Festival of Arts announces new exhibit, Fresh Faces, at the Wells Fargo building 

Summer time is just around the corner and the Festival of Arts is excited to announce its newest exhibit, Fresh Faces. Presenting the works of newly juried Festival artists, the exhibit will showcase a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, glass, pastels, photography, mixed media and more. 

Fresh Faces 2018 runs now through June 1 at the Festival of Arts Third Floor Gallery at Wells Fargo Bank, 260 Ocean Ave.

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Eileen McCullough, Lifeguard on Duty

Fresh Faces 2018 showcases a fascinating look into the world of the innovative and fresh new artwork of fourteen prestigious artists from Orange County. The artists and mediums being presented are Richard Bohn (sculpture), Jorge Burtin (glass), Gil Delinger (pastels), Lani Emanuel (oil painting), Carolyn Johnson (mixed media), Maaria Kader (scratchboard), Eileen McCullough (watercolors), Corine Schaff (hand-painted silk), Laura Seeley (acrylics), Joshua Serafin (mixed media), Andrew and Rebeca Snider (photography), Stephen Swintek (photography) and Sue Thompson (acrylics).

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Corinne Schaff, Room with a View

These exhibitors were recently juried into the Festival of Arts by a panel of six knowledgeable artists and/or art experts including painter Paul Bond, Creative Director of USC Design Studio Sam Carter, photographer Rick Graves, former Director of Irvine Fine Arts Center Wendy Shields, ceramicist Mike Tauber and Arts Coordinator of the Orange County Department of Education Steve Venz.

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Laura Seeley, The Whole of Us

 “We are very excited to have 14 of the 16 new artists joining us for this exhibit,” said Director of Exhibits, Education and Permanent Collections, Ron Morrissette. “Their work, along with our longtime exhibitors, will help create one of the most exciting years the Festival has ever seen.”

The Wells Fargo building is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free. The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization whose proceeds support the arts in and about Laguna Beach. For more information call (949) 494-1145 or go to www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org

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Landscape painting events; Artists Paint at TOW on March 10 and Paint Along at Alta Vista Park on March 12

LOCA Arts Education and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) offers two unique landscape painting activities in Laguna Beach. The first is on Sat, March 10, from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Top of the World Elementary School. This indoor workshop, for adults and families, will feature a choice of beginner, intermediate or advanced workstations. 

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Indoor workshop for adults and families at TOW on Sat, March 10

Using photos, participants will follow easy steps in sketching and finishing a trees and skies painting. Instructors include Rick J Delanty, Rita Pacheco, and Wendy Wirth.  

Advance registration of $40 is required and includes all supplies. Register at website listed below.

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Alta Vista Park site for outdoor workshop on Mon, March 12

The second activity will take place on Mon, March 12, from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The Mentor Paint Out is offered outdoors at the breathtaking Alta Laguna Park. This activity allows painters to improve skills by positioning themselves and painting alongside acclaimed artists, Lisa Mozzini-McDill and Anthony Salvo, while receiving helpful guidance. The event is free, and no is registration required. 

  To register and find all the LOCA -LPAPA class offerings, visit the calendar page at www.locaarts.org or call (949)363-4700.


Festival of Arts is honored for Outstanding Historical Renovation Project

Orange County’s most iconic cultural landmark, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, has been awarded the 2018 Outstanding Historical Renovation Project by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for its exceptional design and aggressive schedule of completion. 

The Festival of Arts grounds are home to some of California’s favorite outdoor summer events including the Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, offering live music, hands-on art activities, exhibitions of local student artwork, and a wide variety of special events.

“This award exemplifies our dedication to offering world-class art and stunning, cultural, live performances for our local community and visitors to enjoy,” said former board president and current treasurer, Fredric Sattler. 

“We are honored to be recognized by American Society of Civil Engineers and excited to see our patrons continue to experience rich culture, art history and unique performances at Festival of Arts for generations to come.”

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Fred Sattler holding the 2018 Outstanding Historic Renovation Award 

Hailing its 85th anniversary in 2017, the Festival of Arts debuted the brand new multi-million-dollar facility which features a 31,774 square-feet art exhibit space, workshops, a retail area and concert stage. The Festival Directors commissioned BAUER Architects with Fuscoe Engineering (civil engineer of record) and landscape architect Spurlock Poirier to design a state-of-the-art and inviting facility on the grounds.

Last remodeled in 1964, the renovated grounds were updated to meet accessibility standards and incorporate progressive sustainability features. New elements include a tensile roof pavilion that shelters artwork from weather, the green lawn for picnics and concerts was positioned to be easily accessible, the retail space was relocated and expanded, and the junior art exhibit space adjusted to a prominent location near the facility entrance.

Since opening in 1932, thousands of artists have shown and sold their work at the Festival of Arts and many of the artists have their work featured in the private collections of leading art collectors, celebrities, and museums around the world. 

The 2018 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show will take place July 5 – Sept 1 with general admission tickets starting at $10 per person. The Pageant of the Masters is July 7 – Sept 1 with advance tickets now available starting at $15 per person. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.


Art With Provenance opens new art exhibit on April 5 

On Thurs, April 5, Art with Provenance will hold an opening night show from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. featuring local as well as international artists: Mark Fehlman, Jesse Powell, John Burton, Ray Roberts, Craig Pursley, Jeff Sewell, Jim Wodark, Debra Joy Groesser, Vanessa Rothe,  Rodolfo Rivadelmar, Sergey Kovalenko, Vadim Suvorov, Daniil Volkov, and more.

The show, a collaborative event with Vanessa Rothe Fine Art and Provenance Realty, will run through April 3, two successful luxury companies joining forces for art. The exhibit includes works by leading famed American Impressionists as well as imported Russian and Ukrainian Impressionists, both historical and contemporary. 

Provenance is located at 540 South Coast Hwy, Suite 202 upstairs.

With top listings in Laguna Beach and Orange County, Provenance Realty has lived up to its name providing provenance, or “proven years of quality” service and homes. With this show, the company joins a local art curator, editor and artist to bring to residents a very fine collection of art for home or office. For more information on this upcoming event, call Vanessa Rothe at 949-280-1555.


