LBaa now accepting applications for $5,000 Artist Grant

The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts (LBaa) is now accepting applications for the $5,000 [seven-degrees] of Inspiration grant, which will be given by the Alliance at the 6th annual Art Star Awards on April 1 to an artist to develop and eventually present an innovative arts project or program.

The application deadline for this first-time grant offering is Feb 3.

Each year the Alliance presents its Art Star Awards to Laguna’s diverse artistic community, honoring the best and brightest of the bunch.  This upcoming Awards event comes with the opportunity for an individual artist to receive the $5,000 grant, funded by [seven-degrees].

“This was a perfect opportunity for [seven-degrees] to tangibly demonstrate our commitment to artistic forward thinking and invention, and it is our pleasure to partner with LBaa by funding this grant” said Dora Wexell, Executive Director of [seven-degrees].

The goal of the grant is to provide support for either an emerging or already established Laguna artist in a project that will advance recognition of Laguna Beach as a progressive arts city.  It would also help the artist on their way by expanding and diversifying his or her audience as well as providing an opportunity for learning and progression as an artist.

The individual winner will have 11 months to complete the project, as it will premiere at the 2013 Art Star Awards.  Three finalists will be selected from the pool of applicants by art professionals and members of the Alliance for the Arts, and the grant recipient will be announced at this year’s ASA ceremony.

The grant is open to creative artists, including choreographers, composers, playwrights and visual artists, as well as interpretive artists, which includes dancers, musicians and actors.  The artistic disciplines can include dance, literature, music, theater, media arts, visual arts or a combination of any of the above.

To apply for the [seven-degrees] of Inspiration grant or for additional information about the upcoming 6th annual Art Star Awards, visit www.lagunabeacharts.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Suzie’s ARTiculation...

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and has been enjoying Hanukkah. I want to thank all my friends and family that made the holiday extra special, including “my boy” Pacific, the most extraordinary cat on the planet!

I am looking forward to the good times leading up to New Year’s Eve, “The Eve,” and Jan.1, 2012 itself.

I like to create a new slogan each year, but I haven’t yet for 2012, perhaps because I might be a tiny bit of a procrastinator, infinitesimal really.

As 2011 winds down, I’ve been thinking about Marion Meyer Contemporary Art...I am really bummed out such an incredible gallery will be gone from Laguna’s art landscape. Marion Meyer has been such an integral part of the arts community in myriad ways, and I hope she will continue to be part of the local art scene.

I appreciated a recent note she said complimenting the Stu News party and adding, “Thanks for your artful support and your friendship, Suzie, Shaena and Stu!!!!” I will truly miss seeing her at her gallery! MMCA was always one of my favorite galleries; I loved stopping by during First Thursday’s Art Walk every month!

Before the gallery closes, procure some art from MMCA.

“MMCA will virtually represent many of our stable artists upon closing MMCA,” Meyer said. As we are not clearing the gallery premises until January 10th, you have until Jan. 10, 2012 to exchange or return the art acquired as a gift. This is valid for acquisitions made on or after December 22, 2011,” Meyer said.

“Our final day is January 1, 2012. Celebrate the New Year by enjoying art, while celebrating the success we shared together,” Meyer said.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year – I hope it’s filled with friends, family, laughter, love, prosperity, good health, good times and great Laguna Beach art!

Until next time...so much art...so little time!


Visual Tales from Eire and England Exhibition at LCAD Jan 6-21 – part of College’s Study Abroad Retrospective

The Laguna College of Art + Design is hosting an art exhibition beginning Jan. 6 of works inspired by students’ travels called, Visual Tales from Eire and England, an LCAD Study Abroad Retrospective.  The LCAD Summer 2011 travel program to England and Ireland inspired the students’ artwork.

Judy Nimtz

Below Lay the Kings of Tara, Clonmacnoise

Oil on Panel – 8 x 13

After students experienced the rich culture abroad, they responded by creating original works in all major art media including paint, sculpture and mixed media.

The artwork will be displayed at the LCAD Gallery from Jan. 6 – 21 including an ending reception on Jan. 21 from 5-8 p.m. Additionally, artwork will also be displayed from Jan. 9 – March 9 at Laguna Beach City Hall, including an Art Walk reception there on Feb. 2 from 5-6 p.m.

