LCAD unveils exciting addition to campus sculpture collection

Nureyev Heroic on display at Laguna College of Art + Design

Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) enthusiastically announced the addition of the life-size sculpture, “Nureyev Heroic,” on long-term loan to the campus collection from world renowned sculptor Richard MacDonald.

MacDonald’s art has been showcased in numerous one-man exhibitions in the US, Europe and Asia and is featured in private collections including those of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Dean Koontz, Leann Rimes and opera legend Luciano Pavarotti. His many accomplishments include the sculptures “The Flair,” a 26’ gymnast caught in a maneuver and “Momentum,” a 15’ sculpture celebrating the U.S. Open golf championship.

He is represented by numerous galleries internationally including Dawson Cole Fine Art in Laguna Beach and Carmel, the Bellagio in Las Vegas, among others.

“This sculpture communicates a profound and deep understanding of humanity. Richard’s art transcends language and speaks to all people. The college’s figurative tradition in drawing, painting and sculpture fits perfectly with MacDonald aesthetic to focus on the human form,” said LCAD President Jonathan Burke. “An integral part of LCAD’s mission is to advance representational art, and we are extremely grateful that Richard MacDonald has allowed the college and greater community to be inspired daily by this exceptional sculpture.”

In addition to the long-term loan of “Nureyev Heroic”, Rich & Ariane MacDonald have generously donated the bronze sculpture “Sissone Atelier,” valued at $3,800 to Collector’s Choice, the college’s annual fundraising auction to be held on June 9. The piece is from the historic Royal Ballet Project and exemplifies the purity of line and integrity of form that give classical ballet its transcendent beauty.


LagunaART.com is sponsoring the Taste of OC and is accepting artists’ applications for the event

The Laguna Art Group, LagunaART.com is sponsoring the Taste of Orange County and Art A La Carte on June 16 and 17 where 20,000 - 30,000 qualified fine art collectors and food connoisseurs will be attending to enjoy local restaurants, wine tasting and to view the top 75 artists of Orange County and beyond. This annual event will be held at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine.

LagunaART.com is seeking Orange County artists that will want to display and market their artwork to the 20,000 plus Food and Wine Tasting connoisseurs that are expected to attend. This will be a great opportunity for artists that are involved with the Festival of Arts, Sawdust and Art-A Fair Art Festivals to help them promote and launch the beginning of the art season in Laguna Beach just two weeks later.  The event will be promoted through many media partners.

The deadline is this Friday – June 1 when entry applications must be postmarked.

http://www.lagunaart.com/artalacarte


AR4T Gallery hosts Love Kills – exhibit to show June 2 - 23

AR4T Gallery is pleased to present Love Kills, a solo exhibition by Orange County artist Robert “Sticky” Shaw, from June 2 - 23.  Love Kills kicks off with an artist reception on June 2 from 6 – 9 p.m. with music from The Lovely Bad Things.  The event is sponsored by Arnette and Volcom.

Boobies

Sticky is known for his bold characters taking claim over a complex backdrop of manic lines and collected paper mementos – each small piece an individual memory swirled together to create a multiple-layered landscape through which we walk. A plethora of 1930s-60s newspaper clips saved by his father, love notes, lipstick and music bills become a waking dream of creative drama.

For Sticky’s first solo exhibit at AR4T Gallery, “Love Kills” is a window into the past, present and future. The story starts in a time when Sticky was an adolescent and he suffered from a disorder called “Cutting”. The “Cutting” came about from the loss of a dear family friend who took his own life. Sticky also at this time was a heavy drinker and was experimenting with prescription drugs and marijuana. He fell in love with Punk music and as tradition has it, he fell madly in love with a girl. They dated for a short period, and as a young adult it seemed like years. Then one day she moved to New York to follow her dreams and was gone. Suffering her loss, in his room – a comfort zone surrounded with images of punk rock heroes – Sticky cut himself to release his anger and frustration.

Years later, Sticky traveled to New York on various occasions. On one of his many trips he stayed at the Chelsea Hotel, where his room was on the same floor where Sid and Nancy spent Nancy’s fatal last night. He found it surreal to be so close to where one of his Punk idols had stayed, while at the same time all of the emotions for his first love returned and overtook his heart like a river. But Sticky could not act on his feelings, his ex had found someone else.

After the loss of Sticky’s elderly father in June 2011, and duo show “Girls vs Boys” in Laguna Beach the following month, in which he sold all works created for that show, Sticky was inspired to pull out some of his saved inspirations. Looking back to move forward, the artist presents cutout pieces from his father’s newspaper collection such as: “President John F. Kennedy is laid to rest among the dead of the nation’s wars” and a clip referring to tax woes, dated Feb. 11, 1939, Los Angeles Examiner.

Love Kills

A Sid and Nancy poster from Sticky’s adolescent days is splattered with long dried blood stains still fresh in his heart... the cornerstone of his first solo show, Love Kills.


“Black is Back” at City Hall – exhibit runs through June 26


Photo by Mike Tauber

Program Coordinator

Artist Mariko Ishii

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts has unveiled its 2012 Art-To-Go collection at Laguna Beach City Hall.  41 originals are on public view, now through June 26. A reception, sponsored by First Thursday’s Art Walk, takes place on June 7, 5 to 6 p.m.

This year’s Art-To-Go theme is “Black is Back” and reception attendees are requested to wear black to support the theme. Black is referenced in the exhibited works in titles, palettes, subjects or simply in the frames.

Standouts include “Medley”, an assemblage of found objects, by Vinita Voogd, “Street Corner” by Mark Jacobucci, and “Snake River Ripples” by Ester Roi. “Best Friends Forever” a zebra photo by Barbara White, shows a restrained use of black, in contrast to “On Boxes, Angles and Squares”, an expressionist painting by Russell Jacques.

