16th Annual Art Star Awards proves that “The Future is Bright”

On Friday, April 26, the Laguna Beach Art Alliance (LBAA) hosted the 16th Annual Art Star Awards – with the theme of “The Future is Bright” – at the Festival of the Arts grounds.

The Art Star Awards is an annual award ceremony to recognize excellence in outstanding achievements and contributions in the arts in Laguna Beach. The award categories are Best Arts Program, Arts Patron of the Year, Outstanding Arts Collaboration and Artist of the Year. A special award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts is also presented.

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Photos by Ryan Hill @photoscompose on Instagram

LBAA Chair Amy Dechary welcomes attendees

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The various category winners are given one-of-a-kind sculptures (Louies) created by local artist and celebrity Louis Longi. The “Louies” are created specifically for the Art Star Awards with no molds or editions.

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LCAD artist Sofia Ketterer

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Art Star Awards Committee – Front row (L-R): Victoria Gerard, LAM and Amy Dechary, chair of LBAA. Back row (L-R): Wayne Baglin, FOA; Faye Baglin, Community Art Project; Pat Kollenda, LagunaTunes; Jay Kramer, Laguna Community Concert Band; Sharbie Higuchi, marketing/PR director FOA; Michael Ervin, LB Arts Commission and Rob Harryman, managing director, No Square Theatre

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Eliana Merritt, LBHS dancer, performed for the audience

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Ginger Hatfield and Laguna JaZz Band

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Art Star Award Winners – (L-R): Best Arts Program, Bree Burgess Rosen, No Square Theatre Lagunatics, 30th anniversary; Roxanna Ward, Special Award; Art Patron of the Year, Judy Baker accepting for Laguna Beach Seniors; Lifetime Achievement, G. Rey Kerciu; Artist of the Year, Casey Parlette and Outstanding Arts Collaboration, Pageant of the Monsters, Diane Challis Davy, director/producer Pageant of the Masters

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(L-R) Sophia Hope and Marina Strombom, Laguna Playhouse Youth Group

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Sydney Ford, LBHS artist

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Art Star Awards Emcee Pat Kollenda (right) hugging Roxanna Ward after announcement of Ward’s special award

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Scrumptious food and desserts by Starfish


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