Averi Endow

Sheeple

Oil on Panel – 8 x 10

LCAD is located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd. and the gallery on campus offers free admission and parking. The exhibition is sponsored by [seven-degrees] and Richard MacDonald / Dawson Cole Fine Art.

Click on left image below to see more photos

 


saltfineart presents

Opening reception Jan 5, 6 - 9 p.m. during ArtWalk
Guided tour of the exhibition starting at 6:30 p.m.

“We are proud to present our most daring show to date - the work of 11 artists reveal  the realities of 11 million… Take 11 million people, surround them by water, and put a madman in charge for the next 48 years. The result? ¡CUBA! a surrealist land of extreme contradictions.”

Marlys Fuego

MASCARAS I & II series

36 x 36 inches,  mixed media on canvas

William Perez

RINO

24 x 36 x 34 inches , wood and resin sculpture

Alejandro Campins

SUBASTA

63  x 55 inches, oil on canvas

 

1492 South Coast Highway 715.5554   saltfineart.com


LOCA & Jan Sattler team up with Susi Q for art classes

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) will present three January classes at the Susi Q Center, “Face Play with Jan Sattler” on Wednesdays Jan 11, 18 & 25 from 1-3 p.m. The Susi Q is at 380 Third St downtown. Plenty of free parking.

During the first class participants will create a terra cotta wall hung face planter. The planter will be a functional piece for succulents or flowers and is suitable to hang outdoors in our climate.

A clay box will be constructed during the second class with the lid being the

face. Sprigged decorations and textures will give the face personality.

The face box will be painted with acrylics and the portrait planter stained during the third class to finish off the vessels.

Wear old clothes, roll up your sleeves and prepare to play with the mud!

Jan Sattler has been an art educator for 21 years in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota as well as a professional costume designer, book artist and ceramic sculptor. After moving to Laguna Beach in Dec of 1995, she began work as a costume technician for the Pageant of the Masters.

She was a Sawdust exhibitor for seven years and an Arts Commissioner for the City of Laguna Beach for 10 years.

She currently is enjoying being able to devote more time to her own art.

There is a $30 fee for the three classes, which are limited to those age 50 and up.

Contact Patty Quilter at 464-9535 to enroll.


First Thursdays Art Walk – a creative start to the New Year

Get 2012 off to a creative start by attending First Thursdays Art Walk this Thursday from 6 – 9 p.m. Stroll and trolley around Laguna Beach on a self-guided tour enjoying gallery openings, artist demonstrations and receptions, live music and other entertainment and refreshments. The event is free to the public and so is the trolley service. An Art Walk brochure that includes a map and a complete schedule of all the evening’s special events is available at any gallery.

“I encourage everyone to experience the Art Walk and be instantly immersed in the cultural art scene of Laguna Beach,” said First Thursdays Art Walk president Rebecca Barber. She continued,” It’s the New Year, why not start it out with new art!”

At many galleries artists will demonstrate their techniques and share their insights – Sunny Kim and Howard Hitchcock Sandstone Gallery; resident plein air artists at Studio 7 Gallery; and Mike Kinney at Quorum Gallery are a few. Preview an exhibition of “Artful Violins” created in support of the 10th annual Laguna Beach Music Festival and meet the artists who created them at S Cube Gallery.

Art patrons are encouraged to visit all the featured galleries from Downtown to Gallery Row to Bluebird to Laguna Canyon Road, enhanced by performances by local musicians and gallery hospitality. Experience the Winter Wonderland installation at [seven-degrees] with featured artist Claire Bush. Be sure to visit the Laguna Art Museum featuring the exhibit “Best Kept Secret”. Enjoy yogurt tastings while viewing selections from the Festival of Arts permanent art collection, at foaSouth.  Although not on the shuttle loop, visit Laguna College of Art + Design as they showcase “Visual Tales from Éire and England: An LCAD Study Abroad Retrospective”; Art from LCAD Summer trip to England and Ireland.

Fine art can be a fine investment. Participating Art Walk galleries give you access to buy original artwork in every genre of art. Additional featured artists include: New works by renowned painter Nancy Bush at Dawson Cole; JoAnn Unger, Mary Lehner, Barbara van Rooyan and Sandy Clark at Cove Gallery; Doug Stotts at Bluebird Gallery and Zec at La Bottega Dell’Acquaforte.

For more information, including a full listing of First Thursdays Art Walk galleries and featured artists visit www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com.

