured in Nina’s Park on Main Campus

Steve Van Doren, son of Vans co-fonder Paul Van Doren and Vans’ Shoes vice president of Events and Promotions, delivered the College’s commencement address that included a classic Van Doren surprise. 

After he praised LCAD for being the only art and design college offering an Action Sports Design program, he asked students to look under their chairs to find a Vans Custom Card, giving them an opportunity to design their own unique pair of Vans shoes. Steve Van Doren and Jonathan Burke will judge the students’ custom designs and select a winner who, with friends and family, will enjoy an evening out on the town with Vans’ official Ambassador of Fun, Steve Van Doren.

LCAD MFA

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LCAD Commencement Master of Fine Art Class of 2018

During the past six years, Vans has generously collaborated with LCAD. The “Vans Honors Lab” teaches the creative process of footwear design, and past students have been selected for production and sale around the world. The company also partners with the College to host an annual Vans Custom Culture high school shoe design competition that includes immersive workshops. Vans offers scholarships to competition winners, contingent upon their acceptance to LCAD.

After the commencement ceremony, Van Doren was presented with an original painting of Vans checkerboard shoes, by new LCAD BFA in Drawing & Painting alumna, Christina Matadama. Matadama exhibited her work titled “Cozy” during the LCAD Gallery’s Senior Fine Arts Exhibition, and when Burke saw Matadama’s painting, he knew it would be a perfect gift to commemorate Van Doren’s commencement speech to the Graduating Class of 2018. Burke also arranged for Matadama and her family to witness the opening of the gift and greet her newest collector.

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Chloe Allred, summa cum laude MFA in Painting alumna, was LCAD’s 2018 Student Commencement Speaker

Chloe Allred, summa cum laude MFA in Painting alumna, was LCAD’s 2018 Student Commencement Speaker. She is a contributing artist and writer for the book We Believe You (published by Henry Holt in 2016). Her paintings and writing have been featured in Orange Coast Magazine, Huffington Post, USA Today, and the BBC. She is a founding and acting member of The Body Joy Project, a feminist artist collective that critiques and challenges the way our culture thinks about body image. Allred is currently a teaching artist at The Artist Lab.

Allred encouraged her fellow students to “Show up for yourself. Give yourself a chance and have some faith in the crazy ideas that you’re going to have.”

For more information about LCAD’s 2018 Commencement visit www.lcad.edu.


Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry wins first place for Vision Award 

The 2018 Vision Award for first place has been awarded to Adam Neeley in the category of Professional Design Excellence for his pendant entitled “Ombré”. The pendant displays a 25.39 ct bi-color tourmaline which alternates colors from emerald green to blue, with canary diamonds transitioning into white diamonds. 

The overall vision for this design was to put gradient colors on display in two forms, in stone and in precious metal. 

Adam Neeley Pendant

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“Ombré” pendant by Adam Neely wins first place 

Award-winning lapidary Stephen Avery presented Adam with this dramatic tourmaline, inspiration struck.

“It’s completely eye clean,” Adam describes, “and the color makes a vivid transition from blue to green. Stephen did an amazing job on the cut, which has long facets that run through it vertically and don’t take away from the transition.” 

The concept behind his design was using a sleek, modern form to put gradient colors on display, both in stone and in precious metal. This gem’s vivid colors and impeccable cut proved the perfect complement to SpectraGold™, Adam’s signature color gradient material. “This was the most minimal of the designs. I wanted to get the eye to focus in on the subtle color gradients,” Adam says.

Though simple enough to say, the fabrication of this pendant, which maintains perfect the ombré effect without evidence of a seam required the delicate and labor-intensive creation of SpectraGold™, followed by flawless technical execution.

For more on the 2018 Vision Awards, visit MJSA’s website at www.mjsa.org for their announcement of the winners.


Join Laguna Art Museum for a movie night and screening of The Square

On Thursday, June 21, Laguna Art Museum will present a movie night and screening The Square. The award-winning 2017 drama satirizes the contemporary art world.

