Numerous thefts from cars in Temple Hills & TOW Tuesday
At least seven vehicle owners reported to police that items had been stolen out of their cars and trucks in the wee hours of Tuesday morning up and down Temple Hills Drive and on Mountain View Drive.
A review of the police log indicates that items taken were in plain sight including a backpack and a duffle bag. The owner of a Ford F150 pickup estimated a loss of $1150 of missing items including a laptop.
Three of the seven reports included windows being smashed while the other four had open doors or windows.
French eatery to open in old Scandia Bakery spot downtown
By SHAENA STABLER
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Moulin is coming soon!
Moulin will open its second location in the heart of Laguna Beach this summer, in the building where Scandia Bakery operated for close to four decades. Owner Chef Laurent Vrignaud’s new location will offer a similar “authentic French experience” as his flagship store in Newport Beach, which opened in September 2015, but will be tailored to the Laguna Beach community.
“Laguna Beach has a special place in my heart. Its unique, relaxed vibe reminds me of the seaside communities across France,” explains Laurent, who moved to Laguna Beach with his family in 2002. “In Laguna Beach, everyone walks about town, just as they do in the villages of France. For this reason, it has been my dream to recreate the café culture of coastal France here in Laguna Beach.”
In the mornings, guests will enjoy coffee and espresso beverages complemented with classic pâtisserie and boulangerie items as well as made-to-order crepes and waffles. Fresh baked breads and classic viennoiserie will be available in the early mornings and continuously baked fresh throughout the day.
In the afternoons and evenings, Moulin will serve its slow-cooked rotisserie chicken. A large window into the kitchen will showcase rotisserie chicken turning on specialty ovens imported from France. Guests can enjoy a glass of French wine or beer complemented with cheese and charcuterie. Exclusive to the new Laguna Beach location will be a selection of handcrafted ice cream elegantly served in a traditional coupe glaceé.
“Catering to the Laguna Beach lifestyle, Moulin will wake up and go to sleep with the city,” added Laurent. “Moulin Laguna Beach is a place designed by locals, for the locals.”
A full demolition and renovation on the space will result in new additions including a front patio, stand-alone coffee bar, and exhibition window into the kitchen. Much like its flagship location in Newport Beach, the new Laguna Beach location will offer a French experience for all the senses.
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Artist rendering of the interior of new Moulin Laguna
Moulin will feature vintage furnishings and décor such as bistro tables and chairs, original metal plaques, light fixtures, and framed French art – all collected by Laurent from France. The sounds of French music and French-speaking guests will fill the air along with the scent of fresh-baked breads.
Totaling 1600 sq. ft., the new location sits at the heart of Forest Ave and will offer indoor and patio seating. Within walking distance to Main Beach, much of Moulin’s menu will be available to-go, much like many cafes in cities along coastal France.
Moulin Laguna Beach is located at 248 Forest Ave, and will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit: www.moulinbistro.com
TOW’s beloved maintenance worker, William Guido, has been selected as Classified Employee of the Year
The Laguna Beach Unified School District selected Top of the World Elementary School maintenance worker William Guido as its Classified Employee of the Year.
“William is a beloved member of the TOW family. He cares so deeply for the school and puts the needs of everyone ahead of his own,” said TOW Principal Mike Conlon. “William’s positive energy and can do attitude are just a few of the reasons why he is so well deserving of this recognition.”
The Classified Employee of the Year program pays tribute to the tireless efforts of California’s outstanding classified school employees. The program highlights contributions of classified school employees who support the education of California’s public school students in preschool through grade 12. Classified employees are vital to the educational team and play key roles in creating a school environment that promotes student achievement, safety and health.
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Superintendent Dr. Sherine Smith (L), TOW paraeducator Margaret Warder, and TOW Principal Mike Conlon celebrate with
Classified Employee of the Year William Guido
Guido worked at Laguna Beach High School as a maintenance worker for seven years before he transferred to Top of the World in 2007. He is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the school; however, he goes above and beyond by proactively identifying and completing projects on a continuous basis.