This art educational event is funded by member galleries, lodging establishments, City of Laguna Beach, and Laguna Board of Realtors.


Artist Open Studios Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

On Saturday, enjoy the opportunity to visit the art studios of 25 of Laguna’s talented artists. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes free parking and trolley service from the Act V parking lot, located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.

Artist Open Studios is not only a fantastic opportunity to see, buy or commission beautiful art, it is also an adventure to artists’ studios to uncover new talent and rediscover established artists.

This is a program of the Arts Commission and has been funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.


Applications for 2012 Artist Designed Bench Competition

The Arts Commission is currently accepting applications for the 2012 Artist Designed Bench Competition. The Commission is accepting qualifications from interested artists for an installation at Heisler Park near Jasmine and Cliff Drive with an honorarium of $15,000.

Competition information and submission requirements are available on the City’s website. www.lagunabeachcity.net

The deadline to submit information is Jan 13.

This program is funded by a donation by the Kaye family.

Suzie’s Articulation...

It has been another incredible week in Laguna’s arts community! I really enjoyed spending time talking to so many great locals at the Stu News party, fun and festive indeed. I also enjoyed John and Rebecca Barber’s holiday sale over the weekend, great gifts and great prices!

There are so many exciting art events coming up in the new year! I am looking forward to all those incredible art experiences to come in 2012 and sharing them with Stu News art fans!

Until next time...so much art...so little time!


Vote now for new mural project - one word can define a vision for a new humanitarian mural for Laguna

By: SUZIE HARRISON

Words are the currency of communication, the essence of language and expression and have the endless capacity to be powerful. Award-winning, Internationally renowned artist Mia Tavonatti, and Laguna College of Art and Design mural professor, believes, “One word can make all the difference,” and is illustrating that premise through The Power of Words Project, which she recently launched in Laguna Beach.

Tavonatti is asking, “If you had the power to choose one word that defined the vision you hold for the future of your community, what would it be?”

She is asking people to vote by January 1 at www.powerofwordsproject.org.

“People can go online to vote for one word that defines their vision for the future of Laguna Beach,” Tavonatti said. The chosen word will become the theme of a new mural that her LCAD students will start working on in when classes for the semester begin.

The humanitarian mural campaign is designed to inspire communities by weaving the transformative influence of art and power of words together to create a powerful piece that illustrates the vision elected to represent their community.

“The idea of a single word is so simple that it’s difficult to see the power in it,” Tavonatti said. “But that one word is a very powerful seed that can that can be planted in the heart of a community.”

The artist has used one-word murals mantras for a long time and she finds her method to be highly effective.

“They work and I think that this is a great way to very subtly and carefully inspire people,” Tavonatti said. Besides the obvious visual benefits of art, she hopes the mural will be thought provoking and stimulate conversation.

“Words inspire change, but well chosen words can transform,” the artist said.

The idea to do a humanitarian project has been percolating for about five years and came to her while she was working with students, but everything came together this year.

“My students and I painted the mural in the canyon in 2003 that was destroyed earlier this year,” Tavonatti said. The new mural will be created at 2105 Laguna Canyon Road, where the previous mural was located. And the project will take three semesters to complete.

Now she has a location and the funds to create the work that were donated by Community Art Project (CAP), LCAD, her foundation, The Svelata Foundation and the owner of the property.

Photo by The Grand Rapids Free Press

Tavonatti won the popular vote to earn first place and $250,000 in the prestigious 2011 ArtPrize competition in Michigan in October for her stained glass mosaic, “Crucifixion”. She finished second in 2010. 383,106 votes were cast to determine the winner among 10 finalists from 1,582 entrees. Tavonatti contributed most of the funding for the new Laguna Beach mural through the Svelata Foundation.

The mural’s design will include the chosen word and the students’ visual interpretation of the word.

“Each student will have to come up with their own concept,” Tavonatti said. “My students will have to make a formal presentation in front of a board of judges and then the (winning) concept will have to be formally presented to the Arts Commission.”

Tavonatti likes that the process layers relevant real world experience for the fledgling artists. The class will also team up with local artists representing many genres as a mentorship for the students.

So far, 36 words have been nominated and votes are being cast.

“It’s essential to get online and vote,” Tavonatti pleaded.

The winning word will be announced on January 15.


