This is as close as we can come to actually singing to our readers on their birthdays! 

We’d love to include yours – and/or your children’s birthdays here.

Just email to:

lynette@stunewslaguna.com

 

Celebrate and enjoy your

birthday!

 

June 20

Caden Stewart

Gina Kantzabedian

John Szabo

John Jack Winn

Kathryn Burton

Mark Preston

Michael Reynolds

Molly Zurflueh

Nicholas Diak

Peter Blake

Ragan Naresh

Randy Buck

 

June 21

Al Roberts

Dan Doud

Evonne Kane

Gail Duncan

Gene Cooper

Jennifer Daniels

Liz Bates

Steve Zepezauer

Tyler Lawrence

 

June 22

Alessandra Julian

Billy Alexander

Danny Reyes

Jaime Arroyo

John Chaney

Steven Sloan

 

June 23

Aisha Ann Hakim

Jenni Benson

Mindy Zoller

Nickole McGregor

Paul Carolan

Sandy Fagin

 

June 24

Bev Holt

Emmitt Carlson

Jean-Paul Garau

Joncie Wain Donenfeld

Reem Khalil

Sheri Wright-Fetrow

 

June 25

Bruce Lawrence

Jess Johnston

Joanie Rowe

Melissa Darvin-Layton

Mike Darnold

Patrick Fetzer

Rod Castro

 

June 26

Bill Shopoff

Laura Sal

Sound Spectrum

Faves

 

1. Stu, our Thanks, Love, and Peace to you, Brother!

2. Beatles, Sgt. Peppers 50th Birthday (w/extra tracks)

3. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

4. Chris Cornell, Higher Truth 

5. John Mayer, The Search For Everything

6. Phoenix, Ti Amo

7. Thievery Corporation, The Temple Of I & I 

8. Mac DeMarco, This Old Dog 

9. Blondie, Pollinator

10. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

11. Father John Misty

12. Alt J, Relaxer

13. Gorillaz, Humanz

14. Ty Segall, Ty Segall

15. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Monolith Of Photos

16. Aimee Mann, Mental Illness

17. Gary Clark Jr., Live North America

18. Spoon, Hot Thoughts

19. Ed Sheeran, Divide 

20. Depeche Mode, Spirit

Since 1967

1264 S. Coast Hwy494-5959

Sawdust Studio Art

The Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach, offers some exciting new classes to the Award-Winning Sawdust Studio Art Classes’ schedule for 2017.

The year-round art education program includes special classes in glass, fused glass, jewelry and ceramics.

Call 494-3030 for information and to reserve a class.

Students may register for all classes online or by calling 494-3030. 

Visit the website at: 

http://www.sawdustartfestival.org/
studio-classes

 

Class Schedules

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Eco Book of Dreams | Eco Assemblage and Traditional Bookbinding

Thurs, June 22, 7:30 p.m.

Learn how to make an Eco Book of Dreams with artists Terrell Anansi and Cathy Wilson! In this class, we teach art techniques to explore creativity as well as a variety of simplified bookbinding techniques. You will walk away with your own handmade book, ranging from a book of simplicity to one made with hand tied traditional bookbinding.

Express your voice and be your dream! You will have a chance to experience the combining of concepts and ideas of the ancient and the modern, cultures of dream time. Enjoy freedom of thought and creativity in an Eco-Assemblage using daily newspapers, National Geographic and other magazines and acrylic paint, to complete an artistic statement. You will have the opportunity to engage in an internal conversation using the unspoken language of the heart. It is an examination and/or a releasing of our personal stream of consciousness to create an eco-book of dreams in an assemblage/recycle/upcycle process.  A sustainable gift for yourself, friends and family.

$45 | with materials and wine included. Register at website above.

Basic Soldering with Erin Proctor

Fri, June 23, 10-11:30 a.m.

Take your jewelry making skills to the next level in this introductory class that will cover basic silver soldering techniques, tools, and safety! In this special three-and a half hour workshop, students will learn to use a small jewelers torch and will work with real silver to create their own stackable ring with a bezel set stone of their choice! Perfect for beginners and intermediate jewelry makers. Erin will also be available to discuss where to purchase tools and supplies for those seeking advice for making jewelry in their own home or studio.

$135 | with materials included

Register at website above.