The Artists Fund is a non-profit organization based at Festival of Arts. For inquiries, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 612-1949.


Public invited to vote at art reception at Gallery Q – June 2

Artist Moji Mozaffari

The public is again invited to vote for their favorites and forms are available at the front desk at the Susi Q. Voting ends Friday June 1.

An art reception and community open house will be held on Saturday June 2nd from 1 - 2 p.m. This event is open to the public.  Regular viewing hours are from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Susi Q is located at 380 Third St.  The exhibit ends on July 10.

Winning artworks will be awarded blue ribbons.

Original artistic interpretations of Laguna Beach are featured in the newest show at Gallery Q at the Susi Q.  The new show features work by the following artists:

Elizabeth C. Kramer, Beforah Sussex, Moji Mozaffari, Kathy Fellows, Linda McInnis, Merv McInnis, Truus Blankenzee, Marianne van der Veer, James Gothard, Shirley Fairburn, Doris Bender, James Nordstrom, Daryle L. Cornelison, Heather Parker, David Linnig, Maria Faur, Carol Swanson, Tom Joliet, Ben Albert, Sharlene Shipman Baker, Elena Srebnik, Marilyn Skonberg, Marilyn Salinas, Juliane Hodjera, Alfred Devito, Richard Olshausen, Lakshmi Devi-Dasi, Jean Ann Drake, Sheila Morshead, Dennis Piszkiewicz, Stefan Kitts,Vilit Saltus, Carol Brown, Sharon Denoff and Carole Zavala.

This show also features work by third grade students from El Morro Elementary School classes, “Old Laguna by Young Artists”, which were created under the supervision of Sherry Bullard and the LOCA programs.  The colorful collages feature vintage photos of Laguna Beach against a backdrop of shades of warm and/or cool abstract forms created from tissue paper.

For more info call Judy Baker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 497-2441 ext. 6.


Townley gallery hosts Artist Reception for Dasha Friday at 6

Dasha with one of her paintings

Dasha uses color to drench her canvasses and then wields her brushes with bold, impressive strokes, giving a fascinating depth and dimensionality to her paintings.

Influenced by a visit to San Sofia in Istanbul, where the mustard-colored walls applied by restorers after the original golden mosaics had fallen away are themselves peeling, Dasha creates textures from layers of sand, silver and copper leaf, and other metallic materials. It is this captivating spectacle of light and texture, whose colors and effects change throughout the day’s luminescence, which will connect emotionally with those who long to journey to exotic, foreign lands.

Dasha is a member of the LagunaARTgroup™ LagunaART.com™

The public is invited to meet Dasha from 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 25, and have a glass of wine at Townley gallery, 570 S. Coast Hwy. 715-1860 – townleygallery.com


Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art will open June 1

LGOCA (Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art) will open in the Laguna Surf resort at 611 S. Coast Hwy at the corner of Legion St on June 1. Two gallery owners/directors have combined to bring contemporary work of the highest quality to downtown Laguna Beach from emerging to mid-career to internationally recognized artists.

With 45 years of combined knowledge of contemporary art and a team of professionals working in the fine art world, LGOCA holds a vision of style and creative perfection with original paintings including: oils, mixed media, acrylics, encaustics, photography and sculptures of bronze, steel, marble or glass. LGOCA will represent 12 artists with two guest artists each month participating in Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walks as well as four-planned large annual group shows.

The participating artists’ names, including at least four up-and-coming artists discovered by LagunaArt.com, have not been announced.

This downtown Laguna Beach gallery is available for private and corporate events. At 1400 square feet of entertainment space, LGOCA gallery includes a panoramic ocean view deck over looking main beach; photo-op beach access; full kitchen; wine tasting bar with comfortable seating for any group or corporate event. There will also be limited free underground parking.

For more information or a peek at the gallery/venue, contact Kalina Justice -email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. • ph: 715.9604.


“Rumors” expected to fly at LBHS around May 25

Final Artists Theatre curtain for several award-winning seniors, the production will also honor the memory and legacy of Andy Hedden

By TAD HEITMANN

 

Laguna Beach High School’s Park Avenue Players finish a remarkable year of drama with the staging of Neil Simon’s hit comedy Rumors. Rumors opens in the Artists Theatre on May 25 and runs through the first weekend of June.

“We pride ourselves on bringing a wide range of dramatic styles to our community,” explained Mark Dressler, director of the LBHS drama program.  “Everybody looks forward to the last show of the year because it is usually something contemporary and interesting, performed in a very intimate setting with the audience seated on the stage, almost within the scene.  The proximity of the players to their audiences heightens the intensity of the drama or, in this case, the comedy.”

Rumors is directed by Amanda Saunders, a professional actor, accomplished director, and LBHS alumna.  Other productions recently filling the end-of-year slot have also been directed by Saunders, including A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard and Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward.

Set in the late 1980s, Rumors tells the uproarious tale of four affluent New York couples that attend a sophisticated dinner party celebrating the tenth wedding anniversary of the host, who happens to be the deputy mayor of New York City.

As the couples arrive at the upscale home they discover that the deputy mayor has shot himself through the ear lobe, his wife is mysteriously absent, and no servants are there to help with the party.  The hilarious farce gains momentum as all of the guests, because of their upper class status and desire to preserve their political standing, decide to try to conceal the evening’s inexplicable events from local police and the media.

The cast includes LBHS Seniors Ryan Cavanaugh, Alex Hunt, EJ Kramer, Lily Rogers, and Jackson Tupy in their last performances as Park Avenue Players, along with continuing members of the company Haley Castuera, Zane Fair, Tatum Moore, Karina Parker, and Makenna Zur Schmiede.