In the movie, a prestigious Stockholm museum’s chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

The film was written and directed by Ruben Östlund and stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, and Terry Notary. 

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Enjoy The Square for movie night at Laguna Art Museum

The film was entered into the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d’Or. It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards in 2018.

Advance tickets are recommended, and admission is free. The Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive. For more information or to reserve a spot, call (949) 494-8971 x203 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


LCAD brings grads and industry pros together at industry open house

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) continued its annual tradition of connecting industry professionals with graduating seniors. This year’s Industry Open House was held on Thursday, May 24 at LCAD’s Big Bend Campus.

Graduating seniors with BFA degrees in Animation, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Game Art and Illustration were carefully selected by jury to present their portfolios and meet with company representatives. Students shared projects such as mobile games and apps, character design, game design, virtual and augmented reality, brand design in action sports, illustration and drawing and more.

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Illustration: Sarah Marie O-Connor shares her illustrated book, Life & Health Benefits of Fruits & Vegetables at LCAD Industry Open House 2018

More than 40 companies participated in this year’s Industry Open House including Disney Animation, Dreamworks, Free Form Labs, Blizzard, Sony, Roadtrip Nation, Innoceanusa, House of Moves, Taco Bell, Too Faced Cosmetics, Quiksilver and VANS. Company reps met with students for a firsthand look at their portfolios, conducted casual interviews and provided valuable career advice.

Kyle Johnston, President and Founding Partner of Gigasavvy, attends LCAD Industry Open House because he finds that LCAD students are adequately prepared to jump in to real world scenarios with creative vision and skill.

“The talent we meet at LCAD can apply classical design training across both print and digital work,” he said. “They have also proven to thrive in high-pressure environments where their work undergoes intense critique under deadlines.”

Two years ago, LCAD Graphic Design + Digital Media alumna Dohee Yang secured her first job through Industry Open House. “It was crucial for me getting employed at NextVR, where I worked for two and a half years as a full time virtual reality graphic designer,” she said. Now, she works as a freelance contractor for NextVR after relocating to Colorado.

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Graphic Design & Digital Media: Jessica Wu, BA Graphic Design + Digital Media

 “Industry Open House is an event that fosters interaction between companies seeking new talent and LCAD students poised for professional success,” said Robin Fuld, Director of Career Services at LCAD. “Many of our students make valuable connections through this event that leads them to careers in their field of study.”

Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is one of the top art and design schools in the nation. LCAD offers undergraduate degrees (BFA) in Animation, Drawing + Painting, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Illustration, and Illustration in Entertainment Design, as well as Master of Fine Arts degrees (MFA) in Art of Game Design, Drawing, and Painting. 

The Dennis and Leslie Power Library at LCAD houses the historic archives of the College and The Rex and Joan Irving Brandt Papers.

For more information about LCAD admissions, news, events and Annual Fund, visit www.lcad.edu or on social media – Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD and Instagram @lcadbfa.


DeBilzan Gallery celebrates great art every ArtWalk and also awards prizes

DeBilzan Gallery celebrates great art during ArtWalk on the first Thursday of every month from 6 - 9 p.m., serving wine and hors d’oeuvres. 

DeBilzan Gallery also features giveaways during ArtWalk.

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Scott Cohen, Director of DeBilzan Gallery (left) and Randy Gardner (right), who won a DeBilzan signed, limited-edition print at ArtWalk on June 7

DeBilzan Gallery is located at 224 Forest Ave. The website is www.debilzan.com.


LPAPA holds its Annual Dinner Party and Miniature Auction FUNdraiser on June 14 at [seven-degrees]

LPAPA invites guests to join together on Thursday June 14 at [seven-degrees] between 5 and 9 p.m. for one of the most anticipated – and fun – art lover’s dinner parties of the year: LPAPA’s Annual Dinner Party & Miniature Auction FUNdraiser. 

Guests will enjoy a selection of fine wines, passed hors d’oeuvres, a sumptuous gourmet buffet, and delectable desserts specially prepared by the [seven-degrees] culinary experts. No-host cocktail selections will also be available. 

