Art-A-Fair: Call For Artists 2016 show, by Feb 21

Art-A-Fair announces the call for artists to be juried for the “Art-A-Fair” summer art festival, held June 24 – August 28, 2016 in Laguna Beach. There are no residency restrictions on exhibitors; the show is open to all fine artists and master craftsmen. 

Jury Day: February 21, 2016. The deadline for mail-in submissions: February 6th. Artists may jury with more than one medium. Jury fee is $40 per medium. Three original works of art are required for each medium.

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Entry Deadline: February 21
Eligibility: Art-A-Fair, one of the three premier art shows held each summer in Laguna Beach, is the only show that places no residency restrictions on exhibitors. Open to all fine artists and master craftsmen.
Medium: All media may be submitted to be juried, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, mixed media, fiber, digital art, charcoal, pencil, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, and wood.
Prospectus / Website for More Info: http://art-a-fair.com/call-for-artists-2/ or call 949-494-4514.


LOCA announces launch of new name and website

LOCA (Laguna Outreach for Community Arts) announced last week the launch of its new identity with its new name, LOCA Arts Education, and a new website, www.locaarts.org

LOCA Arts Education is a recap of LOCA’s original mission, which is to provide art education, enhance artistic awareness and promote creative expression by pairing professional artists with students of all ages.

For over 25 years, LOCA has offered art educational opportunities to students in the Laguna Beach schools, preschoolers and kindergartners at the Boys and Girls club, residents of the youth shelter and Glennwood House, and the community at large by providing a wide variety of classes and workshops.

“The new website not only reflects what LOCA is and does, but also provides easy access to the terrific array of classes and workshops that LOCA offers” says Carla Meberg, the newly elected president of LOCA. 

“We are so excited about the opportunity to better serve the community we love.”

For more information, visit www.locaarts.org, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949 363-4700.


FOA’s “Selections from the Collection” exhibit on display now at City Hall through January 19

The Festival of Arts is pleased to announce a new exhibit at Laguna Beach City Hall entitled “Selections from the Collection,” now through January 19, 2016. Comprised of pieces from the Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection, the display features early Laguna Beach paintings from the 1920s as well recent acquisitions by the Festival of Arts.

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“Cold Front” by Scott Albert

“Selections from the Collection” showcases both classical and contemporary paintings and photographs. Artworks include “Cold Front” by Scott Albert, “Salomon’s Shanty” by George Brandriff, “A Street in Laguna” by Clarence Hinkle, “Mood of the Canyon” by William Darling, and “The Gates - NYC” by Tom Lamb.

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“Mood of the Canyon” by William Darling

“Artworks are windows into history,” said exhibit curator Pat Sparkuhl. “They have the potential to give the viewer an intimate understanding of cultural activities relative to a particular time-period. It’s with this in mind that we continue the process of organizing and conserving of the Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection.”

The Festival’s collection, made up of over 1,150 pieces, is composed of an eclectic mix of two-dimensional and three-dimensional work that date back to the early 1900s. The Festival of Arts Permanent Collection, expanded annually through purchases and donations, includes painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, glass, photography, mixed media, furniture and jewelry that reflect the uniqueness and diversity that is synonymous with the Festival of Arts and the region surrounding it.

The exhibit is held at Laguna Beach City Hall at 505 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, California 92651. The exhibit is open to the public Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm through January 19 (excluding December 25 and January 1). The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization whose proceeds go to support the arts in and about Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 494-1145 or go online to www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.


The force awakens for Laguna Beach artist Cliff Wassman: special preview December 12 at his studio

Artist Cliff Wassmann will preview two new original oils as part of Acme Archives Star Wars Fine Art series on Saturday, December 12th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at his studio, 419 Ocean Ave. 

Acme Archives Artwork is officially licensed through Lucasfilm Ltd.

Wassmann’s first Star Wars piece, Approaching Storm, depicts a fleet of Imperial Walkers on the ice planet Hoth. It was produced as a limited edition canvas print and has sold out. Wassmann began working on the new paintings last year.

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Cliff Wassman’s Acme Archives Artwork from the Star Wars series 

One piece illustrates the scene from The Empire Strikes Back where the bounty hunter Bobba Fett flees cloud city after Han Solo is captured. The second oil painting shows an AT-ST (all terrain scout transport) patrolling a red rock canyon on the planet of Jakku, which will be introduced in the new film opening December 18th. 

Wassmann works from models as well as schematic drawings of the film’s vessels to insure accuracy.

The new paintings may be viewed at Wassmann’s studio at 419 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach, beginning Saturday, December 12, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and then during the regular gallery hours of 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. weekdays until December 20th. 

The new paintings are not currently for sale, however artist proofs and original oils of previous Star Wars paintings will be available.


10th annual artist studio sale in the canyon Saturday 

The season of giving and appreciating is upon us - a time to give friends and family special gifts that are unique, handmade and made in Laguna Beach.

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Troy Poeschl

Maggie Spencer along with Siân and Troy Poeschl will be hosting their 10th annual studio sale. Nestled along Laguna Canyon Road the studios will exhibit fused glass, jewelry, photography, sculpture and mixed media. The three artists have very different styles and variety of work – all on sale.

Fused Glass Sushi Set – Maggie Spencer

“We only do this once a year” said Spencer. “It’s an opportunity to clear out our studios, launch new work and get into the spirit of the holidays.” 

A new addition this year is a live acoustic performance by Zach Churchill from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Churchill, a singer songwriter, was nominated for best live performer at the 2014 OC Music Awards and is a regular guest on Laguna Beach’s FX 93.5 FM.

Siân Poeschl

“This year we have made a commitment to donate a percentage of our sales to the national organization CERF+,” said Siân Poeschl. “The Craft Emergency Relief Fund assists artists during an emergency. CERF+ helped many artists in the canyon during the 2010 flooding, and it’s our way of giving back and offering our support.”