JoAnne Artman Gallery presents Deconstructing Gender: New Works by America Martin

JoAnne Artman Gallery has just opened Deconstructing Gender: New Works by America Martin. 

Fearless, bold use of line and color, a profound sense of form and space - the work of America Martin transcends cultural as well as internalized gender aesthetics in a conversation with universal, underlying themes of beauty, nature, and the human form.

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Woman & Rocks by America Martin 

Formal idealization of the figure exists for both genders and although the exact form this “perfect” figure takes has changed over time, there are certain standards of beauty related to gender that are constant in addition to ingrained ideas of the essential male and female. JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Martin’s recent work that explores nuances of gender perception by addressing the formal aspects of gender constructs.

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Woman in Grey & Day Roses by America Martin 

Although Martin’s focus is primarily on the female form, aspects of gender neutrality and ambiguity permeate her work. Both male and female figures are solid in width and girth, commanding the space that they occupy within her work, lacking most of the gendered signs of normative beauty standards. Women are distinguishable through their generally rounder forms and associations with nature, while the male figures are portrayed through a more angular approach.  

However, there is a distinct de-sexualization in the appearance of both genders such as in Martin’s emphasis on expressive, exaggerated hands and feet that draw us to inherent similarities and androgyny within both genders, rather than the differences that separate them. Narrative compositions place these figures in various contexts that speak to archetypal, universal themes of the human condition. 

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Wild Creatures I, by America Martin

Martin explores new modes of representation throughout her practice approaching the human form through a diversity of mediums. Expressive of her Colombian-American heritage and rooted in modernism, Martin’s visual language feels iconic and familiar as the artist utilizes the essential elements of line, form and color in vibrant, humanist compositions. 

America Martin’s work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you’re sure to find the right artistic expression. 

For more information visit, www.joanneartmangallery.com.


Suzie’s ARTiculation

Actor and longtime local Richard Burgi is loving his role in The Graduate & working with Melanie Griffith 

By SUZIE HARRISON

From the ocean to the outdoors, to the arts, and to the stage, esteemed actor and Laguna Beach resident Richard Burgi is a big fan of Laguna Beach and the Laguna Playhouse. Lucky for the longtime local, he gets to marry the two in the much-anticipated production of “The Graduate,” which opens on Sunday at Laguna Playhouse. 

Playing the role of Mr. Braddock, the main character’s father, and working with star Melanie Griffith as Mrs. Robinson, Burgi in real life seems nothing like the character he plays. Rather, he’s easy-going, laughing it up with fellow cast members during rehearsals and enjoying the moment. 

 “You know the movie is so iconic, so I love the material, and it was an opportunity to stretch,” Burgi said. “I had a couple auditions that day and that was one of them. I went up to LA for it. I didn’t think I was in the running. I don’t have a lot of theater credentials and there are some wonderful actors out there, a couple I saw at the audition.” 

A big fan of the iconic 1967 film, Burgi was all in.

“I was really eager to do something at the Playhouse. I had been wanting to do a show there for a while,” Burgi said. “I auditioned for ‘The Graduate’ and then I was asked to do ‘12 Angry Men,’ so that was my first foray at The Playhouse.”

 His last theater role was “Johnny on the Spot” in 2006, he said, seeming to disbelieve time.

“I bounced in and out of theaters over the years. And I really love the mercurial aspect of it. You know there’s nights when the audience is with you and nights that it’s off,” Burgi said. “Each glitch makes it more human and more dynamic and unpredictable. Film you can sanitize it, you can clean it up, do multiple takes, which also lends itself to potential bad habits - the safety net or illusion that you can create perfection, which I think is not necessarily a healthy thing.”

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An actor for 30 years, Burgi is well known for his role in Desperate Housewives among myriad popular series and movies, like “In her Shoes”

I asked him the question everyone wants to know, what it has been like to work with Golden Globe winner and Academy Award Nominee Melanie Griffith and the rest of the cast.

 “Melanie has been wonderful. She brings a different element than I think that people might be used to. If they have the film etched in their mind, she has her own brand of elegance and beauty and art to the role,” Burgi said. “She’s had an incredible career. It has been fun watching her and being a part of it.”

Listing each actor on-by-one, he bragged about how talented and fun they are, including local Taylor Rene LaBarbera.

“The other cast members have been terrific. I just love watching all their process. We have lots of laughs. It’s such a funny, goofy group of guys, extremely eccentric and diverse. Gosh, we just laugh. And it’s such an incredible crucible at this time and age of such discord in our country,” Burgi said. “I love the aliveness of it; I love the dangling over the edge of a cliff feeling. The camaraderie is wonderful and finding new things in the same material is quite wonderful. It’s a wonderful metaphor for so many things in life.”

How Burgi discovered Laguna Beach

Burgi got his first taste of Laguna Beach in 1978 when his oldest and best friend drove him across the country from the East Coastto work one summer for his brother. 

“I couldn’t have loved it more. I am a real water rat, so I was just in love with the ocean, the energy and the climate, the typography, the town,” Burgi said. “And I would come down here when I moved to LA in 1990 to get out of town, go in the water, and to clear my head, see my friend, my old employer.

In the mid-nineties, Burgi decided to purchase a house in Laguna. He and his family – including his two sons – have made Laguna Beach their home for decades.

“I had this thought that you know somehow you’re going to screw up your kids, but the ocean, she’s going to be the greatest teacher. She would always steer them in the right direction, so I got that one right,” Burgi said. Burgi also appreciates Laguna’s rich arts heritage. 

“I love it. My dad painted, I painted, my brother paints, and we are all involved in music, arts, theater, etcetera, so I love that aspect of Laguna.” 

He said he’s very grateful to live here in a place where everybody breathes well with clean air and beaches.