“He is an exceptional problem solver and demonstrates superior skill level in every task that he performs,” said Director of Facilities Jeff Dixon.
Guido grew up in Nicaragua where he was raised by his grandfather, a farmworker who taught him about the value of personal relationships, hard work and integrity. His experience with the Nicaraguan military helped create his work ethic and forward- thinking skills that enabled him to immigrate to the United States. His peers recognize him as kind, compassionate and selfless, qualifying him as the top finalist for the award.
“William embodies all the best characteristics of our classified employees,” saidSuperintendent Sherine Smith. “He is extremely hard-working, responsible and always goes the extra mile. He is always cheerful and happy to help. He is a truly stellar employee!”
“I feel blessed to be recognized and chosen to receive this honor,” said Guido. “I am honored to be a part of the wonderful TOW family and to be working within the Laguna Beach Unified School District.”
Classified staff and management identified 24 nominees, whose names were placed on the ballot. In addition to Guido, finalists include LBHS Nutrition Services Central Kitchen Manager Brian Armstrong, Instructional Assistant Betsy Klein, Health Clerk Peggy Legault, and Special Education and Student Services Specialist Debby Nash, a district office employee.
William Guido and the other finalists will be recognized at a Board of Education meeting in the spring.
City launches new alert notification system for resident information – and it’s easy to register
From a City press release
The City of Laguna Beach has partnered with Nixle to add functionality to its Community Notification System to alert residents in real-time for localized situations and relevant community advisories. In time, Nixle will be replacing our current traffic alert text message system.
The service is secure, reliable, and easy to use. As a resident, there are several simple ways to register:
1. Text your ZIPCODE to 888777 from your mobile phone
2. Go to www.lagunabeachcity.net and sign up via the Nixle Widget
3. Sign-up and create a User Profile on www.nixle.com
“I am excited to launch the Nixle system to better communicate with our community. Nixle will allow all City Departments to engage the community regarding many different types of information such as traffic congestion, community events, and emergency information through text, email, and phone messages,” said City Manager John Pietig. “One of the best features is that it is as easy as a text message to sign up!”
All alerts will be targeted geographically, allowing residents to receive localized, relevant alerts from the City of Laguna Beach. Nixle alerts can be sent via Text, Email, Voice, Web, Social Media, and the Nixle Mobile App in an instant. Nixle is partnered with NLETS for unmatched data security.
Debra Oakland’s new book, Change Your Movie, Change Your Life, launches on Amazon Feb 17
Debra Oakland is founder of Living in Courage Online – A Spiritual Oasis for Overcoming Life’s Biggest Challenges. She and her husband Cody are longtime residents of Laguna Beach.
Next week her new book launches; it’s a story of her journey through the most difficult of times, and how one can have the courage to rise above it.
Over a short four years Debra lost her 21 year-old son, her baby girl in the eighth month of pregnancy, and both her brothers. A few years later, her father passed from prostate cancer. Debra’s story and passion to teach others how to live a life in courage, has been featured in major media outlets including online TV, radio, magazines, and best-selling books.
Change Your Movie, Change Your Life: 7 Reel Concepts for Courageous Change is Debra’s debut book, launching Feb 17, on Amazon.
“Change Your Movie, Change Your Life will empower you in a fresh new way to take control of your life,” said Oakland. “You have a voice and you have a choice!
“Imagine you are the creative writer, director, producer and leading star in the hit movie of your own life. Within these pages you will experience an epiphany of spiritual awareness to understand what you want in your life, what you don’t want, and how to achieve your goal with actionable intention.”
The 7 Reel Concepts for Courageous Change within these pages entertain, educate and inspire people to courageously create the most purposeful, peaceful and positive life they have dreamed of living, and always deserved.
“Over the last 6 years I have put my heart, soul, love, light and above all, gratitude into my book,” said Oakland. Her launch “party” will be online, via Facebook, Feb 17. “Help me make my book a best seller!”