“We have really showcased the versatility of this extraordinary group of young performers and the depth of our directing team this year.  We are so proud of the variety and quality of our productions and the enthusiastic support we got from audiences for all of our work,” said Dressler.  “This ranks as one of our most successful years ever.”  The 2011-2012 season included The Sound of Music, Into The Woods, Aladdin, and Up The Down Staircase, which was produced by the Thurston Middle School eighth grade drama classes.

The actors in Rumors have decided to dedicate their performances to the memory of adjunct LBHS teacher Andy Hedden, who passed away suddenly last week.  For several years, Hedden helped LBHS writers and actors present the annual Playwrights Festival, an inspiration for many aspiring Laguna dramatists.

Rumors will be performed May 25, 26, 31 and June 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m.; and June 3 at 2:30 p.m.

Students $10, Adults $15. Seating for each performance is limited. Ticket sales from the LBHS Box Office - call 497-7769 for more information.


Playhouse launches Volunteer Auxiliary open to all from high school students to senior citizens

The Laguna Playhouse has launched a Volunteer Auxiliary as a way for everyone to get involved in supporting our treasured Laguna Playhouse, according to Elizabeth Pearson, Director of Development. “Whether you’re a high school student, a senior citizen – or anyone in between – you will be welcomed as an Auxiliary Volunteer member,” she says.

“As a non-profit organization, we value the work our volunteers provide,” said Pearson. “The volunteers provide critical time and talent, at no cost to the Playhouse, and help us advance the Playhouse’s visibility and efficiency.”

Volunteers provide support to a variety of Playhouse departments with assignments including: participation on the Annual Gala committee, volunteering at events, assistance with mailings, hand- addressing, stuffing, sealing and stamping envelopes; helping to “spruce up” the Playhouse (painting, gardening, spring cleaning), computer help (including Excel and other software data input and report work), and office support (answering phones, filing, making phone calls, etc.).

The Development Coordinator in the Development Department of the Playhouse, Teryll Sindell, maintains a list of Auxiliary members who wish to volunteer. Those who have signed up with their e-mail address, snail-mail address and phone number are e-mailed notices to see if anyone is interested and/or available to help with needs as they arise.

Those who serve as Auxiliary Volunteers receive tickets to plays (space available) upon completion of each volunteer assignment (typically three hours for one ticket). Members also receive Seat Opening Alerts when there are nights where seats are not all filled for a performance. And members are recognized twice each year for their special support to the Playhouse.

There is no cost to be a member of the Auxiliary. If you are interested in volunteering at The Laguna Playhouse, contact Teryll Sindell @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 497-2787, x225.


SUZIE HARRISON

Suzie’s ARTiculation

Check out Ritual Yoga Arts – the best in art, yoga & happenings

Ritual Yoga Arts is the newest kind of gallery set in Laguna’s oldest gallery space.

The spot situated on the corner of Mountain and South Coast Hwy, was a place for art for more than 60 years. Founded by Richard Challis as Laguna Studio Gallery in 1950, it was renamed Challis Galleries in 1966, and then in 1984 the Esther Wells Collection until April 30, 2011 when it closed it doors.

Learning the history of the property, the proprietor of Ritual Yoga Arts Gabby Levine had to have the building located at 1390 S. Coast Hwy.

Vacant and in a state of deterioration a true rebirth and transformation came to fruition  - a metamorphose into Ritual Yoga Arts – in mid-April this year.

“We put a lot of money into it and a lot of love into the remodel,” Levine said. “We are a fine art gallery. I was happy when I found out the history of this property and to honor the history of this building. We really were revitalizing and restoring a historic property.”

Levine’s vision – a fine art gallery coupled with a yoga space and place for locals to hang out for events, film screenings, fundraisers, classes, art, conversation and more  - a community center.

“Ritual Yoga is the fusion of yoga and fine art, a space where we may challenge and nurture our bodies and find the very edge of our physical limitations and move beyond them,” Levine said. “Where fine art that stirs the soul is available for purchase, or simply to admire and inspire.”

The gallery features five different rooms with each room featuring works by different artists. All the rooms have a different feel and style, explained Levine. Currently, works are being exhibited by Los Angeles based artist Erin Bobo, Santa Ana artist Diana Markessinis, Amber Rose Tibb from La Quinta and by actor Leigh McCloskey.

“Probably the most prominent artist is Erin Bobo, whose work is displayed in our reception lounge area,” Levine said. “[Bobo’s work]…is wood plank with oil and resin coating, with really high gloss, and glassy. He integrates natural elements – but he puts it into a sophisticated and contemporary style.”

Bobo started “The Bobo Collection” in L.A., is a member of “The Los Angeles Art Association,” and one of the few select “Gallery 825” artists.

The gallery features an eclectic mix of art genres. A couple of the artists work in oil and resin, but the gallery is also exhibiting sculpture, collage, and abstract works.

“McCloskey is a visionary, very meditative – he’s a visionary artist. He does oil on canvas – it’s really dimensional; it’s hard to explain it,” Levine said.

Ritual will feature new artists and rotate different artists into the mix, except Bobo. “Erin Bobo will remain and continue to make new pieces for us,” Levine said. “He’s going to be a permanent fixture in our gallery.”

The name Ritual Yoga Arts came together through a series of meanings – marrying the concepts of her business together.

When Levine started practicing yoga 10 years ago, she realized that yoga had become part of her functionality, part of her life that became necessary in her routine.

“My yoga practice I realized that it was something I really couldn’t functionally or happily live without,” Levine said. “It was part of my ritual like brushing my teeth or walking my dog. I had to, otherwise, I noticed the impact on my life, which was always negative if I didn’t.”

Ritual also stuck because she liked the word and thought it worked visually.