“We have this incredible environment that’s so unique and dynamic. Our school system is wonderful. I have two kids. I have a senior at the high school now and one that went through. It’s a great primer through the system for life,” Burgi said. “I can’t think of a better place to live than Laguna. I couldn’t see living anywhere else. I am certainly grateful to call it home and to raise my kids here, and to have given them the opportunity to call Laguna Beach home.”

Until next time… so lucky to live here, so much Laguna Playhouse excitement, so little time!


Dynamic Argus Quartet performs at series Live! at the art museum on Thursday, March 8

Laguna Beach Live! presents Argus Quartet at the Laguna Art Museum on Thurs, March 8, 2018, at 7 p.m. Praised for their “supreme melodic control and total authority,” (Calgary Herald), the Argus Quartet is quickly gaining a reputation as one of today’s most dynamic and versatile young ensembles. 

The Argus Quartet is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through innovative concerts and diverse repertoire. Connecting with and building up a community of engaged listeners is at the core of the quartet’s mission. 

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(l-r) Joann Whang, Dana Kelley, Jason Issokson, and Clara Kim

The quartet also believes that today’s ensembles can honor the storied chamber music traditions of our past, while forging a new path forward. In that spirit, their repertoire includes not just staples of the chamber music canon, but also numerous pieces by living composers.

Live! at the Museum is a special collaboration of Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum, and takes place the second Thurs of each month from 7- 8 p.m. The concert is free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission. 

Pre-reservations are available online through the Museum’s website, or at 949.494.8971 x203. These seats are held until 6:45 p.m. Additional seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

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

LAM is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Free dance performances will take place at saltfineart Gallery during First Thursdays Art Walk on March 1

Laguna Dance Festival will host free dance performances on March 1 at the Salt Fine Art Gallery, located at 346 N Coast Hwy. Performances will take place 6:30 p.m.and at 7 p.m., and will feature dancers from USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.

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Carla Azente seen here last year at her saltfineart Gallery, which will be the site of free Dance Festival performances this Thursday during ArtWalk

Dancers Alyssa Allen and Jake Tribus will perform a selection of captivating solos and duets surrounded by the beauty of the art gallery. Rebecca Troyal will be creating a commissioned work for the evening as well. 

For more information on this upcoming event, visit www.lagunadancefestival.com.


MacGillivray Freeman Film’s America’s Musical Journey is a smash hit at giant screen theatres

MacGillivray Freeman’s new film, America’s Musical Journey, kicked off its global release last week with a world premiere at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, followed by a second premiere at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. 

The two-day event featured live performances from the film’s star, singer and songwriter Aloe Blacc, as well as teenage banjo-playing sensation Willow Osborne, a youth choir and local salsa dancers. The audience was dancing in their seats as they celebrated creativity and innovation as told through the story of America’s music.

“It was outrageously fantastic,” said one viewer.

America’s Musical Journey, narrated by Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman, was produced in association with Brand USA and presented by Expedia. It opened in select museums and institutions on Feb 16. The film celebrates the rich cultural diversity of America as seen through the story of its music.

The 3D documentary follows Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces the roots of America’s music, following the footsteps of Louis Armstrong through the colorful locales and cultures where America’s music was born.

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America’s Musical Journey opened in giant screen theaters on Feb 16

The New York Times said, “An exuberant exploration of the country’s creative roots…tells the story of how jazz, country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll melded to fuel American creativity.”

“The thrilling experimental film opens up the minds and hearts of music lovers everywhere,” says LA Pulse Magazine.

Academy Award-nominated director Greg MacGillivray threads all these images together to create an immersive experience of American culture and creativity with a soundtrack that showcases the national passion for creative innovation at its purest.

For more information, visit www.americasmusicaljourney.com.


Gallery Q calls for artists to submit works with the theme “Figuratively Speaking” 

Gallery Q is inviting all-media artists to create visual works that interpret the theme “Figuratively Speaking” in art depicting human forms, faces and features in representational or abstract works. 

Artworks may offer a broader interpretation of the theme, such as figurative language and figures of speech. 

Paintings, photography, sculpture, collage, jewelry, mixed media, textiles, ceramics…unique and creative expressions of all kinds are encouraged.

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Created by artist Sabra Lande

Gallery Q will be accepting artwork on Thurs, March 8 from 10 a.m. - noon and from 5 - 7 p.m. There is an entry fee of $25 per piece. Additional entry pieces are $5 each, with a limit of three. Scholarships are available to individuals 65+ on a limited income. Visit the Susi Q front desk or download the guidelines online. 

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Created by artist Bobbi Fulcher-Smith

A free Artists’ Reception with beverages and light refreshments will take place on Fri, March 23 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from March 12 through April 27 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Gallery Q is located at the Community and Susi Q Senior Center at 380 Third Street. Many of the art pieces in the show will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors. 

For additional information please visit www.susiq.org or contact Laurie Smith, Arts Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Love to sing, but hate to audition? LagunaTunes wants you…Tenor Pete explains why you’ll love it

By LYNETTE BRASFIELD

I first learned about LagunaTunes through my friend Lorraine Hornby, a Sawdust artist/jeweler, whose husband, Pete – a dapper Brit with a great sense of humor – is an enthusiastic member of the Laguna chorus.

The first time I attended one of the concerts, I expected to be mildly entertained by their renditions of Christmas songs. 

For some elusive reason, (elusive, given that I’d heard a number of the songs quite often before and I’m a confirmed Grinch at that time of year), I walked out feeling markedly more cheerful about life. 

My joyful feeling later manifested itself in humming

Was it the hilarious original lyrics of some of the songs that made me so happy? The sense of shared joie de vivre among chorus and audience? The sight of so many people of different ages, genders, shapes and sizes joined in harmony?

Or the somewhat uncoordinated jazz hands that brought out the humanity of the singers and made them, as they say, relatable?

My joyful feeling lasted a few days and manifested itself in occasional humming.

It happened again at the next concert. I left feeling inspired, happy, unfazed by life’s challenges. I even sang (once) in the shower.

Unfortunately, LagunaTunes only holds two concerts a year, so I have had to turn to other mood-enhancers during the six months in between. 