Pageant casting call for ‘The Genius’ on Jan. 7, 8 and 12

Do you enjoy art, theater and music?  Have you ever thought about posing on a stage? Do you enjoy being in the spotlight? And can you stand still for 90 seconds? Perfect - you could be a volunteer cast-member in the 2012 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. The Pageant of the Masters is looking for men, women and children to volunteer for next summer’s show, “The Genius.” People of all sizes and ages are needed to be cast members in the world’s most famous presentation of tableaux vivants or “living pictures.”

Casting call will be held at the following times: Saturday, Jan. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Irvine Bowl Park at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Next summer’s performances will run nightly at 8:30 from July 7 to Aug. 31. Please call 494-3663 for additional information.

Casting call is a fun experience for all involved. Prospective volunteers will be measured and photographed, enjoy refreshments and meet the behind-the-scenes Pageant staff. No theater experience is necessary. The only requirement is the ability to stand still and have fun.

Pageant director Diane Challis Davy commented, “It takes over 500 volunteers, both onstage and behind-the-scenes, to put on the Pageant. We wouldn’t have a show without our volunteers! They have so much fun backstage, volunteers return year after year to participate.”

Pageant volunteers are also needed for positions in the wardrobe, make up, and headdress departments, as well as cast area coordinators and refreshment servers, among other positions.

Volunteering for the Pageant is a great way to spend your summer and it is common to have several generations of the same family volunteering for different aspects of the show. By volunteering for the Pageant, students can earn credit towards community service requirements.

The 2012 Pageant of the Masters, “The Genius,” will be staged July 7 through August 31. Ticket prices start at $15. Tickets are on sale now by calling 1-800-487-3378 or online at www.PageantTickets.com.


“The Genius” 2012 Pageant tickets on sale now

Tickets for the much-anticipated 2012 Pageant of the Masters are on sale now and make the perfect holiday gift for the art lover on your list. This holiday season, share the excitement of Pageant with tickets to “The Genius.”

Acclaimed for its awe-inspiring theatrical celebration of tableaux vivants – “living pictures” – the 2012 Pageant of the Masters presentation of “The Genius” will showcase the fascinating and unpredictable relationship between art and technology. A cavalcade of classic masterpieces will illustrate how breakthroughs in different fields have also altered the path of art history and the way we see the world.

From the glories of the Italian Renaissance, including Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” to the deeply personal imaginings of modern masters, “The Genius” promises to be fun and inspiring!

“Great seats are still available, but do sell out fast,” says Ticket Services Director Lucia McLeod. “’The Genius’ will highlight some of the most extraordinary artists of our time and it’s sure to be one of our most popular shows.”

Tickets start at just $15. A Pageant ticket entitles you to free unlimited admission to the Festival of Arts grounds where you can enjoy original artwork by 140 of Southern Orange County’s finest artists, art classes, musical entertainment, special art events, dining at Gina’s Alfresco and so much more. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-487-3378, or online at www.PageantTickets.com.

The Pageant of the Masters will be performed nightly from July 7 through Aug. 31, 2012.


2012 Passport to the Arts – a great holiday gift idea

The Passport to the Arts team of Laguna Beach has the perfect gift for your favorite people this holiday season – a 2012 Passport to the Arts.

Kicking off its fourth consecutive season, the Passport team, comprised of Art-A-Fair, Festival of the Arts, and Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau and the City of Laguna Beach, offers the 2012 Passport to the Arts for just $21.50. This triple-value, unique holiday gift provides unlimited entry to the three premier art festivals in Laguna Beach throughout the summer festival season, which runs June 29 through Sept. 2, 2012.

Passport holders can enjoy discounts from select local merchants, hoteliers, and restaurateurs as well as one-time free parking at the Act V lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.

The 2012 Passport to the Arts benefits include:

Unlimited admission all summer long to all three Laguna Beach art festivals

More than 500 artists and 300 hands-on art workshops

Great music at all three festivals throughout the season

Dozens of special events

Great Savings – valued at more than $70, only $21.50 for the whole season!

One-time free parking in the Act V parking lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road

FREE shuttle service all summer long

Special discounts at selected lodging properties, local shops, and eateries

Enjoy the annual Grand Prize Getaway drawing; holders will automatically be entered to win a unique Laguna Beach Fall Getaway when you purchase your Passport to the Arts before May 15.

