Social media marketing classes for artists Thursday

Gaylen Corbett Design and Art Biz success have joined forces to help artists navigate business and marketing in today’s Internet-centric world and will be offering a series of classes to facilitate.

The first in the series “Should you add Social Media to your art marketing plan” is being offered on Thursday, July 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. The presentation is the first in a series of workshops covering art marketing. The class will provide an overview of how artists can combine Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other social media with marketing strategies. The cost is $15.

Classes are at Laguna Canyon Studios, 3251 Laguna Canyon Road, #F3. Register by phone at 248-5263 or online at

Susan Haldeman and Gaylen Corbett will lead this informative series.

Festival of Arts Shakespeare Series reception at Wells Fargo Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Festival of Arts is presenting a special must-see exhibit, The Shakespeare Series at Wells Fargo Bank – third floor gallery to run from Saturday to Sept. 15.

A wine and cheese reception will be held on Saturday, July 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wells Fargo Bank. The reception is free and open to the public. Guests will also enjoy a performance by Shakespeare’s Fool with Jason Feddy and Ava Burton.

The exhibition pays tribute to the late artist David Rosen and marks a milestone as the first of many exhibits investigating the history of art in the region, utilizing the resources of the newly established Festival Collections Research Center, foaNORTH.

This series of 24 powerful and graphic paintings, based on Shakespeare’s plays, are some of the best-known and critically acclaimed works of Rosen’s career.

In 1945, Rosen moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career. For 13 years, he continued to ‘push the envelope’ creating powerful expressionistic works that were exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and elsewhere.

Making his home in Laguna Beach’s art colony in 1958, Rosen exhibited in 17 major national annual exhibitions including the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts where Rosen was the first non-traditional painter allowed to exhibit. His work was exhibited in juried art shows at LACMA and more.

“It has been truly an honor to participate in developing this presentation of a significant artist who influenced the art culture in Laguna Beach, and whose Shakespeare Series illustrates his passion for painting and the love of theatrical expression,” said Festival of Arts Collection Specialist Pat Sparkuhl.

Born in Toronto, Canada in 1912, Rosen studied at Cooper Union Art School in New York City from 1930 to 1933. In 1936, he was employed in the pre-war Federal Arts Project in New York City where he worked in the Mural Division until 1941. During that time, he worked in the Siqueiros Art Workshop. It was there that, together with his friend Jackson Pollock, he experimented with new media and techniques.

The free Shakespeare exhibit is part of an ongoing series of shows that the Festival of Arts is having at Wells Fargo this year.

The Wells Fargo building is at 260 Ocean Ave. and is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 to 4.

saltfineart ‘Collectiva 2011’ hot Latin summer show

saltfineart is featuring a summer group show, “Collectiva 2011,” previewing the very best to come throughout 2011/12 with a special emphasis on Costa Rican surrealist photographer, Leo Correa, as well as a large-scale sculpture inspired by the constellations from Los Angeles artist Victor Hugo Zayas.

The show will run to Aug.  28.

Strawberry and Me Photo

Leo Correa

Strawberries And Me

40 x 60 inches, photograph,

fresh and limited edition 1 of 6

Correa and Zayas are joined by 14 additional artists representing 7 countries throughout Latin America:  Ana Mercedes Hoyos (Columbia), Andriy Halashyn (Costa Rica), Arturo Monroy (Guatemala), Cecilia Paredes (Peru), Cinthya Soto (Costa Rica), Hector Tadeo (El Salvador), Irene Pressner (Venezuela), Karen Clachar (Costa Rica), Lucas Rise (Argentina), Marco Valencia (El Salvador), Mayra Barraza (El Salvador), Rafael Varela (El Salvador), and introducing W (Costa Rica) and Lucio Kansuet (Panama).

Salt Fine Art is at 1492 S. Coast Hwy. For information go online to or call 715-5554.

