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17th Annual Fête de la Musique returns to Laguna with a spectacular line-up of music and festivities on June 15

Get ready to immerse yourself in the joyous sounds of the 17th Annual Fête de la Musique, presented by Laguna Beach Sister Cities. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., as the picturesque streets of Laguna Beach come alive with a celebration of music and unity. This international event, observed in more than 1,000 cities worldwide, promises to be an unforgettable experience for music enthusiasts of all ages.

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A band playing at a previous Fête de la Musique

The Fête de la Musique will once again take center stage on the Main Beach Cobblestones. The festivities will kick off at 11 a.m. when the Main Beach Cobblestones come alive with the 16-piece Laguna Beach Community JaZz Band, which will set the tone for an incredible day of music, dancing and celebration. At 1 p.m., all attention will switch to the large, elevated stage for the Opening Ceremony, which will begin with words from Laguna Beach Mayor Pro Tem Alex Rounaghi and Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley. They will introduce the performance of the U.S. National Anthem followed by the singing of the French National Anthem, both by the French-Canadian singing duo Perfect Blend.

Following the Opening Ceremony, the stage will host an array of remarkable performances throughout the afternoon, starting with the four-piece band Perfect Blend performing their amazing harmonies. Following Perfect Blend will be Laguna Beach belly dancers JJ and the Habibis. Finally, the Ken Garcia Band will perform until 5:30 p.m. or later. By this time, lots of people will be dancing on the Cobblestones.

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More great entertainment Downtown at Fête de la Musique

Simultaneously, from 1:30-4 p.m., the Downtown area will be transformed into a musical paradise, with performers delighting audiences across 32 different locations. Forest Avenue will have 14 performance venues, while Pacific Coast Highway and Ocean Avenue will have 10 and eight venues, respectively. Prepare to be enchanted by the incredible talents of these artists as they bring their diverse styles and creative expressions to the streets of Laguna Beach. If you want to see all of them, you will only have about five minutes at each venue!

Be sure to walk all the way up to the end of Forest Avenue to the Water District Garden on 3rd Street, where the energetic Argentinian Folk Music band Los de Alla will be attracting a crowd.

Adding to the charm of the festival, the iconic Retro Roll Citroen van will be on the Main Beach Cobblestones, offering a nostalgic touch and a unique photo opportunity. Laguna Beach Sister Cities volunteers will be inside the van to answer questions throughout the day.

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Win a two-night stay at The Ranch in Laguna Beach

In addition to the musical festivities, Laguna Beach Sister Cities is offering an exclusive opportunity to win a two-night stay in a Cottage Two-Bedroom Suite at The Ranch in Laguna Beach, including room, tax and resort fee. With only 60 tickets available, priced at $60 each, your chances of winning are high. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Pre-Fete VIP party on Friday, June 14. Proceeds will aid in the production of the annual Fête de la Musique. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

As the Fête de la Musique is a celebration that unites people through the power of music, this year’s event promises to be an unforgettable experience. Immerse yourself in the joyous melodies and rhythms that will fill the air, creating a sense of unity and harmony among attendees.

Make sure to save the date for the Fête de la Musique on Saturday, June 15. Let the melodies transport you and let the power of music bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.

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LBCAC adds Summer Concert Series featuring Eric Henderson and Malaga

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Eric Henderson – June 16 and 30

Sunday, June 16 and 30, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25

Summer Concert Series, every other Sunday

Step into the world of musical enchantment with a LBCAC Summer Concert Series, featuring the internationally acclaimed Concert Guitarist Eric Henderson and his extraordinary quartet, Malaga.

Witness the magic as Curtis Mathewson and Richard Bredice mesmerize on electric guitar, Henderson serenades on Spanish guitar, Jimmy Perez sets the rhythm on bass and Frank Cotinola brings beats to life on drums.

Experience the soulful resonance of the guitar in the intimate setting of OC’s premier listening room, where every note is a symphony of emotions. Join this unforgettable evening filled with Spanish classical guitar masterpieces by Henderson and a captivating blend of new tunes and timeless classics like “Little Wing” and “Paint It Black.” Embrace the harmonious fusion of talent and passion at LBCAC’s Summer Concert Series.

For tickets, click here.

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Summer of Soul – June 19

Wednesday, June 19, 5 p.m.

Summer of Soul

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary-part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion.

Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one 100 miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten – until recently.

Summer of Soul shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach and more.

To RSVP, click here.

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Ted Hawkins: “Amazing Grace” documentary – June 20

Thursday, June 20, 6-8:30 p.m.

Screening of Ted Hawkins: Amazing Grace

Join LBCAC at The Rivian Theater for an unforgettable Juneteenth Celebration screening of Ted Hawkins: Amazing Grace in partnership with the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center.

This rare 1994 documentary is a cherished gem that not only entertains but also uplifts the soul. It beautifully captures the remarkable odyssey of a man who stayed authentic to his music and himself until the very end. While waiting for the day, his narrative graces the silver screen; this film continues to ignite inspiration in all who experience it, underscoring the enduring values of resilience, dedication and an unwavering devotion to the art of music-making.

Following the screening, prepare to be mesmerized by the captivating storytelling performance by Dorothy Randall Gray. Join LBCAC in commemorating Juneteenth with this heartwarming celebration of music, storytelling and compassionate discussion.

Featured Speakers:

Rick Conkey – Artivist & Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center Founder/CEO

Dorothy Randall Gray – Poet Provocateur and Bestselling Author

Pastor Rodrick Echols – Neighborhood Congregational Church

Cadillac Zack – Southern California’s premier blues music promoter

Grant funding made possible by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach.

To RSVP, click here.

Courtesy of www.earlthomasmusic.com

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Earl Thomas and Sister Leola – June 21

The Sky and Ocean Aren’t the Only Way to See Inspiring Blues in Laguna in 2024

Friday, June 21, 8 p.m.

Juneteenth Weekend Celebration Concert

The 2x Grammy-nominated Blues Ambassador Earl Thomas featuring Sister Leola

The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) has stepped up to preserve one of America’s most powerful and influential art forms, by providing a memorable OC haven for national touring blues legends.

The LBCAC offers their intimate listening room, stellar acoustics, state-of-the-art sound system and a host town recognized as one of the nation’s leading arts-centric resort destinations.

Hailing from the realm of blues stardom, the illustrious 2x Grammy-nominated Ambassador, Earl Thomas, has graced the music industry for more than three decades with his unparalleled voice and style. With a staggering 21 recordings under his belt, he stands as a beacon of influence and productivity in the blues genre, captivating audiences worldwide. Not only has he garnered acclaim from legends like Etta James, Solomon Burke and Sir Tom Jones through his songwriting prowess, but he has now embarked on a new musical journey back to his gospel roots.

In what he dubs his “third act,” Thomas seamlessly blends his legendary status with a modern-day innovation, solidifying his place among the greats of African American gospel. Thomas continues to reign supreme, a living legend and a pioneer in his own right.

For tickets, click here.

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Cultural Arts presents World Music at Heisler Park on June 14

Sunset Serenades

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Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

The 2024 Sunset Serenades concert season starts the first Friday in May at the Heisler Park Amphitheater

Free Admission, click here for more information.

World Music

Friday, June 14, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

Jessica Fichot (Multilingual fusion of French chanson, Shanghai jazz, gypsy swing and international folk music)

Low-back beach chairs are encouraged. Alcohol is permitted for guests 21 or older but must be accompanied by a full meal. Solicitation of any kind is not permitted at city events.

For full details, click here.

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and city of Laguna Beach.

Music in the Park

Sundays, July 7 – August 18, 5-7 p.m.

Bluebird Park, 772 Cress St.

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Great North Special performs at Bluebird Park on July 7

Music in the Park is a free public concert series held Sunday evenings in July and August, at Bluebird Park. Concerts start at 5 p.m. Set-up is not permitted before 3 p.m. No dogs are allowed at Bluebird Park (LBMC 6.16.020). No smoking (LBMC 7.40.030). No display or sale of merchandise (LBMC 18.04.015). Low-seating beach chairs are encouraged. Alcohol is permitted for guests 21 or older, but must be accompanied by a full meal. Solicitation of any kind is not permitted at city events.

2024 CONCERT SCHEDULE

–July 7 – The Great North Special

(Psych-rock, Country, Blues and Funk-soul)

–July 14 – TABU

(Latin)

–July 21 – The Shagwells

(‘60s and ‘70s hits)

–July 28 – Upstream

(Caribbean, Reggae, Calypso, Steel Drum)

–August 4 – 133 Band

–August 11 – Betamaxx

(1980s cover)

–August 18 – The Tina Turner Tribute featuring Debby Holiday

(Tribute)

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

For questions, contact Cultural Arts at 949.497.3311.

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LAM schedules new events; enjoy art, music and kids activities

Kids Camp

A Summer of Fun and Learning, begins in June

Throughout summer 2024, LAM will be welcoming kids into the museum for expanded learning and creative opportunities that can be found only at Laguna Art Museum. Starting off with their Summer Camp, they will announce new phases of LAM Kids Summer on this page. Stay tuned and make sure you register!