Visit her book launch at https://www.facebook.com/events/551563714999748/
Tuesday’s City Council meeting
By MICHELE HALL
Top of the World – Arch Beach Heights trail project
The City Council chambers were packed with residents this Tuesday wishing to speak on the issue of the approval of the Top of the World (TOW) trail project. In its present state, the trail that connects Old Top of the World and Arch Beach Heights (ABH) on the TOW side is precarious to say the least. It has been the desire of many residents, including parents who walk their children to school from ABH, to improve the trailhead in regards to its safety and accessibility.
The City Council upheld the Planning Commission’s approval of the trail back in January of 2015. However, due to many concerns of the neighborhood that the trailhead could change the character of the neighborhood, the City Council included in their approval modifications that eliminated any roadway improvements including widening and adding additional parking places.
Another step in the process of approval of the trail was that the City Council needed to Adopt a Resolution to accept portions of Alta Laguna Blvd., Top of the World Drive and Tree Top Lane; and, acquire two easements over private property to improve and maintain the trail project. Both property owners of the two easements worked with the City for years to come up with what they considered a fair and equitable solution. They both agreed to convert a no-cost easement necessary to construct and maintain the public trail in exchange for the City’s agreement to accept a portion of the right-of-way as a public street and to quitclaim the easement to the property owner if the City ever abandons the trail.
Accepting portions of the three roads brought up many questions from the residents and the City Council. As explained by City Attorney Phil Kohn, there are three categories of streets as defined by California State law. These three categories include Public Streets (streets that are used by the public and maintained by the City), Private Streets (streets that are privately owned and subject to private maintenance and can prohibit public use), and Public Streets (streets that are privately owned and subject to private maintenance/ liability but open for public use). It is the opinion of City staff that these three streets are the latter that have never been closed to the public and therefore are eligible for the City to accept them for continued public use.
When public comment was opened, the majority of speakers were in favor of the approval of the trailhead as recommended. However, residents living in close proximity voiced several concerns regarding the issue of the streets as it relates to maintenance and liability as well as increased parking and traffic issues.
“How can the City accept something that the residents haven’t given it?” asked one homeowner. TOW resident Carl Meiswinkle said this: “I’m concerned about the language that says the City isn’t locked in to future use. Can future Councils some day change this? We need to lock this in.”
The idea of installing gates at the entrances to the neighborhood was requested by residents to stop any non-residential cars from entering.
And while all five members of the City Council were in favor of approving the recommended action, all five were also very concerned with the negative impacts it could bring to the neighborhood. Kohn, in response to a question from Councilman Bob Whalen, confirmed that it would be possible for a future Council to overturn this Council’s recommended action, which led to Councilman Rob Zur Schmiede stating that “…the best we can do is fully state in the record that we have no further intention than maintaining the road…not widening it.”
Councilwoman Toni Iseman suggested that Old Top of the World Road be changed to a one-way street and barriers be installed to prohibit vehicles other than residents from entering and parking. “We have to work with these people and help them,” said Councilman Kelly Boyd, “We need to work harder with the community to protect them.”
One last problem to this whole issue is the fact that City does not have the authority to police the private streets. The only time they can cite or tow an illegally parked car is if it is within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or blocking a fire access road. If a car needs to be towed, it has to be done at the homeowner’s expense.
In the end, the City Council approved the recommended action, which was the “Acceptance of proportion of Top of the World rights-of-way and approval of agreements for acquisition of public trail easements” with the following added: to direct staff to bring back an Ordinance (if approved by the City Attorney) to augment the City’s vehicle code with respect to the City’s power and authority to enforce parking and traffic laws on private streets; to direct staff to look in to changing TOW drive in to a one way street; and, to direct staff to look in to both barriers and gates to prohibit non residents from entering.” It was approved 5-0.