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Best-kept secret, hidden treasure: that’s Bill Atkins, unique in Laguna for his brilliant graphic art skills

Story by LYNETTE BRASFIELD

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Bill Atkins’ art is visible all over California, not only on the walls of art- and poster-lovers, but on the byways and highways of our state. Many know his work, but few are aware of the talented man behind the iconic license-plate “whale-tail” image seen around California. 

This achievement came about because the California Coastal Commission chose Atkins to design the license plate graphic after he won the CCC design competition in 2011. He was delighted to be able to work on a project promoting our oceans and sea creatures, a cause dear to his heart.

To be quite clear, Atkins is quick to point out, “I won the contest itself, but along with another artist, Elizabeth Tyndall, from Northern California, who was also then chosen to contribute to the license plate. She did not help in the design, but I included a portion of her painting in the ocean background layer.”

The plate is the newest and among the most popular choices for drivers who are proud of our state and who care about the health of its oceans. (Profits are donated to the Commission’s education program.)

“The design is deceptively simple,” Atkins notes, showing me several of the more than 50 versions that he completed as part of his commission to develop the design. “There are layers upon layers, if you look carefully.” 

The winning design, now adorning many a vehicle, shows a humpback’s fluke against the blue of the ocean and scudding white clouds. “I needed to pay attention to the tiniest detail, for example, tilting the tail to make sure the last two letters of California are visible,” he explains.

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Bill Atkins shelters from the recent rain

“Deceptively simple” is a description that applies to much of Atkins’ work, which requires significantly more artistry and attention to detail than most people realize.

“Marrying images and typography for the kind of result I want, and that my clients want, can be tricky,” Atkins says. “Poster art is sometimes not given the same respect as other art forms, maybe because here in Laguna plein air has ruled for so long, but it has a rich history and demands a lot of focus. I love the challenge.” 

Atkins’ posters depict iconic local places and events, including Crystal Cove cottages and the Festival of the Arts, as well as famous performing artists such as Cyndi Lauper. Atkins is also a long-time teacher, and has taught digital imagery and art at LCAD and Irvine Valley College among other schools.

Posters are unique, he says, because they tend to carry explicit messages through images and typography, images that transcend international and cultural barriers. Think of travel posters, and film posters, or of Atkins’ Sister Cities series, featuring scenes from Laguna’s sister cities: Menton, France, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, and St. Ives, England. The detailed graphics and colors reflect the commonality and shared appreciation of our ocean-side communities. 

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Bill Atkins contributes his time and talents to many nonprofits

These images are among his favorites, especially as they helped win a grant from the City for the Sister Cities nonprofit, which, as he mentions, “brings an international flavor to our town.” He’s an active member of Sister Cities as well as many other Laguna organizations, including the Garden Club, the Beautification Council and, more recently, helps with Susi Q’s Gallery Q. 

He’s donated his time and talent to graphic arts campaigns benefiting the Art Museum, AIDS Services Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign. His generosity and warm spirit are legendary among those in the know.

Atkins’ love for his work, Laguna Beach, and the outdoors, is evident to me as I chat to him on the deck of his apartment, surrounded by greenery, including native plants and succulents and a plate of fruit that looks ready to be turned into a still-life.

Hummingbirds dart among tree branches in this super-serene setting, and Atkins shows the same high energy as he jumps up and down to find various examples of his art to answer my questions about his award-winning work, which includes attractive bronze plaques honoring legendary figures such as Harry Lawrence, “Mr. Laguna.”

Atkins has wanted to be an artist since he was a young boy. “My father was fine with that, as long as I had a career like a friend of his, a commercial artist who made money – ‘not the other kind,’ my dad said,” he laughs.

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Bill in his studio, holding the whale-tail license plate

His immediate goal is to improve his social media skills and rework his website, www.lagunaposter.com, to raise his visibility locally. “I don’t think many people know about me,” he notes. “That’s partly because marketing isn’t my favorite thing to do. Most of my business comes through word-of-mouth and that’s the way most of my teaching jobs have come also.”

Atkins’ work has been on display on the walls of the Wells Fargo Building and, for the past 18 years, at Vintage Poster Gallery on Coast Hwy, where his work has proved popular among locals as well as visitors looking for vibrant art.

