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Mystic Arts Gallery to host a special guest artist night featuring work by Mary Gulino tonight

Mystic Arts Gallery invites the public to attend a special guest artist night tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery is celebrating and featuring the photography of Mary Gulino, who owns My Artist Loft in Laguna Beach and teaches group and one-on-one classes in photography, Photoshop and Lightroom, and all mediums of painting and drawing. 

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Mystic Arts Gallery is hosting a special guest artist night t featuring Mary Gulino  tonight

Gulino is showing a selection of her local photography as well as photos of Hawaii. Mystic Arts Gallery, located at 664 S Coast Hwy, will have wine and cheese, appetizers, snacks, and beverages. 

Please RSVP by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text at (949) 371-3375. 

To learn more about Gulino, visit To learn more about Mystic Arts Gallery, visit

Laguna Community Concert Band presents a special tribute to Broadway Musicals on Sept 30

On Sunday, September 30, the 2018 Laguna Community Concert Band will present “A Tribute to Broadway Musicals” at 2 p.m. at Artists Theatre at Laguna Beach High School. Roger Dennis and his wife Karen will be there greeting all music lovers. As Roger says, “I’ve never been disappointed, always entertained and left feeling happy.”

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Laguna Community Concert Band will play a Tribute to Broadway Musicals

Almost 20 years ago on Hospitality Night, a long time Laguna Beach resident, Roger Dennis, saw a small group of six people gathered together playing holiday music. Dr. Bill Nichols, the conductor, had formed a community band by pulling his musician friends together. This was the genesis of the concert band. Though the band was small, Dennis believed it would grow, and he continued to follow their development.

The original six players attracted more and more musicians who had taken a hiatus from music to pursue more lucrative careers. These people needed an organization that utilized and appreciated their talents. As the quality of the music improved, their schedule expanded, forming the Laguna Community Concert Band. 

In addition to winning awards the band has played for sound tracks for Laguna College of Arts + Design, become an official 501(c)3 nonprofit, and achieved sponsorship by Irvine Valley College Emeritus program. They have performed at the Laguna Playhouse with its fine acoustics, and serenaded pre-Pageant of the Masters attendees in July and August. 

Artists Theatre is located at 625 Park Avenue. Admission is free. 

For more information on the Laguna Community Concert Band visit,

Laguna Beach Live! presents a special tribute concert at The Montage

Laguna Beach Live! will present Paying Tribute to the Incredible Women of Song on Tuesday, Oct 23. The concert will be held at the Montage Resort from 6 - 8 p.m. Acclaimed vocalist Jane Monhiet was recently confirmed to join the other very talented vocalists Maya Sykes and Olivia Kuiper Harris. 

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Acclaimed vocalist Jane Monheit will pay tribute to legendary female artists

Together the vocalists will pay homage to legendary females whose voices and music are timeless – from Natalie Cole, to Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin, and beyond. Backing up these amazing vocalists will be the Laguna Beach Live! All-Stars, led by renowned trumpeter Bison Watson. 

VIP Tickets are $100 for preferred seating including your choice of one menu item that will be served at your table, $50 for Premium table seating and $30 for Standard theatre style chairs in rear. 

Doors open at 5 p.m. and food and drinks are available for purchase in advance or at the time of the event. Parking is $5.

The Montage Resort is located at 30801 South Coast Hwy. 

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

BC Space presents Mark Chamberlain art sale and exhibition with opening reception this Friday

BC Space is pleased to present an exhibition and sale of Mark Chamberlain Cibachrome Prints, created and printed during the 1970s and 80s. The exhibition, Mark Chamberlain Cibachrome Prints, will be on view, with his work available for purchase, until October 31. 

There will be an opening reception this Friday, Sept 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at BC Space. The exhibition and sale will also include works of art from Mark’s private collection. 

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“Lip Service” is from Mark Chamberlain’s Future Fossil series from the 1970s and ‘80s

Following Mark’s April 2018 passing, these historic photographic artworks represent a rare collecting opportunity, explains Miriam Smith, art consultant and founder of Art Resource Group, Irvine, CA.

The exhibition and sale will include Chamberlain’s well-known Future Fossils series from the 1970s and ‘80s in which he examines the California landscape of that period. He explained for a 2010 exhibition, “Steel and glass structures with the energetic colors in the glossy billboards that advertised the new age, dominated the western landscape. They seemed almost super realistic to me.”

Chamberlain’s lesser-known sensual Dream Sequences series from the 1980s, also created with the Cibachrome process, is an impassioned series exploring human sexuality and eroticism. His important and documentary images from the Laguna Canyon Project, a photographic documentation of the Canyon Road, the main access route to Laguna Beach and the Pacific Ocean from inland Orange County, will also be included.

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“All that glitters” is a Future Fossil piece that examines California landscape during the 1970s and ‘80s

The Cibachrome process (today known as Ilfochrome) is a 30-plus-year-old method of creating color prints that do not fade, discolor, or deteriorate. Characteristics include image clarity, color purity, and especially, archival permanence.

Printed images from Chamberlain’s most recent project, The Legacy Project, also for sale, document the transition of the MCAS El Toro (an abandoned military base in the heart of the OC) to the Orange County Great Park, from 2002 to 2010.

Mark Chamberlain co-founded BC Space Gallery in 1973 with Jerry Burchfield, and operated the space solely since 1987. It is one of the longest continually running fine art photography galleries in the country.

