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Summer Jazz Series starts up June 13 at [seven-degrees] featuring vocalist Barbara Morrison

Laguna Beach Live! has announced that tickets are on sale for Jazz Wednesdays Summer Series 2018, presented by Laguna Beach Live! at unique event facility [seven-degrees], 891 Laguna Canyon Rd. 

The Jazz Summer Series features seven concerts, occurring every two weeks from June 13 - September 5, with top jazz musicians from the region. 

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Vocalist Barbara Morrison

Kicking off the season on June 13 is critically-acclaimed vocalist Barbara Morrison, followed by The Latin Jazz Syndicate on June 27 featuring vocalist Norell Thompson and trumpeter Bijon Watson.

 Other performances include: July 11, guitarist Frank Potenza Organ Group; July 25, vocalist Anne Walsh; August 8, classic jazz with vocalist/bassist Kristin Korb Trio;and August 22, The Lineage Trio. The season concludes on September 5 with Laguna Beach Live! All Stars featuring Bijon Watson.

Ticketsare Cabaret Table seating $25/seat in advance and $30 at the door, with season tickets for $175. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lagunabeachlive.org or by phone at (800) 595-4849. The information line is (949) 715- 9713.

Other upcoming Laguna Beach Live! concerts include: May 22, Live! Music Insights with Dr. Robert Istad and a special trio of musicians who will explore “The Grass is Blue: America’s Legacy of Bluegrass and Spirituals”; June 4, Live! Music Insights “All That Jazz: An Historic Retrospective with Bijon Watson & all-star trio”; and June 10, the popular Bluegrass & BBQ featuring The Barefoot Movement, with food and beverages provided by Laguna Beach Beer Co, Purple Corduroy Wine, and Gnarly “Q” BBQ.


Art Stars honors include several Plein Air stars

On Sunday, April 29, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s (LPAPA) was awarded this year’s LBAA Art Star Award for “Best Arts Program” for their annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational.

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Rosemary and Tom Swimm, key figures in LPAPA

LPAPA is the steward of Laguna’s plein air legacy, which established our town as an artists’ colony in 1903.  Early plein air artists founded the Laguna Beach Art Association and opened the first art gallery in 1918. 

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Celebrations are in order for LPAPA at the Art Star Awards

The LPAPA Invitational began in 1999 with 2018 marking its 20th year. This event is now recognized as one of the most prominent plein air art painting events in the world.

LPAPA’s artist member Tom Swimm was honored for LBAA’s Lifetime Achievement award.  For over 50 years, Tom’s life work has been passionately dedicated to the creative arts and his career successes have included distinguished accomplishments in painting, photography, advertising, playwriting, musical composition and acting.

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LPAPA president Toni Kellenberg and Joy Dittberner

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, established in 1996, is a nationwide organization of over 300 professional artists devoted to the art of plein air painting. For more information about upcoming events and programs, visit www.lpapa.org or call (949) 376-3635.


Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Family Fun Watercolor Painting event on May 12

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s Family Fun Watercolor Painting event takes place this Saturday, May 12.

The fun-filled family watercolor painting workshop is for kids ages 6 - 12, as well as adults. Participants will have the opportunity to paint a special watercolor masterpiece as a Mother’s Day greeting card keepsake. 

This painting class offers the opportunity to work with professional LPAPA artists to create unique watercolor paintings. Parents who wish to have the opportunity to work with watercolors or paint alongside the young artists are also encouraged to register to paint.

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There are two May 12 sessions to choose from with Session I from 9 - 11 a.m. and Session 2 between 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. There are a maximum of 20 painters per session.

Each registered painter will receive a postcard and card frame, watercolor set and apron to take home. A cupcake reception will follow the painting session.

This event is made possible with the support of the Joe Hanks Van Cleave Foundation for the Arts and LPAPA’s Plein Air Project Arts Education Program.

Cost for the class is $20 (including art materials). The class takes place at the LPAPA in Residence at Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave.

For more information or to register, contact LPAPA’s executive director, Rosemary Swimm, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 376-3635.


LCAD MFA opens two exhibitions at new LCAD Gallery 805 space and in Santa Ana

LCAD MFA is opening three related exhibitions in Laguna Beach and Santa Ana, focusing on new works by recent graduates of LCAD’s MFA program in painting.

Called Regarding Reality I and II, two exhibitions will be on show at Q Art Salon, 205 N Sycamore St, Santa Ana.

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LCAD exhibition Regarding Reality 1

Regarding Reality I is set to take place from June 3 - 14, with a reception following on June 2 from 6 - 9 p.m. 

Regarding Reality II will take place from June 17 - 30, with a reception following on June 16 from 6 - 9 p.m. 

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LCAD New Wave exhibition

Also on the calendar for June is The Next Wave: New Masters of Fine Art, taking place from June 7 - 26, with an opening reception on June 7 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the LCAD Gallery 805 space at 805 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For more information on these upcoming events, contact Mary Castillo at (949) 933-6279. 


FOA gives LPAPA a $3,000 grant to supplement educational programs

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) received a generous grant of $3,000 from The Festival of Arts (FOA) Foundation to supplement their educational projects. This generous grant will be used to partially fund LPAPA’s Educational Plein Air Project. Three portions of the Plein Air Project will once again be presented during the annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational to inspire our next generation of artists.

Laguna Plein Air Project – Recent nominee at LBAA Art Star Awards Best New Arts Program – A program where LPAPA artist/mentors introduce students to the history of plein air painting through lectures, demonstrations and in field study (where students are given art supplies to create their works of art) along with a field trip to museums.

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The Younger Generation enjoy painting

The Younger Generation – A program designed to provide students with the knowledge of plein air painting, art and California history, museum education, field study and a multi-faceted education of California’s natural landscape. The program is meant to enhance their standard study of California history and allow students to connect these history studies to plein air art.  

Ultimately, LPAPA hopes that the program will change the way a student looks at their surrounding landscape and inspire them to further explore their artistic abilities.  

An exciting part of the annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational is the Kids’ PaintOut & Cookie Reception, designed to educate our local students about plein air painting. Students are paired with plein air painters and given their own plein air painting supply kits to create their own works of art

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Board trustee John Campbell, LPAPA president Toni Kellenberg, and FOA Foundation trustee Scott Moore

The Next Generation – A program designed to cultivate the next generation of plein air painters. LPAPA artist/mentors work with students from local colleges to assist in developing their knowledge and expertise in the plein air field. LPAPA supplies the mentors as well as supplies. 

The Now Generation – A multi-faceted education program designed for adults who are interested in learning about plein air painting, California Impressionism, and/or to enhance the knowledge and skills of professional emerging and beginning artists.

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, established in 1996, is a nationwide organization of over 300 professional artists devoted to the art of plein air painting. More information about upcoming events and programs can be found on their website at www.lpapa.org or call (949) 376-3635.

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