Soon, though, there’s Countdown to Motown, on Sunday, June 10!

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Tenors Pete Hornby and Rebecca Lyles before a Christmas concert

What I experienced during and after the concerts, Pete told me, is the same feeling that members of LagunaTunes experience every week at Monday night rehearsals. Sheer joy.

LagunaTunes is looking for new members…and you don’t have to audition. 

I wanted to know more.

L: Why should people who love to sing join LagunaTunes?

P: You’ll read through the music at the first rehearsal, and think ‘I can’t possibly do this.’ Three months later, you’ll receive a standing ovation for singing the same music. There’s nothing like that feeling. 

L: What do you wish people knew about LagunaTunes?

P: That anyone can join. We’re not auditioned. And Bob Gunn, our artistic director, will get you to do things that you didn’t think you could do. And you get back rubs. [All consensual, Pete quickly adds.]

L: You’re a busy man, you work fulltime, you’re a member of the Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley too. Why LagunaTunes?

P: The group itself is a delight to be a part of. It’s Laguna in miniature - friendly, eclectic, supportive and funny. We laugh a lot.

It’s all fun. But it’s all serious. We work hard to be the best we can be, and when it works, on stage at the Artists’ Theater, it’s exhilarating in a way that’s hard to explain - the sound of harmonizing voices, the feeling of pride and satisfaction in being a part of something magical and bigger than yourself.

Amazing things are achieved under the Gunn – Bob Gunn, that is

L: What’s the most impressive thing about LagunaTunes? 

P: So many things. Bob Gunn, our artistic director, is the most upbeat and energetic director I’ve ever worked with, and he’s also the best. Bob hears everything. Miss an entrance, and he hears it. Drop a note and he’ll make a correction.  

It’s simply not possible to turn a non-auditioned group of 50-60 aspiring singers into a concert-ready ensemble ready to sing 18 songs from memory. But he does it - I’ve no idea how.

The two hours of practice every Monday evening are the most exhilarating two hours of the week, as we start from nothing and meld, over three months, into a really high-quality performing ensemble.

“I’ll join your choir if you join mine”

L: How did you first find out about LagunaTunes and how long have you been performing with them?

P: I have known about LagunaTunes for a long time. Like everything else in my life, I needed a kick to get me to take the first step. In this case, it was my dear friend Randy Hatfield, whom people may know from Lagunatics and his riotously spot-on impersonations of Ken Frank and Carol Reynolds, among others.  

Randy and [my wife] Lorraine have known each other since their student days at Rice in the 1980’s. In fall 2014, Randy made a proposal to me - I’ll join your choir (Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley) if you’ll join mine (LagunaTunes).  

We agreed, and that was that. Randy is, sadly, long gone from both choirs (although we have hopes), but I’m still there, and loving every minute.

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Pete and wife Lorraine on a visit to England

L: What is the funniest thing that has happened during your tenure at LagunaTunes?

P: It’s funny to be the only man in a five-voice tenor section. Rebecca, Annette, Pat and Laura have been very gentle with me.

Rebecca is one of the amazingly gifted Lagunatics writers.  Last Christmas, she rewrote the words to “Santa Baby”, to bring it up to date - “Santa Baby, I’d really like a new Tesla S, oh yes, no pollution for me, Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.” Brought the house down.

L: What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?

P: Well, I guess the bright green leisure suit I wore for the summer 2015 concert ‘Sock it to me - a 70’s celebration’ must come close. 

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Pete’s most embarrassing moment: outfitted in a green leisure suit – and a camera angle that, he says, doesn’t do justice to his “full and luxuriant hairline”

L: What has been the most emotional moment/performance for you and why?

P: I’m not a natural soloist. I like being safe in the chorus. In my first summer concert, Bob asked me to sing a solo in John Lennon’s “Imagine”. I had not sung a solo on stage for over 40 years, and started out petrified. But it worked, and it meant so much when I returned to my position and heard my new friends whisper “Good job.”  

L: Thanks so much, Pete. See you at Countdown to Motown! 

How to become a member of LagunaTunes

LagunaTunes Chorus reconvenes on Monday, Feb 26 at 7 p.m. in the Thurston Middle School Theatre, 2100 Park Ave. Both new and returning participants are encouraged to attend the initial rehearsal. Tenors and baritones are especially encouraged to join. Singers with LagunaTunes are not auditioned, they’re simply welcomed.

Preparation begins immediately for the June concert, Countdown to Motown, set for Sunday, June 10. This year’s June concert centers on favorites from the Motor City’s musical heyday. Dancing in the aisles is a definite possibility!

LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides choral singing to everyone (no auditions) and presents two concerts per year, in Dec and June. Funding is provided by the Festival of Arts Foundation and The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

For more information go to www.lagunatuneschorus.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Weekend Art Market will offer original artwork by LCAD artists at downtown gallery on Ocean Ave

On Sat, Feb 24, and Sun, Feb 25, LCAD students will be selling arts, crafts, and other goodies at the LCAD Art Market at 370 Ocean Ave. The show will take place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on both days. Admission is free and open to the public. There will be complimentary coffee. 

LCAD’s talented artists will showcase original artwork for sale including clothing, digital/graphic designs, jewelry, paintings and prints, pins, stickers, totes, and other unique creations.


New mural by LCAD MFA alumnus is unveiled on east side campus

Laguna College of Art and Design unveiled Upside Downtown, a new mural by LCAD MFA alumnus and Fine Arts faculty member, Timothy Robert Smith at the LCAD East Campus, 2265 Laguna Cyn Road, last Monday. 

The project was initiated by Smith, who asked LCAD President, Jonathan Burke, if he’d like to replace an older mural that had been in place for many years.

“Jonathan liked a painting I had done a couple of years ago called Upside Downtown but asked me to do a Laguna Beach version,” Smith said. 

His proposal was accepted and, over the summer, he and ten LCAD students were given a painting studio on LCAD’s Main Campus in which to create the mural. 

