Art-To-Go names Best in “Shoe” Show

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Rick Graves

(Back L-R): Artists Fund Vice President Wendy Wirth, awards juror Jessica Cline, Hugo Rivera, John Repka, Barbara White, Roger Bennett and Tim Brown. (Front L-R) Yoonsook Ryang, Jacquie Moffett and Rosemary Swimm for Tom Swimm.

“Wow – I never expected that!” exclaimed Barbara White of her third place win in the Art-To-Go Best in Show awards. White, a photographer, was among eight artists recognized at a ceremony on Sunday at Festival of Arts. 

Themed “The Shoe Show”, the collection features 100 works donated by Festival exhibitors.

 “What a great honor” said new exhibitor Tim Brown, winner of best in theme for his assemblage titled “Shoe Fetish”. Other titles included first place to Roger Bennett, for his photo of burley Dutch men wearing wood clogs, and second place to Jacquie Moffett for her moccasin constructed from watercolor paper. 

Honorable Mentions went to John Repka, Hugo Rivera, and Yoonsook Ryang. The people’s choice award, tallied from votes cast by Festival exhibitors, resulted in a tie between John Repka for his wall relief, and Tom Swimm for his deck shoe transformed into a miniature speed boat.

Awards juror Jessica Cline, publisher of Modern Luxury magazine stated, “I was very impressed with the variety and quality of works in this collection. I favored pieces that had interesting messages, or reminded me of places I’ve traveled to”.

Proceeds from Art-To-Go sales support The Artists Fund, a hardship relief fund for artists in need. The collection is available daily now through Aug 13 on the Festival grounds. Items may be viewed by clicking the online gallery tab at TheArtistsFund-foa.org (949) 612-1949. 650 Laguna Canyon Rd, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily.

https://www.facebook.com/270814029680688/photos/?tab=album&album_id=997360497026034


Passport to the Arts season pass – just $24

In its eighth consecutive season, the Passport team, comprised of the Festival of Arts, Laguna Art-A-Fair and Sawdust Art & Craft Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach and the City of Laguna Beach, is currently offering the 2016 Passport to the Arts for just $24. This triple-value, unique season pass provides unlimited entry to the three premier art festivals in Laguna Beach throughout the summer festival season, which runs June 24 through August 31.

The 2016 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

One-time free parking at Lot #16 (Act V), 1900 Laguna Canyon Road

Free shuttle service all summer long

Special offers at selected lodging properties, local shops, eateries and attractions

To purchase a 2016 Passport online please visit: www.LagunaBeachPassport.com.

For information about overnight stays and things to do while visiting Laguna Beach, drop by the official Visitors Center, located at 381 Forest Ave or visit www.visitlagunabeach.com.


All Shook Up’s gala opening night was all sold out: the spirit of Elvis is alive and well at the Playhouse

Subscribers, donors, supporters and celebrities attended the standing room only opening night gala of the Laguna Playhouse’s first show of its 2016 - 2017 season, All Shook Up. This perfect family summertime, fun-time musical is inspired a book by Joe DiPietro, musical direction by Jeff Biering, choreography by Paula Hammons Sloan and is directed by Steve Steiner.  

All Shook Up includes the fabulous music of Elvis Presley, presented in unexpected and hilarious ways as part of a plot inspired by the star-crossed lovers in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. 

Click on photo for a larger image

 

Photos by Ryan Miller, Capture Imaging

The cast of All Shook Up

The show is sponsored by U.S. Bank. Ellen Richard, the Playhouse’s new interim executive director was in attendance, joined by many VIPs including mayor Steve Dicterow, council member Toni Iseman, Mark Christie, Playhouse board members Gary Jenkins, Melinda Masson, Heidi Miller, Justin Myers, Terri Turner and Nicholas Yrizarry. 

Co-chair of the Playhouse’s 97th Gala, Playhouse board member Glenn Gray and his wife Katherine Burton were also in attendance, along with Playhouse Women co-chair Robin Woods who supported her co-chair and cast member, Michelle Bendetti.. Playhouse cast alumni (Love, Loss, and What I Wore) Pat Kollenda was also on hand to support the start of the Playhouse’s 97th season. 

Everyone enjoyed the pre-show spread, featuring Nolet’s Spirits, our Season Spirits sponsor, providing Nolet’s premium gin and Ketel One vodkas (they are also the exclusive spirits at the lobby bar). 

Pre- and post-show gourmet delights were provided by Mark DePalma of Mark’s Catering. Guests nibbled on a delicious array of appetizers and light bites before the show, and enjoyed a wide array of gourmet desserts, cookies and other special delights at the newly revamped Artistic Director’s post-show reception, where guests enjoyed the beautiful weather and musical stylings of pop singer-songwriter Morgan Mallory, who was sponsored by KX93.5, Laguna Beach’s only local radio station. 

Click on photo for a larger image

 

Edna Yan, Amanda DeCarlo, Victoria Strombom and Felix Yan

Season sponsors South Coast Plaza, Gelson’s, First Republic Bank, Toni Tartamella, and Daymar Coffee Company also provided support. 

The show continues through Sunday, August 7. Ticket prices range from $41 to $66. Performances take place from Wed to Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Sat at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. There will be additional performances on July 7, 21 and Aug 4 (Thursdays) at 2 p.m. and July 17 and 31 (Sundays) at 5:30. Times are subject to change.

Tickets are available at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or call 949-497-278

Box Office Hours: Monday – Saturday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 7:30pm on performance days); Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open until 5:30pm on performance days). Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. 


Arts Commission has been busy

Crescent Bay Point Park artist designed bench dedication and “Bulkhead” by Hal Pastorius - temporary sculpture installation

On Wednesday, July 6, Mayor Pro Tem Iseman and members of the City’s Arts Commission dedicated the newly installed artist designed bench at Crescent Bay Point Park in north Laguna. The installation was funded by Laguna Beach resident Norman Powell who in the early 1970’s had worked on the City’s Open Space Committee, which zoned the area as a potential site for a public park. 

At the dedication, Mr. Powell described the park as “The best place on the Planet.” 

Click on photo for a larger image

City of Laguna Beach photos

Mayor Pro Tem Toni Iseman and Norman Powell at Crescent Bay Park

Through a donation to the City’s Arts Commission, a public art contest was held and artists Rude Calderon and Roberto Delgado were selected. Calderon is known for his stone carvings and Delgado for his hand painted tile and silk-screening techniques. The two artists collaborated creating the travertine and tile bench titled “The Love that Binds.” The inspiration for the work was Powell’s desire to celebrate the 50 years of love he shared with his late wife Armena. 

During the dedication, Mayor Pro Tem Iseman noted, “The installation will be appreciated and enjoyed for hundreds of years.” Powell added it would be a place he could sit and share with the community. 