The Laguna Beach Passport to the Arts can be ordered online at www.LagunaBeachPassport.com or by calling 949-497-0521.  A complete list of merchant special offers will also available online for summer travelers.  Free shuttle service to the festivals from various points in Laguna Beach and from the Act V parking lot will be available throughout the summer.

The Passport does not include admission to the Pageant of the Masters.

For information about overnight stays and things to do while in Laguna Beach, drop in to the Official Visitors Center, located at 381 Forest Avenue (inside Sotheby’s International Realty) or call 497-9229.


Pageant casting call for ‘The Genius’ on Jan. 7, 8 and 12

Do you enjoy art, theater and music?  Have you ever thought about posing on a stage? Do you enjoy being in the spotlight? And can you stand still for 90 seconds? Perfect - you could be a volunteer cast-member in the 2012 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. The Pageant of the Masters is looking for men, women and children to volunteer for next summer’s show, “The Genius.” People of all sizes and ages are needed to be cast members in the world’s most famous presentation of tableaux vivants or “living pictures.”

Submitted photo

Casting call will be held at the following times: Saturday, Jan. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Irvine Bowl Park at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Next summer’s performances will run nightly at 8:30 from July 7 to Aug. 31. Please call 494-3663 for additional information.

Casting call is a fun experience for all involved. Prospective volunteers will be measured and photographed, enjoy refreshments and meet the behind-the-scenes Pageant staff. No theater experience is necessary. The only requirement is the ability to stand still and have fun.

Pageant director Diane Challis Davy commented, “It takes over 500 volunteers, both onstage and behind-the-scenes, to put on the Pageant. We wouldn’t have a show without our volunteers! They have so much fun backstage, volunteers return year after year to participate.”

Pageant volunteers are also needed for positions in the wardrobe, make up, and headdress departments, as well as cast area coordinators and refreshment servers, among other positions.

Volunteering for the Pageant is a great way to spend your summer and it is common to have several generations of the same family volunteering for different aspects of the show. By volunteering for the Pageant, students can earn credit towards community service requirements.

The 2012 Pageant of the Masters, “The Genius,” will be staged July 7 through August 31. Ticket prices start at $15. Tickets are on sale now by calling 1-800-487-3378 or online at www.PageantTickets.com.


Jan 1 deadline for City’s new arts notification system

Cultural Arts Manager Siân Poeschl said a new arts protocol would be implemented in January for artists and others.

“If you wish to receive information regarding calls for artists and cultural arts events from the City of Laguna Beach, please sign up for e-notifications, the link is below. You will only be sent information you have requested,” Poeschl said.

“I will be using this system exclusively starting January 1, 2012. To those who have already signed-up and registered, thank you so much.”

Go online to www.lagunabeachcity.net/portal/defaul.asp


Members of Laguna’s arts community share 2011 highlights and holiday wishes

By SUZIE HARRISON

The Laguna Beach arts community has had a busy year making sure that Laguna Beach remains a five-star arts colony, perpetually strives for the best, and achieving it!  There have been a lot of achievements, change and highlights in the art world.

Many of the artists are glad to have the horrific flood and its damage behind them. However, even in the worst of times, they found the best in people, with so much of the community helping one another in true Laguna spirit.

Laguna’s art world as always is altruistic and happy to share with the community, from performance and visual artists, art organization board members, art movers and shakers and philanthropists; many shared their 2011 highlights and their holiday wishes.

Of course, a common thread was appreciation for Laguna’s art cultural art scene and its many offerings, a sense of camaraderie and community, and a great affinity for life in Laguna Beach

Sian Poeschl, City Cultural Arts Manager

2011 Highlights: “Facilitating the installation of “Semper Memento” and dedication on September 11. This collaborative project was made possible by a group of dedicated people: the artist Jorg Dubin, Fire Captain Andrew Hill, Fire Chief Kris Head, City Council and Arts Commission, the Port of New York and New Jersey, and resident Mark Porterfield. This project would not have happened without the donation Mark made that culminated in the creation of a lasting memory and memorial to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Thank you Mark.”

“A highlight of not only the year, but perhaps our lives, was the help and support family, friends and the community showed my husband, Troy and I in the aftermath of the flooding of our property in Laguna Canyon. We can never adequately express our gratitude to each and every person who helped us, but only offer a simple and heartfelt thank you. As we venture into a new year, we remember those we have lost, the challenges we have faced and the spirited support that excites us all for what a new year will bring.”