“And yoga arts, I think that people do see yoga as being an art, a sort of moving mediation, a moving piece of art – live art. When you see people practicing, it’s beautiful; it’s pleasing to the eye. It is artistic and it’s creative,” Levine said.

Coming from Los Angeles, where she had learned and practiced yoga – Levine found Laguna Beach to be the perfect fit. She thought it was an optimal demographic – being an arts colony. But Levine also felt there was a deficiency in yoga.

Moving to Laguna Beach and practicing in several yoga spots in South Orange County, she knew the landscape. Levine found the area was void of the yoga practices and methodology that she was used to.

Gabby Levine

“I came from an indie studio in L.A. with my own personal teacher who would workshop classes, every class was a workshop; you were learning something new or to a deeper layer,” Levine said. “I realized people down here didn’t know the difference. I wanted to create that awareness. With the right teacher and in the right environment you can take it out of the box. ”

She wanted to create an environment where instructors could take the time to address any given student and find out where the student really wants to go and what they want to learn.

Levine said that Ritual Yoga Arts exclusively offers pre-natal yoga in Laguna and is also honored to bring the strength and spirituality of Ashtanga Yoga into the community with; Intro to Ashtanga, Ashtanga Flow, Full Led Primary Series and Mysore classes. In addition, Ritual provides a full schedule of Pilates Mat classes, with Contemporary Mat Pilates, and the more vigorous Power Pilates, which includes the use of hand weights and props.

I’d say she’s nailed it with her fresh concept and making it happen in Laguna Beach!

For information about the gallery, events or classes call the gallery at 637-3509 or go online to www.ritual-yoga.com.

Until next time...So much Art...So little time!!!


LCAD commencement celebrates the Class of 2012

Seventy students in Laguna College of Art + Design’s (LCAD) Class of 2012 participated in commencement ceremonies Monday. It was a grand celebration commemorating this milestone on their journey towards becoming the next generation of great artists and designers.

This year’s keynote speakers and recipients of honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees were Academy Award-nominated producer Don Hahn and Iris Cantor.

“I want to congratulate the Class of 2012,” beamed President Jonathan Burke. “We are here today to celebrate their success. Earning a degree from LCAD is a great achievement that demanded rigor, perseverance and creative vision. I had the privilege of watching the students grow and develop as distinctive artists and designers. I witnessed their passion to learn and the many hours they devoted to their art. I now expect that talent and passion to open doors to fulfilling and rewarding careers.”

Don Hahn produced the classic Beauty and the Beast,

the first animated film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. His next film The Lion King broke box office records as the top grossing traditionally animated film of all time and is a long-running blockbuster Broadway musical. He served as associate producer of the landmark film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

His other credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Little Matchgirl, which earned him his second Oscar Nomination. His 2010 documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty chronicles the amazing story of the second “golden age” of Animation at the Walt Disney studio.

Hahn is the Executive Producer on The Disneynature films Earth, Oceans, and African Cats as well as this year’s hit, Chimpanzee, and he is Executive Producer of Tim Burton’s upcoming animated film, Frankenweenie due in theaters on October 5. His new book Brain Storm - Unleashing Your Creative Self, is in bookstores now.

Philanthropist Iris Cantor is Chairman and President of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. Mrs. Cantor is dedicated to enhancing cultural life through the visual and performing arts, and advancing knowledge to address the foremost medical challenges confronting humankind.

A role model for women in the realms of business and philanthropy, Mrs. Cantor is widely known for her commitment, tenacity and effective leadership, and above all, for leaving her mark on issues of vital importance to our society.

Founded on classical drawing skills, fueled by creative energy, and dedicated to excellence - Laguna College of Art + Design is a private, nonprofit college where outstanding artist-educators, visual arts programs, state-of-the- art facilities, and year-round exhibitions give fresh vision to Laguna’s extraordinary legacy in the visual arts.

Founded in 1961, the college educates artists at all stages of their creative careers, offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, Illustration, Game Art and Animation, and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Painting and Drawing.


LAM names Ed Fosmire, former Exec Director of Oceanside Museum of Art, new Deputy Director

Ed Fosmire

Laguna Art Museum announced today that Ed Fosmire, executive director of the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA), will join Laguna Art Museum as deputy director beginning May 29.

Fosmire, the executive director of OMA since April 2010, chose not to renew his contract with the museum.

“The decision was difficult,” said Fosmire, “but I wanted to be closer to my family in Orange County.

“I have been a long-time admirer of Laguna Art Museum and a frequent visitor,” he continued. “I’m thrilled to now be able to work with executive director Malcolm Warner, the staff, and the board to help take the museum to the next level. I truly believe that this is a pivotal moment for the museum and a time of great potential growth. I share Malcolm’s vision of Laguna Art Museum as the premier museum of California art, and I’m flattered that he and the board have entrusted me to help advance the museum’s development activities.”

Prior to joining OMA, Fosmire was the director of development at California State University, Long Beach; director of development and marketing at the Long Beach Museum of Art; and director of grants for the Arts Council of Long Beach. He also worked in the education departments of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Orange County Museum of Art. For the past nine years he has taught art history course as an adjunct faculty member at Chapman University.

At Laguna Art Museum, Fosmire will primarily be in charge of development. He will work with staff to raise the level of support the museum receives from individual and corporate donations, grants, and memberships.

Fosmire’s appointment follows closely on the heels of the appointment of Dr. Malcolm Warner as the museum’s new executive director. Warner joined the museum in January 2012 from his post as deputy director at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.

“We consider ourselves very fortunate to have appointed such an outstanding professional to this key position at the museum,” said Warner of Fosmire. “Ed’s strong development background and wide experience in museums will be invaluable. I know I speak for the board and staff in saying we’re delighted to have him join the team.”