On a less contentious note, City staff gave the results of the summer 2015 parking program with recommendations for the summer 2016 parking and transit program. There were a few daily parking rate increases out in the long-term lots along with parking permit increases for summer festival workers neither of which was more than $10.
Of interest was the recommendation that parking meter enforcement will be extended from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. With these fee/time increases and the high number of riders who filled up the trolleys at the Ritz Carlton/Salt Creek (making it nearly impossible at times for many Laguna Beach residents to enjoy the same opportunity) City staff is recommending that summer trolley service be increased in to the local neighborhoods.
Monies from the Parking Fund ($150,000) were appropriated to supplement the Mainline Transit Divisions current operating budget to implement the proposed Residential Trolley Pilot Program for the summer of 2016. Stay tuned in for this one…
American Legion Auxiliary joins Homefront America making cookies for 1000 deploying troops from Camp Pendleton
By DIANE CONNELL
Unit Officer and Historian
The Laguna Beach American Legion Auxiliary was proud to join Homefront America, Inc. in making homemade cookies for troops being deployed overseas in February. When American Legion Post and VFW member Arnie Silverman informed me that this organization was looking for bakers to bake cookies for 1000 deploying 2/1 Battalion Marines & Sailors out of Camp Pendleton, I thought what a fun and rewarding project for our Unit to get involved in.
I brought this project to our Post and Auxiliary members plus neighbors and to our very own Laguna Beach Fire Department. We were excited at the overwhelming response and doubled our pledge and collected 1500 assorted cookies this past Saturday. They were so yummy looking that it was hard to resist sampling them!
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1500 cookies all baked and ready to go overseas! L to R - Beth Johnsen, Diane Connell, Jean Law, Debbie McIntosh, Richard Moore and Michaela Jeppson
We were pleased to help the Homefront American organizer Mamie Yong Maywhort with her cookie project. Mamie said she wanted to show them how much we all appreciate their selfless sacrifices. Her mission was to fill 1000 cookie care packs with homemade baked goods. Their goal was a minimum of 6000 cookies and I was told at the end of the day, with the help of other organizations including the Laguna Beach Assistance League, Dana Point Bridge Club and the Montage Laguna Beach they more than surpassed their goal!
That is what I call communities coming together for a wonderful cause. Thank you all so much!
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Nanette came across this scene while walking in Treasure Island Park. “I saw this crow hanging out with this rabbit, I thought, ‘what odd bedfellows.’ I kept watching and then decided the crow must be up to no good so I walked over and chased him off. The little rabbit kept on eating. The crow sat on the fence and continued to watch the rabbit. At that point I went over and chased him off again, knowing that he must be hunting that rabbit, however the rabbit was larger. I came home and Googled ‘do crows eat rabbits?’ OMG! Yes, they do - especially baby rabbits. I have an idea…let’s get the Crows to go after the Coyotes, maybe Laguna can hire a Crow Whisperer…”
Sea Glass and High Surf
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Scott said that when there’s a high tide – sea glass collectors will be on the sand
The 9th Annual Murder Mystery Fundraiser meant musical mayhem—and a wild time—at The Laguna Playhouse
Story and photos by ELIZABETH NUTT
Families—many of which were decked out in Country Western attire—flocked to the Laguna Playhouse Friday for its 9th annual Murder Mystery Fundraiser. The much-anticipated annual event raises significant funds to support Youth Theatre, an offshoot of the Playhouse.
The Youth Theatre program, which is directed by Donna Inglima, provides countless opportunities for local children and adolescents, including hands-on acting classes, live and mostly literature-based Theatre productions, and rich education experiences in Theatre through its yearlong Youth Conservatory program.
Youth comprised the cast of Friday’s Murder Mystery, which was entitled “Killing Me Softly.” The murder mystery musical was set at Billy Bob’s Country Bar—hence the cowboy attire and décor that was evident throughout the evening, which included two miniature horses poised for pre-show photos at the Playhouse.