Donna Ballard, Arts Commission Chair added, “The City of Laguna Beach has a broad public art collection, it is these special installations that allow us to appreciate and value members of the community who express themselves through adding to the public art collection.”

On Thursday, July 7, Mayor Dicterow and members of the City’s Arts Commission dedicated the newly installed temporary sculpture near the downtown bus depot on Broadway. The sculpture “Bulkhead” by Hal Pastorius is on loan from the Festival of Arts permanent collection and will be on exhibit for three years.

In attendance at the dedication was Pastorius’ wife Kay, who is visiting from her new home in New Zealand. Pastorius spoke about her late husband and his body of work. Mayor Dicterow noted Hal was a longtime Laguna Beach resident who had created monumental sculpture located throughout Orange County.

Click on photo for a larger image

Mayor Steve Dicterow, Kay Pastorius and Arts Commissioner Pat Kollenda

Jay Grant, President of the Sawdust Art Festival said, “Hal was the first president of the Sawdust and he was the right personality to bring the group of artists together to create the festival.” The Sawdust Art Festival is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the installation was a collaboration between the Festivals to celebrate the landmark. Also on hand was Festival of Art president Fred Sattler.

The City of Laguna Beach has a broad and varied public art collection; it is these special installations that allow the community to appreciate the value the Festival of Arts permanent collection. 

The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach fund this project.


The CAP Gallery presents Artists’ Talk and Q&A July 16 

By M. “CHARLIE” FERRAZZI

On Saturday, July 16 at 11 a.m., The CAP Gallery invites the public to participate in an engaging discussion and Q&A with three highly talented and unique artists. 

Past Artist Talks have received rave reviews from the attendees, and the price is right – the event is free.

Kate Cohen, Halverson Frazier and Fred Hope will discuss not just the techniques of their work but also the motivation that drives them to create and the inspirations behind their art. Each artist’s style is unique, which will give the audience three different perspectives.

Artists Kate Cohen, Halverson Frazier and Fred Hope 

The event will take place in The CAP Gallery at 260 Ocean Ave, Second Floor, Wells Fargo Building. 

CAP’s mission is to increase the visibility and appreciation of art and serve as a catalyst for Art Education. CAP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit funded by the member supporters, the lodging establishments, City of Laguna Beach, and Wells Fargo Bank.

For more information, visit www.caplaguna.com or call 949-553-7507.


Artist Benevolence Fund – Helping artists in need

By LINDA GROSSMAN

Special for StuNewsLaguna

The Artist Benevolence Fund, begun in 1987, provides temporary, brief funding for Laguna Beach artists who face an unanticipated, catastrophic event that prevents their ability to pursue their primary means of income, the creation of art.  Each year, the Sawdust Festival holds an art auction to raise funds for the ABF, with artists donating beautiful pieces to be auctioned to the public.  This summer, the auction will be held on Sunday, August 14, with a silent auction from 10-12 noon and a live auction from 1-3.

Among the artists who have received grants from the ABF is Gavin Heath, a renowned glass blower who has exhibited at the Sawdust Festival and Festival of Arts for 26 years.  He described the nightmare of the mudslide in 1998 that wiped out his home and studio. “I was living in the canyon at Big Bend when the mudslide came down. I almost got buried by the dirt.”  After narrowly escaping the mudslide, he said,  “I went back the next day to my house and studio, and my house had three feet of mud in it, wall to wall. Several days later, the mud went hard and turned into a big block of concrete.  It was devastating.  Everything I had was gone.” 

Gavin was overcome with emotion as he relived those moments, and said, “I was sitting on the steps of my front door. There was no one around. I was thinking, ‘What the #*%&! am I gonna do?’ I looked up and there were two guys walking up the driveway.” 

They were board members of the ABF with a check for $1,000.  Gavin said, “It was the most uplifting thing…just knowing you have someone there for you. In the midst of chaos, that’s when you really need help. ”

Gavin said, “That’s why I volunteer myself, donating my time. That’s what we do when people need help.  We help them.”  Gavin currently serves as an elected board member of the ABF, and yearly donates a remarkable piece of his glasswork to the auction to support the ABF endowment.

“The Benevolence Fund is a little backup for artists, but when that backup is needed, it is vital.  Most of us don’t have any backup other than that and each other.  We hang on a thread.  That’s how we roll,” said Heath. 

Come to the auction and purchase a special piece of art that supports our local artists when they are in dire need.  It’s tax deductible, and it helps preserve the backbone of Laguna, our artist community.


Barbara’s Column

Sawdust history being preserved

By BARBARA DIAMOND

The Sawdust Festival is more than an art show and sale to its exhibitors.

Sawdust jeweler Marla Burns began collecting memories from exhibitors in 1960 till now, describing what the festival has meant to them.

“This is what we created; this is what we were; this is the birthplace of our passion, creativity, love and art,” said Burns, a retired educator and mastermind of the project.

“This is who we are now, as we begin the act of passing it on.”

Her statement could well serve as the introduction to the oral history of the women and men who have exhibited at the festival, which celebrates this year it’s 50th anniversary.

Photo courtesy Sawdust Art Festival

Marla Burns and Eleanor Henry share a smile with their memories

A segment of the female participants was shown last week at the festival to a group of about 20, including long-time exhibitor Eleanor Henry

“Even a few of men came---they wanted to see what we were up to,” said Henry.

The video covered the 1960s to the 1980s.The second segment will continue with the 1990s and 2000s.  Showing of the segment will be announced.

Many hours of filming has gone into the 2 and 1/2 hours of film edited by Patrick Conner and his mother, Natalie

Videotaping was done by Burns, Georgette Cerutti, who also directed the project, and Diane Valentino.  

To date 38 women have shared their thoughts for the videoed history.

“They spoke of the ‘Sawdust Sisterhood’ and the freedom to evolve as artists in a non-juried, encouraging environment,” said Burns. “They spoke of how the Sawdust has seen them through divorces, loss, childbirth and helped them persevere in spite of life’s tribulations as single mothers.”

The “sisterhood” has created a village where women can freely create art, prosper and admire others’ accomplishments, Burns said.

Valentine spoke glowingly of Henry. “She is a true activist…for women for art…for Grandmothers for Peace at Main Beach…for protests against war,” said Valentino, as reported by Burns. 

“Women of the Sawdust” is dedicated to the memory of the late Barbara Burnette, who created “Hookers,” earrings that slipped on over the ears and served on the Sawdust Board of Directors. 

“She broke down in tears as she struggled (due to illness) to communicate what the Sawdust meant to her, said Burns. “All the women came to her aid, reminding her of the contributions she made to the festival and expressed their gratitude. 

“She passed very shortly after the filming.”

One of Burns’ favorite stories is about the man who showed up at her booth shortly before quitting time. 