Under Fosmire’s leadership, OMA showed tremendous growth and vitality. He oversaw significant exhibitions such as Transitions: Francoise Gilot; Everett Peck: It’s Not My Fault, and the forthcoming exhibition Cruisin’ Califas: The Art of Lowriding.

Additionally, Fosmire curated several exhibitions at OMA including Gold Coast: Paintings of Southern California by the California Art Club and Lee Silton: Evolution.
Fosmire also revamped OMA’s largest annual fundraiser. He raised the profile of the art auction component, and for the last two years the event exceeded its financial goals.

During his tenure, the museum’s collection grew from 40 works to over 130, including pieces by important Southern California artists John Baldessari, John Altoon, and Italo Scanga.


SUZIE HARRISON

Suzie’s ARTiculation

Laguna Canyon artists host their biggest annual event May 12

Artists at Laguna Canyon Artists.com, 3251Laguna Canyon Road, will open their doors for the public, affording art aficionados and collectors to experience the creative environs, talk to the artists and appreciate new works this Saturday. The popular, well-attended annual spring open artist studio event will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More than 25 esteemed professional artists are participating and work in an array of art media, including painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, photography, jewelry, mixed media and textiles. All work on display will be available for purchase.

Shelley Rapp Evans, Studio D

“I love all the creative energy that flows through this complex,” Rapp Evans said. “My studio is studio full of things I have collected over the years. I work with exotic textiles and found objects. It is very eclectic and colorful. I love to surround myself with treasures and textures. The more treasure...the better the work. I am a three dimensional mixed media artist, and I use a lot of materials in my work.”

Rapp Evans has been in her canyon studio for 20 years, where she creates her Spirit Keepers.

Barbara Fudurich, Studio M-2

“Twice a year the artists at Laguna Canyon Artists complex in Laguna Canyon open their studio doors simultaneously for the public to come see them at work and to view their efforts,” Fudurich said. “There’s an assortment of medium... there should be something for everyone.”

A watercolorist, Fudurich enjoys painting floral, still life, landscapes, seascapes and “special places.”

Fudurich will feature many new works at her canyon studio including, “Morning Commute,” watercolor, 15” x 22”

“I’m mainly a watercolorist because I love the process of working with the medium and the luminosity that is the end result,” Fudurich said.  “My greatest pleasure is working on location, as it affords me the opportunity to absorb the atmosphere of what I’m painting.  It has also given me the opportunity to meet many nice people and have great experiences.”

Hedy Buzan, Studio H-4

Born in Laguna Beach, Hedy Buzan comes from a family of artists. She works in painting, mixed media, monotypes, printmaking and collage.

Some of the images Buzan will be showing are from her Abterra series, a group of abstract drawings, editioned prints and paintings that reference landscapes. She said that some of these images are highly abstracted, others more representational, but most are usually painted from memory.

“The series began with somewhat representational imagery which was inspired by Degas’ late landscape monotypes. However, as I continued the work I began to address making images that represent a sense of the landscape as both seen and remembered rather than a depiction of a specific site in perspective from a uniform point of view. In doing so they reference, albeit obliquely, the Cubist picture plane in which multiple views of a scene are simultaneously depicted,” Buzan said. “This depiction is closer to how we really look at our environment…”

Michael Situ, Studio H-3

Situ’s medium is oil painting. The artist uses a brush and palette knife to paint on canvas or canvas panel.

“It is very rich to create texture and brush work. Can paint thin or thick. Can paint detail or lost. This is very good medium, and I like it very much,” Situ said.

The artist enjoys nature and to paint on location. His favorite matter includes the coastline, beach cliffs, harbors and boats, mountains, deserts and city scenes.

“My painting style is Early California Impressionism. Also, I can call this plein air California Impressionism,” Situ said.

He explained that Plein air painting means that the artist works in an outside location and paints what they see live, the surroundings.

“Late Afternoon Light-Laguna Canyon,” oil on canvas, 24” x 30”

“The paintings come from nature,” Situ said.  Located at the same studio for 10 years, Situ will be showing many different subjects and new painting during the event.

Elaine Cohen, Studio B-2

Elaine Cohen works in multiple art media artist, including sculpture, drawing and painting in acrylic and oils.

“When finally able to begin my journey in the art world I found that as a realist and a dreamer I would have to merge the two aspects of my personality to create a bit of beauty whether it is by sculpting, painting or a kind act to another,” Cohen said. “The diversity in my work of figurative sculpture and abstract painting has been exciting and challenging.   My sculpture is realistic and precise.  I try to capture emotions and memories.  My painting is abstract and hopefully the viewer will find a connection with the color, forms and movement I put in my work.  If my work is enjoyed by the observer I feel that I am a successful artist.”

Gina Mead Howie, Studio C

Gina Mead Howie creates paintings and jewelry.

“In my paintings of skycapes and landscapes I am attempting to realize a sublime expression and experience of vastness. Although my reference images are of skies, oceans, and fields, I abstract these physical elements by dissolving details and arranging chosen elements into colors and organic shapes to situate my painting between representational and non-representational execution,” Mead Howie said. “My intended results are very much in the tradition of impressionists and expressionists; work which exalts the sensuality of color and brings to the table a symbolic and philosophical language that I find to be stimulating. I explore the dynamics of soft, organic, and sensual form against hard, linear, and contoured edges in an attempt to ground and make palpable the ethereal within my work.”

The artist’s process allows her to explore contemporary elements of the sublime, suggesting transcendence, a world beyond the limits of the physical body, time, and space.

“My studio is located within the Laguna Canyon Artists complex in the canyon which has been a wonderful area to continue my work,” Mead Howie said. “We are a community that helps to cultivate the essence of art as well as support each other in our creative venues.”