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Some of the Cast Members of “Killing Me Softly”
The performance lent itself to ample hootin’ and hollerin’, as young actors shone on stage while audience members of all ages attempted to solve the age-old question: who dunnit?
The production was written by Charles Corritore and directed by Donna Inglima, and its musical numbers included familiar songs by Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, among countless other well-known artists.
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The show’s “Radio Singers”
During intermission, audience members had the opportunity to enjoy complimentary desserts while they participated in a silent auction, which boasted an impressive selection of goods donated by a litany of local businesses.
At the beginning of Act Two, members of The Playhouse Parents organization kicked off an exciting live auction as well, which included tickets to see the L.A. Lakers, and an overnight and spa package at the newly renovated The Ranch at Laguna Beach.
Overall, it was another incredibly successful Murder Mystery Fundraiser, and the highlight was surely the awe-inspiring talent seen in the Playhouse’s Youth Theatre program’s impressive and dedicated young actors and singers.
For more information, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.
Ed. Note: Artist Fitz Maurice has set out to paint live at all of the US National Parks. She will be submitting her stories from the road to StuNewsLaguna from time to time.
Highlining is happening at Joshua Tree National Park
By FITZ MAURICE
“Hanging out with friends” definitely takes on higher meaning when highlining! Still a very new and evolving outdoor sport, it’s what’s happening in Joshua Tree National Park these days.
I’ve been traveling to each national park in the West for many years now and I’ve seen rock climbers of many ages conquering their summits. What I was thrilled to see at Joshua Tree was so many 20 to 30 year olds interacting with each other and having a blast – outside in their national park.
I started my visit in this national park in my usual way; going immediately to the visitor center to check out what was happening this season. The “front door” appeal to this park is a little dusty but the deeper you delve into its many areas of intrigue, the more you discover the colorful facets of this diamond in the rough. There are vast views of open land you can meditate on, or there are gigantic rock piles from prehistoric time to be conquered.
As soon as I hit the parking lot of Hidden Valley in Joshua Tree, I was struck by the sight of a human being suspended in the sky. My eyes couldn’t see the nearly invisible rope that was supporting the figure nearly 150 yards away. I stood staring in awe – till suddenly he fell off! Fortunately he was retrieved by a climbing harness that held him like a leash, and he sprung back up to the main line. Thank God for this safety device because there was no net below.
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“Highlining” at Joshua Tree
These quiet and intensely focused individuals are called Sky Walkers. They pull themselves up to a vertical standing position then proceed to tightrope from the tip of a huge boulder to the top of a giant pinnacle – on a one-inch rope. Personally, I’m not going to do it, but I did enjoy observing and photographing the human figure suspended in up in the air.
I asked John, at Nomad Ventures (the local mountain equipment store), “Why highlining over rock climbing?” He explained that there is a real special “oneness,” like there is in surfing; a relationship that takes place between the individual and the “source of all.” You must unite with being suspended. You have to remain in such total concentration while balancing that you can’t think about your problems – so it’s a release from daily tensions. You can come of it with a huge sense of wellbeing.
I was amazed that some of our national parks were cool enough to allow rock climbing and highlining. And here’s a happy 100th anniversary and a pat on the back to our National Park Service for having the mastery to set free new outdoor enthusiasts who have found new ways to enjoy their park.
I decided to ask Dan Messaros, of National Park Service Law Enforcement, “How do you feel about these activities and are there many accidents?”
Dan was glad to respond, “We haven’t had very many problems. There seem to be fewer injuries with highlining than rock climbing, really. We haven’t had many emergency calls in the last five years that I am aware of. We ask all highliners to wear their climbing harness leashed to the main line for their safety and that of our park.”
Do you want to hang out, literally? Do you want to try highlining? Before you buy the gear, I recommend you go check it out. Watch it live in Joshua Tree National Park.
