LCAD’s 27th annual Collector’s Choice will support higher education in fine arts, design and animation

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The Collector’s Choice Gathering will take place at the sensational Montage hotel

Collector’s Choice, LCAD’s premier annual fundraising event, now in its 27th year, showcases the talents of dedicated artists who continue a legacy of focused and passionate support for arts education. This year’s contributing artists are comprised exclusively of LCAD faculty, alumni, visiting artists and select BFA and MFA students.

Thanks to LCAD’s partnership with Montage Laguna Beach, Collector’s Choice attendees will enjoy fine wine, an elegant dinner and entertainment in a five-star rated luxury resort. 

Last year, more than 330 guests including trustees, donors, artists, alumni, faculty and friends of the College raised $310,000 for LCAD students and programs.

The event will take place on Friday, Nov 18, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 Coast Highway.

For more information please contact Tracy Hartman at 949-376-6000, ext. 241 or email mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The CAP Gallery is running a timely exhibit: Isabelle Cordemans & Sandra Samaha - Feminist Voices

The CAP Gallery is currently exhibiting “Isabelle Cordemans & Sandra Samaha - Feminist Voices,” a mixed media/collage retrospective, which will run until Feb 17.

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Sandra Samaha

Transcendence

Juried by Malcolm Warner, executive director of the Laguna Art Museum, the two-person exhibit opens with a reception on Sat Nov 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The public is cordially invited to come meet and talk with the artists and explore their work in the gallery’s unique space. It is a free event.

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Isabelle Cordemans

Buddemma Revisited

Cordemans’ work combines organic and non-organic images and shapes applied in layers to define and express the relationships she sees. Samaha uses patterns, colour and texture to draw the viewer in and be a part of the work.

Images on show include Cordemans’ Buddemma Revisited and Samaha’s 

Transcendence.

CAP Gallery will be open Mon to Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturdays for the duration of the exhibition. 

The gallery is located at 260 Ocean Ave on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building. Call 949-553-7507 for more information, or visit www.caplaguna.org. Admission is free.


More than 2,000 attended LB Art & Nature programs; more than 12,000 experienced beach art installation

Last weekend, from Nov 3 – 6, Laguna Art Museum presented the fourth annual Art & Nature program, a multidisciplinary exploration of art’s many and various engagements with the natural world. More than 2,000 people attended the weekend programs including lectures by art experts. 

 

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But the highlight of the event was undoubtedly Phillip K. Smith III’s 1/4 Mile Arc – a large-scale installation specially commissioned by Laguna Art Museum for Art & Nature – experienced by more than 12,000 beachgoers. The installation was on view day and night from Friday through Sunday. 

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The spectacular site-specific installation stretched along much of Main Beach with approximately 250 stainless steel posts just above the high tide line. The mirror-polished surfaces of the 10-foot posts, arranged in an arc across Laguna’s iconic Main Beach, reflected the changing colors of the ocean, sky, and shoreline. Forming a visible marker between the man-made and natural worlds, the artwork drew curious onlookers as early as Thursday during its installation.  

This significant event on the beach rather than inside the museum’s galleries expanded the impact of the arts to a large public audience. 

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On Friday, Nov 4, Phillip K. Smith III gave a public lecture at the museum. By then, 1/4 Mile Arc had been on view on Main Beach for an entire day, and the well-attended event followed the first of three spectacular sunsets that occurred during Art & Nature weekend.  

Smith received degrees in Fine Arts and in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design before returning to the Southern California desert where he was raised. Building upon explorations in the perception of light, color, and space, he creates intensely physical and seemingly ephemeral sculptures.  

His large-scale, temporary installations include the internationally renowned Lucid Stead (2013) in Joshua Tree, California, and Reflection Field (2014) and Portals (2016), both of which debuted at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. 

Smith’s monumental works are sited throughout California and beyond. Next year, he will participate in Desert X 2017, an international contemporary art exhibition that focuses on environmental, social, and cultural conditions of the 21st century.

For the Art & Nature keynote, the museum hosted renowned British art historian Martin Kemp on Sat, Nov 5. Kemp is Emeritus Research Professor in the History of Art at Oxford University and is acknowledged as the world authority on Leonardo da Vinci. Approximately150 people gathered to hear him discuss the iconic Mona Lisa as a statement of the artist’s ideas about nature and the natural world.  