Holiday Wishes: “I wish artists and arts organizations creative abundance and economic health. I wish my family and friends’ health, peace and prosperity. And I wish heartfelt thanks to be part of the Laguna Beach community.”

Dee Challis, director Pageant of the Masters

2011 Highlights: “I’m very proud of the generous support of our 400+ volunteers. There’s a lot of camaraderie backstage. It’s very rewarding that we produced a successful show, while having a lot of fun!”

“The Festival and Pageant completed several important renovations last year, including planting the bowls’ perimeter hillside with many California Live Oak trees. The trees are beautiful and so appropriate for the Laguna Canyon environment. Truly, a lasting investment for our future.”

Holiday Wishes: “I am looking forward in the new year to making even more improvements to the Pageant, and making the Pageant show as enjoyable as possible for our patrons.”

Grace Kook-Anderson, Curator of Exhibitions Laguna Art Museum

2011Highlights: “Being a part of Getty’s Pacific Standard Time has been a great endeavor. Collaboration on this scale has really been an extraordinary experience and working with all the artists involved has been truly amazing. Our other highlight is the anticipation of our new director, Malcolm Warner. We’re excited to welcome him back to Southern California.”

Holiday Wishes: “Our wish for the New Year would be to see exciting additional support from the community and more collaboration with other organizations and institutions.”

Anita Mangels, Festival of Arts Board Treasurer

2011 Highlights: “From my perspective as Festival of Arts Treasurer, among the many highlights of the 2011 was the fact that tickets to the Pageant of the Masters were virtually sold out - not an easy feat in view of the continued recession.”

“Other highlights include the awarding by the Festival of tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to Laguna Beach students, and the continued upgrading of the Festivals grounds and facilities.”

Holiday Wishes: For 2012, “That the economy will continue to improve sufficiently to allow Laguna’s arts organizations and artists to grow and thrive.”

Jodie Gates, Laguna Dance Festival Founder and Director, Choreographer

2011 Highlights: “2011 was full of artistic endeavors that were so incredibly exciting and fruitful. I cherish the encouragement the Laguna Dance Festival received during our Spring Festival in 2011; it truly is rewarding to see how much joy dance brings to the Laguna audiences!”

Holiday Wishes: “Continued good health & happiness, the ability and sustainability to bring dance education and presentation to our community, and wishing for continued success with my creative work that enables me to travel the world and share my passion for dance.”

“Lastly, I’m also asking Santa for a flat-screen TV this year!”

Pat Kollenda, Arts Commission Treasurer, FOA Secretary, Performer, etc.

2011Highlights: “The installation of fabulous public art, Music in the Park, Sunset Serenades, Friday Flicks at the Forum...the incredible variety of entertainment gifts from our 22 Arts Organizations!.......for me personally - my rap as Sister Mary Pat Immaculata Virgine in ‘Lagunatics!’”

Holiday Wishes: “Celebrate the blessings of living in Laguna and cherish the gift of friendships...not to mention the fantastic collection of eclectic and always interesting “lagunatic citizens!” 
Jonathan Burke, President Laguna College of Art & Design

2011 Highlights: “Nike sponsored Lab, Spring 2012. LCAD’s graphic design department was chosen from a global search looking for leading college design programs. Four colleges of art and design were chosen: LCAD, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Center for Creative Studies Detroit and North Umbria Univ. in the UK.”

“Theme for the course is: Digital Sports and the Olympic Moment, how will digital sports change the Olympic experience for the coach, athlete, fan and trainer. Nike is underwriting the course and will meet with students on campus and in virtual sessions.”

“New, Illustration Track in the Illustration Major: This new Entertainment will teach and prepare students for careers in storyboarding, visual development for live action TV, film & animation, environment design for performance venues and theme parks and digital matte painting for live action film and animation.”

“New, Action Sport Design Track in the Graphic Design Major: During the junior and senior year, graphic design majors focus on print, package, video, website and visual merchandising that’s applicable for companies like Hurley, Nike, Volcom, etc.”

Holiday Wishes: “That Laguna Beach arts organizations find ways to even cooperate more in 2012.