“He asked what stone was set in one of my rings,” said Burns. He said. ‘I’ll take it.’” That went on for 10 more times. And I was getting worried that he might write a bad check because such big purchases were unheard of in the early ‘70s. 

“All of a sudden, he pulled out a wad of cash. After the sale, I asked him if he minded me asking who would get all the rings. He replied, ‘My girls. I own a brothel in Nevada.’”

Burns grew up in Laguna and feels she was blest to have had Charla Ilgner as one of her teachers at Laguna Beach High School. 

“I leaned silver and gold smithing in that class and I have been doing it ever since,” said Burns. 

She is one of the ‘Founders,’ of the festival, that includes exhibitors from 1968 to 1971. 

Among other female exhibitors in the video:  Hedy Buzan, Julita Jones, Patti Klingenmeier, Olivia Batchelder, Kit Youngstead, Patti Jo Kiraly. Mary Gulino and Mary Hurlburt.

Missing is Sally Wilde, who moved to Montana where she is teaching ceramics.   

The purpose of the oral history is to preserve a record of the Sawdust Festival and the artists and members who have contributed to its colorful past and to its present.

That includes men. An oral history of the “Men of the Sawdust” is a work in progress, Burns said

Twelve men have already been filmed, including Doug Miller, Jay Grant and Ron Rodecker.

Rodecker, is a retired Laguna Beach teacher and cartoonist, famous for his dragons, which were turned into a PBS television series for children.

“I started at the Sawdust in 1981 and left in 2000,” said Rodecker, by telephone from his home in Nevada City in Northern California.

“The first year I was there, my stepdaughter, Erin, nominated me for president of the board. One person said to me, ‘Who are you,’ and I said I just saw a crowd and wandered in. I was elected.”

Filming of the men will continue this summer and will premiere at the 2017 Sawdust.

But wait---There’s more. 

You will find advance notice of all the fun stuff to do in Laguna, or stories about the ones you missed, by reading StuNewsLaguna.com


84th Annual Festival of Arts Brings Art, Music & More 

The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show celebrates its 84th year July 5 through Aug 31. The Festival has been rated one of the top festivals in the nation and each year hosts 140 of Orange County’s most talented artists. Recent accolades include Orange County Register’s Best Place to Buy Original Art, Art Fair Calendar’s Top Five Art Fairs in the West and Top 5 Art Festival in the nation voted by USA Today readers. Live music, hands-on art activities, exhibitions of local student artwork and a wide variety of special events round out one of southern California’s favorite outdoor summer event.

“Avid art collectors and festival-goers will have an outstanding variety of fine art to browse and purchase as they walk among the artists displays,” says Marketing and Public Relations Director Sharbie Higuchi. The Festival of Arts is a professionally juried fine art show featuring a diverse selection of artwork including paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and more from artists around Orange County. Since opening in 1932, thousands have shown and sold their artwork at the Festival and many have their work featured in the private collections of leading art collectors, celebrities, and museums around the world.

In addition to the variety of artwork, the Festival of Arts offers a wide range of daily activities that the whole family can enjoy. The 2016 events calendar includes nightly live music, jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, guided art tours and art workshops. Several special one-day events return this year, including the Festival Runway Fashion Show and FamilyArt Day.

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Festival workshops are fun and popular

In 2016, the Festival of Arts introduces three new events to the calendar. On Tuesday nights, discover new up and coming musicians on the Festival stage. The Rising Stars Music Series will spotlight emerging performers selected by the Festival’s roster of world-famous musicians. This year at Books and Brunch, attendees will meet bestselling authors Steve Hely and Michelle Gable who will share personal insights about their work and creative process. Event also includes a book signing, author lecture, hard cover copy of book and brunch. For families, Art and Story Time presented by Crayola ®, is a new weekly series for children 5 and under. Every Monday will feature a different children’s book read aloud and a hands-on art project, along with special surprise visits from illustrators, book characters and more.

“There’s something for everyone at the Festival of Arts,” said Higuchi. “With beautiful art, nightly live music, workshops for all ages, and unique events, the Festival is truly a full arts experience.”

Special Events:For a complete list of activities visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org. All events are free with admission unless otherwise noted: Sunday Afternoon in the Park Music Series: Sundays, July 10 - Aug 28 (2 - 4 p.m.); Art and Story Time: Mondays, July 11 - Aug 29 (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.) Sponsored by Crayola ®; Rising Stars Music Series: Tuesdays, July 12 – Aug 30 (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.) Art Talks: A Lecture Series: Wednesdays, July 6 - Aug 24  (12 - 1 p.m.); Art, Jazz, Wine, & Chocolate: Thursdays, July 14 - Aug 25 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.); $20; Concerts on the Green: Saturdays, July 9 & 23, Aug 6 & 20 (1 – 2:30 p.m.) Sponsored by Cambria Estate Vineyard & Winery; Family Art Day: Saturday, July 16 (12 - 3pm); Festival Runway Fashion Show: Saturday, Aug 13 (1 - 4 p.m.)

Art Tours: Free art tours are held weekdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; weekends at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Meet the artists and learn firsthand about their artwork and techniques through discussions and free artist demos.

Special Exhibits: The Festival’s Junior Art Exhibition, sponsored in part by CalFirst National Bank and The PIMCO Foundation, is comprised of over 300 pieces of artwork from Orange County school children (grades PK - 12). The quality of art represented in the exhibit will astound art lovers of all ages. And support the arts by purchasing artwork from the Art-to-Go Exhibit donated by Festival artists with proceeds benefiting The Artist Fund at Festival of Arts. 

The Festival of Arts is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road is open daily July 5 to Aug 31, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information about the exhibitors, events and for tickets, please visit www.foapom.com or call 800-487-3378.


JoAnne Artman Gallery, presents “Semiotics” featuring James Verbicky now thru August

Semiotics: 

The study of signs and symbols as elements of communicative behavior

Existing in a Verbicky state of mind: derive meaning from his iconic images and textual vibrancy to expose your own state of mind. React and define your existence by reflecting on what you see and what makes ‘meaning’ for you.

Click on photo for a larger image

 

James Verbicky’s striking multimedia works defy easy description, deftly combining elements of collage with layers of resin and dye to form panels that burst with color and texture. Verbicky’s appropriation of vintage advertising imagery invites viewers to contemplate a culture of media bombardment, while his masterful sense of proportion and color stimulate the senses.

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

- James Verbicky

James Verbicky (b. 1973, Edmonton, Canada) is a Polish-Canadian artist who currently works in the United States. In 2008, the United States government granted the artist a coveted Extraordinary Ability Green Card in recognition of his important contribution to the arts. His work has been displayed in many institutions internationally, notably at a juried exhibition at the Louvre Museum in Paris. His most recent works include resin on wood media paintings and large scale, enamel on canvas.

James Verbicky’s work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. 

