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LCAD brings grads and industry pros together at industry open house

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) continued its annual tradition of connecting industry professionals with graduating seniors. This year’s Industry Open House was held on Thursday, May 24 at LCAD’s Big Bend Campus.

Graduating seniors with BFA degrees in Animation, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Game Art and Illustration were carefully selected by jury to present their portfolios and meet with company representatives. Students shared projects such as mobile games and apps, character design, game design, virtual and augmented reality, brand design in action sports, illustration and drawing and more.

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Illustration: Sarah Marie O-Connor shares her illustrated book, Life & Health Benefits of Fruits & Vegetables at LCAD Industry Open House 2018

More than 40 companies participated in this year’s Industry Open House including Disney Animation, Dreamworks, Free Form Labs, Blizzard, Sony, Roadtrip Nation, Innoceanusa, House of Moves, Taco Bell, Too Faced Cosmetics, Quiksilver and VANS. Company reps met with students for a firsthand look at their portfolios, conducted casual interviews and provided valuable career advice.

Kyle Johnston, President and Founding Partner of Gigasavvy, attends LCAD Industry Open House because he finds that LCAD students are adequately prepared to jump in to real world scenarios with creative vision and skill.

“The talent we meet at LCAD can apply classical design training across both print and digital work,” he said. “They have also proven to thrive in high-pressure environments where their work undergoes intense critique under deadlines.”

Two years ago, LCAD Graphic Design + Digital Media alumna Dohee Yang secured her first job through Industry Open House. “It was crucial for me getting employed at NextVR, where I worked for two and a half years as a full time virtual reality graphic designer,” she said. Now, she works as a freelance contractor for NextVR after relocating to Colorado.

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Graphic Design & Digital Media: Jessica Wu, BA Graphic Design + Digital Media

 “Industry Open House is an event that fosters interaction between companies seeking new talent and LCAD students poised for professional success,” said Robin Fuld, Director of Career Services at LCAD. “Many of our students make valuable connections through this event that leads them to careers in their field of study.”

Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is one of the top art and design schools in the nation. LCAD offers undergraduate degrees (BFA) in Animation, Drawing + Painting, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Illustration, and Illustration in Entertainment Design, as well as Master of Fine Arts degrees (MFA) in Art of Game Design, Drawing, and Painting. 

The Dennis and Leslie Power Library at LCAD houses the historic archives of the College and The Rex and Joan Irving Brandt Papers.

For more information about LCAD admissions, news, events and Annual Fund, visit or on social media – Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD and Instagram @lcadbfa.

LAM recommends signs that recall the City’s history as an art colony – informative rather than directional

As part of the museum’s centennial celebrations, and in celebration of the Laguna Beach’s artistic legacy, Laguna Art Museum earlier this year proposed that the City install informational signs above existing street signs on several streets that are named for the great early artists who lived and/or worked in Laguna Beach. 

LAM recommends Wendt

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Example of signs pointing to Laguna’s historic and artistic heritage

The museum’s curator of historical art, Janet Blake, identified six artists whose names became the following street names:

Cuprien Way (Frank Cuprien)

Galen Drive (William Galen Doss)

Griffith Way (William Griffith)

Hill Street, originally Hills (Anna Hills)

Hinkle Place (Clarence Hinkle)

Wendt Terrace (William Wendt)

With great support from Centennial Executive Committee co-chair Betsy Jenkins (Woman of the Year 2018) and City Council member Bob Whalen, and a sign design by Bill Atkins, the city has approved the signs. 

The signs are set to be installed soon, and will be a nice way to educate visitors and residents about this history, show pride for the city’s heritage, and help reinforce Laguna Beach’s legacy as an artist colony.

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The 2018 Pageant of the Masters, “Under the Sun,” delivers an endless summer of Laguna-style fun


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Everything “Under the Sun” in Laguna has been considered for this year’s Pageant, with the theme a tribute to our town’s creative heritage as an artists’ colony as well as a recognition of its contributions to the surf culture – and the show features the quintessential origins of the Missions in addition to some of the most iconic works throughout time. 

It doesn’t get any better than this. Now celebrating its 85th anniversary of masterfully bringing works of art to life, the Pageant of the Masters is a true treasure. 

Laguna’s history as an artist colony will take center stage, illustrated in works by some of the founders, including creative masters William Griffith, Edgar Payne, Anna Althea Hills and Joseph Kleitsch, to mention a few, spanning to a work by current Festival exhibitor, Jorge Fernandez, a 2010 bronze piece, “From the Beginning,” which aptly opens Act I.