The studios are located at 2707 and 2711 Laguna Canyon Road and will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For directions, visit lagunabeachartshow.com


Nelson Coates: new president of Art Directors Guild

Nelson Coates has been elected President of the 2,300-member Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) for a three-year term, succeeding Mimi Gramatky. 

Coates said, “I am thrilled to receive this mandate from my fellow ADG members. Our future strength lies in the unity of all our uniquely creative parts. I look forward to working with Pat, Oana and Tom and making our Guild stronger than ever.”

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Nelson Coates

A member of Local 800 since 1996, Nelson Coates has been designing features, television and commercials for more than 25 years. Known for such films as Flight (2012), Runaway Jury (2003) and The Proposal (2009), he has also designed mini-series such as Stephen King’s The Stand (Emmy® nomination), and the series October Road for ABC. His work was recently seen in Hot Pursuit (2015) and Secret in Their Eyes (2015). 

A member of the Television Academy® and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, Nelson is one of the few members of Local 800 to begin his entertainment career as a professional actor. When not on a set, he does design projects such as the restoration and reimagining of the world-famous Witch’s House in Beverly Hills.

Nelson was instrumental in creating and organizing the first new member orientation, and the first member directory for the Art Directors Guild.

A frequent lecturer, guest mentor, and panelist at numerous colleges, universities and film festivals, Nelson actively works to educate future designers and filmmakers throughout the US and internationally.

The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents 2,300 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; Set Designers and Model Makers; and Previs Artists.


Pageant of the Masters director Diane Challis Davy plays matchmaker with the 2016 show, “Partners” 

Tickets for the much-anticipated 2016 Pageant of the Masters are on sale now and make the perfect holiday gift for the art lover on your list. This holiday season share the excitement with tickets to next summer’s production of Partners.

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Tickets to the 2016 Pageant of the Masters “Partners” – on sale now

The 2016 Pageant of the Masters sets out in search of stories of compelling collaborations that led to the creation of unforgettable artworks. 

“My inspiration for Partners began during research for the 2012 show, The Genius,” said Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy. “We discovered a portrait of the Lavoisiers, an influential husband-and-wife team doing scientific research in 18th century France. Theirs was a partnership in both science and art.” 

She continued, “Then, in the midst of planning a salute to movies in 2013’s The Big Picture, I began to think ‘dance in the movies’ might be a wonderful subject for an end-of-act-one finale, including a tribute to the masters of cinematic choreography and iconic dance partners, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.”

Pageant Scriptwriter Dan Duling added, “Art doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Leonardo’s mural of The Last Supper wouldn’t exist if he hadn’t found a patron to give him the go-ahead. And who knows where Lewis and Clark might have ended up without the guidance and assistance of Sacajawea?”

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Pageant of the Masters re-creation of Harriet W. Frishmuth’s sculpture, 

The Dancers, to be featured in next year’s show

The 2016 Pageant will feature artworks from many nations including France, Spain, Sweden, Italy and Mexico, in search of memorable art made possible by partnerships – between husbands and wives, artists and models, even artists and their patrons. This theatrical and musical journey will also consider how partnership can become an ideal subject for masterpieces devoted to family, love and courtship, as well as historical, scientific and even fictional quests. 

Director Challis Davy acknowledged the challenge she’s already faced. “There are so many artworks inspired by partnerships, it’s difficult to narrow them down.”

From the warm familial scenes of Sweden’s Carl Larsson to the surreal originality of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Partners promises a double-dose of theatrical fun and surprises. Next summer’s production will find new and exciting ways to tell the stories to be found within a gallery of masterpieces, many appearing on the Pageant stage for the very first time. 

As a preview, Challis Davy said, “We’re planning to incorporate video and live action sequences along with a behind-the-scenes look at how tableaux are created, and how volunteers are selected for the show. We will use the lovely moonlit landscape of our amphitheater as a perfect setting for some of the sculptural tableaux.”

Challis Davy also shared a bit of Pageant history that resonates with this theme. Eighty years ago, in 1936, Laguna legends Roy and Marie Ropp presented their second summer production they had christened the Pageant of the Masters. Their blend of live music, narration and living pictures effectively created the template for today’s internationally acclaimed Pageant. And that year, the Ropps concluded their production with its largest and most ambitious tableau. The first presentation of Leonardo’s The Last Supper brought national attention to the Festival and Pageant and effectively changed the course of history for this Laguna Beach tradition. With only three exceptions, The Last Supper has been the program’s traditional finale ever since.

Back in 1936, Roy Ropp looked to his friends and neighbors to realize his Pageant dreams. Today, director Challis Davy depends every bit as much on the devotion and dedication of her army of volunteers who join together each summer as cast members and backstage volunteers.

Challis Davy summed up her ambitions for next summer’s Pageant. “I think there will be partnerships presented that everyone can relate to. We hope Partners will be beautiful and entertaining, and encourage our audiences to think about the people they know and love who have inspired and encouraged them.”

The Pageant of the Masters will be performed nightly from July 7 through August 31, 2016. Advance tickets are $15 - $230. As an added value, a Pageant ticket also gives unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-487-3378 or online at www.PageantTickets.com.


“Laura Stickney—A Retrospective”, now through Dec 28

By M. “Charlie” Ferrazzi

“Laura Stickney—A Retrospective”, the current exhibit running through Dec 28 at the CAP Banking on Art Gallery in the Wells Fargo Bank building, explores six different series from various times within a 40-year span of this artist’s career.

Stickney is a master print maker and multi-media artist. This important exhibit showcases her etchings and her multi-dimensional “Artists Books”. “Poet & Leaf” and “Four Square Etchings” are two of the series presented. Drawing from nature, faces, figures and patterns, she weaves an image that takes the view on a journey.

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“Poet & Leaf XVII: Eleanor Wylie” from Stickney’s “Poet & Leaf” series

The exhibition showcases forty years of Laura Stickney’s passion and dedication to her art. She is well known for her work and her 25-plus years of teaching at Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

“Poet & Leaf Etchings” honors female poets from the early 20th century. Each image pairs the image of a writer with a leaf that Stickney found, symbolic of the writer and her relationship to the environment. The premise is from a story of a goddess who writes poems on leaves and sends them into the world on the wind.

