FOA (Festival of Arts) Foundation awards grant to Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach was awarded a $6,000 grant from the Laguna Beach FOA (Festival of Arts) Foundation in support of their Arts for All program.

“As the giving arm of the FOA, the Foundation continues to provide funding that promotes art education and appreciation for all ages,” said FOA Foundation President Scott Moore.

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Creativity: that’s what it’s all about for FOA and the Boys and Girls Club

“We are so grateful for the continued support of the Laguna Beach FOA Foundation and many others who understand the importance of creative expression in our community,” said Pam Estes, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club. 

The Club provides programs that involve young people in the Visual, Musical, Performing, and Digital Arts. These engaging programs help foster young people’s creativity, confidence and capability to contribute to the world. Creative experiences help young people expand their personal understanding of themselves and are the key to innovations in the future.

The Club’s Art Studio is a colorful and creative environment for members to explore a wide variety of art mediums. The Club’s eclectic art curriculum focuses on the fine art process, Art History, Criticism/Analysis and Aesthetics. While children learn new techniques, they are encouraged to express their creative interpretation of the world around them. 

The Club partners with local arts organizations to further each child’s art experience and particular interests. The Club’s collaboration with the Laguna Beach FOA Foundation provides Club members the opportunity to explore all aspects of photography. Club Members are paired up with professional Festival of Arts photographers to learn about: perspective, intent, black and white, film, sharpness, contrast, matting, framing, printing and critique. 

Through this art partnership, professional photographers have a chance to give back to local youth through education and inspiration.

All Boys & Girls Club art activities are designed to enrich personal creativity, promote self-expression, foster teamwork, generate excitement about works of art, and they are offered free of charge to all members. 

“Thanks to support from the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation, children in our community blossom and shine through learning to express themselves with art in a positive and safe environment. 

“They gain confidence, learn to tap into their own unique creativity, and become empowered through participating in all the dynamic art opportunities at the Club. I believe great artists start within the walls of the Art Room at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach,” stated Karla Fandel, Art Director at the Boys & Girls Club.

The Laguna Beach FOA Foundation is a non-profit organization established by the Festival of Arts in 1989. Its purpose is to provide funding for the arts in and about Laguna Beach in perpetuity. Contributions may be donated to the Festival of Arts Foundation by contacting Scott Moore at (949)494-9680.

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach occupies three sites in Laguna Beach; Canyon Branch, Bluebird Branch and Lang Branch. Together, they offer a nationally recognized and award winning year round Out-of-School enrichment program that focuses on the whole family.

For more information about The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, visit: or call (949) 494-2535.

Consultant to present proposed changes to Canyon development standards; density is an issue


Proposed modifications to zoning and development standards in Laguna Canyon will be reviewed Wednesday by the Planning Commission.

The area for changes proposed by consultant MIG will run from the northern boundary of the Downtown Specific Plan area, which is also being updated, to El Toro Road.

Follow-up meetings are scheduled for June 7 and July 19, based on information garnered from the commission and the public at Wednesday’s hearing. 

Correspondence has already been received from the Canyon Alliance for Neighborhood Defense and individuals. One letter expressed concerns about the proposed density maximum of four dwelling units per acre and another suggested that wood buildings in the Canyon are a fire hazard.

Staff reported its concerns with four recommendations by MIG – starting with the density maximum, which is believed to be an impediment to the desirable development of affordable work-live units for artists.

A recommendation to charge development and major remodels a fee for the improvements to Laguna Canyon Road was also a concern.

The Public Works Department rejected the fee as impractical and too small to be useful. 

A proposed path along the west side of the Laguna Canyon Road does not, but should, include that it be designed in accordance with plans to underground electrical and distribution facilities.

Fourthly, the staff does not agree with the consultant’s recommendation that “home occupations” in the canyon should focus on artist work-live spaces.

The Planning Commission in 1976  determined acceptable categories for “Home Occupations,” including consulting, arts and crafts, assembly and repair of small items, storage and the use of records. 

Staff believes a focus on artist live-work would restrict permitted uses. 

The agenda item and staff report are available for review on the city’s website and click on meetings to access the Planning Commission agenda.

Click It or Ticket Campaign starts this week

As summer approaches and families hit the road for vacations, the Laguna Beach Police Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. 

Officers will conduct several seat belt enforcement operations during the Click It or Ticket campaign to help lower California’s traffic deaths. In addition to these special patrols, officers on routine patrol will also be looking for unrestrained drivers and passengers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly half of the 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained. During nighttime hours, that number soared to 57 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement.

Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In OC, the ticket cost for an adult seat belt violation is $162, with penalties for not restraining a child at $465.

In 2015, 545 Californians where killed because they did not buckle their seat belts as stated by NHTSA. Before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction, this life saving message needs to be spread. “Seat belts save lives, and everyone needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time.” 

This campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For further information, contact Lieutenant Tim Kleiser at (949) 464-6655 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Artists Show and Tell at LOCA Open Critiques Thursday May 18

Artists, visitors, and observers are invited to Open Critiques, Thursday May 18, 5-7 p.m. The event is presented by the LOCA Arts Education at the LCAD Gallery, 374 Ocean Ave.

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Catherine Cooper at last year’s Open Critiques

“There will be lots of energy in the room!” said coordinator Betty Haight. Artists are invited to bring and introduce works to the show-and-tell style presentation. Panelists, including Bernie Jones and Kathy Jones, will compliment the art and offer critique as the audience looks on. 

“Its a very kind, friendly, and constructive discussion about your work,” said wood sculptor Larry Marley. ”It’s a safe setting to get direction and feedback.”

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Larry Marley

Complimentary refreshments and a sale of hand decorated LOCA Art Shirts will be included. Metered parking is on the street. Admission is free to LOCA members, $20 to guests. Advance registration is requested. Visit call (949) 363-4700 or click

Barbara’s Column

A rosy weekend



The Laguna Beach Woman’s Club presented red roses to eight new members on May 5, the Garden Club held its annual tour on the next day, Ebell Club celebrated the Run for the Roses at their annual Kentucky Derby Party on May 5 and the Community Clinic was in the pink at its Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 6.

It’s hard to keep up with Laguna’s uber-active non-profit organizations that play such an important role in the city’s history and its future.

What better example than the Ebell Club of Laguna Beach, founded in 1933 by Embree Bird and 17 other women.  

“I am pretty sure when Mrs. Bird and her friends came up with Ebell’s Laguna Beach Chapter  they would have been shocked that in 2017 we would still be going strong and be the oldest on-going philanthropic organization in town,” said Amy Altieri, club president.

In 1947, the club became the first Laguna organization to present a scholarship to a graduating Laguna Beach High School senior. And just look what that led to: It’s now up to four $1,000 scholarships a year.

LBHS students await announcement of Ebell Club scholarships in 2016

Not to mention other good causes supported by the club, ranging from the Boys and Girls Club to the Susi Q center for seniors, from Friendship Shelter to the La Playa Center’s English as a Second Language program and a dozen others. 

“To support Laguna’s love of arts, we also give to the Laguna Art Museum and a scholarship to a deserving student to take a master class with the Laguna Dance Festival,” said Altiere. “We help a Laguna College of Art & Design student to study overseas.” 

Some recipients of their largesse attended the Kentucky Derby Party: Keith Massa from the Marine Mammal Center, Leslie Anne Mogul and Shelley Buckingham from the Playhouse, Carol Carlson from the Youth Shelter, Friends of the Laguna Beach Library President Martha Lydick and Justin Myers, representing Sister Cities and the Food Pantry. 

The party included lunch, games, screening of the Derby and a Hat Parade that did justice to the theme. 

LBCC’s Cinco de Mayo event at the Ranch

Sunday night, supporters of the Community Clinic met George Heed’s challenge to match his offer of a $50,000 grant – helped out by a $20,000 anonymous donation. 

Councilman Bob Whalen served as auctioneer and emcee.

“This is one of my favorite events,” said Whalen. “Their mission says it all. It is so noble, we as a community should be proud.”

Whalen introduced Laura Tarbox, honorary chair of the event. 

“I was on the board around the turn of the century,” said Tarbox. “I fell in love and I’ve stayed connected.”

Clinic director Dr. Jorge Rubal spoke eloquently of plans to begin more service to youngsters.

“It is imperative that we have someone there [clinic] for them on a daily basis,” said Rubal. He won hearts with the introduction of four-year-old Harper, one of his patients. 

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Dr. Jorge Rubal, CEO and Medical Director of LBCC, introduces young patient Harper Hand

“As a dad of two small boys, their happiness and health is always on my mind.  I feel the same about the children of our community,” Rubal said. 

“The funds raised at our annual event have gotten us very close to being able to add a full time pediatrician to our staff,” he added. “I’m so grateful for the way this community always shows up when presented with an opportunity to advance our mission.”

Another highlight of the evening was Jason Feddy singing a song he composed for the event. 

“Some people got insurance up the yin yang and if that’s you, then whoop de-do, you don’t need my advice, “ he sang. “But if you don’t got none and you are burning up the whizbang….Thank your stars that you’re where you are, in the city of Laguna Beach where you can put your glands in the healing hands of the LBCC.”

“This song is crude, but I am full of gratitude for the LBCC,” Feddy added.

Feddy got lots of laughs and a standing ovation. To hear the entire lyric, call him at FM station KX 95.5 and maybe he will sing it for you on the air. 

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Board of directors’ member George Heed is all smiles about his generous matching gift of $50,000

On a more serious note, George Heed, who is on the board of directors and gave a $50,000 matching gift in support of the Clinic’s pediatrics program, noted, “It takes a village to fulfill the mission of the Clinic and we really pulled our village together to support our Pediatrics program. My goodness but we are blessed. I’m so thankful and humbled to be a part of this team.”