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Whatever goes up must come down

Also on Saturday, the preeminent Light and Space artist Helen Pashgian discussed her work with gallerist Peter Blake in advance of an opening of the artist’s works at Peter Blake Gallery. Pashgian is a major figure whose works were the subject of a major solo exhibition at LACMA in 2014, as well as other exhibitions at the Getty Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.  

On that same day, 125 visitors experienced an interactive sound performance inside the museum titled ‘I’, lighthouse waiting for storms. Artist David Horovitz and Jamie Stewart from the band Xiu Xiu created a participatory sound installation emulating the sound of a violent storm arriving from the sea and smashing into the shore. Visitors were invited to contribute to the maelstrom with chimes installed for this purpose, transforming the museum into an exciting temporary sound installation.


Elena Bulatova Fine Art is opening at 265 Forest Ave

After experiencing tremendous success with its galleries in Palm Springs and Las Vegas, Elena Bulatova Fine Art has announced the opening of a gallery in Laguna Beach at 265 Forest Ave. 

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The gallery specializes in unique contemporary and mixed media artwork, both sculptures and paintings. Headlining artists include the illustrious Elena Bulatova (a Russian artist who has made Palm Springs her home and cutting-edge pop art her signature), and other amazing artists including her partner, Efi Mashiah (an Israeli artist and designer, also pioneering never-before-seen styles in pop art and screw art), Virut P. (a collagist and new-media figurative painter), and Mr. Santo (the well-known sculptor of Bumblee, Optimus Prime, and the Predator, who also makes figurative pieces from Harley Davidson, Porsche, and semi-truck pieces).

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Efi Mashiah and Elena Bulatova

The gallery suggests planning plenty of time at the gallery, as there is much to see from around the world. Additional artists include spectacular innovators collected by Elena and Efi during their travels around the world. For example, the gallery offers unique Stone of Shona sculptures from Zimbabwe. They also offer hybrid figurative paintings by artists such as Anek Natenoi and Pongsak.

Elena Bulatova Fine Art boasts that this kind of art cannot be found anywhere else in world. They savor their international appeal in the center of Laguna Beach. 

The gallery ships internationally, and installs locally. They invite Laguna residents to be part of Elena Bulatova Fine Art.

For more information, contact Elena Bulatova Fine Art at 844-353-6200, email 

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The Playhouse presents a special holiday event: Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight on stage

Laguna Playhouse artistic director Ann E. Wareham and Lythgoe Family Panto are thrilled to announce a very special holiday event starring Cozi Zuehlsdorff (Dolphin Tale Films), Joely Fisher (Broadway: Cabaret, Desperate Housewives), Barry Pearl (Grease), The Book of Mormon’s Benjamin Schrader, Jeff Sumner (Genie in Disney’s Aladdin-A Musical Spectacular), American Idol finalist Vonzell Solomon and Conor Guzman (Pasadena Playhouse; The Fantasticks) in Lythgoe Family Panto’s production of Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight. 

The play is based on a book by Kris Lythgoe with choreography by Spencer Liff. Michael Orland is the music supervisor, musical direction is by Michael Sobie and Linda Goodrich directs the performance.  

“Last year’s holiday confection returns with an all-new Lythgoe Family Panto event on our stage!” comments Wareham.  

Remarks Becky Lythgoe, “We are delighted to be back at the Laguna Playhouse with our second show and with this extraordinary cast for a truly magical holiday show.” 

Broadway and TV stars perform in this interactive musical fairy tale with comedy, magic and pop music sure to delight children of all ages. 

Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight is based on a European fairytale in which a princess called Aurora has a curse put on her by an evil fairy Carabosse. On her 18th birthday, Aurora pricks her finger on a spindle and falls asleep for 100 years. A handsome Prince saves the day by defeating the wicked fairy and giving Aurora a true love kiss. (Fortunately, she is still 18 when she wakes up.)

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The 2014 cast of Sleeping Beauty and the Winter Knight

Lythgoe Family Panto produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in 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 Laguna Playhouse productions include A Snow White Christmas starring Marina Sirtis and Lindsay Pearce.

Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight will begin performances on Wed, Dec 7; will open officially on Fri, Dec 9 at 7:30 p.m. and will run through Fri, Dec 30 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

Performances will be Wed, Thurs & Fri at 7:30 p.m.; Sat at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun at 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. There will be additional performances on Tuesday, Dec 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Fri, December 23 at 3:30 p.m. & Thurs, Dec 27 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.  There will be no performances on Dec 24 or Dec 25.

Ticket prices range from $30 - $70 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787).  Ticket prices are subject to change. Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229. 