“Semiotics” will be at the JoAnne Artman Gallery from July 1 through Aug. 31. An artist reception will be held on Aug. 4 from 6 – 8 p.m. If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Aug. 1 to 949-510-5481.

JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 326 N. Coast Hwy.


Finding new ways to launch a biz based on passion & need

Kim Maxwell and Carole Zavala share more than just a professional life as past leaders of non-profit agencies in Laguna Beach. They love using their creative energies to bring beauty and a practical approach to fashion. 

Kim is the inspiration behind Faye Maxwell of California. 

When asked why she started this new business venture, she stated, “I started my new on-line Boutique out of frustration. I was so frustrated with the fashions for women. They were unflattering, ‘blah’ and always cut way too short. I designed Ocean Breezes to be cut below the thigh, and the fabrics I choose are colorful and loose fitting for comfort. The fabric patterns remind me of our beautiful California coast, our sunsets, the ocean and our tropical setting.” She added that Faye is her middle name.

For Carole, her jewelry line came about as the result of a class offered by LOCA, our local arts education group. “I took a class with Sherry Salito Forsen and I was hooked! Initially I just made pieces for myself, but I kept being asked if I had other pieces for sale. I have frequently sold the necklace right off my neck!” 

Carole enjoys incorporating vintage and previously used stones, tassels, and other unique pieces in her designs. One necklace incorporates a ceramic sculptured head from the 1970s Sawdust Festival.

Submitted photo

Carole Zavala (L) and Kim Maxwell

The two entrepreneurs are presenting their first joint show, “A Sunday Champagne Boutique” on July 17 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Kim’s home in Laguna Niguel. For information contact Carole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kim at (949) 528-5092. Websites: www.CZArtsAndFilm.com and www.FayeMaxwellCalifornia.com.


Live! at the Laguna Art Museum presents Harp Duet, Duo Gliss, on Thursday July 14 at 7 p.m.

Laguna Beach Live! presents Duo Gliss - harpists Ko Ni Choi & Hee Jin Yoon – on Thursday, July 14 from 7 p.m. at the Laguna Art Museum. 

Duo Gliss is based in Los Angeles and focuses on expanding harp music and educating young musicians 

Ko Ni Choi,praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as an artist with a “naturalistic, theatrical sense of flourish,” has played in concerts throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Korea. She was a prizewinner at Concours Internationaux de la Ville de Paris, Nippon International Harp Competition, and the Korean Chamber Orchestra Competition.

Choi has been featured as a soloist with numerous orchestras including Banff Festival Orchestra, Hungarian Chamber Philharmonic, Wieniawaski Philharmonic and Toronto Senior Strings. 

Choi studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music.  

Click on photo for a larger image

 

Duo Gliss harpists Hee Jin Yoon and Ko Ni Choi

Hee Jin Yoon is a member of the Los Angeles Harp Ensemble and performed at Logan, Utah for the American Harp Society Summer Institute 2015. Yoon is principal harpist of Lancaster Festival Orchestra and has played in the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Recently, she played with the dream orchestra of LA and the symphonic winds of Cal State Fullerton. 

Yoon has been featured as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Korea and USA. She was the winner of concerto competition of University of Cincinnati and received an honorable mention in the Salvi awards.

Also, Yoon earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, as a student of Professor Gillian Benet Stella. She received a Performer Diploma from the Indiana University with the distinguished professor Susann McDonald. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati in harp performance. 

Look Live! on the second Thursday of every month

Live! at the Museum is a collaboration of Laguna Beach Live! and the Laguna Art Museum that takes place the second Thursday of each month at 307 Cliff Drive. The Museum’s doors are open from 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday.  

The concerts are free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission. Reservations may be made, at no cost, through the Museum’s website at www.LagunaArtMuseum.org or by contacting the Museum’s Membership Manager at 949.494.8971 x203.  

For more information about the series and other concerts, visit online at www.lagunabeachlive.org or phone 949.715.9713.


No Square Theatre will showcase Greg Lyons Jazz for one performance only on July 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Greg Lyons, the percussionist in a jazz quintet playing original music, contemporary, and jazz standards, will return to Laguna Beach for one night only, Saturday July 9, at 7:30 p.m. The group played to a full house here last November.

Musicians will be coming from cities all over the US, including Philadelphia, PA, Harrisonburg, VA, and Boulder, CO, as well Southern California to perform in the event. 

Jazz lovers can make a pleasant summer evening of it, with dinner and drinks served on the lawn beginning at 6:30 p.m. Catered by the White House, dinner costs just $10.

Click on photo for a larger image

 

Greg Lyons, percussionist in a jazz quartet

Greg Lyons is a graduate of James Madison University’s School of Music, where his primary focus was Music Industry and Percussion Performance. While at JMU, he had the opportunity to study in Montreal, Quebec for two summers at McGill University, where he took courses with JMU’s director of Jazz Studies, Charles Dotas. 

Lyons also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC with JMU’s Jazz Ensemble as first chair drummer. Mainly a drum set player of all styles, Mr. Lyons has performed extensively in New York City and the Philadelphia area.

Park anywhere and take the free Summer Trolley, which stops directly in front of No Square Theatre and Legion Hall on Legion Street and runs until 11 p.m. each night. No Square, no hassle!

No Square Theatre is in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of Laguna Beach High School. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets should be purchased in advance.  

Tickets are $20 and this performance is open seating. All tickets are available at www.nosquare.org. The website also offers information on events, auditions, and classes.


Art-A-Fair offers more than art: artist workshops, live musical entertainment, and more

Art-A-Fair Summer Workshops and Events Calendar

Artist Summer Workshops! Art-A-Fair 2016 hosts daily workshops for beginning through intermediate level artists. Expand, indulge and perfect your artistic horizons in weekly class sessions at a very affordable price. 

Photo from artist website

Click on photo for a larger image

 

Water Fun, by Laura Curtin

Purchase as many or as few sessions as you like. Class size is limited to six students, must be 16 years or older, and all supplies are included. Workshop sessions are $45/4hrs (a.m. & p.m. sessions), or $30/2hrs (morning session only). Hours are 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. daily. 

Contact: 949-494-4514, www.art-a-fair.com.

Tuesdays, Now  – Aug 23, Nohad Sabbagh, Clay Sculpture 

Clay Sculpting: Types of clay; Sculpting tools; Sculpture through the ages; How to see 3D; Material and structure.

Tuesdays: Now – Aug. 30, 4 – 7 p.m, Taco Tuesdays at Tivioli Too!

Tuesdays: June 28, 4 – 9 p.m., Local’s Night: Free admission for Laguna Beach residents and other O.C. cities with photo ID, check http://art-a-fair.com/events/list/ for a complete listing.

