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LagunaTunes fall season begins on Sept 10, new members encouraged

Concluding their summer break, LagunaTunes Community Chorus reconvenes on Monday, Sept 10 at 7 p.m. in the Thurston Middle School theater room. Energy is still high from the June concert, “Countdown to Motown,” enthusiastically enjoyed by a packed house at the Laguna Beach High School Artists’ Theater.

Members look forward to a new season of fast-paced, energetic, and positive practice sessions. Both new and returning participants are encouraged to attend the initial rehearsal because preparation begins immediately for the December concert. Rehearsal schedule is weekly, Monday nights, with two or three Saturday practices.

Lagunatunes fall chorus

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LagunaTunes begins its fall season on Monday, Sept 10

LagunaTunes, a no-audition chorus, welcomes singers of all training and experience levels. Some members read music, some don’t, age levels cover a broad range, and all are united by a love of music. Emphasis is on fun, learning, improving performance skills, and the joy of group singing. Everyone who registers at the first rehearsal will receive the December concert music. Registration and music fee is $90.

The 70-member chorus is led by Bob Gunn, popular director of Orange County’s Men Alive chorus and Laguna’s St. Mary’s choir. Gunn’s entertaining local, national, and international choral productions are well known.

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

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Laguna Beach Live! presents last of the Summer Jazz Wednesdays series on September 5

Laguna Beach Live! will present its final Jazz Wednesday of the summer next Wednesday, September 5. The event will feature The Laguna Beach Live! All-Stars, an ensemble made up of artists that have performed in the Laguna Beach Live! Jazz series over the years. 

The musicians in this stellar ensemble are all bandleaders in their own right and have performed and/or recorded with Natalie Cole, Michael Buble, Johnathan Butler, Arturo Sandoval, Rosemary Clooney, and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. The band features the members’ award-winning original arrangements and compositions. 

Laguna Beach Bijon

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Trumpeter Bijon Watson leads the All-Stars

The All-Stars are Bijon Watson, trumpet, Josh Nelson, piano, Alex Frank, bass, Will Brahm, guitar, Tom Luer, saxophone, and Jamey Tate, drums.

Jazz Wednesdays Summer 2018 is located in the distinctive [seven-degrees] event facility, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd. Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner and social hour. Dinner will be served through to 7 p.m. Dinner menu varies by concert. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Seating is assigned according to date of purchase, season ticket holders and Laguna Beach Live! membership. 

For more information, visit or call (949) 715-9713.

LCAD presents exhibition by Dave Hobrecht, world-renowned sports artist: reception on September 6

Laguna College of Art and Design’s BFA program in Illustration is proud to present Dave Hobrecht, offering an exhibition showcasing original works by the world-renowned sports artist at LCAD Gallery. The exhibition begins with the Artist’s Reception during First Thursday Art Walk on September 6 from 6 - 9 p.m.

LCAD presents baseball

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Willie Mays

Hobrecht is known for creating classic black and white sports illustrations that invite viewers to relive the exhilaration of dramatic moments in sports history. The exhibition will feature original works executed in Hobrecht’s innovative charcoal and pastel method that showcases Hobrecht’s unique angles, clever compositions, and timeless hyperrealism.

Hobrecht’s commissions include Oscar De La Hoya; John Elway; Ferrari; Tony Hawk; LSU (Shaquille O’Neal and more); Willie Mays; Floyd Mayweather; Cal Ripken Jr.; Steiner Sports (Derek Jeter and more); Topps baseball cards; UCLA (Bill Walton); USC; and more.

The exhibition will run until Thursday, Sept 27. The LCAD Gallery is located at 374 Ocean Ave, and is open from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. It is closed Monday and Tuesday. For more information, call (949) 376-6000 or visit

Plein Air artists paint their hearts out at the Great Paint Out hosted by LPAPA at Heisler Park


At any given time of day or evening, walkers never know what they will come across at Heisler Park; a bearded lizard or a bevy of monks in orange garments (and I didn’t have my phone to document it that time), or a wedding held on rose petal hearts spread across the grass.

