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No Square Theatre holding auditions for Legally Blonde on May 18-19

On May 18 and 19, No Square Theatre will be holding auditions for Legally Blonde. Initial auditions are by appointment on Sunday, May 19 from 12-3 p.m. and Monday, May 20 from 6-9 p.m. Audition appointments can be made via email to theellawyatt@gmail.com.

The callbacks will be by invitation on Thursday, May 23 beginning at 6 p.m.

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Auditions take place on May 18 and 19

Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture, Legally Blonde has music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach. It is directed by Ella Wyatt, musically directed by Roxanna Ward and choreographed by Sabrina Harper.

Produced by No Square Theatre, the Artistic Director is Ella Wyatt and the Managing Director is Rob Harryman.

Rehearsals begin June 1, and will be scheduled weekday evenings and weekend days. Final rehearsal schedule will be determined based on cast availability within those options. Cast will not be called seven days a week.

Tech rehearsals will begin on Saturday, July 27.

Performances are Friday-Sunday, August 2-11 with a possible extension through August 18.

What to prepare and bring for the audition: Please prepare a contemporary musical theater song (not from the show) under three minutes to demonstrate range, musicality and storytelling abilities. Please bring headshot, resume and sheet music in the appropriate key; an accompanist will be provided. Also bring a list of all conflicts from June 1 through August 18.

For more information on the audition and character breakdown, 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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The 2024 Sunset Serenades concert season starts the first Friday in May at the Heisler Park Amphitheater

Free Admission, click here for more information.

Friday May 17, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

Steve Wade

Friday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

Uncanny Valley (Rock)

World Music

Friday, May 31, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

Caro Pierotto (Brazilian samba)

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 adds new events for May

Through May 25 

Exhibition: Climate: Air, Earth and Water

April is Earth Month, an extension of the annually recognized Earth Day on April 22. In the 34 years since Earth Day went global, environmental awareness has improved. Our situation has not.

Climate: Air, Earth and Water is on display at LBCAC through May 25. Photographers Jacques Garnier and Tom Lamb are joined by artist Roberto Salas in this special exhibition.

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Opera Re-Imagined – May 19

Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m.

Opera Re-Imagined: for the Mammas

In this event, LBCAC will be celebrating all “The Mammas” the Saturday after Mother’s Day. International piano sensation Lyena Atonyicq, pianist Mateo Weber and Laguna Tenor Rick Weber join LBCAC in memorializing Laguna Beach activist, mother and mentor Eileen Algaze.

Hailing from the cultural heart of Kiev, Ukraine, Lyena Atonyica is not just a concert pianist and music coach, but a maestro whose talents have graced prestigious stages across the U.S. and Europe, leaving audiences spellbound with her enchanting and harmonious performances.

Mateo Weber is making his second appearance at the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center to share his love of piano, while drawn to music created by the French composers. In this performance, Mateo will open with the classic “Claire de Lune” by Debussy.

Step into the enchanting world of music with Rick Weber, the extraordinary “Laguna Tenor” whose voice embodies a fusion of classical training and boundless inspiration from the legendary tenors of our time. Join LBCAC in honoring the essence of motherhood with soul-stirring renditions of “Memory” and “All I Ask of You,” as they celebrate the legacy of those who shape our lives with love and grace.

For tickets, click here.

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Laguna Piano Lover’s Soireé – May 19

Sunday, May 19, 4-7 p.m.

Laguna Piano Lover’s Soireé – A Songbird’s Summit

Celebrating Laguna’s Piano Community

The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) has stepped up to provide an exceptional space for Laguna’s piano-playing community. LBCAC is a preeminent venue for performing artists of both local and international renown. Join us for this gathering of like-minded musicians.

Oscar-winning Director and Producer Barry Levinson graciously donated his exquisite baby grand piano to the Center, ensuring a memorable event.

Special Guest Performances by:

Steve Wood Former member of the 1970s Southern California rock band Honk.

Norman Beede is well known as a musician in the ballet and modern dance world in L.A., Houston and New York as well as in the improvisation scene in Orange County and L.A.

Lyena Atonyicq: LBCAC’s own pianist and opera/piano coach Atonyicq is a concert pianist/coach with a masters in music.

For tickets, click here.

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.

SOS – The San Onofre Syndrome: Nuclear Power’s Legacy

Filmed over 12 years, SOS – The San Onofre Syndrome: Nuclear Power’s Legacy dramatically chronicles how Southern California residents came together to force the shutdown of an aging nuclear power plant only to be confronted by an alarming reality: tons of nuclear waste left near a popular beach, only 100 feet from the rising sea, that – with radioactivity lasting millions of years – menaces present and future generations.

The film portrays San Onofre as a microcosm of this national problem – the mismanagement of lethal radioactive waste. This is a syndrome shared by all 55 nuclear reactor sites across the United States.

SOS spotlights the essential role citizens must play to ensure public safety is the top priority. Told largely from the perspective of five main characters, the film shows how they mobilize their communities as they become experts on the issues and tactically wiser in the face of adversity.

SOS – The San Onofre Syndrome is a critical warning that America’s 55 nuclear power plants, each with their own tons of intensely radioactive waste lasting millennia – in inadequate temporary containers with no plans to repair them – are putting their local communities and national security at grave risk.

SOS is an urgent call to action. Will viewers rally to embrace this lifeline in time?

Directed by James Heddle, Mary Beth Brangan and Morgan Peterson, and produced by Mary Beth Brangan, the film is a production of EON – The Ecological Options Network, features nuclear experts Donna Gilmore, Dan Hirsch, Gordon Edwards, activists Karen Hadden, Rose Gardner, Torgen Johnson, Gary and Laurie Headrick and key whistleblowers.

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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.

Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Art Workshop – Mother’s Day Portraits

This Mother’s Day weekend, join one of LAM’s professional teaching artists to create a non-figurative portrait inspired by artist Greg Colson’s Pie Chart portrait in LAM’s latest exhibit, On The Edge: Los Angeles Art from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection. What are the elements of the pie chart that best illustrate the subject of your portrait? Bring your ideas and create a one-of-a-kind work of art suitable for framing.

Ticket includes all materials. Advance tickets recommended. Museum members: $18, Non-members: $22.

For tickets, click here.

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(L-R) Peter Zokosky, Chair of MFA Drawing + Painting), Kevin Yaun, Janaise Sanchez, Ryanne Phillips, Cara Baxter, Eric Theodore and Amber Foote. (Not pictured: Jason Dowd and Sara Khakpour.)

Saturday, May 18, 6 p.m.

Emerging Artists in Conversation: LCAD MFA Graduates Share their Art and Thoughts

Join LAM for a stimulating and enlightening conversation with some of the most promising emerging artists to appear. This informal discussion will explore their diverse roles in the ongoing developments in contemporary art.

Peter Zokosky, moderator and chair of the Masters of Fine Arts program at the Laguna College of Art + Design along with Cara Baxter, Jason Dowd, Amber Foote, Sara Khakpour, Ryanne Phillips, Janaise Sanchez, Eric Theodore and Kevin Yaun.

Advance tickets are recommended. Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18. Students: limited number of tickets available. Please present student ID. For tickets, click here.

Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m.

Jean Stern presents the Life and Art of Millard Sheets

In this lecture, art historian and LAM Curatorial Fellow Jean Stern will discuss the life and art of Millard Sheets (1907-1989) in a slide-illustrated lecture. Sheets was one of the most important American artists of the 20th century. Raised on a ranch in Pomona, he developed a love of the land and of horses, both of which would be manifest in his art. Proficient in oil paints and watercolor, he is also known for his monumental mosaics that once graced Home Savings and Loan buildings throughout California. At Notre Dame University, Sheets produced a large mosaic for the library that the students fondly refer to as “Touchdown Jesus.”