Special guest Mr. Jean Stern, Associate Director of The UCI Institute and Museum for California Art, will indulge guests with stories of Laguna’s artistic legacy and share the history of a special miniature masterpiece by Arthur Rozaire from his private collection. 

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Winter Scene by Arthur Rozaire (1879-1922), 4” x 6” oil on board, c. 1905

Private Collection of Jean and Linda Stern

LPAPA will bring Laguna’s past into the present with a lively live auction of 4” x 4” miniature original framed paintings by some favorite Laguna Plein Air Invitational Artists: Suzie Baker, Zufar Bikbov, Carl Bretzke, Rick J.Delanty, Jennifer Diehl, Aimee Erickson, Andy Evansen, Debra Joy Groesser, Joseph  Gyurcsak, Stephanie Hartshorn, Jane Hunt, Charlie Hunter, Richard Lindenberg, Daniel Marshall, Jim McVicker, Clark Mitchell, Michael Obermeyer, Rita Pacheco, Jason Sacran, Anthony Salvo, Michael Situ, J. Ken Spencer and Michele Usibelli. 

This is an exclusive opportunity to spend an evening with art lovers and have the opportunity to add a little gem of a miniature to your collection…and help LPAPA write another chapter in preserving Laguna’s plein air painting heritage. Proceeds from the auctioned paintings will further LPAPA’s Mission and support its Education and Invitational Program.

[seven-degrees] is located at 894 Laguna Canyon Road.

Tickets are $125. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.lpapa.org for more information, or call Rosemary Swimm at (949) 376-3635.


Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre presents Storybook Summer Camp

Children ages seven and eight can now sign up for an exceptionally creative two-week experience this July at the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre Storybook Summer Camp. Classes meet in the morning, Monday through Thursday, July 9 to 19 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

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The Playhouse caters to young audiences too (this photo taken last year)

Students will learn and explore the fun in acting, writing, storytelling and performing in a story created together in class. Using traditional fairytales as a story structure platform, students will share their favorite characters, story events (contemporary or traditional), and the class will help shape their own play with characters, scenes, plot, conflict, climax and resolution. Students will perform for parents, siblings and friends on the last day of class.

The class is limited to 10 students. The Instructor is Erin Sawyer; Assistant Instructors are Molly Cohn and Faith Ackley. 

The class fee is $225. Partial Scholarships are also available. 

Sign up online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com/youth-theatre/summer-camps. For mores information, contact Bethanie Knieser at (949) 494-8022.


Third Annual Art Show, Open Studio, features exhibit opening of Ron Whitacre at historical estate on June 2

 Award-winning sculptor Ron Whitacre will be displaying his recent work at the Third Annual Art Show, Open Studio, and champagne reception, on Saturday, June 2 from 4 to 9 p.m. This exhibition will be held at the private residence of Kathryn Lang-Slattery on the intimate and historical Fredrick M. Lang estate in South Laguna.

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Ron Whitacre and Kathryn Lang-Slattery

The welded steel sculptural works by Ron are unusual in their fluidity and movement. He is inspired by classic legends, mythical creatures, and the human figure in motion such as dancers, acrobats, musicians, and contortionists. Collectors of his work include churches, synagogues, medical and business centers, and many private collectors. 

In Laguna, his best-known work is “Harmony,” a large steel sculpture of a man, woman, and child, installed in 1998 over the entrance to the Art-A-Fair. Ron often

produces individualized works for homes and commercial settings. At the event, he will be available to discuss his process and his inspirations. If attendees would like to see their ideas become reality, Ron will be happy to create a custom piece.

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Sculpture by Ron Whitacre

Besides his most recent sculptural works, drawings and paintings by both Whitacre and the show’s sponsor (Kathryn Lang-Slattery) will be on display throughout the private home and garden. Everyone is welcome to join the celebratory evening champagne reception.

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The address for the exhibition, 31541 Eagle Rock Way, offers limited parking. Plan to carpool, use Uber, or take the Laguna Beach trolley.