The box office is open Mon – Sat 12 to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days); Sundays: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

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

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View sea lions and enjoy a watercolor workshop

LOCA Arts Education is presenting a fascinating art and sea lions workshop on Sat Nov 12, 9 - 10:30 a.m. at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon. Families, groups, and beginners are invited. 

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Sea lions can teach you a thing or two about watercolors (and sea colors…)

The morning includes a docent-led viewing of live sea lions, a presentation on the rescue and rehabilitation work of the center, and an easy watercolor class with noted artist Mike Tauber. Everyone will take home a beautiful color sketch of a sea lion.

Cost is $20 for adults, and $15 for those aged 6 and up if with paid adult. Free on-site parking is included. Advance registration is required. Visit www.locaarts.org/event/art-and-sea-lions or visit the calendar at www.LOCAarts.org, or call (949) 363-4700. 

PMMC is at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, one block north of the Dog Park.


Artists Republic Gallery will showcase Softer World, a solo exhibition by Laura Berger, opening Thurs 

Artist Republic Gallery will feature Softer World, a solo exhibition by Laura Berger, from Nov 3 until Dec 31. The Artist’s Reception will take place on the first day of the exhibition, this Thursday, from 6 – 9 p.m.

Laura is a full time artist working mainly in acrylic and gouache, creating works that focus on the connections of humans to each other, ourselves and the world. Based in Chicago, Laura is extremely successful and exhibits her work worldwide. Her paintings are whimsical and light hearted, following her characters on their adventures in their colorful, calm worlds. 

In her upcoming solo show Softer World, Laura focuses on creating an escape from the violence happening around us. 

Painting positive possibilities rather than focusing on darkness not only serves as a way to see through negativity or fear, but also has become very therapeutic as a daily practice for me,” Laura says. “It helps to reinforce a sense of calm and to physically envision a peaceful world where we’re all honoring our connectedness and just hanging out together in a place of total ease.” 

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Laura’s work is inspired by rituals, symbols, nature, dreams, and travel

Laura has created a body of work that truly makes the viewer feel good, successfully creating an escape from the negativity of the world. Laura is interested in and inspired by rituals, symbols, nature, dreams, travel, our quest for self-development and freedom, and how we piece it together to create personal meaning and a sense of belonging to the greater whole. 

She’ll be exhibiting new works in her traditional acrylic and gouache medium as well as new works in ceramics for Softer World

“My goals are simple, I guess -- I mostly just want to keep painting and learning, showing my work in spaces that feel good and getting to work with nice people. I love doing murals, ceramics, and animation work, so I definitely want to do more of that in addition to exhibitions...But honestly if things kept going just as they are I’d be nothing but grateful.” 

Laura’s opening reception on Thurs, Nov 3, will coincide with the fourth annual Art & Nature festival held by the Laguna Art Museum. 

Since opening its doors in 2010, Artists Republic has been one of Orange County’s premier venues for new contemporary art. The gallery is dedicated to the support of emerging and mid-career artists whose work has impacted and influenced lives through youth culture. 

Artists Republic is located at 1175 S. Coast Hwy and specializes in original works, prints, books and more. Visit www.artists-republic.com for more information.


LCAD will showcase dedicated artists’ talents

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LCAD continues its dedication to upcoming artists in Laguna

LCAD will showcase dedicated artists’ talents from Oct 26 – Nov 17 at its location in the canyon, with the opening reception taking place on Thurs, Nov 3 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Collector’s Choice is LCAD’s premier annual fundraising event, showcasing the amazing talents of dedicated artists, and continuing a legacy of focused and passionate support for arts education. 

This year’s contributing artists are comprised exclusively of LCAD faculty, alumni, visiting artists and select BFA and MFA students.

The 27th Annual Collector’s Choice Juried Auction and fundraiser will take place from will take place from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov 18 at Montage Laguna Beach.


Barbara’s Column

Annual Plein Air Invitational culminates in Collector’s Gala

By BARBARA DIAMOND

The evening air was a little cool Oct 14, but hearts were warmed by enthusiastic response to the art displayed at the Collectors Gala, the culmination of the 18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational.

It was the first opportunity for folks to view the art created during the previous week and eligible for awards at the Gala, held at Tivoli Too. The 146-piece exhibit was open for sale to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

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Nearly $30,000 in Award Prizes were presented to participating artists during the 18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational’s Collectors Gala 

“We sold over $200,000 worth of art,” said an elated LPAPA Executive Rosemary Swimm.