“We have so many talented painters at LCAD, not just in the Drawing and Painting major, but in Illustration, Game Art and Animation, too,” he said. “Though everyone has a slightly unique painting style, it was gratifying to see all these different personalities come together to create one cohesive image.”

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Before the unveiling: Jonathan Burke and Timothy Smith

Burke selected Smith’s dramatic multi-perspective style because it symbolizes LCAD’s commitment to infusing observation and description with a creative and contemporary sensibility. Smith’s work has been exhibited at Copro Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica and has featured in Juxtapoz Magazine. 

“By engaging professional, successful and recognized artists such as Timothy Robert Smith, and partnering them with our own students, many positive outcomes will impact our LCAD community, as well as our Laguna Canyon neighbors,” Burke said. “Not only will the area be beautified, and professional-quality artwork be presented, but the learning experience was a tremendous opportunity for our students.”

 “Multiple versions of reality exist in one space”

Smith describes his style as based on a modern physics theory that posits multiple versions of reality exist in one space. “Everyone has their own perception of reality,” Smith said. 

“I try to see the world from everyone’s POV at once and all these visions come together. My goal is to get people to think about what’s actually happening outside of their own limited perspectives and to demonstrate how these pieces fit together to create the bigger picture.”

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Revealed: Upside Downtown

After the mural unveiling, Smith will install an immersive, interactive project at Lancaster Museum of Art and History to open in May 2018. “I’m taking multi-dimensionalism to its next level by using 2D flat painted walls and 3D sculpture with sound and video,” he said. 

For more information about LCAD admissions, news, events and Annual Fund, visit www.lcad.edu.


Auditions for A Little Night Music will begin on Feb 23 – time to practice sending in the clowns? 

Auditions and callback times for the No Square Theatre’s upcoming show A Little Night Music have been announced. The popular musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, will run from May 11-13 and May 18-20. It will be directed by Joe Lauderdale and choreographed by Ellen Prince. Musical direction is yet to be determined. 

Auditions will be held at No Square Theatre. In order to be cast, all performers must be able to attend auditions and callbacks. Auditions (by appointment) are from Thurs, Feb 22 from 6 p.m., Friday, Feb 23 from 6 p.m. Callbacks are Sat, Feb 24, from 1 p.m. and  Sun, Feb 25, from 1 p.m. Additional callbacks may be held at other times. General rehearsals begin March 19 and run Mon through Fri from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and Sat from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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Auditions begin on Feb 23 at No Square Theatre

Strong singers are desired for leading roles and ensemble parts, and there is some dancing (waltz). All roles are available to all ethnicities. Sondheim’s lush score includes the popular favorite, “Send in the Clowns.” There will be contemporary dress, but with elegance and sophistication (ladies in hats and gloves, gentlemen in tail coats). No accents will be used, but proper English is required. 

The roles for A Little Night Music include: Desirée Armfeldt: Age 40–50, Mezzo. Somewhat self-absorbed, a former actress, Fredrik Egerman: Age 40–50, Baritone. Successful, dashing lawyer. [This role is pre-cast.] Anne Egerman: Age 19 (Actor age 19–30), Soprano. Fredrik’s young second wife, Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm: Age 30–45, Baritone. 

Arrogant, vain, military man, Madame Armfeldt: Age 65–80, Contralto. Desirée’s mother, a former courtesan. Will use a cane instead of a wheelchair, Petra: Age 20–30, Mezzo. Anne’s earthy maid and confidante, Fredrika Armfeldt: Age 12–26 (Actor age up to 18), Soprano. Desirée’s daughter, clever and poised young lady, Frid: Age 25–35, Non-singing. Madame Armfeldt’s lusty and passionate, but proper, manservant. 

Liebeslieder Singers: Age 20s and up. A Greek Chorus commenting on the action and occasionally joining in. Strong singers: Mrs. Anderssen, Mezzo, Mrs. Nordstrom, Soprano, Mrs. Segstrom, Soprano, Mr. Erlanson, Tenor, Mr. Lindquist, Baritone. 

For exact vocal ranges, how to prepare for an audition, audition form, and conflict calendar visit: www.nosquare.org

To schedule an audition appointment, email director Joe Lauderdale This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and indicate a preferred time. 

The No Square Theatre in Historic Legion Hall is located at 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of LBHS. 

For additional information on events, auditions, classes, and to purchase tickets, visit website listed above.


Two evenings of art at LAM: One Hour/One Painting on Feb 22 and Evening for Educators on Feb 26 

Laguna Art Museum presents two exciting evenings of art in February. On Thurs, Feb 22 at 6 p.m., LAM offers One Hour/One Painting hosted by author and critic Peter Clothier. He invites participants to spend a full hour in front of a single artwork. Peter Clothier is an internationally-known writer, speaker, and creative consultant who specializes in writing about contemporary art and artists. 

His newest released book is “Slow Looking: The Art of Looking at Art.” He has given talks for TEDx Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara, LA County Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, and many other venues.

This a free event, but advance tickets are recommended. 

For tickets, go to www.lagunaartmuseum.org or call 949.494.8971x203.

On Mon, Feb 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., LAM hosts Evening for Educators. This is an opportunity for K-12 teachers to preview new exhibitions, learn about the museum’s school programs and curriculum materials, and network with colleagues. Participants enjoy a reception with wine, beer, and light bites and explore the newly-opened exhibition Tony DeLap: A Retrospective. Educators may engage in hands-on art-making activities, and learn how they can be adapted for the classroom. 

Free on-site childcare is available. Contact the education department to request this service. 

Registration is free with advance registration, go to www.lagunaartmuseum.org. For more information, email Assistant Curator of Education Irin Mahaparn or call 949.494.8971 x221.

LAM is located at 307 Cliff Dr., 949-494-8971.


Suzie’s ARTiculation

World renowned dancer Desmond Richardson dazzles at Laguna Dance Festival Master Class 

By SUZIE HARRISON

I was completely mesmerized by legendary modern dancer Desmond Richardson’s every movement, step, and expression. So captivated that I was afraid to blink, not wanting to miss a moment, as I watched him teach the Laguna Dance Festival’ Master Class on Sunday.

