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Breathing life into art: Rehearsals for Pageant of the Masters are heating up

The Pageant of the Masters, presented by Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts, is heating up the beachside community with preparations and rehearsals underway for the highly-anticipated 2018 production of “Under the Sun.” 

Celebrating its 85th anniversary, the 2018 Pageant of the Masters will amaze audiences nightly July 7 - September 1 with 90 minutes of tableaux vivants. These “living pictures” are re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. Tickets are available now at www.PageantTickets.com.

“We started work on pre-production for “Under the Sun” in October 2017. Currently we are building different sets each week, and conducting dress rehearsals every Thursday night for 3-4 set pieces,” said Richard “Butch” Hill, Technical Director and Lighting Designer for the Pageant. “This will be my 34th year with the Pageant and the passion and dedication from the designers, volunteers, make-up artists, Pageant Director, and everyone involved truly shows in the masterpieces created.”

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Pageant Sculptor Daniel Stonebreaker (far right) helps volunteer cast members (left to right) Sunshine Iller of Lake Forest, Ferne Ames of Laguna Beach and Caroline Reese of Ladera Ranch, into their poses at a rehearsal for the 2018 Pageant of the Masters

Since opening in 1933, the Pageant has welcomed approximately 500 volunteers each year who eagerly contribute more than 60,000 hours of their time in total. Many staff members, like Butch, have worked with Pageant of the Masters for decades, creating a family-reunion-like environment that attracts mass numbers of volunteers and crowds to learn, appreciate and perform in the fine arts. The volunteers vary in ages with the youngest volunteer at just four years old, and the oldest in his late 80s.

Every Thursday night through June, staff and volunteers gather in the Irvine Bowl studying details from stage lighting to specific pose placement, and unique make-up art to complicated set designs. Volunteer actors fill the backstage area during rehearsals, along with Allyson Doherty, Makeup Director, who coaches the make-up volunteers with step-by-step tutorials on how to transform the actors into living art. To complete the final picture, Costume Director Reagan Foy and her team help cast members into their costumes and make final adjustments.

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Scene from Under the Sun: Garden Wall

The Director, Diane Challis Davy, selects the pieces in the Pageant and oversees pre-production and each rehearsal to perfect the living pictures and transform their presentation, with help from the Pageant staff, into a full production with music, narration and backdrops.

In the 2018 Pageant of the Masters, “Under the Sun,” theatrical magic, live music and light-hearted storytelling will honor masterpieces including work by Leonardo da Vinci, Kleitsch, Rosenthal, Monet, Kuntz, Sargent, and Wasil. Staying with tradition, the finale of the Pageant will feature Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.”

The Pageant of the Masters runs July 7 - September 1 with advance tickets now available starting at $15 per person. A Pageant ticket is also a season pass to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. 

The 2018 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show will take place in conjunction with the Pageant of the Masters, July 5 - September 1, with general admission tickets starting at $10 per person. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.


LCAD’s art takes center stage at the 28th Annual Collectors’ Choice (not so) Silent Auction

Story by MARRIE STONE

Photos by Jeff Rovner

No one stayed silent about their love of art – and appreciation for LCAD – at Laguna College of Art + Design’s 28th Annual Collector’s Choice Silent Auction last Friday night. Artists, patrons and community members poured into [seven-degrees] for a festive night of live jazz, seasonal bites, cocktails and, of course, lots of art. The proceeds benefited the college, supporting its students and programs, and helped fund the $2.5 million in scholarships the school awards each year.

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Not only the art was colorful at the Collectors’ Choice Gala

LCAD faculty, alumni and other celebrated professional artists offered up oils, charcoals, photographs and sculptures. There were watercolors, wooden boxes, and blown glass. As guests gathered, sipped and ate, one woman painted another’s portrait onto her canvas in the corner of the room. 

There’s plenty to love about Laguna Beach, but the LCAD event summed up one of my favorite things about our town: this community is authentically passionate. Art auctions have the potential to feel pretentious. For someone like me, who barely knows her Jasper Johns from her Jackson Pollocks, that can be intimidating. Yes, this town appreciates art. But, more importantly, people just dig it. You can feel the difference between folks who are politely supportive and those who are sincerely passionate. 

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Artist in action at the Collectors’ Choice Gala

I pulled LCAD’s president, Jonathan Burke, aside to talk about this. Burke has been with LCAD for 38 years, serving in various capacities as professor, dean and president. He embodies passion, and he’s focused on making LCAD one of the premiere art institutes in the United States. He explains that recently, the live auction (held this year at Montage Resort) is now separate from the silent event, giving guests on each occasion an entirely different experience. For serious collectors, or donors looking for a more extravagant evening, Montage Laguna Beach provides that ambience. But Burke is committed to making art available to everyone.

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LCAD’s president, Jonathan Burke, addresses guests

“We wanted to have a party in town and make it more accessible,” says Burke. “We brought the price point down to embrace more of the community. The artists here love the college and want to donate.” Burke himself donated a piece, as he does every year, often to both the silent and live auction, and sometimes more than one. 

As the evening wound down, I watched people pick up their art. Couples talked about where new pieces would hang. A man was hurrying to bring the car around, having won three wooden boxes. He’d lost a few paintings he wanted, but he still looked like a little boy on Christmas morning, triumphant and giddy. The artists watched their work going off to new homes, elated they made someone happy. 

And LCAD is now able to do more of what it does best . . . produce another generation of artists who instill this passion and carry the torch for art. 

That circle of love for art sums up what it feels like to live in Laguna.

To view more of Jeff Rovner’s outstanding photographs, click on the gallery below. Jeff will be exhibiting his fine art photography at the Festival of Arts for the second year this summer. The theme of his exhibit is Cirque Noir.

 


Suzie’s ARTiculation

The 2018 Pageant of the Masters, “Under the Sun,” delivers an endless summer of Laguna-style fun

By SUZIE HARRISON

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Everything “Under the Sun” in Laguna has been considered for this year’s Pageant, with the theme a tribute to our town’s creative heritage as an artists’ colony as well as a recognition of its contributions to the surf culture – and the show features the quintessential origins of the Missions in addition to some of the most iconic works throughout time. 

It doesn’t get any better than this. Now celebrating its 85th anniversary of masterfully bringing works of art to life, the Pageant of the Masters is a true treasure. 

Laguna’s history as an artist colony will take center stage, illustrated in works by some of the founders, including creative masters William Griffith, Edgar Payne, Anna Althea Hills and Joseph Kleitsch, to mention a few, spanning to a work by current Festival exhibitor, Jorge Fernandez, a 2010 bronze piece, “From the Beginning,” which aptly opens Act I.

I can’t count how many years I’ve been to the press preview event of the Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, but it’s truly magical, unique, and awe inspiring. 

To experience the behind-the-scenes action, see the inner workings of each specific department and all the different facets and detail that go into each recreated artwork and each Pageant – it’s fascinating beyond belief. 

the 2018 Flag Festival

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A recreation of “Flag Raising Over Irvine,” kicked off the evening a 1946 Pageant tableaux, which symbolized this year’s return of the American flag at the Festival

Technical Director Butch Hill in his 34th year puts it all together with his choreography of lights and movement – a major challenge, as all moving pieces must be synchronized just right.

“We have some beautiful colorful pieces this year and a lot of landscapes, very impressionistic local work,” Hill said. “The whole story that we’re going to tell in the first act is awesome. Just the history of Laguna and art. It’s super colorful.” 

The Pageant is featuring a lot of paintings this year. 

“So the lights are tied into the set design. When I am thinking of the set design I have to think of how it’s going to work within the set,” Hill said.

To get the lighting down for all the pieces Hill said it takes about two rehearsals for each piece; which is what they’ve been doing since February.

Reagan Foy, Costume Director, explained that the costumes are all made out of muslin, a finely-woven cotton fabric, introduced to Europe from the Middle East in the 17th century. The costumes are all painted using a textile paint to look like the pieces, and fit both sets of cast members.

the 2018 cool orange crates

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Seeing the cast in the living pictures up close is always exciting, “The Orange Crate Labels” are deliciously fantastic, a sure crowd pleaser

“With the ‘Under the Sun’ theme, we have a lot of sunbathers, and people at the beach,” Foy said. “One of the most challenging pieces we did this year for costumes was ‘Surfriders’ because we had to manipulate the body shapes to be a little bit different than the average person. So it’s a lot of foam pieces that we cut and created those extreme shapes on the bodies.”

Each costume is about a week’s worth of work between cutting the patterns, building the costumes, fitting a cast member, making alterations, and bringing a cast member back in for a second fitting.

 “It’s a challenge in and of itself. It becomes a lot of manipulating and draping on our cast members and once they’re in the set, figuring out where we need to manipulate the fabric either by putting in darts or putting Velcro in pieces to something on the set or other pieces of the costume so we really get that movement,” Foy explained. “Plus in addition to that our painters really help us out with all of those paintbrush strokes in there to really get that movement as well.”

Director extraordinaire Dee Challis Davy said her favorite works this year are, “Pleasures of the Beach-Mosaic by Millard Sheets. Public Mural art in Santa Monica. A very challenging piece to reproduce. The music to accompany is “Surf’s Up” by Brian Wilson & Van Dyke Parks.”

She enjoys some of the short vignettes in this year’s show, and “a very fun and rousing end of Act 1.”

Watching the sculptors work, I can tell the completed Serra Chapel Retablo is going to be sensational.

“We have recreated it twice in the past,” Challis Davy said. “This time it is presented on our turntable stage and is preceded by a procession of Father Serra on the “Camino Real.”

the 2018 rymar scenic

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David Rymar (pictured) and David Cooke are just remarkable at recreating the original works into sets

Scriptwriter Dan Duling is also masterful at his work.

“Themes make the research just that much more fun because even if we were to select a piece we’d done before, we’d be looking at presenting it in a different context, perhaps from a completely different angle, and always with a vision of its place within the entire production,” Duling said. 

He explained that much must be taken into account since every second of the Pageant involves so much work by every department. 

“It’s a daunting task that’s still fun after all these years (this is the 38th Pageant script I’ve written) because of my pride in what we’ve managed to accomplish and the thrill of being part of such a unique production,” Duling said. “Dee and I remain united in our commitment to making the show as theatrically exciting and fresh as possible for both our returning audiences and a new generation of audiences we hope will want to come back again.”

the 2018 builder POM

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Showing how the works are put together with the cast, and how it’s assembled, is called “the builder” and is a definite fan favorite

He added, “But, as always, the Pageant remains a win-win, because by being able to celebrate their works and in many cases introduce them to audiences who may not have known about them before, we’re adding to their creative legacies.”

Creative indeed.

Not only was the sun shining on the Irvine Bowl, the evening also threw a spotlight on the new Terra restaurant, which is phenomenal. 

“I saw this hidden treasure and I fell in love with it and I said I have to do something to show this magnificent piece of art in the City. [We looked around for historic items only] to find we had this beautiful, magnificent artwork just sitting and hidden [right here]. And I am so happy to bring it out and show it,” said Mo Honarkar. “And that’s my gift to the city.”

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The extraordinary new Terra restaurant is a phenomenal feast for the senses 

“Dora [Wexell Orgill] is part of the team, so is my daughter Hasty, so is Mark [Orgill], and you know I couldn’t be successful without a good team. I am very appreciative of them,” Honarkar added.

The juried Festival of Arts features 140 artists who work in a spectrum of art mediums. Plus guests enjoy a chockfull menu of art workshops, classes, concerts, and special events at the Festival.

The Pageant of the Masters runs nightly at 8:30 p.m. from July 7 to September 1. Advance tickets are $15 to $260. Tickets sell fast so it’s best to get them early.

The Pageant is located on the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. For information and tickets visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org or call (949) 494-1145 or (800) 487-3378.


Art Museum publishes tribute to artist Marcia Hafif, 1929-2018

The news of Marcia Hafif’s death has saddened us all. She was a good friend to the museum, and in 2015 we had the privilege of presenting an exhibition of her paintings. 

Marcia considered an exhibition to be a work of art in itself, and the experience of discussing, designing, installing, and lighting the show, along with the production of the accompanying book, was an education in the aesthetics of perfection. 

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Exhibition of Marcia Hafif’s work

Knowing and working closely with an artist of her stature was an honor made all the more memorable by her graciousness, her humor, and the sheer liveliness of her mind. 

Although she made her reputation on the east coast and in Europe, we have reason to be proud of this celebrated artist who grew up in Laguna Beach and returned to live here, largely under the radar, for the last twenty years of her life. She loved Laguna, and the natural beauty of the place was an important source of inspiration for her art. 

“Walking often on the shore,” she wrote, “I was influenced by the colors of the sea, the sky and the sand, by the seashells and seaweed, the dark clouds over the horizon in the evening, the shining colors reflected in the sand as the waves fell back.”


Laguna Beach Live! presents Live Music Insights with Dr. Robert Istad at Mozambique on May 22

On May 22, Laguna Beach Live! presents Live! Music Insights with Dr. Robert Istad who will explore “The Grass is Blue: America’s Legacy of Bluegrass and Spirituals.”

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Dr. Robert Istad

Dr. Istad is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at California State University at Fullerton, and has been serving as Pacific Chorale’s Artistic Director since July 2017. Demonstrating the musical highlights of his talk will be Denean Dyson, mezzo-soprano; Jeff Askew, guitar and banjo; and Chris Booke, bass.

The evening takes place in the Boma Room at Mozambique where guests are invited to come starting at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy social time and the Happy Hour menu. The talk and music will begin at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are $10 and can be made online at www.lagunabeachlive.org or by phone at (800) 595-4849. Seating is limited.

Coming up on June 10 is the Great Bluegrass music by the Barefoot Movement at Laguna College of Art & Design.


Doheny Blues Festival rocks it May 19 and 20

By MAGGI HENRIKSON

Right down the road there’s a little something to get you on your dancing feet. Looking for lively music fun? Go no further than Dana Point for the Blues Festival. 

Dana Point’s Doheny Blues Festival returns with a rockin’ lineup May 19 and 20. Participating musicians include legendary blues rocker George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Buddy Guy, Blues Traveler, Jimmie Vaughan, Beth Hart, Larkin Poe, The California Honeydrops, and many others. There will be more than 20 performers, on three stages.

The Blues event is Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at www.dohenybluesfestival.com and also available for purchase at Wahoo’s.

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Buddy Guy will be performing at Doheny Blues Festival

By the way, this year’s festival has found a new home. The event producers, Omega Events state that, “After 20 successful years of bringing the world’s finest Blues musicians to Orange County, we are also excited to announce our new venue, Dana Point’s Sea Terrace Park. The award-winning festival will be reimagined at its new seaside home, with more intimate stage areas, elevated food and beverage offerings, and involvement from many local businesses.”

The new location means that the Laguna Beach trolleys can take visitors and locals all the way to the festival entrance this year.

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There will be a Blues Festival pre-party on Thursday, May 17 at Mozambique.  Featured will be international artist from Sweden, Knock-Out Greg and the Jukes, pictured here.


Laguna Dance Festival Gala takes on a musical theme with tribute to legacy of West Side Story on May 18

Laguna Dance Festival’s 2018 gala will celebrate the launch of the festival’s 14th season with a West Side Story theme in honor of the centennial birthdays of two of the production’s artistic luminaries, composer Leonard Bernstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins. 

The gala will be held at [seven-degrees] on Friday, May 18, and includes a live auction, fine dining, wines donated by Hall Winery of Napa, and dancing into the night. 

The program will include live music and dance from West Side Story and vocal renditions of select songs, and an iconic dance excerpt from “America,” performed by dancers from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. There will also be several new commissions performed by professional artists - each inspired by the musical, but with their very own “west coast story” flair. 

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Jerome Robbins with George Chakiris during rehearsals of West Side Story

Additionally, Clifford Williams from Complexions Contemporary Ballet will perform a solo as well as the three recipients of the 2017 Laguna Dance Festival scholarship – Emily Eckert, Jocelyn Magana, and Marcus Sarjeant. 

“This year’s gala event not only marks the centennial of two great artists, it also celebrates Laguna Dance Festival’s commitment to quality education and innovative programming. The night will be full of glorious music and dance that represents the brightest stars of today and tomorrow,” says Artistic Director and Founder, Jodie Gates. 

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West Side Story dance number - America

Laguna Dance Festival offers world-class dance on a theatre stage, art galleries and site-specific outdoor venues throughout Laguna Beach and Orange County. Since its inception in 2005, Laguna Dance Festival has presented companies such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Parsons Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, BalletX, and Ballet BC, among others. In addition, the festival is committed to providing quality dance education to the west coast through master classes, a summer intensive workshop, and scholarships for young dancers.

Go to www.lagunadancefestival.org for tickets and more information.


Suzie’s ARTiculation

Sawdust sizzles at 52, gets better with age

By SUZIE HARRISON

Sawdust Art Festival seems to get better with age. If Tuesday’s Preview Night is any indication, a barometer of this summer’s show, well, it’s my fave to date!

While checking out all the spectacular new art, the live music always adds to the cool vibe. Truly there are so many incredible artists, so little time…

To kick off my Sawdust ARTiculation, I interviewed two freshmen and two seasoned artists to get their perspective on the opening, preparation, their booth and their work.

Lisa Mansour, painting, first-year exhibitor

“I have wanted to be in the Sawdust for a very long time. Every summer I would bump into Tom Klingenmeier on the grounds and he would say “are you applying for next year?” Lisa Mansour said. 

Fast forward to this year her “Yes, I think so!” reply became definitive.

“I decided to take a leap of faith and submit my application last November for the 2018 Summer Festival,” Mansour said. “My preparations began from that point on.” 

Graduating last December from LCAD’s Post-Baccalaureate program, Mansour said she’s building on a series of paintings that she completed while studying at LCAD. 

“I tried to paint everyday, and finish at least one painting a week,” Mansour said. “Right now I have about 30 pieces of original art hanging in my booth, and about a dozen in the wings.” 

The charming tagline on her booth sign says “Donuts, Dress Forms, Other Delights.” 

“I love exploring the playful side of fine art and finding a balance between classic technique and exuberant expression,” Mansour said.

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Recent LCAD grad Lisa Mansour, excited to finally say yes to exhibit at the Sawdust, pictured joyfully with her husband John on opening night

Regarding her booth, “I chose my booth because it was on a shady corner on one of the main paths of the Sawdust, the one that leads to the glass blowing booth.”

She had it built with a triangle wall at the open corner and angled the wall so that when people are entering the Sawdust and walking down the path, they can readily see her work. 

“The great thing about the Sawdust is we can paint in our booths – in fact six hours a week of demo time is required of Sawdust artists,” Mansour said. “I plan on painting all summer long.”

Leading up to opening night, Mansour admits she was a little stressed out, but it turned out well. 

“My longtime dream to be in the Sawdust had arrived and I had art on the walls and donuts as my snack,” said Mansour. “So many friends and well-wishers were there – really the whole community of Laguna Beach – and it was such a warm and wonderful evening. It flew by.”

Catherine Reade, jewelry, 18-year exhibitor

Preparing for the Sawdust is not so literal – she does shows all spring, as well as the winter shows including Winter Fantasy. While she is preparing for the other shows she’s also preparing for the Sawdust summer show, with the end of May to the end of June, of course, the big push.

“I’m also making a lot of custom work, most people don’t buy ready to wear, they want something custom,” Reade said. “They want something that’s different, within my style more personalized to them, more intimate detail.” 

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Artist Catherine Reade loves the energy and the crowds, like on opening night

As for her booth, she’s coveted the same spot 14 of her 18 years in the show.

“The importance is to always have a corner booth and have my counter space, so people can walk up and have room to look at my work and spread out and talk to me,” Reade said. “My whole interest is to educate clients and prospective clients about what the materials are, how I’ve created this, what goes into it. I want them to walk away with a really positive feeling about my work.”

Because she is a fabricator she creates every piece from start to finish.

“Nothing is prefabricated. I make all my links, all my settings, I have to cast wax…so it’s all individually made, everything is a one-of-a kind piece,” Reade said.

Her booth is sort of minimalist. Reade said she just wants it to be clean and industrial like her jewelry.

“I love that space because it’s very energetic. I have all the energy from Studio One, across from me, with all these children and adults creating all these art projects,” Reade said.

“It’s very energized in that neighborhood. I love the energy, excitement and openness.”

Lisa Rainey, oil painting and painting, first-year exhibitor

“I started preparing last year before I submitted my artwork for review. I knew that I wanted to be in the show this year building a body of work the past few years since I moved back here from Chicago in 2015,” Rainey said. “There is a lot that goes into it. I always want to grow and I want my work to be authentic to who I am every moment I create.” 

Currently she has about 35 pieces and will be working in her booth all summer in oils and mixed media to create new work. 

“I choose the pieces that speak to me and make me feel something when I look at them,” Rainey said. “I constantly bring work home from my studio so that I can live with them for a while to see how they speak to me.”

She added, “Meditating on my subjects, I’ve learned more and more about color and finding techniques that were new and different.”

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Lisa Rainey can’t wait to share her work as a new exhibitor at the Sawdust

Her large paintings, created within this last year, sparked something new in her. Rainey calls them dream-scapes.

“I mainly have worked in a style that I call impressionistic realism. I work from life so that I can really see the nuances of color and light in flowers and nature,” Rainey said. “I also have recently gone back to working in watercolors, I don’t want people to only see a pretty still life, I paint to tell a story.”

For her booth, Rainey wanted to have a light roof so the sun would shine through. 

“I wanted this space to be light and bright, a nice backdrop for the color in my work and choosing colors to help the work to stand out,” Rainey said.

“Opening night, I was nervous knowing how many people come to preview night, but once it got going I was feeling comfortable and having a great time,” Rainey said. “My friends came to support me, see my booth and my artwork. It was truly a celebration.”

Doug Miller, painting and photography, 48-year exhibitor

“This is my 48th summer at Sawdust – I got out of the Navy in 1971 and got a booth – I bought my booth space from a girl who was moving to San Francisco for $70, which was what she paid,” Miller said. “That was in the early Sawdust days before rules were adopted that would not allow such a transaction to take place.”

He’s been at the same location for 21 years, perfect to be near the music since Miller plays violin and with various musicians during the show. 

“I paint every day – I have painted every day without missing a day for 24 years. I number my paintings and record them in a book,” Miller said. 

His self-imposed rule is to at least begin a painting every day. 

A friend suggested that he record his pieces in a daily journal, that was the impetus he wanted to see how many days he could go in a row…24 years.