For classes, click here.

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Kids Camp runs through July 29

LAM Kids Summer Fridays

Drop in and create masterpieces of your own. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m. every summer Friday, their Studio/Lab is open to all kids who want to explore their creativity and participate in hands-on art projects. Members of the Education Staff will be onsite to help kids find inspiration and create their works of art.

Drop ins are free with museum admission.

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Adam Neeley, “Modern Alchemy” continues through July 29

–Modern Alchemy: The Fusion of Art and Nature in the Jewelry Designs of Adam Neeley

Adam Neeley is an award-winning artist/jeweler who transforms precious metals and gemstones into wearable art by traditional goldsmith techniques and modern technologies. His unique designs are inspired by the vast variety of shapes and colors found in the natural world. In fact, it was his childhood interest in collecting rocks that eventually drew Neeley to the master goldsmiths in Italy, where he would study the art of jewelry making. Eventually he developed his own style and techniques of goldwork that have won him international acclaim, as well as prestigious awards across the jewelry industry.

Exhibitions:

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“Skyward” by Eric Theodore

Reflections of Resilience through August 25

Reflections of Resilience presents a sampling of the artwork from the 2024 Master of Fine Art graduates from Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD). Remarkable artists are attracted to LCAD because of the understanding that time-honored skill joined with personal contemporary concerns can create vital, memorable art.

LAM is delighted to introduce Cara Baxter, Jason Dowd, Amber Foote, Sara Khakpour, Ryanne Phillips, Janaise Sanchez, Eric Theodore and Kevin Yaun.

On the Edge through September 2

Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection

Joan and Jack Quinn represent a crucial moment in art history, as Los Angeles came to symbolize an innovative and prolific brand of creative freedom. On the Edge: Los Angeles Art from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection, explores the experimental approaches to minimalism and new materials from the 1960s through 2000s, the diversification of practices and makers, and the vital role the Quinns played in both documenting and contributing to the story of Los Angeles art. Revealed is a period of artmaking that is pivotal to understanding current practices and the west coast mentality, and collectively exudes a unique spirit of anti-conformity and the “California Cool” ethos.

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A Magical Night of Alchemy – June 15

Saturday, June 15, 6 p.m.

A Magical Night of Alchemy

Join a magical night of alchemy inspired by Adam Neeley’s masterful jewelry designs in Modern Alchemy: The Fusion of Art & Nature. Get ready to immerse yourself in an evening of transformation – from the ordinary to the extraordinary – delighting all of the senses through food, art, music, and libations. As you explore the exhibition, enjoy edible works of art and sip on creative modern cocktails with seasonal flavors from Heirloom Potager’s Showcase Garden.

Advance tickets are recommended. Limited space. Age 21+ Non-Alcoholic Options. LAM members: $125, Non-members: $145.

For tickets, click here.

Thursday, June 20, 9-10:30 a.m.

New Moms at the Museum

Navigating the waters of new parenthood? Join other new moms at the museum to engage and enjoy the art museum in the quiet hour before the museum opens to the public. You will learn from industry professionals about postnatal recovery and baby care – and return home with practical tips to put into practice.

Note: Bring a yoga mat for your baby to lie on and a comfy blanket for extra warmth.

This program is for pregnant moms to one year post-partum, and they welcome new dads. Small bites and beverage are included.

Advance tickets are ecommended. For tickets, click here.

Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18, Children under 12: Free.

Art Workshop – June 21

Friday, June 21, 4-7 p.m.

Art Workshop, Figure Drawing

Join Peter Zokosky, Chair of MFA Drawing + Painting at LCAD, for a figure drawing workshop. Learn the basics and build on your knowledge of how to draw the human form with a live model. Supplies are included with purchase of a ticket.

Class Dates: June 21, July 19

Please note that the model will be nude.

Advance tickets are recommended. Adults (18+) only. Museum members: $30, Non-members: $45. For tickets, click here.

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LPAPA Gallery presents solo exhibition by John Cosby

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John Crosbys-Gallery Solo Exhibition runs through July 1

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John Cosby, Artist in Residence

John Cosby “Artist in Residence” LPAPA Gallery Solo Exhibition

Looking West, a Portrait of the Places I Love

The LPAPA Gallery is proud to present a special “Artist in Residence” Solo Exhibition featuring major works, and plein air studies, created by Signature Artist and Founding Member John Cosby on June 6 through July 1.

Call for Nocturne Artwork!

Deadline: Monday, June 17 (before midnight)

The entry deadline is Monday June 17 (by 11:59 p.m.) to submit your artwork for LPAPA’s Annual “From Dusk to Dawn” juried nocturne art show. Both plein air and studio works are eligible. Gallery exhibition dates for the juried Finalists are August 1 through September 2 with juried Semi-Finalists to be exhibited at City Hall.

Five cash awards to be given with the top prize of $500. Plus, all submitting members receive $5 in LPAPA Loyalty Reward credits. Details can be found by clicking here.

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Less is More – Show opens on July 1

18th Annual Less is More

The show opens with an online Art Catalog and Preview Auction on Monday, July 1, followed by the LPAPA Gallery opening for First Thursdays Art Walk on Thursday July 11, 6-9 p.m. (a week after the first Thursday due to July 4th holiday).

Four cash awards to be presented.

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association/LPAPA Gallery is located at 414 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.

Click here to access LPAPA’s calendar and event schedule.

For more information, go to www.lpapa.org.

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Sawdust Festival looks forward to more exciting classes

Sawdust Art Classes has many expressive and informative classes offered every week that the Sawdust Art Festival wants to share with you (far too many to mention here!). For more information, click here.

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Intro to Sewing: Messenger Bag – June 21

Friday, June 21, 10 a.m.

Intro to Sewing: Messenger Bag

Learn how to sew a one-of-a-kind messenger bag on a sewing machine in this introduction to textiles with Carmen Gundelach. Working with a selection of sewing supplies (needle, thread, buttons, webbing, scissors and a sewing machine), Gundelach will show you how to cut out the bag pattern, the basics of sewing on a sewing machine (if you’ve never used one!) and using straight stitches to assemble your pieces. You can choose to bring your own materials if you wish, but upholstery fabric and lining is included in the price of this class.

This class is not suitable for children under 7 years of age; children aged 7-10 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $125.

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French chanson/Shanghai jazz at Sunset Serenades on June 14

The Jessica Fichot Quartet will perform on Friday, June 14 at Sunset Serenades at Heisler Park from 6:30 p.m. through sunset.

The Heisler Park Amphitheater is located at Cliff Drive and Jasmine Street, Laguna Beach.

This is a free concert.

The quartet is comprised of Chloe Feoranzo (clarinet, sax), Alexis Soto Jr. (upright bass), Tom Moose (guitar) and Jessica Fichot (vocals, accordion, toy piano).

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The Jessica Fichot Quartet

Los Angeles-based chanteuse/songwriter Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a truly international soul. Drawing from her multi-ethnic French/Chinese/American upbringing, her music takes the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the land of 1940s Shanghai jazz, gypsy swing, international folk and into the wilderness of her imagination.

With three acclaimed albums under her belt, Fichot has charmed audiences around the world – performing her lively songs at concert halls, festivals and clubs in China, Mexico, Singapore, Canada and across the U.S. and western Europe. Featuring scorching performances from her bandmates on clarinet/sax, upright bass and guitar, as well as her own beautiful, clear vocals in French, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and English, Fichot’s music is truly a dazzling trans-world journey.

Fichot is also an active composer, who has written hundreds of children’s songs for various educational programs, as well as music for many independent video games. She is currently working on her fourth album.

Accolades include:

“Brings an art-song sensibility to delightfully catchy tunes.” – LA Times

“Enchantingly original.” – LA Weekly

“A delicious blend of acoustic styles” – San Francisco Chronicle

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

For more information, go to www.jessicasongs.com.

For more detailed information on Sunset Serenades, go here.

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LPAPA Gallery presents solo exhibition by John Cosby

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John Crosbys-Gallery Solo Exhibition runs through July 1

Photos courtesy of LPAPA

John Cosby, Artist in Residence

John Cosby “Artist in Residence” LPAPA Gallery Solo Exhibition

Looking West, a Portrait of the Places I Love

The LPAPA Gallery is proud to present a special “Artist in Residence” Solo Exhibition featuring major works, and plein air studies, created by Signature Artist and Founding Member John Cosby on June 6 through July 1.

In addition, Cosby is leading a three-day Laguna Plein Air Painting Workshop on June 10-12.

Call for Nocturne Artwork!

Deadline: Monday, June 17 (before midnight)

The entry deadline is Monday June 17 (by 11:59 p.m.) to submit your artwork for LPAPA’s Annual “From Dusk to Dawn” juried nocturne art show. Both plein air and studio works are eligible. Gallery exhibition dates for the juried Finalists are August 1 through September 2 with juried Semi-Finalists to be exhibited at City Hall.