Richardson is a former principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre and Co-Founder and Co-Artistic director of the internationally known Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

 “Complexions Contemporary Ballet was the first company that we presented in 2005, our very first dance festival, said Jodie Gates, Artistic Director and founder of Laguna Dance Festival. “So our relationship with Complexions’ Dwight Rhoden (founding Artistic Director/resident choreographer) and Desmond, it runs very deep. I care about them as artists, and I feel very grateful that Desmond is here.”

Richardson “raises the barre” for aspiring dancers

I am grateful that I was introduced to Richardson back then and have been a huge fan of his ever since.

Richardson certainly “raised the barre” for aspiring dancers, who enjoyed a warm up session, followed by learning a selection of dynamic repertory from Complexions. 

“Nice. Good,” Richardson commented, encouraging his class. “Don’t look in the mirror. We have a tendency to do that as dancers. But it’s only a reflection, it’s not you.”

 “Be an active participant, feel it. The operative word is to float,” Richardson said. “It’s all physics and chemistry. Your body is a sculpture and you’ve got to have a sculpted shape. You need to add to the environment. It’s so important how you present it.”

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Legendary dancer and choreographer Desmond Richardson helps the students warm up with a special technique he’s created

Richardson reiterated the problem of looking in the mirror to the class, which is a natural fault that dancers need to learn to avoid.

“You can’t be in the mirror. Your brain is not within your body; you can’t rely on the mirror. It’s not going to tell you. Don’t look in the mirror, it’s false. You have to go inside. You have to understand what you’re doing, so your narrative is here, look inside,” Richardson said, pointing to his chest. 

“Oftentimes, we as dancers don’t want to look inside. It’s a visual, visceral artwork. You’ve got to see that. You have to register that all parts have to be cognizant, and be super aware. It’s that detailed.”

He had students that were in the back come to the front, as he stressed the importance of self-confidence. 

“You have to think of style. Style is so important. You have to investigate right away. You can’t be passive. Get in there and do it, actively being full vested inside,” Richardson said. “Don’t get self-conscious. Be inside the movement. Receive it. Don’t second guess yourself. You already did it. It’s movement, be natural and let go.”

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Richardson encourages students with to have confidence and look inside

He stressed that dancers need to be compelling and tell a story. 

“Look up and receive it. Gather it in. Just be. Feel it for you. You have to feel it for yourself.

“You have to be part of the story. You can’t just do steps. It’s not interesting,” Richardson said. “The audience wants your soul, you heart, and passion. Let go.”

In her introduction of Richardson to the class, Gates said she wanted the students to know who he is and really understand his incredible background. Richardson is an artist in residence and teaches repertory, ballet and contemporary dance, where Gates serves as the Vice Dean of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. She loves that they’ve worked together for decades in various capacities.

“Many of them might know him from television because he is often on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ as a judge, choreographer or dancer. But what they don’t know is the breadth of his knowledge and career,” Gates said. “He was the principal at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, the Frankfurt Ballet, the first black principal at American Ballet Theatre, and the first black dancer as a male. We forget these things.” 

He was also Tony nominated for his role in ‘Fosse’ on Broadway. He has been in several different Broadway shows, and he has been in the movie ‘Chicago.’ 

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The Laguna Dance Festival Contemporary Master Class was a huge success with Desmond Richardson drawing a SRO crowd at the “barre”

“I call him the renaissance artist; he’s like a unicorn,” said Gates. “He often talks about how he feels about his art and that he’s this vessel that displays this generosity of spirit. He talks about that often and you see it when you watch him dance.”

You can see the passion and actually feel the passion when Richardson teaches.

“Today’s class was really wonderful. I know it was a lot for them to take in, so quickly. So it’s pretty usual when I come to Laguna Dance Festival the students are varied in technique, and it’s totally fun. They way I like to teach is we all dance, and we’ll start from there,” Richardson said. “If you’ve only been dancing for one year or two years, it’s ok. But we’ve got to go from a natural place and an organic place and find something that you can feel secure about.”

Richardson urges dancers not to look in the mirror

I asked Richardson about the importance of dancers not to look in the mirror while performing.

“The idea of looking in the mirror is to self preserve and think ok I’m confident. But no, we’re actually second guessing ourselves the whole way through,” Richardson said. “One of my teachers, and I was trained Russian style, said, ‘I don’t want you to look in the mirror at all.’ And I said, ok. But I am glad that she told me not to look in the mirror because then I felt it. You have to feel. You have to find where things are. So it’s really important not to do that.”

Since the Master Class series has been so popular, Laguna Dance Festival will initiate a five-day summer intensive, June 25 to June 29 

“Desmond Richardson and myself will the core faculty, and I will be bringing in well known guests artists in the industry to come in and teach,” Gates said. “What’s nice about the Contemporary Master Class Series is that we’re able to call upon icon dancers, whether it’s Hope Boykin from Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, who will be here in April, or today, we have Desmond Richardson, who you and so many of us feel close with.”

For more information, visit www.lagunadancefestival.org.


The Literary Posse and Writers Block Party bring words alive at workshop reading at Laguna Beach Books on Feb 11

A word is dead, When it is said, Some say. I say it just begins to live that day, wrote Emily Dickinson. If this is true, then on Sunday, Feb 11, at the Annual Winter Reading of Barbara DeMarco-Barrett’s private workshops, a lot of words came to life. 

Hosted by Laguna Beach Books, this was the Ninth Annual Reading by The Literary Posse (LP) and Writers Block Party (WBP). Barbara, as described by one of the members, “Is the catalyst behind our appearances here. She nurtures and champions our writing to get us to his point.” 

With passion and poise, twelve members from both workshops (and Barbara) read from finished works or works in progress; novels, short stories, flash fiction, essays, memoirs, covering a wide variety of subjects. How many places can one go in a mere hour? Turns out thirteen, and the listener was rooted in every one. 

Joining her students in their offerings, Barbara read a flash fiction piece called “Glen’s Greens” about a gentleman who obsessively collects typewriters.