Rare Rodin exhibit at Laguna College

Laguna College of Art & Design is presenting a rare exhibit of the French sculpting master Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). The exhibit, which is now open and runs to Sept. 23, features 14 figure sculptures and a 10 piece display of the lost wax casting process of Rodin’s “Sorrow.”

St John Sculpture Photo

Saint John the Baptist Preaching. Modeled about 1880. Alexis Rudier Foundry, bronze. Cast number and edition unknown, cast 1925, size 31 1/2 “ x 19” x 91/2”

Torso Sculpture Photo

Torso of the Walking Man. Modeled about 1878-79. Coubertin Foundry, bronze. Musee Rodin cast Oct. 12 1979, size 20 1/2” x 10 3/4” x 8”.
LCAD is at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission and parking are free.

Get informed and enthralled with upcoming Art Talks at FOA starting today through August

Informed connoisseurs, amateur collectors and art lovers alike can learn and be captivated with Art Talks on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Festival of Arts. On every Tuesday at 10 a.m. through Aug. 30, exhibiting artists will lead a discussion addressing topics of medium, influence and present trends.

On every Thursdays through Aug. 25 at 10 a.m., some of the best minds in the Orange County art scene – from curators to conservators – will visit the Festival to speak on issues of buying, appraising, displaying, restoring and conserving fine art. Art Talks is a fascinating and informative series that you can enjoy with a late morning cup of coffee and the beautiful atmosphere of the Festival.

Today, July 12, sculptor Gerard Basil Stripling hosts Tom Lamb, Scott Moore and Marlo Bartels in a discussion on the sources of their artistic inspirations and goals for the future.

Thursday, July 14, Rich Reitzell, author, From a Versatile Brush…The Life and Art of Jean Mannheim will speak. His body of work not only provides a glimpse of the impressionist movement that energized and supplied an identity for the burgeoning SoCal population, but also captures and preserves images of a bygone era.

Born in Germany, trained in Paris, and touched by the American Midwest, Jean Mannheim settled in Pasadena in 1908 and quickly became a major figure in California’s art community. For nearly four decades, Mannheim was an active teacher and mentor and a well-known contributor to the Southern California art scene.

The title of the book is drawn from a 1916 art review that highlighted the breadth of Mannheim’s paintings, ranging from formal and casual portraits, to scenes of people at work or play, to plein-air landscapes of California’s unspoiled shorelines, valleys, mountains and deserts.

On Tuesday, July 19 The Festival of Arts Printmakers will host “The Process and Issues for the Contemporary Printmaker” a discussion with FOA printmakers on the various processes of Fine Art Printmaking and the issues facing printmakers in our highly digital world.

The Art Talk series at Festival of Arts is free with Festival of Arts admission ($7). Immediately following Art Talks on both Tuesdays and Thursdays is a docent tour of the Festival of Arts grounds is available at 11 a.m.

Art filled fun for the family on tap Saturday at Festival of Arts

Girl PhotoParents and children will be treated to a day of art and fun on Saturday, July 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts annual Family Art Day. Family Art Day is a special day designed for and around the children.

When they arrive, children will get booklets full of coupons redeemable for special activities and treats. They will take a backstage tour of the Pageant of the Masters and do printmaking and ceramics in the new Art Center. They will even go on a scavenger hunt where they will answer kid-friendly questions by investigating exhibited art throughout the grounds. It’s a great way to inspire a conversation for the whole family about things like color, dimension, medium and types of art.

In addition to art-related activities, there will also be face painting and balloon twisting for the kids while mom and dad enjoy live musical entertainment by The Fugowies, who perform light rock with a ton of great harmonies.

“Family Art Day is one of our favorite days of the entire season here at the Festival of Arts,” said Susan Davis, director of special events for the Festival of Arts. “There are so many fantastic activities planned for this year’s Family Art Day, it is bound to be the most fun-filled, art-filled and enchantment-filled day of the entire summer for Orange County families!”

Family Art Day is free with Festival of Arts admission $7 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for kids under 12.