Five cash awards to be given with the top prize of $500. Plus, all submitting members receive $5 in LPAPA Loyalty Reward credits. Details can be found by clicking here.

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Less is More – Show opens on July 1

18th Annual Less is More

The show opens with an online Art Catalog and Preview Auction on Monday, July 1, followed by the LPAPA Gallery opening for First Thursdays Art Walk on Thursday July 11, 6-9 p.m. (a week after the first Thursday due to July 4th holiday).

Four cash awards to be presented.

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association/LPAPA Gallery is located at 414 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.

Click here to access LPAPA’s calendar and event schedule.

For more information, go to www.lpapa.org.

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Sawdust Festival looks forward to more exciting classes

Sawdust Art Classes has many expressive and informative classes offered every week that the Sawdust Art Festival wants to share with you (far too many to mention here!). For more information, click here.

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I Spy Your Eye Photography – June 13

Thursday, June 13, 2 p.m.

I Spy Your Eye Photography

Join artist Mary Church in this three-part class covering the key principles of photography. In the first part of the class, Church will talk you through the key elements including perspective, composition, color, design and imagery. Then, under her guidance, you will explore the grounds of the Sawdust Festival to create three different printed images (one 8.5” x 11” and two 4” x 6”) that you will take home. The final element of this class will be a display of your images and discoveries that you made during your time there.

To participate in this class, you will need to have either a digital camera, an iPhone/ iPad, or Android/smart phones (all digital devices welcome). This class is suitable for ages 10 to 110.

Cost: $95.

Intro to Sewing: Messenger Bag – June 21

Friday, June 21, 10 a.m.

Intro to Sewing: Messenger Bag

Learn how to sew a one-of-a-kind messenger bag on a sewing machine in this introduction to textiles with Carmen Gundelach. Working with a selection of sewing supplies (needle, thread, buttons, webbing, scissors and a sewing machine), Gundelach will show you how to cut out the bag pattern, the basics of sewing on a sewing machine (if you’ve never used one!) and using straight stitches to assemble your pieces. You can choose to bring your own materials if you wish, but upholstery fabric and lining is included in the price of this class.

This class is suitable for all age groups, but children aged 7-10 years must be accompanied by an adult.

This class is not suitable for children under 7 years of age.

Cost: $125.

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Artists Fund invites public to visit Art-To-Go exhibit at City Hall

Art-To-go exhibit at City Hall, free to public

On display are 35 originals donated by Festival of Arts exhibitors. The theme is inspired by the Pageant of the Masters A’La Mode: The Art of Fashion program.

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“Bess” by Brian Haberlin

“It’s exciting to see how each artist interprets Head-To-Toe” said Chris Brazelton, Art-To-Go committee chair. “Some take it literally, and others have inventive interpretations. It’s really a great collection.”

The exhibit runs through June 13 at 505 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach.

July 2, 2024 (hours TBA)

“Art-To-Go at FOA Preview Reception” to view 100 originals donated by FOA exhibitors and vote for Art-To-Go People’s Choice!

Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Coming Up

June 15:  FOA Exhibitor Yearbook (digital) launches.

July 2, 5-9 p.m.: Art-To-Go opens at FOA Preview Night Invitational.

July 2-5: Vote for People’s Choice Art-To-Go piece at the displays.

July 6, 5:15 p.m.: Awards Presentation to winning Art-To-Go exhibitors.

To view them online, click here.

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Artist John Cosby’s one-man show and special evening talk highlights the many places and sites he’s captured while traveling the country

By THERESA KEEGAN

While many people come to paint Laguna’s beautiful sites on location, plein air artist John Cosby isn’t content to just capture this area. In fact, he’s traveled the world and is still inspired by the sites he sees – both while traveling and at home in Southern California.

“I like painting both obvious beauty and things that are not so obvious and finding the beauty in them,” he said.

His experiences and talent are captured in the current gallery show of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association: John Cosby: Looking West, a Portrait of the Places I Love. The opening reception was during First Thursdays Art Walk on June 6.

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John Cosby’s one-man show at LPAPA features many pieces he’s painted of wide open, western landscapes, including “Westward Flow” shown above

The month-long solo exhibit will also extend beyond the gallery walls, giving people an opportunity to better understand this signature artist, who is also a founding member of LPAPA.

On Saturday, June 8, Cosby will host a talk on “What Makes a Successful Painting,” which includes a presentation and then showing clips from an in-progress film documentary about his work. He is also leading a three-day workshop, starting June 10.

“It’s rare to have a one-man show nowadays,” said Cosby. “In general, galleries don’t invest the time and effort. The dynamics of the art world have changed a bit.” It’s also demanding of an artist to gather so much work, but Cosby is thrilled with the opportunity. “I can look at the body of work over 45 years. I’ve been a lot of places.”

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Artist John Cosby sets up his outdoor studio when he travels throughout the country, whether he’s capturing natural beauty, such as in the Red Rock country or urban settings

Cosby began his travels at age 18 while in the military, working in the communications arena for the White House. He traveled with both Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, setting up all the “cool toys.” He traveled 300 days a year and went to China with Nixon and on a Pacific Rim tour with Ford.

When he left the White House at age 23, he took his love of travel with him – touring through Canada on a motorcycle, which he traded in for a boat. He started drawing other people’s boats and selling the pieces to the owners because he was broke. (He’d learned to paint as a child from his artist grandmother in Laguna Beach who shared her love of the profession with John.)

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John Cosby’s grandmother was an artist in Laguna Beach and taught him at an early age the wonders of painting outdoors

When he realized he could earn a living as an artist he never looked back, crediting the people he’d met at the White House for his decision.

“I was just a fly on the wall, but some of the more interesting people I got to meet all proclaimed to me ‘Find something that you love and hold on with both hands and you’ll be successful.’”

Cosby loved that he could still travel and be an artist. He moved to California 35 years ago and began associating with other Plein Air artists in Laguna. In 1996, five of them decided to produce a newsletter and shared information about how to get onto certain properties to paint. The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association was born. While he never imagined it would grow to its current powerhouse status, he is delighted with the outcome.

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When artist John Cosby moved to Laguna Beach he joined forces with other plein air artists in the area, and they founded LPAPA. He’s painted many ocean images, including “Stone and Salt Water” through the years.

“It’s an educational organization and a nonprofit – that’s important to me,” said Cosby. “I’ve been a teacher for 25 years and I see a lot of joy coming out of it – not that the world needs another artist. But when you see people with a repressed urge to draw suddenly stretching themselves … and when you recognize that somebody is mastering the tools that they’re trying to master, it’s joyous to watch. Watching people grow is my interest in teaching.”

But being on the road sparks his passion.

“I travel constantly,” said Cosby. “I love the unpredictability of it. So much of life is predictable and when you’re traveling that all goes out the door. I sit in environments from urban to out in the wild and there are wild animals in both.”

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The Playhouse’s Holmes & Watson delivers a suspense story that keeps audiences guessing

By MARRIE STONE

You needn’t be a Sherlock Holmes aficionado to appreciate Laguna Playhouse’s production of Holmes & Watson. Directed by the Playhouse’s Artistic Director David Ellenstein and written by Jeffrey Hatcher, this iteration of the British classic will both satisfy Doyle loyalists and lure in newcomers for a ride that’s been described as “fast-paced” and “thrilling.”

“Hatcher is such an accomplished and skillful playwright,” Ellenstein said. “His specialty is exactly this genre – so this play bristles with intrigue, humor and verve. It truly captures the Holmesian style and mystery.”

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Richard Baird stars in the Laguna Playhouse production of “Holmes & Watson” by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by David Ellenstein and now playing at the Laguna Playhouse

Devoted Holmes’ fans may recall Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1893 short story “The Final Problem,” wherein Holmes and criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty appear to have fallen to their deaths. But have they?

Holmes & Watson picks up in an asylum on an island off the coast of Scotland in the center of a terrible storm. A telegram has arrived informing Dr. Watson that three men have come forward, each claiming to be Sherlock Holmes. Watson, Holmes’ famous sidekick, must take up the case. It’s anything but elementary.

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(L-R) Matt Koenig, Matthew Floyd Miller, Mike Peebler, Alice Sherman, Christopher M. Williams, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper and Richard Baird star in the Laguna Playhouse production of “Holmes & Watson”

“It starts with this kind of Penny Dreadful feel,” said Richard Baird, who plays the role of Watson. “What the heck is going on? Where are we? A lot of this piece is charting the relationship between Watson and Dr. Evans, who are trying to crack this case together.”

Dr. Evans, played by Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, is a character wholly invented by Hatcher. He’s the presiding doctor on this remote island asylum. “Actors spend a lot of time thinking about what they’re communicating – not just to their colleagues and stage partners, but to the audience,” Mongiardo-Cooper said. “What do they want to let out, who is good or evil, who isn’t whom they seem to be? These are all questions you want everyone to be asking themselves the whole time. That’s a delightful challenge as an actor. Deciding how much you want to share and what secrets you keep.” He recommends seeing the play a second time to appreciate all the hidden clues.