Wednesdays, Now – Aug 24, Carolyn Heiman-Greene, Acrylic 

Acrylic Workshop: Rules of composition; Basic rendering; Working & Glazing with acrylic paint; Defining the light source; Bounced light. Subject matter will cover realism in nature and wildlife.

Thursdays, Now – Aug 25, Barbara Kimmel-Palmer, Watercolor 

Watercolor Workshop: Topics: Watercolor wet-in-wet techniques; Dramatic lighting; Composition; Saving the white of the paper; Subject matter will include florals, children, land & seascapes. 

Fridays, July 1 – Aug 19, Laura Curtin, Oil 

Oil Workshop: Topics: Using oil paint; Value in color; Painting in high detail; Experimenting with color. Subject matter will cover wildlife with a twist.

Saturdays, July 2 – Aug 20, Rosemary Rush, Gourds 

Gourds Workshop: Topics: Cleaning gourds; Transferring designs; Burning and staining; Gold/Silver foiling; Embellishing and sealing. 

Sundays, July 3 – Aug 21, Robin Wethe Altman, Watercolor 

Watercolor Workshop: Topics: Using watercolor paint; Tricks of the trade; Use of color; Composition and design. Subject matter will include tropical landscapes, the ocean and flowers.

Sundays: July 3, 4 – 9 p.m., Local’s Night: Free admission for Laguna Beach residents and other O.C. cities with photo ID, check http://art-a-fair.com/events/list/ for a complete listing.

Mondays, Now – Aug 22, Emilee Reed, Watercolor 

Watercolor Workshop: Topics: Composition and how to “see”; Protecting the white of the paper; Keeping colors fresh; Warm, cool & complimentary colors; Techniques for using the paint in conjunction with other tools. Subject matter will cover still life & painting from photos.

Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Happy 4th of July - Free admission for everyone. Art-A-Fair closes early for July 4, at 6 p.m.

Tuesdays: July 5, 4 – 9 p.m., Local’s Night: Free admission for Laguna Beach residents and other O.C. cities with photo ID, check http://art-a-fair.com/events/list/ for a complete listing.

Art-A-Fair live music schedule for this week

Friday, July 1, 5 – 9 p.m.: Solspeak (Latin, Pop)

Saturday, July 2, 12 – 4 p.m.: Jason Feddy Duo (Singer, Songwriter) &

5 – 9 p.m.: Shades of J (Rhythm, Country, Blues)

Sunday, July 3, 12 – 3 p.m.: Kelly Fitzgerald (Acoustic, Folk, Rock) &

4 – 8 p.m.: Bob & Dave (Classic Rock) 

Thursday, July 7, 4 – 7 p.m.: Bob Johnson (Pop, Oldies & Blues)

For more information about Art-A-Fair artists, workshops, events, and to purchase event tickets, please call 494-4514 or visit http://art-a-fair.com/. Tickets for adults, $7.50 for seniors (65+), military and students $5.50 and children 12 and under are free. The one time ticket price allows for free entry during the season. Art-A-Fair is located at 777 Laguna Canyon Road.


Sawdust Art Festival event calendar this week, 

July 1 – July 7: 

There is something new and different every day at the Sawdust Arts Festival, ranging from special admission promotions, special events and entertainment.

Friday, July 1: Laguna Beach Locals Day -Laguna Beach residents get free entry all day, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., with photo I.D.

Studio Art Classes, 10 a.m. 12 p.m., Oil Painting. Cost: $95.

Saturday, July 2: Saturday, July 2: Hawaiian Surf Day– featuring specialty beers, music and art classes. Dress up in your favorite surfer outfit.

Studio Art Classes, 10 a.m. 12 p.m., Screen Printing with eco-friendly artist Brynne Cogorno. Cost: $95.

Click on photo for a larger image

 

Dancing on the Deck

Sunday, July 3: Dance Party with Lessons, 5 9:30 p.m., on the Main Deck. Shake up your Sunday night! Put on your dancing shoes and boogie with professional dancer and choreographer Alexey Ryazanov and perfect your dance moves. Cost: Free with festival admission.

Monday, July 4: Sawdust After Dark- Laguna Beach locals night. Residents get free entry after 5 p.m. with photo I.D. Sawdust hours on July 4 are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, July 5: Musician Showcase - Some of the Sawdust’s amazing artists are also talented musicians and will perform from 5 – 10 p.m.

Wednesday, July 6: Sawdust After Dark - Sip, Talk, & Walk. Visitors can enjoy one of two - Sip, Talk, & Walk tours, 3 – 4 p.m. or 7 – 8 p.m. visitors will receive free entry to the Sawdust, a glass of wine, and a docent-led tour of the grounds. Visitors can enroll in a studio art class “after dark” and enjoy a glass of wine, while learning from an instructor on various art subjects, tonight’s will be creating your own succulent. 

Thursday, July 7: Sawdust After Dark- Laguna Beach locals night. Residents get free entry after 5 p.m. with photo I.D. Sawdust hours on July 4 are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Daily: Ceramic Center, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 9 p.m., Throw A Pot: One-on-one instruction at the potter’s wheel for all ages, Cost: Free with admission to take home as greenware, $10 to glaze, fire and pick up; $18 to glaze, fire and ship to your home.

Daily: Children’s Art Spot, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m., & 3:30 5:30 p.m.Classes are for kids ages 4+. Art fun for the little ones. *Free with admission, although most are complimentary, some classes and workshops may require a materials fee.

Daily: Studio One, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m. & 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Painting, printmaking, collages and a wide variety of art workshops for visitors ages 7 to adult. Cost: Free with admission.

 

Daily Live Music Schedule, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Cost: Free with Festival admission.

Enjoy live entertainment at three outdoor stages, the Tavern, Grill, and Main Deck, on the festival grounds. Musical acts of all genres, roving entertainment, and much more are on schedule to perform during our festival.

Friday, July 1: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,Sam Bybee, Tavern & Beth Fitchet Wood, Grill; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Higgs, Main Deck; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Kindred Trio, Tavern, & Dave Cross, Grill; 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Watt Avenue, Main Deck.

Saturday, July 2: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,Wheeland Brothers, Tavern & Selly Solo, Grill; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Kevin Miso Band, Main Deck; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Kalama Brothers, Tavern, & Kenny Hale Solo, Grill; 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., The Eliminators, Main Deck.

Sunday, July 3: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., David Rosales, Tavern & Caitlin Lucia Duo, Grill; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Masanga Marimba, Main Deck; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., The Dayna Lane Band, Tavern, 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Dancing, Main Deck.

Monday, July 4: 10 a.m. 2 p.m., George Lawton, Tavern; 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m., Laguna Swing Band, Main Deck; 1 4:30 p.m., John Heussenstamm Solo, Tavern; 1:30 5 p.m., Kelly Fitzgerald Band.