The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization that produces The Festival of Arts–California’s Premier Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters–Where Art Comes to Life. For general information, call 494-1145 or go online to The event is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Proceeds support the arts and art education in and about Laguna Beach.

Laguna College opens its exciting 793 Gallery on Thursday with reception and student exhibition

Portrait of Jack Painting

Portrait of Jack

Mike Harnish

Oil on Canvas

Laguna College of Art & Design will be opening the doors for the summer to its student gallery, Gallery 793 with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 7. The public is invited to experience the fine art, meet the artists and partake in refreshments.

Gallery 793 will feature the exceptional works of LCAD students, representing the different majors and class levels. A mix of art media, including sculpture, painting and works on paper created by the talented students will be on display and available for purchase. A portion of the sales proceeds will benefit ongoing programs at the college.

“The student work stands out among the surrounding festivals and the visitors will be astonished at the sophistication of the artwork,” said LCAD spokesperson Jennifer Daniels.

The Dinner Wine Glass Painting

The Dinner Wine Glass

Alison Hyman

Oil on Canvas

This exciting, off-campus gallery will be open for the public to experience, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 3 to 8 p.m. July 7 to Aug. 13.

Disturbance Painting


Jodi Weitzman

Oil on Canvas

The 793 Gallery is appropriately located at 793 Laguna Canyon Road, between the Art-A-Fair and Sawdust Art Festival. For LCAD information, go to


First Thursdays Art Walk ignites with bunches of amazing hot July art offerings everywhere

The fireworks are not quite over in Laguna Beach – not with all the hot, brilliant and colorful excitement on tap at a host of incredible galleries throughout town during First Thursdays Art Walk in two days.

Become immersed in the Laguna Beach art rich and diverse cultural art scene from 6 to 8 p.m. Stroll and trolley around our picturesque town on a self-guided tour enjoying gallery openings, artist demonstrations and receptions, live music and other entertainment and refreshments.

“On any given first Thursday the streets are filled with people out for Art Walk. It is a lot of fun,” said First Thursdays Art Walk president Rebecca Barber.

Get your art on early at the City’s Public Art Dedication of the sculpture “Breaching Whale” by Jon Seeman at 5 p.m., located in Heisler Park at Rockpile. Seeman, a sculptor and long-time exhibitor at the Festival of Arts has over 20 public art pieces throughout California mostly, but also Massachusetts and Tokyo, Japan and more.

“I draw my inspiration from early modern abstract painters, geometry and music,” says Seeman. “My goal is to create abstract steel and stainless steel sculptures that showcase dynamic arrangements of interactive forms, representing motion, tension, balance and suspension.”

Topping Wave Scultpure Photo

Sculptured Wave

Melody Topping

Glass, kiln cast at Studio Arts Gallery

Throughout the evening, enjoy artists in action demonstrating their techniques and sharing their insights at many of the galleries. Ask questions and engage the artists; they are friendly and won’t bite….too hard!

At the south end of town, meet contemporary impressionist artist David Chapple at DeRu’s Fine Arts and enjoy a group landscape show featuring the works by Nancy Bush, Jian Wang and Jim Lamb at Dawson Cole Fine Art.

Learn about the fused glass techniques with Melody Topping while checking out new sculpture by Ron Dier, and Fitz Maurice’s latest work in Gouache at Studio Arts Gallery. The gallery pays homage to summer in Laguna Beach featuring “Ocean’s Edge” by glass artist Topping’s kiln castings, which opens with a reception during Art Walk.

Topping’s creative expression in glass brings forth beauty, harmony and timelessness in glass form while creating an interplay of wind, earth and water within each piece of sculpture, an alchemy of energies honoring the essence of the glass itself, explained gallery owner Rebecca Barber about the artist’s award-winning work.

Maurice’s “Passion in Gouache” exhibit, the premier of a signature technique in gouache painting, continues at Studio Arts Gallery through July.

[seven-degrees], in the canyon, will introduce Los Angeles painter/sculptor Alan Bodner and Edenhurst Gallery celebrates 25 years as one of California’s premiere dealers in historic early California paintings.

