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LCAD donor and trustee Ted Baxter to sign debut memoir at Laguna Beach Books on Oct 7

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) announced that Ted Baxter, former trustee, will sign copies of his new book Relentless: How a Massive Stroke Changed My Life for the Better, at Laguna Beach Books. The new release tells the incredible story of his recovery from a massive stroke with aphasia at the age of 41. The book signing event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 7.

“We are enormously proud of Ted and anticipate his book will instill hope and inspiration into the lives of many people,” said LCAD President Jonathan Burke. “Ted is a great friend to LCAD. His extraordinary financial gift continues to provide guidance and support to our students living with disabilities as they make progress towards graduation. We are a better College thanks to his philanthropy and his years of volunteer leadership as a trustee.”

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LCAD donor and trustee Ted Baxter to sign debut memoir about surviving a stroke at age 41 at Laguna Beach Books on Oct 7

During his five-year membership on LCAD’s Board of Trustees, Baxter’s gifts allowed LCAD to provide resources for students with disabilities, learning disorders, and other health issues in support of their art and design education. 

Students greatly appreciated his thoughtful generosity, which allowed them not only to excel in their field of study, but also to graduate and continue to successful careers as working artists and designers. 

For more information about the event, call Laguna Beach Books at (949) 494-4779. Laguna Beach Books is located at 1200 S Coast Hwy.

For more information about LCAD admissions, news, events, and Annual Fund, visit

Jason Arimoto will perform live at Susi Q’s First UkeFest on Sept 22

The ukulele, which has surged and receded in popularity for more than 135 years, is here to stay. On Saturday, Sept 22, Laguna Beach Seniors and U-Space team up to present Jason Arimoto: Blues Ukulele Live from 4 - 7 p.m. This will be an exclusive, all-star workshop, jam-along and interactive concert experience at Susi Q. 

“Ukulele enthusiasts of all levels are invited to the premiere of a brand new Susi Q experience just for ‘Uke,” says Program Director Jo Ekblad. “Play the blues on any ukulele with progressive playing techniques for beginners and beyond, and then join the jam in a special interactive concert experience – featuring Blues Ukulele all-star, Jason Arimoto.”

Jason Arimoto Uke

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Jason Arimoto has performed across the US and internationally

Originally from Hawaii, Jason Arimoto, Ph.D., teaches and performs across the US and internationally, while serving as co-owner of U-Space in L.A. Jason has performed across the US, notably the Bean Blossom Blues Festival (Indiana) and Downtown Disney (California), as well as internationally at the Cairns Ukulele Festival (Australia) and the Sentosa Ukulele Festival (Singapore). 

The workshop will run from 4 - 5:00 p.m. with the concert to follow at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for both the workshop and concert cost $25. To attend the concert only, tickets are $15. 

Reservations are required and limited spots are filling up fast. Register by calling Christine Brewer at (949) 715-8105 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Parking is available in the Susi Q’s underground structure, located at 380 Third St. Share the aloha!

Call for Artists deadline is Sept 20 for Gallery Q’s final 2018 exhibit

Gallery Q at the Susi Q Senior Center will explore the art-nature connection in the gallery’s fifth and final exhibition of the 2018 season – Celebrating Our Natural World. In partnership with the Laguna Art Museum’s community-wide, annual Art & Nature Festival from Nov 1 - 4, the gallery invites OC artists of all ages to submit nature-inspired entries in any medium. Paintings, photography, sculpture, collage, jewelry, mixed media, textiles, ceramics, even your own unique and creative expressions, are encouraged.

Call for artists Susi Q

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Gallery Q is having a call for artists for its upcoming Celebrating Our Natural exhibit; the deadline is Sept 20

Gallery Q will be accepting artwork on Wednesday, Sept 19, from
5 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 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 at 380 Third Street or download the guideline and application online at

A free Artist’s Reception with beverages and light refreshments will take place on Friday, Oct 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from Sept 24 through Nov 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Gallery Q is located in the Laguna Beach 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 more information, call (949) 715-8106, visit, or email Bill Atkins, Arts Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Opening artist reception for Hessam Abrishami at Avran Fine Art on Oct 20

Avran Fine Art is delighted to present “Red Shadows,” a body of work by artist Hessam Abrishami about love, life, dance, romance, celebration, among other facets of life with an Opening Artist reception on Saturday, Oct 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.

 This is a free evening to enjoy beautiful original paintings by Abrishami. All of his works are abstract figurative originals, acrylic on canvas. 

The gallery encourages the public to attend and meet the artist. Appetizers and wine to be served. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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Avran Fine Art Opening Artist Reception for Hessam Abrishami is Oct 20

Abrishami’s works convey a unique view of the world, colored by his individual beliefs and experiences. Abrishami is deeply optimistic – he believes strongly in the goodness of people and in the world, which is reflected not only in his art, but in his personal values. 

When asked if it is difficult to see a favorite painting leave in the arms of a collector, possibly never to be seen again, Abrishami has said, “No, I have enjoyed making it and now I want it to bring happiness to someone else.” 