“The artists get a percentage and the rest supports programs of the non-profit association.”

The eight Laguna College of Art & Design students who participated in the invitational received 50 percent of the sale price of their work and 50 percent went to LCAD’s scholarship fund, Swimm said.

“Kids Paint Out” works are for sale and are selling at the Forest & Ocean Gallery through Monday. The young artists are mostly middle school-aged, said Swimm.

But money is not the only reward. The invitational is the opportunity for the nation’s top plein air landscape painters to compete for prestigious awards while participating in a nine-day celebration that includes public paint-outs, painting demonstrations, “PleinTalk” conversations, and educational events and activities.

The 105 paintings exhibited in the “Main Room” at the gala were all eligible for awards.

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Jim McVicker

Morning at Laguna Beach

Best of Show

Jean Stern, executive director of Irvine Museum of Art, awarded “Best of Show,” to Jim McVicker for “Morning at Laguna Beach,” which depicted folks strolling along the boardwalk by the iconic Lifeguard Tower.

Other award-winning paintings that featured Laguna Beach included, “Rooftops of Crystal Cove by Shelby Keefe, April Raber’s “Skywaves,” J. Ken Spencer’s “View from Cliff Drive,” Zufar Bikbov’s “Lights of Laguna,” Ray Roberts’ “Shore Breakers at Aliso Beach,” and Colin Page’s “Main Beach to Main Street.”

Awards also were presented to Charlie Hunter, Suzie Baker, Mike Hernandez, Jennifer Diehl, Gil Dellinger, Jane Hunt, Cindy Baron and Peggi Kroll-Roberts.

The awards were handed out after a sumptuous dinner, which Swimm declared an absolutely amazing success

“Three hundred and twenty-five dinners were served,” she said.

Among the diners: Mark Christy, Carole Reynolds, Harry and Suzi Bithell, Mayor Pro Tem Toni Iseman, Cheryl and Nick Kinsman, Christina Dominguez, Anne and Marv Johnson, Norm Grossman, Anne McGraw, Margaret Warder, Becky and John Barber, Martha Lydick and Anita Mangels.  

It has been 20 years since Saim Caglayan was inspired to contact 25 artists, mostly friends from Laguna or close by to join him in forming the Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn. The late Ken Auster was among the founders and he is sorely missed, Cagalan said.

The key factors in the dramatic success of the venture were love of painting outdoors, teamwork, support from community, the city and the Laguna and Irvine museums, according to Caglayan.

LPAPA President Toni Kellenberg said the association has become the steward of Laguna’s plein air legacy, which established the town’s claim to be an art colony in 1903. The annual invitational celebrates the artistic legacy of the early California impressionist and plein air painters such as William Wendt, Anna Hills, Frank Cuprien and Edgar Payne who were instrumental in opening the first Laguna art gallery.

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LPAPA’s Executive Director Rosemary Swimm (left) and LPAPA’s President Toni Kellenberg (right) present Sandy Sewell with LPAPA’s Lifetime Member Award

LPAPA and its mission to protect and preserve Laguna’s plein air heritage can be supported by becoming a patron, sponsor, or by making a tax-deductible donation. For more information call (949) 376-3635.  

But wait - There’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading StuNewsLaguna.com.


Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach getting ready to hold their annual Art and Nature Show Nov 3 - 11

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach’s Art Program is holding their annual Art & Nature Show starting Nov 3 and running through Nov 11 at the Club’s Art Room at the Canyon Branch. 

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The show will be an installation of art made by Club Members all revolving around the subject of nature. All types of art will be displayed: sculptures, photography, illustration, painting, mixed media, ceramics, digital arts, just to name a few. The Club works in partnership with the Laguna Art Museum who originated the idea of showcasing an Art & Nature show exhibit. They encouraged local organizations in the surrounding areas to participate in having their own Art & Nature Show, and that’s what the Club’s Art Director, Karla Fandel did. 

Fandel was truly inspired by the Museum’s exhibit to start her own Art & Nature Show with the Club three years ago. 

“The kids that attend the art program at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach love the idea of combining nature and art!” said Fandel. She added, “I believe our members who are participating in creating this year’s exhibit, really get a better understanding of the culture and art of Laguna Beach.” 

For more information of the upcoming exhibit at the Club; contact Karla Fandel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


coastal eddy, a gallery, will celebrate Dia de los Muertos on Oct 28 to benefit Laguna Food Pantry

coastal eddy, a gallery, will celebrate Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Fri, Oct 28 from 5 – 8 p.m. Open to the public, the evening will feature art, music, food and fun, all to benefit the Laguna Food Pantry. 