Audiences might also benefit from a second viewing to fully appreciate the gorgeous set design that places us in the center of an asylum and embraces the Victoria era. “Everybody is doing enormously beautiful work on this,” said Mongiardo-Cooper. “It’s gripping to watch actors at their most dexterous get that across to an audience. You can feel the energy in the room.”

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Mike Peebler (top) and Christopher M. Williams

For those unfamiliar with the Sherlock Holmes canon, and who might worry they’ll be lost, fear not. “You can absolutely jump into this as a self-contained play,” Mongiardo-Cooper added. “It doesn’t hurt to have seen or read Sherlock. The more familiar you are, the more little Easter eggs will be there for you.” Even those who haven’t read Doyle likely know the mystery structure, which has been disseminated down through the ages in various forms. For certain generations, it looks like Murder on the Orient Express, Encyclopedia Brown, Columbo, or Murder She Wrote and House.

“Before I directed this play, I was not a huge Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, but the play led me to read the Conan Doyle source material and I gained a new understanding for the lasting appeal of the detective,” Ellenstein said. “These stories are extremely well written. I became captivated by the detail and specificity of the character and literary style. I became a Sherlock fan. There is a reason Mr. Holmes endures through all sorts of adaptations and across time.”

While mystery is at the center of this production, there’s still that signature Holmesian humor as well. “This has a wonderful dry sense of humor that runs through it,” Baird said. “It also really is a thrilling mystery. People’s lives are at stake and the stakes are very high. And it’s quick. The play only runs about 80 minutes with no intermission, so it doesn’t give the audience a chance to talk to each other and keeps you right inside the mystery until it’s over.”

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(L-R) Richard Baird, Mike Peebler and Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper

Baird also appreciates the sharp intellect that Watson brings in this iteration. “In many of the adaptations of Sherlock Holmes, particularly the ones on television and film, past Watsons were sputtering satellites to Sherlock’s genius. They made Watson kind of silly. One thing Doyle did, and Hatcher has done in this script, is something we’ve discussed in great detail. Watson is a military surgeon. He’s around this incredible genius all the time so we forget how intelligent he is. Holmes is working on a whole other level, but that doesn’t mean Watson isn’t an extremely smart man. This time, we get to watch him try to solve the case to find his friend.”

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Family fun: Blues & BBQ event caters to all, especially families, with music by sibling band Wimberley Bluegrass

By THERESA KEEGAN

Laguna Live! is hosting one last big community-wide fling on Sunday, June 9 at 4 p.m. before the real summer kicks in. Bluegrass & BBQ is an afternoon devoted to some foot-stomping, fun live music and great grilled treats said Cindy Prewitt, president of the nonprofit group.

“Our mission is to help people appreciate and learn about different genres of music,” said Prewitt. “Bluegrass is fun, it’s danceable and it’s great for families.”

The afternoon at the campus of Laguna College of Art + Design, features the Wimberley Bluegrass Band, a popular quartet that was named one of Los Angeles’ Top Five Bluegrass Bands. Their claim to fame is not only do they perform great music, but they are all siblings.

For the past 16 years they’ve been plucking and strumming and singing together and, amazingly, they say it’s still a whole lot of fun.

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The bucolic grounds at Laguna College of Art + Design will again be the site of Laguna Live’s Blues & BBQ event

“We were begging our parents for instruments at Christmas because we just wanted to play together,” said Michael, 25. “We were between 8 and 12 years old.”

Like most things the four of them seem to undertake, there was instant harmony.

“We never really intended to perform,” he said. “We just liked the music.” However, when they were at a local open mic event just listening the proprietor suggested they work up a song for the next month’s jam session. The rest is history.

They are self-taught musicians, but learning of all kinds seems a natural attribute that flows in their genes. They made headlines in 2016 when all four graduated from Chapman University. Michael, then just 17, was the youngest person to have graduated Chapman at the time.

“We’ve always gotten along pretty well together as siblings,” said James, 29 “so that helped going into music and performing.” As the elder of the twins with Mark, they could be considered the middle children, but the Wimberleys defy any sibling stereotypes.

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The popular Wimberley Bluegrass Band will perform at the event. Members include siblings James, Michael, Danielle and Mark Wimberley.

The youngest, Michael is lead vocalist, although they all sing. Danielle, 30, plays the mandolin, younger twin James plays the banjo and resonator guitar, Mark plays guitar and Michael the fiddle. Ironically, they are the same instruments their parents selected for each of them so many years ago.

“Our parents were matching the instruments to our personalities,” said Michael. “They were right – they usually are. We all liked the banjo, but we started playing and learning at the same time, these were the instruments we settled on.”

Their parents, who shy from the spotlight, are understandably proud.

“They love it,” said Michael. “Now that we’re adults and gainfully employed, as well as playing music, they can sit back and just enjoy.”

The family shies away from comparisons to the Von Trapps (“there aren’t so many of us”) or the Jackson 5 (“we get along”).

“We didn’t know siblings were supposed to hate each other until it was too late,” said James. “Playing music helped us form a good relationship and performing solidified that.”

The family is comfortable with the classics, but also compose their own unique brand of bluegrass, with shows providing a mixture of music.

“We love the traditional sounds,” said Mark. “Bluegrass is a rich history, and the acoustic sound is very genuine.”

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The Blues & BBQ is an opportunity to enjoy fun music outdoors. Reserved tables are available in advance for an additional fee.

While the siblings started learning with the popular bluegrass “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” their repertoire has since evolved.

“We got to really appreciate artists like Ricky Skaggs, with a tight music style,” said Mark. “We admire that creativity.” When the Wimberleys perform their own compositions during shows, the result is a great blend that keeps audiences involved.

“A lot of our artistic choices are mutual agreement,” said Danielle. “We occasionally will do some country and adapt them to bluegrass.”

They have performed at Nashville, Las Vegas, NAAM, the Orange County Fair and numerous farmers’ markets and are thrilled to be heading to Laguna Beach for a show, as they love the area.

“We like to do these concerts where audience members sit down and we can play to them,” said Michael. “We can be more contemplative with the music. And if there’s room for them to dance, even better. It’s a super happy music.”

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Circus Bella prepares to WOW Laguna in 4th annual show on June 8

By MARRIE STONE

Step right up, folks. Don’t be shy. Bring the kids and prepare to witness the wonderful, whimsical world of Circus Bella on Saturday, June 8 in Bluebird Park. Two shows will take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. They’re sure to blow your minds while warming your hearts.

Circus is becoming synonymous with summer in Laguna. Every year since 2021, Circus Bella has taken center stage in Bluebird Park. This year, they’re preparing to wow the crowd with their all new 2024 show, “WOW!”

After last year’s banana costume bonanza, Director Abigail Munn wondered how she could top it. “The world needs an injection of joy, compassion and things we can agree on,” Munn said. “An explosion of love. That’s the feeling we’re trying to capture.”

Circus Bella delivers a perfect family show for audiences ages one to 100. The crowd will be treated to clowns and contortionists, acrobats and jugglers, a hooper, a trapeze artist and a Rola Bola solo act.

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Circus Bella will perform two free shows in Bluebird Park on Saturday, June 8 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

If you’ve seen Circus Bella in the past, many of their performers will feel familiar to you. But they’ve each upped their circus game, incorporating more ensemble work and specialized routines. They’re also debuting two new acts, one of which we’ll keep a surprise.

But the Rola Bola act is new, as is the performer – Ori Quesada – who began training and performing at age 7 under Master Lu Yi and Teacher Xia Ke Min in traditional Chinese acrobatics. “It’s a rare act,” Munn said. “Nobody does these kinds of tricks.” Quesada has had the chance to perfect it over his 25-year career, lending a new note to this year’s show.

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Ori Doria Quesada performing his Rola Bola act

“Part of our message, especially built into the ensemble pieces, is celebrating diversity. We’ve got an incredibly diverse company – gay, straight, trans, every color of the rainbow – so you see this beautiful company of people working together. Rather than talk about [diversity and collaboration], our audience sees it and experiences it. That’s important,” Munn said. “We’re trying to create the world I want to live in.”

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Strongman Toni Cannon

It takes a village to create a circus. Beyond the six-piece band, there are nine performers and a sizable production crew responsible for making the show happen. Performers include Toni Cannon (strong man), Jamie Coventry (clown), Joel Herzfeld (hand balancer), Jefferson Freire (juggling and unicycle), Dwoira Galilea (aerial hoop), Elise Hing (contortion), Natasha Kaluza (clown and hula hooper) and Calvin Kai Ku (clown).

“Clowns may be ‘third responders,’ but our job is no less important,” Coventry said. “We pour our hearts into our art in the hopes that we’ll provide lasting joy for those that spend an afternoon outside with the circus.”

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Circus Bella clowns bring the ambience and spark to every show

And no better place than Bluebird Park. “It’s such a beautiful park,” said Munn. “I have this memory of standing up on the hill, looking down at the circus set with the flowers and trees. It’s circus in paradise. Maybe it sounds a little hippie-dippy, but you can feel the energy of different parks. That ground has good vibes.”