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Doug Miller is a staple at the Sawdust always wanting to make others smile

“I’m up past 17,500 paintings. There are days I have painted more than one. in fact, I painted an average of two pieces per day most of the time,” Miller said.

He paints about 400 to 1,000 acrylic paintings per year, mostly the small canvasses up to 6 x 8 inches. “I sell an average of about 500 pieces per year. My best year was 2008 when I sold 651 pieces, mostly beaches,” Miller explained.

Larger pieces go on the walls. “I finished painting of Crystal Cove in one evening, two days before the Opening party. A big quick piece that is a real attention-getter,” Miller said. “Opening night party, I sold five pieces and saw so many Laguna friends – several will come back and purchase during the show. They always do.”

Here’s the skinny on locals’ nights – interestingly, 15 places not Laguna Beach, such as Dana Point, the other Lagunas, and the surrounding cities, get in free on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 5 to 10 p.m., whereas Laguna locals only get in free Mondays, Thursdays, also after 5 p.m., and the First Friday of the month all day.

To check out Sawdust central, including the live entertainment schedule, art classes and workshops, theme days, special events and more, visit https://sawdustartfestival.org. Sawdust Festival is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road. For information, call 494-3030.

Until next time…so much Sawdust art, entertainment, socializing, and so little time!


Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre opens classic tale of A Little Princess on May 5 at Laguna Playhouse

The award-winning Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre opens A Little Princess on Saturday, May 5 on the Moulton Stage at The Laguna Playhouse. Adapted by June Walker Rodgers, from the story Sara Crewe by Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess tells the story of young Sara Crewe, privileged daughter of a wealthy diamond merchant. 

All the other girls at Miss Minchin’s school treat Sara as if she truly were a princess. But when Captain Crewe’s fortune is sadly lost, Sara’s luck changes. Suddenly she is treated no better than a scullery maid. Her own fierce determination to maintain her dignity and remain a princess on the inside has intrigued and delighted readers for over a hundred years.

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Little Princess runs from Saturday, May 5, through Sunday, May 13

Actors include; Bridget Phillips as Sara Crewe, Claire Day as Miss Minchin, Cassidy Morgan as Becky, Erin Sawyer as Amelia, Grace Hahn as Ermengarde, Bethany Klause as Lavinia, Lyndsey Grace Stradwick as Jessie, Sienna Voisin as Lottie, Abigail Williams as Anne, Elisa Rodriguez as Marie and Mrs. Perrens, Ella Thimons as Janet, Charlie Grace Goubran as Nora, Carson Kubelun as Guy Lawrence, and Chloe Lawson, Fiona McCue, Sophia Pachl and Raquel Temesvary as School Girls. Terry Christopher will perform as Captain Crewe and Mr. Carrisford, Charles McClung as Mr. Barrows and Mr. Michaels, and Aaron McGee as Monsieur Thibault and Ram Dass. 

A Little Princess is directed by Kelly Herman with costumes by Kaitlyn Kaufman, set by Jim Prodger, lights by Glenn Powell, and sound by Mike Ritchey, and includes a cast of 20.

Performances will be: Saturday, May 5 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Sunday, May 6 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Thursday, May 10 at 10 a.m.; Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and Sunday, May 13 at 1 p.m.  

Tickets are $20 for Adults and $10 for youth and can be purchased by calling (949) 497-2787 x1, or going online to www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


Laguna Canyon Artist’s Spring Open Studios celebrates Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 5

On Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Laguna Canyon artists (LCA) open their studios to the public. LCA suggests that the public celebrate the Cinco de Mayo edition of the Laguna Canyon Artist’s Spring Open Studios by visiting these talented artists’ workspaces and viewing their unique art.

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Dynamic Color Abstract by LCA Paul Gardner

The work of these artists, representing a diverse mix of styles and mediums including drawing and painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and ceramics, will be on display.

Attendees can start the Cinco de Mayo holiday festivities by taking a drive to beautiful Laguna Canyon for this rare opportunity to visit these artists in their studios to see how the work is created. 

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Laguna Canyon Artist’s Studios open for Cinco de Mayo on Sat, May 5

Parking is free; refreshments will be served. Drivers should look for signs at the Laguna Canyon Artists complex.

The studios are located at 3251 & 3275 Laguna Canyon Rd.


No Square Theatre presents A Little Night Music

Love under the chandeliers! This is the delightful musical that gave us the popular and haunting “Send in the Clowns.” A Little Night Music is based on the book by Hugh Wheeler and features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. This production, opening on May 11, is directed by Joe Lauderdale, with music direction by Diane King Vann, choreography by Ellen Prince, and costume design by Brigitte Harper.

Performances will be May 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., May 13 at 6:30 p.m., May 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., and May 20 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 (VIP seating $35) and can be purchased at www.nosquare.org.

A Little Night Music is the witty, delicate, sophisticated, and occasionally heartbreaking story of actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her – a lawyer from her past and a Dragoon from her present. Both men, as well as their jealous wives, agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée’s mother’s estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises under the magical chandeliers floating above.

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The cast in rehearsal for A Little Night Music

The talented, veteran cast includes (in order of appearance): Gary Greene, Alexandria Goforth, Rebecca Butkivich, Eric T. Anderson, Chloe Lovato, Olivia Tewksbury, Karen Rymar, McKay Mangum, Marisol Zamora, Rob Harryman, Ashley Montgomery, Alexis Acevedo, and Chelsea Vann. Audience members will be delighted to see many of their favorite actors from touring companies, area theater shows, and past No Square productions (including Annie, Chicago, Rocky Horror Show, and Lagunatics).

Award-winning director Joe Lauderdale has directed or produced more than 70 productions for both youth and adults.

No Square Theatre is generously sponsored by The Lodging Establishments & City of Laguna Beach, Patrick Quilter, Dorene & Lee Butler Family Foundation, Yvonne & John Browning, The City of Laguna Beach, Stella Charton in Memory of Lloyd Charton, Ann & Charlie Quilter in Honor of Joe Lauderdale, Carolyn & Tom Bent, Festival of Arts Foundation, Laguna Board of Realtors Charitable Assistance Fund, and Patrick Quilter/Quilter Labs.

No Square Theatre is in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of the High School. The High School has ample free parking. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance.


Coastal Eddy, A Gallery, is five years young and ready to celebrate the milestone 

Coastal Eddy, A Gallery, celebrates five years in Laguna this month. Since May 2013, the gallery has showcased many exciting artists’ ceramic works. Laguna Beach has a rich history in ceramic art and needed a gallery to represent both the past and present in ceramic techniques. 

Starting with local artists, the gallery has grown to 32 artists, including artists from around the country and Canada. From functional ware to abstract sculpture, the ever- changing collection is meant to inspire. 

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The vibrant storefront of Coastal Eddy

Over the last five years Coastal Eddy has hosted over 30 exhibitions, including several installations, with the idea that “art for art’s sake” is just as important as the sale. If you have creative, edgy art that is evocative, people will connect and find a place for art in their lives. 

Owner Robin Lee Riddell plans a Cinco de Mayo party to celebrate this anniversary and to thank the residents of Laguna Beach for their support. The party is Saturday, May 5 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Visit the gallery for an evening of art, music, food & fun. 

Coastal Eddy, the only ceramic art gallery in Laguna Beach, is located at 1417 S. Coast Highway, in the HIP district of Laguna. 

For more information or to RSVP, contact (949) 715-4113 or visit www.coastaleddyagallery.com.


Laguna Playhouse Gala will feature Davis Gaines, Phantom of the Opera star, on May 12 

The spotlight will shine bright at the Laguna Playhouse’s annual gala on May 12, with special performances by “Phantom of the Opera” star Davis Gaines, a tribute to the Moulton Theatre’s 50th anniversary, and a host of highlights celebrated throughout the much-anticipated, elegant affair.

The nearly sold out 2018 Laguna Playhouse Gala will once again be held at Fashion Island Hotel, Newport Beach, featuring an elegant cocktail reception, fine dining, and live and silent auctions with exotic trips and Lugano Diamonds jewelry.

An intimate VIP experience with Davis Gaines, Los Angeles’ longest running Phantom star, special performances by the talented Playhouse Youth Theatre Conservatory kids and a performance by Davis are some of the evening’s highlights, followed by dancing to the sounds of a nine-piece band.

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Special performances that night will include Davis Gaines 

“Honoring the Moulton family on the 50th Anniversary of the Moulton Theatre is such a wonderful time to share the story of Lewis and Nellie Gail Moulton. Nellie Gail Moulton generously contributed to building the Laguna Moulton Playhouse in 1967,” said Event Co-chair and Season Producer Lisa Hale. “The Playhouse opened with its first performances in 1968 and the same structure continues today as The Laguna Playhouse and Moulton Theatre.”

“Nellie Gail loved Laguna and she loved The Playhouse. Our family helping to protect its history and secure its future is the right thing to do,” said great grandson and Playhouse Board Member, Jared Mathis. “This wonderful season at the Playhouse is the result off a huge increase in underwriting. Executive Director Ellen Richard and Artistic Director Anne Wareham said if we can get $250,000 in underwriting we can produce this season,” explained Hale. “I believed in them and the season, so I wrote the check.”

Popular actor Richard Burgi lauds the Moulton family and the Playhouse. He recently performed in back-to-back Laguna Playhouse hits, “The Graduate,” with Golden Globe winner Melanie Griffith, and “12 Angry Men.”

“Any family that puts their heart and resources into the arts I have a lot of admiration and gratitude for,” Burgi said. “I think there’s not enough of that in the world.”

Burgi added, “The resources at the theater, it’s just incredible. They put on incredible shows. I just encourage people to go out and support their local arts.” 

The Gala is the Laguna Playhouse’s biggest fundraising event of the year. “Last year’s Gala, under co-chairs Glenn Gray and Kathryn Burton Gray, grossed more than $600,000. It is a very large part of our annual fundraising number,” said Hale.

For more information on this upcoming event, contact Doug Vogel at (949) 204-5341.


Artists Fund at FOA exhibits Board members’ work at City Hall now through May 22

The Artist Fund at Festival of Arts is exhibiting a Board of Directors’ show at City Hall, located at 505 Forest Ave, now through May 22, during regular hours. Exhibiting board members include Geraldine Cropser, Anne England, Roger Folk, Elizabeth McGhee, Rick Graves, and Wendy Wirth.

Founded by Anne England in 2000, the organization provides financial aid to Festival artists suffering hardship due to disaster, medical or unfortunate circumstances. A separate scholarship fund provides grants to artists for professional growth. 

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Elizabeth McGhee’s portraits are among The Artists Fund show at City Hall 

The non-profit organization recently received a donation from the Gross Family Charitable Foundation, which will increase funding of both grants for artists. 

“We are extremely grateful to the Foundation for this generosity.” said Shirley Rush, President. Additional board members include Karen Alvarado, Angela Goodwin, Roseanne Nolan, and Hugo Rivera.

To contact The Artists Fund, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call (949) 612-1949 or log onto www.artistsfund-foa.org.


Film Night at LAM: Dr. Strangelove will be shown on Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. – free admission

Artist Jorg Dubin will introduce a personal favorite at Film Night at Laguna Art Museum on Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m.: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

More commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, the film is a 1964 political satire/black comedy that satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States. 

In it, an insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, and is loosely based on Peter George’s thriller novel Red Alert.

Advance tickets are recommended. Reserve tickets online at www.lagunaartmuseum.org or call (949) 494.8971 x203.


Festival of Arts, the premier showcase for the arts, runs from July 5 – September 1

Laguna Beach Festival of Arts will let creativity run wild this summer with the prestigious Fine Arts Show on Thursday, July 5 – Saturday, September 1 and Pageant of the Masters’ “Under the Sun” Saturday, July 7 – Saturday, September 1. 

Celebrating its 86th year, the Festival of Arts’ prestigious juried Fine Arts Show showcases original artworks from 140 of Orange County’s finest artists and offers interactive art workshops, demos, special events, live music, wine and chocolate pairings, guided art tours, and more. 

In conjunction with the Fine Arts Show, the Pageant of the Masters world-famous theatrical celebration of art recreated in tableaux vivants – “living pictures”– will awe audiences nightly with spectacular stage illusions choreographed to original, live orchestra performance and engaging narration.

Festival of Arts Fine Art Show runs from July 5 – September 1, weekdays noon – 11:30 p.m., weekends 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. There will be early closing on August 25 at 1:30 p.m. 

Pageant of the Masters runs from July 7 – Septemger 1, with performances nightly at 8:30 p.m.

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Franz A. Bischoff’s painting, Catching Fish at the Beach, at the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

Festival of Arts Fine Art Show tickets are available online at www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org. General Admission tickets are $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends; Student tickets are $7 on weekdays and $11 on weekends; tickets for Children 6-12 are $5 daily; admission is free for Children 5 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.

For Pageant of the Masters ticket information and to purchase tickets, visit www.pageantickets.com. Tickets start at $15 per person. Pageant of the Masters ticket grants access to the Fine Arts Show.

Festival of Arts is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.


Shana Morrison performs her special brand of music at The Cliff this Friday, May 11 from 7 – 10 p.m.

Shana Morrison will perform her special brand of music at The Cliff this Friday night, May 11, from 7 - 10 p.m.

Shana Morrison with her band

From the release of her 1996 debut CD Caledonia, to the recent recording of “Rough God Goes Riding” on father Van Morrison’s “Duets: Re-working The Catalogue,”Shana makes music on her own terms. 

In the process of recording five original CDs, touring with her band, and being a featured guest artist touring with her father Van spanning over 25 years, Shana has developed a unique and wide-ranging vocal style, bending the blues and R&B to make for a powerful performance that proves family talent runs deep.  

Starting out as a pop/rock artist in the ‘90s, she has always incorporated American roots music into her live shows.

Shana will be joined by a stellar group featuring Bob Hawkins on guitar, Dave Batti on bass, John Hoke on drums, and Andy Hill on “everything else”.

The Cliff is located at 577 S Coast Hwy.


LAM recommends signs that recall the City’s history as an art colony – informative rather than directional

As part of the museum’s centennial celebrations, and in celebration of the Laguna Beach’s artistic legacy, Laguna Art Museum earlier this year proposed that the City install informational signs above existing street signs on several streets that are named for the great early artists who lived and/or worked in Laguna Beach. 

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Example of signs pointing to Laguna’s historic and artistic heritage

The museum’s curator of historical art, Janet Blake, identified six artists whose names became the following street names:

Cuprien Way (Frank Cuprien)

Galen Drive (William Galen Doss)

Griffith Way (William Griffith)

Hill Street, originally Hills (Anna Hills)

Hinkle Place (Clarence Hinkle)

Wendt Terrace (William Wendt)

With great support from Centennial Executive Committee co-chair Betsy Jenkins (Woman of the Year 2018) and City Council member Bob Whalen, and a sign design by Bill Atkins, the city has approved the signs. 

The signs are set to be installed soon, and will be a nice way to educate visitors and residents about this history, show pride for the city’s heritage, and help reinforce Laguna Beach’s legacy as an artist colony.


No Square Theatre needs you: Why you should invest in community theatre

Story and photos by LAURA BUCKLE

All the world may be a stage, but local theatre is a tough way to make a buck.

Raising the curtain can be much more of a challenge than you could have imagined. 

Putting on a show can be fueled by great, infectious enthusiasm, but creating an organization to sustain a series of shows and build a place in the community takes much more sustained effort.

No Square Theatre’s dynamic and exciting calendar of shows and events is planned meticulously with the community audience in mind – despite often not having the budget.

No Square relies heavily on community support, and this year’s arrival of the membership scheme has been successful, but they need more members to sustain the quality and frequency for which they have become renowned.

But why? Why should you invest in local community theatre? 

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Actors become like family

Ok, I’ll admit, as a child born and raised in theatre I am a little biased, but as a researcher, I took it upon myself to explore just what the benefits are even to the most “un-thespian” of people.

“Theatre is one of the higher cultural activities that mark us as imaginative, creative and truly human,” says Dr. Glenn D Wilson, Chapman University.

Attending a performance of your favorite play can promote a connection with and understanding of humanity in a bigger sense, he says. Wilson explains that the inclusion of human conflict in many plays helps people relate to each other while providing subtle guidance in our own personal relationships. 

Watching a play also allows the audience to access emotions they often don’t in the daily course of their lives. “Whether you see a tragedy or a musical, there’s likely an element of the storyline that extends beyond your personal life experiences,” Wilson adds.

This notion was further proven when the University of Arkansas Department of Education conducted a study on the effects of live performances on students. Emotional benefits that surfaced included an increased ability to comprehend and empathize with other people’s feelings and reactions. Those results weren’t as apparent with the control group that read the play or watched a movie adaptation.

The Human Element

One of the key attributes that separate’s theatre from movies and books is liveliness. Have you seen plays that were adapted for film? According to the Guardian UK, movies often show the same performance, but watching it isn’t the same experience as in the theatre.

There’s a bond that forms between the performers and the viewer, not to mention the connection that bonds the members of the audience. The Guardian article explains how there are brief magical moments that can only happen when spectators and performers share a physical space.

Local Support

By attending local theatre, you’re supporting the community, especially if there are residents performing. The community support I received from doing Annie (after a 20 year break from MT) helped me so much with my nerves and confidence. 

There are benefits for you as well, such as the fact that community theatre shows are often much less expensive than other performances. Additionally, the plays and musicals are typically held in smaller venues, so the action is easy to see and hear. 

Its soooooo good for children

I know I have a theatre child, Lula – but I also have a theatre spectator, Jesse (who would rather poke himself in the eye than perform on a stage) and trust me when I say the performing arts has benefitted them both. It teaches children how to think creatively through imagination. Creative thinking skills are critical in the world of business leaders, where the ability to create solutions to problems is a necessary and valued asset.

Robert A Iger, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, has said that the heart and soul of a company is creativity and innovation. “Without creativity, there is nothing that makes an organization unique. Creative skills are one of the most important skills needed to be successful in any industry.”

Through theatre, audiences are immersed in stories about characters from every background imaginable. Live shows teach children how to appreciate people of all kinds and how to respect other points of view. Production brings a story with a unique viewpoint, characters from historic time periods give viewers a chance to learn about events and people from the past. 

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Rehearsals are fun

Not only is it important to learn about different kinds of people and aspects of life, but these shows also give a glimpse into other people’s lives. Theatre allows you to step into someone else’s shoes and see life from their point of view. This teaches young people lessons of empathy and cultural relativity.

Theatre exposes young people to new vocabulary and ways of communicating. Through the arts of dance, acting, and music, children learn how to communicate in a variety of unique ways.

Children need imagination to grow, create, think, and play. Theatre is the single most valuable place where kids can explore the endless possibilities of their imaginations and what they can do.

Without theatre, children not only miss out on an amazing artistic experience, but they lose the chance to experience an endless amount of learning opportunities. With exposure that not only raises school performance, but also encourages creativity, culture, communication, patience, morals, and imagination, an afternoon at the theatre is something that cannot be overlooked.

So hopefully by now I will have convinced you that becoming a member and supporting No Square Theatre will benefit everyone for generations. Check out their website at www.nosquare.org and click on “become a member” – this will give you various membership options.

While you are there now is the opportunity to purchase tickets to see “A Little Night Music” which opens May 11 and runs on the weekends until May 20– and also check out the summer camps available for your young people. 

No Square Theatre has been monumental in our family’s adjustment to moving over here. They are a family, we are a family – a family that just wants to grow and grow.


Rita Rudner co-writes & stars in musical comedy Two’s A Crowd: Jason Feddy’s the songwriter

Laguna resident Rita Rudner will star with Davis Gaines in the musical comedy titled Two’s A Crowd, which will run at Laguna Playhouse from September 7-16. 

Songs are by Laguna’s own Jason Feddy, beloved musician and songwriter known throughout town. 

The play focuses on characters Tom and Wendy who are complete opposites. After a computer error, freewheeling Tom and uptight Wendy do their best to ruin each other’s vacations. Will they get to know each other well enough to reveal the real reasons behind their travel? Will they agree on sleeping arrangements? Will room service ever arrive? 

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Rita Rudner takes the stage at Laguna Playhouse as Wendy 

The show was written by Martin Bergman and Rita Rudner, husband and wife. Martin is a producer and writer, known for movies like Pete’s Friends and A Weekend in the Country. Rita has starred on Broadway for many years in plays such as Annie Follies. Davis Gaines, is a well-known actor who has starred in the Broadway show Phantom of the Opera more than 2,000 times. 

Rita Rudner and Davis Gaines

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Davis Gaines is taking the stage at Laguna Playhouse as Tom 

Two’s A Crowd pairs audience favorites Rita Rudner and Davis Gaines in the world’s first unromantic comedy. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


Summer Jazz Series starts up June 13 at [seven-degrees] featuring vocalist Barbara Morrison

Laguna Beach Live! has announced that tickets are on sale for Jazz Wednesdays Summer Series 2018, presented by Laguna Beach Live! at unique event facility [seven-degrees], 891 Laguna Canyon Rd. 

The Jazz Summer Series features seven concerts, occurring every two weeks from June 13 - September 5, with top jazz musicians from the region. 

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Vocalist Barbara Morrison

Kicking off the season on June 13 is critically-acclaimed vocalist Barbara Morrison, followed by The Latin Jazz Syndicate on June 27 featuring vocalist Norell Thompson and trumpeter Bijon Watson.

 Other performances include: July 11, guitarist Frank Potenza Organ Group; July 25, vocalist Anne Walsh; August 8, classic jazz with vocalist/bassist Kristin Korb Trio;and August 22, The Lineage Trio. The season concludes on September 5 with Laguna Beach Live! All Stars featuring Bijon Watson.

Ticketsare Cabaret Table seating $25/seat in advance and $30 at the door, with season tickets for $175. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lagunabeachlive.org or by phone at (800) 595-4849. The information line is (949) 715- 9713.

Other upcoming Laguna Beach Live! concerts include: May 22, Live! Music Insights with Dr. Robert Istad and a special trio of musicians who will explore “The Grass is Blue: America’s Legacy of Bluegrass and Spirituals”; June 4, Live! Music Insights “All That Jazz: An Historic Retrospective with Bijon Watson & all-star trio”; and June 10, the popular Bluegrass & BBQ featuring The Barefoot Movement, with food and beverages provided by Laguna Beach Beer Co, Purple Corduroy Wine, and Gnarly “Q” BBQ.