Jeanie Fritzsche put the audience in another flash fiction scenario in which the bosses’ wife unwittingly laces a company party potluck dish with marijuana. 

On a more serious note, Nancy Carpenter gave insight into the caretaking process from her novel in progress, The Women He Loved. Kelly von Hemert read an excerpt from her essay, “Am I a Meal-Train Fraud?” a humorous yet heartfelt piece published in the current Orange Coast Magazine. 

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(l-r) Marrie Stone, WBP, Nancy Carpenter, WBP, Dianne Russell, WBP, Jeanie Fritzsche, WBP, Kelly von Hemert, WBP, Jan Mannino, LP, Larissa Chiari-Keith, LP, Judy Wagner, LP, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Ben Peters, LP, Jennifer Irani, LP, Michael Schaffer, WBP

Some of the readers culled material from memories. Ben Peters spoke about his youthful once-in-a-lifetime experience in England while in the company of Elizabeth Taylor and Queen Elizabeth. From her memoir, Larissa Chiari-Keith detailed the life of growing up in OC with an Italian/Catholic mother and a Persian/Muslim father.

For anyone in attendance, it was an emotionally diverse and multi-layered afternoon spent with these accomplished writers. Listeners lived through Jennifer Irani’s battle with AT & T, Michael Schaffer plunked one into a fictional 11th-century France lavatory, Dianne Russell introduced a local comic cat, medical malpractice was investigated by Jan Mannino, Judy Wagner scrutinized relationships, and Marrie Stone traveled into the world of a girl whose parents owned a wrecking yard employing prisoners.

It was obvious how much dedication and spirit went into the presentations. As a group and separately, they should be proud. They bared their souls, made the audience laugh, left subjects to ponder, and most importantly, made every word came alive.

For more information on Barbara DeMarco-Barrett and her private workshops, go to www.penonfire.com. 

Laguna Beach Books is located at 1200 S Coast Hwy, 949-494-4779, www.lagunabeachbooks.com.


Filmmaker Bruce Brown, the “Fellini of Foam” will be honored at A Life Well Lived exhibit at SHACC

On Feb 24, there will be an event to honor filmmaker Bruce Brown from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. that the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center. The opening celebration is free for members, and $5 for non-members and is also an all-ages event.

“You can’t tell how good a wave is until you ride it,” Bruce Brown once said. Brown never set out to change the sport of surfing. In the beginning he was just a guy making surf movies with his friends. His early works include jazz-infused Surf Crazy, Barefoot Adventure and Surfing Hollow Days. Then came The Endless Summer in 1964 and everything changed.

The Endless Summer ended up smashing national theater attendance records during its 18-month run and showed for 48 straight weeks in New York City. Film critics labelled Brown “the Bergman of the boards” and “the Fellini of the foam.” It even transcended the Cold War when the U.S. State Department showed it at the Moscow Film Festival. What the film meant for surfing was a broader acceptance of the sport, and more importantly, the lifestyle. It also provided surfers with the freedom to dream and discover what waves may be breaking beyond the horizon. 

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Bruce Brown the master of surfing 

Following on that success, Brown teamed up with actor Steve McQueen to produce the Academy Award-nominated motorcycle film, On any Sunday. Largely shot in the dunes behind Dana Point, it proved to be as transformative to the moto-riding world as The Endless Summer was for surfing.

In 1994, Brown reprised his classic, and alongside his son, Dana Brown, set out to make The Endless Summer II. Starring Robert “Wingnut” Weaver and Pat O’Connell, the film was a huge hit with the new generation. Starring icons of the sport such as Kelly Slater, Laird Hamilton and Gerry Lopez, it reinvigorated the surf culture and solidified Brown’s reputation as the greatest surf filmmaker of all time.

On December 10, 2017, Brown slipped from this world. In a tribute to the master, the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center is celebrating his life and accomplishments with a special remembrance exhibit. Partnering with the Brown family, it will offer a unique, in-depth look at the life and times of Bruce Brown. 

For more information, visit www.surfingheritage.org.


Artist’s Reception for Russell Pierce, “Change Agents,” at CAP Gallery on Feb 17, opened Feb 10

The Community Arts Projects (CAP) Gallery announces an Artists Reception on Feb, Sat, Feb 17, for Russell Pierce, whose exhibition “Change Agents” opened on Feb 10 and will run through May 30. The public is invited to the event from 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to meet Russell Pierce and enjoy the exhibition. Admission is free.

In addition, there will also be Artist’s Conversation on Sat, March 10, from 12-1 p.m., which will include a live discussion with Pierce on the diversity of his styles and mediums in his work. Admission is free.

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Andy Warhol by Russell Pierce, Medium: Aluminum Print

“Changing Agents” is an exhibition of 50 portraits in varying styles of well-known people that have had an impact on the artist’s life and the world at large. Pierce works in a variety of styles and mediums, which gives this exhibit the feeling of more than one artist’s work is on display. Traditional, combined with digital methods, create works that can have a feel of other worldly or timeless. Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Buddy Rich, Ringo Star, and Jacques Cousteau are just a few of the people who have rocked the world according to Pierce.

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Chuck Close by Russell Pierce, Medium: Mixed Media on Aluminum Panel

The CAP Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon through Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., admission is free. 

CAP’s mission is to increase the visibility and appreciation of art and serve as a catalyst for Art Education. CAP provides ongoing exhibition in The CAP Gallery, in the Rotunda Gallery space located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building, 260 Ocean Ave, (949) 553-7507.

For more information, go to www.caplaguna.org.


Suzie’s ARTiculation

February’s Art Walk buzzes with exciting 

exhibits, artists, and enthusiasts d’arts

By SUZIE HARRISON

Good, good, good, good vibrations filled the air during First Thursdays Art Walk, Feb 1, as throngs of art enthusiasts were buzzing with energy enjoying the many exhibits spanning Laguna’s famed Gallery Row.

saltfineart + RAWsalt Gallery

The big hit of the night was saltfineart + RAWsalt Gallery. The gallery was packed, featuring a comprehensive look at the last 15 years of work by world-renowned artist Victor Hugo Zayas. The exhibit spans three distinct series with select paintings and sculpture from the artist’s studio collection. It’s a must see!