Speaking of good vibes, we can’t talk about Circus Bella without talking about the band. For some circuses, the band is background (if it exists at all). For Bella, the band plays an equal role in the show. There’s a saying in Circus Bella: “Be brave, be safe, be funny, be better than the band.” For Munn, a live band was essential for Circus Bella to function. The All-Star band includes Rob Reich (bandleader, accordion, keyboard and glockenspiel), Ian Carey (trumpet), Kasey Knudsen (saxophone), Michael Pinkham (percussion) and Jonathan Seiberlich (tuba). They’re even arriving with all new costumes this year.

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Circus Bella All-Star band, led by Rob Reich (center)

There are few live performances that are equally satisfying for kids and adults alike. That straddle cultures, language and time. That cut across geographical and generational boundaries alike. “What I think is amazing about the circus is that it’s so universal,” said Munn. “A whole family can go to the show and every person in that line-up is going to find something that’s enjoyable about the experience.”

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Circus Bella Director Abigail Munn

Circus Bella will perform in Bluebird Park on Saturday, June 8 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. All performances are free, though donations are appreciated. To support Circus Bella and learn more about their organization, visit www.circusbella.org.

The event is a City of Laguna Beach program and funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

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Help LAM reach their goal to raise $26,000 to fund art classes

Laguna Art Museum (LAM) needs your help to raise $26,000 more to sustain their mission this spring! Your donation of just $300 can fund museum-quality art classes for two schools. Join Laguna Art Museum Board Chair Joe Hanauer and donate to this cause today.

Hanauer’s story is just one example of how huge of an impact one art class or tour can have on our children. Your gift can impact lives and build the next generation of art lovers.

They are so close to reaching their goal! Will you be the one to get them there?

To donate, go here.

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LagunaTunes presents Showtunes! at Artists Theater on June 9

LagunaTunes Community Chorus is preparing for the spring concert, a performance called Showtunes! The program includes songs from favorite Broadway musicals as well as several hits from Hollywood movies. Showtunes! will be performed on Sunday, June 9 at 4 p.m. in the Artists Theater at Laguna Beach High School, and admission is free.

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LagunaTunes rehearsal led by director Bob Gunn

LagunaTunes singers are backed by a four-piece band in this concert, in addition to director Bob Gunn’s usual energetic keyboard accompaniment. The upbeat program features songs from the 1930s (“Sing, Sing, Sing” and “Over the Rainbow”) to recent productions such as Waitress, Wicked and Mean Girls. In addition to vocal music, Showtunes! includes group dance numbers with characters from Trolls as well as a Grease salute to the fictional Rydell High School Class of 1958.

The chorus is led by Bob Gunn, former long-time director of Orange County’s Men Alive chorus and Laguna’s St. Mary’s choir. LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides choral singing to everyone (no auditions). Funding is by the FOA Foundation and the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

For more information, go to www.lagunatuneschorus.org, or mail  to lagunatuneschorus@yahoo.com.

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Library Poetry Contest winning poets share their poems

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Courtesy of Laguna Beach Library

On Saturday, June 1, winning poets of the 26th Annual John Gardiner Poetry Contest read their poems at the Laguna Beach Library during the annual celebration of the winning poets. Pictured are some of the winners with Master of Ceremonies Mike Sprake. Congratulations to all the winners!

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Laguna Live! presents Annual Bluegrass and BBQ on June 9

Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.

Live! Music Matters, free children’s program returns

Laguna Beach Live! is delighted to announce another series of their free, children’s program “Live! Music Matters.” An interactive music class for ages up to 6 years old, with caregiver involvement. Local musician Zach Churchill leads the sessions while attendees sing, dance, and play child friendly percussion instruments.

​The Tuesday morning sessions are held at Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre St.

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Zach Churchill at Laguna Beach Library – every Tuesday

Sunday, June 9, 4-7 p.m.

Annual Bluegrass & BBQ

Laguna Beach Live! Annual Bluegrass & BBQ is taking place on Sunday, June 9, 4-7 p.m. This Laguna Live! favorite returns to the picturesque grounds at Laguna College of Art and Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Rain or shine. Chairs are provided.

This year’s Bluegrass and BBQ entertainment is the Wimberley Bluegrass Band. They are comprised entirely of four siblings based in Southern California and were named one of Los Angeles’ Top Five Bluegrass Bands by CBS-LA. They provide fun and wholesome musical entertainment and strive to keep the traditional sounds of bluegrass music alive and well by taking it to new audiences.

Tickets: Concert only $25 in advance $30 at the door, kids 12 and under are free; Concert and BBQ $52 in advance, $57 at the door; VIP $110 (incl. concert, BBQ and reserved table seating).

Tickets are non-refundable: Thank you for your understanding.

Sorry, no outside food or beverages.

Barbeque is provided by Richard Jones Pit BBQ with beverages by Bianchi Winery, offering a selection of their award-winning Paso Robles wines, plus, Costa Mesa’s master beer maker, Salty Bear Brewing Co. will be serving their most popular brews.

For tickets, click here.

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Cultural Arts presents Circus Bella on June 8

Stage on Forest

–Thursday, June 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Andrew Corradini

–Friday, June 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Giovanni Simone

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Circus Bella performs at Bluebird Park on June 8

Saturday, June 8, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Circus Bella

The Arts Commission invites kids of all ages to a free performance of Circus Bella’s “WOW!” – a captivating blend of circus enchantment and madcap mayhem. Circus Bella offers a modern twist on a one-ring circus overflowing with heart and soul. This exhilarating family event promises to delight and astonish you.

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. Free.

Sunset Serenades

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The 2024 Sunset Serenades concert season starts the first Friday in May at the Heisler Park Amphitheater

Free Admission, click here for more information.

World Music

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Quarteto Nuevo – June 7

Friday, June 7, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

Quarteto Nuevo (Western classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz mix)

Friday, June 14, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

Jessica Fichot (Multilingual fusion of French chanson, Shanghai jazz, gypsy swing and international folk music)

Low-back beach chairs are encouraged. Alcohol is permitted for guests 21 or older but must be accompanied by a full meal. Solicitation of any kind is not permitted at city events.

For full details, click here.

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and city of Laguna Beach.

Music in the Park

Sundays, July 7 – August 18, 5-7 p.m.

Bluebird Park, 772 Cress St.

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Great North Special performs at Bluebird Park on July 7

Music in the Park is a free public concert series held Sunday evenings in July and August, at Bluebird Park. Concerts start at 5 p.m. Set-up is not permitted before 3 p.m. No dogs are allowed at Bluebird Park (LBMC 6.16.020). No smoking (LBMC 7.40.030). No display or sale of merchandise (LBMC 18.04.015). Low-seating beach chairs are encouraged. Alcohol is permitted for guests 21 or older, but must be accompanied by a full meal. Solicitation of any kind is not permitted at city events.

2024 CONCERT SCHEDULE

–July 7 – The Great North Special

(Psych-rock, Country, Blues and Funk-soul)

–July 14 – TABU

(Latin)

–July 21 – The Shagwells

(‘60s and ‘70s hits)

–July 28 – Upstream

(Caribbean, Reggae, Calypso, Steel Drum)

–August 4 – 133 Band

–August 11 – Betamaxx

(1980s cover)

–August 18 – The Tina Turner Tribute featuring Debby Holiday

(Tribute)

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

For questions, contact Cultural Arts at 949.497.3311.

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LBCAC features the Salty Suites on June 8

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Salty Suites – June 8

Saturday, June 8, 8-10 p.m.

Salty Suites

Nobody knew it at the time, but The Salty Suites began in early June 2009 when Chelsea Williams, Chuck Hailes and Scott Gates played together for the first time on a magical night at Castoro Cellars in San Luis Obispo, Calif. John McEuen was headlining that night and Williams was the opening act. Hailes and Gates were there to support McEuen’s son, Nathan. Williams, Hailes and Gates met before the show and decided to rehearse and perform a cover of Hank William’s “Lovesick Blues.” The rest is sordid history.

For tickets, click here.

Courtesy of www.earlthomasmusic.com

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Earl Thomas and Sister Leola – June 21

The Sky and Ocean Aren’t the Only Way to See Inspiring Blues in Laguna in 2024

Friday, June 21, 8 p.m.

Juneteenth Weekend Celebration Concert

The 2x Grammy-nominated Blues Ambassador Earl Thomas featuring Sister Leola

The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) has stepped up to preserve one of America’s most powerful and influential art forms, by providing a memorable OC haven for national touring blues legends.

The LBCAC offers their intimate listening room, stellar acoustics, state-of-the-art sound system and a host town recognized as one of the nation’s leading arts-centric resort destinations.