The lecture consists of about 90 slides and lasts approximately 50 minutes with time afterwards for discussion and questions.

Under 12, free. Members $12, non-members $18.

For tickets, click here.

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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 Mosaic Art – May 18

Saturday, May 18, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Intro to Mosaic Art

A two-day workshop over two weekends.

The ancient art of mosaics is one of the most beautiful and oldest in the history of mankind. Working closely with Ron Shearer, you will create a mosaic that you will be proud to display. It will open a whole new world of creativity that you can easily continue your own. Step-by-step, he will take you through the process of design, materials, cutting techniques and then carefully guide you through the application, initially using glue for positioning. You’ll have a little bit of fun “homework” to do between classes. When you return to the second workshop, you can really home in on the fine details and finishing your artwork. A wonderful, informative and creative workshop and one that they have had many requests for. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners or those who want to fine-tune their skills. All materials are provided including supplies from WitsEnd Mosaics.

Cost: $350 per student which is fully inclusive of six hours of intensive instruction over two weekends, and all materials including a pair of nippers that you can keep, mosaic glass tiles, design and backing board. Maximum 10 students per class – if you are a larger group, contact them directly at learnart@sawdustartfestival.org.

Women’s Retreat Workshop – May 18

Saturday, May 18, 1-5 p.m.

Women’s Retreat Workshop – Michelle Burt

For a while now, Michelle Burt has been wanting to create a safe space for women to come together, reduce stress and create together. She has a process where participants can transform the stress of their lives into something beautiful.

Join in the adventure of creating abstract art by sheer intuition. Like dancing, you’ll find your own rhythm utilizing different textures, materials, colorful mediums and tools. You will explore oil pastels, acrylic paint, specialty papers, graphite, charcoal and inks. There are so many different items to choose from.

Women will share a lovely afternoon exploring and creating an abstract piece of art that will inspire them every day.

Note: This workshop is held off-site, but within Laguna Beach. Exact location address details will be provided upon registration.

Cost: $298.

Sunday, May 19 and 26, 11 a.m.

Fused Glass – Reactions and Metals

In this class, you’ll learn about the alchemy of glass types and how they react with each other. The magic of copper and silver foil will surprise and delight you. Create abstract ideas in glass and transform it into a wall pocket vase using frit (small pieces of glass), glass powder and sheet glass. Step-by-step, Barbara Lolli will guide you on how to design, assemble and prepare your glass for firing. Create a piece of art that will truly be unique to you.

Please note: The firing of your pieces will be done offsite and will be available for pickup at the Sawdust or mailed to you by USPS priority mail at a small extra cost depending on the size of the piece.

Cost: $125.

Art Meets Technology – May 22

Wednesday, May 22, 10 a.m.

Art Meets Technology

A brand-new pop-up class where you can really let your imagination fly. With AI technology, you will create a computerized image using your ideas. This printed image will be the basis for your painting. You’ll transfer this image onto paper using a printing plate.
The process is simple with really satisfying results. You will learn to use different types of medium in this fun class, including gelli plates, posca markers, acrylic paints, and other mixed media including Mica powder and stencils. This is a great way to loosen up those creative juices.

Suitable for both adults and children over 10 years of age.
Cost is inclusive of all materials, a colored digital print and a finished acrylic painting that will be framed in a mat board for you to take home.

Once you have registered for this class, they will ask you for a few short sentences to best describe what you would like to paint so that they can prepare your digital image. If you wish, you may bring your own image or design.

Cost: $50.

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LPAPA looks forward to Less is More” show

Annual Waterworks Juried Art Show

Notifications for Artwork Entries for the 8th Annual “Waterworks” Juried Art Show, a celebration of paintings created by LPAPA members using transparent watercolors were sent out when the jurying was complete. This show is made possible with the support of the Joe Hanks Van Cleave Foundation.

This show is made possible with the support of the Joe Hanks Van Cleave Foundation.

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“Waterworks” Juried Art Show

Show Overview & Timeline:

Online Art Catalog Exhibition (Finalists and Semi-Finalists): through Monday, June 3.

LPAPA Gallery Show (Finalists): through Monday, June 3.

Pick Up of Unsold Artwork at the Gallery: Tuesday, June 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Paint Together with Rick J. Delanty

Outdoor on location

Rick Delanty will demonstrate how to paint a Laguna Beach landscape, with an emphasis on composition. Everyone may follow along step-by-step, using oils, acrylics, or other media. Beginners and all levels are invited. LOCA or LPAPA members $60/$75 non-members.

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Less is More – Deadline May 20

18th Annual Less is More

Entry Deadline is Monday, May 20 by 11:59 p.m.

Online submissions are open for LPAPA’s 18th Annual “Less is More” Juried Small Works Art Show. Submit your entries any time before the deadline but no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 20. 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.

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John Cosby – Art Walk Opening Reception

John Cosby, Artist in Residence

Online Preview & Auction June 3-6

LPAPA Gallery Exhibition June 6 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.

Looking West, a Portrait of the Places I Love will open online with a preview auction on Monday, June 3, followed by the LPAPA Gallery opening on Thursday, June 6 with a special First Thursdays Art Walk Opening Reception with the Artist (6-9 p.m.; free entry); the exhibition will continue through Monday, July 1.

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

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 celebrates Art-To-Go Head-To-Toe on June 6

April – May 2024

Spring Collection at City Hall – View 40 originals by Artists Fund Board Members and Art-To-Go winning artists. Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave. Viewing is available during regular business hours.

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“Early Moon” by Wendy Wirth, part of Spring Collection

Special Sale Gallery

Now through May 2024, view the Artists Fund “Special Sale Gallery” collection of affordable originals. Proceeds from sales support their Hardship Grant fund.

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“Botanical” by Natalia Eremeyeva-Duarte, 17” ceramic platter

All works are originals donated by past and present Festival exhibitors. Prices shown are reduced – to support their Hardship Grant fund for artists in need. Works may be collected in Laguna Beach or shipped at an additional cost.

To purchase artwork, contact curator Mike Tauber, call or text at 949.497.3597.

Thursday, June 6, 6-7 p.m.

Art-To-Go Head-To-Toe, Reception Event at City Hall

First Thursdays Art Walk

The public is invited to an opening reception of Art-To-Go Head-To-Toe at Laguna Beach City Hall, June 6, 6-7 p.m. The event is free.

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Susan Hoehn, Wendy Wirth and Chris Brazelton

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

Through May 30: Spring Collection at Laguna Beach City Hall and Online.

June 3-28: Art-To-Go Preview Show at Laguna Beach City Hall.

June 6, 6-7 p.m.: Reception Event, Art-To-Go at City Hall, free to public.

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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Laguna Live! presents Live! at the Museum with ACE Trio on June 2

Tuesdays through May, 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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ACE Trio – June 2

Sunday, June 2, 1 p.m.

Live at the Museum presents the ACE Trio

Laguna Art Museum

Shannon Canchola (flute), Micah Wright (clarinet) and Leon Thomasian (piano)

Coined a “Musical Tour de Force” by the Mountaineer Progress newspaper, ACE Trio is a Los Angeles-based classical modern ensemble rapidly distinguishing itself as one of the newest leading groups of its generation.

For tickets, click here.

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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Laguna Live! presents Bach Meets Bluegrass on May 15 at Susi Q

Tuesdays through May, 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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Photos courtesy of Laguna Live!

Zach Churchill at Laguna Beach Library – every Tuesday

Courtesy of Laguna Live!

“Bach Meets Bluegrass” – May 15

Wednesday, May 15, 10-11 a.m.

Live! Music Insights: “Bach Meets Bluegrass”

Susi Q Senior Center, 380 3rd St, Laguna Beach.