Be sure to visit the Laguna Art Museum featuring “Noguchi: California Legacy” and enjoy Laguna College of Art and Design’s Student Exhibition at Gallery 793 (793 Laguna Canyon Rd).

Art Walk gives access to buy original artwork in many genres from these galleries.

At Joanne Artman Gallery on Gallery Row in North Laguna, check out “Diffusion” by Internationally acclaimed artist James Verbicky, featuring abstract expressionist and conceptual mixed media construction works with Verbicky in attendance to chat about his powerful work.

“My latest series, the media paintings, bridge the gap between sculpture and painting by binding fragments of vintage media to one another, double-exposing language and image and melting them in upon themselves,” said Verbicky. “By unearthing and layering the remnants of dozens of decades of disparate generations, the media paintings transcend simple words and images and become objects containing the essence of human culture.”

Also, at Joanne Artman Gallery, groove to the sounds of “The Steve Reid Trio, featuring Elliott Glass.”

Blindflower Painting

Blindflower 1

James Verbicky

Media painting at Joanne Artman Gallery

Exploring the art happenings is easy, simply hop on the free trolley, another distinctively Laguna experience. At any gallery, pick up an Art Walk brochure, which includes a map, and features all the evening’s special events.

Art Walk is over at 9 p.m., but not all the art adventures. Head over to the world-famous Sawdust Art Festival and Festival of Arts and receive free admission when you present the First Thursdays brochure at each festival’s box office.

For information, go to


Arts Commission tabs Dubin’s design

Contest Photo

Submitted photo

Concept by Jorg Dubin

On Monday evening, the Arts Commission reviewed the finalists’ proposals for a World Trade Center sculpture at Monument Point in Heisler Park. Following presentations by the artists, a design by Jorg Dubin created with two beams from the World Trade Center was selected. The design, installed on a pentagonal base, includes a stainless steel reflective sphere. The City Council will review the Arts Commission’s recommendation at its meeting on Tuesday, July 12. Laguna Beach resident Mark Porterfield provided funding for this installation.

FOA Art-To-Go Collection works are available to go

Rush and England Photo

Submitted photo

Festival of Arts Artist Fund co-chairs Shirley Rush and Anne England pictured holding donated ceramic piece, “Cypress Sea,” by Festival artist Mike Tauber.

Introduced during June’s First Thursdays Art Walk reception at City Hall, the Festival of Arts 2011 themed  “Go Gold” Art-To-Go  collection for the Artists Fund will now be available on the festival grounds.

More than 100 hundred originals works created and donated by Festival exhibitors will be available starting July 2 at Artists preview night, and daily at the Festival from July 3 to Aug. 31.

Pieces donated to Art-To-Go are original works created by Festival exhibitors. Proceeds benefit the Artists Fund at the Festival of Arts, providing financial aid to artists suffering economic hardship due to illness, injury, or disaster, such as the recent mudslides in Laguna Canyon

England founded the fund in 1999, with the concept of “Artists helping Artists.” The premise was simple - England would collect art donated by Festival exhibitors, sell it, and create a reserve to be accessed as emergencies arise.

“We’ve helped artists recover from our recent winter floods,” said founder and fund president Anne England. “We’ve also helped provide medicine and housing for those with terminal illness.”

Featured works include oils by Scott Moore, Cliff Wassman and Caroline Zimmerman, photos by Barbara White and Breck Rothage, and mixed media by Mia Moore, Gretchen Shields and John Taylor.

Many pieces represent the “Go Gold” theme with gold in the palette, but some artists approached it by referencing it only in the title or frame.

New pieces are added every week, so the exhibit is constantly changing, explained event coordinator Mike Tauber. The collection will be on display in two new exhibit locations on the Festival grounds, behind the stage on Center Green and near the Junior Art Exhibit with price points for spot sales. Purchases can be made at the sales booth, near the Festival entrance. The event’s auction will be on Aug. 27, membership day.