“Four Square Etchings” is a selection of large pieces done using four separate etched plates that are then placed together for the printing process. The final image is a fusion of the many elements used in the composition: faces, still life objects, textures, light and dark. Strong works with punch and imagery that can be viewed from across the room, or up close to observe subtle details, both views giving the viewer a lot of information to process. 

“Benzaiten” features a vintage image of the face of a Geisha with varying shades of Navy blue. “Meandrina” combines oranges, from yellowish to almost red, with geometric shapes and organic shapes such as a spiral shell.

The “Artist’s Books” portion of the exhibit takes an abrupt turn from the two-dimensional to the three-dimensional. These works honor the early pilots of the 20th century: Harriet Quimby, Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart, to name a few. They are not standard book-shaped books, but rather each is unique to the specific person it pays homage to by the shape, colors and content and the original poem written for each by Stickney. Each ‘book’ is housed in its own specific box, which was created by artist Vilma Mendillo.

Harriet Quimby, the first woman to have a pilot’s license in the United States, was the first woman to fly the English Channel solo. She favored purple and wore a purple satin flying suit of her own design. Shades of deep purple are used throughout the piece, which is housed in a wood and plexi box, which is in the shape of Quimby’s plane wing.

Bessie Coleman, known as Queen Bess, was the first black woman to fly in the years just after WWI. She had to go to France to receive her flight training and pilot’s license due to the prejudice against women and African-Americans in the US at that time. Her book is shaped and house in a hexagonal shaped box, playing off the shape of a honey cell found in a beehive. It has her name inscribed on the top and uses hardware from her era, and contains images of her, her plane and a poem by Stickney.

“Amelia Redux 1937-2012: A Pilot’s Log” is an intricate work, recreating Earhart’s flight of 1937. The metal and wooden circular box design is derived from her Lockheed Electra, which was metal with rivets, and bright red-orange paint. A 32-page accordion book contains images of Earhart, landscape, seascape and skyscapes she may have seen during the flight. The poem for this piece comes from Stickney’s life-long interest in Earhart, following Earhart’s course fusing past and present together. The inspiration for this piece came from Stickney’s friendship with Margo DeCarie, Earhart’s personal assistant in 1935-1937. First meeting in 1973, the two women kept up their friendship until DeCarie died in the early 1980s.

Stickney’s interest in history and nature comes through in each series of work. “Beekeepers and Orange Vendors” is a tribute to these hard workers and the living things they work with, all of which are inter-related. “Snow Pieces” developed from her fascination with the imagery and stories about the 19th and early 20th century arctic explorers and the extreme environment they work in. In “Early Works”, the contents of specimen boxes is the focus; specific natural forms, darks, lights all keep her engaged with drawing.

Along with the artworks are interpretive texts written by the artist. Stickney gives some of the backstory and information on the techniques used to create the works. These allow for a great self-guided tour and a fuller experience of the exhibition.

Gallery hours are 9-6 Monday through Friday, and Saturday 9-4. It is free to the public.

The CAP’s (Community Art Project) mission is to increase the visibility and appreciation of art and serve as a catalyst for art education. CAP provides ongoing exhibitions each quarter in CAP Gallery, Banking on Art, in the Rotunda Gallery space located on the 2nd floor of Wells Fargo Bank, at 260 Ocean Avenue. CAP Gallery is a space for juried, solo and retrospective exhibitions. Visit www.caplaguna.org for information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits, submission guidelines for juried shows or to become a member and supporter of CAP.


Fitz Maurice is back from the trail – and invites all to come to her artist’s reception on December 10

CASA in, by Design Studio International will be presenting a reception for artist Fitz Maurice on December 10 at the Laguna Design Center in Laguna Niguel.

On display will be paintings from Fitz’s “Illuminism” series, as well as her newest works from her quest to paint live at all of the National Parks.

The receptions will include refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres in the Design Studio International, Suite 130 in the Design Center, located at 23811 Aliso Creek Road.

From Fitz Maurice’s Illuminism series, “Forever”

“All can see the newest National Park paintings – fresh from the quest,” says Fitz Maurice. “[I’ll be] previewing Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, and Arches National Parks from Utah as well as Mt. Rainier National Park from Washington!”

Join Fitz and friends on Dec10 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. All attendees will receive raffle tickets for a surprise gift.


Leadership transition slated for The Laguna Playhouse

Karen Wood 

The Laguna Playhouse announced this week that a key leadership transition is slated for 2016.  Karen Wood, Executive Director will be leaving the Playhouse completing her eighth season at the 95-year old landmark institution.   

As Executive Director, Ms. Wood has been instrumental in the programming and business model re-designs that successfully propelled the Playhouse through the challenging years of the deep financial recession.   

Commenting on Ms. Wood’s accomplishments, Co-Chairs Joe Hanauer and Paul Singarella, said, “This is a positive moment of accomplishment for Karen and one of excitement for Laguna Playhouse as it is well positioned to look to change, growth and new opportunities on multiple levels. The board of trustees and professional staff continue to be deeply committed to serving the community with ever increasing passion and creativity, and building on the 95-year legacy of Laguna Playhouse.   Karen served the community and Laguna Playhouse very well and we will continue to build on her accomplishments.”

The 2014-2015 season was indeed a very good year, with 325 performances enjoyed by over 80,000 people. The audience totals were a record number of people in attendance, and the positive financial results reflect this strong audience interest.

“Having navigated through these challenging times and with this new forward momentum I feel it’s an appropriate moment for me to move on to other creative opportunities that are on my personal horizon,” said Karen Wood.  “I am so proud of our team and our Board leadership, and have treasured Ann Wareham’s artistic partnership, and Andy Barnicle’s before that. 