JoAnne Artman Gallery celebrates 10 years

JoAnne Artman Gallery has reached a significant milestone, celebrating its 10-year anniversary on Gallery Row in Laguna Beach. Founder and Executive Director JoAnne Artman opened the gallery locally in 2008, as one of the only contemporary art galleries in the neighborhood.

No stranger to the art world, Artman has been showing the work of culturally diverse artists throughout her career as a gallery owner. An avid collector herself, Artman said she has always had a passion for the arts. Even before her career as a gallerist, she would often put on private art shows at her home, showcasing and sharing art that she loved with others.

Artman said she has always had a fascination with art. As a child she loved painting and drawing cartoons, later discovering photography as an adult, which she continues to explore. The desire and passion the gallerist has for art remains a constant in her life as she views her relationship with art as an investment in her soul. 

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JoAnne Artman has been a visionary in Laguna Beach’s art scene for 10 years

Prior to opening her gallery in Laguna, Artman opened her first gallery in 2004 in the emerging Santa Ana Arts District, known as Space on Spurgeon, with a strong desire to encourage art as a way of life.

In 2008, Artman decided to take a leap of faith and establish new roots in Laguna Beach as JoAnne Artman Gallery after Peter Blake Gallery relocated to Ocean Avenue, opening up the space at 326 N Coast Hwy. 

She expressed that the Laguna location had forever been her favorite space in Orange County; she was finally able to turn her dream into reality. 

In September 2015, JoAnne Artman Gallery expanded into its second location in the heart of Chelsea, New York. The space, originally built in 1893 as a commercial manufacturing building, delivers a refreshing industrial meets contemporary atmosphere.

Artman exclusively represents artists that she loves, collects and has a passion for.  Her roster includes about 15 artists that embody all ages and ethnicities.

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Anna Kincaide is one of the talented artists that shows at JoAnne Artman Gallery

Over the past decade, Artman believes that the gallery has been an integral asset to Laguna’s long-standing arts community.

“I would like to thank the gallery’s award-winning artists, loyal clients, as well as everyone who has visited the gallery, for their continued support,” Artman said. “We are looking forward to many more years of exhibiting captivating art.”

JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 326 N Coast Hwy. For more information, call (949) 510-5481 or visit www.joanneartmangallery.com.


Art Stars honors include several Plein Air stars

On Sunday, April 29, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s (LPAPA) was awarded this year’s LBAA Art Star Award for “Best Arts Program” for their annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational.

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Rosemary and Tom Swimm, key figures in LPAPA

LPAPA is the steward of Laguna’s plein air legacy, which established our town as an artists’ colony in 1903.  Early plein air artists founded the Laguna Beach Art Association and opened the first art gallery in 1918. 

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Celebrations are in order for LPAPA at the Art Star Awards

The LPAPA Invitational began in 1999 with 2018 marking its 20th year. This event is now recognized as one of the most prominent plein air art painting events in the world.

LPAPA’s artist member Tom Swimm was honored for LBAA’s Lifetime Achievement award.  For over 50 years, Tom’s life work has been passionately dedicated to the creative arts and his career successes have included distinguished accomplishments in painting, photography, advertising, playwriting, musical composition and acting.

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LPAPA president Toni Kellenberg and Joy Dittberner

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. For more information about upcoming events and programs, visit www.lpapa.org or call (949) 376-3635.


Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Family Fun Watercolor Painting event on May 12

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s Family Fun Watercolor Painting event takes place this Saturday, May 12.

The fun-filled family watercolor painting workshop is for kids ages 6 - 12, as well as adults. Participants will have the opportunity to paint a special watercolor masterpiece as a Mother’s Day greeting card keepsake. 

This painting class offers the opportunity to work with professional LPAPA artists to create unique watercolor paintings. Parents who wish to have the opportunity to work with watercolors or paint alongside the young artists are also encouraged to register to paint.

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There are two May 12 sessions to choose from with Session I from 9 - 11 a.m. and Session 2 between 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. There are a maximum of 20 painters per session.

Each registered painter will receive a postcard and card frame, watercolor set and apron to take home. A cupcake reception will follow the painting session.

This event is made possible with the support of the Joe Hanks Van Cleave Foundation for the Arts and LPAPA’s Plein Air Project Arts Education Program.

Cost for the class is $20 (including art materials). The class takes place at the LPAPA in Residence at Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave.

For more information or to register, contact LPAPA’s executive director, Rosemary Swimm, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 376-3635.


Kiki Ebsen performed Joni Mitchell at Festival of Arts

By MAGGI HENRIKSON

The crowd was in a Joni state of mind on Tuesday. Festival of Arts set the stage for Kiki Ebsen as she performed from the Joni Mitchell songbook, and the show did not disappoint. 

I was wary, as I’m a huge Joni Mitchell fan, and feared that it would be a watered down version of the real thing. Happily, Kiki Ebsen was a delight for one and all. She asked the crowd who among us was a Joni Mitchell fan – and there were about 30 hands that shot up in the air. Turns out I’m not the only one who was raised on that soundtrack, rich with lyrical poetry. 

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Kiki Ebsen and band performing the songs of Joni Mitchell

Kiki Ebsen is a singer-songwriter in her own right (and, by the way, the daughter of Buddy Ebsen), and her band was spot-on. Though the evening was devoted to Joni, Ebsen imparted her own style while she managed the high notes of Joni’s early songs and the jazzy riffs of her later works. The playlist included some of the best: A Case of You, Blonde in the Bleachers, Chelsea Morning, and Free Man in Paris, to name a few.

Ebsen engaged the audience with background stories of Joni’s life, as well as her own admiration and respect for the talented artist. 

I left with favorite songs playing in my head, and rushed home to fish my Joni Mitchell albums back out of storage.


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. 


No Square Theatre promises a royal time at The Disney Princess Concert & Tea Party June 29 - July 1

No Square Theatre presents The Disney Princess Concert in three performances, June 29, June 30, and July 1. This is the perfect concert for a princess, with favorite songs and a tea party with ladies performing a long list of Disney songs.

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Charlee Rubino (sophomore at OCSA) as Belle

Some of the 30 songs included will be A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes, A Whole New World, Beauty and the Beast, and Frozen. No Square Theatre reminds princesses to dress up for this special occasion. 

Concert performances will be on Friday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 1 at 3 p.m. The cost for the concert will be $20 for adults, and $10 for children and students.

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Maggie Anderson (graduate of San Clemente High School) as Elsa

The Preshow Tea Party with a Princess takes place on Saturday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 1 at 2 p.m. The cost is $10 for children and students. Non-tea partying adults are free with a child’s paid ticket. It will be open seating. 

For tickets, go to www.nosquare.tix.com.

No Square Theatre is located in Historic Legion Hall at 384 Legion St. For more information, call (949) 715-0333.


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.

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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.

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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.


Art-A-Fair VIP event was quite an affair to remember

By LYNETTE BRASFIELD

Photos by Scott Brashier

The happy crowd at the VIP opening of the Art-A-Fair this last Friday was having so much fun chatting and drinking that it took speaker and special guest Christian Okoye, Kansas Chiefs all-pro running back and NFL Hall-of-Famer, a while to catch their attention – but catch their attention he did.

He spoke about his childhood in Nigeria and how hard he had to work to achieve his goals – but how lucky he was to have people who urged him on. “This is what we try to do with our Foundation,” Okoye said. “We explain to kids that there’s a new way to set goals and it’s all about attitude.” The nonprofit, California Sports Hall of Fame, which hosts free athletic workshops for underprivileged kids, was the beneficiary of the event.

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The striking new façade of Art-A-Fair set the tone for the VIP event

Locals attending the celebration included the ubiquitous supporter of all things Laguna, the packaged dynamite that is Heidi Miller, as well as Leslie Mogul of the Playhouse, as well as several of the artists whose work is displayed at Art-A-Fair and their families, friends and fans.

Fifteen-year exhibitor Lynn Wiederman was impressed with the Art-A-Fair’s reinvigorated approach to marketing. “I love this area,” she said, gesturing toward the funky furniture that serves artistic as well as utilitarian purposes, connecting fine art with luxury home decor. “The new façade is a real change, too. It’s out of the box, which is what this festival is trying to achieve. It re-engages people.”

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The crowd was loud, happy to mingle with friends, colleagues and celebrities

Star of the show was not a person but a painting – an original Picasso curtained off from the crowd and a frequent backdrop used by the several photographers on hand to capture the moment with the mingling celebs.

Attendee and abstract artist Trudy Connor was checking the place out as a possible location to consider for her art. “The new entrance, it’s, well, it’s hard to miss,” she said. “It’s large, it’s colorful, and it attracts people.”

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Robert Palmer-esque models added glamour to the evening

Many of the people the affair attracted were beautifully dressed (one man was a symphony in pink), with several of the women (including Robert Palmer-style models) wearing stilettos to die for (or from, if a murderer were so motivated). Wide-legged jumpsuits were also much in evidence.

Petite hors d’oeuvres were provided by Maro Wood Grill, Nirvana, Newport Rib Company and Laguna Beach Brewery and Grill.

Art-A-Fair is located at 777 Laguna Cyn Road. For more information, visit www.art-a-fair.com.


Festival Runway Fashion Show, one of FOA’s most anticipated events, takes place August 19

On Sunday, Aug 19 from 12 - 3 p.m., one of Festival of Arts’ most fun and anticipated events will take place, the Festival Runway Fashion show, during which the artists literally strut their stuff – the stuff they have imaginatively put together to create amazing fashion-forward outfits, a la Project Runway.

The event is included with $15 Festival admission. Limited seating is available in a reserved section for $25 per person (includes Festival admission).

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A few of last year’s models

The Festival of Arts is known for putting on truly unique and imaginative events, and this summer Festival artists are making fashion their medium at the Festival Runway Fashion Show.

See who’s in and who’s out this year as Festival artists compete to create the most inspired couture using reclaimed, reused, or recycled materials. 

Selecting the winners will be a panel of fashion experts including Kaye Spilker (Curator of Costumes & Textiles at LACMA), Alex Jaeger (Costume Designer) and Nelson Coates (Production Designer).

Festival of Arts information

Dates & Times: July 5 – September 1; Open weekdays: 12 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.; Open weekends: 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.; Early closing: August 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Ticket Information: General Admission: Weekdays $10, Weekends $15;

Students & Seniors: Weekdays $7, Weekends $11; Children 6-12: $5; free admission for children five and under, military, and Laguna Beach residents.

Passport to the Arts: A special promotion (funded in part by Bank of America) for only $29. Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair. Guests 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 are also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters. 

Sponsors: Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by

Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5,

Pavilions and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Location: Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For Information & Tickets: (800) 487-3378, www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org


Arts Commission provides plenty of opportunities to showcase your art through City programs

The Arts Commission is currently accepting submissions for the following art opportunities: Art-Inspired Writing Contest, 2018 Juried Fine Art Exhibition, Council Chamber Banner Competition, 2018 Holiday Palette Competition and Children’s Palette Exhibition. 

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Joan Gladstone’s Pink Chair hung in City Hall during the Art That’s Small exhibit

These programs are funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. 

For more information visit the Cultural Arts page at www.lagunabeachcity.net or contact Michael McGregor, Arts Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Gallery Q welcomes Bill Atkins as Art Director 

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Gallery Q welcomes well-known and highly respected local graphic artist Bill Atkins to the position of art director for the nonprofit.

Gallery Q features five shows per year and provides a space to exhibit themed artwork by talented seniors. The space is located in the Susi Q Senior Center, home to Laguna Beach Seniors, a nonprofit that has enhanced the lives of seniors for more than 40 years through programs and services that promote independence, wellness, and community.

A multifaceted and prolific local artist, Atkins brings 16 years of design and illustration experience to the team at the Susi Q. He has received public acclaim by developing graphic art campaigns promoting and supporting fundraising efforts for the Laguna Art Museum, Sister Cities, AIDS Services Foundation and the local chapter of the Human Rights Campaign.

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Bill Atkins proudly displays his “whale-tail” license plate

Little-known fact – Atkins is also the man behind the iconic license-plate “whale-tail” image seen around California.

In addition to his sterling volunteer work, Bill is a favorite with local businesses and nonprofits for his gorgeously expressive graphics and posters.

Interviewed for a Laguna Life & People profile last year, Bill noted, “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.” 

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Bill is known for his gorgeously expressive posters

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.

Stu News congratulates this fine artist on his appointment.

The current Gallery Q show, LOCA@25, will run through September 7.


Forest and Ocean Gallery goes to the dogs for art auction benefitting The Little Red Dog Rescue

By DIANNE RUSSELL

On Saturday evening, dog lovers filled the Forest and Ocean Gallery for a special charity auction, “Art For Dogs.” The event featured original works and prints by modern artists. It’s a charity street art auction with all funds raised benefitting The Little Red Dog Rescue of Orange County (TLRD).

This is a return engagement for “Art For Dogs” at the gallery. Their first auction event in March raised over $10,000.

An Orange County-based non-profit founded in 2011 by Steve McClain and PJ Rosch, TLRD rescues dogs from high kill shelters and finds loving homes for them. In 2017, they saved 287 dogs from being euthanized at city and county shelters in Southern California. They adopted out 274 of that number. 

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TLRD rescue co-founders, Steve McClain and PJ Rosch

TLRD was founded in memory of the American Pit Bull Terrier beaten to death by Michael Vick and his cronies as chronicled in The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption.

The Street Art community embraced The Little Red Dog’s event with donated artworks by Banksy and G$, The Urban Art Collective and several others. Laura Browning, Ronnie Cutrone also donated pieces.

Street Art has emerged as the new modern art, with six-figure auction results occurring regularly through the largest auction houses worldwide. This new pop art is the purest form of artist’s expression. The pieces are not made for commercial purposes, social appeal or profit. The outlaws who create this art risk criminal prosecution to give their art away.

The first piece to be sold was by artist Alex Schaefer and went to local bidder Yoshi O’Connor. 

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Local bidder Yoshi O’Connor stands next to her new painting

Forest and Ocean Gallery, which is close to the Festival of Arts, seemed to be a stopping place for visitors walking to the Festival and many wandered in to see what was going on. Given the festive atmosphere, apparently, it was difficult not to join in.

And the auction had a special event outside on the sidewalk to further entice people to stop. It featured fascinating and unbelievable Live Painting by Artist Amy Burkman, who is a speed painting artist specializing in live art. And, not surprisingly, she wowed the audience. 

Burkman transforms a canvas into a painting in under ten minutes. And on Saturday night, she treated a crowd of over 50 spectators outside the gallery to two incredible demonstrations of her live art, which she paints upside down (the painting, not her).

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Amy Burkman with completed second painting

An animal lover, Burkman believes in Art with Heart and uses her art in conjunction with social initiatives to raise money for charity. 

For a whopping $500, a local dog lover won the bid for Burkman’s first painting of the evening, a dog. 

And besides donations, PJ Rosch says, “We always need foster homes for the dogs, especially for senior dogs. We’re trying to match up senior dogs with seniors.”

It’s difficult to believe that owners dump their aging dogs at a shelter, however, PJ says it happens all the time

On TLRD website, it says, “The Little Red Dog fights for all the dogs, red, blue, tan, white, brown, black and all colors in between. We do not discriminate against any breed; that’s because we are a real rescue, and we will help as many animals as we can. Our primary goal is to get them into loving homes. Our hope is that someday all of them make it out, but most of all, we will never forget the Little Red Dog and many others who did not.”

TLRD’s motto is, “We are on a mission from dogs.” And it’s a great mission.

For more information about TLRF or to view the dogs up for adoption, go to www.thelittlereddog.com.


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.


No Square Theatre promises a royal time at The Disney Princess Concert & Tea Party this weekend

No Square Theatre presents The Disney Princess Concert in three performances this weekend, June 29, June 30, and July 1. This is the perfect concert for a princess, with favorite songs and a tea party with ladies performing a long list of Disney songs.

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Charlee Rubino (sophomore at OCSA) as Belle

Some of the 30 songs included will be A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes, A Whole New World, Beauty and the Beast, and Frozen. No Square Theatre reminds princesses to dress up for this special occasion. 

Concert performances will be this Friday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 1 at 3 p.m. The cost for the concert will be $20 for adults, and $10 for children and students.

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Maggie Anderson (graduate of San Clemente High School) as Elsa

The Preshow Tea Party with a Princess takes place on Saturday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 1 at 2 p.m. The cost is $10 for children and students. Non-tea partying adults are free with a child’s paid ticket. It will be open seating. 

For tickets, go to www.nosquare.tix.com.

No Square Theatre is located in Historic Legion Hall at 384 Legion St. For more information, call (949) 715-0333.


Screening of With My Own Two Hands Foundation documentary raises $126,035 for children in Kenya

With My Own Two Hands Foundation’s fifth annual red carpet philanthropy fundraiser, held on Sunday, July 15 at The Port Theater in Corona Del Mar, featured the screening of the documentary “Our Children – Twant Twitu” by Circle3Production. 

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(L-R) Filmmaker Luke Griggs and Kenyan Program Director Joel Misango

The movie played to a sold-out crowd and raised $126,035 for water and agriculture programs to nourish and educate children in Kenya. With My Own Two Hands Foundation, founded by Lindsey Pluimer in 2011, is committed to providing water and agriculture projects that fund education and create self-reliant communities in Africa. 

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“Our Children – Twana Twitu” screened at Port Theater

Stan Verrett, anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter, and host of the event for the fourth straight year, said, “I have participated in this event every year. The first year I attended as a guest, and the last four years I have had the honor of hosting. With My Own Two Hands Foundation does incredible work, and I am inspired by the sustainable change and enormous impact they make on thousands of lives.”

“We are so grateful for all of our sponsors, Bialetti, Gorjana, HyperIce, Kore1, Big Sky Wellness, and Hula Daddy Coffee. Asian Box and GG’s Bistro donated all of the incredible food, and we had so many amazing local businesses who donated to our hugely successful silent auction,” said Lindsey Pluimer, founder. “The support from all of these companies helps us fulfill our mission of providing the basic life necessities to people in Africa through sustainable solutions.” 

For more information about With My Own Two Hands, visit www.withmyown2hands.org.


Tom Petty Tribute Band will rock locals at MIP

Music in the Park at Bluebird, a locals’ favorite for 35 years and counting, will feature the sounds of the late, great Tom Petty this Sunday, August 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., with “Room at the Top,” a Petty tribute. Residents are encouraged to bring a picnic and low-back chair so as not to block others’ view of the band. No dogs, umbrellas or smoking are allowed. Having fun, dancing, socializing, and dining picnic style are all allowed.

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Good times, get ready to rock and roll Sunday at Bluebird Park with “Room at the Top,” a top Tom Petty tribute band that will keep Lagunans on their feet

According to www.wendoevents.com, “Room at the Top” is tops.

“There are tributes and then there are recreations that are incredibly lifelike. When it comes to the music of Tom Petty there is one band that recreates like no other – one band that rises to the “Room at the Top.” Some of Los Angeles’ finest world-class musicians have been assembled in “Room at the Top” – the world’s greatest tribute to Tom Petty’s music,” states the website.

Look forward to rocking and rolling to Petty’s greatest hits this Sunday at Bluebird.


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


LCAD offers The Intensive Journal Process workshop as tool for self-exploration on Monday, June 18

A workshop on self-exploration, The Intensive Journal, a writing method recognized as the leader in self-development writing programs, is being held on Monday, June 18 from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) library. 

The Intensive Journal Process is a dynamic tool for self-exploration that Joseph Campbell described as “one of the great inventions of our time.” It’s a structured method of writing that evokes creative potentials and draws forth new sparks of inspiration as one moves toward wholeness. It offers a non-judgmental way to clarify personal relationships, address career concerns, face transitions, meet change, and overcome blockages.

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Artist and LCAD graduate Sansanee Boonyad was instrumental in bringing workshop leader Joanne Ching to LCAD to teach the workshop

Workshop leader Joanne Hackett Ching began leading Intensive Journal workshops in 1980 while she was working at Dialogue House in NYC. For 25 years, she was an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in Fresno, CA. She has a MA in Creation Spirituality from Naropa University, is a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant® (creating celebrations for significant life events) and is an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church. 

Without using dogma or self-analysis, one can gain new insights and integrate life experiences. A series of exercises allows the writer to access deeper than conscious levels of awareness, which hold the key to problems and helps one realize their fullest potential. Attendees discover the benefits of using a non-judgmental way of evoking inner wisdom and becoming more self-reliant. 

This event is free. To RSVP or for more information, contact Sansanee Boonyad, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call (310) 597-2750.


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!

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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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Laguna Beach Live! presents Latin Jazz Syndicate, led by trumpeter Bijon Watson, on June 27

Laguna Beach Live! is proud to present Latin Jazz Syndicate on Wednesday, June 27. Formed in 2005 and led by versatile trumpeter Bijon Watson, Latin Jazz Syndicate is a group of all-star musicians that have performed and recorded with the likes of Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Jose Rizo’s Jazz On The Latin Side All Stars, and Luis Miguel, to name a few. The group pays homage to America’s indigenous music, jazz, while maintaining the rhythmic and harmonic authenticity required of a variety of ethnic styles.

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Latin Jazz Syndicate

Latin Jazz Syndicate’s unique sonic flavors infuse Afro Cuban, Latin Soul and World Rhythms. The ensemble’s dedication to performing with unsurpassed passion and energy combine to create an unforgettable musical experience.

The band members include Bijon Watson – Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Norell Thompson – Vocals, Will Brahm – Guitar, Carlos Ordiano – Keyboards, Rene Camacho – Bass, Ruben Ordiano – Drums/Percussion, and Santiago Santiuste – Percussion.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Laguna Beach Live! Jazz Wednesdays are located in the distinctive [seven-degrees] event facility, located at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd. Parking at the venue is metered and limited. Laguna Beach Live! reminds attendees of alternative transportation options including our free Trolley, the Summer Breeze for out-of-towners, as well as Uber and Lyft services. Visit www.visitlagunabeach.com for more information.

Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. for dinner and social hour. Dinner will be served through to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Seating is assigned according to date of purchase, season ticket holders and Laguna Beach Live! membership. 

Jazz Wednesday’s summer series upcoming concerts

 July 11: Traditional Jazz with Guitarist Frank Potenza Organ Group; July 25: World Jazz with Vocalist Anne Walsh Quintet; August 8: Classic Jazz with vocalist/bassist Kristin Korb Trio, Andy Langham on piano, and Dean Koba on drums; August 22: Iconic Jazz with The Lineage Trio; September 5: Modern Jazz with Laguna Beach Live! All Stars featuring Bijon Watson on trumpet.