Hailing from the realm of blues stardom, the illustrious 2x Grammy-nominated Ambassador, Earl Thomas, has graced the music industry for more than three decades with his unparalleled voice and style. With a staggering 21 recordings under his belt, he stands as a beacon of influence and productivity in the blues genre, captivating audiences worldwide. Not only has he garnered acclaim from legends like Etta James, Solomon Burke and Sir Tom Jones through his songwriting prowess, but he has now embarked on a new musical journey back to his gospel roots.

In what he dubs his “third act,” Thomas seamlessly blends his legendary status with a modern-day innovation, solidifying his place among the greats of African American gospel. Thomas continues to reign supreme, a living legend and a pioneer in his own right.

For tickets, click here.

Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center concessions available, not currently ADA accessible, steep stairs only.

LBCAC is located at 235 Forest Ave., Newport Beach.

Check out the calendar at www.lbculturalartscenter.org.

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LAM offers kids a summer of fun, art and learning

Kids Camp

A Summer of Fun and Learning, begins in June

Throughout summer 2024, LAM will be welcoming kids into the museum for expanded learning and creative opportunities that can be found only at Laguna Art Museum. Starting off with their Summer Camp, they will announce new phases of LAM Kids Summer on this page. Stay tuned and make sure you register!

For classes, click here.

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Kids Camp runs through July 29

LAM Kids Summer Fridays

Drop in and create masterpieces of your own. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m. every summer Friday, their Studio/Lab is open to all kids who want to explore their creativity and participate in hands-on art projects. Members of the Education Staff will be onsite to help kids find inspiration and create their works of art.

Drop ins are free with museum admission.

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Adam Neeley, “Modern Alchemy” continues through July 29

–Modern Alchemy: The Fusion of Art and Nature in the Jewelry Designs of Adam Neeley

Adam Neeley is an award-winning artist/jeweler who transforms precious metals and gemstones into wearable art by traditional goldsmith techniques and modern technologies. His unique designs are inspired by the vast variety of shapes and colors found in the natural world. In fact, it was his childhood interest in collecting rocks that eventually drew Neeley to the master goldsmiths in Italy, where he would study the art of jewelry making. Eventually he developed his own style and techniques of goldwork that have won him international acclaim, as well as prestigious awards across the jewelry industry.

Exhibitions:

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“Skyward” by Eric Theodore

Reflections of Resilience through August 25

Reflections of Resilience presents a sampling of the artwork from the 2024 Master of Fine Art graduates from Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD). Remarkable artists are attracted to LCAD because of the understanding that time-honored skill joined with personal contemporary concerns can create vital, memorable art.

LAM is delighted to introduce Cara Baxter, Jason Dowd, Amber Foote, Sara Khakpour, Ryanne Phillips, Janaise Sanchez, Eric Theodore and Kevin Yaun.

On the Edge through September 2

Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection

Joan and Jack Quinn represent a crucial moment in art history, as Los Angeles came to symbolize an innovative and prolific brand of creative freedom. On the Edge: Los Angeles Art from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection, explores the experimental approaches to minimalism and new materials from the 1960s through 2000s, the diversification of practices and makers, and the vital role the Quinns played in both documenting and contributing to the story of Los Angeles art. Revealed is a period of artmaking that is pivotal to understanding current practices and the west coast mentality, and collectively exudes a unique spirit of anti-conformity and the “California Cool” ethos.

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Art Access: Dig for Gems with Adam Neeley – June 8

Saturday, June 8, 9:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Art Access: Dig for Gems with Adam Neeley

Laguna Art Museum invites you on a family-friendly adventure to the Mines of Southern California with modern alchemist, Adam Neeley.

Neeley began visiting local gem mines to find gems for his jewelry as a child. After visiting the mines, he was inspired to combine the forces of art and nature – developing his deep passion for gems.

Oceanview Mine is the only actively open-to-the-public mine in the world-famous Pala Gem mining district, where visitors can also find their own gems. The mine provides screens, water, buckets and shovels for you, plus a big pile of gem-rich dirt and gravel taken from their mines. After a brief training session, you have four hours to search the pile for gems. And you get to keep everything you find! Your ticket includes keeping all you find and one screened and washed five-gallon bucket of rocks.

Guests will also receive a jeep tour of Chief Mountain to see all the currently active mines and prospects, as well as views of the famous Pala Chief, Tourmaline Queen and other historic mines.

This trip is suitable for ages 8 and up. Participants will meet at the entrance of Oceanview & Pala Chief Gem Mines at 9:15 a.m. Lunch will be provided. Alongside Adam Neeley, LAM hopes this Father’s Day weekend and your family will explore the magic of finding art in nature.

Itinerary:

Saturday

–9:15 a.m. Meet at Oceanview & Pala Chief Gem Mines

–9:30 a.m. Mine Tour with Adam Neeley

–12:30-1 p.m. Group Lunch – (they have two picnic areas)

–1:30 p.m. Depart Mine

Trip Cost: $39 Ages 8-11, $48 Ages 12+, $165 Family Pack: Four tickets. Contemporary Circle members may choose this event to use their complimentary attendance for two.

The ticket price includes a four-hour guided mine tour, a meet and greet and catered lunch with Neeley.

To make your reservation, click here or contact Carly Bornmann, development events coordinator at cbornmann@lagunaartmuseum.org.

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Sawdust Festival looks forward to more exciting classes

Sawdust Art Classes has many expressive and informative classes offered every week that the Sawdust Art Festival wants to share with you (far too many to mention here!). For more information, click here.

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Little Hearts Simple Sewing – June 7

Friday, June 7, 10 a.m.

Little Hearts Simple Sewing

Master the charming craft of sewing simple stuffed fabric hearts which you can string together to make a beautiful garland. Choose from an array of beautiful fabrics and embellishments (or bring your own) and learn how to transform soft, colorful fabrics into adorable hearts.

In this class you will learn how to make a simple heart template and trace it onto fabric, sew the fabric together using a sewing machine and then “seam rip” to make an opening for the stuffing. You will also learn how to hand stitch (to close the opening) and how to string the hearts together using ribbon, beads and other little jewels. This class is for all skill levels.

Cost: $50 per person which is inclusive of fabric, threads, needles, ribbon and beads. Five students maximum per class.

Intro to Sewing: Messenger Bag – June 7 and 21

Friday, June 7, 1 p.m.

Friday, June 21, 10 a.m.

Intro to Sewing: Messenger Bag

Learn how to sew a one-of-a-kind messenger bag on a sewing machine in this introduction to textiles with Carmen Gundelach. Working with a selection of sewing supplies (needle, thread, buttons, webbing, scissors and a sewing machine), Gundelach will show you how to cut out the bag pattern, the basics of sewing on a sewing machine (if you’ve never used one!) and using straight stitches to assemble your pieces. You can choose to bring your own materials if you wish, but upholstery fabric and lining is included in the price of this class.

This class is suitable for all age groups, but children aged 7-10 years must be accompanied by an adult.

This class is not suitable for children under 7 years of age.

Cost: $125.

I Spy Your Eye Photography – June 13

Thursday, June 13, 2 p.m.

I Spy Your Eye Photography

Join artist Mary Church in this three-part class covering the key principles of photography. In the first part of the class, Church will talk you through the key elements including perspective, composition, color, design and imagery. Then, under her guidance, you will explore the grounds of the Sawdust Festival to create three different printed images (one 8.5” x 11” and two 4” x 6”) that you will take home. The final element of this class will be a display of your images and discoveries that you made during your time there.

To participate in this class, you will need to have either a digital camera, an iPhone/ iPad, or Android/smart phones (all digital devices welcome). This class is suitable for ages 10 to 110.

Cost: $95.

Link the following URL to here: https://sawdustartfestival.org/classes

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LPAPA features a Plein Air Talk with John Cosby on June 8

Fairhaven Memorial Park Painting Competition

LPAPA artists recently celebrated plein air painter Nellie Gail Moulton with a Paint Out at Fairhaven Memorial Park. Nellie Gail was a member of the original Laguna Beach Art Association and studied with William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Anna Hills and others; she rests in peace at Fairhaven.

Congratulations to the award winners: 1st Place Best in Show to Mike Hill, 2nd Place to Jeannine Savedra, 3rd Place to Curtis Green and Honorable Mention to Mike Major. Thank you Fairhaven Memorial Park and the Moulton Museum for your support.

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Plein Air Talk with John Cosby on June 8

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John Cosby, Artist in Residence

LPAPA Gallery Exhibition, through July 1

John Cosby “Artist in Residence” LPAPA Gallery Solo Exhibition

Looking West, a Portrait of the Places I Love

“Plein Talk with John Cosby,” Save the date: Saturday, June 8

The LPAPA Gallery is proud to present a special “Artist in Residence” Solo Exhibition featuring major works, and plein air studies, created by Signature Artist and Founding Member John Cosby on June 6 through July 1.

In addition, Cosby is leading a three-day Laguna Plein Air Painting Workshop on June 10-12.

Call for Signature Artists!

Deadline: Monday June 10 (before midnight)

The entry deadline to submit your artwork for Signature Membership jurying is Monday June 10 (by 11:59 p.m.)