In October 2014, Chamberlain received a Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award as “Artistic Visionary” from Arts Orange County. In 2015, an exhibition on the Laguna Canyon Project, “The Canyon Project: Artivism,” opened at Laguna Art Museum and ran for two months. Chamberlain’s book, “The Laguna Canyon Project: Refining Artivism,” was published in 2018 by the Laguna Wilderness Press. 

Chamberlain’s work is in public and private collections, including the Laguna Art Museum, UC Irvine Archives and the Orange County Museum of Art.

To view some of the works for sale, visit

BC Space is located at 235 Forest Ave.

Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre open auditions for Godspell this Friday & Saturday by appointment only

Laguna Playhouse is casting actors, singers, and dancers for for the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre production of the Rock Opera Godspell based on the gospels of St. Matthew. 

Auditions are by appointment only this Friday, Sept 21, from 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Sept 22, from 1 to 6 p.m. Auditions will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach at 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd.

To audition, prepare a one-minute monologue and a 16 bars up-temp musical theatre song. Improvisation and storytelling skills are a plus. All vocal types are needed. Only phone calls are accepted. To make an audition appointment with Wally Ziegler, call (949) 342-1785. Bring a photo, resume, and fall schedule and fill out a conflict sheet. 

Callbacks are by invitation only on Sunday, Sept 23, from 1 to 6 p.m. Full Cast Rehearsals begin on October 1. The production performs November 10 to 18 for 12 performances, including two school day morning matinees on November 15 and 16. Godspell is a Rock Opera suitable for ages 7 and older. 

Godspell is a whimsical, unique, and contemporary ensemble show. It speaks to the passion of Jesus Christ, to teach love and joy in the hearts of people, rather than hate and sadness. The show is composed of various musical parables from The Gospel According to Matthew. Jesus Christ recruits a group of followers and teaches them various lessons through song and dance. Toward the end of the second act, the show begins to follow a more linear narrative as Jesus is betrayed by Judas and eventually crucified.

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Celebrate LAM’s 100-year legacy in grand style at the Centennial Ball on Saturday, Sept 29

On Saturday, Sept 29, from 6 to 11 p.m., Laguna Art Museum will host a once-in-a-lifetime event, the Centennial Ball, celebrating the museum’s 100-year legacy in grand style at the Festival of Arts grounds with fine cuisine, dancing, and world-class entertainment. Proceeds from the event will benefit the museum’s mission of providing a cultural and artistic center, art education for all ages, acclaimed exhibitions, and excellent programming to the community for the next 100 years.

Guests will be treated to a voyage through major milestones in California art and an incredible dining experience with cuisine by Chef Ben Martinek of Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, Chef Amar Santana of Broadway by Amar Santana, and Chef Craig Strong of Ocean at Main. Starting with the art of the museum’s founders, the reception will feature 1920s music and an early Laguna artist’s landscape. Dinner will be infused with the aesthetics of modernist works, and guests will dance the night away under the influence of the California light and space movement.

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Celebrate LAM’s 100-year legacy at the Centennial Ball in grand style at the Festival of Arts grounds on Saturday, Sept 29

Chef Santana will prepare hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail reception, featuring creative cocktails with Carbonadi Vodka and Código 1530 Tequila, wines by Arrow&Branch and Viña Herminia, and music by The Gatsbys.

Chef Ben Martinek’s three-course dinner will be paired with wines courtesy of Morlet Family Vineyards, and celebrity MCs Chuck Henry and Fritz Coleman will lead the evening’s program, including a performance by The Tony Guerrero Quintet and special guests.

After-party bites by Chef Craig Strong will lead guests into an evening of dancing, with music by Soulcirque and a performance by the anonymous artists The Bumbys.

The 100-year legacy started in the summer of 1918 by a group of artists led by Anna Hills and Edgar Payne, who opened their first exhibition in a small board-and-batten pavilion near the Laguna Beach Hotel and formed the Laguna Beach Art Association.

Ten years later, they led a successful effort to build a custom-designed and permanent gallery on Cliff Drive, which opened in 1929 and survives within the present museum building. The founding of the LBAA is the beginning of the story of Laguna Art Museum, as well as the story of Laguna Beach, the art colony. The Laguna Playhouse, founded in 1920; the Festival of Arts, founded in 1932; and the Pageant of the Masters, first presented in 1933, are among the arts organizations that also trace their roots to the LBAA. The Festival of Arts grounds, wonderfully historical and beautifully renovated for the Festival’s 85th anniversary, provides an especially fitting place to celebrate Laguna Art Museum’s 100th year with the Centennial Ball.

In addition to celebrating the milestone of 100 years, the Centennial Ball will provide support for the museum’s acclaimed exhibitions and educational programs, strengthening the foundation for it to continue as the cultural and artistic center of Laguna Beach for the next 100 years.

The Centennial Ball co-chairs are Kathleen Abel and Deborah Engle, and the committee members are Wendy Aird, Rick Balzer, Susan Davis, Amy Fulford, Vanessa Helin, Lucetta Kallis, Suzanne Mellor, Marisa Robbins, Laura Rohl, Kristin Samuelian, Ann Wareham, and Leslie Weaver.

LAM’s Centennial Ball will be held at the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. For tickets and more information, visit

 Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

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.”

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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.

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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

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