Plein air guy with moustache

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Plein air artists enjoy the beautiful day as they paint their hearts out

On Saturday morning, I came across a long line of people with painting gear waiting to sign in for a plein air competition, and of course, I had to investigate. Artists had already set up their easels all along the walkway, so something was obviously in the air.

President of The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) Toni Kellenberg explained that it was the Grand Paint Out, and later provided additional information along with photos of the winning pieces.

Plein air on rock

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LPAPA Artist Member Will Thompson perches on the rocks to create his painting

“LPAPA sent out an open call to all artists to come out and paint en plein air with LPAPA Members at Heisler Park from 9 a.m. to noon. The community was treated to exciting demonstrations of plein air painting by more than 70 artists of all levels. The artwork created by a number of LPAPA’s artists at the Grand Paint Out were entered into the Centennial Paint Out Exhibition being held at LPAPA in Residence located at Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave, and will be available for viewing and purchase through Sunday, Sept 2, 2018,” Toni explained.

Plein air popular area

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A popular area for painters

LPAPA Artist Member Erich Neubert received the 1st Place Award, LPAPA Signature Artist Member Durre Waseem received 2nd Place, and LPAPA Artist Member Steven Grieco received the 3rd Place Award. 

Kellenberg continued, “Additionally, LPAPA was delighted to be one of Laguna Art Museum’s community partners in commemorating the Centennial Birthday celebrating the official day on which the original Laguna Beach Art Association was founded in 1918.”

Plein air Neubert

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LPAPA Artist Member Erich Neubert wins First 1st Place Award for “High Tide”

On Saturday, the museum hosted a free day with art activities, docent-guided tours, community partner programs, and a birthday cake. At the celebration event, LPAPA invited visitors to become part of the legacy of plein air paintings by being photographed putting themselves into the actual paintings. Two of these photos are included in this edition of Stu News. 

Plein air Waseem

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LPAPA Signature Artist Member Durre Waseem wins 2nd Place for “On the Bench”

For more information about LPAPA, or to become an artist or supporter member, visit

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your surfboard, the waves are waiting

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Rapunzel Rapunzel

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Great shot of the pirate tower at Victoria Beach one misty morning last week

Laguna Art Museum presents KARBOMBZ! with artist Kenny Scharf

Rev up your engines for Laguna Art Museum’s KARBOMBZ! live event, on Sunday, Sept 16 from 4 - 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Renowned LA artist Kenny Scharf will be painting live on a 2018 Polaris GEM e4, and raffle ticket buyers will have the chance to win it.

This event takes place off-site. To RSVP and receive updates and location information, click here.

Laguna Art Museum presents Car

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Renowned LA artist Kenny Scharf will be painting live on a 2018 Polaris GEM e4; one lucky person will win his “art car”

The artist is known for his participation in the interdisciplinary East Village art scene during the 1980s alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. His works often consist of pop culture icons, such as the Flintstones and the Jetsons, or caricatures of middle-class Americans in an apocalyptic science fiction setting.

For KARBOMBZ!, the artist will paint live, onto the car, which one lucky raffle winner will receive.

Raffle tickets are $100 each and may be purchased online here.

The opportunity drawing will be held the evening of September 29 at the Centennial Ball dinner at the Festival of Arts Grounds in Laguna Beach. Only 550 tickets will be sold. Participants have a 1 in 550 chance of winning. Winner need not be present to win. Proceeds benefit Laguna Art Museum.

Laguna Beach Art Association celebrates its platinum jubilee in style at Laguna Art Museum

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

As of last Saturday, Laguna Beach Art Association is officially 100 years old. Laguna Art Museum (LAM) threw a giant birthday celebration to commemorate the occasion and celebrate the nonprofit’s platinum jubilee. 

Laguna Beach cake

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Impressive cake to honor the occasion

August 25 was the official day on which the Laguna Beach Art Association was founded in 1918, and it was one of joyful observance for Laguna’s art, music and dance communities. LAM hosted a free day with activities, docent-guided tours, community partner programs, and of course, birthday cake, lots of cake. Families enjoyed live music, art activities presented by community art partners, interactive stations, face-painting and more. 