I can’t count how many years I’ve been to the press preview event of the Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, but it’s truly magical, unique, and awe inspiring. 

To experience the behind-the-scenes action, see the inner workings of each specific department and all the different facets and detail that go into each recreated artwork and each Pageant – it’s fascinating beyond belief. 

the 2018 Flag Festival

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A recreation of “Flag Raising Over Irvine,” kicked off the evening a 1946 Pageant tableaux, which symbolized this year’s return of the American flag at the Festival

Technical Director Butch Hill in his 34th year puts it all together with his choreography of lights and movement – a major challenge, as all moving pieces must be synchronized just right.

“We have some beautiful colorful pieces this year and a lot of landscapes, very impressionistic local work,” Hill said. “The whole story that we’re going to tell in the first act is awesome. Just the history of Laguna and art. It’s super colorful.” 

The Pageant is featuring a lot of paintings this year. 

“So the lights are tied into the set design. When I am thinking of the set design I have to think of how it’s going to work within the set,” Hill said.

To get the lighting down for all the pieces Hill said it takes about two rehearsals for each piece; which is what they’ve been doing since February.

Reagan Foy, Costume Director, explained that the costumes are all made out of muslin, a finely-woven cotton fabric, introduced to Europe from the Middle East in the 17th century. The costumes are all painted using a textile paint to look like the pieces, and fit both sets of cast members.

the 2018 cool orange crates

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Seeing the cast in the living pictures up close is always exciting, “The Orange Crate Labels” are deliciously fantastic, a sure crowd pleaser

“With the ‘Under the Sun’ theme, we have a lot of sunbathers, and people at the beach,” Foy said. “One of the most challenging pieces we did this year for costumes was ‘Surfriders’ because we had to manipulate the body shapes to be a little bit different than the average person. So it’s a lot of foam pieces that we cut and created those extreme shapes on the bodies.”

Each costume is about a week’s worth of work between cutting the patterns, building the costumes, fitting a cast member, making alterations, and bringing a cast member back in for a second fitting.

 “It’s a challenge in and of itself. It becomes a lot of manipulating and draping on our cast members and once they’re in the set, figuring out where we need to manipulate the fabric either by putting in darts or putting Velcro in pieces to something on the set or other pieces of the costume so we really get that movement,” Foy explained. “Plus in addition to that our painters really help us out with all of those paintbrush strokes in there to really get that movement as well.”

Director extraordinaire Dee Challis Davy said her favorite works this year are, “Pleasures of the Beach-Mosaic by Millard Sheets. Public Mural art in Santa Monica. A very challenging piece to reproduce. The music to accompany is “Surf’s Up” by Brian Wilson & Van Dyke Parks.”

She enjoys some of the short vignettes in this year’s show, and “a very fun and rousing end of Act 1.”

Watching the sculptors work, I can tell the completed Serra Chapel Retablo is going to be sensational.

“We have recreated it twice in the past,” Challis Davy said. “This time it is presented on our turntable stage and is preceded by a procession of Father Serra on the “Camino Real.”

the 2018 rymar scenic

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David Rymar (pictured) and David Cooke are just remarkable at recreating the original works into sets

Scriptwriter Dan Duling is also masterful at his work.

“Themes make the research just that much more fun because even if we were to select a piece we’d done before, we’d be looking at presenting it in a different context, perhaps from a completely different angle, and always with a vision of its place within the entire production,” Duling said. 

He explained that much must be taken into account since every second of the Pageant involves so much work by every department. 

“It’s a daunting task that’s still fun after all these years (this is the 38th Pageant script I’ve written) because of my pride in what we’ve managed to accomplish and the thrill of being part of such a unique production,” Duling said. “Dee and I remain united in our commitment to making the show as theatrically exciting and fresh as possible for both our returning audiences and a new generation of audiences we hope will want to come back again.”

the 2018 builder POM

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Showing how the works are put together with the cast, and how it’s assembled, is called “the builder” and is a definite fan favorite

He added, “But, as always, the Pageant remains a win-win, because by being able to celebrate their works and in many cases introduce them to audiences who may not have known about them before, we’re adding to their creative legacies.”

Creative indeed.

Not only was the sun shining on the Irvine Bowl, the evening also threw a spotlight on the new Terra restaurant, which is phenomenal. 