Live! at the Museum concerts

July 12: City of Angels Saxophone Quartet; August 9: Susan Greenberg and Cristina Montes-Monteo.


LPAPA presents the 14th Annual “Best of Plein Air” Art Show from July 10 – 22: reception on July 14

LPAPA presents the
14th Annual “Best of Plein Air” Art Show
from July 10 - 22, with the Gallery Reception taking place on July 14 from 5 - 7 p.m. Awards will be given out at 6 p.m. The event takes place at Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave. Entry is free. 

Art and nature come together with all paintings created outdoors in plein air by regional, national and international artist members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

Five cash awards will be presented, with the 1st Place award-winning artist to receive a rare and highly coveted invitation to participate in the 2018 20th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational – considered to be the “powerhouse” of plein air painting invitationals.

LPAPA presents

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2017 1st Place Award winning painting “Wailua River” by LPAPA Artist Pierre Bouret

LPAPA offers its sincere thanks to distinguished jurors: LPAPA Founding Member Cynthia Britain, LPAPA Signature Artist Carl Bretzke, Forest & Ocean Gallery Owner & LPAPA Board Member Ludo Leideritz, and final Awards Judge Mr. Jean Stern, Associate Director of The University of California, Irvine Institute and Museum for California Art.

Gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays.

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association presents juried art shows at its “LPAPA in Residence” gallery home located at Forest & Ocean Gallery in Laguna Beach. The gallery creates opportunities for regional, national and international Signature, Artist and Student Members to show their work in Laguna’s thriving historical art colony, and provides LPAPA with the opportunity for the nonprofit art organization to connect with its members, community, supporters and art lovers, to further its Mission.

Laguna Plein Air Artists are dedicated to painting the landscape,

preserving Laguna’s artistic legacy and promoting the plein air painting tradition.

For more information, visit www.lpapa.org.


Always wanted to meet an artist? Here’s a rare opportunity to host one in your own home…

Always wanted to meet an artist? Here’s a chance to host a talented plein air artist in your own home…Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s 20th Annual Plein Air Painting Invitational is nearly here, and accomplished painters are looking for places to stay during that fun week in October.

What is the life of a professional outdoor artist like? How does an artist transform a moment into an amazing piece of art?

Find out by opening your home and offering a guest room to an artist. LPAPA notes, you not only help an artist offset some costs associated with participating in LPAPA’s 2018 Plein Air Painting Invitational – but you can make a new friend or two in the process.

Over the course of this event, these artists share something quite magical with the community. They follow in the footsteps of those chasing light and color since the early 19th century. 

This year, as LPAPA celebrates a milestone 20th Annual Invitational, the nonprofit is asking the community also to embrace the storied tradition of welcoming accomplished artists into their own homes. 

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Artists wave hello – wave back!

This year 50 professional artists have been invited from across the United States. Come rain or shine October 6 - 14, participating artists will be painting all around Laguna Beach and surrounding communities to capture the breath-taking ocean vistas, historic neighborhoods, rolling hillsides and lush gardens of our beautiful region.

“Maybe your home, garden or view will become their next inspiration!” suggest LPAPA organizers.

The art nonprofit is seeking hosts who can accommodate one artist or one artist and their companion/spouse during a time frame including October 6 - 14. A few artists may arrive one or two days earlier to become acquainted with the area, and most depart the morning of October 15.

LPAPA notes that professional artists will make a minimal impact on you and your family’s time, as during most of days they will be outdoors painting or at invitational events. Host families are not required to provide artists’ meals. 

Hosts will be given two tickets to attend the LPAPA Gala on Saturday, Oct 13 from 7 - 10:30 p.m. (valued at $350).

If interested, visit www.lpapa.org/host or contact Rosemary Swimm, LPAPA Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more Invitational information, visit www.lpapa.org or call Swimm at (949) 376-3635.


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.


LGOCA presents new paintings by Robin Hiers

Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art (LGOCA) is featuring a new exhibit of Robin Hiers’ “Lifestyle” paintings.

“Robin’s Lifestyle paintings speak for themselves and bring summer vibes all year long,” the gallery states.

LGOCA presents Lipstick

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“Lipstick & Champagne” by Robin Hiers

 A recent Stu News article featured Robin Hiers, noting her background in the life of Laguna Beach art; her parents helped co-found the Sawdust Festival and Art-A-Fair. She studied art at San Diego State and has exhibited in Colorado and New York. Upon returning to her home base of Laguna Beach, Hiers has capitalized on the exuberance of the beach lifestyle with her summery and fun paintings.

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“Peace Love & Champagne” by Robin Hiers on exhibit now at LGOCA

The show reflects Hiers’ happy outlook on life by the coast, and is displayed at the gallery on the coast – Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, located at 611 S Coast Hwy. 

Visit www.lgoca.com for more information.


Saltfineart adds new deluxe work to Lux collection

Saltfineart + RAWsalt has just added new works to the gallery’s “The Lux List.” According to gallery owner Carla Tesak Arzente the collection represents, “a curated selection of striking works that contain an extraordinary amount of richness and depth in their composition and character.”

New works include a triptych by Jorge Lopez Pardo, Estados Del Ser or “States of Being,” Victor Hugo Zayas’ oil “Nude,” Andriy Halashyn’s “Broken Heart” oil, “Firenze,” and a performance photography piece printed on canvas by Cecilia Paredes to mention a few.

Pardo explained that his piece Estados Del Ser or “States of Being” is a reflection of the phases of life told through different states of water. The solid state is when life is born and becomes concrete; the liquid state is the movement and energy of our life as we live it and the gaseous state is the elevation of being that closes the cycle of life.

Other new works in the collection include pieces by artists Andrea Welton, Alexis Zambrano, and Greg Price.

 “The Lux List” features works in a spectrum of art mediums ranging in price from $1,500 to $17,000.

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New pieces have just been added to the gallery’s Lux List including “Nude” an oil piece by renowned artist Victor Hugo Zayas

saltfineart + RAWsalt has been exhibiting contemporary works from around the world created by both world-renowned and emerging artists since 2009.

“At saltfineart we specialize in museum caliber Latin American Contemporary art, where our roots run deep and whose talent and commitment we are passionate about sharing,” Tesak Arzente said. “RAWsalt is emerging global. Dedicated to finding the unprocessed, driven talent that can be the most exciting to experience. The work guides us north to west, south to east and everywhere in between.”

 saltfineart + RAWsalt is located at 436 N Coast Hwy. For more information about “The Lux List” and current or upcoming exhibits, call (949) 715-5554 or visit www.saltfineart.net.


Artists and creatives get the chance to express their opinions in a survey aimed to make a difference

A survey to assist in an effort to ensure affordable creative working and living spaces for artists in Laguna Beach has just been launched by the City, which is leading the feasibility study phase of this initiative and has engaged Artspace, a national nonprofit, as a consulting partner.

The idea is to develop policies and programs that offer artists the opportunity of long-term affordable creative space, said Sian Poeschl, Laguna’s cultural arts manager.

“It is vitally important to get the greatest amount of participation in this survey in order for Artspace to be able to provide our community with broad based ideas and programs for affordable artist space. Artists’ input is part of forming that recommendation and looking towards our arts future,” Poeschl added.

One path could be new workspace and another, new initiatives that help artists remain in existing spaces that do not currently comply with local regulation and/or may require capital improvements. Housing-only, live/work, work/live and studio or creative work-only spaces in Laguna Beach, combine to form the focus of this study. 

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Laguna Beach needs plenty of affordable spaces for artists to create

Survey responses will influence the types of policies, spaces and programs that will be considered and prioritized in an effort to address the affordable space needs of Laguna Beach’s creative sector.

The City notes, “We are interested in the individual space needs of all self-identified artists and creatives, and those sharing and preserving their cultural traditions, who have a sincere commitment to their art, creative and cultural work in any and all of its forms. If you consider your work to be a form of art or creative expression, then we probably will, too.

“Individuals need not make any income from their art or creative work or pursue their practice full time. We consider individuals to have a commitment to their art, cultural or creative work if they have or are developing a body of work, have studied or are actively training in their art/cultural/creative work, have a desire to grow as an artist or work professionally in their field and/or are actively engaged in the creation and expression of their art.”

How the survey evolved

At the request of City of Laguna Beach’s leadership, Artspace held a series of community meetings in August 2017 to elicit feedback and gauge interest in new creative space. Resulting recommendations to test further included a series of options ranging from new, small scale artist housing projects to a non-residential art center, to addressing zoning and density regulations that negatively impact the feasibility of long-term affordable creative spaces in Laguna Beach. 

This survey is the next critical phase of this work.

Contributing toward the next set of recommendations

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. It is best viewed on a computer, laptop or other device with a large screen. 

If you are an artist or a creative, just click on this link to participate: www.artspace.org/CreativeSpaceLaguna.

The deadline to complete the survey is September 14.

Please note, the City advises that this survey is for research purposes only. Your responses will be maintained as anonymous and if you choose to provide your contact information for future updates or to be entered into the drawing for a $200 gift certificate, it will not be shared with other organizations.

Please forward this survey link to your friends and colleagues and share it in your social networks. A large response will provide the most useful information! 

If you have difficulty taking the survey, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Laguna Dance Festival: four exciting performances on an intimate stage October 4 - 7…and there’s more

As part of the Laguna Dance Festival’s 14th annual summer and fall program, the organization will bring to the local stage a variety of stunning dance performances between October 4 - 7 as well as two master classes. The program will also include a free backstage peek with Complexions, a one-night-only Bowie tribute, featuring international dance stars in their prime.

Prior to those dates, there will be two free performances at the Festival of Arts grounds on July 29 and August 26, and then a bonus show by an athletic Afro-Colombian contemporary troupe on October 25 at Neighborhood Congregational Church’s Bridge Hall.

Introducing the onstage festival on Thursday, Oct 4 at 7 p.m. is a free dance experience dubbed Backstage with Complexions, offering a unique opportunity for audiences to observe the rehearsal process, speak directly with performers, and gain a deeper understanding of the dances being performed during the Festival. In an onstage demonstration, the Director will work with star dancers from Complexions Contemporary Ballet, leading them through a live rehearsal.

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Laguna Beach native Skylar Campbell, a principal dancer with National Ballet of Canada, will return to his hometown to appear in Laguna Dance Festival’s “Stars of Dance” performances October 6 & 7 

On Friday, October 5 – one night only – Laguna Beach audiences will experience the brilliance of David Bowie with StarDust, Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s dance tribute to the late rock icon. This production will feature the rhythms, personas and musical drama of nine Bowie songs including “Changes,” “Rock and Roll Suicide,” “Heroes” and “Space Oddity.” StarDust takes the genre-crossing, gender-bending, boundary-breaking music of Bowie and translates it into powerful, poignant movement to create a tribute to his restless artistic invention.

StarDust made its West Coast premiere at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on April 20. Included in the evening program are excerpts from Complexions’ contemporary repertory. Complexions Contemporary Ballet, founded in 1994 by master choreographers Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, mixes methods, styles and cultures to create groundbreaking movement.

Audiences will have the unique opportunity to see current and future stars share the stage in one spectacular program at the Stars of Dance shows on Saturday, Oct 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct 7, at 2 p.m. Onstage in dazzling duets and solos will be principal ballerina and Breaking Pointe TV reality series star Beckanne Sisk and soloist Chase O’Connell of Ballet West, Laguna Beach native Skylar Campbell and Jordana Daumec of National Ballet of Canada, and Dores Andre and Joseph Walsh of San Francisco Ballet.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet will perform excerpts by choreographer Dwight Rhoden, and America’s Got Talent finalist DIAVOLO/Architecture in Motion will present Knockturne by director/choreographer Jacques Heim. In addition, dancers from USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s inaugural BFA class will perform a variety of works choreographed by Barak Marshall, Aszure Barton and Laguna Dance Festival founder and artistic director Jodie Gates.

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Terk Waters of Complexions Contemporary Ballet will appear in the single performance of “StarDust,” a moving tribute to David Bowie on October 5, part of the Laguna Dance Festival

The festival’s four onstage performances will be held at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets are on sale now at www.lagunadancefestival.org and will go on sale August 6 at Laguna Playhouse.

In addition to these shows, the Laguna Dance Festival will present free public dance performances by Entity Contemporary Dance and Contra Tiempo, both based in Los Angeles, on Sunday, July 29 and Sunday, August 26 at 1 and 2 p.m. at the Festival of Arts grounds’ outdoor stage. 

Entity, directed by Will Johnston and Marissa Osato, is a professional contemporary dance company that interweaves modern, jazz, and hip hop dance techniques to present dynamic repertory that explores the depths of human emotionality and connectivity. Contra Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater, founded in 2005 and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez, is rooted in salsa and Afro-Cuban movement and draws from hip-hop and contemporary dance theater. Contra Tiempo’s dancers create an invigorating blend of physically intense performance that pushes the boundaries of Latin dance as an expressive cultural and contemporary form.

Laguna Dance Festival, now in its 14th year, is regarded as one of Orange County’s major annual cultural events and continues to be an important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists. Its mission is to present world-class dance performance, increase public appreciation for the art, and provide quality dance education. Visit www.lagunadancefestival.org for more information.


Art Talks and Tea this Wednesday at FOA

Festival of Arts will hold its weekly Art Talks and Tea this Wednesday, July 25 from 1 to 2 p.m., offering festival-goers an opportunity to meet with local artists Antje Campbell, Paula Collins, Jorge Fernandez, Rachel Young, Nikita Young, and Jon Edward to discuss figurative sculpture and 3D artworks.

At Art Talks and Tea, artists share their history, inspiration, and career in art as they present their work and dig deeper into the understanding of painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and other art on FOA’s grounds. The progam is held every Wednesday at 1 p.m. through the end of August.

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Antje Campbell will lead Wednesday’s Art Talks and Tea at FOA

Each week is filled with new artists and new activities. For more information or to check the sechedule, visit www.foapom.com/festival-of-arts-art-talks-and-tea

Additional subjects include mixed media, abstract painting, secret passions, recycled runway fashions, and the Pageant of the Masters.

Art Talks are free with regular Festival admission, no reservation required. Festival of Arts is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s

14th Annual Best of Plein Air Award Winners

Saturday evening was lively and festive at Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s (LPAPA) in Residence, located at Forest & Ocean Gallery, as LPAPA hosted the opening reception for the 14th Annual Best of Plein Air juried art show. 

Guests sipped wine and enjoyed nibbling on a beautiful array of artisan cheeses, fruits and sweets as they anxiously awaited the announcement of the five award-winning artists.

LPAPA’s 14th Annual Best of Plein Air exhibition is a special juried exhibition of original works of art created by Signature and Artist Members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA). Four hundred entries were received for this prestigious show with jurors Cynthia Britain (Signature and Founding Member of LPAPA), Carl Bretzke (LPAPA Signature Artist) and Ludo Leideritz (owner Forest & Ocean Gallery) choosing over 60 original framed paintings created by LPAPA Signature and Artist Members for the show’s coveted spots. 

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First Place – “Harvey was Here” by Suzie Baker

LPAPA shares the award winners: 

1st Place was awarded to LPAPA Signature Artist Suzie Baker’s painting, “Harvey was Here”;

2nd Place was awarded to LPAPA Artist Durre Waseem’s painting “On the Crystal Cove Bench”;

3rd Place was awarded to LPAPA Artist Bob Upton’s painting “The Breakwater”. 

Honorable Mention Awards given to LPAPA Signature Artist Greg LaRock’s painting “All Quiet Now” and LPAPA Artist Tatyana Fogarty’s painting “Monterey Fishing”

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Second Place – “On the Crystal Cove Bench” by Durre Waseem

All paintings are on exhibit at LPAPA In Residence located at the Forest & Ocean Gallery until July 23 or can be viewed online through LPAPA’s Best of Plein Air expanded online gallery at www.DailyBrushwork.com. 

LPAPA was founded in 1996 with a mission to preserve Laguna Beach’s rich artistic legacy founded by early plein air artists and promote the tradition of plein air painting in our community, across the nation, and around the world. 

Forest & Ocean Gallery is located at 480 Ocean Ave.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday & Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and closed Mondays. 

For more information, call (949) 376-3635, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to www.lpapa.org.


Sawdust Artists’ Benevolence Fund Auction Sunday

Sawdust Art & Craft Festival will host the 32nd Annual Benevolence Fund Auction this Sunday, Aug 12. The Sawdust Artists’ Benevolence Fund is a source of financial assistance for artists in Laguna Beach who have suffered a catastrophic event, leaving them unable to work. A silent auction will be held at the festival’s Healy House at 10 a.m. followed by a live auction on the main deck, beginning at 1 p.m.

The auction will feature an exciting selection of art created by Sawdust artists, including paintings, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, photography, and more. These artists have generously donated their work with the goal of raising funds for fellow artists in times of need. 

Professional auctioneer Tony DeZao, who will be presiding over the live auction, is sure to pack the experience with lots of laughs and entertaining stories.

“Over the years, our art auction has raised over $150,000. It’s encouraging to see how much our community of art patrons values local artists,” said Monica Prado, president of the Artists’ Benevolence Fund board of trustees.

This year the auction will spotlight a guest artist from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. “Our auction will be highlighting a beautiful mural by Puerto Rican artist, Jwan Perez-Ramos,” said trustee Jay Grant. “Ramos is the Sawdust Art Festival’s guest artist this year, a painter whose house was decimated last year by Hurricane Maria.”

The Sawdust will be matching the purchase price of Perez-Ramos’ mural dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000. It’s the artist’s hope to be able to purchase a new roof for his family’s home.

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Get unique original art by Sawdust artists for a good cause at the Sawdust Benevolence Fund Auction on Sunday

The Fund began as the Artists’ Relief Fund in 1987, when artwork was auctioned to help a critically ill Sawdust Festival artist. In 1993, the fund was reorganized as a nonprofit shelter within the Sawdust Festival and expanded to help not only Sawdust exhibitors, but any working artist in the city of Laguna Beach. With a $1,000 maximum monthly grant amount, the Artists’ Benevolence Fund has provided much needed financial relief and assistance to artists in times of need.

“Anyone may contribute to the Fund, but each summer, Sawdust artists rise to the occasion and selflessly donate their art to the annual Artists’ Benevolence Fund Art Auction. This special event accounts for the majority of the revenue raised for the Artists’ Fund,” said a Sawdust spokesperson.

For complimentary entry to the Sawdust to attend the Benevolence Fund Auction, email Franky Duschane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about the Sawdust Artists’ Benevolence Fund, visit www.sawdustartfestival.org/about/artists-benevolence-fund

The Sawdust Art & Craft Festival is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information, call (949) 494-3030.


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.


Community Art Project (CAP) presents Artist’s Conversation: “Portraits Three Ways” on Saturday, July 14

“Portrait Three Ways,” an exhibition featuring three artists, Jill Petrilak, Jan Magdaleno, and Andrew Petterson, presenting their own unique view of portraiture, runs until September 30. On Saturday, July 14, the gallery will host an Artists’ Conversation from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m., a lively discussion with these three artists, moderated by Elizabeth McGhee. Admission is free. 

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“Turkey Feathers” by Jill Petrilak, oil on canvas

Jill Petrilak portrays her subjects in a traditional style, yet not traditional poses; people from among her circle of friends at moments in their lives.

Jan Magdaleno chooses subjects from the human and animal worlds, working with charcoal, watercolor or acrylic; whichever medium gives the most life to her figures.

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“On the Beach – Red Ball Day” by Jan Magdaleno, oil 

Andrew Petterson prefers charcoal, graphite and oil for his figures, using detail to bring out the emotion of his subjects, figures from today and figures from history.

CAP’s mission is to increase the visibility and appreciation of art and serve as a catalyst for Art Education. CAP provides ongoing exhibition in The CAP Gallery, in the Rotunda Gallery space located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building, 260 Ocean Ave. 

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“Maura” by Andrew Petterson, graphite and charcoal

The CAP Gallery is a unique space for juried, solo and retrospective exhibitions. 

For more information about events, go to www.caplaguna.orgCAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded by the member supporters, the lodging establishments and the City of 

Laguna.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.


Art-To-Go is Red Hot at Festival of Arts

Art collectors who love red will enjoy the 2018 Art-To-Go collection at Festival of Arts. More than 100 exhibitors donated originals under the theme “RED HOT.” Works are available for purchase daily, July 2 through August 26, during regular Festival hours.

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Cunningham Haight’s Red Hot Mama

All media are represented, and subjects include Ferrari sports cars, firemen, sunbursts, and pepperoni pizza. Surprises include opposites – such as a moody photo of an ice cooler, and sexy portraits that convey a red hot theme. Visitors may cast votes for the People’s Choice artist through June 7. Ballots are available at the display. All buyers will qualify to win a two-night stay at The Tides Inn.

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Red Hot by Hugo Rivera

Proceeds from Art-To-Go sales benefit The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts, providing hardship and disaster relief grants for artists in need. View the online gallery at www.theartistsfund-foa.org or call (949) 612-1949.

Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. For more information, visit www.foaapom.com.


The Laguna Beach Art Association will host a discussion led by Dr. Deborah Solon on July 26

On July 26, art historian and co-curator of Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association 1919-1935, Deborah Solon, will discuss the Laguna Beach Art Association in the context of twentieth century art associations.

The exhibition currently at Laguna Art Museum celebrates the centennial of the Laguna Beach Art Association. It’s a tremendous milestone in both the history of the art association and the art colony in Laguna Beach. The exhibition is part of a yearlong celebration marking the museum’s history and legacy, honoring those early artists who influenced the fabric of the developing community, and surveys the evolution of the art association through the 1930s.

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Early pioneers of art in Laguna Beach

Art associations were a phenomenon of the late nineteenth-century, both on the East and West Coasts. But, no two art associations were alike. The Laguna Beach Art Association was a pioneering organization, whose inception helped determine the fortunes of the Laguna Beach art colony and its artists. 

Although monographs have been published on several members of the art association – and some scholarship has focused on aspects of the organization – this is the first large-scale, critical study to focus exclusively on the art association’s growth and development. The exhibition includes over 100 works by 66 artists, including a number of works by major artists that were seen in the original exhibitions.

Dr. Deborah Solon will present a discussion about the historical art association and its relation to modern times. A professor of art history, Solon has a PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Solon has worked as a curator, an auction house professional, and she owns her own business as a fine art appraiser. 

