Six Laguna kids won awards at FOA Junior Art Show

Six young Laguna Beach artists were among the medalists announced recently at the Festival of Arts Junior Art Gallery awards ceremony. 

Top of the World kindergartener student Andrew Collins placed first in the Pre-kindergarten to 12th grade Photography Category. Fellow TOW kindergartner Lars Knepper came in second, followed by third-grader Juliette French, whose entry came from the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club.

Laguna Beach High School Senior Colin Soloff placed first in the 10-to-12-grade group for his photograph titled “An Ethereal World”. 

Two ninth graders were awarded medals in the Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade age 2-D category. Chloe Flanagan’s untitled work was awarded the second place medal and Luci Becker’s “Land and Sea” painting came in third. 

The medals were presented in the ceremony with parents, friends and teachers there to applaud. 

Orange County teachers entered 6,000 pieces of art to the exhibition this year. Three hundred were hung in the gallery, one of the most popular exhibits in the festival. 

Inaugurated in 1947, the Junior Art Gallery is a joint effort of the festival and the Orange County Department’s Imagination Celebration. The exhibition underscores the importance of art education in our schools.

Shaena Stabler is the Owner and Publisher.

Lynette Brasfield is our Editor.

Dianne Russell is our Associate Editor.

The Webmaster is Michael Sterling.

Katie Ford is our in-house ad designer.

Alexis Amaradio, Cameron Gillespie, Allison Rael, Barbara Diamond, Diane Armitage, Laura Buckle, Maggi Henrikson, Marrie Stone, Samantha Washer and Suzie Harrison are staff writers.

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

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

We all love Laguna and we love what we do.

Email: for questions about advertising


Email: with news releases, letters, etc