11th Annual Fête de la Musique will fill the streets of Laguna with music and fanfare on Saturday, June 16

On Saturday, June 16, the streets of Laguna Beach will be filled with music and much fanfare when the 11th Annual Laguna Beach Fête de la Musique presented by Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association (LBSCA) takes place. The day’s festivities start at 12 p.m. at Main Beach with The Swing Set Band playing their first swing/jazz set on a 20’ x 20’ stage. 

From 12 - 12:30 p.m., youngsters can join in the Children’s Parade (with music by the Swing Set). Starting on the Main Street Cobblestones, kids will march up and down the boardwalk, and finish with dancing on the cobblestones. Face painting adds to the fun.

Opening ceremonies with local dignitaries take place from 1 - 1:20 p.m. on the cobblestones, with welcoming speeches by a Laguna Beach City Councilmember, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett and Karyn Phillippsen, founding president of the LBSCA. The US national anthem will be sung by 12-year-old Sydney Haik and La Marseillaise (the French national anthem) will be performed in a group sing along, accompanied by the Swing Set.

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Sydney Haik (11) sings the national anthem at the 2017 Fête de la Musique

Additional performances take place at Main Beach throughout the afternoon, including a second set by Swing Set; The Andersons, a five-piece soft rock band; JJ and the Habibis (Laguna Beach belly dancers); Corazones Alegres Folkloric Dancers; and Andrew Bloom (who appeared on American Idol, season 14) with his rock band, among others.

Throughout the streets, artists will perform at approximately 40 locations, with most along Ocean and Forest avenues, and spreading south along Coast Highway. A few musicians will be located in the HIP District. 

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Colorful dancer from the Mexican folkloric dance group Corazones Alegres

This year, among the popular returning performers are The Montones with their island-inspired melodies at Wells Fargo Bank; The Andersons, a five-member band from LA, performing on Main Beach; April Walsh, Chanteuse, on the steps of 2Bella Boutique; Caramelle at the Water District garden; The Agave Brothers at Skyloft; the bluesy guitar/vocals of Yael & Vlady at the Coffee Pub in the Lumberyard patio; Charles Fullwood inside Hobie Sports; student performances in the Presbyterian Church garden; Elvis; and mimes, to name just a few. Expect lots of new surprises! Look for the red, white and blue balloons delineating where the performers are located.

Closing ceremonies will take place on the cobblestones at 4 p.m. with music by Andrew Bloom. For the first time, a one-night stay at the luxurious Montage Laguna Beach will be available as an opportunity drawing prize. Register online prior to the Fete for $20; tickets will be available for purchase the day of Fete, only. The winner will be announced at the Closing Ceremonies.

Originating in France in the 1980s, Fête, also known as the International Day of Music, celebrates the beginning of summer and the close affiliation Laguna Beach has with its sister city, Menton, France. The day’s events are free, and promote the lively arts through music by a variety of musicians, singers and performers.

Sponsors include OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, City of Laguna Beach, Visit Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, The OC, Montage Laguna Beach, Cox Communications, Skyloft, Mozambique, Sparkle Films, Bill Atkins Design & Illustration, OC Register, The Ranch, C’est La Vie, KX 93.5 FM, The UPS Store, Royal Hawaiian, Shot Hunters and Saddleback Golf Cars.

For Laguna Beach parking information, visit www.VisitLagunaBeach.com/parking and download the Visit Laguna Beach app for a real-time Trolley Tracker.

To view photos and videos from past Fêtes and to register for a chance to win the one-night stay at Montage Laguna Beach, visit www.lagunabeachsistercities.com/fetedelamusique.

Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association has three sister cities: Menton, France; San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; and St. Ives, England. Since its inception, Laguna Beach Sister Cities, established in 2008, has been focused on cultural, educational and social exchanges. It is a broad-based, Laguna Beach City Council approved, all volunteer, nonprofit organization. For more information, call (949) 492.0883 or visit www.lagunabeachsistercities.com.