Laguna Beach dancer

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Dancer strikes a pose

There were free docent-led exhibition tours, and a proclamation of the milestone by Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett. 

An exhibition of the early days of the Association coincides with the 100-year milestone. It is part of a year-long celebration marking the museum’s history and legacy, honoring those early artists who influenced the fabric of the developing community, and surveys the evolution of the art association through the 1930s.

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Family craft fun from Laguna Beach Dance Festival

Its membership included Laguna luminaries – those artists who exhibited on the national and international fronts – as well as many artists whose reputations never extended far beyond the local confines. 

LAM is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

For more information, go to or, or call (949) 494-897.

Square Roots Theatre Education for Kids will hold four upcoming Winter Session classes starting in September 

This year, Square Roots Theatre Education for kids is offering four Winter Session classes to choose from. These classes are open to all levels, beginning to advanced, and will be under the direction of Ella Wyatt. 

The first two classes will take place on Tuesdays, Sept 11 - Dec 18. The first class is titled Musical Performance, intended for ages six and up, from 4 - 5 p.m. This class will focus on learning to perform with your voice. Singing and acting out songs will be one of the main factors, ending with a showcase featuring the final pieces place on December 18.

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Participants from a recent class perform for an appreciative crowd

The second class in this series is titled Directing 101, for ages ten and up, from 5 - 6:15 p.m. The main focus of this class will be about what goes into directing a show. There will be an opportunity to direct the final showcase on December 18 and potentially be a future director assistant. 

The last two classes will take place on Wednesdays, Sept 12 - Dec 19. This first class is titled Storytelling for ages six and up, from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. This class will focus on story retelling and creating original pieces. 

There will be a final showcase to display created pieces on December 19. 

The second class in this series is titled Audition Technique for ages ten and up, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. This class will focus on learning the fundamentals of auditioning and how to be best prepared. There will be a final showcase focusing on these techniques on December 19. 

For more information or to register for any of these exciting classes, visit

Red Hot Art-To-Go: The sell-out auction will be this Sunday at Festival of Arts

Art collectors who love red will enjoy the 2018 Art-To-Go fundraising sale at Festival of Arts. More than 100 exhibitors donated originals under the theme “Red Hot.” Works are available for purchase daily, now through this Sunday, August 26 while supplies last.

 A sell-out auction will take place this Sunday, August 26, from 6 - 8 p.m. 

“Bids open at 1/3 retail value, so it’s a great chance to start a collection from these prestigious artists,” said Curator Mike Tauber.

Red Hot Art

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Get ready – it’ll be a bidding war at Red Hot’s silent auction

Offerings include jewelry by Lance Heck and Linda Potichke, paintings by Susan Cox, Sue Thompson, David Milton, and Bruce Vanderwilt, plus drawings, photos, and mixed media.

 Proceeds from the Art-To-Go sales will benefit The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts, providing hardship and disaster relief grants for artists in need. Additionally, buyers qualify for a drawing to win a two-night stay at The Tides Inn.

View the online gallery at or call (949) 612-1949 for more information.

Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Fashion Show at FOA: Here are the winners chosen by the esteemed panel of judges

fashion show dog

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“Most Exciting Ensemble with Wow Factor” was awarded to mixed media artist Carolyn Johnson, who was accompanied down the runway by her dog Dexter

fashion show light and dark

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Painter Kirsten Whalen won “Most Innovative Use of Materials” for her light versus dark ensemble featuring window screens, old light bulbs, wires, cords, sockets, plugs and other fittings that were discarded by local electricians

fashion show bags

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Artist Kate Cohen won “Most Creative Concept” with her dress crafted from over sixty designer shopping bags

fashion show lacroix

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Adam Neeley received the award “Most Glamorous & Elegant ‘Red Carpet’ Worthy Creation” for his stylish outfit made from more than three hundred cans of La Croix water. Adam’s runway look also took home the highly coveted “People’s Choice Award”

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