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The gallery will also introduce three new artists: Mark Hendrickson, Neil Kennedy and Jesse Martin. Each of these artists brings a unique style and treatment to their contemporary ceramic work. 

Ceramic mugs and ornaments will be available for purchase, to paint, and to leave for firing and pick up at a later date with proceeds from the sales going to Laguna Food Pantry. In addition, everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation. 

The only ceramic art gallery in Laguna Beach, coastal eddy is located at 1417 S. Coast Highway, in the HIP district of Laguna, 949-715-4113. 

Visit www.coastaleddyagallery.com for more information.


MASH star Loretta Swit leads ‘Eleanor Roosevelt, Her Secret Journey’ at Laguna Playhouse Nov 3

Laguna Playhouse has well known “M*A*S*H” star Loretta Swit starring in “Eleanor Roosevelt, Her Secret Journey,” with four performances starting on Thursday, Nov 3. 

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Loretta Swit as Eleanor Roosevelt

Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham said, “In this historic election year, that may see our first woman be president, what better way to reflect and take a look at another woman who played such an extraordinary part in the history of this nation. We are honored to have Loretta Swit bring the life of Eleanor Roosevelt to our stage just before this year’s election.”

Two-time Emmy Award-winning Swit breathes life into one of history’s most intriguing and longest-serving first ladies, Eleanor Roosevelt, a deeply personal portrait of the woman who brought warmth and compassion to issues of war, peace, and human rights.

“Eleanor Roosevelt, Her Secret Journey” takes place in Eleanor Roosevelt’s living room at Val-Kill in Hyde Park, NY in 1945. It is performed in One Act without Intermission. This one-woman portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt has been created for the stage by Rhoda Lerman under the technical supervision of Ron Nash.

“Eleanor Roosevelt, Her Secret Journey” will be performed on Thursday, Nov 3, Friday, Nov 4 and Saturday, Nov 5 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, Nov 6. Laguna Playhouse is at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

Tickets range from $60 - $70 and can be purchased by calling 497-ARTS (2787) or  online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com Group discounts are available by calling 497-2787 ext. 229.


CAP Gallery “Honoring Lorna Mills” will end Oct 22

By M. “CHARLIE” FERRAZZI

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Original hand steel etching of home office of Laguna Federal Savings and Loan Association. An Original Design by Josten’s, Owatonna, Minnesota

Time is running out to see this exhibit. A must see for Lagunatics, history buffs, Art lovers and anyone who has walked past or into the Wells Fargo Bank building at 260 Ocean Avenue.

Drawing from columns by Andy Hedden, originally published in the Laguna Beach Independent, a picture emerges of a woman who started in 1936 as a clerk at Laguna Federal Savings and Loan and rose to become the first woman in California to hold the positions of president, manager and vice chairman of a banking institution; positions that had only been held by men.

Viewing Hedden’s columns and copies of original materials of the time, provided from the files of Bonnie Rohrer, an image of a woman dedicated not only to her job but also to helping people navigate the financial realm of banking. She didn’t just invest in financial transactions, she also invested in the people who were involved; homeowners, merchants, realtors, business and personal borrowers, and homebuilders. Not only in Laguna Beach, but also elsewhere in Orange County. Through these transactions she grew Laguna Federal into one of the largest lending institutions at the time. Her community-based approach was always a backbone of her philosophy, along with strong customer service and providing what was best for the customer’s needs, not just Laguna Federal.

In 1961 Laguna Federal had grown to the point of needing a larger space. By then Mills had been head of the bank for four years. When working with architects Aubrey St. Clair and W.B. Verity she stipulated that there would be gallery space for the display of art.

Opening Day of Laguna Federal S&L featured a choral group

The resulting building was three levels; first floor for banking, second and third floors were galleries for art displays. Utilizing a rotunda structure open in the center with a skylight for natural lighting, the second and third floor were visible to bank visitors. This was a way to show Laguna Federal’s dedication to the encouragement of the spirit of Laguna’s Art Colony.

The brochure from the original opening of the building, financial statement brochures from the era give more information and photos of life in Laguna at that time. These items are a bit more creative and enjoyable to look at than ones we see today.