“Art Walk, I like that you’re guaranteed to have some nice conversations and it brings in a great crowd. It’s a wonderful way to open an exhibit,” said gallery owner Carla Tesak Arzente. “It’s like a thermometer - you get a gauge of how good your show is. And I like that it brings in a good crowd for our artists.”

She said shows opened on other nights are not as successful as the crowd Art Walk brings. 

“It’s much better on Art Walk,” Arzente said. “It guarantees a crowd, several hundred people. We just love being in Laguna.”

Zayas concurred.

Creating art from arms – firearms! – is one of sculptor Zayaz’s signature achievements

 “I think Art Walk is amazing, more and more people come out here, and I think it opens their eyes to culture by exposure,” Zayas said. “If you keep people out of the arts they stop looking at things in a more creative way.”

Many art enthusiasts clamored to meet Zayas. I truly love his sculpture pieces. 

I had the pleasure of interviewing Zayas when he did a big show at Laguna Art Museum. It was definitely one of the most powerful experiences hearing the story behind his work. Zayas created a sculpture series made out of more than two tons of destroyed guns from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Gun Buyback Program. It was wonderful to see him again, especially at saltfineart.

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Renowned artist Victor Hugo Zayas with saltfineart gallery owner Carla Tesak Arzente looking at his famous gun series piece made from welded guns remnants, EFREN, GUN SERIES #2

 “It was an amazing project with the LA police department. It was part of the gun buy back program. Charlie (Beck) the Chief of Police was a friend of mine before he became the Chief. When he was telling me about what they do with all these guns, he said yes, I want you to do this project. I think it would be great,” Zayas said. “It was transformative to say the least. The response went global.”

With all the articles published around the world, over 250 million people saw the story about it.

“When you experience that I think you begin to look at art in a different way,” Zayas said. “Art is transformative, it’s very powerful, and it can change everything.”

Laguna Art Museum featured items in the upcoming auction

Laguna Art Museum featured a preview more than 100 works by important California artists that will be available in the upcoming California Cool Art Auction. 

I was impressed by many pieces, including work by local artists Jorg Dubin, Michael Obermeyer, Kathy Jones, Michael Situ, and my fave piece by Tom Lamb, “Walking on Water,” Christo and Jeanne-Claude, The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Northern Italy. Lamb’s piece is California Cool indeed.

Art patrons Heather Knotts and Rueben Jones were absorbed in the exciting works on exhibit. Knotts is an art enthusiast, who currently lives in Dana Point. She has fond memories of her teen years being in the cast of the Pageant of the Masters.

“I feel very connected to Laguna. I come to Art Walk a lot. I like the people, the environment and observing the art. I like seeing changes in the museum. It’s fun. We love it,” Knotts said.

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Heather Knotts and Reuben Jones checked out myriad works, such as Eric Gerdau’s oil on canvas, “Blossom” and architect Frank Gehry’s work

Jones expressed that he likes realistic portraits, as does Knotts, especially works that depict the ocean. She also likes whimsical pieces, commenting on Bradford J. Salamon’s oil piece, “Fresh In-N-Out.”

Knotts and her daughter are both huge fans of Frank Gehry. She is excited to see his “House Study 2” color etching. At Tiffany’s, they recently bought many of his jewelry pieces. “So seeing this art, this is totally Frank Gehry. I just love it,” Knotts said. There are special pieces in the exhibit everywhere you turn.”

Sue Greenwood Fine Art/SGFA showcases “Curiosities”

Sue Greenwood Fine Art/SGFA was hopping, as art patrons enjoyed “Curiosities,” featuring works by artists Marianne Kolb, Tyson Grumm, Cathy Rose, Lucy Gaylord-Lindholm, and Stephen Maffin. 

“I think it’s a fun thing they do. It’s usually very busy. It’s not stuffy or pretentious. It’s easy going,” Kolb said. She feels it’s a more relaxed setting for people to see art.

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Artist Marianne Kolb likes talking to art fans during Art Walk and sharing her exciting work at SGFA

Greenwood compared artists to athletes, working in their studios nonstop before a show, working like athletes train.

“So when they’re at Art Walk they’ve crossed the finish line. Everyone’s here to congratulate them and applaud them. It’s like you did it, you made it. Because getting ready for a show it’s like doing a marathon, it’s a lot of hours.”

Greenwood has enjoyed Art Walk since she opened her gallery 15 years ago.

“First Thursdays is like the gallery being the matchmaker. It’s bringing everyone together - artists with their collectors,” Greenwood said. “People need their muses and sometimes muses are paintings.”

Until next time…so much Art Walk fun, so little time!


LOCA Art Club event invites attendees to take part in an Exquisite Corpse art activity

LOCA Arts Education invites art lovers to its Art Club events, offered monthly in Laguna Beach. The next event is on Thursday Feb 15, 4 – 6 p.m. at the LCAD Gallery downtown, 374 Ocean Ave.

Painters Betty Haight, Kathy Jones, and Stephanie Cunningham will speak about how they work in collaboration, and how great art results from shared visions. Examples of Cunningham and Haight’s duets series will be included. 

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Betty Haight, Stephanie Cunningham, and Kathy Jones (not pictured) will discuss collaborations on February 15 at LOCA Art Club

Attendees will be invited to watch, or take part in, an Exquisite Corpse chain-drawing art activity. The process, founded in the surrealism movement, involves each player drawing a connected portion of a figure, concealing it, and passing it to the next players. 

At finish, the entire chain-drawing is unveiled, revealing a fantastic result.

“Non-artists are invited to join in too,” said Haight, “We want everyone to participate and make it fun!”

LOCA members are admitted free to all regular art club events. Guests and visitor admission is $20 per event. 

Drop-ins are welcome, but advance registration is requested. 

Call (949) 363-4700 or visit the calendar page at www.locaarts.org.

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