Cost: Free. For reservations, click here.

Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of OC team up again with 2020 Grammy nominee Tessa Lark and the Susi Q to present “Bach Meets Bluegrass” with award-winning songwriter/bassist/producer Michael Thurber.

Lark is one of the most captivating artistic voices of our time. Following a summer that saw her perform with New York’s Carnegie Hall Citywide, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest and the Ravinia Festival, highlights of Lark’s 2023-24 season include the world premiere of Carlos Izcaray’s Violin Concerto – written for her – under the composer’s baton with the Alabama Symphony.

Songwriter/Bassist/Producer Thurber is a singular artist whose career defies category. Whether composing scores for The Royal Shakespeare Company, playing bass on The Late Show with the Stephen Colbert house band, scoring shorts for Vanity Fair and BBC, or co-founding the hit YouTube channel CDZA (30 million views), Thurber has been guided by Duke Ellington’s principle: There are only two types of music – good and bad. Make the good kind.

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ACE Trio – June 2

Sunday, June 2, 1 p.m.

Live at the Museum presents the ACE Trio

Laguna Art Museum

Shannon Canchola (flute), Micah Wright (clarinet) and Leon Thomasian (piano)

Coined a “Musical Tour de Force” by the Mountaineer Progress newspaper, ACE Trio is a Los Angeles-based classical modern ensemble rapidly distinguishing itself as one of the newest leading groups of its generation.

For tickets, click here.

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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LCAD presents MFA Exhibition opening reception at LAM on May 17

Reflections of Resilience: MFA Exhibition at Laguna Art Museum will hold its opening reception on Friday, May 17, from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

This exhibition features artwork by the 2024 Master of Fine Art graduates from Laguna College of Art + Design. It will be on display until August 25.

The quality, creativity and individuality of these featured artists are testaments to their dedication and independence. Remarkable artists are attracted to LCAD because of the understanding that time-honored skill joined with personal contemporary concerns can create vital, memorable art.

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Eric Theodore, “Skyward,” oil on panel, 42×28, 2023

These artists share an earnest, hopeful sensibility amid unsettling times. As we emerge from a pandemic, they reflect upon what is most meaningful and how to navigate an often distant and uncertain world. There is optimism behind the urge to create and contribute. A shared sense of resilience resonates beneath the surface, reflecting honesty while avoiding cynicism.

Through carefully considered paintings and drawings, these artists represent how mindful reflection of the outer world builds personal insights, expressing appearances as well as emotions. In Reflections of Resilience, the rational and the poetic are made apparent to the viewer, who takes time to observe, consider, and reflect.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Laguna Art Museum (LAM).

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

Tickets are available by clicking here.

For questions, contact Peter Zokosky, Chair of MFA Drawing + Painting.

Saturday, May 18, 6 p.m.

Emerging Artists in Conversation: LCAD MFA Graduates Share their Art and Thoughts: Location, Laguna Art Museum

Join LAM for a stimulating and enlightening conversation with some of the most promising emerging artists to appear. This informal discussion will explore their diverse roles in the ongoing developments in contemporary art.

Peter Zokosky, moderator and chair of the Master of Fine Arts program at the Laguna College of Art + Design along with Cara Baxter, Jason Dowd, Amber Foote, Sara Khakpour, Ryanne Phillips, Janaise Sanchez, Eric Theodore and Kevin Yaun.

Advance tickets are recommended. Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18. Students: limited number of tickets available. Please present student ID. For tickets, click here.

LCAD BFA Fine Arts Exhibition 2024

Laguna College of Art + Design’s (LCAD) BFA Fine Arts exhibition 2024 is now on display at LCAD Gallery.

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Piper Bangs, “The Garden (Detail),” 2023, Oil on Linen, 59” x 39”

LCAD undergraduate Fine Arts department is thrilled to showcase the outstanding talents of its senior BFA students with the 2024 BFA Fine Arts Exhibition. This group exhibition features paintings, drawings, and sculptures, each one a testament to the dedication and creativity of our graduating seniors in the Drawing + Painting program.

The exhibition presents a carefully curated selection of works that represent the culmination of LCAD’s Senior Thesis project. This project serves as a guiding force, empowering our seniors to develop a cohesive and meaningful body of work that demonstrates both their individual conceptual growth and mastery of academic skillsets.

LCAD is proud to present the following exceptional artists, whose works will be on display at the exhibition. Gabrielle Anievas, Piper Bangs, Kyra Beal, Rylee Cook, Emma Crespo, Lauren Duplissey, Anna Eisen, Anne Goldman, Chase Heindel, Carly Mann, Amber Jodoin, Rachel Joy, Julianna Lazio, Xochitl Leal-Bailon, Rafael Mejia, Kat O’Brien, Arely Sojo, Isabella Stockbridge, Jenna Swerdfeger and Luke Silverthorne.

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

LCAD Gallery admission is always free.

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LOCA offers new classes and a pop-up art studio weekend

Art lovers will meet Laguna Beach’s most fascinating artists and industry professionals at LOCA Art Talks. Events are Thursday evenings through May in Downtown Laguna Beach. Attendees will receive a post-event coupon for 15% off dining at nearby restaurants.

LOCA’s New Teaching Location:

LOCA’s newest teaching location is in the south end of Laguna Beach, easily reached from Downtown, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel and San Clemente.

The expansion allows LOCA to offer “extended learning” series of classes whereby students, both adults and families, can build a “toolbox of skills” over several weeks.

LOCA students will enjoy the hilltop location, panoramic ocean views and free onsite parking. Laguna Beach Community and Recreation Center, 30516 S. Coast Highway. Enter on Cardinal Drive, just south of Nyes Place.

Know someone who loves art and Laguna Beach? Surprise them with a LOCA 2024 membership and they’ll enjoy a full year of art experiences of their choice! Your $50 purchase ensures them a bounty of benefits including free admission to six LOCA Art Talks lectures, an exclusive Membership Sunday Brunch and Art Talk, a shout-out feature in their eNewsletter, half-priced registration to LOCA’s workshops taught by well-known Laguna Beach artists throughout the town – and much more.

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Give the gift of art experiences for a full year

What they’ll get:

Your thoughtfully chosen gift will be presented as a charming reusable box, topped with a LOCA pencil, and elegantly wrapped with a bow. Inside is a 2024 membership card listing the fantastic benefits. A $250 value!

Buy it now for $50:

Use LOCA’s secure and easy “Gift a Membership” red checkout button on their membership page by clicking here. Your package will arrive by mail in 4-7 business days.

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(L-R) LOCA teachers Allison Keefe and Elizabeth McGhee

–Thursday, May 16, 23, 30, 4-5 p.m.

Art Classes for Kids at the Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach.

“Art Classes for Kids” held in the Children’s Wing of the Laguna Beach Library – Thursdays at 4 p.m. through June 6. Classes are free and no registration is required, but space is limited on a first come, first served basis for children 5 and up. Please gather at 3:45 p.m.

Families Love LOCA at the Library

LOCA’s Family Art Classes at Laguna Beach Public Library have been a smashing success. The “happy hour” 4-5 p.m. timeslot has made it convenient for parents and kids to enjoy a creative learning space, led by Allison Keefe. “We encourage parents and kids to work together,” Keefe said.

LOCA Arts Education has provided top quality visual arts education to all ages in Laguna Beach, and beyond, for more than 30 years. LOCA’s unique strength is its ability to be mobile, providing free and affordable lectures, demonstrations, and classes throughout the city at commercial spaces, community centers, galleries, parks, resorts and studios.