On view from Bonnie Rohrer’s archives is a copy of the original brochure for the opening of the new building, highlighting materials used in the construction and features that were built and not to be found in other financial institutions of the day. Also financial statements that are not only creative but also simpler to read than the ones put out today. There are brochures of arts events that happened in the galleries and in conjunction with the Festival of Arts.

From the Historical Society’s files are highlights of the beginnings of Laguna from the Historical Resumé written by Margaret Roley, Isabelle Ziegler, Virginia Oakey and Genevieve Daniels. Starting with the Indians who made their homes here to the early settlers and early place names, and on to the beginning of the art scene and also Hollywood’s love of filming in Laguna, this exhibit offers a lot of information in an enjoyable and interesting format.

Community Art Project and The Cap Gallery, under the creative guidance of Jennifer Griffiths, present this exhibition as a way of paying homage to Lorna Mills and her accomplishments and strong belief in community. Stop in and stroll the gallery to learn more about the Laguna you love. It will only be here till October 22.

The CAP Gallery on the second floor is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. http://www.caplaguna.org


KX 93.5 presents Iron Butterfly at the Playhouse Nov 1

KX 93.5, Laguna’s only FM radio station, is bringing another classic band to Laguna Beach on Nov 1. Iron Butterfly, who sold 30-million copies of the 1968 anthem “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” will rewind time at Laguna Playhouse with a laser light show and a rocking set. 

Opening the evening will be Professor Columbo, a Huntington Beach-based garage rock band and KX 93.5 favorite. 

“We’re talking about a band that basically started heavy rock ‘n’ roll,” said KX 93.5 Founder and Program Director Tyler Russell. “Fifty years later, the band still includes original members and absolutely brings down the house. Iron Butterfly is a must see!” 

Iron Butterfly

The current drummer in Iron Butterfly is local Ray Weston, who can be seen performing with KX personality and musician Jason Feddy at Hotel Laguna on Saturday nights. 

Side orchestra and balcony seats are $35, and center orchestra seats are $50. A VIP upgrade is also available for $50, which includes special access to sound check, a private meet ‘n’ greet with the band, and a complimentary cocktail. 

The bar is sponsored by Tito’s Vodka and will feature unique drink creations. All the cocktail and ticket proceeds benefit non-profit KX 93.5. 

Pre-sale tickets went on sale Monday, Oct 3r for KX 93.5 members and will go on sale to the public on Thursday, Oct 6. Tickets are available through Laguna Playhouse, www.LagunaPlayhouse.com

Founded Oct 2012, KX 93.5 is Orange County’s best radio station for “Generational Alt Rock” and the only licensed FM radio station in Laguna Beach’s history. It’s a non-profit, non-commercial radio station with hundreds of volunteer contributors, focused on the music, the listener, and the local community. The station also features public affairs, surf reports, sports broadcasts and more. The station provides a voice and a creative outlet for the hundreds of talented local Orange County musicians and beyond that are squeezed out by commercial radio. 


Gallery Q celebrates art’s engagement with the natural world at its current and final exhibit of 2016, Nov 3 - 6

Gallery Q at The Susi Q is pleased to announce its current and final exhibit of the 2016 season — “Art & Nature.” In partnership with the Laguna Art Museum’s popular Art & Nature Festival, which runs from Nov 3 - 6, artists of all ages have submitted more than 50 nature-inspired works in a variety of mediums.

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Visitors to Gallery Q will be impressed by exhibitors’ talent

The show runs through Nov 18 and exhibits can be viewed from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekdays. Visitors are invited to meet and mingle with the artists at the free Artists’ Reception on Fri, Oct 14from 4:30 - 6 p.m.at Gallery Q, located at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third Street. 

Limited, free underground parking is available. Wine and light refreshments will be served. Selected pieces of art will be available for sale with a percentage helping to support the arts program at the Susi Q.

Gallery Q is a public exhibition space dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the talent of emerging, semi-professional, and professional artists of all ages in Orange County. Five to six shows per year honor local artists and the exhibitions begin with a public art reception. 

For more information about Gallery Q or Laguna Beach Seniors at the Susi Q, visit www.thesusiq.org or contact Carole Zavala, Arts Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Artists Republic Gallery will showcase Softer World, a solo exhibition by Laura Berger, opening Thurs Nov 3 

Artist Republic Gallery will feature Softer World, a solo exhibition by Laura Berger, from Nov 3 until Dec 31. The Artist’s Reception will take place on the first day of the exhibition from 6 – 9 p.m.