“I saw this hidden treasure and I fell in love with it and I said I have to do something to show this magnificent piece of art in the City. [We looked around for historic items only] to find we had this beautiful, magnificent artwork just sitting and hidden [right here]. And I am so happy to bring it out and show it,” said Mo Honarkar. “And that’s my gift to the city.”

the 2018 terra

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The extraordinary new Terra restaurant is a phenomenal feast for the senses 

“Dora [Wexell Orgill] is part of the team, so is my daughter Hasty, so is Mark [Orgill], and you know I couldn’t be successful without a good team. I am very appreciative of them,” Honarkar added.

The juried Festival of Arts features 140 artists who work in a spectrum of art mediums. Plus guests enjoy a chockfull menu of art workshops, classes, concerts, and special events at the Festival.

The Pageant of the Masters runs nightly at 8:30 p.m. from July 7 to September 1. Advance tickets are $15 to $260. Tickets sell fast so it’s best to get them early.

The Pageant is located on the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. For information and tickets visit or call (949) 494-1145 or (800) 487-3378.

Laguna Beach Live! Bluegrass & BBQ tickets still available for this Sunday, June 10 at LCAD

Bluegrass & BBQ featuring The Barefoot Movement, Laguna Beach Beer Co, Purple Corduroy Wine & Gnarly “Q” BBQ, will be presented this Sunday, June 10 by Laguna Beach Live!

 Guests will enjoy a sunny afternoon on the pastoral campus of Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD), listening to bluegrass music and eating delicious BBQ. 

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A sunny afternoon under the trees listening to The Barefoot Movement

The Barefoot Movement, named “Band of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2014, will provide the lively entertainment. They performed in a sold-out concert at The Ranch at Laguna Beach in 2014. 

Laguna Beach Live! has also partnered with several local companies, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Purple Corduroy Wine, and Gnarly “Q” BBQ, serving local craft beers and wines as well as freshly smoked choices of Pulled Pork, Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs, or Tri Tip (all plates include baked beans, baked corn mash and Hawaiian style coleslaw). A vegetarian option is also available.

Laguna Beach Barefoot Movement

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The Barefoot Movement

 The concert is from 5 - 7 p.m. The grounds open at 4 p.m. for BBQ and bar. Concert only tickets are $20 in advance for adults, $25 at the door. Barbecue tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Beverages will be sold separately. Pre-order food deadline is June 8. VIP tickets are $100 and include reserved table seat, concert, and BBQ. 

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call (949) 715-9713.

Laguna College of Art & Design is located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Artist Joan Gladstone is inspired by a walk at low tide

Artist Joan Gladstone

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“This may be the inspiration for my next painting,” says artist Joan Gladstone – finding inspiration in Laguna’s loveliness, as so many artists have over the years

FOA preview night builds excitement

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Media preview night drew dozens of enthusiastic reporters and photographers, including our own Suzie Harrison (see her ARTiculation column on Front Page II) and photographer Mary Hurlbut. See more of her photos here!

FOA preview night

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The enthusiasm of the media was palpable

FOA preview group

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L-R:  Wayne Baglin, Dora Orgill, Mo Honarkar, Pat Kollenda, Jan and Fred Sattler, Faye Baglin enjoy the preview

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Live! at the Museum presents the music duo KOZM at Laguna Art Museum on Thursday, June 14 

Laguna Beach Live! presents KOZM at the Laguna Art Museum on Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Guitarist Tom Farrell and violinist Javier Orman of KOZM (aka Duo del Sol) have risen to the scene as one of the most formidable and unique music duos, generating a colossal sound from just a violin and a guitar. 

What began in early 2011 with a casual jam session in Los Angeles, soon evolved when Orman and Farrell started to compose their own original music. Over the last few years, they have performed over 200 concerts in 18 states. 21st Century Musician describes KOZM as “the most rock ’n’ roll pair of classically trained musicians working today”. 

Live at Kozm

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KOZM – guitarist Tom Farrell and violinist Javier Orman

KOZM’s music is multi-textured, profound and riveting, and their compositions have been described as “elegant, delicate, cross-genre amalgamations” by the Michigan Daily.

Live! at the Museum, a special collaboration of Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum, takes place the second Thursday 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 at or by calling (949) 494-8971 x203. These seats are held until 6:50 p.m. Additional seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

For more information about the series and other concerts, visit www.lagunabeachlive.orgor call (949) 715-9713.

Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre presents Storybook Summer Camp

Children ages seven and eight can now sign up for an exceptionally creative two-week experience this July at the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre Storybook Summer Camp. Classes meet in the morning, Monday through Thursday, July 9 to 19 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

Laguna youth banner

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The Playhouse caters to young audiences too (this photo taken last year)

Students will learn and explore the fun in acting, writing, storytelling and performing in a story created together in class. Using traditional fairytales as a story structure platform, students will share their favorite characters, story events (contemporary or traditional), and the class will help shape their own play with characters, scenes, plot, conflict, climax and resolution. Students will perform for parents, siblings and friends on the last day of class.

The class is limited to 10 students. The Instructor is Erin Sawyer; Assistant Instructors are Molly Cohn and Faith Ackley. 

The class fee is $225. Partial Scholarships are also available. 

Sign up online at For mores information, contact Bethanie Knieser at (949) 494-8022.

Auditions for the play “The Giver” will take place on June 21 and 22 at the Boys and Girls Club 

Laguna Playhouse will present The Giver directed by Darryl Hovis, based on the Newbery Medal Book by Lois Lowry. Auditions are set to take place on June 21 and 22 from 6 - 8 p.m, and on Sunday, June 23 from 1 - 4 p.m., at The Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, located at 1085 Laguna Canyon Road.

Callbacks by invitation will be on June 25. These auditions are for the Theatre for a New Generation Production (suitable for ages 11+). Performances will take place on September 28, 29, and 30. 

Auditions for The Giver

The play opens up with Jonas living in a perfect world. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12, he is chosen by The Giver for training to receive and keep the memories of the community, and things change.

The roles include: Father (Adult) – Jonas’s good-natured father, Mother (Adult)– Jonas’ good-natured mother, The Chief Elder (Adult) – Master of the Ceremony, The Giver (Adult) – an old man, Jonas (12 - teen) – a boy turning 12, Lily (10 - 13, but must look younger) – Jonas’ 7-year-old sister,  Asher (11 - teen) – Jonas’ best friend, Fiona (11 - teen) – Jonas’ friend, Rosemary (11 - teen) – a girl from the past, and Ensemble (11 – teen) – townsfolk, “Greek Chorus.”

Those who wish to audition should prepare a one and a half minute memorized monologue from a play or literature (age appropriate, of course). They must also bring a photo, resume and a schedule to complete a conflict sheet.

All casting roles include a modest (adult) travel stipend.

Auditions are by phone appointment. To schedule an audition, call Wally Ziegler at (949) 342-1785.

LPAPA holds its Annual Dinner Party and Miniature Auction FUNdraiser on June 14 at [seven-degrees]

LPAPA invites guests to join together on Thursday June 14 at [seven-degrees] between 5 and 9 p.m. for one of the most anticipated – and fun – art lover’s dinner parties of the year: LPAPA’s Annual Dinner Party & Miniature Auction FUNdraiser. 

Guests will enjoy a selection of fine wines, passed hors d’oeuvres, a sumptuous gourmet buffet, and delectable desserts specially prepared by the [seven-degrees] culinary experts. No-host cocktail selections will also be available. 

Special guest Mr. Jean Stern, Associate Director of The UCI Institute and Museum for California Art, will indulge guests with stories of Laguna’s artistic legacy and share the history of a special miniature masterpiece by Arthur Rozaire from his private collection. 

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Winter Scene by Arthur Rozaire (1879-1922), 4” x 6” oil on board, c. 1905

Private Collection of Jean and Linda Stern

LPAPA will bring Laguna’s past into the present with a lively live auction of 4” x 4” miniature original framed paintings by some favorite Laguna Plein Air Invitational Artists: Suzie Baker, Zufar Bikbov, Carl Bretzke, Rick J.Delanty, Jennifer Diehl, Aimee Erickson, Andy Evansen, Debra Joy Groesser, Joseph  Gyurcsak, Stephanie Hartshorn, Jane Hunt, Charlie Hunter, Richard Lindenberg, Daniel Marshall, Jim McVicker, Clark Mitchell, Michael Obermeyer, Rita Pacheco, Jason Sacran, Anthony Salvo, Michael Situ, J. Ken Spencer and Michele Usibelli. 

This is an exclusive opportunity to spend an evening with art lovers and have the opportunity to add a little gem of a miniature to your collection…and help LPAPA write another chapter in preserving Laguna’s plein air painting heritage. Proceeds from the auctioned paintings will further LPAPA’s Mission and support its Education and Invitational Program.

[seven-degrees] is located at 894 Laguna Canyon Road.

Tickets are $125. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit for more information, or call Rosemary Swimm at (949) 376-3635.

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