Lorenzo George, Studio G-2

Lorenzo George creates fine art portraiture, drawings and paintings. He said he is anxious to meet new people, artists and art collectors as well.

“On May 12, I will have a portrait painting demo, uncovering some of my “tricks” on capturing the expression and emphasizing the beauty of each individual,” George said. “Also I will have in display some of my latest artwork, all inside my classic European Art Studio. Complimentary food and wine on a stereo selected tunes background.”

Linda Ames, Studio I-2

Linda Ames is a glass artist, painter and metalsmith and will be featuring her newest sculptural jewelry made out of semi precious stones - turquoise, opals, onyx, amethyst and lapis. Her glasswork in sterling silver and copper are used to create surf and tidepool inspired pieces that are one-of-a kind.

Voted Best Jewelry in 2009 Sawdust Festival, Ames said, she lets her emotions guide her. Playful and abstract, most of her artwork begins with components she creates through a lost wax casting process. Building her designs one piece at a time, designing and playing with the components until she, “falls in love with the piece.”

“Nestled in the lush hillside of Laguna Beach, known as ‘the canyon’ is the premier artist colony, ‘Laguna Canyon Artists. You will see their latest work, visit their galleries, shop til you drop and meet the artists,” Ames said about the open studio event.

Her studio will also feature guest artist, Jayson Toscas, who creates leatherworks.

The Laguna Canyon Artists Open Studio event will provide free parking and refreshments will be served. For information about the event and to learn about the other participating artists, go online to www.lagunacanyonartists.com.


New Trustees join Laguna College of Art + Design Board

Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) announces the recent election of new members to the Board of Trustees, Suzanne Chonette and Nancy Bushnell.

LCAD’s Board is composed of corporate officers, alumni, artists and community leaders whose roles include volunteer and fiduciary commitment to further the mission of the college, serving as ambassadors in the community, and applying their unique leadership capabilities on behalf of the institution.

Suzanne Chonette received her bachelor’s degree from the Art Institute of Southern California, now LCAD, in 1990. Her representational works are primarily in pastel or oil and she currently shows at the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs.

She has been an active participant in Orange County philanthropies for the past 40 years and has held offices and chairmanships in the American Heart Association, Guilds of the Performing Arts Center, Bowers Museum, CHOC and the Assistance League of Santa Ana. Chonette has been a Pacific Symphony Board member for the past eight years and is currently a Life Board member. Her current priorities include the support of performing and visual arts education for the youth of our community.

Nancy Bushnell received her bachelor’s degree, with a double major in Spanish and Humanities, from Pitzer College in Claremont and a California Teaching Credential at University of Southern California. She earned a Master’s Degree in International Management at The American Graduate School of Management in Glendale, Arizona.

In 1976, she married David P. Bushnell, founder of Bushnell Optical Corporation known for their sports optics and moved to Laguna that year. David passed away in 2005. Nancy served as a member of the Board of Directors of Pitzer College for 20 years. She also served on the boards of Human Options, Sally’s Fund and The Laguna Art Museum. She is currently serving her first term on the Board of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The Bushnells have also been supporters of the Laguna Playhouse and The Friendship Shelter.

Founded on classical drawing skills, fueled by creative energy, and dedicated to excellence - Laguna College of Art + Design is a private, nonprofit art college where outstanding artist-educators, visual arts programs, state-of- the-art facilities, and year-round exhibitions give fresh vision to Laguna’s extraordinary legacy in the visual arts.

Founded in 1961, the art college educates artists at all stages of their creative careers, offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, Illustration, Game Art and Animation, and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Painting and Drawing.


“Made in USA” large handcrafted tote bags available

“Made in USA” is a slogan we cannot afford to lose! Created right here in Laguna Beach and handcrafted in Orange County and after more than two years in design, The Laguna Beach Tote Company announces that its tote bags are now available for purchase at Laguna Beach Books located at the Old Pottery Place, 1200 S. Coast Highway and at Coast Hardware, 240 Broadway.

In the 1990’s Doug Bowler and his sister Marilyn Johnson proposed and got approval for the original Laguna Beach Farmers’ Market from the LB School Board. Do you remember its first location? From the high school parking lot, the Market moved downtown to its current location. Bowler designed these totes to eliminate using plastic bags and to allow hands-free convenience while shopping at the market.

But the tote has become much more than a Farmer’s Market carrier.

Priced at $39.95, this is an affordable, high quality, all natural heavy canvas sport/utility carrier with an adjustable over the shoulder strap and original art by Bowler’s own family.

Designs include seabird or dolphins playing in the surf. Its two big pockets are raring to join you at not only the Farmers’ Market, but the beach, library, picnics, gym, hiking and all your other fun life adventures. Large (approx 14”x15”x4.5”), with button closure and side pockets for cell phones.

It’s also an elegant and practical solution to our 2013 plastic bag-free shopping ordinance.


LOCA offers outdoor art classes – May 13, 17, 18

The Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) is offering a couple of nature-themed art classes next week in South Laguna at two different outdoor locations.

Watercolors on the Beach is a class held at Treasure Island Park and features a docent from Laguna Ocean Foundation who will introduce live tide pool creatures such as anemones and sea stars, which will inspire your art class lead by September McGee.  A towel and snack is provided, along with a take-home artist kit and canvas tote.  The class will cost $35 for adults and $20 for children, 5 and up, and is on Sunday May 13 from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Photo by Mike Tauber

Local artist Hedy Buzan will lead a class on botanicals May 17-18 from 9-10:30

The Laguna Beach Botanicals class will be offered on May 17 or 18 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the South Laguna Community Gardens.  Laguna Nursery’s own Ruben Flores will discuss the fruits, vegetables and flowers in the garden, followed by the class led by Laguna native and artist Hedy Buzan.