FITZ Maurice has been on a quest to paint ‘live’ in every National Park in America. Now totally committed to help promote and protect the Parks, the artist is traveling by truck and trailer to each park. Hiking, kayaking and horseback riding in search of the ultimate scene, and finally setting up with portable easel and oil paints, FITZ sets out to capture in paint the wonders that make each National Park a treasure to Americans and all the people of the world.To see her National Park Paintings: www.nationalparkpaintings.com
Laguna Dance Festival establishes new scholarship for
LBHS seniors who will study dance or dance professionally
Laguna Dance Festival has established a new annual scholarship at Laguna Beach High School for graduating seniors who plan to study dance education, dance management, or dance professionally, according to executive director Joy Dittberner.
“We created a $1,000 fund as a way to further carry out our mission to develop, support and inspire young artists and dance educators,” noted Dittberner. “It also signals a new maturity in our nonprofit. Our 11-year-old organization is dedicated to rounding out the artistic offerings in our city, and we are sincere in our desire to nurture local talent. We will consider applicants who are Laguna Beach High School seniors who intend to pursue studies in dance performance, choreography as well as dance science and arts management as it relates to the field. We would also consider a student who is going on to join a professional dance company.”
Artistic director and founder Jodie Gates noted, “This new scholarship represents our commitment to relevant arts education. As a young ballerina, I received scholarships and grants from generous donors and mentors who believed in me. Dance is the ultimate creative tool for learning a keen focus, strategic thinking and creative problem solving. Laguna Dance Festival is known for its community engagement, and this is one more way to show our commitment to the next generation of artistic innovators.”
More information and application instructions can be found under the “Career Emphasis” scholarship section in the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation’s online resources at www.lbhssf.org
Laguna Dance Festival, now in its twelfth year, is regarded as one of Orange County’s major annual cultural events and continues to be an important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists. Its mission is to support and promote the development of dance creation, presentation and education, and to increase public appreciation of the art form in Orange County and beyond. The 2016 festival is set for Sept 21-25; the world-class dance companies that will take the stage at Laguna Playhouse will be announced soon.
For more information and updates, visit www.lagunadancefestival.org
Jazz Wednesdays presents the Ron Kobayashi Trio on Feb 17 at [seven-degrees] – tickets available
The Ron Kobayashi Trio consists of three uniquely talented musicians from the Southern California area. Each musician brings with him years of diverse musical experiences. Pianist and leader Ron Kobayashi has performed with Mel Torme, Peter Frampton, Margaret Whiting, Herb Jeffries, Kenny Burrell, Eric Marienthal, Dave Koz, Tim Weisberg, Peter White and Paula Kelly Jr.
Bassist and composer Baba Elefante was voted one of the nation’s top bass players in a Bass Player Magazine poll. He played on the 1995 Universal motion picture “The Hunted.” Baba has performed with jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, saxophonists Pete Christlieb and Justo Almario, vocalist Michael Sweet, “Yes” keyboardist Patrick Moraz and “Kansas” lead vocalist John Elefante.
Drummer Steve Dixon has done numerous recording sessions both as a drummer and percussionist. He has worked with “War” harmonica legend Lee Oskar, jazz saxophonist Richie Cole, trombonist Bill Watrous, vocalist Tierney Sutton and Warner Brothers recording artists “The Untouchables.”
Guest artist Darryl Walker will be joining the trio to lend his stunning vocal abilities as well his amazing talented on the saxophone. Specializing in R&B, Pop, Blues, and Jazz, Darryl has lit up countless live shows and recording sessions with leads and backgrounds… adding vocals or sax for a bevy of labels: Tabu, A&M, Motown, Mesa Blue Moon Records, Northern Blues, and Ripa Records.
Concerts – at [seven-degrees] 891 Laguna Canyon Rd – are 6 – 8 p.m. and doors open at 5 p.m. A full bar and buffet dinner menu will be available for purchase. Tickets in advance are $20 and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at lagunabeachlive.org or by phone at 800-595-4849. Information line is 715-9713.