Laura is a full time artist working mainly in acrylic and gouache, creating works that focus on the connections of humans to each other, ourselves and the world. Based in Chicago, Laura is extremely successful and exhibits her work worldwide. Her paintings are whimsical and light hearted, following her characters on their adventures in their colorful, calm worlds. 

In her upcoming solo show Softer World, Laura focuses on creating an escape from the violence happening around us. 

Painting positive possibilities rather than focusing on darkness not only serves as a way to see through negativity or fear, but also has become very therapeutic as a daily practice for me,” Laura says. “It helps to reinforce a sense of calm and to physically envision a peaceful world where we’re all honoring our connectedness and just hanging out together in a place of total ease.” 

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Laura’s work is inspired by rituals, symbols, nature, dreams, and travel

Laura has created a body of work that truly makes the viewer feel good, successfully creating an escape from the negativity of the world. Laura is interested in and inspired by rituals, symbols, nature, dreams, travel, our quest for self-development and freedom, and how we piece it together to create personal meaning and a sense of belonging to the greater whole. 

She’ll be exhibiting new works in her traditional acrylic and gouache medium as well as new works in ceramics for Softer World

“My goals are simple, I guess -- I mostly just want to keep painting and learning, showing my work in spaces that feel good and getting to work with nice people. I love doing murals, ceramics, and animation work, so I definitely want to do more of that in addition to exhibitions...But honestly if things kept going just as they are I’d be nothing but grateful.” 

Laura’s opening reception on Thurs, Nov 3, will coincide with the fourth annual Art & Nature festival held by the Laguna Art Museum. 

Since opening its doors in 2010, Artists Republic has been one of Orange County’s premier venues for new contemporary art. The gallery is dedicated to the support of emerging and mid-career artists whose work has impacted and influenced lives through youth culture. 

Artists Republic is located at 1175 S. Coast Hwy and specializes in original works, prints, books and more. Visit www.artists-republic.com for more information.


New installation good to go for the red phone booth

A mixed media installation by Santa Monica artist Douglas Turner was selected by the city Arts Commission to replace the current installation at the red telephone booth on Forest Avenue.

The Arts Commission voted unanimously for Turner’s “Nine Billion,” composed of numerous silicon figures dressed for the beach jammed inside the phone booth. Turner’s piece was one of 12 submittals for the space. It was described by the city Arts Manager Siân Poeschl as a whimsical reference to overcrowding and the prediction that the world population will reach nine billion by 2050.

Turner will be paid $3,500 for the temporary installation and retain ownership. Funding came out of the Arts Commission Special Programs budget of the Business Improvement District. 

The City Council authorized City Manager John Pietig at the Sept 27 meeting to enter into a contract. As approved, the installation will be on exhibit for 24 months.

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Montage welcomes Laguna Beach Live! on Oct 12

Oct 12 marks the first of what is hoped to be several annual events presented by Laguna Beach Live! at Montage Laguna Beach. The music is the mega funky sound of Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, a ten-piece band that blends R & B, soul and funk jazz. The setting is fun, cabaret style seating on the beautiful Cliffside at Montage.

The sound of Greg Adams is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. Adams has recorded six solo albums, three releases with East Bay Soul and fourteen recordings as a founding member of Tower of Power, legendary for his arrangements that made the TOP horn section a sought out entity all its own.

Greg Adams will perform with his band East Bay Soul

Ticket costs for the sunset concert, 6 - 8 p.m., are: VIP $75, which includes best seating, Meet & Greet with Greg Adams and a CD; premium $45 at center tables; and standard $25 in the rear.  

Doors open at 5 p.m. Montage is cooking up some delicious sliders, poke, and cheese and charcuterie plates for only $15 and is offering a parking fee reduced to $5 for ticket holders. Buy online at www.lagunabeachlive.org or call 800-595-4849. 

For more information, call 949-715-9713.


Hilarious noir comedy Billy & Ray will open at the Laguna Playhouse on Oct 9 and run through Oct 30             

The second show of the Laguna Playhouse’s 2016/17 season, Billy & Ray, written by Mike Bencivenga and directed by Michael Matthews, will open on Sunday Oct 9 and run through Oct 30.

“Old Hollywood comes to Laguna Beach in this comedy about the making one of the most iconic films of the 1940s,” said Laguna Playhouse artistic director Ann E. Wareham. “I have been wanting director Michael Matthews to direct at the Playhouse for so long and think this is the perfect show for his unique vision. Our audiences and subscribers are in for a hilarious and wild ride.”  