“I will always hold Laguna Playhouse and this special community near to my heart and be there for the Playhouse in any way I may be of service in a successful transition for new leadership,” added Karen Wood.   

From this strong platform, the Board of Directors and key leadership of Laguna Playhouse look forward to serving the evolving interests of audiences and patrons in the years ahead. Arts Consultants Group will conduct the search for new leadershipwith the desire to bring on the new leadership in the first half of 2016.


LBHS winter dance concert, “Limitless”, reflects program’s upward movement runs two evenings – Dec 11 & Dec 12

Story and photos by ELIZABETH NUTT

The Laguna Beach High School dance department’s Winter Concert—which will run Dec 11 and 12—will showcase not only the accomplishments of the high school’s dancers, but also those of the program’s leaders, Estee Carrizosa and Samantha Hampton. 

Estee took over at the start of the 2014 school year as the new artistic director for the LBHS dance department. From the beginning, she made it clear that she intended, with the help of her assistant director, Samantha Hampton, to meet several lofty goals. One of those goals was to increase significantly the number of students enrolled in the program, and to open the program to dancers of all levels. Estee stated then that she believed that all students who want to should be given the opportunity to dance. 

“Our main goal was to get as many students involved in dance as possible and to spread the love of dance throughout the school,” says Samantha. “There was so much untapped potential when it came to dance at the high school prior to Estee.”

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Students rehearse a piece titled “Werkaholic”

 It’s fitting, then, that the show is titled “Limitless.” Though the Winter Concert includes only those dancers in levels 2, 3 and company, it’s a name that reflects the leaders’ belief that the program itself should be open to everyone, and not ‘limited’ just to those with a background in dance. 

The Spring Concert, however, showcases the work of every dancer involved in the program, giving those beginner students ample time to hone their skills. And there are many new ‘beginner’ students this year. Samantha’s two intro-level classes have more than doubled this year, growing from roughly 30 students to the 70 who are enrolled in the introductory classes today. Estee’s more advanced classes have also grown. 

Additionally, one of Carrizosa other goals when she joined the LBHS staff just over a year ago was to expand the program to include a much broader variety of dance into the program, such as African, hip-hop and ballet. This year’s Winter Concert, similarly to the Spring 2015 Concert, includes a wide range of types and styles of dance.

But the name “Limitless” also has a deeper meaning. 

“We chose it because there really are no limits on dance, it can be so many different things, and mean so many different things,” says Samantha. “Dance is art and art can be anything.”

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“Limitless” premieres Friday, Dec 11 at the LBHS Artists Theater

The Winter Concert will reflect the notion that there truly is no limit when it comes to what can be expressed in the art form that is dance. The show will include an abstract piece centered on the theme of mental illness, as well as some surprise new additions that the reflect the program’s bold embracing of technology. 

The LBHS dance department’s “Limitless” will premiere at the high school’s Artists Theater on Friday, Dec 11 at 7 p.m., and will run again on Saturday, Dec 12 at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Student tickets are $10, adult tickets are $15, and VIP tickets are $20. For more information, call the Box Office at 497-7769, or visit http://BPT.ME/2461616.


Qi-Qun Pan at Avran art + Design: Sculptural Pigments

Avran Art + Design is pleased to present a solo exhibition of artworks by critically acclaimed artist, Qi-Qun Pan, on Saturday, December 5th from 6 - 9 p.m. 

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“Pan Qiqun’s artistic style is unique, he finished a complete and diverse art education and training in an art college in the United States, so that his artistic style was formed by a variety of factors including abstract expressionism, hard-edge art, traditional Chinese art, and even extended to the integration of Western and Eastern cultural communication. In addition to these factors, nature deeply affects Pan Qiqun’s art. Influenced by traditional Chinese cultural spirit, Pan Qiqun applies the concept of the whole while gazing at nature, so that the chaos of the universe, rhythms of upheaval, the forms of material polymerization and elimination, endless changes in space and time… are all indistinctly visible in his work.”

— Sue Wang, CAFA Art Info

Avran Art + Design (540 S. Coast Hwy, Suite 106) distinguishes itself among the vibrant art scene in Laguna Beach by offering its clients a unique perspective on contemporary art for collectors and enthusiasts. The exquisitely edited gallery exhibits museum-quality glass sculptures, original paintings, avant-garde photography, and distinctive jewelry. Lovers of both contemporary and traditional art will revel in the exclusive collection. For more information, call 494-0900.


Making An Impression: impressionist and realist paintings from RUSSIA, Ukraine and United States at Forest&Ocean  

Alexi Borodin, Boris Gladchenko, Alexander Petrov and Erik Chanikov are renowned and, by an international cadre of collectors, highly sought after old masters of Russian Impressionist and Realist painting.

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Boris Gladchenko

A Walk in the Park

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To introduce their mastery to most of Southern California and eventually nationally and internationally, Vanessa Rothe Fine Art and the Forest&Ocean Gallery have staged an exhibition titled “Impressionist and Realist Paintings from Russia, Ukraine and the United States’, pairing them with historic California masters of the genres such as William Wendt, Maurice Braun and Anna Hills.

To expand on the concept of the exhibition, co-curated in its entirety by Russian artist, art dealer and critic Akhmed Salakhly and Vanessa Rothe, artist, author, and West Coast editor of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, those historical Russian, Ukrainian and American Impressionist and Realist paintings will be shown along with works by contemporary artists from the same regions. “By combining these selections into one exhibition, Akhmed and I aim to connect two centuries and two continents along with a timeless commitment to honor the traditions and evolution of Impressionist and Realist painting,” said Rothe.

Salakhly and Rothe intend for the works that are part of Repinart, the St. Petersburg-based collection owned by Salakhly, to be assembled into a traveling show.

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Vanessa Rothe

Fog at Victoria Beach

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For the upcoming exhibition at Forest&Ocean Gallery, owner/director Ludo Leideritz has selected more than 40 paintings selected from the overall collection to be shown in Laguna Beach. “We aim to introduce our collectors and viewers to an exhibition that will be spiritually uplifting, intellectually stimulating and a pleasure for the eye,” said Leideritz.