Mary Ferguson Arts Commission chair, LCAD trustee

2011 Highlights: Arts Commission Achievements: The City has provided employment for 37 artist to the value of $172,675 - 15 performing and 22 visual artists; Brought in donations of $49,000 for the arts; Presented 15 free concerts, three free film screenings. Facilitated seven exhibits at City Hall.

Installed: “Semper Memento” by Jorg Dubin; “From the Beginning” by Jorge Fernandez; “Breaching Whale” by Jon Seeman; and re-installed “Support” by Louis Longi and “In Central Park” by Jerry Rothman after park renovations.

Completed a yearlong Arts and Economic Prosperity Study; Distributed 14 grants to non-profit arts organizations totaling $135,166; Held three “Artist Open Studio” events with 26 participating artists.

Added four exterior and four interior banners and two palettes to the collection; Produced quarterly Cultural Arts Calendars and increased web-site presence. And moved a rock from Dana Point to South Laguna!

 

Read more: Members of Laguna's 122011

Suzie’s ARTiculation

I am in a little bit of a myopic state right now, as I count the days to “Friday Funday,” because of course, the event of 2011, no other than, (Insert drum roll sound effects) the Stu News holiday fete.

I cannot wait to celebrate Stu News with the arts community, Laguna artists and Laguna friends! Make sure to hit me up with art story ideas; I aim to please! If not on Friday, REMEMBER you can always pitch a story to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , my Stu News email! So see ya in a few days at the BIG soiree, if not sooner. Hmmmm, I wonder, what should I wear

Until next time…so much art…so little time!


Suzie’s ARTiculation…

I am psyched to be back in Laguna Beach after a wonderful vacation in San Francisco. Despite my affinity for SF, it is really good to be home!

Like Laguna, I love that in SF you can walk practically anywhere in a relatively short time. In the city, I really dig the hills, as I pass from one neighborhood to the next.

My home base is in the Haight, which I really love. From there, I walked to the Marina, passing Pacific Heights on the way. I also walked downtown to SFOMA and Union Square.

The most unreal climb I found was up to North Beach! Yet, just below the biggest vertical hurdle, I was pleased to find the second tiniest bar in the country, The Black Horse London Pub! The microscopic place had merely five or six seats, and the beer was kept on ice in a claw foot bathtub, behind the bar. Interesting!

Other excursions took me to the Lower Haight, the Mission, Hayes Valley, the Castro and Noe Valley among other places.  I especially love that the Haight is two steps to Golden Gate Park – one of my all time favorite places on the planet.

Being the art enthusiast, I ventured to the De Young Museum in the park, and the next day - I went to one of my favorite art institutions - SFMOMA!

There I explored exciting exhibits, and I especially liked Richard Serra’s, “Drawing: A Retrospective,” as well as a comprehensive presentation of works by the late photographer Francesca Woodman.

In the Serra exhibit, I was particularly fond of “Compressed” 2001, and “A Drawing in Five Parts,” 2005. In both works, Serra utilized a method of drawing, he conceived in the late 90s. I was attracted to the circular movements and representation; I find the aesthetic exciting, yet soothing. I also appreciated a display of his sketchbooks - it was interesting to see his incubation process surface.

The Woodman retrospective is a complex body of work that delves into the artist’s deeply personal vision. The viewer experiences Woodman’s journey through explorations of self-portraiture, and the human form in architectural space. The artist was quite prolific until her suicide at age 22 in 1981. Thirty years later, her work still strongly resonates.

One of her last pieces, I found particularly poignant, yet haunting. The untitled photograph included a close-up image of the artist with her birth certificate pinned on the wall next to her. It was sadly as if, she had already conceived her future.

On a more positive note - this weekend should be an arts happs dream for me…I am looking forward to the artist holiday sale on Saturday. It will offer a treasure trove of amazing art, gifts and fun to be had!  And the fact that musician extraordinaire Jason Feddy will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. at John Barber’s studio spikes my excitement amplitude even higher! You can get the skinny in today’s arts section! I am also going to take advantage of the Sawdust Winter Fantasy’s final weekend!

Until next time…so much art…so little time!


The George Gallery replaces Marion Meyer Gallery with grand opening scheduled for Feb. 2

Meet the new girl in town…the George Gallery, which will be in Marion Meyer Contemporary Art’s former spot at 354 N. Coast Hwy, on famed Gallery Row. The George will open “her” doors with a grand opening on Feb. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring “Accomplished,” an exhibition featuring the multimedia work of seven extraordinary female artists.