The Festival of Arts summer calendar: July

The Festival of Arts is one of the most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows featuring the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. In the newly renovated facility, patrons may enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more.

Throughout its eight-week run, the Festival of Arts offers a wide range of daily activities that the whole family can enjoy. The 2018 events calendar includes nightly live music, jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, guided art tours, demonstrations and art workshops.

Festival Information

Dates & Times:

July 5 – September 1

Open weekdays: Noon – 11:30 p.m.

Open weekends: 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Early closing August 25 at 1:30 p.m.

July Calendar Listings

Art and Story Time:

Dates:Mondays July 9, 16, 23, 30

Time:12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Cost:Free with Festival admission ($10)

Art and Story Time is a weekly series for children 5 and under. Every Monday will feature a different book read aloud plus a hands-on art project. There may even be special surprise visits from illustrators, story characters, and more. Fun for children and their parents!

July 9: “Wild About Books” by Judy Sierra featuring Belle from Beauty and the Beast

July 16: “Front and Toad are Friends” by Arbold Lobel featuring the Environmental Nature Center

July 23:TBA

July 30:Culture Island (How Captain Tall Tale Became Tall Part 2)” by Todd McLane

Tribute Tuesdays Music Series:

Dates:Tuesdays: July 10, 17, 24, 31

Time:5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost:Free with Festival admission ($10)

On Tuesday nights, the Festival of Arts brings to the stage some of Southern California’s most well-known tribute bands. Talented performers pay homage to music legends as they recreate popular songs. Limited seating available in reserved section for an additional $25 per person by calling (800) 487-3378.

July 10: True Willie and the Boys

July 17: Darryl Walker sings Al Jarreau

July 24: The Joni Mitchell Project with Kiki Ebsen

July 31: The Beatroots – Music of the Beatles with Jason Feddy

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Artists talk on Wednesdays at the Festival’s Art Talks and Tea series

Art Talks and Tea:

Dates:Wednesdays: July 11, 18, 25

Time:12 – 1 p.m.
Cost:Free with Festival admission ($10)

Whether you’re an informed connoisseur, an amateur collector, or an art lover, join in fascinating and informative discussions with the Festival of Arts exhibitors at “Art Talks and Tea.” Enjoy tea on the Festival’s green while listening to artists talk about their inspiration, history, and careers in art.

Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate:

Sponsored by Charles Schwab of Orange County

Dates:Thursdays: July 12, 19, 26

Time:5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost:$20 in addition to Festival admission ($10)

Chocolate, wine, and all that jazz sweetens up the Festival of Arts this summer! On Thursday nights, indulge your senses at the “Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate” series. Sample a wide variety of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected to compliment and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates. The Festival’s casual and classy outdoor setting, together with the soulful sounds of jazz surrounded by fine art, creates an ideal evening for friends, sweethearts, and family. 

Concerts are free; Wine and Chocolate pairings (21 and over) are $20 in addition to Festival of Arts admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for an additional $40 per person by calling (800) 487-3378. 

July 12: Brian Simpson

July 19: Chris Standring

July 26: Spencer Day 

Step into the Spotlight Music Series:

Dates: Fridays: July 13, 20, 27

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

Cost: Free with Festival admission ($10)

On Fridays the Festival brings to center stage some of those amazing voices that are usually seen (and heard) in the background with the music series “Step into the Spotlight.” There’s an extraordinary lineup of back-up singers or background vocalists who will take the stage this summer. Limited seating available in reserved section for an additional $25 per person by calling (800) 487-3378. 

July 13: Dorian Holley

July 20: Buzz Campbell and Hot Rod Lincoln

July 27: Stephan Oberhoff and Heartbeat Brazil

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A performance from last summer’s Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series

Concerts on the Green:

Dates: Saturdays: July 7, 14, 21

Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with Festival admission ($15)

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sounds of award-winning musicians as they perform live as part of the Festival of Arts “Concerts on the Green” series. Groove to the sounds of these living legends in a casual outdoor gallery setting that offers a memorable and unique concert experience unmatched in Southern California. The Festival of Arts continues to build on its nationally and critically acclaimed reputation as one of the finest outdoor art venues. Limited seating available in reserved section for $40 per person by calling (800) 487-3378 in advance. 