Contemporary Russian artists include: Andrei Alekhin, Alexi Avilov, Alexi Kamenev, Sergey Kovolenko, Olga Krimon, Alexander Kremer, Irina Kristova, Dimitri Motov, Leon Okun, Valery Schmatko and Vadim Suvorov.

Contemporary American artists include: Tom Balderas, John Burton, Eric Bowman, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Debra Joy-Groesser, Debra Huse, Mark Fehlman, Jesse Powell, Craig Pursley, Ray Roberts, Rodolfo Rivadelmar, Vanessa Rothe and Jeff Sewell.

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Craig Pursley

California Hills

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All works, with the exception of the privately owned paintings by Braun, Hills and Wendt, are for sale.

Forest&Ocean Gallery hours: Mon. Closed or by appt. Tue. through Fri. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts announces $5,000 individual artist grant funded by [seven-degrees]

The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts (LBaa) is now accepting applications for the $5,000 [seven-degrees] of inspiration grant.  The deadline for applications is February 1, 2016.  

Each year the Alliance presents the “Art Star Awards” to honor the best and brightest of Laguna’s diverse artistic community. Next year will mark the 10th Annual Art Star Awards to be held at [seven-degrees], and with it comes an exciting opportunity for an individual Laguna Beach-based artist to receive a $5,000 grant. This grant is generously funded by [seven-degrees].

“Annually since 2011, [seven-degrees] has demonstrated a commitment to artistic forward thinking and invention through the funding of this grant. It has inspired many innovative projects that might have never come to fruition without the generous support of Dora Wexell and Mark Orgill. It is our pleasure to partner with them again this year,” said LBaa Chair Faye Baglin.

The goal of the [seven-degrees] of inspiration grant is to provide support for an emerging or established Laguna Beach artist to develop and present an innovative arts project or program that advances recognition of Laguna Beach as a progressive arts city.  It also enables the artist to expand and diversify his/her audience, and provides an opportunity for advanced learning and progression.

The winner will be announced at the Art Star Awards on Sunday, April 3, 2016. The grant is open to both creative artists (including choreographers, composers, playwrights and visual artists) as well as interpretive artists (including dancers, instrumental and vocal musicians, and actors). Artistic disciplines may include dance, literature, music, theatre, media arts, visual arts, or a combination of any of the above.  The individual winner of the $5,000 grant will have 11 months to complete his/her project, and the body of work will premiere at the 2017 Art Star Awards.

To apply, and to receive additional information about the 10th Annual Art Star Awards, please visit www.lagunabeacharts.com or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts was established in 2002 as the result of a partnership among more than 20 Laguna Beach organizations. The mission is to serve as an advocate for the arts, promote collaboration and networking among the arts organizations of Laguna Beach, and to serve as a united voice for the arts in the city. 

Members of the Alliance for the Arts include Art-A-Fair Festival, City of Laguna Beach Arts Commission, Community Art Project, Festival of Arts, First Thursdays Art Walk, KX93.5 Radio, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach Craft Guild, Laguna Beach Live!, Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association, Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Concert Band, Laguna Dance Festival, LOCA Arts Education, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, LagunaTunes, No Square Theater, Sawdust Art Festival, [seven-degrees], and Visit Laguna Beach.


SCAPE show, “Accidentally on Purpose” features California printmakers – opens December 5

A unique art exhibit titled “Accidentally On Purpose” is slated to run December 5, 2015 through January 5, 2016 at SCAPE gallery in Corona del Mar. The show will feature printmaking artists from both northern and southern California, bringing them together for the first time. This particular exhibit is organized and curated by Sandra Fene’ Wolfson, a printmaker and artist herself. 

“I chose these artists because they are pushing the edge of what a print is and utilizing their technical expertise to create amazing and dare I say, magical work,” Wolfson said. 

Many of the printmakers have connections with KALA, a world-renowned printmaking studio in Berkeley, CA, and others have been involved with the Laguna Beach art community and the local community college art scene.

“Accidentally On Purpose” opens on Sunday, December 6th in conjunction with the Corona del Mar Art Walk. SCAPE gallery will be open that day from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hedy Buzan at work

Featured Artists include: Hedy Buzan (Southern California),
Ewa Gavrielov (Northern California),
Nif Hodgson (Southern California),
Nita Kurmins-Gilson (Southern California), Colleen Premer (Southern California), Denese Sanders (Northern California),

Sheryl Seltzer (Southern California),
Sieko Tachibana (Northern California), Kazuko Watanabe (Northern California), Donna Westermen (Northern California), and Sandra Fene Wolfson (Northern California).

Participating artists (from left to right): Nita Kurmins, Colleen Premer, Sandra Wolfson, Vinita Voogd, Hedy Buzan, Sheryl Seltzer and Jeannie Denholm

Printmaking is a fine art method of making images on paper that supports matrixes such as plates that utilize a press. Each technique, whether etching, woodcut, silkscreen, or monotype has its own unique “look” that can be explored and manipulated by the artist. Extensive experience, openness to experimentation and discovery results in an artist’s dialogue between intention and process. This is what makes printmaking such a unique art form.

The exhibition space at Southern California Art Projects and Exhibitions | SCAPEstrives to bring provocative and fresh exhibits to the art community in Orange County and beyond. Additionally, SCAPE owners Jeannie Denholm and Diane Nelson offer an art advising services where they recommend contemporary works of art in response to specific client requests, based on a thorough assessment of the patron’s objectives, aesthetic preferences and budget.

SCAPE gallery is located at 2859 East Coast Hwy, in Corona Del Mar.


“Silver Sunday” boutique sale an alternative to Black Friday

Linda McInnis and Carole Zavala, local artists and fans of a stress-free life, are launching their first “Silver Sunday” boutique sale as an alternative to the Black Friday madness.