Festival of Arts is at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, open 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily. For information on Art-To-Go contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 497-3597.


Deadline approaching for Council Chamber Banner and Artist Designed Bench competitions

Siân Poeschl, City of LB Cultural Arts Manager, has issued a call to artists with a reminder that two very important artists’ competitions have fast-approaching deadlines.

Chamber Banner Competition

The Arts Commission is currently accepting designs for interior banners to be displayed in the City’s Council Chambers. Laguna Beach artists are asked to submit designs to the scale of 4.5” x 15” with Laguna Beach scenes as the theme by Friday, July 8, 2011. Selected artists will be provided with the banner material and an honorarium of $1,000. The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach fund this program.

Download a PDF with submission guidelines

Artist Designed Bench Competition

This competition is open to artists who live in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. The location at Mountain and Coast Highway is a busy location with a bus stop for Orange County Transit and the summer Festival Trolley service. The Arts Commission is accepting request for qualifications through Monday, July 18, 2011. To apply submit the application form (PDF attached); a letter of interest, resume, three references and 10 digital images of previously related works. The budget for this project is $10,000. The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach fund this program.

Download a PDF with submission guidelines & application

79th Festival of Arts will feature fine art and wonderful entertainment all summer long – July 3 – Aug 31

The Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach’s most illustrious art show, featuring 140 of the area’s most accomplished artists will celebrate its 79th season, July 3 to Aug 31.

Recognized as California’s longest running outdoor fine art show and one of the most distinguished and attended juried exhibits nationwide, this year’s festival will offer original works representing a complete spectrum of art media, including sculpture, paintings, mixed media, jewelry, furniture, photography, printmaking, ceramics and more, as well as an expansive menu of arts and entertainment opportunities.

Patrons Photo

Something will always please you at the Festival of Arts

The caliber of work created by the diverse artists at the Festival each year attracts all levels of buyers and collectors, who appreciate the finest original art from the Orange County coastal cities, explained Festival of Arts Marketing and Public Relations Director, Sharbie Higuchi. Many Festival artists have their work in the private collections of leading art collectors, celebrities and museums around the world.

“The Festival is the perfect place to find affordable and unique art for your home or business, and with many new artists and new works by returning exhibitors, it’s an experience you don’t want to miss in 2011,” said Higuchi.

Art-related attractions and special events such as nightly live music, including Thursday night Jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, guided art tours and art workshops deliver something for everyone to enjoy.

“Many have come to see the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach as a summertime tradition,” said Higuchi. “I think that’s because they know that the Festival will always be a place to find outstanding artwork, and with music nightly and special events daily, it’s a beautiful and memorable destination for everyone.”

Some of the free, popular happenings include music: Mix It Up DJ Style is on Fridays, and Beatles’ Classics are on Sundays, both from 6 to 8 p.m.; Art in Motion: Hip Hop to Tango is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays; Jazz on the Green sponsored by KSBR is on July 9, July 23, July 30, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13, 1 to 3 p.m.

Hip Hop Tango Photo

Hip Hop to Tango is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays

The Art of Cooking, presented by William Sonoma, is also free on Sundays, 1 to 2 p.m. And Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate offers music and more on Thursdays, from 5 to 8 p.m., cost is $15.

Special one-time events will prove especially exciting in 2011, including celebrity meet-and-greets, the increasingly popular Festival Runway Fashion Show and the Acura Celebrity Event, which will welcome Richard Marx as a special guest performer.

Art abounds for adults and children through workshops in printmaking, ceramics and mixed media, artist demonstrations and art tours.

“We’re really excited to provide a place for not only professional artists to display their work, but also for visitors to get their own creative juices flowing,” said Fred Sattler FOA board president.

