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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.

Forest and Ocean Gallery

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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. 

Forest and Ocean band

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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 www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3597118 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. 

Impressive Crowds packed

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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 http://foapom.com


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 www.lagunabeachcity.net/villageentrance 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. 

DeRus Fine Arts Owner

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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 www.derusfinearts.com 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.

Enjoy Live! at Museum

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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 www.lagunaartmuseum.org. 

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 www.caplaguna.org. The CAP Gallery is located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Bank building, 260 Ocean Ave.


Elizabeth Turk will be the featured artist in Laguna Art Museum’s sixth annual Art & Nature 

Laguna Art Museum will present the sixth annual Art & Nature, a multidisciplinary exploration of art’s many and various engagements with the natural world, on Nov 1 - 4.

Art & Nature includes a work of art specially commissioned for the event. Elizabeth Turk’s Shoreline Project is a site-specific performance on Main Beach. The event includes a keynote lecture on Charles Darwin by Jane Munro of the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge. There will be a film screening, panel discussion, and a free family festival exploring art and the natural world. 

Elizabeth Turk Portrait

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Laguna Art Museum is presenting Elizabeth Turk and her artwork in Art & Nature

In addition to events at the museum, Laguna Art Museum will partner with local galleries and other organizations hosting Art & Nature-related exhibitions, making it a community-wide event.

Art & Nature serves a number of purposes to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community. The goal is to inspire artists, to find and develop connections between art and science, to raise awareness of environmental issues, and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature. 

Elizabeth Turk Umbrella

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The Shoreline Project has brought together 1,000 volunteer performers 

The museum’s executive director, Malcolm Warner, explains why Laguna Art Museum is the ideal organization to conceive, develop, and present the popular program. 

“The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has been a center for art, the appreciation of nature, and environmental awareness.

“In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built an art gallery to show and sell their work, they chose a commanding location on the coastline close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. 

“The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection.” 

Elizabeth Turk’s Shoreline Project will bring together 1,000 volunteer performers for a site-specific performance in town. It will create a shared common experience amongst the performers and an engaging spectacle for viewers from the surrounding cliffs and buildings.

Speaker Jane Munro is the Keeper of paintings, drawings, prints and acting assistant director of collections at the University of Cambridge. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr. For more information on Art & Nature, call (949) 494-8971 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


No Square Theatre presents local favorite Lynn Epstein in Hilarious

Laguna speech pathologist Lynn Epstein is a mild-mannered therapist by day, and a comedy superhero at night. A standup comic, writer, illustrator, performer, and app creator, this multi-talented lady will present an evening of laugh-filled entertainment at No Square Theatre on Saturday, Sept 22 at 7:30 p.m. 

No Square Lynn Bubbles

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Lynn lightheartedly blowing bubbles

Lagunatics fans will recognize Epstein from past performances in No Square’s annual roast of all things Laguna. She has also worked with show biz greats, taught comedy classes, written and illustrated a book, and produced her own shows. Joined by a comedy crew, Epstein will present Hilarious for one night only. 

This is an opportunity to forget your troubles and enjoy a few (or a lot) of laughs. If laughter is really therapeutic, this therapist has just the cure for whatever ails you! The evening’s entertainment is intended for adults only.

No Square Theatre is a nonprofit organization and is located at 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of Laguna Beach High School, which offers ample free parking. Tickets are $25 and seating is extremely limited so tickets must be purchased in advance. For tickets, additional information on events, auditions, and classes, visit www.nosquare.org.


Laguna Beach Arts Alliance to host City Council candidates forum at Laguna Playhouse

The Laguna Beach Arts Alliance (LBAA) will hold a candidates forum on Saturday, Sept 29 from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Laguna Playhouse. The public is cordially invited to attend in addition to all city council candidates. 

Laguna Beach Arts Playhouse

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LBAA will host a candidates forum at the Laguna Playhouse on Sept 29

This year’s city council candidates include: Peter Blake, Ann Christoph, Sue Marie Connolly, Sue Kempf, Cheryl Kinsman, Toni Iseman, Lorene Laguna, Judie Mancuso, Allison Mathews, Paul Merritt, and Rob Zur Schmiede.

The discussion will be moderated by former Mayor Jane Egly and is generously hosted by the Laguna Playhouse. LBAA has prepared a series of questions that address the arts in Laguna Beach on topics that range from the need for performance space to parking in the Arts District. The arts community is encouraged to participate and show their support for the arts, which is responsible for generating substantial City revenue. 

The Laguna Beach Arts Alliance was established in 2002 as the result of an exciting partnership among more than 20 Laguna Beach organizations. The mission is to serve as an advocate for the arts, promote collaboration and networking among the arts organizations of Laguna Beach, and to serve as a united voice for the arts in the city. 

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served on the terrace, and the forum will begin 9 a.m. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. For more information, contact Rosemary Swimm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Folk-Rock music returns to Laguna Playhouse with I Dig Rock and Roll Music concert series

The Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to present a very special theatrical concert event, “I Dig Rock and Roll Music,” on Sept 19 - 23. The creative team that brought audiences “Lonesome Traveler” presents another Celebration of Folk-Rock Music – Then and Now.

Folk rock music band

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I Dig Rock and Roll Music is ready to rock the house 

”Of all of the shows I have produced here at Laguna Playhouse, Lonesome Traveler holds some of my most favorite memories and I have been looking forward to this long-awaited “sequel” of sorts, and look forward to sharing this special show with our audiences,” says Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham.

James O’Neil is the Co-Conceiver and Director and is also the Author/Director of Lonesome Traveler. George Grove is the Co-Conceiver, Creative Consultant and Musical Arranger and spent 41 years as part of The Kingston Trio. Dan Wheetman is a Co-Conceiver and was Musical Director for Lonesome Traveler, as well as Musical Director and a performer in Back Home Again.

Performances are Wednesday - Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with an added Saturday Matinee at 2 p.m. and a Sunday Matinee at 1 p.m. Tickets range from $45 - $60 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). 

Group discounts are available by calling (949) 497-2787 ext. 229. For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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