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Student loves art

Laguna Beach Public Library is among LOCA’s many institutional partners. Here, in the children’s wing, LOCA conducts a series of art classes, free to the public, each season. Spring 2024 brought “Family Art Day,” where parents and their children do an art project together and “Art Classes for Kids” which begin with a librarian reading a book, followed by an art project that ties to the theme. The drop-in classes offer a new creative project each week for up to 20 children at a time. Students may attend one, several, or all, and many do.

LOCA and Me, The Teachers

LOCA hires local professional artists to teach their classes, who assist and complement their full-time careers as artists. Library classes are taught by Allison Keefe and Elizabeth McGhee, both accomplished exhibitors at local festivals. According to McGhee, “I enjoy teaching at the library because not only do local Laguna Beach kids attend, but children from throughout Orange County come to learn new art techniques and stories. These classes not only help the students and parents who attend, but also engage and retain teachers like me in the community, and for that I am so grateful.”

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Learn Soft Pastels – May 8

Wednesday, May 8, 1-3:30 p.m.

Learn Soft Pastels

Laguna Beach Community Center

Dawn Buckingham will teach how to create an emotional landscape using soft pastels, sanded paper and alcohol washes. Registration is required, visitors $50/$25 LOCA members. 380 Third St., with free parking in garage.

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LBCAC adds new events for May

Through May 25 

Exhibition: Climate: Air, Earth and Water

April is Earth Month, an extension of the annually recognized Earth Day on April 22. In the 34 years since Earth Day went global, environmental awareness has improved. Our situation has not.

Climate: Air, Earth and Water is on display at LBCAC through May 25. Photographers Jacques Garnier and Tom Lamb are joined by artist Roberto Salas in this special exhibition.

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Laguna Piano Lover’s Soireé – May 19

Sunday, May 19, 4-7 p.m.

Laguna Piano Lover’s Soireé – A Songbird’s Summit

Celebrating Laguna’s Piano Community

The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) has stepped up to provide an exceptional space for Laguna’s piano-playing community. LBCAC is a preeminent venue for performing artists of both local and international renown. Join us for this gathering of like-minded musicians.

Oscar-winning Director and Producer Barry Levinson graciously donated his exquisite baby grand piano to the Center, ensuring a memorable event.

Special Guest Performances by:

Steve Wood Former member of the 1970s Southern California rock band Honk.

Norman Beede is well known as a musician in the ballet and modern dance world in L.A., Houston and New York as well as in the improvisation scene in Orange County and L.A.

Lyena Atonyicq: LBCAC’s own pianist and opera/piano coach Atonyicq is a concert pianist/coach with a masters in music.

For tickets, click here.

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.

SOS – The San Onofre Syndrome: Nuclear Power’s Legacy

Filmed over 12 years, SOS – The San Onofre Syndrome: Nuclear Power’s Legacy dramatically chronicles how Southern California residents came together to force the shutdown of an aging nuclear power plant only to be confronted by an alarming reality: tons of nuclear waste left near a popular beach, only 100 feet from the rising sea, that – with radioactivity lasting millions of years – menaces present and future generations.

The film portrays San Onofre as a microcosm of this national problem – the mismanagement of lethal radioactive waste. This is a syndrome shared by all 55 nuclear reactor sites across the United States.

SOS spotlights the essential role citizens must play to ensure public safety is the top priority. Told largely from the perspective of five main characters, the film shows how they mobilize their communities as they become experts on the issues and tactically wiser in the face of adversity.

SOS – The San Onofre Syndrome is a critical warning that America’s 55 nuclear power plants, each with their own tons of intensely radioactive waste lasting millennia – in inadequate temporary containers with no plans to repair them – are putting their local communities and national security at grave risk.

SOS is an urgent call to action. Will viewers rally to embrace this lifeline in time?

Directed by James Heddle, Mary Beth Brangan and Morgan Peterson, and produced by Mary Beth Brangan, the film is a production of EON – The Ecological Options Network, features nuclear experts Donna Gilmore, Dan Hirsch, Gordon Edwards, activists Karen Hadden, Rose Gardner, Torgen Johnson, Gary and Laurie Headrick and key whistleblowers.

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Luke Pytel Band – May 31

Friday, May 31, 8 p.m.

Luke Pytel Band

Known for his fiery guitar playing along with his solid vocals and high energy blues. When you catch his band, be ready to interact with him and sing along as you will be a part of the show.

For more than 17 years, Pytel has backed up many artists at Blue Chicago including Shirley Johnson, Big Time Sarah, Nellie Travis, Grana Louise, Laretha Weathersby, Claudette Miller and Sheryl Youngblood. In addition, he has performed with local and national legends of the blues: Jimmy Johnson, Chico Banks, Big James Montgomery and Buddy Guy, to name a few.

Pytel, now leading his own band for the past 13 years, will bring you the sounds of old school blues, contemporary blues, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King and many more.

Having been fortunate to travel the world, Pytel has performed in Belgium, France, England and Latvia, to name a few. He is a gifted and popular performer, and a valuable addition to the line-up at Blue Chicago.

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 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.

Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Art Workshop – Mother’s Day Portraits

This Mother’s Day weekend, join one of LAM’s professional teaching artists to create a non-figurative portrait inspired by artist Greg Colson’s Pie Chart portrait in LAM’s latest exhibit, On The Edge: Los Angeles Art from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection. What are the elements of the pie chart that best illustrate the subject of your portrait? Bring your ideas and create a one-of-a-kind work of art suitable for framing.

Ticket includes all materials. Advance tickets recommended. Museum members: $18, Non-members: $22.

For tickets, click here.

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New Moms at the Museum – May 16

Thursday, May 16, 9-10:30 a.m.

New Moms at the Museum

Navigating the waters of new parenthood? Join us at the museum to engage with fellow new parents 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 lay on and a comfy blanket for extra warmth. This program is for pregnant moms to six months postpartum and they welcome new dads. Small bites and beverage are included.

Advance tickets are recommended. Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18. Children under 12: Free.

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(L-R) Peter Zokosky, Chair of MFA Drawing + Painting), Kevin Yaun, Janaise Sanchez, Ryanne Phillips, Cara Baxter, Eric Theodore and Amber Foote. (Not pictured: Jason Dowd and Sara Khakpour.)

Saturday, May 18, 6 p.m.

Emerging Artists in Conversation: LCAD MFA Graduates Share their Art and Thoughts

Join LAM for a stimulating and enlightening conversation with some of the most promising emerging artists to appear. This informal discussion will explore their diverse roles in the ongoing developments in contemporary art.

Peter Zokosky, moderator and chair of the Masters of Fine Arts program at the Laguna College of Art + Design along with Cara Baxter, Jason Dowd, Amber Foote, Sara Khakpour, Ryanne Phillips, Janaise Sanchez, Eric Theodore and Kevin Yaun.

Advance tickets are recommended. Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18. Students: limited number of tickets available. Please present student ID. For tickets, click here.

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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!).

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Watercolor 101 – May 15

Wednesday, May 15, 10 a.m.

Watercolor 101

Learn the basics of watercolor painting in a fun way. Splash color onto paper and see how the paint runs to create beautiful designs without you even trying. In this explorative class, you will learn about different techniques including wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, color bleeding, layering and the importance of light and shade in watercolor painting. You’ll also look at different materials including watercolor pencils, acrylic markers and the importance of good quality watercolor paper. You will explore the same scene several times using different colors and materials, changing the mood of the painting each time. At the end, you will choose your favorite design which will be framed in a mat board ready for hanging. A fun and informative class that is suitable for everyone.

Cost: $50 per person which is fully inclusive of all materials used including watercolor paints, brushes, pencils, acrylic markers, quality paper and a mat board.

Intro to Mosaic Art – May 18

Saturday, May 18, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Intro to Mosaic Art

A two-day workshop over two weekends.