Tuesday, July 5: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Acoustic Roots, Tavern; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSND, Main Deck; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Oui 3, Tavern; 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sawdust Artists Musician Night, Main Deck. 

Wednesday, July 6: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Poul Pederson, 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Brother Yousef, Main Deck; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Gary Sharpio Duo, Tavern; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Pasion Gitana Main Deck.

Thursday, July 7: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Rich Folk, Tavern, 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Undecided Future, Main Deck; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Pawnshop Kings, Tavern; & Eddie Allen, Grill; 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Big Bills Medicine Show, Main Deck. 

 

The Sawdust Art Festival is open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. through August 28 with special July 4 hours, 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Tickets are Adults: $9, Senior 65+: $7, Children ages 6-12: $4, Children ages 5 & under: free. For more information on these and upcoming programs, visit the Sawdust Art Festival at www.sawdustartfestival.org or call 494-3030. The Sawdust is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road.


Suzie’s ARTiculation

The sound of music defines art festivals’ events

By SUZIE HARRISON

The hills are alive with the sound of live music, thanks to the art festivals and the bevy of talented artists; the line-ups are revved and ready for your listening pleasure. 

Known for their stellar musicians that will get you on your feet, the Sawdust is jammin’ this summer with a veritable buffet of stellar performers, from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. Savor every flavor, from acoustic to World Anthem, be it the Main Deck stage, Tavern or Grill.

And to help you get your red, white, and blue going on July 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., go see “American Pride,” performed by Laguna Concert Band’s SwingSet, an 18-piece swing band.

 “We’re going to play songs of Americana, nostalgic from the Big Band Era of the ‘30s & ‘40s, reflecting a time of a vibrant generation,” said Swingset band director, Gary Gould. “We’re definitely going to put people of all ages in a patriotic mood.” 

Lucky for me - my fave, fave, fave Jason Feddy will be playing at all three festivals, adding the Art-A-Fair to his repertoire this summer.

“It’s the biggest honor for a musician in Laguna Beach to get booked year-after-year to play at the art festivals,” said Feddy. “I always look forward to it. It makes me feel part of the Laguna Beach community, which is important.” 

Feddy said he’ll be playing original songs at the Sawdust, a mixture of original and cover tunes at the Art-A-Fair, as a duo with drummer Ray Weston, and for the Festival of Arts, Feddy has formed a trio to specifically play his own songs. Plus, he will play two Sundays of Beatles music with the Beatles tribute band, The Beatroots.

Click on photo for a larger image

 

Jason Feddy (pictures here) performs at all three festivals this summer

“To be associated with such great artists, you feel part of the artistic community. It means you’re part of an elite club of people, part of the festivals in Laguna. It feels great! I love it,” said Feddy. 

The Art-A-Fair has music at the Art-A-Fair Stage Thursdays-Sundays with sets on Saturdays and Sundays in the afternoon and evenings.

“Our goal is to have a wide variety of great musicians. Our line-up for our 50th Anniversary year will include: Motown, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Classic Rock, Bossa Nova, South American Andes Region Pan Flutes, Pop/Folk, Latin, Country, Flamenco, Reggae, Calypso, Soca, Steel Drums, Adult Contemporary, Jump, Swing, Surf/60’s and indie jazz,” said Art-A-Fair entertainment chair, Emilee Reid. 

Although you will have to wait a little longer to hear music at the Festival of Arts, it’s well worth the wait. Opening on July 5, Peter Dobson will kick off the sounds of summer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by Slim Man on July 6.

Legendary Grammy-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour will commence the Festival’s “Concerts on the Green,” on Saturday July 9, 1 to 2:30 p.m., a series features award-winning performers on July 9 and 23 and Aug 6 and 20. 

Click on photo for a larger image

 

Lee Ritenour will perform July 9 at FOA

 “We’re thrilled to kick off the Festival’s exciting summer concert series with world renowned jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour on July ninth,” said Susan Davis, director of special events for the Festival of Arts. “Lee is a 19 time Grammy nominated artist and a founding member of the group Fourplay. We are also excited to present the amazing saxophonist Grace Kelly, who just joined the Stephen Colbert Show’s band. She will be at the FOA on Aug sixth.” 

Sundays are now fun-days with the Festival’s “Sunday Afternoon in the Park.” Enjoy an eclectic mix of entertainment from Bluegrass to Jazz and World Fusion, 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday in July and August, starting July 10 with Street Corner Renaissance.

On Thursdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., starting July 7 through Aug 25, fill your senses with the popular “Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate” series, starting with Pretzel Logic. Cost is $20.

Catch the Rising Stars Music series Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy world world-famous musicians introduce their favorite up and coming performers with Mindi Abair introducing Greg Manning on July 12 to start the series.

  “So it’s all Jason at the festivals, all day long, you’ll probably get sick of me,” Feddy said.  

Me, not so much, I am elated!

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


Art-A-Fair hosting big time Art Auction & Wine on July 10 to benefit Laguna College of Art + Design

Art-A-Fair, Laguna Beach’s fine art festival destination, invites you to experience the excitement and fun of live auction bidding at ‘Art Auction & Wine’ on Sunday, July 10 at 5 p.m., at the Art-A-Fair grounds.  Twenty-seven Art-A-Fair artists have donated their best original art in every medium for auction – you may find an appealing addition to your own collection, not available anywhere else.

Click on photo for a larger image 

 

Wine tasting will begin at 5 p.m. with the Live Art Auction and Wine to follow from 6 to 7 p.m. To participate in the live auction, bidders must register by 5:45 p.m.

Don’t miss the live art demonstration by renowned Laguna Beach artist Hugo Rivera with music provided by Magnolia Memoir.

Give yourself a gift by taking a leisurely visit through beautiful Art-A-Fair prior to the live auction, and view all artwork to be auctioned in each participating artist’s booth. The Art Auction & Wine catalog can be viewed and downloaded at: http://www.art-a-fair.com/wp-content/uploads/2016-Auction-Catalog.pdf

For those who cannot be present at the live auction, an Absentee Bid Form is available at this site. 

The bid form must be physically delivered to the sales booth any time before 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 10 in order to allow time for processing.

Proceeds will benefit the students at the prestigious Laguna College of Art + Design’s Annual Fund. Named by NIKE as one of the top three design schools in the world, LCAD is closely partnered with industry leaders such as Blizzard Entertainment, Disney Animation, DreamWorks, FOX, and Warner Brothers Animation.

Art-A-Fair offers many pleasures through the summer season. Live music plays for listening or dancing pleasure on Thursdays through Sundays. Daily art workshops are taught by professional artists. Tivoli Too! Restaurant provides a relaxing retreat in its garden courtyard overlooking a cascading waterfall, where fine cuisine is a work of art!

Art-A-Fair is open daily June 24 to Aug 28, Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. A season pass is $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and military, children under 12 are free with an adult. 