July 07: Side Deal 

July 14: Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers

July 21:   Lee Rocker

Family Art Day:
Sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union

Dates: Sunday, July 8

Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Cost: Free with Festival admission ($15)

“Family Art Day” at the Festival of Arts is the most fun-filled, art-filled and enchantment-filled day of the entire summer for families! When kids arrive, they will get a booklet full of coupons redeemable for special activities and treats. Kids can participate in “Art Quest” – an art exhibit treasure hunt where they will answer kid-friendly questions by investigating different exhibits throughout the grounds. Enjoy a special performance by the award-winning Le PeTiT CiRqUe, America’s only all-kid cirque company. Fun for the whole family! Children 5 and under receive free admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts.

Art Workshops & Classes

Youth Art Classes:

Dates/Times: July 5 – August 17

Monday – Friday 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Cost: $25 - $35 per class

Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Art Classes this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids will enjoy art classes taught by professional Festival artists in mixed media, jewelry making, painting and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds. Festival artists will also share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment that will inspire your kids to come back every week! Open to children ages 5 - 12. Reservations required. For schedule and reservations, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org

Adult and Teen Art Classes:

Dates/Times: July 6 – August 25

Fridays at 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m., August 25 at 10 a.m.

Cost: $60 fee per person, per class

Let your creativity run wild this summer in Laguna Beach! Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Arts Adult and Teen Art Classes. Award-winning talented artists will lead you step-by-step through the process of creating your own masterpiece. These classes are perfect for vacationers and locals alike looking to try something new, have fun, and soak in the artistic atmosphere. Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For schedule and reservations, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org

Wine and Painting Nights:

Dates: Saturdays, July 7 – August 18, and Friday, August 24

Time: 8:30 – 10 p.m.

Cost: $75 fee per person, per class

Uncork your creativity this summer at the Festival of Arts. Enjoy a fun painting workshop, while surrounded by beautiful art. Learn easy acrylic step-by-step processes, as taught by noted Festival exhibitors Tom Swimm or Mike Tauber. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece! All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Ticket Information:

General Admission: Weekdays $10, Weekends $15

Students & Seniors: Weekdays $7, Weekends $11

Children 6 – 12: Daily $5

Free Admission for Children 5 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.

Passport to the Arts:

A special promotion (funded in part by Bank of America): Passport to the Arts for only $24.Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair. Enjoy works of art by more than 500 artists, 300 hands-on workshops, dozens of special events, plus a one time, all-day free parking pass with each Passport purchased.Order online at www.LagunaBeachPassport.com.  Passports also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters. Valid June 29 – September 2, 2018.

Location

Festival of Arts Grounds
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

For Information & Tickets

(800) 487-3378

The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5, and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

For a full listing of events, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.


No Square Theatre presents the Disney Princess Concert on June 29, 30 and July 1

Join No Square Theatre for the perfect concert for your princess on June 29 and June 30 at 6:30 p.m. and July 1 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children/students. 

The show will features some favorite songs, including Let It Go, When You Wish Upon A Star, Beauty and the Beast, and so much more. 

No Square Disney

There will be a pre-show Tea Party with a princess on June 30 at 5:30 p.m. Don’t forget to dress up in your favorite princess costume for this event. For more information or to buy tickets, visit https://nosquare.tix.com.

No Square Theatre is located at 384 Legion Street in Historic Legion Hall.


The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre holds Conservatory Program Auditions on June 12 & 16

On Tuesday, June 12 from 6:30 - 8 p.m., and on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. -3 p.m., Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre is holding auditions for new students, ages 10 to 17, interested in the year-long tuition-based Conservatory training program. The program engages motivated, dedicated and creative individuals interested in studying and stretching their creative wings in a professional setting. Scholarship assistance is available.