Among the guests: past clinic presidents Roya Cole and Dr. Pamela  Lawrence, opportunity prize winner of a trip to New York Marshal Ininns, David and Dora Orgill, Hasty and Mo Honarkar, Mary Kate and Kirk Saunders, Al Roberts and Ken Jillson, Tom and Carolyn Bent and Mayor Toni Iseman.

But wait – there’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading

Suzie’s ARTiculation

FITZ Maurice and the magic of her National Park Paintings Series (part two)


Whether capturing the vibrantly rich colors of the screaming orange pinnacles and yellow ocher capped with fresh scintillating snow in Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park, or the formidable regal and glorious presence of Mount Rainier National Park, using red and blue purples to honor its noble presence, FITZ Maurice’s National Park Paintings series takes the viewer to these parks, bestowing awe-inspiring wonder with such enduring affect. 

FITZ Maurice’s story, in her own words, about her National Park Paintings series:

“It started in the year 2002, the year I moved to New Mexico, where I had an enormous connection with the wild, raw spirit of New Mexico. It was very unexpected. And then the next thing I know, I am living 7000 feet up, alone, on top of a mountain. Where there’s four seasons, including full on winter and snow.

I didn’t have a cell phone. I didn’t have television. I didn’t have Internet. And for three years, I painted and got very deeply rooted in nature. 

When I was out there, [I realized] New Mexico had phenomenal national parks. One was only 10 minutes from my mountaintop, El Morro National Park, and I painted that. Then I visited friends in Zion and captured Zion National Park.

It’s the most natural subject matter for any creative spirit is to be immersed in the monumental beauty that is indicative of our national parks. You get really deep into peace and serenity. 

And the more I enjoyed being in the national parks, all of a sudden; I had painted six or seven of them. I went, wow, I am painting the national parks. It was just a continuation of where my soul was leading me to.

My goal is to reveal the wonders and the essence that are really individual personalities of each park. And look what’s happening, each one of my paintings is very different than the others, which reflects how different the parks are when you’re in them.

I spend weeks in each park. The first thing I do is hike or swim, kayak or horseback ride, or at Mount Rainier I took the tram up to really discover the ultimate point of view that’s going to show the viewer, YAH, I want to go there. Oh, that’s what Crater Lake is about, or the redwoods, I have to go there and look up at the tallest trees in the world. The reason I titled my National Redwood Park painting, “Idyllic,” is that you feel like a child walking around in a storybook. 

I am a landscape artist, yes. I paint out in the national parks in plein air, and I get the whole painting up, the whole composition, and the sense of color. What I am really going for is to highlight the energy, the personality of the park, and then I like to bring it back to the studio and put all the finishing paint strokes, little magic brushstrokes that will pull the whole painting together, and I sign it.

One of the things that is really challenging is that these paintings are 12’ x 16” or 16” x 12,” so I can manage them while I am hiking around, climbing up mountain tops, getting to tops of buttes, carrying my portable easel, and paints, and this panel canvas. So they have to be manageable to go with me and come back.

It’s a challenge to capture the whole Grand Canyon in 12 inches. It’s a challenge to to capture Crater Lake. How do you get that whole lake into 12 inches to give the viewer that impact that it’s a massive lake that radiates and vibrates with color depending on the time of year? It’s a mirror of color, a prism of color. It’s like being in a sacred place the minute you’re there. The whole captivating feeling of being there is how the lake reflects sky, and the sky and the lake are one.

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“PURE,” Crater Lake National Park, Oregon” / Oil Painting / 12” x 16”

A photograph can’t show the emotions, passion, secrets and mysteries that are all tucked into each one of my park paintings.

 So after pursuing the National Parks for five years now, I really realize what a great gift it is to have all the National Parks available to us. And all of us can go there, photograph, paint, write, and wake up in joy and remember who we are in the inside again. It’s right outside in your reach. Just find a way to be there and find the oneness of all, and that’s the joy of life.

Now in 2017, I am going to be flying to the parks that are further away. So it’s the next half of the quest is to go out and reach and capture the far away parks and bring them back. I am going to Hawaii later this month to paint two national parks, Haleakala National Park in Maui and Volcanoes National Pak on the Big Island.

So from the mountains to the lakes to the valleys, I go and they cast their spells on me, and I paint them. I am loving the whole quest. It’s fantastic.” 

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JOY,” Joshua Tree National Park, California” / Oil Painting / 12” x 16”

In turn, FITZ’s National Park Paintings series casts a spell on the viewer that’s unbelievably mesmerizing. That’s the magic of FITZ.  

FITZ’s National Park Paintings series will be on exhibit at the Hockaday Museum in Kalispell, Montana, June and July 2018.For now, you can get absorbed in her incredible National Park Paintings series at

Until next time…so many powerful National Park paintings, so little time!


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