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Local artists Carole Zavala and Linda McInnis

“We have a great selection of original items that would make great gifts to friends…or for oneself,” Linda stated. “We wanted to provide a relaxed environment for shopping in a beautiful space with affordable prices and decided to give this a try.”

The hostesses/artists have been creating paintings, jewelry, cards and other items in Laguna for the past 20 years. Linda shows her work at prestigious art shows and venues throughout the West and Southwest and is currently at the John Simon Gallery in Tucson.  

Carole has had her work at the Showcase Gallery in South Coast Village and at the Avant Garden Gallery in the historic Santora building in the Santa Arts District.

They initially met during a mixed media art class with Willa Strupat, and have been sharing wild ideas and inspiration since then. Carole launched the initial shows at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Senior Center almost six years ago. The gallery is now known as Gallery Q, and Carole will resume her role as Co-Arts Manager of exhibitions with Laurie Smith in 2016. She is currently teaching “Painting with Passion,” a 9-week course through the City. Additionally, she is facilitating an open studio workshop known as the Art Salon on Friday afternoons at the Community Center. The Art Salon has proven to be so popular that she had to run two sessions during this past summer.

“Many artists are looking for a quiet, affordable and supportive space in which to do their work, and the city has made this possible.” Linda is part of another group of artists who meet on Monday evenings in the same space. Their sessions are known as “Free Style Painting” and are offered through the city.

“Laguna has always been a place that inspires creative endeavors,” Carole stated.  “We think that our holiday boutique will be the perfect place to find wonderful gifts for special friends. We are offering an online option after Dec 6 for fans who aren’t able to make it to the party,” she said. “And it will be a party…be there…we have the square!”  

 “One can do art at any age,” Linda said. “We have some amazing artists in this town who are well into their eighties and going strong!” 

“And some of us,” Carole added, “Didn’t even start until we were well into our sixties! Look at Picasso, Matisse and O’Keeffe…still going strong well into their ‘golden’ years!”

The Silver Sunday Boutique will be held on Sunday, Dec 6, 2015 from 1-4 p.m.

Reservations preferred. Call 949-683-0433, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Visit www.czartsandfilm.com for additional information.


The 2016 winter season of Jazz Wednesdays runs January 20 – April 13 - season tickets on sale now

Laguna Beach Live! is pleased to announce an exciting line-up for the Jazz Wednesdays Winter 2016 series. The season returns to the distinctive event facility [seven-degrees], at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd. for seven concerts, running from January 20 – April 13.

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Latin Jazz Syndicate at [seven-degrees]

The Series kicks off on January 20with the great Latin Jazz Syndicate, featuring Bijon Watson on trumpet. Following on February 3rd is guitarist Peter Sprague Quartet, Local Legends concert, featuring Ron Kobayashi Trio with vocalist Daryl Walker on February 17, Brazilian guitarist and vocalist, Teka on March 2nd, critically acclaimed vocalist Sarah Gazarek with pianist Josh Nelson on March 16, a tribute to Freddie Hubbard & Wayne Shorter featuring Ricky Woodard on saxophone and Bijon Watson on trumpet plus special guests on March 30, and closing out on April 13 with Hammond B-3 sensation Akiko, with Jeff Hamilton on drums and Graham Dechter on guitar.

Concerts will be 6 – 8 p.m. and a full bar and buffet dinner menu will be available for purchase.  Tickets in advance are $20, $25 at the door, and a season subscription is $140 for all seven concerts. 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.lagunabeachlive.org or by phone at 800-595-4849. Information line is 715-9713.


Hunger and homelessness in Laguna - how you can help

By ELIZABETH NUTT

City of Laguna Beach

November is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness month in Laguna

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week occurs each year one week before Thanksgiving, and rightly so—considering the fact that it’s a week before many Americans sit down at tables brimming with hot food and consider those things for which they’re thankful. But for other Americans, it’s the beginning of a season that means colder temperatures, the persistence of hunger, and the absence of a safe, comfortable place to sleep. 

Orange County in particular is home to many members of the latter group. In fact, on any given night in Orange County, over 4,400 people are without a roof over their heads. There are nearly 400,000 people in Orange County who are hungry, and one out of every five children are at risk of hunger each month in this area. These harrowing statistics have only proven to grow worse each year.

For this reason, Laguna Beach hosts an annual month-long Hunger and Homelessness Awareness program, during which time the city-appointed Housing and Human Services Committee works to both educate the public on hunger and homelessness in the area as well as motivate people to consider giving back. 

“I think our motto should be, ‘Everybody can do something,’” says George Weiss, Chair of the Housing and Human Services Committee. “And that’s what we’d like to see happen this month, people who want to donate food or clothing, or volunteer their time, or get involved politically around these issues. The pressing need is just for everybody to do something.” 

Throughout Nov, the City presents a wide array of opportunities for locals to give back as it pertains to hunger and homelessness. On Nov 14, for example, the Committee hosted its first panel discussion, which brought together city officials—including Mayor Bob Whalen, Mark Miller, the Associate Director of the Friendship Shelter, and Laura Farinella, Chief of Police in Laguna—to continue the conversation and to further education around these issues. Food, toiletry and sock drives through the county as well as Laguna’s annual Hunger Bowl event also raise money for and awareness of hunger and homelessness in our area.

“One of our main goals is getting Laguna Beach up to speed on what the homelessness problem really is about and what the county and the city are doing, and really breaking a lot of myths about homelessness,” says George. “For example, homeless people are more likely to be victims than they are to be criminals, and that’s backed by research.” 

These statistics—which the Committee works to relay to the community in order to debunk other myths—can be surprising and even shocking. Consider the following: 50% of eighteen-year-olds who go through the foster care system in California become homeless, and over 20% of homeless people in Orange County are over the age of 65.