LPAPA Signature Artists are professional artists established in their careers and have been recognized in the art community for their superior work and experience in the technique of painting on location.

Only a limited number of artists achieve the highest scores required to be added to this prestigious roster of LPAPA Signature Artist Members.

Call for Nocturne Artwork!

Deadline: Monday, June 17 (before midnight)

The entry deadline is Monday June 17 (by 11:59 p.m.) to submit your artwork for LPAPA’s Annual “From Dusk to Dawn” juried nocturne art show. Both plein air and studio works are eligible. Gallery exhibition dates for the juried Finalists are August 1 through September 2 with juried Semi-Finalists to be exhibited at City Hall.

Five cash awards to be given with the top prize of $500. Plus, all submitting members receive $5 in LPAPA Loyalty Reward credits. Details can be found by clicking here.

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Less is More – Show opens on July 1

18th Annual Less is More

The show opens with an online Art Catalog and Preview Auction on Monday, July 1, followed by the LPAPA Gallery opening for First Thursdays Art Walk on Thursday July 11, 6-9 p.m. (a week after the first Thursday due to July 4th holiday).

Four cash awards to be presented.

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association/LPAPA Gallery is located at 414 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.

For more information, go to www.lpapa.org.

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Artists Fund invites public to visit Art-To-Go exhibit at City Hall

Art-To-go exhibit at City Hall

On display are 35 originals donated by Festival of Arts exhibitors. The theme is inspired by the Pageant of the Masters A’La Mode: The Art of Fashion program.

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“Bess” by Brian Haberlin

“It’s exciting to see how each artist interprets Head-To-Toe” said Chris Brazelton, Art-To-Go committee chair. “Some take it literally, and others have inventive interpretations. It’s really a great collection.”

The exhibit runs through June 13.  505 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach.

On view will be 35 originals donated by Festival of Arts exhibitors. Viewers will enjoy seeing how various artists interpreted the theme Head-To-Toe, which is inspired by the Pageant of the Masters A’ La Mode: The Art of Fashion program.

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“Anemone” by FOA exhibitor Sharon Williams

Among the Head-To-Toe subjects are those covered in spots, fur and even tentacles. Refreshments will be provided, and live music by Felicia Dunne will add to the fun. Attendees are encouraged to wear festive or creative attire. The event is presented by The Artists Fund in collaboration with the City of Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Department, and First Thursdays Art Walk. Takes place at 505 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach.

Coming Up

June 15:  FOA Exhibitor Yearbook (digital) launches.

July 2, 5-9 p.m.: Art-To-Go opens at FOA Preview Night Invitational.

July 2-5: Vote for People’s Choice Art-To-Go piece at the displays.

July 6, 5:15 p.m.: Awards Presentation to winning Art-To-Go exhibitors.

To view them online, click here.

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Festival of Arts brings art, music and more to Laguna Beach July 3 through August 30

One of Southern California’s most beloved summer attractions, the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, returns July 3 through August 30. Set in the vibrant arts destination of Laguna Beach, this annual event continues to captivate and inspire audiences with a stunning showcase of creativity and talent from local artists. In addition to the artwork on display, guests can enjoy daily live entertainment, art classes, special events and more. The Festival of Arts is sponsored in part by Volvo Cars, City of Hope Orange County, Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club and KOST Radio 103.

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Festival of Arts features 120 exhibiting artists

Taking center stage at the Festival of Arts are the 120 exhibiting artists, showcasing their talents at the fine art show during its two-month summer season. This professionally juried art exhibit features a diverse selection of artwork, including paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more, all crafted by artists from across Orange County. Since its inception in 1932, the Festival has served as a platform for thousands of artists to showcase and sell their creations, with many pieces finding their way into the private collections of esteemed art collectors, celebrities and museums worldwide.

Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to engage directly with the artists, gaining insight into their inspirations, techniques and creative processes. Interactive art classes (sponsored by Bank of America), live demonstrations and guided art tours (sponsored by PBS SoCal) further enrich the visitor experience, fostering a deeper connection between the creators and their audience. For a comprehensive list of the 2024 participating artists, click here.

During the two-month summer season, the Festival of Arts hosts daily live concerts and a variety of event series, sponsored by City of Hope Orange County and Yamaha. After making their debut at South Coast Plaza, The Music of Hope continues at the Festival of Arts all summer long. City of Hope’s blue “Hope” piano will be prominently featured on the Festival’s stage, honoring everyone whose lives have been touched by cancer. As part of this partnership, the Festival introduces Spotlight on the Music of Hope Blue Piano on select Saturday nights, showcasing talented musicians who will enrich the lives of community members through this uplifting concert series.

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Attendees mingle at FOA 2023

On Sunday, July 14, the ever-popular Family Art Day returns with an exciting new animal theme featuring creature-inspired art projects as well as furry and feathered special guests! For the adults, Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate (sponsored by Charles Schwab and Cambria Estate Winery) provides the perfect atmosphere to pair wine, chocolate and smooth jazz amongst an unmatched gallery setting.

According to Sharbie Higuchi, Festival of Arts marketing and PR director, “The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show has something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re an art aficionado, a music lover, or simply looking for a fun artful experience – the Festival has it all.”

Event Information:

Special Events:

For a complete list of special events, click here.

Free with admission unless otherwise noted.

Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate

Thursdays, July 8 – August 26, 5:30 p.m.

$25 additional fee for tastings

Sponsored by Charles Schwab & Cambria Estate Winery

Tremendous Tributes Music Series

Fridays, July 12 – Aug 29, 5:30 p.m.

Concerts on the Green

Saturdays, July 6 – Aug 17, 1 p.m.

Spotlight on the Music of Hope Blue Piano

Saturdays, July 6 – Aug 10, 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by City of Hope Orange County

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Festival of Arts features a variety of art experiences

Wow…That Girl Can Sing! Music Series

Sundays, July 7 – Aug. 25, 5:30 p.m.

Family Art Day

Sunday, July 14, 12 p.m.

Festival Runway Fashion Show

Sunday, August 18, 12 p.m.

Art & Fashion Affair Gala

Saturday, Aug. 24

Separate ticket required

Art Workshops for Everyone (Presented by Bank of America)

For schedule and reservations, click here.

Creativity runs wild at the Festival’s Teen and Adult Art Classes where students will make their own masterpieces under the instruction of professional artists. ($45)

Uncork your creativity Thursday nights at Prints and Pinots or Friday nights at Paint and Sip Classes. Create a work of art with easy-to-follow instruction by Festival artists and enjoy complimentary wine or beverage. Must be 21 and up. ($50)

Friday through Sunday, the Festival hosts Youth Art Classes, art classes for children ages 5-12. Classes include sculpture, mixed media, painting and much more. ($25)

The Festival Art Center will be open weekdays from 4-8 p.m. and weekends from 12-8 p.m. for hands-on artistic fun. Reservations are not required, so drop in anytime.

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The Honarkar Foundation for Arts & Culture presents Joe Goode: Select Works: 1970s – 2000s

The exhibition Joe Goode: Select Works: 1970s – 2000s will open this week on First Thursdays Art Walk on Thursday, June 6 from 6-8 p.m. at The Honarkar Foundation for Arts and Culture (HFAC) at 289 Broadway St., Laguna Beach.

The Artist’s Reception will take place on Saturday, June 15 from 4-6 p.m. The exhibition will run through July 20.

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Joe Goode, “Laguna Beach,” 1993, oil on canvas, 70” x 70”

Joe Goode is an influential American artist, best known for his contributions to the Pop Art movement of the 1960s. Born on February 27, 1937, in Oklahoma City, Okla., Goode moved to Los Angeles in 1959, where he quickly became an integral part of the burgeoning West Coast art scene. He studied at the Chouinard Art Institute, where he developed his distinctive style that combines elements of realism and abstract expressionism.

Goode’s early works often featured everyday objects, rendered in a way that challenged conventional notions of perception and reality. His Milk Bottle series, for example, juxtaposed photorealistic depictions of milk bottles against minimalist backgrounds, highlighting the ordinary while inviting deeper contemplation. Another notable series, the Torn Cloud paintings, involved canvases with sections meticulously cut out and layered, creating a dynamic interplay of light, shadow and texture.

Throughout his career, Goode has continually experimented with different mediums and techniques, including painting, sculpture and mixed media. His work frequently explores themes of nature, transformation and the passage of time, often incorporating natural elements such as fire and water to evoke visceral, sensory experiences.

Goode’s art has been exhibited widely, both in the United States and internationally. His pieces are part of prestigious collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His ability to blend everyday imagery with profound artistic inquiry has cemented his status as a significant figure in contemporary art, influencing generations of artists and art enthusiasts alike.

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Opening Reception for LCAD’s Emerging Masters 2024 exhibition during Art Walk on June 6

The public is invited to the Opening Reception of LCAD’s Emerging Master 2024 exhibition on Thursday, June 6 from 6-9 p.m. at LCAD Gallery.

Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) is proud to present Emerging Masters 2024. This diverse and impressive group exhibition features artwork by the most recent graduating students from LCAD’s Master of Fine Arts programs in Drawing and Painting. These skilled creatives are among today’s most promising emerging artists.

The exhibition will run through July 14.

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Cara Baxter, “The Journey,” acrylic on panel, 36” x 24”, 2024

Students come to LCAD because the college believes that enduring art comes from a fusion of contemporary ideas and time-honored skills. Learning how to draw and paint with a high level of skill is a discipline that enables the artist to truly see and effectively communicate.

Exhibiting Artists: Cara Baxter, Amber Foote, Sara Khakpour, Ryanne Phillips, Janaise Sanchez, Eric Theodore and Kevin Yaun.

LCAD Gallery is located at 374 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach.

LCAD Gallery admission is always free.

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Visual Creations: Newest art show at Gallery Q at the Susi Q includes section devoted to CAP artists

By THERESA KEEGAN

Gallery Q at the Susi Q was a critical component why the community center was recently named Art Patron of the Year. But the latest show, Visual Creations is a new feather in their cap, as the show partners with Community Art Project (CAP).

“This is the second time we shared with CAP and many visitors were impressed on preview night,” said Bill Atkins, artistic director of Gallery Q.

“We bring art to the community to have conversations,” said CAP Vice President Adrienne Fayne. All the CAP shows are invitationals, and for this show the CAP board selected seven artists whose work reflects the theme and ultimately creates a cohesive show. They are featured in the library area of the Susi Q Center.

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The florals of CAP member Karen Wiechert, including “White Anemones” (above), is on display at the current Gallery Q show

“I am always grateful to be included in a community-sponsored art show,” said Karen Wiechert who is a CAP member from San Juan Capistrano. She was invited by CAP president M “Charlie” Ferrazzi to show her two floral oil paints in the show.

“I like to paint with traditional oil paints,” says Wiechert, explaining not only that oil was the medium she trained in while attending Laguna College of Art + Design, but also for a more practical reason.

“Oil paints are very forgiving,” she said. “(They) allow me to rework pieces at any time.”

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Adrienne Fayne, vice president of the Community Art Project, addresses the crowd during the opening night reception of the Gallery Q show “Visual Creations”

The Gallery Q and CAP partnership has taken on a special relationship said Fayne, as the group seeks to find display space. The nonprofit, founded in 1998 is committed to increasing visibility and appreciation of art, and serves as a catalyst for art education. It has about 75 members – not all are artists, as some are patrons of the arts.

In addition to the current showing at Gallery Q, CAP also has an upcoming show this summer at City Hall, entitled Real & Imagined. The group will also be the featured artists at the Art Walk preview reception in September at Hotel Laguna.

“We want to help local artists get their work out there,” said Fayne. “There are many artists in Laguna who are not represented and are not in the festivals, but they can be CAP artists and can show in town.”

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Christine Sullivan is one of the seven CAP members selected to have her work displayed at the current Gallery Q show

CAP is also committed to sponsoring murals throughout Laguna.

“The community always benefits from art,” said Fayne.

Besides the CAP exhibit at Gallery Q’s current Visual Creations show, other artists in the area also have work on display. As is true in many Gallery Q shows, it’s a broad collection.

“This is my first time participating,” said Linda Ruddy. “I feel honored to be chosen and it helps to validate me as an artist.” The Laguna Woods resident, who works in mixed media, has her art shown at other locations, including in her community and at the art galleries in both Saddleback College and San Clemente.

“This show helps me build momentum and energy,” she said.

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Adrienne Fayne stands by her artwork currently on display in the Gallery Q show, which she entered as an independent artist, not as a CAP artist

Artist Brian Jones, who has shown at LPAPA Gallery and recently received third place at the Art That’s Small exhibit at City Hall, has been participating in the Gallery Q shows for years.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for aspiring artists to show their work,” he said. “The staff at the Susi Q, especially Bill Atkins and Judy Baker, have been very encouraging and welcoming to the artists.”

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Artist Kathy Lin stands next to her painting of “Boys of Balboa Island,” now on display at the current Gallery Q show

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Laguna Live! presents Annual Bluegrass and BBQ on June 9

Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.

Live! Music Matters, free children’s program returns

Laguna Beach Live! is delighted to announce another series of their free, children’s program “Live! Music Matters.” An interactive music class for ages up to 6 years old, with caregiver involvement. Local musician Zach Churchill leads the sessions while attendees sing, dance, and play child friendly percussion instruments.

​The Tuesday morning sessions are held at Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre St.

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Zach Churchill at Laguna Beach Library – every Tuesday

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Gabriela Friedman and Mark Turnbull – June 4

Tuesday, June 4, 7 p.m.

Beth’s Tuesdays

Gabriela Friedman and Mark Turnbull

Concerts are in person and held at the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center – 235 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach on a Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Gabriele Friedman is a singer songwriter from Laguna Beach who now resides in Volcano, Hawaii. She has drawn inspiration from many legendary folk, blues and jazz greats – Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald – but more recently her mentor, Beth Wood. Writing and performing came to her later in life and she credits Wood with helping her carve a path toward greater expression of one’s truth in singing and songwriting.

Grammy-nominated songwriter Mark Turnbull started his performing career at the age of 5 on the Jimmy Durante Show and hasn’t looked back. His first album (1968) for Reprise Records “Portrait of the Young Artist” was a Billboard pick, and Turnbull was listed in F.M. & Fine Arts magazine (along with Randy Newman, Laura Nyro and Bob Dylan) as one of the finest songwriters of the era.

Sunday, June 9, 4-7 p.m.

Annual Bluegrass & BBQ

Laguna Beach Live! Annual Bluegrass & BBQ is taking place on Sunday, June 9, 4-7 p.m. This Laguna Live! favorite returns to the picturesque grounds at Laguna College of Art and Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Rain or shine. Chairs are provided.

This year’s Bluegrass and BBQ entertainment is the Wimberley Bluegrass Band. They are comprised entirely of four siblings based in Southern California and were named one of Los Angeles’ Top Five Bluegrass Bands by CBS-LA. They provide fun and wholesome musical entertainment and strive to keep the traditional sounds of bluegrass music alive and well by taking it to new audiences.

Tickets: Concert only $25 in advance $30 at the door, kids 12 and under are free; Concert and BBQ $52 in advance, $57 at the door; VIP $110 (incl. concert, BBQ and reserved table seating).

Tickets are non-refundable: Thank you for your understanding.

Sorry, no outside food or beverages.

Barbeque is provided by Richard Jones Pit BBQ with beverages by Bianchi Winery, offering a selection of their award-winning Paso Robles wines, plus, Costa Mesa’s master beer maker, Salty Bear Brewing Co. will be serving their most popular brews.

For tickets, click here.

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Cultural Arts presents Circus Bella on June 8

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Circus Bella performs at Bluebird Park on June 8

Saturday, June 8, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Circus Bella

The Arts Commission invites kids of all ages to a free performance of Circus Bella’s “WOW!” – a captivating blend of circus enchantment and madcap mayhem. Circus Bella offers a modern twist on a one-ring circus overflowing with heart and soul. This exhilarating family event promises to delight and astonish you.

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. Free.

Sunset Serenades

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Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

The 2024 Sunset Serenades concert season starts the first Friday in May at the Heisler Park Amphitheater

Free Admission, click here for more information.

World Music

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Quarteto Nuevo – June 7

Friday, June 7, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

Quarteto Nuevo (Western classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz mix)

Friday, June 14, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

Jessica Fichot (Multilingual fusion of French chanson, Shanghai jazz, gypsy swing and international folk music)

Low-back beach chairs are encouraged. Alcohol is permitted for guests 21 or older but must be accompanied by a full meal. Solicitation of any kind is not permitted at city events.

For full details, click here.

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and city of Laguna Beach.

Music in the Park

Sundays, July 7 – August 18, 5-7 p.m.

Bluebird Park, 772 Cress St.

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Great North Special performs at Bluebird Park on July 7

Music in the Park is a free public concert series held Sunday evenings in July and August, at Bluebird Park. Concerts start at 5 p.m. Set-up is not permitted before 3 p.m. No dogs are allowed at Bluebird Park (LBMC 6.16.020). No smoking (LBMC 7.40.030). No display or sale of merchandise (LBMC 18.04.015). Low-seating beach chairs are encouraged. Alcohol is permitted for guests 21 or older, but must be accompanied by a full meal. Solicitation of any kind is not permitted at city events.

2024 CONCERT SCHEDULE

–July 7 – The Great North Special

(Psych-rock, Country, Blues and Funk-soul)

–July 14 – TABU

(Latin)

–July 21 – The Shagwells

(‘60s and ‘70s hits)

–July 28 – Upstream

(Caribbean, Reggae, Calypso, Steel Drum)

–August 4 – 133 Band

–August 11 – Betamaxx

(1980s cover)

–August 18 – The Tina Turner Tribute featuring Debby Holiday

(Tribute)

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

For questions, contact Cultural Arts at 949.497.3311.

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