For Abrishami, artwork does not belong solely to the artist, but also to those who enjoy it. Abrishami’s approach to art is intuitive and free by nature yet disciplined by his strong foundation in artistic fundamentals.

Inspiration comes from any and all interactions that happen with and around him. This is all encompassing; life, people, animals, love, romance, intimacy, beauty, dance, music, celebration. As Abrishami says, “Basically everything that makes me feel good is what I strive to deliver to others with my work.”

Avran Fine Art showcases an extensive collection of unique, evocative glass works and original paintings from the international art scene. The gallery is located at 540 S Coast Hwy, Suite 106. For more information, call (949) 494-0900 or visit

Forest and Ocean Gallery to host an evening of fine art and fine music on Sept 15

Enjoy fine art and fine music at Forest and Ocean Gallery on Friday, Sept 15 in beautiful downtown Laguna Beach, where you will be able to tour the gallery, enjoy wine and appetizers, and hear the Southern California Philharmonic String Quartet in recital. The event begins at 4 p.m., and the concert begins at 4:45 p.m.

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The beautiful Forest and Ocean Gallery in downtown Laguna will host upcoming art and music event 

The orchestra’s string quartet, led by the orchestra’s conductor and violinist Brenden Muresan, will be performing a special recital of “Music Inspired by America,” as a prelude to their upcoming concert on Sept 29. After the concert, event-goers are free to stay a while longer and enjoy the gallery. 

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Southern California Philharmonic is an Orange County community-based orchestra 

The String Quartet is comprised of the following members of the orchestra: First Violin: Branden Muresan (Conductor), Second Violin: Jessica Haddy (Concertmaster), Viola: Cindy Luu (Principal Violist) and Cello: Jordan Horwich (Principal Cellist). Violinist Jessica Haddy, a resident of Laguna Beach, is Concertmaster of the Southern California Philharmonic. She plays a Krutz violin, and is an Krutz string ambassador. 

Southern California Philharmonic is an Orange County, community-based orchestra providing local musicians and the public a chance to engage with the great orchestral works.

Forest and Ocean Gallery is a fine art gallery devoted to all forms of artistic expression, proudly representing 30+ award-winning artists and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association in Residence. 

There is a $30 per person cover charge. All proceeds from this event, less expenses, will go to benefit the Southern California Philharmonic.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call David Parker at (949) 872-6616.

Forest and Ocean Gallery is located at 480 Ocean Ave.

Impressive Crowds packed the Festival of Arts & 85th Annual Pageant of the Masters’ ‘Under the Sun’

The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts closed out a summer of fun “Under the Sun” on Saturday, Sept 1, marking the final night of the 2018 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and Pageant of the Masters. Together, the events drew in hundreds of thousands of attendees throughout its 9-week run. The Fine Art Show and Pageant were sponsored by Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5, Pavilions Foundation and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Since opening on July 5, the highly acclaimed Festival of Arts Fine Art Show offered avid art collectors and festival-goers an outstanding variety of fine art to browse and purchase. Juried to ensure the highest caliber of artists, the summer event showcased original works by 140 established and emerging artists from Orange County in various genres including ceramics, glass, painting, jewelry, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood. 

Family-friendly activities were offered daily including art workshops and demonstrations, youth and adult art classes, live music, and special events. Attendees were also treated to spectacular artwork from more than 300 of Orange County’s (PK-12) art students in the Junior Art Exhibit, sponsored by CalFirst National Bank and Mark Porterfield of Laguna Beach.

In early July, smiles and laughter echoed through the Festival of Arts on Family Art Day, sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union. Children and families delighted in interactive slime activities, balloon art, face painting, art workshops, demos, live music, and an unforgettable acrobatics performance from Le Petite Cirque, recently featured on NBC’s Little Big Shots. 

The 10th Annual Festival Runway Fashion Show wowed audiences in mid-August with the artists’ creativity and talent constructing outfits from reclaimed, reused or recycled materials. This year’s fashion show was hosted by KTTV FOX11’s Entertainment Reporter, Amanda Salas, and a panel of five judges chose the top looks in four categories. Over 2,000 attendees voted and awarded “People’s Choice Award” to Festival artist Adam Neeley’s most dramatic and effervescent recycled creation yet: “Acqua” – a gown made of more than 300 cans of La Croix water.

The Pageant of the Masters celebrated its 85th anniversary with a truly inspiring and breathtaking presentation of “Under the Sun” set in the Festival of Arts’ Irvine Bowl. Running in conjunction with the Fine Art Show, the Pageant of the Masters enchanted audiences nightly with “living pictures” under the stars, encompassing the inspiration and beginning of the art movement in Laguna Beach. 

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The 85th annual Pageant of the Master’s Under the Sun theme was a big hit 

The one-of-a-kind show recreated famous works of art including Joaquin Sorolla’s Lighthouse Walk at Biarritz, Joseph Kleitsch’s Red and Green, Jean-Francois Millet The Gleaners and the Pageant’s traditional finale, The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.

On August 25, the Celebrity Benefit Concert and Pageant of the Masters welcomed guests and attending celebrities, including the evening’s Pageant host, actress Sarah Drew, and musical performer Steve Tyrell, to the Festival grounds in support of the Building Fund for renovations of the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters facility. 