The ancient art of mosaics is one of the most beautiful and oldest in the history of mankind. Working closely with Ron Shearer, you will create a mosaic that you will be proud to display. It will open a whole new world of creativity that you can easily continue your own. Step-by-step, he will take you through the process of design, materials, cutting techniques and then carefully guide you through the application, initially using glue for positioning. You’ll have a little bit of fun “homework” to do between classes. When you return to the second workshop, you can really home in on the fine details and finishing your artwork. A wonderful, informative and creative workshop and one that they have had many requests for. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners or those who want to fine-tune their skills. All materials are provided including supplies from WitsEnd Mosaics.

Cost: $350 per student which is fully inclusive of six hours of intensive instruction over two weekends, and all materials including a pair of nippers that you can keep, mosaic glass tiles, design and backing board. Maximum 10 students per class – if you are a larger group, contact them directly at learnart@sawdustartfestival.org.

Women’s Retreat Workshop – May 18

Saturday, May 18, 1-5 p.m.

Women’s Retreat Workshop – Michelle Burt

For a while now, Michelle Burt has been wanting to create a safe space for women to come together, reduce stress and create together. She has a process where participants can transform the stress of their lives into something beautiful.

Join in the adventure of creating abstract art by sheer intuition. Like dancing, you’ll find your own rhythm utilizing different textures, materials, colorful mediums and tools. You will explore oil pastels, acrylic paint, specialty papers, graphite, charcoal and inks. There are so many different items to choose from.

Women will share a lovely afternoon exploring and creating an abstract piece of art that will inspire them every day.

Note: This workshop is held off-site, but within Laguna Beach. Exact location address details will be provided upon registration.

Cost: $298.

Sunday, May 19 and 26, 11 a.m.

Fused Glass – Reactions and Metals

In this class, you’ll learn about the alchemy of glass types and how they react with each other. The magic of copper and silver foil will surprise and delight you. Create abstract ideas in glass and transform it into a wall pocket vase using frit (small pieces of glass), glass powder and sheet glass. Step-by-step, Barbara Lolli will guide you on how to design, assemble and prepare your glass for firing. Create a piece of art that will truly be unique to you.

Please note: The firing of your pieces will be done offsite and will be available for pickup at the Sawdust or mailed to you by USPS priority mail at a small extra cost depending on the size of the piece.

Cost: $125.

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California Happening event at Rivian Theater celebrated the counterculture era with a photo retrospective

Music History Hall Foundation presented an evening at the Rivian South Coast Theater on Friday, May 3, celebrating the music, fashion and culture of California Music Festivals during the years 1968-1971. The event was attended by more than 250 guests. Through never- before-seen photographs, music, fashion and discussion, the story was told of the Southern California festival experience during the height of the counterculture movement.

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California Music Festivals set to music in a slideshow film on the big screen with Music History Hall Foundation Executive Director Patti Compton and Laguna Beach local and historical photographer Jan Nichols on stage

Laguna Beach local Jan Nichols displayed and discussed his historic images from music festivals and happenings – including the music, fashion, politics and culture of the era. The photographs of the concertgoers revealed an intimate window into the turbulent times and showcased young people of the Vietnam War era gathering to listen to music and make an impact on the situation overseas.

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Jan Nichols, who penned the book “Love, Peace and Happiness,” capturing the music scene from 1968-1971

“We had a great time. The crowd arrived ready to have a good time and the evening was a huge success,” said Patti Compton, Music History Hall Foundation executive director.

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Patti Compton amid the crowd at the Rivian South Coast Theater

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More than 250 guests at the Rivian celebrated the music, fashion and culture during the height of the counterculture movement

Music History Hall Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of American music. Their programs explore cultural history through music, expanding cultural knowledge and music appreciation. For more information, visit www.musichistoryhall.org.

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In Conversation: The Life & Legacy of Tony DeLap at The Honarkar Foundation draws large crowd

The panel discussion, In Conversation, the Life & Legacy of Tony DeLap, held at The Honarkar Foundation Foundation for Arts and Culture on Saturday, April 27 was a great success.

They had a huge turnout! Steve Munsey from Jedidiah Coffee provided guests with pour-over coffee, alongside tasty treats from Sidecar Doughnuts.

The three panelists, Gene Cooper, Tom Dowling and Mike McGee engaged in a conversation about Tony DeLap’s life and legacy. The discussion was moderated by Genevieve Williams, curator of the show.

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Steven Munsey of Jedidiah Coffee serves guests

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(L-R) Casey McKay and Raquel Wilson hold the “Tony DeLap, A Survey of Works” catalog

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(L-R) Panel: Mike McGee, Genevieve Williams (moderator), Gene Cooper and Tom Dowling

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(L-R) Peter Blake, Jorg Dubin, G Ray Kerciu and Eric Johnson

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A large crowd attended the panel discussion

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Sugary delights from Sidecar Donuts

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(L-R) Kevin Appell, Phillip K Smith, Ken Kaplan and Sarah Strozza

It was a beautiful morning with wonderful attendees, including lots of locals, artists such G Ray Kerciu, Eric Johnson, Jorg Dubin, David Lee, Phillip K Smith and Marlo Bartels along with local institution directors such as Kevin Appel (professor and chair of the Department of Art, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts), Sarah Strozza (senior director of Development, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts), Julie Perlin Lee (director, Laguna Art Museum), Ken Kaplan (board of trustees, Laguna Art Museum) and Linda Maggard (vice president, OCMA board of trustees).

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A cookbook, a camera and paint – local artists shine light on maternal influence ahead of Mother’s Day

As Mother’s Day draws near, it’s not only a time to honor mothers, but also to celebrate their profound impact on shaping our lives. For many artists showcasing their work at various exhibitions, including the iconic Festival of Arts, the influence of their mothers has been a guiding light throughout their creative journeys.

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Chris Allwine with his mother

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“Afterglow” by Chris Allwine

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Young Chris and his mom

Christopher Allwine, a fine art photographer, credits his mother’s encouragement and support for igniting his passion for photography. “My mother was a classically trained animator for feature films and television. As a working artist herself, she always encouraged my brothers and me to embrace our creative pursuits without boundaries,” shared Chris. “Her unwavering support paved the way for my path in fine art photography; she actually gifted me my first camera on my eighth birthday. The rest is history.”

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Young Kate Cohen with her mom, dad (dressed in red), sister and brother

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Artwork by Kate Cohen

Kate Cohen, known for her experimental approach to art, fondly remembers her mother’s role in nurturing her artistic spirit from a young age. “My mother, a professional portrait artist, would bring down huge pieces of wonderful papers and pastels from her attic studio for me to use,” said Kate. “Experimentation has been my approach to art ever since.”

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“Persimmon” by Jill Maytorena

Jill Maytorena’s vibrant works mirror her mother’s eccentricity, shaping her artistic expression. “My mother fills spaces with the unconventional and the quirky possibilities of unexpected visual storytelling,” said Jill. “She has never asked me a confused ‘why’ about my work. Her ‘why’ is always asked with supportive curiosity. She always was and continues to be a foundational muse in my work.”

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“6 Pies” by Anthony Salvo

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Cover of the Salvo Family Cookbook

Anthony Salvo, a talented oil painter, pays homage to his mother’s culinary talents through his artwork. “My mom was my inspiration for becoming an artist. She was an amazing cook, made everything from scratch and could sew anything,” said Anthony. “As a tribute to her, I designed a cookbook in her honor, filled with all her vintage family photos and immigration documents.”

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Rowan Foley with her mother

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Artwork by Rowan Foley

Rowan Foley’s artistic path was influenced by her mother’s guidance and encouragement, underscoring the invaluable role she plays in her creative process. “My mom is a painter and ceramic artist. She introduced me to painting at an early age and is still the first person I show my ideas to,” said Rowan. “Her dialogue on my work is an invaluable part of my process.”