The class will focus on drawing with color washes, and will cost $25 for adults, 16 and up.

All materials are included at all classes and participants will take home their finished art project.  Register in advance at www.LOCAarts.org or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by calling 949.363.4700.


The Artist Fund exhibits at City Hall

Photo by Mike Tauber

2012 Artist Fund Board of Directors (L-R – Back): Wendy Wirth, Geraldine Cropser, Mia Moore, Shirley Rush, Rosemary Swimm and Roger Folk. (Front): Mada Leach, Anne England, Vinita Voogd and Enrica Marshall.

The Artist Fund at Festival of Arts is exhibiting a Board of Directors show at City Hall now through May 22. Exhibiting board members include Anne England, Roger Folk, Mada Leach, Mia Moore, Enrica Marshall, Vinita Voogd, Geraldine Cropser and Wendy Wirth.

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts, founded by England in 2000, provides financial aid to artists suffering economic hardship due to medical necessity, disaster, or debilitating circumstances.  Additional board members include Shirley Rush, president, and Rosemary Swimm, treasurer.

To contact The Artists Fund: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 612-1949.


SUZIE HARRISON

Suzie’s ARTiculation

Art Walk: May dawns with style, substance and art at its best

It’s that exciting time of the month in Laguna Beach when art enthusiasts and artists converge at local galleries to enjoy art during First Thursdays Art Walk on May 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. At Art Walk you enjoy a self-guided tour of Laguna’s member galleries located around town, featuring artist demonstrations, receptions and art openings, as some of the evening’s highlights.

Art Walk has no beginning or ending point, so you create your own experience and move around town at your own pace. The event is free to the public and so is the trolley service. At any participating member gallery or on the trolley, be sure to procure an Art Walk brochure that includes a map and features highlights of all the evening’s special events.

“Experiencing art is a great way to spend a spring evening in Laguna Beach,” said First Thursdays Art Walk president Dora Wexell.

As a special preamble from 5 to 8:30 p.m., artists Tony Marshall, Sandra Weir, Daryle Lynn Cornelison, Richard Olshausen, Mary Trautman, Phil Trautman and Sarah Shoemaker will be exhibiting at Laguna Presbyterian Church in the rose garden.

Visit all of the featured galleries from downtown, to famed Gallery Row in North Laguna, to the south area by Bluebird and also head east on Laguna Canyon Road for more finds.

Throughout the evening see artists in action and watch their creative process, demonstrating their techniques and sharing their insights. Ask questions and engage the artists. The following are a few participating: painter David Chapple at DeRu’s Fine Arts, photographer Eric Good at The Cottage Gallery, and resident artists at Laguna North Gallery.

Anja Van Herle

“Miss Daisy”

Acrylic on panel, 64 x 40 inches

JoAnne Artman Gallery will continue with the popular exhibit, “Girls, Girls, Girls,” by Belgium born artist Anja Van Herle. Now based in Los Angeles, the artist specializes in large-scale portraiture, featuring beautifully expressive women with a powerfully enticing presence. Her subjects originate from the combination of working with models and pure whimsical fantasy, creating women of tangible imagination: beauty that is both born and bred.

Visit Laguna Art Museum’s exhibit of “California Artists: Late Nineteenth to Early Twentieth Century” and enjoy conversations with the resident artists at Lu Martin Galleries.

Moises Barrios

“Sin Título / Untitled 2”

Oil on canvas, 44 x 59 inches

saltfineart will present “I Am You: The Figure in Latin American Art” an exhibit that seeks to illuminate the power of the human figure through the work of Moises Barrios (Guatemala), Lucio Kansuet (Panama), Jose Rogriguez (El Salvador) and Rafael Varela (El Salvador). These artists, all considered master painters in their own right, use the human figure as a “tap root” of emotion in compositions that vary from the hyper-realistic to the surreal. The result is a feeling of deep connection to the work stemming from the collective experience of being human.

Susan Jamison

“Sugar Me Bouquet”

Egg tempera on panel, 36 x 36 inches

The George Gallery will expand its exciting exhibit “(In) Delicate,” which offers the elegant and forceful paintings of Susan Jamison and Lisa Stefanelli with added artists  Mary Jones and introducing Elizabeth McClellan.

First Thursdays Art Walk member galleries give you the ability to enjoy art in a relaxed setting and to buy original artwork of every medium. Additional featured artists include Ben Brough at AR4T Gallery; new work by Andrew Burgess and Siddharth Parasnis at Sue Greenwood Fine Art; and German artist Hans Mendler at Art Cube Gallery.

Laguna College of Art and Design will feature its Graduate Exhibition - featuring art from LCAD’s graduating senior class and MFA graduates of 2012. While the exhibit is open for Art Walk, its actual reception is on Saturday, May 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the lower level at Laguna Art Museum.

Still from the award-winning film “Liquescent” by Roark Gourley

Don’t miss [seven-degrees] for the multimedia presentation of “Liquescent” by Roark Gourley; [seven-degrees] of Inspiration Grant winner 2011. “Liquescent” is a short documentary art film that explores the underwater world of local Southern California water. Creatively the film consist of five small vignettes mainly focusing on the relationship between water and the human experience in breathe taking footage and an astounding soundtrack. There will also be a special showing with live narration by Roark on how he did the process with out-takes and experimental footage.

S Cube Gallery will be offering a new exhibit, “Bjarni Sigurbjörnsson: Spinal Sweep.” Icelandic artist Sigurbjörnsson’s new paintings forgo the ordinary and expected methodologies in art. Instead, he paints on a transparent Plexiglas surface that is suspended from the ceiling, giving the sense that the chaotic compositions are frozen in space during a specific ephemeral moment that feels simultaneously fleeting and monumental.