Call 949-494-4514 or visit www.art-a-fair.com.


Sign up for Laguna Playhouse Summer Youth Theatre 

Children ages 4 through 12 can have fun and gain impressive life skills by taking class and performing live on stage in one of the Laguna Playhouse Summer 2016 Youth Theatre Classes.

Click on photo for a larger image

 

Photo by Donna Inglima 

Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre participants have fun

Summer Youth Theatre Classes run July 5 – 16 and July 11 – 15 and will culminate in performances of the following youth theatre productions:

Wickedly, Wizardly Oz for ages 9 – 12.  If you love all things Oz, come and sing, dance and act in this OZ Mash-UP of Wicked, the Wiz and The Wizard of Oz with a   final performance at the Laguna Playhouse.  Class meets in Lake Forest July 5 – 16 (not Sunday) 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and the morning of July 16. Cost of this class is $250.

The Magic Suitcase for ages 4-6.  Inside the magic suitcase lie clues. Where will we travel? Over the ocean? To the deserts of Africa? It’s up to us! Pack your creativity and join us in an imaginative world of fun and adventure. Parents are welcome to participate. Class meets for five days July 11 – 15, 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. at the Playhouse with a final performance on the last day of class. Cost of this class is $125 plus materials fees.

For more information about Laguna Playhouse Summer 2016 Youth Theatre Classes or to register, call 497-2787 x 230 or visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com. Online registration is not available. The Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.


Sawdust Art Festival event calendar this week, 

June 28-July 4: 

There is something new and different every day at the Sawdust Arts Festival, ranging from special admission promotions, special events and entertainment.

Wednesday, June 29: Sawdust After Dark, 7 8 p.m., Drizzle T-shirt Class. Cost: $45. Every Wednesday evening in Studio One Sawdust is offering exclusive art classes to the 21 and older crowd with a complimentary glass of wine.

Thursday, June 30: Sawdust After Dark- Laguna Beach locals night. Residents get free entry after 5 p.m. with photo I.D.

Friday, July 1: Studio Art Classes, 10 a.m. 12 p.m., Oil Painting. Cost: $95.

Saturday, July 2 and Saturday, July 2: Hawaiian Surf Day– featuring specialty beers, music and art classes.

Studio Art Classes, 10 a.m. 12 p.m., Screen Printing with eco-friendly artist Brynne Cogorno. Cost: $95.

Click on photo for a larger image

 

Sunday, July 3: Dance Party with Lessons, 5 - 9:30 p.m., on the Main Deck. Shake up your Sunday night! Put on your dancing shoes and boogie with professional dancer and choreographer Alexey Ryazanov and perfect your dance moves. Cost: Free with festival admission.

Monday, July 4: Sawdust After Dark- Laguna Beach locals night. Residents get free entry after 5 p.m. with photo I.D. Sawdust hours on July 4 are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.,

Daily: Ceramic Center, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 9 p.m., Throw A Pot: One-on-one instruction at the potter’s wheel for all ages, Cost: Free with admission to take home as greenware, $10 to glaze, fire and pick up; $18 to glaze, fire and ship to your home.

Daily: Children’s Art Spot, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m., & 3:30 5:30 p.m.Classes are for kids ages 4+. Art fun for the little ones. *Free with admission, although most are complimentary, some classes and workshops may require a materials fee.

Daily: Studio One, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m. and 3:30 –  5:30 p.m. Painting, printmaking, collages and a wide variety of art workshops for visitors ages 7 to adult. Cost: Free with admission.

 

The Sawdust Art Festival is open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. through August 28 with special July 4 hours, 10 a.m. – 6p.m. For more information on these and upcoming programs, or to make a contribution, visit the Sawdust Art Festival at www.sawdustartfestival.org.


Art-A-Fair offers more than art: artist workshops, live musical entertainment, and more

Art-A-Fair Summer Workshops and Events Calendar

Artist Summer Workshops! Art-A-Fair 2016 hosts daily workshops for beginning through intermediate level artists. Expand, indulge and perfect your artistic horizons in weekly class sessions at a very affordable price. 

Photo from artist website

Welcome Home, by Robin Wethe Altman

Purchase as many or as few sessions as you like. Class size is limited to six students, must be 16 years or older, and all supplies are included. Workshop sessions are $45/4hrs (a.m. & p.m. sessions), or $30/ 2hrs (morning session only). Hours are 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. daily. 

Contact: 949-494-4514, www.art-a-fair.com.

Tuesdays, June 28 –  Aug 23, Nohad Sabbagh, Clay Sculpture 

Clay Sculpting: Types of clay; Sculpting tools; Sculpture through the ages; How to see 3D; Material and structure.

Tuesdays: June 28 – Aug. 30, 4 – 7p.m, Taco Tuesdays at Tivioli Too!

Tuesdays: June 28, 4 – 9 p.m., Local’s Night: Free admission for Laguna Beach residents and other O.C. cities with photo ID, check http://art-a-fair.com/events/list/ for a complete listing.

Wednesdays, June 29 –  Aug 24, Carolyn Heiman-Greene, Acrylic 

Acrylic Workshop: Rules of composition; Basic rendering; Working & Glazing with acrylic paint; Defining the light source; Bounced light. Subject matter will cover realism in nature and wildlife.

Thursdays, June 30 – Aug 25, Barbara Kimmel-Palmer, Watercolor 

Watercolor Workshop: Topics: Watercolor wet-in-wet techniques; Dramatic lighting; Composition; Saving the white of the paper; Subject matter will include florals, children, land & seascapes. 

Fridays, July 1 – Aug 19, Laura Curtin, Oil 

Oil Workshop: Topics: Using oil paint; Value in color; Painting in high detail; Experimenting with color. Subject matter will cover wildlife with a twist.

Saturdays, July 2 – Aug 20, Rosemary Rush, Gourds 

Gourds Workshop: Topics: Cleaning gourds; Transferring designs; Burning and staining; Gold/Silver foiling; Embellishing and sealing. 

Sundays, July 3 – Aug 21, Robin Wethe Altman, Watercolor 

Watercolor Workshop: Topics: Using watercolor paint; Tricks of the trade; Use of color; Composition and design. Subject matter will include tropical landscapes, the ocean and flower.

Sundays: July 3, 4 – 9 p.m., Local’s Night: Free admission for Laguna Beach residents and other O.C. cities with photo ID, check http://art-a-fair.com/events/list/ for a complete listing.

Mondays, Now – Aug 22, Emilee Reed, Watercolor 

Watercolor Workshop: Topics: Composition and how to “see”; Protecting the white of the paper; Keeping colors fresh; Warm, cool & complimentary colors; Techniques for using the paint in conjunction with other tools. Subject matter will cover still life & painting from photos.

Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Happy 4th of July - Free admission for everyone. Art-A-Fair closes early for July 4, at 6 p.m.