The event, sponsored by Southern California Acura Dealers, KOST Radio 103.5, and Yamaha, also marked the conclusion of the summer-long raffle for a 2019 Acura RDX. The event grossed over $200,000 and was attended by a slew of celebrity guests including Kate Flannery, Daniel Henney, Tricia Helfer, Kate Linder, Joe Mantegna, and Dallas Raines to mention a few.

As the 2018 Festival of Arts Fine Arts Show and Pageant of the Masters came to an end, the Festival and Pageant look forward to a thrilling season ahead with welcoming the return of the Pageant of the Monsters. Resurrected on the Festival of Arts grounds every five years, Pageant of the Monsters presents a frightfully fun time with ghoulish tricks, treats, and “spook-tacular” art surprises October 26, 27, 28 and 31, 2018. For more information on the Festival of Arts and upcoming Pageant of the Monsters, visit

Public invited to Village Entrance Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday, Sept 11 

The City of Laguna Beach invites all to join them as they break ground Tuesday, Sept 11 at 4 p.m. on the long-awaited Village Entrance Project. Located where Laguna Canyon Road becomes Broadway at Forest Ave, the Village Entrance Project focuses on improving pedestrian, vehicle and bicyclist circulation while providing enhanced parking, new channel fencing, new lighting and extensive landscaping while linking the downtown, the festivals and the art district. 

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Rendering of Laguna’s Village Entrance Project, to break ground on Sept 11

The event will be attended by the public, elected officials and media. The ceremony will take place near 725 Laguna Canyon Road (between Parking Lot 10 and Parking Lot 11). 

For more information about the City’s Village Entrance Project, visit or contact Lou Kneip at (949) 464-6688 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DeRu’s Fine Arts closing after 23 wonderful years in Laguna Beach

DeRu’s Fine Arts is closing their Laguna Beach gallery, consolidating from two galleries into one location in Bellflower. DeRu’s has been a leader in the field of Early California Impressionism and American Impressionist art. Their galleries showcase the finest examples of the genre, featuring many of the most famous artists of the period. 

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Gallery owner De McCall warmly thanks the Laguna Beach community for the past 23 years of business

“We extend our thanks to all our clients and colleagues for making the past 23 years a very special and meaningful experience. We have enjoyed being a leader and frontrunner in the early California Impressionist art community”. 

DeRu’s in Bellflower will continue provide fine art sales, museum quality restoration and appraisals. All paintings, books, furniture, and bronzes at the Laguna Beach gallery are 25 to 50 percent off. 

DeRu’s is located at 1590 South Coast Hwy, Suite 5. For more information, visit or call (949) 376-3785.

Enjoy the musical stylings of Laurel Irene and Jaxon Williams at Live! at the Museum series on Sept 13

Enjoy the musical stylings of Laurel Irene and Jaxon Williams for the exciting Live! at the Museum concert series on Thursday, Sept 13, at 7 p.m.

Laurel Irene is known for her vocal spectrum, astounding audiences with power and drama, alongside stunning subtleties and clarion intensity. She has performed diverse roles such as Mozart’s Queen of the Night, the creation of the title role in Philip Seward’s “How To Date a Coloratura,” and in choral/orchestral works like Poulenc’s “Gloria.” She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is pursuing an M.M. in Vocal Arts at USC.

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Laurel Irene and Jaxon Williams featured on Sept 13 at Live! at the Museum

Jaxon Williams has won prizes in numerous classical guitar competitions including the OSAA Classical Guitar Competition, Sierra Nevada International Guitar Competition, San Francisco Bay International Guitar Competition, and the 2017 Pacific Guitar Festival and Competition. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he is busy as a concert artist, teacher, recording artist, and doctoral candidate at USC’s Thornton School of Music.

Live! at the Museum is presented in partnership with Laguna Beach Live! and is generously sponsored by Compass. Advance tickets are recommended.

For more information, call (949) 494-8971 x203 or visit 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

Community Art Project to present ‘Naturescapes’ at Wells Fargo gallery featuring LCAD artists Oct 6

Coinciding with Laguna Art Museum and its 6th annual Art & Nature festival, Community Art Project (CAP) will present “Naturescape,” featuring Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) and Community Art Project (CAP). 

CAP is a supporting arts organization for the Laguna Art Museum (LAM). Original works of art from LCAD students, faculty, and alumni in the exhibit reflect the theme of the museum’s exhibit. This special exhibition has been curated by LCAD Gallery Director Bryan Heggie.

Community Art Project Brandon Gonzales

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“Orange and Blue Overture Study” by artist Brandon Gonzales 

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, Oct 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to this free event to meet the artists and view the exhibit. The exhibit runs through January 31.

Artists’ Conversation will be held on Saturday, Nov 10 from noon to 1 p.m. The public is welcome to enjoy this discussion and learn more about the artists behind the works.

For more information about “Naturescape,” call (949) 553-7507 or visit The CAP Gallery is located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Bank building, 260 Ocean Ave.

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