Like so many Lagunans, Bill Atkins, a Philadelphian by birth, says he visited here with a friend and was so charmed that within three months or so, he’d packed his things and moved, back in the early seventies. “Somehow I knew this was my home,” he says.

It’s a decision he’s never regretted. While he would love the time (and resources) to travel more, for the moment he feels content in his secluded eyrie in the woods, his small but cosy apartment inland from Crescent Point and close to Dartmoor, his favorite wilderness trail. 

“Posters are history, they’re cultural icons,” he says. “People need posters. They always will. They fill eyeballs!”

And by extension, the public needs artists who create posters, and plaques, and banners, and who are uniquely sensitive to creating meaningful, beautiful synergy between the written word and images.

Especially artists as talented, generous and sweet-natured as Laguna’s Bill Atkins.

Laguna Beach 

Library Events

June 

 

Fri, June 16

Arts with Amy

2 p.m.

Looking for something to do on a summer afternoon?  Bring your children, ages 5-12 years, to create crafts with local LBHS student, Amy You. We’ll be using some interesting materials to make projects you’ll enjoy and want to share. Children 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 7-12 may attend on their own. Preregistration required. Please sign up in person or call the library at 949-497-1733. Class is limited to 18 people.

 

Sat, June 17

Children’s Craft Open House  

9 a.m.- 3 p.m.  

   Get creative! Let your imagination run wild!  Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library to make fun and creative seasonal crafts.  Adult supervision is recommended.

Laguna Beach Poetry Workshop 

2 p.m.

Participants should bring 10 copies of a poem they wish to have read and work-shopped.  Each poem will be read by the poet and perhaps by another reader. Participants then respond with emphasis on positive comments and constructive suggestions. Recommended for advanced poets—this is not a workshop for beginners. Meets in the Community Room. Contact John Gardiner @949-715-7507 for more information.

Mon, June 19

Third Street Writers Group Ink

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. Not a workshop for beginners. Contact library for more info.

Wed, June 21

Sunshine Readers

Family Storytime

11 a.m. - noon

The National Charity League, Laguna Chapter, presents the Sunshine Readers!  Enjoy a fun & lively Family Storytime presented by local teen NCL members. Each show lasts approximately 1 hour and includes refreshments. No pre-registration required. All ages welcome!

 

Thurs, June 22

Peapod Academy Storytime

10:30 a.m. - noon

Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, & preschoolers in town and adults of their choice at the Library. Little peas will enjoy books & storytime, songs & music, fingerplays, movement, hands on activities, arts & crafts, and other cadets. Each week has a different theme. Get to know others and support your little one’s developmental skills. No preregistration.

Magic Show, Anthony the Magician

5:30 p.m.

Anthony Hernandez is known nationally as one of the most refreshing, energetic illusionists performing today! His shows are exciting, interactive, filled with comedy, and very charming. His interaction with the kids he brings onto the stage is unlike any other performer you have seen. You will fall in love with this dynamic show.

 

Fri, June 23

Arts with Amy

2 p.m.

Looking for something to do on a summer afternoon?  Bring your children, ages 5-12 years, to create crafts with local LBHS student, Amy You. We’ll be using some interesting materials to make projects you’ll enjoy and want to share. Children 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 7-12 may attend on their own. Preregistration required. Please sign up in person or call the library at 949-497-1733. Class is limited to 18 people.

 

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.

www.ocpl.org

949-497-1733

Laguna Beach Books

Bi-weekly Bestsellers

 

Novels

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Non-Fiction

Last Hope Island by Lynne Olson

Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Children’s Books

Where is Bear? by Jonathan Bentley

She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton

This Book Will Not Be Fun by Cirocco Dunlap

 

Staff Recommendation

Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Warrior by Landry Q. Walker

 

1200 S Coast Hwy

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

 

Shaena Stabler is the Owner and Publisher.

Lynette Brasfield is our Editor.

The Webmaster is Michael Sterling.

Katie Ford is our in-house ad designer.

Allison Rael, Barbara Diamond, Diane Armitage, Dianne Russell, Laura Buckle, Maggi Henrikson, Marrie Stone, Samantha Washer and Suzie Harrison are staff writers.

Barbara Diamond, Dennis McTighe, Diane Armitage, Laura Buckle and Suzie Harrison are columnists.

Mary Hurlbut, Scott Brashier, and Aga Stuchlik are the staff photographers.

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