LBaa Nominees for the 10th Annual Art Star Awards
The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts (LBaa) announces the nominees for the 10th Annual Art Star Awards to be held on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 6:00pm, generously hosted by [seven-degrees] in Laguna Beach. “It is hard to believe that this will be the 10th Anniversary of Art Stars. In celebration of this important milestone, we are planning some surprises,” said Arts Stars Committee Chair Wayne Baglin.
At this red-carpet event, the winners will be announced and presented with one-of-a-kind Art Star award sculptures, created by Louis Longi. These organizations, businesses and individuals contributed and shaped the arts and culture in Laguna Beach in 2015.
“Members of the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts nominated exciting and deserving contributors to the arts in our community,” remarked Baglin. He continued, “It was very challenging to select the award recipients. However in two categories, Individual Arts Patron and Corporate Arts Patron, there were some outright winners based on nominations.” The winner of the Corporate Arts Patron award is Montage Laguna Beach, and Jim and Suzanne Mellor will receive the Individual Arts Patron award.
The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts will honor and remember Ken Auster with a special Art Stars Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his accomplishments as an artist and an inspiring teacher who had a profound impact on the arts community.
The additional categories and the nominees are:
Best Arts Program
Art in Schools (LOCA Arts Education)
Live! at the Museum (Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum)
Malpaso Dance Company (Laguna Dance Festival)
Outstanding Arts Collaboration
Summer Art Sundays (Festival of Arts and Fashion Island)
Joint Exhibitions (Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Art Museum)
Intergenerational Literacy Enhancement Project (LOCA Arts Education, Susi Q Senior Center, Woman’s Club Laguna Beach, the American Association of University Women, Boys and Girls Club, the Laguna Beach Library, Sally’s Fund Transportation and Neighborhood Congregational Church)
Malcolm Warner (Laguna Art Museum)
Bob Whalen (City of Laguna Beach)
Artist of the Year
Applications are currently being reviewed for the $5,000 [seven-degrees] of Inspiration Grant. Funded by [seven-degrees], the goal of the grant is to provide support for an emerging or established Laguna Beach artist to develop and present an arts project or program that advances recognition of Laguna Beach as an innovative arts city. The winner of the 2016 grant will be announced during Arts Stars on April 3rd. Also, during the event, last year’s grant recipient, Delyer Anderson, will present her dance project The Film We Made/The Book I Didn’t Need To Write.
Valentine gift show at The Tides Inn on Saturday
On Saturday, Feb 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Tides Inn will hold a Valentine Gift Show.
Featured artists include Linda Humes – ‘X-rated’ Valentine cookies; Kate Riegler Cohen – mixed media; Connie Archbold – silver jewelry artist; Carole Zavala – mixed media; Joseph & Chela Bannuelos – folk artists; Delia Ortiz – homemade tamales; Muffin Spencer-Delvin – glass artist; Heidi Brunswick – clothing designer; and more.
The Tides Inn is located at 460 N. Coast Hwy.
Steve Perrault exhibit featured at Avran Art + Design
Avran Art + Design will present a solo exhibition of artworks by critically acclaimed artist, Steve Perrault, on Saturday, Feb 13 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the gallery, located at 540 S. Coast Hwy, Suite 106, in Laguna Beach.
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Steve Perrault’s “Theater of Wonder”
Perrault’s acrylic landscape paintings are a distinct aesthetic in contemporary metaphoric realism, and speak the language of our times. Architectural metaphors of light and darkness, containment and expansion, inside and outside, promote a sense of place and hope, while asking questions concerning passages, boundaries and vision. These acrylic paintings express harmonious environments of modesty, honesty, order and calm, allowing spontaneous insights and moments of introspection.
Avran Art + Design distinguishes itself among the vibrant art scene in Laguna Beach by offering its clients a unique perspective on contemporary art for collectors and enthusiasts. The exquisitely edited gallery exhibits museum-quality glass sculptures, original paintings, avant-garde photography, and distinctive jewelry. Lovers of both contemporary and traditional art will revel in its exclusive collections.