The discussion will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 at Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive.

Admission is included with museum admission.

To reserve tickets in advance, visit: https://41554.blackbaudhosting.com/41554/Speaker-Series-The-Laguna-Beach-Art-Association.


FOA Foundation supports Art Education Programs at the Festival of Arts

The Festival of Arts was awarded a $3,000 grant, which made possible three of its summer art enrichment programs, Arts-X-Press, Boys & Girls Club Photo Club and Family Art Day.

With the support of this funding, the Festival of Arts hosted 270 seventh and eighth grade students participating in the Pacific Symphony’s summer arts immersion program, Arts-X-Press. 

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Arts-X-Press participants

These students enjoyed complimentary hands-on art workshops and instruction in printmaking, scratch art and ceramics at the Festival’s Art Center. They also went on a private backstage tour of the Pageant of the Masters followed by a performance of Under the Sun in the evening.

Funding also goes to supporting the Festival’s partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. Each year, the Festival hosts the club’s Photo Club where children meet artists, take photos, view the art and participate in art workshops.

Additionally, over 200 children were able to take part in free workshops on Family Art Day, a special day at the Festival of Arts dedicated to families with kid-friendly art activities in July.

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Family Art Day at the FOA

“We’re very grateful for this generous grant,” said Sharbie Higuchi, Marketing/PR Director. “To partner with the Foundation to provide creative and educational art experiences for children and young adults is extremely gratifying and beneficial to the community.”

The FOA Foundation, operating independently from the Festival of Arts and co-founded by John Rayment and David Young in 1989, was originally designed to award scholarships to graduates of Laguna Beach High School and grants to nonprofit art organizations and educational institutions in and about the city of Laguna Beach. 

In 2007, the Festival of Arts assumed the financial responsibility of the art scholarships, enabling The Foundation to focus on its grant program for local nonprofit art organizations.


Laguna Art-A-Fair Opening Night features Celebrity Red Carpet VIP Gala

Laguna Art-A-Fair will present an exclusive VIP Opening Night Gala on Friday, June 29 from 6 - 9 p.m. Held at the newly renovated Laguna Art-A-Fair grounds at 777 Laguna Canyon Road, the evening includes gourmet food tastings from local celebrity chefs, fine wine tastings, live music and hosted bar. Attendees will be the first to preview Laguna Art-A-Fair’s luxury design wall as the evening celebrates their new 2018 feature connecting fine art with luxury home design. 

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The new façade brings fresh excitement to Art-A-Fair

Proceeds from the opening night affair will benefit the California Sports Hall of Fame founded by former all-pro running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, Christian Okoye. The nonprofit is dedicated to helping at-risk and under privileged youth by hosting free athletic clinics hosting by well-known professional athletes. Okoye and other known sports celebrities will be on hand at the VIP to greet guests.

The luxury design wall was created by renowned interior designer Nancy Vengoechea of Vengo Design International in partnership with luxury brands tied to the latest design trends in furnishings, flooring, lighting, wall finishes and more. Organizers developed the concept so homeowners can envision fine art in various settings.

Individual tickets to the June 29 VIP night are $150 and can be purchased online at http://art-a-fair.com

Laguna Art-A-Fair opens to the general public on Friday, June 29 from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and continues through Sunday, September 2. 

Festival grounds are located at 777 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. For more information about the Opening Night Gala, call (949) 444-6314 or visit http://art-a-fair.com

A juried art exhibit, Laguna Art-A-Fair has set and maintained a standard of excellence that is respected both internationally and by the local art community.

Arranged as an artist coop, each participant plays a role in producing the annual exhibit that features 120 art exhibits, workshops, food & wine and live music in a scenic Laguna canyon setting. 

Unlike other local art shows, Laguna Art-A-Fair does not have residency restrictions so the festival draws a geographically diverse group of artists with works rich in quality yet diverse in content.


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.


Free Summer Art Workshops at Hortense Miller Garden tomorrow June 26 and on July 21

Free Art Workshops in the Hortense Miller Garden will take place on several days during the summer (see dates below). No experience as an artist is necessary. To sign up, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 374.2696. Space is limited. Participants will meet at Riddle Field and carpool up.

On Wednesday, June 27, Nature Rocks! Children’s Art Workshop will take place. Participants will explore the world of Hortense Miller Garden, learning about the native plants and animals of Laguna Beach. 

Students will learn about coastal sage environment while painting a curious quail traveling the trails of the garden. Join the group for this fun three-hour adventure with local artist Amy Jackson – a wonderful start to summertime fun. The class is limited to 10 kids age five and above between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pack a lunch and water, but all materials will be provided.

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Hortense Miller Garden is an inspiring place to paint

On Saturday, July 21, there will be a Block Printing Workshop for Adults: Stories and Myths. Students will work in the beautiful gardens of the Hortense Miller estate and learn the art of printmaking. 

Inspired by the mythical stories explored in the works of Hortense Miller, participants will study themes of ocean and forest mythology in art. Students will carve their own block and print works on paper and fabric. Artist Amy Jackson will guide the journey through the magical gardens to find inspiration and fun in this printmaking adventure. This class is limited to 10 people and takes place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pack a sack lunch. All materials are provided, but feel free to bring any additional fabric items, napkins, pillowcases. T-shirts, to be printed.

“I hope you’ll have time to join us for one of these amazing workshops! The watercolor workshop is full with a long wait list, so I think we’ll be doing another one in the future!” note Diane Lannon and Dorothea Yellott for Friends of the Hortense Miller Garden.

For more information about the Hortense Miller Garden or to arrange a tour, visit www.hortensemillergarden.org.


Festival of Arts Foundation grant helps Laguna Beach Live! extend outreach programs to schools

A grant of $2,000 from the FOA Foundation supported the presentation of talented professional musicians at local Laguna elementary schools. 

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The Argus Quartet

This past March, the Argus Quartet performed at Top of the World and students were thrilled by their playing and willingness to talk about their work and to answer questions. The Argus Quartet has been the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Julliard School and recently made their New York recital debut at Lincoln Center. 

After the school visit, the quartet also performed at the Laguna Boys & Girls Club and then at the Laguna Art Museum as part of the monthly Live! at the Museum music series.


Live! at the Museum presents flutist Susan Greenberg and harpist Cristina Montes Mateo on August 9

On Thursday, Aug 9, Live! at the Museum presents Susan Greenberg and Cristina Montes Mateo in concert at 7 p.m.

As the first-prize winner in the XII Edition of the Torneo Internazionale di Musica (Rome, 2006), Cristina Montes Mateo is recognized internationally as one of the leading harpists of her generation. 

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Susan Greenberg and Cristina Montes Mateo will perform on August 9 

Flutist Susan Greenberg is a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as well a soloist, chamber musician, symphony player, and recording artist.

The concert is included with Laguna Art Museum admission. Advance tickets are recommended. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


Laguna Beach Festival of Arts honors young artists at Junior Art Award Ceremony on Sunday, Aug 12 

A jury made up of Mark Porterfield, Steve Chadma, Emma Patton, Pat Sparkuhl and Stephanie Cunningham selected 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from the more than 300 Orange County students’ work of art on display in the Festival’s Junior Art Exhibit. sponsored by CalFirst National Bank and Mark Porterfield of Laguna Beach. The entries came from pre-kindergarten age through high school seniors. The winners will be acknowledged at the Junior Art Award Ceremony on Sunday, Aug 12 from 11 a.m. until noon at the FOA. 

Since its inception in 1947, the Junior Art Exhibit has come to be regarded as one of the highlights of the summer show. Selected by art authorities from thousands of submissions representing schools throughout Orange County, works by over 300 students (PK-12) are on display in the Junior Art Gallery. 

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Previous Junior Art Award winners 

The exhibit has become not only a showcase for new generations of young Orange County student artists, but also a vivid testimonial to the value and importance of continuing arts education in our school systems.

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

Festival of Arts Fine Art Show tickets will grant free admission to the Junior Art Award Ceremony. 

FOA is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd, (949) 464-4282


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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.


No Square Theatre promises a royal time at The Disney Princess Concert & Tea Party this weekend

No Square Theatre presents The Disney Princess Concert in three performances this weekend, June 29 (tonight), June 30, and July 1. This is the perfect concert for a princess, with favorite songs and a tea party with ladies performing a long list of Disney songs.

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Charlee Rubino (sophomore at OCSA) as Belle

Some of the 30 songs included will be A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes, A Whole New World, Beauty and the Beast, and Frozen. No Square Theatre reminds princesses to dress up for this special occasion. 

Concert performances will be tonight, June 29 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 1 at 3 p.m. The cost for the concert will be $20 for adults, and $10 for children and students.

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Maggie Anderson (graduate of San Clemente High School) as Elsa

The Preshow Tea Party with a Princess takes place on Saturday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 1 at 2 p.m. The cost is $10 for children and students. Non-tea partying adults are free with a child’s paid ticket. It will be open seating. 

For tickets, go to www.nosquare.tix.com.

No Square Theatre is located in Historic Legion Hall at 384 Legion St. For more information, call (949) 715-0333.


Art-To-Go is Red Hot at Festival of Arts

Art collectors who love red will enjoy the 2018 Art-To-Go collection at Festival of Arts. More than 100 exhibitors donated originals under the theme “RED HOT.” Works are available for purchase daily, now through August 26, during regular Festival hours.

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Cunningham Haight’s Red Hot Mama

All media are represented, and subjects include Ferrari sports cars, firemen, sunbursts, and pepperoni pizza. Surprises include opposites – such as a moody photo of an ice cooler, and sexy portraits that convey a red hot theme. Visitors may cast votes for the People’s Choice artist through June 7. Ballots are available at the display. All buyers will qualify to win a two-night stay at The Tides Inn.

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Red Hot by Hugo Rivera

Proceeds from Art-To-Go sales benefit The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts, providing hardship and disaster relief grants for artists in need. View the online gallery at www.theartistsfund-foa.org or call (949) 612-1949.

Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. For more information, visit www.foaapom.com.


Urban Voices perform free concert at Laguna Beach United Methodist on Sunday, July 29

Acclaimed choral group Urban Voices will perform a free concert Sunday, July 29 at the 10 a.m. worship service at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church (LBUMC). Directed by Leav Sofer of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, the group is composed of residents from the Los Angeles Skid Row community. 

The choir serves as a bridge to the John Wesley Health Centers in LA, which offers health and wellness services for the homeless in LA. 

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Urban Voices

 Everyone is invited to attend the concert, as well as the lunch to be held in Healton Hall following the service. A $5 offering is encouraged (for the meal). Following the concert and lunch, attendees are also welcome to join the choir for fun and fellowship at Treasure Island Beach at the ocean end of Wesley Dr.

Lynn Francis, pastor of LBUMC, says, “We are excited to be welcoming the Urban Voices Project for its premiere concert in Orange County. The performers in this remarkable choir are using their talents to enrich and positively impact the L.A. Community. As they’ve now discovered, the dedication to music has served to enrich their own lives, opening doors for their future.”

Urban Voices Project has performed throughout the Los Angeles area and been featured in the Los Angeles Times and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”  Guest instructors have included conductors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Opera.

LBUMC is located at 21632 Wesley Dr, up the hill from the Gelson’s Shopping Center. 

For additional information, contact the church at (949) 499-3088 or visit www.lbumc.org.


LCAD hosts Summerstudio: Design Thinking 

 Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) hosted the National Art Education Association’s (NAEA) SummerStudio: Design Thinking 2018 from July 16 through July 20. Sixty art educators from across the nation explored the concept of human-centered design through the creative problem-solving process of Design Thinking – an inventive process through which problems are identified, solutions proposed and produced, and the results evaluated. 

Contributing partners of Design Thinking included Gensler, an integrated architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm; Crayola, providing educators with resources and professional development to increase creative capacity school-wide; LIVE Lab, Visualization Department, Texas A&M University; Triseum educational learning games; The University of the Arts; and Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD).

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LCAD hosted Summerstudio

 “We were very excited to host an event with a national community of learners and leaders that offers a structured framework to integrate creative problem solving with design strategies,” said LCAD President Jonathan Burke.

 During the event, attendees were immersed in hands-on workshops including an interactive tour of LCAD›s new Extended Reality Design (XRD) Studio and a visit to Vans, which has generously collaborated with LCAD to create the Vans Honors Lab (an advanced course for LCAD Graphic Design + Digital Media Action Sports students) as well as host an annual Vans Custom Culture high school shoe design competition. 

“Our hope is to empower visual arts educators and decision makers to foster a high level art and design curriculum and create programs in all grade levels,” said Burke. 

LCAD is located at 222 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For more information, call (949) 376-6000 or visit www.lcad.edu.


Celebrity Benefit Event at FOA will feature Steve Tyrell and Sarah Drew on Saturday, August 25

On Saturday, August 25, a celebrity benefit event – including a Steve Tyrell concert preceded by a glamorous Red Carpet – will take place at the Festival of Arts.

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Steve Tyrell

This private event, presented by Southern California Acura Dealers and KOST 103.5FM, begins at 5 p.m. with star-studded red carpet arrivals and fine art, followed by an exclusive live concert with Grammy award-winning record producer and vocalist Steve Tyrell.

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Sarah Drew

After the concert, actress Sarah Drew from Grey’s Anatomy and star of the film Moms’ Night Out will draw the winning ticket for a 2019 Acura TLX and introduce a special performance of the 2018 Pageant of the Masters production of Under the Sun. 

Proceeds from this fundraising event go towards the Festival of Arts building fund and future arts programing. Tickets to this star-studded event start at $50 and can be ordered at www.PageantTickets.com or by calling the Box Office at (800) 487-3378. 

Festival of Arts information

Dates & Times: July 5 – September 1; Open weekdays: 12 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.; Open weekends: 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.; Early closing: August 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Ticket Information: General Admission: Weekdays $10, Weekends $15;

Students & Seniors: Weekdays $7, Weekends $11; Children 6-12: $5; free admission for children five and under, military, and Laguna Beach residents.

Passport to the Arts: A special promotion (funded in part by Bank of America) for only $29. Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair. Guests 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 are also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters. 

Sponsors: Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by

Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5,

Pavilions and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Location: Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For Information & Tickets: (800) 487-3378, www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org


Laguna Playhouse announces hiring of new Grants & Community Outreach manager, Michael Garman

Laguna Playhouse is proud to announce the hiring of its new Grants & Community Outreach Manager, Michael Garman. 

Under the leadership of Director of Development Doug Vogel, Mr. Garman oversees the Playhouse’s grant fundraising efforts to help underwrite Main Stage plays, musicals, special engagements and the theatre’s award-winning youth education programming. 

In this role, Garman is also active in the local community, building the theatre’s local visibility and support among elected officials, community leaders and nonprofit organizations. 

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Michael Garman fits in very well at the Playhouse

Through the Playhouse’s new outreach program TheatreHope, Garman builds partnerships with local nonprofits serving children and families in need and coordinates inspirational outings at the Playhouse. Guests receive free admission and transportation to a performance, an exclusive backstage tour of the famous Moulton Theatre and an opportunity to learn about pursuing live theatre as a career from Playhouse actors and staff.

“We are thrilled to welcome Michael to the Playhouse family,” says Laguna Playhouse Executive Director, Ellen Richard. “His experience, core values and enthusiasm will make him a great asset to both the Playhouse and the community.” 

“The Playhouse is an artistic landmark that has enriched the lives of so many for almost a century,” says Garman. “I’m honored to be a part of the team, and I look forward to helping the theatre continue its important service to the community.”

Garman’s background is in nonprofits – and comedy writing

Garman comes to the Playhouse from Green Dot Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school organization based in Los Angeles that serves approximately 15,000 students in historically low-income communities nationwide. 

As a grant writer, Garman helped generate $755,000 in grants for afterschool programs, community engagement initiatives and arts & music programs. Prior to that, Garman worked in the entertainment industry for several years, including a stint with comedian Andy Samberg and his musical trio, The Lonely Island. 

Founded in 1920, the historic Laguna Playhouse is one of the oldest continuously-operating not-for-profit theatres on the West Coast and is proud to be an active participant in the celebrated Laguna Beach arts community. 

The Laguna Playhouse has range

From classic plays and musical comedies to the current off-Broadway smash, cutting edge and traditional music exhibitions, dance festivals and stand-up comedy performances, Laguna Playhouse brings the magical experience of the performing arts direct to over 80,000 patrons each season. 

Laguna Playhouse educational programming includes year-round classes, productions by and for children and teens (Youth Theatre) and is one of the few companies in the region that offer a curriculum-based professional theatre-touring program, TheatreReach, which aligns with the California State Standards for literature, history and performing arts curriculum. 

Laguna Playhouse has been recognized in 2017, 2016 and 2015 as one of Orange County Register’s “Best of OC” in the category of Live Theatre, and has been recognized by OC Hotlist in their “Best Theatre Group” winning first place in 2017 and 2016. The Laguna Playhouse has featured many talented performers on stage, including Ed Asner, Leslie Caron, Hershey Felder, Harrison Ford, Melanie Griffith, Val Kilmer, Gregory Harrison, Dan Lauria, Hal Linden, Wendie Malick, Rita Rudner, Charles Shaughnessy, French Stewart, Loretta Swit, and Bette Davis.

For more information, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.org.


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.


Festival art student Paige Mushakian wins National Ceramic Exhibition award

A ceramic student from the Festival of Arts Youth Art Classes received high honors from the 21st Annual National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Orange County student, Paige Mushakian, was selected from hundreds of entries nationwide and had her work displayed at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in March.

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Seven-year-old Paige Mushakian captured the attention of patrons and judges with her ceramic piece “Fish Whistle”

Paige was awarded the Potter Council Elementary School Award (given out to only one student out of over 500), the Monstrously Talented cash award recognizing the “creative whizy and mad skillz of an emerging K-12 ceramic artist,” and a certificate for Artistic Merit.

 Paige’s colorful “Fish Whistle” was made at the Festival’s Youth Art Classes last summer with instructor Scott Young. “As her instructor, I was happy for Paige,” shared Scott. “Her piece really showed that she spent the time in creating the features of her fish and chose the right glaze colors that enhanced the piece.”

 The Annual National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition is the premier juried ceramic competition for Kindergarten through Grade 12 (K-12) students in the United States. Designed to showcase the best K-12 ceramic work made in the country, the exhibition takes place in conjunction with the annual conference of The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

 “I can›t believe my fish whistle went to the national competition in Pittsburgh, PA,” said Paige. “I was just having fun and doing my best and look what happened. Art isn’t just what people tell you, it’s using your imagination and having fun.”

 The Festival of Arts is now accepting reservations for Youth Art Classes, available July 5 - August 17, Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. In addition to ceramics, classes are available in painting, printmaking, mosaics, and more. Art classes are open to children ages 5-12. There is a $25-$35 material fee per child per class.

For more information visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org or call (949) 464-4234.


LOCA grant from Festival of Arts Foundation benefits all ages with free and affordable programs

LOCA Arts Education announced that it received a major grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation. The grant allows LOCA to continue its free and affordable programs throughout Laguna Beach in fall 2018 and spring 2019.

“We thank the Festival of Arts Foundation for enabling us to continue educating our entire community,” said LOCA President Carla Meberg.

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Sherry Bullard, LOCA Arts in Schools Coordinator

LOCA serves hundreds annually in all age groups, including those aged 50 and up at the Susi Q Center, as well as preschool and kindergarten children at the Boys & Girls Club. Students at Laguna Beach Unified School District campuses benefit from LOCA’s Arts in Schools combined learning program. Projects, designed to complement academic curriculum, include printmaking from fish drawings, eco-dyed fabrics using plant materials, oil pastels, tissue paper collage and more.

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Student learns to use the LOCA printing press

Botanicals was the theme of a LOCA silk painting workshop series, taught by Olivia Batchelder at Laguna Beach High School. The banners were exhibited downtown at Forest and Ocean Gallery.

“We are so grateful to Forest and Ocean for hosting the display,” stated LOCA’s Sherry Bullard. “Our students were thrilled to see their work is this beautiful gallery setting.”

To learn more, visit www.LOCAarts.org or call (949) 363-4700.


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.


2018/2019 Youth Theatre three-show subscriptions are on sale now

For over 40 years, the acclaimed Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre has been bringing the magic of theatre to young audiences all over Orange County. The program is unique in that the Playhouse presents fully produced plays for young audiences, with age-appropriate casting (adults play adults roles and youth play youth roles) and with almost the entire production – stage crew, costumes, sets and technical aspects –staffed by the students in the Playhouse’s conservatory program.

This year the Playhouse Youth Theatre offers three great plays: 

The Giver: September 28 - 30, 2018

2018 The Giver

Lois Lowry’s The Giver has become one of the most influential novels of our time.
Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation, Jonas will discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny. 

The Giver was the 1994 Newbery Medal winner for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Godspell: November 10 - 18, 2018

2018 Godspell

From Stephen Schwartz, the composer of Wicked and Pippin, Godspell is one of the most successful musicals of all time. A unique and exciting theatrical reflection accompanied by a Tony-nominated rock score including popular hits such as “Day by Day,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” and “All Good Gifts.” Enjoy all the good gifts of one of the most enduring shows of all time with this show guaranteed to thrill and inspire.

Treasure Island: April 27 - May 5, 2019

Winner! 2009 AATE Distinguished Play Award, Best Adaptation

2018 Treasure Island

Join aboard the Hispaniola for a heart-pounding voyage filled with tales of swashbuckling gentlemen o’ fortune, a malicious mutiny led by infamous Long John Silver, and a deadly quest for fabled buried booty. Based on the masterful adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, cabin boy Jim Hawkins must find uncommon courage as he faces a murderous plot and navigates the ambiguous tides of morality.

The Telegraph describes the show as, “Five Stars! Yo-ho-ho! A Festive Treat to Treasure. Hit Ahoy! X marks the spot of a bona fide festive treat! Treasure Island is the answer to every adventure-starved child’s prayers: a racy, pacy, tough-as-old-boots adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling classic!”

For more information about prices and times, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.org.


Pacific Chorale will perform a free public concert August 12

More than 300 Southern California singers, including members of Pacific Chorale, are scheduled to perform in Pacific Chorale’s Choral Festival in a free public concert onstage at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Sunday, August 12. The annual event, presented in collaboration with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, draws singers from cities throughout the United States for a weekend of intensive rehearsals culminating in this community performance. 