Participating students will expand their knowledge in Acting, Improvisation, Scene Study and Analysis, Audition Techniques, Technical Theatre and more. Students learn from working professionals on and off the stage; they play hard while building a strong community of ensemble artists. 

The Laguna kids play

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Adventures of Tom Sawyer

All students participate in both plays and musicals, showcases and fundraisers either on or off stage, and have an opportunity to learn a variety of theatrical jobs and tasks. Theatre students gain life skills and become more effective communicators and citizens. Artistic, academic and personal growth are a proven benefit of studying the craft of theatre. Classes meet once a week from September to June. 

Auditions are by appointment only. Call Wally Ziegler at (949) 342-1785 to schedule an audition. New students, ages 10 to 17, prepare two memorized monologues, one comedic and one dramatic, each one and a half minutes in length. Material should be age appropriate. 

Participants should bring a current photo and a resume. 

Auditions will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd. After the initial audition, family interviews for prospective student (by invitation) will be held on Monday, June 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club. 

For more information, call Bethanie Knieser at (949) 494-8022 or visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com/youth-theatre/education-and-classes


11th Annual Fête de la Musique will fill the streets of Laguna with music and fanfare on Saturday, June 16

On Saturday, June 16, the streets of Laguna Beach will be filled with music and much fanfare when the 11th Annual Laguna Beach Fête de la Musique presented by Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association (LBSCA) takes place. The day’s festivities start at 12 p.m. at Main Beach with The Swing Set Band playing their first swing/jazz set on a 20’ x 20’ stage. 

From 12 - 12:30 p.m., youngsters can join in the Children’s Parade (with music by the Swing Set). Starting on the Main Street Cobblestones, kids will march up and down the boardwalk, and finish with dancing on the cobblestones. Face painting adds to the fun.

Opening ceremonies with local dignitaries take place from 1 - 1:20 p.m. on the cobblestones, with welcoming speeches by a Laguna Beach City Councilmember, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett and Karyn Phillippsen, founding president of the LBSCA. The US national anthem will be sung by 12-year-old Sydney Haik and La Marseillaise (the French national anthem) will be performed in a group sing along, accompanied by the Swing Set.

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Sydney Haik (11) sings the national anthem at the 2017 Fête de la Musique

Additional performances take place at Main Beach throughout the afternoon, including a second set by Swing Set; The Andersons, a five-piece soft rock band; JJ and the Habibis (Laguna Beach belly dancers); Corazones Alegres Folkloric Dancers; and Andrew Bloom (who appeared on American Idol, season 14) with his rock band, among others.

Throughout the streets, artists will perform at approximately 40 locations, with most along Ocean and Forest avenues, and spreading south along Coast Highway. A few musicians will be located in the HIP District. 

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Colorful dancer from the Mexican folkloric dance group Corazones Alegres

This year, among the popular returning performers are The Montones with their island-inspired melodies at Wells Fargo Bank; The Andersons, a five-member band from LA, performing on Main Beach; April Walsh, Chanteuse, on the steps of 2Bella Boutique; Caramelle at the Water District garden; The Agave Brothers at Skyloft; the bluesy guitar/vocals of Yael & Vlady at the Coffee Pub in the Lumberyard patio; Charles Fullwood inside Hobie Sports; student performances in the Presbyterian Church garden; Elvis; and mimes, to name just a few. Expect lots of new surprises! Look for the red, white and blue balloons delineating where the performers are located.

Closing ceremonies will take place on the cobblestones at 4 p.m. with music by Andrew Bloom. For the first time, a one-night stay at the luxurious Montage Laguna Beach will be available as an opportunity drawing prize. Register online prior to the Fete for $20; tickets will be available for purchase the day of Fete, only. The winner will be announced at the Closing Ceremonies.

Originating in France in the 1980s, Fête, also known as the International Day of Music, celebrates the beginning of summer and the close affiliation Laguna Beach has with its sister city, Menton, France. The day’s events are free, and promote the lively arts through music by a variety of musicians, singers and performers.