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Printmaking – Colleen Kennedy Premer

Colleen Kennedy Premer’s career is a tribute to her late mother’s artistic legacy. “My mom, the artist Elaine Kennedy, is my greatest source of creative inspiration. She was a prolific painter and printmaker and turned everything she touched into something beautiful and thoughtful and interesting,” shared Colleen. “When I was accepted into the Festival of Arts (for printmaking) last year, I felt like everything had come full circle.”

This Mother’s Day, we celebrate not only the mothers who nurture us, but also the artistic legacy they help create. These artists stand out as a powerful example of this legacy, their work a lasting tribute to the mothers who believed in their dreams and planted the seeds of creativity. This summer, continue your exploration of artistic inspiration at the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show to see the captivating works of these talented artists and many others from July 3 through August 30 (closed July 4). Stay updated on all things Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts by following them on social media at @FestivalPageant and visiting their website at www.foapom.com.

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Laguna Live! presents Bach Meets Bluegrass on May 15 at Susi Q

Tuesdays through May, 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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“Bach Meets Bluegrass” – May 15

Wednesday, May 15, 10-11 a.m.

Live! Music Insights: “Bach Meets Bluegrass”

Susi Q Senior Center, 380 3rd St, Laguna Beach.

Cost: Free. For reservations, click here.

Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of OC team up again with 2020 Grammy nominee Tessa Lark and the Susi Q to present “Bach Meets Bluegrass” with award-winning songwriter/bassist/producer Michael Thurber.

Lark is one of the most captivating artistic voices of our time. Following a summer that saw her perform with New York’s Carnegie Hall Citywide, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest and the Ravinia Festival, highlights of Lark’s 2023-24 season include the world premiere of Carlos Izcaray’s Violin Concerto – written for her – under the composer’s baton with the Alabama Symphony.

Songwriter/Bassist/Producer Thurber is a singular artist whose career defies category. Whether composing scores for The Royal Shakespeare Company, playing bass on The Late Show with the Stephen Colbert house band, scoring shorts for Vanity Fair and BBC, or co-founding the hit YouTube channel CDZA (30 million views), Thurber has been guided by Duke Ellington’s principle: There are only two types of music – good and bad. Make the good kind.

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ACE Trio – June 2

Sunday, June 2, 1 p.m.

Live at the Museum presents the ACE Trio

Laguna Art Museum

Shannon Canchola (flute), Micah Wright (clarinet) and Leon Thomasian (piano)

Coined a “Musical Tour de Force” by the Mountaineer Progress newspaper, ACE Trio is a Los Angeles-based classical modern ensemble rapidly distinguishing itself as one of the newest leading groups of its generation.

For tickets, click here.

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Cultural Arts presents Jodi Siegel on May 10 at Heisler Park

Stage on Forest – Brian Roark

Friday, May 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Stage on Forest Kelly Fitzgerald

Saturday, May 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Stage on Forest – Andrew Corradini

Sunday, May 12, 5-7 p.m.

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.

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Jodi Siegel performs on May 10 at Heisler Park

Friday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

Jodi Siegel, Singer/Songwriter

Friday May 17, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

Red Light Jazz Band (Louisiana Jazz)

Friday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

Uncanny Valley (Rock)

World Music

Friday, May 31, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

Caro Pierotto (Brazilian samba)

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 adds new performances for May

Through May 25 

Exhibition: Climate: Air, Earth and Water

April is Earth Month, an extension of the annually recognized Earth Day on April 22. In the 34 years since Earth Day went global, environmental awareness has improved. Our situation has not.

Climate: Air, Earth and Water is on display at LBCAC through May 25. Photographers Jacques Garnier and Tom Lamb are joined by artist Roberto Salas in this special exhibition.

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Melvin Taylor Band – May 10

Friday, May 10, 8 p.m.

Melvin Taylor Band – Chicago Blues

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

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 its 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.

With shows that sell out all over the world, Melvin Taylor is one of the greatest guitarists in the history of rock, blues and jazz. He is often referred to as a guitar player’s guitarist.

This self-taught master was influenced by many of history’s true guitar pioneers including Albert King, Jimmy Reed, Wes Montgomery and Jimi Hendrix. He has appeared on the same ticket with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, George Benson, Buddy Guy and BB King.

Taylor was born in 1959 in Jackson, Miss. His musical roots however have always been in Chicago, where he moved with his family when he was 3 years old. The proverbial musical prodigy started playing guitar at age 6. Taylor was influenced and inspired by some of the world’s greatest blues players, many of whom lived in or near his Chicago neighborhood.

For tickets, click here.

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Kobayashi Trio – May 11

Saturday, May 11, 8 p.m.

SoCal Jazz Legends, The Ron Kobayashi Trio

The Ron Kobayashi Trio (with Baba Elefante on bass and Steve Dixon on drums) have been together for 30 years. They have performed with such artists as Mel Torme, Kenny Burrell, Margaret Whiting, Peter Frampton, Tom Scott, Peter White, Roy Hargrove, Frank Stallone and Kansas vocalist John Elefante. Some of the venues they’ve played include the Playboy Jazz Festival Pasadena, the Long Beach Jazz Festival, 54 Below in New York, Disney World in Florida, the Yuma, Arizona Jazz Series, the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Barclay Theater in Irvine.

For tickets, click here.

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Laguna Piano Lover’s Soireé – May 19

Sunday, May 19, 4-7 p.m.

Laguna Piano Lover’s Soireé – A Songbird’s Summit

Celebrating Laguna’s Piano Community

The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) has stepped up to provide an exceptional space for Laguna’s piano-playing community. LBCAC is a preeminent venue for performing artists of both local and international renown. Join us for this gathering of like-minded musicians.

Oscar-winning Director and Producer Barry Levinson graciously donated his exquisite baby grand piano to the Center, ensuring a memorable event.

Special Guest Performances by:

Steve Wood Former member of the 1970s Southern California rock band Honk.

Norman Beede is well known as a musician in the ballet and modern dance world in L.A., Houston and New York as well as in the improvisation scene in Orange County and L.A.

Lyena Atonyicq: LBCAC’s own pianist and opera/piano coach Atonyicq is a concert pianist/coach with a masters in music.

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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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 all Sawdust classes, click here.

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Little Hearts Simple Sewing – May 10

Friday, May 10, 11 a.m.

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.

Sunshine Swirl in Watercolor – May 11

Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.

Sunshine Swirl in Watercolor

Enter the vibrant world of watercolor painting with artist Tim Hahne in this fabulous and playful introduction to the medium.
Hahne’s Sunshine Swirl class is a fabulous introduction on how to apply watercolor paint to achieve a beautiful, blended rainbow effect of color on heavy-duty watercolor paper. He trains your eye to follow the patterns and shapes that the paint makes, encouraging you to see a sunshine swirling pattern within the picture that you bring to life using a Sharpie™ marker. You will also explore painting watercolor on foam board, allowing you to see how the paint behaves on a different medium. A fun and very rewarding class that is especially great for beginners of all ages, or those looking to learn more about watercolor! Please note, this class is not suitable for children under the age of 10.

Cost: $75.

Intro to Mosaic Art – May 11 and 18

Saturday, May 11 and 18, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Intro to Mosaic Art

A two-day workshop over two weekends.