Although education is key to mitigating some of the root causes of the hunger and homelessness crisis, the donation of time and food and clothing remain the number one way in which residents can do their part to help those who are less fortunate. With a week and a half left in November, there is still ample time to give back, and countless ways to do it. You can, for example: 

Donate nonperishable food items at multiple food drive locations around town.Visit www.lagunafoodpantry.org for details and drop-off location information. 

Volunteer your time at the Friendship Shelter, where nearly 100 homeless people are cared for, fed and given a bed to sleep on each night. Visit www.friendshipshelter.org for more information. 

Take on a volunteer shift at the Laguna Beach Neighborhood Congregational Church’s Thanksgiving Potluck(volunteer shifts run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 1-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day).  

Donate unused toiletries, rain gear and socks at one of Laguna’s multiple drop-off locations, which include the Laguna Unified School District, the Susi Q Center and the Girl Scout House. 

For more information about drop-off locations for donated goods, how to volunteer or get involved, or homelessness and hunger statistics, visit www.LagunaHungryandHomeless.org.


LCAD Chair nominated for prestigious national literary award

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) announced last week that Grant Hier, Chair of Liberal Arts and Art History, has been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize.

“I am honored beyond words,” said Hier. “This is a dream come true.”

Hier was nominated as an author and, as such, will choose which works he wishes to submit to Pushcart judges for consideration for inclusion in their revered annual anthology. “It is wonderful just to be nominated and associated with such company,” Hier said. 

The Pushcart Prize, “the most honored literary project in America,” was named among the most influential projects in the history of American publishing by Publishers Weekly. Founding Editors included Anaïs Nin, Paul Bowles, Ralph Ellison, Joyce Carol Oates, and Buckminster Fuller, who started the Pushcart Prize anthology to recognize and celebrate the best work in the rapidly expanding independent publishing movement. Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., Pushcart “encourages literature that is lasting, important and exciting.”

“I remember purchasing the very first Pushcart Anthology that came out in 1976, and I have been buying them ever since,” Hier said. “This is where the very best new writing can be found each year.” 

According to Heir, it’s an award highly valued by writers because of the selection process: independent editors first nominate what they think is the best writing published that year, and distinguished contributing editors nominate the best author of a body of work that should be considered, and from those submitted works, an elite group of literary luminaries pick “the best of the best” writing to win the prize and be anthologized. 

Previous Pushcart Prize honorees include such notable names as Raymond Carver, Junot Diaz, Kathy Acker, Andre Dubus, William H. Gass, Tim O’Brien and Kay Ryan—Poet Laureates, MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship recipients, New York Times bestsellers, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, PEN/O. Henry and PEN/Faulkner Award, plus many others.   

“We are thrilled to see Grant’s work receive the national attention and accolades it deserves,” said LCAD President Jonathan Burke. “His work reveals an artist’s eye for detail as well as a passion for his community and our shared history. Not only is he dedicated to his writing, but also to his students, who look to him for guidance and inspiration. We are very fortunate that Grant is part of our LCAD family.” Hier has taught at LCAD since 1998.

In February 2015, Hier’s book-length poem, Untended Garden—Histories and Reinhabitation in Suburbia, was published by The Poetry Press and awarded the 2014 Prize Americana. Hier was also named recipient of the 2014 Nancy Dew Taylor Prize for Literary Excellence in Poetry and the 2013 Kick Prize, each for different poems. 

The author has donated all of his proceeds from sales of Untended Garden to benefit selected nonprofits throughout Orange County. 

Hier’s poem “The Surgeon Turns the Scalpel on Himself” was just included in the Everyman Library anthology, Monster Verse — Poems Human and Inhuman (October 2015), alongside works by Shakespeare, Browning, Baudelaire, Wilde, Poe, Frost, Bishop, Tolkien, Gaiman, King, and others. Hier is currently co-authoring (with John Brantingham) a book of historical fiction, laced with events and artifacts from Southern California and Orange County history. 

For more information about his publications, awards, and upcoming readings please visit www.granthier.com


Sawdust Winter Fantasy opens Saturday

Liz Avalon is a Laguna artist whose name you should know 

By ELIZABETH NUTT

Liz Avalon has been an exhibiting artist at the Sawdust Festival for three summers in a row, in addition to showing her work at the grounds’ Winter Fantasy, too. But this past summer, she did something different—something no other artist at Sawdust has done before. The concept? A mirrored infinity room—a conceptual art installation—that she calls the “Magic Room.” 

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Artist and Sawdust Exhibitor Liz Avalon

“I didn’t want it to be just knick knacks or stuff you put on a wall, I didn’t want to be just a decorative artist. I have a lot of ideas and I want to make art that’s about people’s experiences. The way that others experience the art actually influences and shapes the art itself,” explains Liz, who is thrilled about the excitement that has been building around her innovative booth since June. 

Liz credits her “Magic Room” idea for the momentum she’s gained as an artist this year. She was recently selected to design and build the city’s first sculptural, artistic bike rack—a project funded by the Sawdust Festival in partnership with Transition Laguna Beach. The bicycle rack will be constructed on Canyon Road near the Festival grounds.

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Liz Avalon’s design for the future Canyon Road bicycle rack

Applications for this unique opportunity were available only to Sawdust artists, and Liz believes that she was selected as a result of the buzz that she created around her name as a forward-thinking innovator this past summer. Liz’s winning design for the city consists of a flower garden, whose color scheme complements the other public art installations that can be found on Laguna Canyon Road. 

The Sawdust Festival board liked Liz’s concept so much that she was subsequently tapped to design a sculpture for the Sawdust Festival grounds’ façade as well—also a garden theme, complete with vines and flowers, and intended to play off of the bicycle rack’s design. Both projects will be completed by Jan 2016, pending approval by City Council. 

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Liz Avalon’s design for the 2016 Sawdust façade 

“This is the biggest thing that I’ll have done as an artist,” says Liz, “aside from constructing my booth at Sawdust, which I did entirely by myself.” Both projects are Liz’s first public art installations, and a significant foray from her ‘usual’ studio work, which is centered on glass art. 