“Pacific Chorale has been presenting the Choral Festival for eleven years now,” said Molly Buzick Pontin, managing director. “This event has become a highlight of the year for the choral community, and available spaces for singers in the Festival Chorus regularly fill within the first few hours of registration. We love bringing our community together every summer, both as performers and audience members, for this celebration of song.”

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More than 300 singers will perform in Pacific Chorale’s free concert

Robert Istad, now entering his second year as the Chorale’s Artistic Director, will conduct the program of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The highly regarded organist Jung-A Lee will accompany at the William J Gillespie Concert Organ. The concert also features four accomplished soloists from Pacific Chorale.

Pacific Chorale’s Choral Festival begins at 5 p.m. on August 12 at the Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, in Costa Mesa.

Pacific Chorale’s Festival Chorus includes Jung-A Lee, organist, Maria Cristina Navarro, soprano, I-Chin Lee, mezzo-soprano, Nicholas Preston, tenor, Ryan Antal, baritone, and Robert Istad, conductor.

The program will be music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Excerpt from Fantasia in F minor for Organ, K. 608, Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339, “Alleluia” from Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165, Ave verum corpus, K. 618 

The concert is free to the public. General admission tickets are available through Segerstrom Center for the Arts at www.scfta.org and (714) 556-2787. Ticket holders are guaranteed admission until 4:50 p.m., after which time any available seating will be made available to stand-by patrons.


Save the date if you’re an artist who needs marketing advice (and who doesn’t?)

On Friday, Oct 5, the Arts Commission in partnership with National Arts Marketing Project will be holding a free arts marketing workshop for artists. 

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The Sawdust Festival draws a happy crowd – but how can artists persuade them (and non-festivalgoers) to buy their work? Find out on Oct 5

Interested artists should RSVP to Mike McGregor, Arts Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.


Laguna Community Concert Band has received a $2,500 grant from Festival of Arts Foundation

The Laguna Community Concert Band (LCCB), approaching their 20th anniversary, was awarded $2,500 from the Festival of Arts Foundation for providing free-of-charge musical performances in Laguna Beach.

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LCCB performs at Main Beach

The band performs every year at Hospitality Night, Memorial Day at Main Beach, and at a pre-concert for Patriot’s Day Parade. 

With this grant the LCCB will obtain new sheet music for future performances along with funds for creating concert programs. 

The band extends a huge thank you to the FOA Foundation for its continued support of the Laguna Community Concert Band.

LCCB will perform next in Laguna Beach on August 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Festival of Arts.

For more information, visit www.lagunaconcertband.com.


Festival Runway Fashion Show returns on Sunday, August 19: creativity, innovation, glamor and more 

On Saturday, August 19, the Festival of Arts will hold its annual Festival Runway Fashion Show from noon to 3 p.m. Highlighting creativity, sustainability and innovation, the Festival Runway Fashion Show has grown in popularity year after year. Now in its tenth year, the competition is more exciting than ever as Festival artists compete to win the top prize.

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Competing in this show “where fashion meets art” are Festival exhibitors Richard Bohn, Carla Bosch, Antje Campbell, Kate Cohen, Brad Elsberry, Carolyn Johnson, Elizabeth McGhee, Adam Neeley, and Kirsten Whalen. Utilizing reclaimed, reused or recycled material, each artist is encouraged to wow the judges with their talent and originality.

The Festival Runway Fashion Show offers cash prizes of $1,000 in four categories: Most Creative Concept, Most Exciting ensemble inspired by Pageant of the Masters theme “Under the Sun,” Most Innovative Use of Materials, and Most Glamorous & Elegant “Red Carpet” worthy creation. There will also be a “People’s Choice Award” to be voted on at the event.

The fashion show will be hosted by KTTV FOX11’s Entertainment Reporter Amanda Salas. She has been covering red carpets and award shows for over 10 years for Hollywood Today Live and the Orange County Register before joining the FOX11 team in 2017. Selecting the winners will be a panel of judges including Radar Online Entertainment Editor Alexis Tereszcuk, OK! Magazine Associate Publisher Shelley Fariello, LACMA Curator of Costumes and Textiles Kaye Spilker, costume designer Alex Jaeger, and film production designer Nelson Coates.

“The Festival Runway Fashion Show is one of the most popular events of the summer,” said Susan Davis, director of special events for the Festival of Arts. “The artists put so much effort and ingenuity into crafting these stunning one-of-a-kind runway looks. It’s not to be missed!”


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.

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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


LAM celebrates the hundred-year history of Laguna Beach Art Association as pioneer of LB art colony

Laguna Art Museum is preparing an exhibition titled, Art Colony and Laguna Beach Art Association 1918-1935, celebrating the centennial of the Laguna Beach Art Association with an opening on Sunday, June 24. (There will be a members preview on Saturday, June 23.) This is a tremendous milestone in both the history of the art association and the art colony in Laguna Beach.

The exhibition will be part of a year-long celebration marking the museum’s history and legacy, honoring those early artists who influenced the fabric of the developing community and surveys the evolution of the art association through the 1930s.

A special LAM Centennial program presented by Eric Jessen, titled “Along the Old Coast Road,” will kick off the exhibition on Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m. The program will feature detective work to find the spots where several pioneering plein art artists plopped down their easels from north to south along the Old Coast Road, and some fun videos covering the auction of Wendt’s “Old Coast Road.”

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Laguna Coast by William Wendt, 1930, one of founders of LBAA

Art associations were a phenomenon of the late nineteenth-century, both on the East and West Coasts. But no two art associations were alike. The Laguna Beach Art Association was a pioneering organization, whose inception helped determine the fortunes of the Laguna Beach art colony and its artists. It grew from a relatively small organization to one that included hundreds of members throughout the country. 

Attendance records at exhibitions were impressive. Its leadership was devoted to promoting art in Southern California, but it also traveled its exhibitions to cities outside of California, and it championed arts education in schools. The Laguna Beach Art Association charted its own course, but its development and struggles were also a mirror of artistic and economic issues that confronted many art colonies in the early twentieth-century. Its membership included Laguna luminaries – those artists who exhibited on the national and international fronts – as well as many artists whose reputations never extended far beyond the local confines.

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The Old Post Office by Joseph Kleitsch, 1922-23

Although monographs have been published on several members of the art association – and some scholarship has focused on aspects of the organization –this will be the first large-scale, critical study to focus exclusively on the art association’s growth and development. The exhibition will include over one hundred works by sixty-six artists, including a number of works by major artists that were seen in the original exhibitions.

Major support for Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935 was generously provided by the Draper Family Foundation, Ranney and Priscilla Draper, Peter and Gail Ochs, Thomas B. Stiles II and Barbara Alexander, Yvonne Boseker, Kelvin Davis, and the Historical Collections Council.

Additional support was provided by Diane and E. Gene Crain, John and Patty Dilks, Whitney and Sue Ganz, William C. Georges, Mark Judy, Mary and Matt Lawson, Dr. Eric McDonald and Brian Yaw, Lindy Narver, Earl and Elma Payton, Ray and Beverly Redfern, Joan Rehnborg, Herb and Earlene Seymour, George and Irene Stern, Jon and Dee Dee Stuart, and James Zidell.

LAM is located at  Cliff Dr. For more information, visit www.lagunartmuseum.org or call (949) 494-8971.


End Of The Rainbow opens at Laguna Playhouse this weekend

Laguna Playhouse presents the second show in its 98th season, Angela Ingersoll starring as Judy Garland in the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts/McCoy Rigby Entertainment production of the critically acclaimed End of The Rainbow. The show previews on Wednesday, Aug 8 at 7:30 p.m.; opens on Sunday, Aug 12 at 5:30 p.m.; and runs through Sunday, Sept 2. It is recommended for audiences 12 and older.

End of The Rainbow was written by Peter Quilter, with musical direction by Jon Steinhagen, and directed by Ovation Award winner Michael Matthews. 

Executive Director Ellen Richard comments, “Angela Ingersoll gives one of the most stunning and heartbreaking performances you will ever see as Judy Garland in her final days. It’s simply a tour-de-force performance that is not to be missed.” 

Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham, “We are honored to be presenting this extraordinary production under the exquisite direction of the incomparable Michael Matthews at our theatre.”

Angela Ingersoll’s “powerful, breathtaking performance” (Broadway World) as Judy Garland takes the audience back to December 1968 when Garland is about to make her comeback….again. 

Featuring some of Garland’s most memorable songs, “You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want To Do it),” “For Me And My Gal,” “The Trolley Song,” ”The Man That Got Away,” and, of course, “Over the Rainbow,” this savagely funny play offers a unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of America’s most beloved figures.

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Angela Ingersoll is Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow, previewing at Laguna Playhouse on Wednesday and opening to the public on Sunday 

Michael Matthews has directed many productions at Laguna Playhouse, such as The Graduate and Twelve Angry men, as well as in theatres all over the country. He has received many nominations and awards, including for Very Still and Hard To See (LA Weekly Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play; World Premiere), The Color Purple, and The Musical (Ovation and LA Weekly Awards Best Director and Best Production, Musical), to name a few. Matthews is the recipient of the 2015 LADCC Award for Career Achievement in Direction and was nominated for Artist of the Year by the Laguna Beach Arts Alliance in 2018.

Playwright Peter Quilter’s plays have been produced in 40 countries around the world and translated into 30 languages. He has had three successful shows in London’s West End, a hit run on Broadway, and has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award, for Best New Play and Best New Comedy. End of The Rainbow had its world premiere at the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia in 2005. The show ran for 176 performances at the Belasco Theatre, had a rave review in the New York Times, and received three Tony Award nominations. 

Jon Steinhagen (Musical Director/Anthony) is thrilled to be making his Laguna Playhouse debut; he previously appeared in the role in the Porchlight Music Theatre and McCoy Rigby Entertainment (at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts) productions. Steinhagen has received four Joseph Jefferson Awards and 11 nominations for his work in Chicago theater. 

He is an alumni Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a member of the Dramatists Guild. His numerous plays and musicals have been produced nationally and in the UK. He has authored a collection of stories, The Big Book of Sounds, and a forthcoming novel, The Hanging Artist.

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End of The Rainbow runs through September 2

Angela Ingersoll (Judy Garland) garnered Chicago’s Jeff Award nomination, a Time Out Chicago Award nomination, and “Top Performances of the Year” honors from both Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times for her star turn as Judy Garland at Porchlight Music Theatre. A recipient of numerous awards and nominations, her theatre credits are vast and nationwide. 

Ingersoll and husband Michael produce the Artists Lounge Live concert series. Her many national concert credits include recently partnering with Garland’s son for Joey Luft and Angela Ingersoll in Celebrate Judy Garland. Ingersoll also stars in in her filmed concert Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine, coming soon to Public Television. 

The cast of End of The Rainbow will also feature (in alphabetical order) Zachary Ford and Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper.

The Design Team is as follows: Scenic Design by Stephen Gifford; Lighting Design by Steven Young; Sound Design by Josh Bessom; Original Costume Design at Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago by Bill Morey & Props Design by Terry Hanrahan. Casting is by Julia Flores, and the Production Stage Manager is John W. Calder III.

The season is generously underwritten by The Hale Family.

End of The Rainbow performances (after the preview on August 8 and opening on August 12) will be Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. There will no performance on Thursday, Aug 16 or Thursday, Aug 30 at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug 18 at 2 p.m. or Sunday, Aug 26 at 5:30 p.m. 

Tickets range from $75 - $105 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229.  Prices subject to change.    

The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days); and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For more information on all shows and programming, visit website www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


Playhouse offers free group outings for select nonprofits through its kids’ TheatreHope program

From September 28 - 30, the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre, through its new TheatreHope program, will present a play based on the classic children’s novel, The Giver – and because of the generosity of donors, the theatre will be able to offer free group outings for nonprofit groups serving families in need.

Guests who arrive early will also receive an exclusive backstage tour of the historic Moulton Theatre. In addition, following each performance, a panel of mental health experts will discuss the themes of the play and how they relate to the current challenges facing many of today’s youth.

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Young guests are exposed to many different aspects of the theatre, not only acting, as well as discussions before and after the show

For nonprofit organizations that need assistance, TheatreHope reimburses group transportation costs. In addition, if the majority of the group is comprised of individuals with household incomes below 200 percent of the poverty line, a complimentary meal will be provided prior to the performance.

“TheatreHope enables kids to gain exposure to the many roles and responsibilities required to produce a world-class play, such as costume design, set building, stage managing, lighting, sound work, casting, box office, executive management, screenwriting and directing,” said Michael Garman, the Playhouse’s new Grants and Community Outreach Manager. 

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These kids enjoy a rare opportunity to watch a play through TheatreHope 

(TheatreHope is different from the Playhouse’s TheatreReach community project, which was highlighted in a recent issue of Stu News Laguna.

TheatreHope brings groups of kids to witness a variety of plays in the Playhouse itself, opening up new vistas of possibility and showcasing performances relevant to their lives as a result of the free outings. 

TheatreReach actors and producers go out to schools in poorer areas or underserved areas to enact short plays based on curriculum books, bringing schoolwork to life in front of the kids and stimulating an appreciation of the arts.) 

Garman notes how valuable this exposure to the theatre is for kids who would normally not have access to this world.

Expanding kids’ world view through the arts

“Through these experiences, participants learn about the employment opportunities that exist in live theatre, and in Southern California’s entertainment industry as a whole,” he notes. 

Before and after the performance, Playhouse personnel share their personal stories and professional paths to the theatre, providing guests with guidance about pursuing a career in the arts for themselves, an opportunity which may have seemed unattainable or unavailable to many participants prior to their experience at Laguna Playhouse. 

“We have partnered with a growing coalition of local nonprofits serving families facing homelessness, food insecurity, disabilities, terminal disease, and the effects of addiction,” adds Garman. 

Our goal is for The Playhouse to provide a platform for local collaboration by bringing together community members, service providers, politicians, philanthropists and local businesses to facilitate important discussions and collaborative action plans to tackle pressing economic and social issues.” 

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Boys and Girls Club members enjoy a great outing through TheatreHope

Since the program’s inception, Laguna Playhouse has been fortunate to establish relationships with a broad coalition of nonprofit organizations, including ThinkTogether, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, South County Outreach, Community Outreach Alliance, Laguna Niguel & Mission Viejo YMCA, Glennwood House, Simon Family Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, to mention just a few. 

These organizations provide a wide range of services for the most vulnerable in our community, including: homeless families and those living in transition; military families; food insecure families; individuals with disabilities and terminal disease; and those affected by addiction. 

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The Giver is a 1993 American young adult novel by Lois Lowry, adapted for stage. It is set in a society that at first appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian as the story progresses. 

Performances of The Giver will take place on Friday, Sept 28 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept 29 and Sunday, Sept 30 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

To set up a group outing, contact Michael Garman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 715-5355.

For more information, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.org.


Laguna Playhouse presents End of the Rainbow with tickets at high demand: get 25 percent off now

On August 8 through Sepember 2, Laguna Playhouse will present the show End of the Rainbow. This highly acclaimed production tells the story of Judy Garland’s 1968 comeback as she undertakes an exhausting series of concerts at London’s premiere cabaret. 

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Ticket prices are available between $62.25 - $84.75, with show starting times ranging from 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The average running time for this show is two hours and 15 minutes, including intermission. The show is recommended for audiences 12 and up. 

Due to the high demand of tickets, a 25 percent discount will only be available until end of day on June 30. 

Don’t miss out on this limited time sale; use the code SUMMER when purchasing your tickets at www.lagunaplayhouse.com/box-office/buy-tickets.


Community Art Project presents the colorful exhibition, Pastels

The Community Art Project (CAP) is presenting the exhibition “Pastels” from July 2 – August 8. “Pastels” gives viewers the ability to enjoy the vibrant to subtle colors found in the multi-hued palette of the pastel artist.

There will be a reception on Thursdasy, July 5 at the Laguna Beach City Hall, located at 505 Forest Ave, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

Meet the artists and see works by artists Mary Aslin, Gianne de Genevraye, Mike Ishikawa, Margaret Lindsey, Sally Strand, Marie Tippets, Elizabeth Wallace, and David Wolfram. 

Admission is free. For more information on this upcoming event, visit www.caplaguna.org

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“Beckoning Spring” by Mary Aslin

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“Playa Vista” by Margaret Lindsey

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“Recreation Point, Laguna Beach” by David Wolfram

CAP’s mission is to increase the visibility and appreciation of Art and serve as a catalyst for Art Education. CAP provides ongoing exhibition in The CAP Gallery, in the Rotunda Gallery space located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building, 260 Ocean Avenue. 

The CAP Gallery is a unique space for juried, solo and retrospective exhibitions. For more information, visit www.caplaguna.org.


The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection is a 20th anniversary celebration at Narrative Gallery, August 10 – September 16

Art dealer Robert Chase met Dr. Seuss’s wife, Audrey Geisel, a while back to discuss her late husband’s artwork. While the world knew of Dr. Seuss’s prolific children’s book illustrations, hundreds of major artworks spanning nearly his entire 70-year career had remained unseen. 

This archive included concept drawings and final line drawings painstakingly created for his children’s books, artwork created in the 1930s and 1940s for early commercial projects, and private paintings and sculpture done within the intimate setting of his studio. Both Chase and Geisel believed this Secret Art deserved to be seen and the historic project began nearly two years later, six years after Geisel’s death. 

Narrative Gallery in Laguna Beach will share a rare and compelling selection of artworks from 20 years of The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection. Visitors can explore and acquire works from Dr. Seuss’s best-known children’s books, as well as The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, a mind-expanding collection based on decades of artwork, which Dr. Seuss created at night for his own personal pleasure.

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Perhaps the wackiest and most wonderful elements of the collection are Dr. Seuss’s three-dimensional “Unorthodox Taxidermy” sculptures with names like The Carbonic Walrus, The Two-Horned Drouberhannis, and the Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian

Wolghast, to name a few.

Each of these Estate-Authorized limited editions has been adapted and reproduced from Theodor Seuss Geisel’s original drawings, paintings or sculptures.

Additionally, each work bears a posthumously printed or engraved Dr. Seuss signature, identifying the work as an authorized limited edition commissioned by the Dr.

Seuss Estate.

The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection has become one of the most comprehensive projects ever undertaken for a deceased artist. Nearly 300 gallery, museum, and public exhibitions have been mounted in this country and abroad over the past 20 years, garnering both critical and popular attention from the art world and the collecting public. Three major coffee table books have been published on The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection and 77 limited editions of Seuss imagery have now sold out. Most importantly, Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) has taken his rightful place among America’s greatest artistic talents of the 20th century.

In her preface to the popular coffee table book on this collection, The Cat Behind the Hat, Audrey Geisel (Ted Geisel’s widow) writes: “I’m gratified to carry out Ted’s wishes and have these works revealed to the world.” 

Join the gallery for a fascinating glimpse into the unique artistic vision of Theodor Seuss Geisel. The exhibit runs from Friday, Aug 10 through Sunday, Sept 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Narrative Gallery, 417 S Coast Hwy. For more information, visit www.narrative-gallery.com.


Sawdust Art and Craft Festival’s Art Enrichment Fund receives FOA grant to assist in philanthropic efforts

The Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund announces receipt of a generous grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation to assist in its philanthropic efforts. Monies from the grant have already aided in funding classes for military personnel and their spouses from Camp Pendleton. 

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Active Duty Military and their families participate in free art classes including scarf painting, jewelry stamping, journal drawing, and mixed media printmaking

In April, artist Mary Gulino taught a watercolor journaling class that proved to be a huge success. This month, Faith Fickett will be teaching a class where the students will create a beautifully painted supplies bag. Students that participate in these classes not only get to take home their masterpieces, but they are also given the tips and tools to continue creating wherever deployments may take them.

The Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund is a philanthropic effort that supports education of the public about the arts while providing hands-on experiences to underserved populations. In recent years, the Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund has been privileged to partner with other organizations in addition to the Festival of Arts Foundation to fund classes for at-risk youth, seniors, military and homeless populations in rehabilitation and recovery.

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A grant from The FOA Foundation recently provided a free utility bag painting class to military families

Founded in 1967, the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting art created in Laguna Beach. Best known for offering two highly attended seasonal festivals, the organization also hosts a variety of workshops and classes throughout the year.

For further information about the Sawdust Enrichment Fund, visit www.sawdustartfestival.org/about/saef.

For more on the Sawdust Art Festival, visit www.sawdustfestival.org.


Davis Gaines and Rita Rudner partner up for Two’s a Crowd at Laguna Playhouse on Wednesday, Sept 12

What a duo. Davis Gaines and Rita Rudner appear in Two’s a Crowd at the Laguna Playhouse on Wednesday, Sept 12 for an exclusive engagement. As an added bonus, Nirvana Grille hosts a Rooftop Reception of hearty appetizers, wine, and martini pairings before the (7:30 p.m.) performance from 5 - 7 p.m. And guests also join the stars for a drink at a post-performance champagne toast. 

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Davis Gaines and Rita Rudner appear at Laguna Playhouse on September 12

Stage actor and singer Davis Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, during his run on Broadway, in Los Angeles (where he remains LA’s longest-running Phantom) and in San Francisco (where he received the Bay Area Critics’ Award for Best Actor). He originated the lead role of The Man in Whistle Down the Wind (1996).

Rita Rudner is an American comedian, writer and actress. Beginning her career as a Broadway dancer, Rita Rudner noticed the lack of female comedians in New York City and turned her stage presence to stand-up comedy where she has flourished for over three decades. 

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Pre-performance Rooftop Reception will be at Nirvana Grille

Her performance on a variety of HBO specials and numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson helped establish Rudner as one of the premier female comics to emerge from the comedy boom of the 1980s.

Tickets start at $118, which includes the reception, performance, and champagne toast with the cast. There is limited availability. 

Nirvana Grille is located at 303 Broadway, Ste 101. Valet parking is available if desired.

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. For more information and tickets, go to www.lagunaplayhouse.orgor call (949) 497-2887.


Surf’s Up! Pageant of the Masters revisits Gary Prettyman’s “Cutting Glass” in 2018 Under the Sun

The creative team at the Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach’s world-famous theatrical celebration of art in tableaux vivants, has always loved challenges. And nothing inspires them more than approaching an artwork they hope to transform into a “living picture” than the declaration, “It can’t be done!” Their philosophy has always been: big risk, big reward. 