The George gallery is named after Aurora Dupin - the literary figure who wrote under the male pseudonym George Sand. Taking her lead, the George celebrates female artists’ subversions of content and form, medium and message. From being the object of artists’ work to remaking the art world, we have come a long way, baby. The George gallery, honoring this achievement, only exhibits art by women.

The artists featured in “Accomplished” belong to prestigious museum collections such as the MOCA in Los Angeles, the Indianapolis Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei. Each artist has enjoyed solo shows around the globe and participated in eminent biennials, as well as receiving critical acclaim in the media - Susan Jamison, Carla Gannis, Lisa Stefanelli, Magdalena Atria, Soledad Pinto, Livia Marin and Talin Megherian.

Soledad Pinto, “Orange suitcase”

Screen prints cut and assembled, 11.8” x 11.8” x 7.9”

“Accomplished” captures a paradox, or a tension, to which the George will remain true. Some work is loaded with gender, challenging aesthetic and social norms, while other work remains, like Ms. Sand’s, ironically and uncannily gender neutral.


Swenson Fine Art “Umbrellas for Peace”

Staff photos by Cliff Getz

Talia Stewart was one of many young artists that took part in paining “Umbrellas for Peace” at Swenson Fine Art Sunday morning.

Swenson Fine Art presented a one-man exhibition for international artist Matt Lamb on Saturday. The show, “Light and Spirit” featured 22 originals works from a 17-year span in honor of Lamb’s achievements as an artist.

“Peace, tolerance, understanding, hope, and love, are at the core of Lamb’s work. “With each stroke the artist allows his inner musings and instinctual whims to burst to life in his creations, transporting the viewer on a journey, believing strongly that each of us can make a difference through our ideas, expressions and actions,” gallery owner Laurie Swenson said.

Lamb’s passion to give back continues in many ways - through his art, through is charity, and through his “Umbrellas for Peace” program that he has brought around the world.

“’Umbrellas for Peace’ was created from his desire to help the children, who are our future leaders of Peace, take part in this mission of hope, and have each one paint their own vision of joy and peace,” said Swenson. “This has grown to enthuse all ages, and through many of the cities streets he has marched with these symbolic painted umbrellas carried by the children and their parents and leaders of each of these cities to promote this worthy cause.”

The gallery is at 460 S. Coast Highway, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 376-1122. If art-goers are not able to make the exhibition evening, they are welcome to come by on Friday Dec. 9 for a preview until 8pm. On Dec. 10, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.


2012 Passport to the Arts – a great holiday gift idea

The Passport to the Arts team of Laguna Beach has the perfect gift for your favorite people this holiday season – a 2012 Passport to the Arts.

Kicking off its fourth consecutive season, the Passport team, comprised of Art-A-Fair, Festival of the Arts, and Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau and the City of Laguna Beach, offers the 2012 Passport to the Arts for just $21.50. This triple-value, unique holiday gift provides unlimited entry to the three premier art festivals in Laguna Beach throughout the summer festival season, which runs June 29 through Sept. 2, 2012.

Passport holders can enjoy discounts from select local merchants, hoteliers, and restaurateurs as well as one-time free parking at the Act V lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.

The 2012 Passport to the Arts benefits include:

Unlimited admission all summer long to all three Laguna Beach art festivals

More than 500 artists and 300 hands-on art workshops

Great music at all three festivals throughout the season

Dozens of special events

Great Savings – valued at more than $70, only $21.50 for the whole season!

One-time free parking in the Act V parking lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road

FREE shuttle service all summer long

Special discounts at selected lodging properties, local shops, and eateries

Enjoy the annual Grand Prize Getaway drawing; holders will automatically be entered to win a unique Laguna Beach Fall Getaway when you purchase your Passport to the Arts before May 15.

The Laguna Beach Passport to the Arts can be ordered online at www.LagunaBeachPassport.com or by calling 949-497-0521.  A complete list of merchant special offers will also available online for summer travelers.  Free shuttle service to the festivals from various points in Laguna Beach and from the Act V parking lot will be available throughout the summer.

The Passport does not include admission to the Pageant of the Masters.

For information about overnight stays and things to do while in Laguna Beach, drop in to the Official Visitors Center, located at 381 Forest Avenue (inside Sotheby’s International Realty) or call 497-9229.

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