Art-A-Fair live music schedule for this week

Thursday, June 30, 4 – 7 p.m.: Bob Johnson (Pop, Oldies & Blues)

Friday, July 1, 5 – 9 p.m.: Solspeak (Latin, Pop)

Saturday, July 2, 12 – 4 p.m.: Jason Feddy Duo (Singer, Songwriter) &

5 – 9 p.m.: Shades of J (Rhythm, Country, Blues)

Sunday, July 3, 12 – 3 p.m.: Kelly Fitzgerald (Acoustic, Folk, Rock) &

4 – 8 p.m.: Bob & Dave (Classic Rock) 

For more information about Art-A-Fair artists, workshops, events, and to purchase event tickets, please call 494-4514 or visit http://art-a-fair.com/. Tickets for adults, $7.50 for seniors (65+), military and students $5.50 and children 12 and under are free. The one time ticket price allows for free entry during the season. Art-A-Fair is located at 777 Laguna Canyon Road.


Suzie’s ARTiculation

Art-to-Go redefines the meaning of shoeshine

By SUZIE HARRISON

While Dictionary.com defines shoeshine, as “an act or instance of cleaning and polishing a pair of shoes,” or “the surface of a polished pair of shoes or shoe,”this year’s Festival of Arts’ Art-to-Go theme, “The Shoe Show” has redefined the meaning; taking it to a whole new level. 

Not only do these shoes shine, they are truly works of art: 100 to be exact. 

That’s how many shoe themed pieces of art Festival exhibitors have generously donated for the Art-to-Go Artists Fund fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit artists in need due to disaster, health, or hardship. Since its inception in 1999, the Festival has granted over $175,000 to qualified artist applicants.

To kick-off the event, over 80 attendees enjoyed a fun pre-Art Walk, mini-preview, with 40 of the two-dimensional displayed at an exhibit at City Hall, which runs through Tuesday, June 28, 5 p.m. Always impressive creative Festival artists, these pieces are exceptional, such as printmaker Varsha Patel’s “Good Luck Purse,” a beautiful silk purse with bead embellishments and horseshoes as the handles, and Jacquie Moffett’s, “Mock Moccasin,” made from watercolor paper.

 

Click on photo for a larger image

 

Photos by Mike Tauber

“Good Luck Purse,” by printmaker Varsha Patel

So, why the shoe theme, The Shoe Show? Art-to-Go program coordinator Mike Tauber explains, “We like to relate the theme to the Pageant of the Masters theme, which is ‘Partners.’ So we were thinking, what theme would be about partners, and that evolved into thinking about pairs, which evolved into pairs of shoes!” said Tauber. 

Well, Pageant director Dee Challis Davy told me that some of her favorite pieces in “Partners” are of famous dance duos. Let’s face it, dance shoes…Right!! 

“Mock Moccasin,” by Jacquie Moffett

 “The artists are having fun with the shoe theme. It relates back to 2000-2005, ‘Tie-One-On,’ with artist decorated ties; a stepping point for the artists,” Tauber said. “This year the artists have really stepped it up and put their best foot forward, coming up with some fantastic art to really support and help other artists.”

Art-to-Go Shoe Show special dates: 

The entire show opens on July 2, and July 5, with exhibits at Tivoli Lane and by the Junior Art Exhibit through Aug 13, and with a silent auction, 1 to 4 p.m., during the Festival’s Fashion Runway Show.

There will be an Awards show on Sunday, July 10, 5:15 p.m. Vote for your favorite piece to win the “People’s Choice Award.”

While I’ve been trying, not really, to “eschew” all shoe related metaphors, I’d say if the shoe fits, buy it. Then you too can shine, helping artists in need, while procuring a one-of-kind piece of art. 

For more information, view the online galleries, or to purchase a piece online, please visit, http://theartistsfund-foa.org/, then click “online gallery,” or go to https://www.facebook.com/ArtistsFundAtFestivalOfArts/

Side note: I originally learned about the Artists Fund and Art-to-Go when I interviewed the co-founder, Anne England, for a story in 2002. What an incredible cause! As everyone knows, Anne has done so much for Laguna Beach and our artists. She is an artist I truly adore.

Until next time, so much kick ass shoe art…so little time!


Vintage Jazz on July 6 with Tim Gill and Adryon DeLeon: it’s Laguna Beach Live! in the Rose Garden 

Tim Gill with special guest Adryón DeLeon brings his Vintage Jazz band to the Rose Garden on July 6 as part of the Jazz Wednesdays series by Laguna Beach Live!

The Rose Garden of Hotel Laguna is a delightful outdoor space and offers personal table service with a menu of tempting food and beverages. Concerts are 6 to 8 p.m. and the doors and kitchen open at 5 p.m. for a great pairing of outstanding talent and delicious food.

Submitted photo

Tim Gill

Tim Gill is a dynamic, award-winning vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and tongue-in-cheek comedian who combines timeless love songs, wry knee-slapping humor, and inventive original material; he wraps them in high-octane, hard-swinging arrangements to create a dynamic show that puts an exciting 21st century twist on the iconic Vegas crooner image. This Downbeat Award-Winning performer has appeared on Good Day LA and the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and at prominent SoCal venues that include Disneyland, the Honda Center, and the world-famous Cicada Club.

Submitted photo

Adryon DeLeon

Adryon DeLeon is a rising star and a plucky prodigy who knew how to sing onstage at the age of four. Ms. DeLeon has brought crowds to their feet nationally and internationally as a featured soloist and ensemble member in such venues as the Honda Center, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Roxy, Cat Club and the Mint in Hollywood and a wide range of venues around the US, Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Luxembourg. In addition to live performance, Adryon lends her vocals to commercial studio sessions around LA.

The Rose Garden provides limited seating, so early ticket buying is recommended.

Tickets can be purchased online for $25 for Premium seating and $20 for regular at www.lagunabeachlive.org or by phone at 800-595-4849. Tickets at the door are $25-30. Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out. 

Information line is 949-715-9713. Seating is limited.

The series continues with Straight Ahead Jazz guitarist Graham Dechter Trio with Katie Thiroux and Matt Witek (July 20), Lao Tizer’s contemporary jazz quartet (August 3), Besos de Coco with special guest Robert Dove on winds (August 17) and Classic Jazz Dave Damiani and The Investigators with special guest Bijon Watson on trumpet  (August 31).

Shaena Stabler is the Owner and Publisher.

Lynette Brasfield is our Editor.

Dianne Russell is our Associate Editor.

The Webmaster is Michael Sterling.

Katie Ford is our in-house ad designer.

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

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

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

We all love Laguna and we love what we do.

Email: Shaena@StuNewsLaguna.com for questions about advertising

949.315.0259

Email: Lynette@StuNewsLaguna.com with news releases, letters, etc

949.715.1736