In 1992, when Glen Eytchison, director of the Pageant at the time, first approached Festival exhibitor Gary Prettyman about his vibrant acrylic portrait of surfing icon Kelly Slater executing an athletic maneuver riding a local wave, Gary’s first thought was, “There’s no way they could do this on the Pageant stage.” 

That summer, Prettyman’s “Cutting Glass” became one of those “how did they do it?” moments in the Pageant, as his acrylic painting became a living picture that seemed to defy gravity in recreating Slater’s dramatic feat onstage.

 At that time, 26 years ago, Prettyman, who still lives in San Clemente, was busy establishing himself as a prominent proponent of surf art, a genre that has proven as evergreen and popular as plein air scenes of Laguna’s shoreline. With his painting on display in his booth on the Festival grounds and also recreated on the Pageant stage, Prettyman was enjoying his own “endless summer.” 

Using photographs as sources for his surfing-inspired paintings, Prettyman was also perfecting his own unique style, creating acrylic scenes that seem to glow from within, as if the painting were floating on the surface of the canvas. 

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“Cutting Glass” by Gary Prettyman featured in 1992 and 2018 Pageant

In the case of “Cutting Glass,” he’d purchased a photo from a local newspaper photographer covering a surfing competition in 1990 held at Lower Trestles Beach. Prettyman was drawn to that particular dramatic shot of Kelly Slater (who went on to win the competition) “cutting glass,” riding a wave. The photographer had rejected the shot because the light and color weren’t ideal. This, of course, was no problem for Prettyman, who was already envisioning the kinetic “pop” he could achieve through his experimental painting technique using transparent colors floating over a clear-coat. 

In revisiting Prettyman’s “Cutting Glass”, there are new reasons to appreciate the artwork and artist. For one, its subject, Kelly Slater, who was already making a name for himself in the surfing world in 1990, has gone on to become one of the acknowledged legends of the sport. 

On a far more personal front, however, this summer’s Pageant also provides another opportunity to be grateful that Gary Prettyman is still with us, and still excited about getting back to painting. In the 1990s, Gary was the victim of a freakish and near-fatal health emergency where he was informed that his survival was nothing short of a miracle. 

A prolonged and arduous recovery added to the challenge, and he often wondered if he’d ever paint again. Happily, Gary managed a full recovery and is more determined than ever to get back to the art he has always loved. With retirement after 20 years from his day job, he’s excited that a whole new Pageant audience will be introduced to his work this summer. 

“My goal now is to paint, paint, paint!” he exclaimed. His love of surfing is undiminished by time or circumstance. “I still love the beauty of surfing, the uniqueness, the camaraderie, the tribe, the lifestyle,” he said of his nearly lifelong muse. Among his first projects is a portrait of an old friend, a famous surfboard shaper who is soon to be inducted into Huntington Beach’s Surfing Walk of Fame. 

Prettyman would also love to believe he’ll one day have his art juried into the Festival of Arts again. In the meantime, he’s just excited to have “Cutting Glass” back on the Pageant stage, this time as a highlight of Under the Sun. 

“Cutting Glass” will also be featured offstage in the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters’ gift shop. Prettyman’s image will be highlighted on the 2018 commemorative poster and program cover as well as additional merchandise including t-shirts and sweatshirts. 

Pageant dates and times: July 7 – September 1, performances nightly at 8:30 p.m.

Ticket information: Advance tickets $15 - $260 

Location: Irvine Bowl at the Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd 

For information and tickets, call (800) 487-3378 or go to www.PageantTickets.com.


Debut of local artist Dominica Fusaro lights up the night with exuberant colors, cocktails, and canapes 

Story by AMY ANDERSON

Photos by Leigh Ann Rowe

Laguna Beach was especially bright last Saturday at the Mermaid Building, with the debut show of local artist Dominica Fusaro. More than 150 guests in attendance were treated to an evening of sparkling lights, twinkling sequins and time with the artist. 

With 12 oversized canvases imbued with abstract designs adorned with sequins, the artist’s signature in this series, the evening was complemented with custom cocktails courtesy of local Laguna Beach bartender Adam Bernstein, and passed hors d’oeuvres by Plums Cafe.

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Adam Bernstein serves up custom cocktails at Dominica Fusaro’s debut

Exuberant color is at the heart of Dominica’s work and it was reflected throughout every detail of the evening. From the colored orbs of sparkling light to the flamingo pink custom napkins emblazoned with “Paint Your Dreams,” the evening was alive with pinks, blues and light that dazzled. 

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Dominica’s work inspired by exuberant color

Dominica’s work is inspired by her love of color, pattern and textiles and she is heavily inspired by her worldwide travel as a diver on an international scale. A native of Cincinnati but a graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Fine Arts, Dominica continues to work and paint in Costa Mesa. 

For more information about Dominica and her work, visit www.DominicaDesign.com.


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.


Tickets are going fast for Ohana Gala, June 22, honoring women surfers who have made a difference

The Surfing Heritage & Culture Center (SHACC) is presenting a gallery exhibit, “Women Making Waves,” highlighting accomplished female surfers. Four of the notable women – Joyce Hoffman, Lisa Andersen, Stephanie Gilmore, and Rell Sunn – are featured in the photography exhibit at the SHACC gallery, 110 Calle Iglesia, in San Clemente.

Then, SHACC’s Annual Ohana Gala, will honor these women at their big bash at The Ranch at Laguna Beach on June 22.

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Rell Sunn, Hawaii’s most prominent female surfer, also known as the “Queen of Makaha,” will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Promising an “Aloha Vibe,” the gala includes an intimate dinner, silent auction, entertainment, and awards ceremony. Joyce Hoffman, Lisa Andersen, and Stephanie Gilmore will be honored as women who have changed the world through surfing.

SHACC’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Jan Sunn-Carreira on behalf of her mother, Rell Sunn.

Tickets are going fast for the event. So, bring your Aloha Vibes, wear cocktail attire and join the celebration of women surfers. The Ohana Gala on June 22 is from 6:30 - 11 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at www.ohanagalatickets.


Laguna Art Museum awarded $11,482 from The California Arts Council as part of Exposure grants

The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $11,482 to Laguna Art Museum as part of its Arts Education: Exposure program. As a segment of the California Arts Council Arts Education grant opportunities, Exposure grants support attendance at performances and exhibitions for students who may otherwise have limited access to these experiences. The impact of student attendance at these events is complemented by pre- and post-attendance activities. 

In 2016, Laguna Art Museum began an education outreach project with in-class art instruction and art-making activities at Heninger Elementary School in Santa Ana and monthly art-making sessions at the Boys and Girls Club of Central Orange Coast. The programs were designed to enhance cognitive and problem-solving skills; promote appreciation for diversity and help develop critical thinking and teamwork; and encourage self-expression and help cultivate a healthy self-esteem. 

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LAM awarded grant from California Arts Council Arts Education: Exposure

With support from the California Arts Council’s Arts Education: Exposure program, the museum will expand its Santa Ana Art Education Outreach programs to bring art education addressing core curriculum standards to Heninger Elementary, Garfield Elementary, and Madison Elementary in 2018-19.   

“We are delighted to be able to continue expanding our audience in Santa Ana,” said Marinta Skupin, Laguna Art Museum’s Curator of Education. “The museum’s 2016 PST LA/LA exhibition, California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820-1930, provided us with the perfect opportunity to launch education outreach efforts and to establish formal relationships with our Santa Ana neighbors. As Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art, we are proud to continue to reach out to all of California’s citizens and particularly to the growing Latino community.” 

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Ferdinand Deppe’s San Gabriel Mission, part of California Mexicana: Missions to Murals; 2016 exhibit launched educational outreach with Santa Ana neighbors

Laguna Art Museum is one of 113 grantees chosen for the Arts Education: Exposure program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council. 

“Studies have shown that projects like Laguna Art Museum’s Santa Ana Art Education Outreach programs that offer real-world, authentic interaction with the arts have a rewarding effect on learning ability,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “These early life experiences can spark interests, provoke thought, and build a student’s capacity for success. The path of what’s possible is widened by every opportunity to step outside the familiar.” 

To view a complete listing of all Arts Education Exposure grantees, visit 

http://arts.ca.gov/programs/files/FY1718_ProjectDescriptions_AE-EXP.pdf.

LAM is located at 307 Cliff Dr. For more information, go to www.lagunaartmuseum.org. 


LagunaTunes Community Chorus receives grants from FOA Foundation and City of Laguna Beach

In support of its musical performances, LagunaTunes Community Chorus, a local non-audition choral singing group, has received a grant of $2,000 from The Festival of Arts Foundation and a grant of $5,000 from the City of Laguna Beach. 

LagunaTunes, a 501(c)(3) organization, accepts everyone who enjoys singing and learning about different musical styles. The chorus will use these grants for facility rental, artist fees, and concert production and promotion.

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Motown Concert performed by LagunaTunes Community Chorus 

Under the direction of Bob Gunn, the 70-member group gives two free concerts every year. Fall concert rehearsals are held weekly from September to December, and Spring concert rehearsals from February to June.

LagunaTunes includes schooled musicians, as well as non-musicians who just like to sing. Music genres range from serious and traditional to pop, rock, and jazz. The emphasis is on improving skills, learning to perform, and enjoying the experience.

For more information, contact Patti Jo Kiraly, president, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

        To learn more about LagunaTunes, go to www.lagunatuneschorus.org.


Festival of Arts: Calendar of events Aug 11 - Aug 17

Get ready for spectacular fun at Festival of Arts: music, wine, and painting, what a week and weekend!

Weekend Nightly Music Schedule
Daily at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission

Tuesday, Aug 7: Anne Walsh and Tom Zink (part of the Tribute Tuesday music series)

Wednesday, Aug 8: Laguna Community Concert Band

Thursday, Aug 9: Pretzel Logic (part of the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series)
Friday, Aug 10: Melanie Taylor” (part of the Step into the Spotlight Music series)

Saturday, Aug 11: Quattrosound

Sunday, Aug 12: Josie James

Art Talks and Tea
Sponsored by PBS SoCal
Date: Wednesday, Aug 8
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

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

On Wednesday, Aug 8, the topic will be “Secret Lives – the Other Me” a conversation with artists about the other part of their life and how it impacts their work. Speakers include Kathy Jones, Jacques Garnier, Betty Haight, Larry Marley, and Bruce Burr.

Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate:
Live Performance by Pretzel Logic

Sponsored by Charles Schwab
Date: Thursday, Aug 9
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 in addition to $10 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $35 per person (includes Festival admission).

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 from XAN Confections. 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.

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Pretzel Logic brings the spirit of Steely Dan alive with exciting musical stylings

Los Angeles based “Pretzel Logic – A Steely Dan Revue” has been playing the festival scene, as well as the club circuit in Southern California since 2001. The group’s dedicated members play with a passion the music of Steely Dan, whose legendary hits include “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Josie,” and “Peg.”

 The music of Steely Dan crosses many musical boundaries. From their jazzy horn lines and smooth vocals, to rock guitar licks and funky grooves, their appeal is wide ranging. With an array of classic songs that ease you into your seat, and upbeat tunes that get you dancing, Steely Dan’s repertoire has an impact on everyone. This little “big band” consists of three vocalists, three horns, and a solid rhythm section. Pretzel Logic brings the spirit of Steely Dan alive with a powerful show that leaves people buzzing.

Adult and Teen Art Workshops
Printmaking with Vinita Voogd

Date: Friday, Aug 10
Time: 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Explore the art of printmaking at the Festival of Arts! This class will focus on the collagraph technique which combines collage, drawing, painting and sculptural elements. Students will use oil-based paints applied with brushes and rollers to create their own colorful, textured and unique prints.Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Workshops. For ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. 

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FOA exhibitor Vinita Voogd takes students on an exciting printmaking journey

Concerts on the Green
Sponsored by Cambria Estates Vineyard and Winery

Down To The Bone
Date: Saturday, Aug 11
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $15 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $40 per person (includes Festival admission).

Down To The Bone is Stuart Wade as producer, writer and mastermind behind the whole groove project, working with other talented musicians and co-writers to bring together a project of good grooves. Set up at the tail end of 1995 when Wade decided to take a track from the soul band he was in at the time, Think Twice, and remix it to give it a rawer and stripped down feel. The result was the Down To The Bone remix of the track ‘Joy Is Free’ which had great success.

Adult and Teen Art Classes
Ceramics with Marty Barth
Date: Saturday, Aug 11
Time: 3 - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Instructor Marty Barth will guide students through the process of creating their own ceramic piece. In this dynamic class, participants will learn how to work with clay using a variety of ceramic tools and hand-building techniques. Designed for all skill levels, this class is a great introduction to ceramic fundamentals.

Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Classes. For ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred.

Wine & Painting Nights
Sunday Donut with Anthony Salvo
Date: Saturday, Aug 11
Time: 8:30 - 10 p.m. 

Cost: $75 (includes Festival admission)

Uncork your creativity this summer at the Festival of Arts! Enjoy a fun painting workshop while surrounded by beautiful art. Learn easy step-by-step processes, as taught by noted Festival exhibitor Anthony Salvo. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece!

All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. $75 materials fee per person, per class. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required.

Youth Arts Education Workshops
Dates/Times: July 5 - Aug 17
Mondays - Fridays 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Cost: $25+ material fee/session
Tuesday, Aug 7: Ceramics (1 p.m.), Printmaking (3 p.m.)

Wednesday, Aug 8: Ceramics (1 p.m.), Mosaics (3 p.m.)

Thursday, Aug 9: Recycled Art (1 p.m.), Ceramics (3 p.m.)
Friday, Aug 10: Sculpture (1 p.m.), Mixed Media (3 p.m.)

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, watercolors, collage 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 full schedule and reservations, call 800.487.3378 or visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road


Festival of Arts opening weekend kicks off with

Le PeTiT CiRqUe at Family Art Day on Sunday, July 8

Families and children are invited to enjoy a day full of art and entertainment at the Festival of Arts Family Art Day on Sunday, July 8. From 12 - 3 p.m., the grounds will be full of fun activities, hands-on art projects, and more. Family Art Day, sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union, is free with Festival admission, and children five and under receive free admission all summer long.

A special coupon booklet will be distributed to children upon arrival, while supplies last. Kids will be able to create their own works of art at the Festival’s ceramic and mixed media workshops.

Parents and children will enjoy a special performance by award-winning Le PeTiT CiRqUe, one of the most unique, innovative and inspirational shows in North America, recently seen on NBC’s “Little Big Shots.” This troop of world-class aerial/circus arts child prodigies in dance, music, karate and singing have mesmerized numerous audiences worldwide due to their impressive and empowering message, talent, skill level, and young ages.

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Le PeTiT CiRqUe performs again at Family Art Day on Sunday, July 8

Live on the Festival’s newly renovated concert stage will be Undecided Future, a pop/funk/R&B band featuring former students of Orange County School of the Arts. They have performed at numerous venues including the 2016 NAMM Show, Honda Center, House of Blues, Disneyland, Angel Stadium and opened up for the legendary band The English Beat at the Coach House.

The grounds will be alive with entertainment for all ages with an interactive treasure hunt throughout the Festival art exhibit, hat making, balloon art, temporary tattoos and more.

“Family Art Day is a great opportunity for families to work together on hands-on creative projects,” said Susan Davis, director of special events for the Festival of Arts. “The whole day is designed to introduce kids to different artistic processes and techniques and to encourage them to use their imagination. It’s always one of the most popular events of the summer!”

For a full listing of events, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org. The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5, Pavilions and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. 

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Family Fun Day, Sunday, July 8, is a day full of family fun and activities

Dates & Times: July 5 – September 1, Open weekdays: 12 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., Open weekends: 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., Early closing: Aug 25 at 1:30 p.m.

 Ticket Information: General Admission: Weekdays $10, Weekends $15.

Students & Seniors: Weekdays $7, Weekends $11. Children 6-12: Daily $5.

Free admission for children five 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 can be purchased for only $29. Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair. Guests 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 are also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters. Valid June 29 – September 2.

Sponsors: Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by

Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5,

Pavilions and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Location: Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For Information & Tickets: (800) 487-3378, www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.


The Laguna Beach Art Association will host a discussion led by Dr. Deborah Solon on Thursday

This Thursday, July 26, art historian and co-curator of Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association 1919-1935, Deborah Solon, will discuss the Laguna Beach Art Association in the context of twentieth century art associations. The discussion will begin at 6 p.m.

The exhibition currently at Laguna Art Museum celebrates the centennial of the Laguna Beach Art Association. It’s a tremendous milestone in both the history of the art association and the art colony in Laguna Beach. The exhibition is part of a yearlong celebration marking the museum’s history and legacy, honoring those early artists who influenced the fabric of the developing community, and surveys the evolution of the art association through the 1930s.

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Early pioneers of art in Laguna Beach

Art associations were a phenomenon of the late nineteenth-century, both on the East and West Coasts. But, no two art associations were alike. The Laguna Beach Art Association was a pioneering organization, whose inception helped determine the fortunes of the Laguna Beach art colony and its artists. 

Although monographs have been published on several members of the art association – and some scholarship has focused on aspects of the organization – this is the first large-scale, critical study to focus exclusively on the art association’s growth and development. The exhibition includes over 100 works by 66 artists, including a number of works by major artists that were seen in the original exhibitions.

Dr. Deborah Solon will present a discussion about the historical art association and its relation to modern times. A professor of art history, Solon has a PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Solon has worked as a curator, an auction house professional, and she owns her own business as a fine art appraiser. 

Admission is included with museum admission. To reserve tickets in advance, visit: https://41554.blackbaudhosting.com/41554/Speaker-Series-The-Laguna-Beach-Art-Association.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive. For more information, visit www.lagunartmuseum.org.


No Square Theatre receives Festival of Arts Foundation grant for costumes in upcoming shows

The Festival of Arts Foundation bestowed a grant of $7,000 in support of Laguna’s local community theater, No Square Theatre. This gift is earmarked for costumes to be used in upcoming productions. The company’s resident Costume Designer is Brigitte Harper.

A nonprofit organization, No Square Theatre provides performance opportunities and theatrical experience to local amateur performers, directors, and technical staff of all ages. No Square holds a children’s summer camp, year-round classes for kids, has an Improv Team made of school-age students, and provides workshops designed for a range of ages, talents, and experiences. 

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Cast of Spamalot costumed in medieval garb

A typical season includes plays, musicals, cabarets, play-readings, concerts, and the popular musical parody of local life, Lagunatics. The 2018-2019 season opens in October with Lagunatics #26, followed by Annie, A Valentine’s Day concert featuring break-up songs, LagunaTots, Avenue Q, Bugsy Malone, and Heathers. Special events in September include a one-woman show by Broadway diva/Laguna Beach mom Juliet Fischer-Schulein and an evening of standup comedy with Lynn Epstein.

No Square founding Artistic Director, Bree Burgess Rosen, says, “We could not exist without the generous support of the community and our loyal patrons. We innovate, recycle, and squeeze every cent of value out of our contributions…each dollar we receive is stretched to the limit.” 

Rosen also notes the importance of the Foundation’s involvement with the theatre since its founding in 1997. “The Festival of Arts Foundation is not only supporting our enhanced pursuit of quality costuming, the Foundation also gave No Square Theatre its very first grant. We are forever indebted to their faith in our dream of community theater in Laguna Beach.”

No Square Arthur

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Spamalot’s King Arthur and his knights in knightly costumes

No Square Theatre is sponsored by the Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach, Patrick Quilter, Yvonne & John Browning, the City of Laguna Beach, the Dorene & Lee Butler Family Foundation, Stella Charton in Memory of Lloyd Charton, Ann and Charlie Quilter in Honor of Joe Lauderdale, Carolyn and Dr. Tom Bent, Patrick Quilter/Quilter Labs, Mark Brisley DDS, Dr. Korey Jorgensen/Jorgensen Family Charitable Gift Fund, the Laguna Board of Realtors Charitable Assistance Fund, and Festival of Arts Foundation.

No Square Theatre is located in Laguna’s original schoolhouse, now known as Legion Hall, at 384 Legion St. For information on performances, auditions, and classes, visit the website at www.nosquare.org and sign up for the emails.


Festival of the Arts Schedule August 6 - 10

Weekday Nightly Music Schedule
Dates/Times: July 5 – September 1
Daily at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival Admission

Monday, Aug 6: Evan Stone with Nick Mancini
Tuesday, Aug 7: Anne Walsh and Tom Zink (part of the Tribute Tues music series)
Wednesday, Aug 8: Laguna Community Concert Band
Thursday, Aug 9: Pretzel Logic (part of the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series)
Friday, Aug 10: Melanie Taylor (part of the Step into the Spotlight Music series)

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Friday, Aug 10: Melanie Taylor (part of the Step into the Spotlight Music series)

Youth Arts Education Workshops
Dates/Times: July 5 – August 17
Mondays – Fridays 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Cost: $25+ material fee/session 

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, watercolors, collage 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. 

Monday, Aug 6: Cartoons (1 p m.), Pastels (3 p.m.)
Tuesday, Aug 7: Ceramics (1 p.m.), Printmaking (3 p.m.)
Wednesday, Aug 8: Ceramics (1 p.m.), Mosaics (3 p.m.)
Thursday, Aug 9: Recycled Art (1 p.m.), Ceramics (3 p.m.)
Friday, Aug 10: Sculpture (1 p.m.), Mixed Media (3 p.m.)

Art & Story Time

Date: Monday, Aug 6
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Art and Story Time is a weekly series for children five and under. Every Monday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., enjoy a different book read aloud plus a hands-on art project. Fun for children and their parents. On Monday, Aug 6 special guest Captain Tall Tale will read his newest book “Culture Island (How Captain Tall Tale Became Tall Part 2)” by Todd McLane.

Art Talks and Tea
Sponsored by PBS SoCal

Date: Wednesday, Aug 8
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Whether you’re an informed connoisseur, an amateur collector, or an art lover, join us for fascinating and informative discussions with the Festival of Arts exhibitors at the FOA’s Art Talks and Tea, sponsored by PBS SoCal. Enjoy tea on the Festival’s green while listening to artists talk about their inspiration, history, and careers in art. On Wednesday, Aug 8, the topic will be “Secret Lives – the Other Me” a conversation with artists about the other part of their life and how it impacts their work. Speakers include Kathy Jones, Jacques Garnier, Betty Haight, Larry Marley, and Bruce Burr.

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Thursday, Aug 9: Pretzel Logic (part of the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series)
Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate
Live Performance by Pretzel Logic
Sponsored by Charles Schwab

Date: Thursday, Aug 9
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 in addition to $10 Festival admission. 