His works are the result of a bold confidence in the spontaneous qualities behind expressive painting and very little is pre-determined. What the viewer actually sees is the back of the painting, revealing the complex organic plane and color changes that are ordinarily hidden beneath the final constitution of the surface.

For Sigurbjörnsson, there is no distinction between process and resolution. He compares his method to a gardener who “sets something growing and then tries to tend it as best he can.”

Check out Laguna’s newest participating member gallery, Pacific Edge Gallery, featuring work by Laguna Beach artists: Maria Bertran, Brenda Bredvik, Sandra Jones Campbell, Tom Swimm and Jacobus Baas, where you can see the gallery’s 25th anniversary exhibit, which runs through May 18.

Bertran has been exhibiting with the gallery since its inception and is showing her most recent paintings from the coastal scenes in and around Laguna Beach.

“I have been part of Pacific Edge Gallery since its beginning and feel very fortunate and happy about it. After all these years the owner Paul Jillson is like family to me,” Bertran said. “Paul Jillson makes Pacific Edge Gallery a preferred choice for us as artists. His consistency, honesty and faith in our work gives me the strength and support to continue painting with passion and dedication.”

Jones Campbell’s esteemed work is on exhibit, as one of Pacific Edge’s artists.

“My paintings in the show are based on the theme of Palm Springs in the 50s, eluding too the social gatherings, pool scene and fashioned days in the sun,” Jones Campbell said. “Paul has operated a long term successful gallery with a select group of local artists and held a level of prestige in delivering quality shows over and over. His clients and collectors have returned numerous times to support the gallery and the artists.”

Bredvik said that her current work is inspired by the environment in Laguna.

“I enjoy swimming and surfing, my tropical garden and the vistas of course which are an ever-changing source of inspiration. I have been abstracting and distilling elements of our coastline for many years; I am also interested in restraining the chaos of our lives to create vibrant, beautiful images,” Bredvik said. “I love water and the ocean - a constant recurring theme. I am neither literal nor afraid; my joy is to try something new and to continue my journey as an artist. The support I have received from Paul Jillson and Pacific Edge Gallery has been enormous and a key factor in my success.”

Silver, Blue & Gold Gallery is always a treat to visit during Art Walk. The treat is even sweeter because the contemporary jewelry studio gallery will be celebrating its second anniversary where you can meet their jewelers, enjoy treats, listen to live music by Joe Baldino and enter to win free jewelry.

The gallery is featuring its special exhibit “Ring 4 Spring,” with works by 18 acclaimed studio jewelers. The exhibit offers an alternative to strictly traditional rings. Yellow gold, white gold and diamonds are represented, but so are Damascus steel, titanium, palladium, and the newest: zirconia ceramic. The exhibit ends May 20.

“Thank you for being a part of our first two years,” said gallery owner Karin Worden. “To us, you are golden.”

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

Until Next Time...So Much Art Walk...So Little Time!


LOCA fundraiser at Aliso Creek Sunday includes art auctions and full bar in a beautiful setting 3 – 5:30

This painting by LOCA artist Betty Haight will be among 27 auctioned on Sunday

The Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) presents “A Teaching Artists Showcase” at the Aliso Creek Inn on Sunday May 6 from 3 – 5:30 p.m. featuring art and gift baskets, as well as both live and silent auctions, to fundraise for LOCA programs including those hosted by the Boys & Girls Club, the CSP Youth Shelter, and classes at the Suzi Q.

The fundraiser will include views of the Aliso Creek Inn golf course, light snacks and refreshments, as well as a full bar featuring freshly made “Locaritas.” Local-getaway baskets include items from Sundried Tomato, Pacific Edge Hotel, Laguna Playhouse, Watermarc Restaurant, Tootsies, and many more.

The art auction features 27 pieces, values ranging from $80 – 1,500.  The works are by LOCA art teachers including Roger Folk, Jacquie Moffett, Betty Haight, Anne England, Mada Leach, Sherry Salito-Forsen, Carol Swanson, Tom Swimm, Carolyn Machado, Vinita Voogd.  A few of the pieces will also offer a “buy-it-now” option, prior to the event.  Check out the entire auction gallery online ahead of time.

Event admission is $35, which you can get online at www.LOCAarts.org, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 949.363.4700.


LAM features conversation with Tauber at Art Walk

May events at Laguna Art Museum include a conversation with Laguna Beach artist Mike Tauber and the opening of MFA ‘12, Laguna College of Art & Design’s MFA in Painting and Drawing exhibition on Thursday, May 3, during the First Thursdays Art Walk.

Laguna Art Museum will host Conversation with...Mike Tauber. The Conversation With...series brings artists to the museum to discuss their practice in a casual conversation with guests. Admission to the museum is free from 5 to 9 p.m. and the conversation will begin at 7 p.m.

Tauber specializes in murals in paint, ceramic tile, and cement relief. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design at the College of Fine Arts at San Diego State University. He worked as an architectural illustrator and draftsman prior to becoming a fine art muralist in the late 90s. During this time, he completed commissions in Baja California, Queensland Australia, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, and throughout the western United States.

His tile imagery includes California coasts and canyons, national parks, tree studies, fish, and marine life. His landscapes convey a distant perspective, strong light source, and rich painterly texture as seen in early California schools of painting. Tauber lives and works in Laguna Beach and is a member of Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA).

Following the discussion, the museum will host a mixer featuring complimentary beverages and the opportunity to meet the artist. Additionally, guests are encouraged to view the museum’s current exhibitions as well as participate in the Laguna Beach First Thursday Art Walk, which takes place at area galleries from 6 to 9 p.m.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive. For information go online to www.lagunaartmuseum.org or call 494-8971.

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