Multi-media art workshops offer students a broad range of artistic experiences taught by Festival artists, from printmaking, collage, wood sculptures, mask making and more. And the printmaking workshops demonstrate relief, monoprint, and reductive printmaking techniques. These diverse classes are free with festival admission and are held 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The Raku workshops are exciting for students to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Paint a pot using the Japanese Raku ceramic glazing technique. These workshops are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The cost for materials is $15 per pot.

On Youth Arts Education Days, Festival artists share their creative techniques through a wide variety of art classes for children ages 7 to 12, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to noon. Materials cost $10 per child per class. Reservations are required, call 464-4282 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Festival’s Junior Art Exhibition is popular for art aficionados with over 300 pieces of artwork from Orange County students, grades Kindergarten through 12; the quality of art represented is impressive.

Check out the art talks on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Tuesday will feature exhibiting artists leading discussions on topics of medium, influence and present trends. And Thursdays will host some of the best minds in the Orange County art scene – from curators to conservators – will visit the Festival to speak on issues of buying, appraising, displaying, restoring and conserving fine art.

Festival general admission is $7 and $4 for seniors and students. Laguna Beach residents and military personnel with ID receive free admission, as do children under the age of 12.

With the Passport to the Arts for only $19, receive unlimited admission to all three summer art festivals - the Festival of Arts, Sawdust Art Festival and Art-A-Fair.

Tickets for Pageant of the Masters are $15-$100. A Pageant of the Masters ticket stub allows free entry all summer to the Festival of Arts through the front gate.

Festival of Arts is at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. For information, go online to or call 494-1145.


A note from Suzie

I am extremely grateful to be back in Laguna Beach covering the arts for Stu News Laguna. The incredible response I’ve received from the arts community has been way beyond my wildest expectations. Perhaps it’s because of my immersion in the arts - my thoughts and beliefs about the arts in Laguna Beach are transparent. Everyone knows I think the arts are the backbone of the city, essentially defining Laguna, and assuring our town is impossible to duplicate.

With our new arts section, I want to foster arts coverage in the same way I was welcomed back – fully and completely. So, let’s work together to make sure the arts community gets the media coverage it deserves, not just during festival season, but all the time.

Art is always happening in Laguna, excitingly; in myriad forms.

“Keep It Clean for the Next Generation”

Cap Photo

Laguna College of Art and Design student Stephanie Snee (back toward camera) with artist Sandra Jones Campbell as they added finishing touches recently to the new Community Art Project (CAP) mural on Forrest Lane, titled, “Keep It Clean for the Next Generation.” Not pictured: LCAD students Robin Hextrum and David Barnett, who facilitated the mural.

“A couple of years ago I was asked by CAP to design a mural for the alley. I did a single line drawing of people crossing Ocean Ave. and PCH,” said artist Sandra Jones Campbell, a Festival of Arts exhibitor, who also shows at Pacific Edge Gallery in town.

“Keep It Clean for the Next Generation,” speaks to letting future generations enjoy what those before them have.

“The subject is a toddler at the Pacific Ocean shore, having his first experience with one of the most powerful forces on earth, being documented by the proud parents’ video camera,” said Jones Campbell. “From that point behind them, all of humanity is arriving and crossing PCH and Ocean Avenue for a day at the beach.”

The artist and three LCAD students started on it in the beginning of March and finished most of it by the end of May.

Funded by generous donations from CAP members and grants from the Festival of Arts Foundation, the new piece on Forest Lane will be dedicated at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 1. The mural is at Forest Lane and 248 S. Coast Hwy, in the alley between Rocky Mountain Chocolate and Toes on the Nose.

A reception will follow at Pacific Edge Gallery, where the artist is represented. The gallery is located at 540 S. Coast Hwy.

Ryan Heimbach - the jury decided and youth is served


Ryen H PhotoBeing juried into the Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach’s most prestigious art show, where art legends William Wendt, Frank Cuprien, Edgar Payne and the like once exhibited, can be elusive even for the most established artist.

For 22-year-old local sculptor Ryan Heimbach, the youngest artist accepted this year; the dream became reality his first try.