Sponsors include OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, City of Laguna Beach, Visit Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, The OC, Montage Laguna Beach, Cox Communications, Skyloft, Mozambique, Sparkle Films, Bill Atkins Design & Illustration, OC Register, The Ranch, C’est La Vie, KX 93.5 FM, The UPS Store, Royal Hawaiian, Shot Hunters and Saddleback Golf Cars.

For Laguna Beach parking information, visit www.VisitLagunaBeach.com/parking and download the Visit Laguna Beach app for a real-time Trolley Tracker.

To view photos and videos from past Fêtes and to register for a chance to win the one-night stay at Montage Laguna Beach, visit www.lagunabeachsistercities.com/fetedelamusique.

Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association has three sister cities: Menton, France; San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; and St. Ives, England. Since its inception, Laguna Beach Sister Cities, established in 2008, has been focused on cultural, educational and social exchanges. It is a broad-based, Laguna Beach City Council approved, all volunteer, nonprofit organization. For more information, call (949) 492.0883 or visit www.lagunabeachsistercities.com.


The Barefoot Movement plays at Laguna Beach Live! Bluegrass and BBQ at LCAD on Sunday, June 10 

Bluegrass music fans, BBQ lovers, and libation aficionados will enjoy a delightful afternoon of incredible bluegrass music and delicious BBQ at Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD) on Sunday, June 10. 

Entertaining music lovers will be The Barefoot Movement, named «Band of the Year» by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2014. They performed for Laguna Beach Live! in a sold out concert at The Ranch in 2014.

The Barefoot group

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The Barefoot Movement (L-R): Alex Conerly, Noah Wall, Tommy Norris, Katie Blomarz

This year Laguna Beach Live! has partnered with several local companies to bring attendees an even more hometown experience: Laguna Beach Beer Company, established in 2014 by co-founders and lifelong Laguna Beach residents Brent Reynard and Mike Lombardo, will be serving Second Reef (Blonde Ale) and Main Tower  (Pilsner). 

Purple Corduroy, a California culture inspired wine company produced by the three Bromigos (Dr. Riptide, SLi Dawg and Brandavi), with their Laguna Beach-to-Lodi connection, will be offering Blonde Siren (Sauvignon Blanc) and Rose Siren (Rose). 

The Barefoot LCAD

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Laguna College of Art & Design

Gnarly “Q” will be grilling it up, offering freshly smoked choices of Pulled Pork, Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs, or Tri Tip (all plates include baked beans, baked corn mash and Hawaiian style coleslaw). 

Grounds open at 4 p.m. for BBQ and bar. The concert is from 5 - 7 p.m. 

Concert only tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at door. BBQ and beverages will be sold separately. VIP tickets are $100 and include reserved table seat, concert, and BBQ.

To purchase tickets, go to www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.

LCAD is located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Live! at the Museum presents the music duo KOZM at Laguna Art Museum on Thursday, June 14 

Laguna Beach Live! presents KOZM at the Laguna Art Museum on Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Guitarist Tom Farrell and violinist Javier Orman of KOZM (aka Duo del Sol) have risen to the scene as one of the most formidable and unique music duos, generating a colossal sound from just a violin and a guitar. 

What began in early 2011 with a casual jam session in Los Angeles, soon evolved when Orman and Farrell started to compose their own original music. Over the last few years, they have performed over 200 concerts in 18 states. 21st Century Musician describes KOZM as “the most rock ’n’ roll pair of classically trained musicians working today”. 

Live at Kozm

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KOZM – guitarist Tom Farrell and violinist Javier Orman

KOZM’s music is multi-textured, profound and riveting, and their compositions have been described as “elegant, delicate, cross-genre amalgamations” by the Michigan Daily.

Live! at the Museum, a special collaboration of Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum, takes place the second Thursday of each month from 7 - 8 p.m. The concert is free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission. 

Pre-reservations are available online through the Museum’s website at www.lagunabeachlive.org or by calling (949) 494-8971 x203. These seats are held until 6:50 p.m. Additional seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

For more information about the series and other concerts, visit www.lagunabeachlive.orgor call (949) 715-9713.