In 1943, Hollywood legends “Billy and Ray” – director Billy Wilder and crime novelist Raymond Chandler – battled censors, and each other, to write the classic film noir “Double Indemnity.” In this play, the audience will go behind the scenes to watch this deadly funny journey through a war of creativity between two brilliant writers who nearly killed each other during the making of this Academy Award nominated masterpiece.

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Prepare to enjoy a great evening with Billy & Ray at the Playhouse

The cast of Billy & Ray features Blake Ellis (“Jarhead,” “Red Tails”) as Billy Wilder, Nick Searcy (“Justified,” “American Gothic”) as Raymond Chandler, Scott Lowell (“Queer as Folk,” “Bones”) as Joe Sistrom and Joanna Strapp (“Medium,” “Studio 60”) as Helen Hernandez.

Scenic design is by Stephen Gifford, lighting design by Luke Moyer, sound design by Juan Sanson, and costume design by E.B. Brooks.  The hair consultant is Bobby Chamblee. The stage manager is Vernon Willet.

BILLY & RAY will begin previews on Wed, Oct 5, open on Sun, Oct 9 and run through Sun, Oct 30 at the Laguna Playhouse.

Performances will take place Wed through Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sat at 2 p.m. and Sun at 1 p.m. There will be additional performances on Thurs, Oct 6, 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. and Sun, Oct 9 and16 at 5:30 p.m. 

Tickets range from $35 - $75 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.  Prices subject to change.

The box office is open Mon – Sat: 12 to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days); Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


CAP Gallery exhibit - Honoring Lorna Mills – through Oct 22

The CAP Gallery, located on the second floor of Wells Fargo Bank downtown, is featuring a new exhibition now through Oct 22.

This free exhibition acknowledges Lorna Mills and her impressive accomplishments in the financial realm and contributions to the Arts. Jennifer Griffiths, CAP Gallery Director, has curated and researched to compile historic photographs and written materials from newspaper archives and original materials from the files of Bonnie Rohrer.

Starting as a clerk at Laguna Federal Saving and Loan in 1936, she retired 50 years later as president, manager and vice chairman. Along the way she took risks in financing entrepreneurs, giving homeowners extensions to help avoid foreclosure, financing building on leased land and growing Laguna Federal in assets and branch offices.

Her most outstanding accomplishment, in Laguna’s eyes, is the design and construction of 260 Ocean Avenue. In 1961 Lorna Mills was instrumental in not only getting the building built but also including a multi-purpose rotunda, with large walls, specifically to display Art.

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Postcard image. Original Hand Steel Etching of Home Office of Laguna Federal Savings and Loan Association, 260 Ocean Ave. An Original Design by Josten’s, Owatonna, Minnesota.

This exhibit is a must see for Lagunatics, history buffs, Art lovers and anyone who has walked past or into the building.

There will be an exhibit reception on Saturday, Oct 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is cordially invited to come explore this unique gallery space while learning the story behind it. It is a free event.


LAM will be first museum in North America with a partnership using SMARTIFY – a free mobile app

On Sept 24, Laguna Art Museum (LAM) will become the first North American partner for SMARTIFY, a free mobile app that enhances the museum experience by providing extended artwork information at the tip of your fingers. Using SMARTIFY’s advanced image recognition and augmented reality technology, museum visitors may scan artworks to gain access to information and commentary, artist biographies, and other content relating to the artworks on view. 

Visitors may also create their own personal “collections” within the app for later viewing and to extend their museum visit, giving a sense of direct engagement and participation with the curatorial process.

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Since its launch in May, SMARTIFY’s partners include the Cartoon Museum and Sluice Art Fair in London, and the Accessible Art Fair in Brussels. Laguna Art Museum is the first North American partner for SMARTIFY, and will launch the app on Sept 24 to coincide with Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day Live! celebration, which provides free admission to participating museums and cultural institutions. 

LAM and SMARTIFY aim to reach and engage new audiences with this innovative app by having it coincide with this complementary event.

SMARTIFY is your personal digital curator. It is a mobile app that allows users to scan artworks and gain access to rich commentary left by friends, curators, and the artists themselves. It transforms museums and galleries into a place for dialogue and shared experiences.

It hopes to enrich visits to art venues by creating meaningful connections with the artwork and the communities who love it. The app is currently available to iOS users with Android coming soon. SMARTIFY’s ambitious vision is to bring positive disruption to the way audiences experience art in museums, galleries and other venues. 

It is a platform to interpret, share and respond to art.

 

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