The ancient art of mosaics is one of the most beautiful and oldest in the history of mankind. Working closely with Ron Shearer, you will create a mosaic that you will be proud to display. It will open a whole new world of creativity that you can easily continue on your own. Step-by-step, he will take you through the process of design, materials, cutting techniques and then carefully guide you through the application, initially using glue for positioning. You’ll have a little bit of fun “homework” to do between classes. When you return to the second workshop, you can really home in on the fine details and finishing your artwork. A wonderful, informative and creative workshop and one that they have had many requests for. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners or those who want to fine-tune their skills. All materials are provided including supplies from WitsEnd Mosaics.

Cost: $350 per student which is fully inclusive of six hours of intensive instruction over two weekends, and all materials including a pair of nippers that you can keep, mosaic glass tiles, design and backing board. Maximum 10 students per class – if you are a larger group, contact them directly at learnart@sawdustartfestival.org.

Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.

Sunshine Swirl in Watercolor

Enter the vibrant world of watercolor painting with artist Tim Hahne in this fabulous and playful introduction to the medium.
Hahne’s Sunshine Swirl class is a fabulous introduction on how to apply watercolor paint to achieve a beautiful, blended rainbow effect of color on heavy-duty watercolor paper. He trains your eye to follow the patterns and shapes that the paint makes, encouraging you to see a sunshine swirling pattern within the picture that you bring to life using a Sharpie™ marker. You will also explore painting watercolor on foam board, allowing you to see how the paint behaves on a different medium. A fun and very rewarding class that is especially great for beginners of all ages, or those looking to learn more about watercolor. Please note, this class is not suitable for children under the age of 10.

Cost: $75.

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LAM ushers in spring with more events

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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.

Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Art Workshop – Mother’s Day Portraits

This Mother’s Day weekend, join one of LAM’s professional teaching artists to create a non-figurative portrait inspired by artist Greg Colson’s Pie Chart portrait in LAM’s latest exhibit, On The Edge: Los Angeles Art from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection. What are the elements of the pie chart that best illustrate the subject of your portrait? Bring your ideas and create a one-of-a-kind work of art suitable for framing.

Ticket includes all materials. Advance tickets recommended. Museum members: $18, Non-members: $22.

For tickets, click here.

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New Moms at the Museum – May 16

Thursday, May 16, 9-10:30 a.m.

New Moms at the Museum

Navigating the waters of new parenthood? Join us at the museum to engage with fellow new parents 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 lay on and a comfy blanket for extra warmth. This program is for pregnant moms to six months postpartum and they welcome new dads. Small bites and beverage are included.

Advance tickets are recommended. Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18. Children under 12: Free.

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(L-R) Peter Zokosky, Chair of MFA Drawing + Painting), Kevin Yaun, Janaise Sanchez, Ryanne Phillips, Cara Baxter, Eric Theodore and Amber Foote. (Not pictured: Jason Dowd and Sara Khakpour.)

Saturday, May 18, 6 p.m.

Emerging Artists in Conversation: LCAD MFA Graduates Share their Art and Thoughts

Join LAM for a stimulating and enlightening conversation with some of the most promising emerging artists to appear. This informal discussion will explore their diverse roles in the ongoing developments in contemporary art.

Peter Zokosky, moderator and chair of the Masters of Fine Arts program at the Laguna College of Art + Design along with Cara Baxter, Jason Dowd, Amber Foote, Sara Khakpour, Ryanne Phillips, Janaise Sanchez, Eric Theodore and Kevin Yaun.

Advance tickets are recommended. Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18. Students: limited number of tickets available. Please present student ID. For tickets, click here.

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LPAPA looks forward to Less is More” show

Annual Waterworks Juried Art Show

Notifications for Artwork Entries for the 8th Annual “Waterworks” Juried Art Show, a celebration of paintings created by LPAPA members using transparent watercolors were sent out when the jurying was complete. This show is made possible with the support of the Joe Hanks Van Cleave Foundation.

This show is made possible with the support of the Joe Hanks Van Cleave Foundation.

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“Waterworks” Juried Art Show

Show Overview & Timeline:

Online Art Catalog Exhibition (Finalists and Semi-Finalists): through Monday, June 3.

LPAPA Gallery Show (Finalists): through Monday, June 3.

Pick Up of Unsold Artwork at the Gallery: Tuesday, June 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Laguna Terrace Painting Contest – May 11

Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Laguna Terrace Beautification Invitation

LPAPA artists have been invited by the Laguna Terrace Beautification Team to register to participate in the Laguna Terrace Plein Air Painting Contest on Saturday, May 11. Laguna Terrace is offering cash awards and exhibition opportunities.

Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Paint Together with Rick J. Delanty

Outdoor on location

Rick Delanty will demonstrate how to paint a Laguna Beach landscape, with an emphasis on composition. Everyone may follow along step-by-step, using oils, acrylics, or other media. Beginners and all levels are invited. LOCA or LPAPA members $60/$75 non-members.

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Less is More – Deadline May 20

18th Annual Less is More

Entry Deadline is Monday, May 20 by 11:59 p.m.

Online submissions are open for LPAPA’s 18th Annual “Less is More” Juried Small Works Art Show. Submit your entries any time before the deadline but no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 20. 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.

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John Cosby – Art Walk Opening Reception

John Cosby, Artist in Residence

Online Preview & Auction June 3-6

LPAPA Gallery Exhibition June 6 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.

Looking West, a Portrait of the Places I Love will open online with a preview auction on Monday, June 3, followed by the LPAPA Gallery opening on Thursday, June 6 with a special First Thursdays Art Walk Opening Reception with the Artist (6-9 p.m.; free entry); the exhibition will continue through Monday, July 1.

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

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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LAM unveils Kids Summer Day camps and programs in newly renovated STUDIO/Lab

Laguna Art Museum (LAM) has announced their highly anticipated summer camps and programs, taking place in the recently renovated STUDIO/Lab. From June through August, children ages 6-12 are invited to explore their creativity and imagination through a series of engaging and educational programs.

The LAM Kids Summer Day Camp Series is set to take place on Mondays from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., providing an exclusive opportunity for children to engage, create and play in the museum’s inspiring environment while it is closed to the public. With each camp centered around a unique theme, camp attendees are encouraged to embrace the joys of messy, imaginative and dynamic summer adventures.

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Children participating in hands-on activities at Laguna Art Museum’s newly renovated STUDIO/Lab

For those looking to extend their children’s camp experiences, Laguna Art Museum introduces the LAM Kids Summer Mini Camp Series, a new program designed to complement the day camp experiences. Held from 3-5 p.m. on Mondays immediately following the LAM Kids Summer Day Camp Series, these two-hour sessions offer children the perfect chance to further their artistic journey in an enriching setting.

“We are committed to growing a love for art in children of all backgrounds and abilities and look forward to welcoming them to our museum this summer,” said Julie Perlin Lee, executive director of Laguna Art Museum.

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Newly renovated STUDIO/Lab

The summer camps will take place in the newly unveiled STUDIO/Lab, a vibrant two-room art installation designed by visionary artists Michael Davis and Elyse Pignolet. This dynamic space offers opportunities for creative exploration, featuring immersive experiences, interactive gadgets and hands-on activities that inspire visitors of all ages to unleash their imagination.

“STUDIO/Lab serves as a boundless playground for encouraging exploration and letting the imagination run free. Importantly, it also offers fresh and accessible perspectives on art. This is a space where people of all ages can tap into their creativity, learn new skills and explore the art of fun,” added Lee.

Every summer Friday, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., LAM Kids Summer Fridays will offer a chance to drop in and create masterpieces. The STUDIO/Lab will be open to all kids who want to explore their creativity and participate in hands-on art projects. Members of the education staff will be on-site to offer assistance and guidance.

LAM Kids Summer Day Camp Series:

Art Adventure: Monday, June 24 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Awesome Animals: Monday, July 8 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Creation Station: Monday, July 15 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cartoons: Monday, July 22 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Under the Sea: Monday, July 29 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Art Play Day Camp: Monday, August 5 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

LAM Kids Summer Mini Camp Series:

Each mini camp will follow the respective day camp from 3-5 p.m.