The artist is particularly excited about the opportunity granted to her by the Sawdust Festival, because it’s an arts organization with which she’s been familiar for most of her life. Raised in Lake Forest, Liz attended the Sawdust Festival every year with her family. 

But she wasn’t always an artist—in fact, art found Liz when she was already well into her 20s and enjoying a successful career as a City Planner in San Diego. 

She was part of a neighborhood design committee at the time, and attended a meeting hosted by one of the committee’s members—a woman who happened to be a glass artist. The hostess let committee members experiment in her studio, and everyone left the meeting with a handmade glass Christmas ornament. But for Liz, the experience was about so much more than just the creative outlet or the creation of holiday cheer.

Liz went on to serve as an apprentice several evenings a week at the artist’s studio, learning everything she could about working with processed glass and sandblasters. 

 

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Liz Avalon’s glass art

“I’m a planner, so I like things that are process-oriented. Working with glass is very methodical; it’s a step-by-step, very pre-planned process, and it’s also very messy. It’s meditative for me,” says Liz. 

The artist relocated to Laguna Beach five years ago when a management opportunity opened up with the homeowner’s association at Emerald Bay. The move was significant to Liz as it pertained to her career as an artist, too. She knew she’d have more opportunities in Laguna Beach, and she was determined early on to get her own booth at the Sawdust Festival.

Little did Liz know then that she’d have the opportunity to create two large-scale public art installations in Laguna Beach, as well as prepare for her fourth Sawdust Winter Fantasy. She will be setting up her booth and her “Magic Room” again this week, and looks forward to what she hopes will be a steady stream of curious visitors, who want to experience something completely new and different. The room, which is made up of infinity glass mirrors, is also comprised of LED lights and has its own soundtrack. 

“It’s transformative,” she says. “You can walk in there and take selfies, make out with your sweetie, have a moment to reflect on infinity, have a personal disco, make a video, or have a sense of wonderment… it’s really about how people experience the space that makes the art exciting.” 

To check out Liz’s booth—and the booths of 174 other talented, local artists—visit Sawdust Art Festival’s 25th Annual Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Festival grounds. 

Sawdust Winter Fantasy Schedule (Five Weekends):

Nov 21 through Dec 20, 2015, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nov 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 from 10 a.m. 6 p.m.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 65 and up, $4 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under the age of 5. For more information, visit: http://sawdustartfestival.org/winter-fantasy-2/ or call 949-494-3030.


“A Snow White Christmas” opens Dec 4 at Laguna Playhouse with Neil Patrick Harris on screen

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham and Lythgoe Family Productions are thrilled to announce a very special Holiday event, A Snow White Christmas, featuring Lindsay Pearce (“Glee”) as Snow White, Marina Sirtis (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) as the Wicked Queen, and an on-screen appearance by Tony award-winner Neil Patrick Harris as the Magic Mirror (“Best Thing Ever with Neil Patrick Harris). 

This “Panto at The Playhouse” production of A Snow White Christmas will be directed by Chris Baldock, with choreography by Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee “So You Think You Can Dance”), and musical supervision by Michael Orland (“American Idol”). 

“What a Holiday treat to welcome the highly-acclaimed and creative Lythgoe Family Panto Productions to our stage in a relationship we hope to continue for many years,” comments Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham.  

Becky Lythgoe added, “We are so excited to be bringing Panto to the families of Orange County. The Laguna Playhouse is a very special theatre surrounded by a community that champions the arts. It is a privilege to be working alongside Karen, Ann and their team.”

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Ariana Grande, Neil Patrick Harris and Charlene Tilton star in the Playhouse’s 2015 Pano production of A Snow White Christmas

A Snow White Christmas will begin performances on Wednesday, December 2; will open on Friday, December 4 and will run through Sunday, December 27 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, A Snow White Christmas features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), a live miniature pony and contemporary music, from Katy Perry’s “Firework” to Huey Lewis and the News’ “Power of Love” to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and more. 

A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to everyone from ages 2 – 102.

Lythgoe Family Productions produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in the television hits, “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. 

Based on the Grimm fairytales and others, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known pop songs for kids. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together. Past Panto at The Playhouse productions include: Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight starring Olivia Holt and Lucy Lawless, A Snow White Christmas starring Ariana Grande and Neil Patrick Harris, and Aladdin and His Winter Wish starring Ben Vereen, Bruce Vilanch, and Ashley Argota.

Arts Education as part of a student’s curriculum is proven to promote self-directed learning, increase overall academic success, and is essential to increased social and emotional development. Golden State Foods Foundation is sponsoring a student matinee that will allow under-served youth, including students from various Santa Ana elementary schools with at-risk children, to see this year’s production for free. Transportation buses are being provided by Ovation TV Network.

The full cast for A Snow White Christmas features: Neil Patrick Harris as the onscreen “Magic Mirror”, Marina Sirtis as the “Wicked Queen”, Lindsay Pearce as “Snow White”, Jonathan Meza as “Muddles”, Neil Dale as “Herman the Huntsman”, and

James Royce Edwards as “Prince Harry.”

Additionally, the “Seven Dwarfs” have been cast from local children.

The creative team for A Snow White Christmas includes scenic and costume design by the Lythgoe Family Productions creative department, including Kris Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Becky Baeling and Jason Haigh-Ellery, with additional costume design by designers Julia Clancy, Donna Maas and Kleev Guessford. Additional scenic design by J.J. Wickham (LFP producers. 

Tickets range from $41 - $66 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787).   

Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229.

The box office is open Mondays – Saturdays: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days), Sundays: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

A Snow White Christmas will begin previews on Wednesday, December 2; will open on Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m., and runs through Sunday, December 27, at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

Performances will be Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 12 p.m., 4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 12 p.m. & 4 p.m. There will be additional performances on Tuesday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 17 at 2 p.m. & Thursday, December 24 at 12 p.m. & 4 p.m.  

There will be no performance on Wednesday, December 16.

For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.

 

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