Limited seating available in reserved section for $35 per person (includes Festival admission)

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 complement and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates from XAN Confections. 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.

Los Angeles based “Pretzel Logic – A Steely Dan Revue” has been playing the festival scene, as well as the club circuit in Southern California since 2001. The group’s dedicated members play with a passion the music of Steely Dan, whose legendary hits include: “Reelin’ in the Years”, “Josie”, and “Peg”. The music of Steely Dan crosses many musical boundaries. From their jazzy horn lines and smooth vocals, to rock guitar licks and funky grooves, their appeal is wide ranging. With an array of classic songs that ease you into your seat, and upbeat tunes that get you dancing, Steely Dan’s repertoire has an impact on everyone. This little “big band” consists of three vocalists, three horns, and a solid rhythm section. Pretzel Logic brings the spirit of Steely Dan alive with a powerful show that leaves people buzzing.

Adult and Teen Art Workshops
Printmaking with Vinita Voogd
Date: Friday, Aug 10
Time: 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Explore the art of printmaking at the Festival of Arts! This class will focus on the collagraph technique which combines collage, drawing, painting and sculptural elements. Students will use oil-based paints applied with brushes and rollers to create their own colorful, textured and unique prints.

Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Workshops! Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. 

For full schedule and reservations, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org or call

(800) 487-3378

Dates & Times

July 5 – Sept 1 

Open weekdays: 12 – 11:30pm

Open weekends: 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

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

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) for only $29. Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair. Guests 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 are also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters. 

Festival of Arts Grounds is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.


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.


Laguna Dance Festival: four exciting performances on an intimate stage October 4 - 7

As part of the Laguna Dance Festival’s 14th annual summer and fall program, the organization will bring to the local stage a variety of stunning dance performances between October 4 - 7 as well as two master classes. The program will also include a free backstage peek with Complexions, a one-night-only Bowie tribute, featuring international dance stars in their prime.

Prior to those dates, there will be two free performances at the Festival of Arts grounds on July 29 and August 26, and then a bonus show by an athletic Afro-Colombian contemporary troupe on October 25 at Neighborhood Congregational Church’s Bridge Hall.

Introducing the onstage festival on Thursday, Oct 4 at 7 p.m. is a free dance experience dubbed Backstage with Complexions, offering a unique opportunity for audiences to observe the rehearsal process, speak directly with performers, and gain a deeper understanding of the dances being performed during the Festival. In an onstage demonstration, the Director will work with star dancers from Complexions Contemporary Ballet, leading them through a live rehearsal.

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Laguna Beach native Skylar Campbell, a principal dancer with National Ballet of Canada, will return to his hometown to appear in Laguna Dance Festival’s “Stars of Dance” performances October 6 & 7 

On Friday, October 5 – one night only – Laguna Beach audiences will experience the brilliance of David Bowie with StarDust, Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s dance tribute to the late rock icon. This production will feature the rhythms, personas and musical drama of nine Bowie songs including “Changes,” “Rock and Roll Suicide,” “Heroes” and “Space Oddity.” StarDust takes the genre-crossing, gender-bending, boundary-breaking music of Bowie and translates it into powerful, poignant movement to create a tribute to his restless artistic invention.

StarDust made its West Coast premiere at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on April 20. Included in the evening program are excerpts from Complexions’ contemporary repertory. Complexions Contemporary Ballet, founded in 1994 by master choreographers Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, mixes methods, styles and cultures to create groundbreaking movement.

Audiences will have the unique opportunity to see current and future stars share the stage in one spectacular program at the Stars of Dance shows on Saturday, Oct 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct 7, at 2 p.m. Onstage in dazzling duets and solos will be principal ballerina and Breaking Pointe TV reality series star Beckanne Sisk and soloist Chase O’Connell of Ballet West, Laguna Beach native Skylar Campbell and Jordana Daumec of National Ballet of Canada, and Dores Andre and Joseph Walsh of San Francisco Ballet.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet will perform excerpts by choreographer Dwight Rhoden, and America’s Got Talent finalist DIAVOLO/Architecture in Motion will present Knockturne by director/choreographer Jacques Heim. In addition, dancers from USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s inaugural BFA class will perform a variety of works choreographed by Barak Marshall, Aszure Barton and Laguna Dance Festival founder and artistic director Jodie Gates.

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Terk Waters of Complexions Contemporary Ballet will appear in the single performance of “StarDust,” a moving tribute to David Bowie on October 5, part of the Laguna Dance Festival

The festival’s four onstage performances will be held at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets are on sale now at www.lagunadancefestival.org and will go on sale August 6 at Laguna Playhouse.

In addition to these shows, the Laguna Dance Festival will present free public dance performances by Entity Contemporary Dance and Contra Tiempo, both based in Los Angeles, on Sunday, July 29 and Sunday, August 26 at 1 and 2 p.m. at the Festival of Arts grounds’ outdoor stage. 

Entity, directed by Will Johnston and Marissa Osato, is a professional contemporary dance company that interweaves modern, jazz, and hip hop dance techniques to present dynamic repertory that explores the depths of human emotionality and connectivity. Contra Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater, founded in 2005 and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez, is rooted in salsa and Afro-Cuban movement and draws from hip-hop and contemporary dance theater. Contra Tiempo’s dancers create an invigorating blend of physically intense performance that pushes the boundaries of Latin dance as an expressive cultural and contemporary form.

Laguna Dance Festival, now in its 14th year, is regarded as one of Orange County’s major annual cultural events and continues to be an important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists. Its mission is to present world-class dance performance, increase public appreciation for the art, and provide quality dance education. Visit www.lagunadancefestival.org for more information.


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. 

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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.


LPAPA celebrates its two-decade legacy with plans for a book: Do you remember your first Invitational?

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association is celebrating a special milestone this year – the 20th anniversary of LPAPA’s LB Painting Invitational. Each year the best plein air artists are invited to Laguna Beach to paint and celebrate the legacy of the those artists who first established Laguna as an art colony by founding the Laguna Beach Art Association (LBAA) and opening the first Laguna Art Gallery in 1918.

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2017 “Best in Show” Winner, “Before Sunrise” by LPAPA Signature Artist Aimee Erickson

LPAPA is considered the steward of this plein air legacy, and is dedicated to preserving the plein air tradition of painting for future generations.

To mark this anniversary, LPAPA plans to publish a hardbound book to tell the full story. This special book, to be authored by Mr. Jean Stern, the leading authority on plein air art, will be a recording of the Invitational history and the top award-winning artists who have helped celebrate Laguna’s artistic legacy and have become part of the tradition. 

If you remember your first invitational, a $30 donation will reserve your copy of the book and you can play a part in history and be in the book. If you make a donation of $250 or more, you will receive special donor appreciation packages, plus be named in the book as a supporter. 

A $30 donation will reserve a copy of your book below the retail price.

For more information or to donate, visit https://lpapa.org.


Upcoming film night at LAM will feature Obey Giant: The Art and Dissent of Shepard Fairey 

On Thursday, Aug 16, Laguna Art Museum presents the film Obey Giant at 7 p.m. Tickets are expected to go fast.

Obey Giant: The Art and Dissent of Shepard Fairey is an American documentary film that premiered in November 2017. Directed and produced by James Moll, it explores the life and career of street artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey. 

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Originally premiering on Hulu, Obey Giant has gained popularity 

The film covers Fairey’s life from his beginning doodles to his iconic “Hope” poster for the Obama campaign. 

Shepard Fairey was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Fairey became involved with art in 1984, when he started to place his drawings on skateboards and T-shirts.

The event is included with museum admission. Advance tickets are strongly recommended. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive and is open from Friday - Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Thursday from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays.

 For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


Laguna Beach Live! presents Anne Walsh Quartet July 25 at [seven-degrees]

The Laguna Beach Live! Jazz Wednesdays Summer Series features world jazz vocalist Anne Walsh Quartet on July 25 at [seven-degrees].

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Anne Walsh

Anne Walsh began her singing career in high school choir and continued into college to study voice and music therapy. After graduation, Anne moved from Massachusetts to Los Angeles where she discovered her voice in many genres including rock & roll, jazz, opera, and musicals. 

She holds a Master’s degree from Cal State Long Beach and currently resides on the faculty of American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles, a college for the performing arts. Presently, among gigs at the Long Beach Carpenter Center, McKinney Theatre, and various clubs including Spaghettini’s Jazz Club, Anne is touring nationally and internationally.

Jazz Wednesdays Summer 2018 is located in the distinctive [seven-degrees] event facility, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd. Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner and social hour. Dinner will be served through to 7 p.m. Dinner menu varies by concert. 

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Seating is assigned according to date of purchase, season ticket holders and Laguna Beach Live! membership.

For more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org.


Festival of Arts: Calendar of events July 28 – Aug 3

Get your dancing gear on and pick up your palette and your paintbrushes – it’s going to be a fun week at the Festival of Arts.

Weekend Nightly Music Schedule
Daily at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission
Saturday, July 28: Peter Sprague
Sunday, July 29: The Tony Guerrero Quintet

Adult and Teen Art Classes:
Exotic Glazing with Marty Barth
Date: Saturday, July 28
Time: 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

This class is an introduction to the world of exotic glazes, showcasing the techniques behind unusual glazes not readily available to the general public. Using a ceramic piece created by Instructor Marty Barth, students will apply color and shine to their clay base. Participants will receive step-by-step instruction on proper application technique to create a stunning one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Classes. For ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred.

Wine & Painting Nights
Getting to the Point with Anthony Salvo
Date: Saturday, July 28
Time: 8:30 – 10 p.m.
Cost: $75 (includes Festival admission)

Uncork your creativity this summer at the Festival of Arts. Enjoy a fun painting workshop, while surrounded by beautiful art. Learn easy step-by-step processes, as taught by noted Festival exhibitor Anthony Salvo. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece! All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. $75 materials fee per person, per class. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required.

Adult and Teen Art Classes
Drawing with Ray Brown
Date: Sunday, July 29
Time: 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Students will learn the foundational principles of drawing. Working from a still life set-up, participants will be guided as a group and individually starting from a basic block-in all the way through to a completed rendered drawing. Students will also be informed as to the best materials and supplies to use when making their own drawings. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced levels.

Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Classes. Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. 

Weekday Nightly Music Schedule
Daily at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival Admission
Monday, July 30: Dan Krikorian Band
Tuesday, July 31: The Beatroots (part of the Tribute Tuesday music series)
Wednesday, August 1: Missiles of October
Thursday, Aug 2: Gregg Karukas and Michael Paulo (part of the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series)
Friday, Aug 3: Tony Guerrero presents “Girls Jazz Night” (part of the Step into the Spotlight Music series)

Youth Arts Education Workshops
Mondays – Fridays 1 & 3 p.m.
Cost: $25+ material fee/session

Monday, July 30: Printmaking (1 p.m.), Drawing (3 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 31: Ceramics (1 p.m.), Painting (3 p.m.)
Wednesday, Aug1: Painting (1 p.m.), Watercolors (3 p.m.)
Thursday, Aug 2: Wax Painting (1 p.m.), Ceramics (3 p.m.)
Friday, Aug 3: Sun Prints (1 p.m.), Mixed Media (3 p.m.)

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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, watercolors, collage 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

Art & Story Time
Date: Monday, July 30
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Art and Story Time is a weekly series for children five and under. Every Monday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., enjoy a different book read aloud plus a hands-on art project. Fun for children and their parents. On Monday, July 30, join us for “Monster Patrol” by James Scott.

Art Talks and Tea
Sponsored by PBS SoCal
Date: Wednesday, Aug 1
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

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Brian Giberson (above) will talk art on August 1

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

On Wednesday, Aug 1, the topic will be “Mix it Up,” a conversation with mixed media artists Brian Giberson, Mary Aslin, Roberto Brun, Carolyn Machado, Mia Moore, and Casey Parlette.

Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate:
Live Performance by Gregg Karukas and Michael Paulo

Sponsored by Charles Schwab
Date: Thursday, Aug 2
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 in addition to $10 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $35 per person (includes Festival admission).

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 from XAN Confections. 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. 

Grammy winning keyboardist/composer Gregg Karukas is enjoying the rare accomplishment of two consecutive #1 hit songs and three Top 5 chart hits from his stellar 2014 CD release “Soul Secrets”. His 2nd single, “Rio Drive,” was named the #1 most played song of 2015 on Alan Kepler’s Smooth Jazz Top 20 and #2 on Billboard’s 2015 airplay chart.

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One of the most versatile and cosmopolitan saxophonists in pop, soul and contemporary jazz for nearly 35 years, Michael Paulo has added his distinct “saxpertise” to a virtual who’s who of artists. A dynamic live performer, Michael has constantly left his audiences wanting more. His emotive playing and endearing style has never failed to capture the hearts of his fans all over the world.

Adult and Teen Art Workshops
Watercolors with Lillian Anna Blouin
Date: Friday, Aug 3
Time: 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Discover the art of watercolor. Instructor Lillian Anna Blouin will guide students through creating their own work of art using a variety of watercolor techniques. Starting with the basics of constructing a composition, Blouin will demonstrate different forms of washes including some unconventional methods for students to use on their own canvas. The end result will be a beautiful and unique watercolor painting to take home.

Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Workshops. Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. 

Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road

For full schedule and reservations, call 800.487.3378 or visit: www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org


Jazz Seminar offered this fall by Laguna Beach Live!

Laguna Beach Live!, which presents live classical music and jazz year-round, will host a three-part seminar “All About That Jazz” on understanding jazz. The series begins on Tuesday, Sept 18 and continues on Tuesday, Oct 2 and 16 at Mozambique.

Noted jazz instructors and performers will lead the seminars, including Steve Wade, Music and Jazz Director, Laguna Beach School District and Joey Sellers, Director of Jazz Studies at Saddleback College.

“This will be an exciting experience for jazz fans and pros alike,” said Cindy Prewitt, President of Laguna Beach Live! “The series will weave live demonstrations into explanations of jazz technique and history. Our instructors will unlock the mystery behind the amazing interaction that takes place between musicians on stage.” 

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Bijon Watson playing at [seven-degrees] during Summer Jazz Series

The series costs $90, and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Food and beverage at Mozambique will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. at happy hour pricing. Enrollment is limited.

The goal of Laguna Beach Live! (LBL) is to continually increase the quality and number of professional live performances in the city throughout the year and to offer educational programs to promote the appreciation of music for the enjoyment and education of residents, especially students. LBL believes increased cultural activities will enrich the lives of all who attend these events and have a positive economic impact on the city.

To enroll in the series, go to www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (800) 595-4849.

Mozambique is located at 1740 S Coast Hwy.


Laguna Playhouse presents world premiere musical Two’s A Crowd with Rita Rudner and Davis Gaines 

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce a very special event, a world premiere musical titled Two’s A Crowd starring Rita Rudner and Davis Gaines. The book is by Martin Bergman and Rita Rudner, with music and lyrics by Jason Feddy, and directed by Martin Bergman. Two’s A Crowd will perform two weeks only, Friday, Sept 7 through Sunday, Sept 16 at Laguna Playhouse located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road. 

They say opposites attract. They haven’t met Tom and Wendy. Forced together by a computer error, freewheeling Tom and uptight Wendy do their best to ruin each other’s vacations. Will they get to know each other well enough to reveal the real reasons behind their travel? Will they agree on sleeping arrangements? Will room service ever arrive? 

This is Martin Bergman and Rita Rudner’s third new show and first musical at the Laguna Playhouse, and their most ambitious offering to date. “We find the Laguna audience to be really supportive, and we wanted to start this show here before taking it on tour and hopefully ending up in New York,” said Martin Bergman. “The feedback we’ll get from the Playhouse audiences will be immensely helpful, and we hope the people who come and see the show will know and enjoy their role in being involved in something at its very inception. Although it’s set in Las Vegas, it’s a very Laguna recipe – the three of us plus the immensely talented Jason Feddy.”

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See Rita Rudner take the role of Wendy in Two’s A Crowd

Rita Rudner has been a house-filling favorite in Las Vegas since she opened as one of the hottest tickets in town in June 2000. Rudner is known for her epigrammatic one-liners. She has done numerous amounts of projects and has played Annie on Broadway.

 David Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, during his run on Broadway, in Los Angeles, where he remains LA’s longest-running Phantom, and in San Francisco, where he received the Bay Area Critics’ Award for Best Actor.

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See David Gaines take the role of Tom in Two’s A Crowd

Martin Bergman produced his first play at the Royal Court Theatre in London when he was only fifteen. As a teenager, the Royal Court allowed him free rein to observe close-up theatre giants like Samuel Beckett, Athol Fugard, David Storey, Christopher Hampton, Edward Bond, David Hare and Lindsay Anderson. 

Bergman and Rudner’s last film, Thanks, premiered at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival which won several awards on the film festival circuit and was bought by and frequently aired on Showtime. Bergman’s production company has produced all of Rudner’s TV projects as well as her record-breaking stage show in Las Vegas. 

Jason Feddy was born and raised in Leeds, UK, where he paid his musical dues in the ‘80s in the working men’s clubs and pubs that hone so much of Britain’s Rock & Roll talent. He has worked as a singer/songwriter and guitarist ever since his school days, also working for 5 years as a morning jock on Laguna Beach’s local radio station. 

Performances will be on Friday at 7:30 p.m; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m; with additional performances on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m and Thursday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $75 - $120 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787).

Group discounts are available by calling (949) 497-2787 ext. 229. Prices are subject to change. For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


Late Night Catechism 3: Til Death Do Us Part performance at the Playhouse on June 18 at 7:30 p.m.

After teaching countless students about the saints, venial sins, limbo and more, Sister is now offering up hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and the Last Rites, including her own wacky version of the Newlywed Game. 

Classroom participation is a must, so bring along your sweetie and your sense of humor for a session with the country’s feistiest couples counselor! ‘Til Death Do Us Part is the latest class to be unveiled in this sinfully funny series.

Late Nite catechism

Writer Maripat Donovan originated the role of Sister in “Late Nite Catechism” and has toured internationally, receiving rave reviews for her work in Chicago, Boston, Providence, New York, Toronto, Philadelphia, Seattle, Portland, London, and Dublin. She worked in Chicago theatre for more than 20 years, winning Joseph Jefferson citations for her work in “Portrait of a Shiksa” and “The Good Times are Killing Me.” 

For her work in “Late Nite Catechism,” she was nominated for the coveted “Outer Critics Circle Award in New York for Outstanding Solo Performance. Maripat won the Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Solo Performance in Los Angeles.

The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. For more information, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com or call (949) 497-2787.


Reserve now for LCAD’s 29th annual Collector’s Choice Gala at the Montage November 16

Tickets are now available for Laguna College of Art + Design’s 29th annual Collector’s Choice Gala and Live Art Auction on Friday, Nov 16 at the Montage.

Collector’s Choice is LCAD’s premier annual fundraising event that directly supports LCAD’s students, its programs, and helps to fund the $2.5 million in student scholarships the art college awards annually.

“LCAD’s 2017 Collector’s Choice Gala + Live Auction was our most successful event yet. Supporters like you helped to raise over $315,000 for LCAD’s students and programs,” said LCAD Director of Development Tracy Hartman. “Attendees were awed by the elegant and colorful decor at Montage Laguna Beach. The high-quality fair created a fun and lively experience for all.”

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Enjoy bidding on exciting art at LCAD’s 29th annual Collector’s Choice Gala

 The art for the live auction was included works from LCAD faculty, alumni, and local professional artists. Gallerist Carla Tesak Arzente of saltfineart generously provided a “mystery item” adding to the funds raised. 

“Please join us at Montage Laguna Beach, one of Southern California’s most scenic and luxurious resorts, for an elegant evening of fine art, exquisite wine, and extraordinary cuisine, all to benefit students and programs of Laguna College of Art + Design,” Hartman said.

LCAD’s 29th annual Collector’s Choice has many sponsorship and reserved seating opportunities available. The event will be held on Friday, Nov 16 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Montage Laguna Beach. For more information and/or to purchase table(s), email Tracy Hartman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call (949) 376-6000 or visit www.lcad.edu/about/support/collectors-choice.


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.

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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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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.


Spamalot opens tonight at No Square Theatre

Spamalot, the kids’ musical based on Monty Python’s “Search for the Holy Grail” and featuring some of our community’s brightest young talent, opens this weekend at No Square Theatre. This special edition is based on the book and lyrics by Eric Idle, with music by John DuPrez and Eric Idle. Ella Wyatt directs the talented young cast, with music direction by Susan Thoren Geiser. 

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Douglas Spam is getting ready for the big performances ahead 

Spamalot (young@part) brings the comic genius of the zany British crew to a whole new generation. Monty Python fans of all ages will enjoy the familiar sight gags and laugh lines that have become part of our culture. Belly laughs are guaranteed, and coconuts are optional. (If you get that, you’re already a fan. If not, come and see why it’s funny!)

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Get ready to see young talent put on the number Umbrellas 

Featuring some terrific young talent: Chase Benson, Will Briggs, Rylee Bullington, Story Bullington, Nico Camacho, Alfie Cant, Caroline Coleman, Kami Crawford, Chloe Flaherty, Finn Flanagan, Laird Garcia, Jonah Goldstein, Lila Goldstein, Kate Hennessy, Alexandra Keyser, Lauren Kimball, Joie Lucas, Kate Motherway, Taite Morrison, Douglas No`age, Meghan Reardon, Kemper Rodi, Nathan Ryan, Kate Storke, Shelby Thomas, Lauren Trautenberg, Mackenzie Wrap, and Joely Rose Wyatt.

Performances open this weekend, Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m.; and also run next weekend on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m.

No Square Theatre is in Historic Legion Hall, at 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of the High School. The High School has ample free parking. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance.

No Square Theatre is generously sponsored by The Lodging Establishments & City of Laguna Beach, Patrick Quilter, Dorene & Lee Butler Family Foundation, Yvonne & John Browning, The City of Laguna Beach, Stella Charton in Memory of Lloyd Charton, Ann & Charlie Quilter in Honor of Joe Lauderdale, Carolyn & Tom Bent, Patrick Quilter/Quilter Labs, Festival of Arts Foundation, Laguna Board of Realtors Charitable Assistance Fund, Hall Family Foundation, and Vicki & Steve McIntosh.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $30 for VIP front row, and $10 for kids up to age 12. All tickets available at www.nosquare.org.

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