Heimbach, a graduate of LBHS, grew up in Laguna’s creative culture surrounded by a myriad of artists. His uncle is artist and gallery owner, William DeBilzan, and his mother Diane DeBilzan owned a gallery for many years.

The fledgling artist did not make his way to the Festival via art school; he credits his ongoing apprenticeship with award-winning sculptor Andrew Meyers, a nine-year Festival of Arts exhibitor, who is his mentor and teacher.

Except for a ceramics class in high school and an art history course in college, Heimbach’s interest in art didn’t really pique until he was introduced to Myers, who was represented by the Diane DeBilzan gallery at the time.

“It really hit me when I started working for Andrew Myers. That’s when I really started to take a big interest in fine art and making fine art,” Heimbach said. “He still has the biggest influence on me.”

Myer’s motivation, drive and determination are traits, which Heimbach tries to imitate, and seemingly fosters himself.

“Ryan has always wanted to learn. He paid attention to everything I did,” Myers said. “Once I knew he wanted to be an artist we changed it to an apprenticeship.”

Myers gave his mentee homework, projects, and sculpting and drawing lessons. “So he could start learning how to do art because he’s never taken art classes,” Myers said. “He progressed really fast and now it’s all about him trying to find his own voice. Even though he’s still learning, Ryan’s actually a pretty talented sculptor.”

He encouraged Heimbach to apply for the Festival as part of his overall education.

“For the first series he’s created, I think it’s really a strong series,” Myers said. “As far as his creative process goes, we try and keep it separate from mine. I try and let him come up with his own ideas.”

In the Festival, Heimbach will be showing three sculptures, a series that deals with the complexities of hands and time, and are an example of his different approaches to his work.

His first bronze sculpture, a piece called, “Too Little Time,” was actually his foray into sculpting. Always striving to challenge himself, instead of picking something easy, Heimbach went with one of the most difficult and symbolic subjects – the hand.

Too Little Time Sculpture Photo“I thought I really want to learn how to sculpt the hand. I really thought it would be a challenge because it is something really hard to sculpt,” Heimbach said.

He used his own hand as his guide. “I went with a really funky pose with a bent wrist, and all the fingers bent to a different degree,” said Heimbach.

Myers liked it and suggested he work it into something, so he did.

“The time thing didn’t come until after I sculpted the hand,” Heimbach said. “Everybody can relate to it, no matter where you are somebody is dealing with time in some kind of way,” he explained.

He realizes that his process is something that is constantly evolving.

“I’m always trying to be in that mindset of what can I make, how can I make it, and what is the best way to make it,” Heimbach said.

Still, he doesn’t have one set way of creating a piece or thinking of a piece.

“An idea can grow into something, can be in that moment, or come from another piece that I did,” Heimbach said. “Or for one of my pieces, an idea popped in my head and I knew exactly what it was going to be.”

His apprenticeship with Myers has been beyond Heimbach’s expectations.

“I’ve been working for him for three years and he’s still my favorite artist,” Heimbach said. “He treats me with the utmost respect and really pushes me.”

He called it more than a mentorship.

“He’s taught me a lot of things outside of art that have changed me in a lot of different ways,” Heimbach said. “He shows me how to live and be an artist, not how to just do things artistically.”

The artist admits his mother has been integral to who he is and who he’s becoming.

“My mom has had a big influence. She’s always looked out for my best interest,” he said. “She’s pushed me to be responsible and independent, and I think it has been a huge influence on just becoming a person.”

Besides his series, Heimbach will exhibit reliefs and a sculpture he is keeping under wraps.

“I think at the speed he’s progressed it should be something for young kids to look up to,” Myers said. “People struggle to get into the festival for decades; he applied his first time and got in. And he hasn’t been doing this that long. It just takes motivation and hard work and he’s had both of those.”

Myers added, “I’m excited to see what he is going to do in the next 10 years.”

To check out Ryan Heimbach’s work at the Festival of Arts, go see him at booth 91. His mentor Andrew Myers will be located at booth 76.


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