LAM Kids Summer Fridays:

Every summer Friday, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration:

LAM Kids Summer Day Camp Series:

Museum members, $75 per child

Discounted price of $60 per child for two or more children

Non-members, $95 per child

Discounted price of $80 per child for two or more children

LAM Kids Summer Mini Camp Series:

Museum members, $30 per child

Discounted price of $25 per child for two or more children, Non-members, $55 per child for non-members

Discounted price of $50 per child for registering two or more children

LAM Kids Summer Fridays:

Drop-ins are free with museum admission. Parents or guardians don’t need to be present for these events and pre-registration is required for kids. To learn more about the upcoming summer programs and to register, visit https://lagunaartmuseum.org/events.

Laguna Art Museum exists to engage and enlighten people of all ages through art that embodies and preserves the California experience. Laguna Art Museum presents exhibitions relevant to California art and artists throughout the year and is home to the annual Art & Nature Festival celebrating the museum’s unique relationship to the environment.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

Museum Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.

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Laguna Dance Festival receives $5,000 grant from the FOA Foundation

The Laguna Dance Festival (LDF) wishes to thank the FOA Foundation for its generous grant of $5,000 in support of LDF’s educational programming, its Summer Intensive Workshop. The workshop takes place June 17-22 at the Laguna Beach High School Dance Studio. The intensive will be taught by well-known dancers and choreographers to advanced students 14 years and older.

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Grant supports LDF’s educational programming

Among the esteemed faculty will be Jodie Gates, LDF founder and artistic director, and architect of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance; Fiona Lummis, Netherlands Dance Theatre; Jillian Meyers, Ground Grooves and Jim Vincent.

This grant enables LDF to continue fulfilling its mission of providing world-class dance performances and outstanding education to young artists. The Laguna Dance Festival is one of Orange County’s major cultural art events as well as an important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists.

For details and performances, visit www.lagunadancefestival.org, or call 949.715.5578.

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Laguna Art Museum branches out with Jay DeFeo: Trees

Laguna Art Museum (LAM) will present Jay DeFeo: Trees showcasing the works of California artist Jay DeFeo (1929-1989). Set to be on view from September 21 through January 12, 2025, this is the first exhibition dedicated to the artist’s fascination with trees and exploration of the natural world. Jay DeFeo: Trees encompasses two bodies of work: drawings from the Tree series made in the 1950s and photographs of trees created during the 1970s.

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Jay DeFeo, “Untitled” (Tree series), 1953. Tempera on paper, 11 3/4” x 17”, JDF no. E3020. Collection Laguna Art Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Merle S. Glick, 1991.077 ©2024 The Jay DeFeo Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Curated by LAM Curatorial Fellow Rochelle Steiner, Jay DeFeo: Trees will offer a rare glimpse into the artist’s drawings produced between 1953 and 1954 in her Berkeley studio, following extensive travels in Europe and North Africa. These drawings, infused with nature’s inspiration, demonstrate DeFeo’s unique blend of representation and abstraction, marking a pivotal period in her artistic journey. Among the nine extant works from the Tree series are two pieces from Laguna Art Museum’s esteemed collection.

Jay DeFeo: Trees provides us a view of an overlooked aspect of Jay DeFeo’s extraordinary body of work, inviting visitors into nature through her eyes,” said Julie Perlin Lee, executive director of Laguna Art Museum. “Laguna Art Museum’s unique commitment to sharing the California experience through art allows us to spotlight works of well-known artists in new and exciting ways.”

In addition to the drawings, the exhibition will feature a group of DeFeo’s remarkable black and white photographs of trees taken in the Bay Area during the early 1970s. Although DeFeo’s photographs were not shown during her lifetime, she took this aspect of her practice with the utmost seriousness. Accompanying these artworks will be a selection of archival materials highlighting the artist’s enduring fascination with trees and nature.

“It is a rare opportunity to bring together these nine drawings from the 1950s and present them in conjunction with artist’s photographs from the 1970s,” said Steiner. “Throughout her life, DeFeo observed and depicted the natural world, and this exhibition offers an opportunity to see some of her first-hand experiences and impressions of her surroundings.”

Jay DeFeo: Trees will be accompanied by an illustrated publication by Steiner, with a contribution by Elizabeth A. T. Smith. Steiner’s essay explores DeFeo’s drawings and photographs of trees in light of her unique artistic approach, while Smith contextualizes DeFeo’s work within the broader landscape of women artists during the mid-20th century.

The exhibition and publication have received generous support from The Jay DeFeo Foundation and The Segerstrom Foundation.

Coinciding with Laguna Art Museum’s annual Art + Nature initiative in fall 2024, Jay DeFeo: Trees will offer a multifaceted exploration of the artist’s work within the rich tapestry of the California environment. Through special public programs and educational engagements, the exhibition aims to engage diverse audiences and foster a deeper appreciation for DeFeo’s enduring legacy.

Jay DeFeo (1929-1989) was born in Hanover, N.H., and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her B.A. in 1950 and M.A. in 1951 from the University of California, Berkeley. Over the course of a career spanning four decades, DeFeo experimented with a range of materials, exploring painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, photocopying and photography, often in unorthodox ways.

DeFeo was a pivotal figure in the historic beat community of artists, poets and jazz musicians in San Francisco. Her first major solo exhibition was held at the Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco in 1959, and the same year she was included in Dorothy Miller’s historic exhibition Sixteen Americans at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Championed on the West Coast by curator Walter Hopps, DeFeo was included in group exhibitions at Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles and had a solo exhibition there in 1960.

DeFeo’s works are in the collections of many museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; de Young Museum, San Francisco; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Menil Collection, Houston; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Tate Modern, London and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Dr. Rochelle Steiner is a Los Angeles-based curator, writer and educator, and serves as a Curatorial Fellow for Laguna Art Museum. Previously, she was chief curator and director of public programs and education at Palm Springs Art Museum; associate director and chief curator at Vancouver Art Gallery; director of the Public Art Fund, New York; chief curator at the Serpentine Gallery, London and associate curator of contemporary art, Saint Louis Art Museum.

For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

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Blooming good idea: Library’s Earth Day event educates, entertains hundreds about gardens and the environment

By THERESA KEEGAN

It’s fitting that both Friends of the Laguna Beach Library and Earth Day are just a tad more than 50 years old. Each program certainly works to better the world. And having the Friends as the driving force behind the library celebrating Earth Day is certainly a win for the lucky folks who got to enjoy this special day on April 20.

It’s so fun,” said face painter Tracy Kiggen. She works at many community events throughout the region, but revealed a special fondness for the Friends of the Library Earth Day Celebration.

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The library’s third annual Earth Day celebration on April 20 brought more than 800 people on-site to connect with nature

“The kids are just so great,” she said. “They’re super sweet and they really get into character.” Indeed, children who had dragons on the side of their faces were roaring through the outside gardens, while others with flowers were happily looking at the seed planting area.

They were but one aspect of a day filled with activities both fun and educational that had more than 800 people in attendance.

Sunita Dios walked over to the celebration with her daughter Aria, and her cousins Ashiya and Elsa.

“It was certainly worth coming over,” she said. While the young girls were exploring the activities, Dios also joined the fun and took home a fresh dill plant, which will be added to her garden.

“It’s a nice day and it’s good to talk about all this,” she said.

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Sunito Dios (left) brought her daughter Aria (far right) and her cousins Ashiya and Elsa to the Earth Day celebration

The girls had their own thoughts about lessons learned, citing recycling and litter pick-ups as ways they can make the world better, while Aria was thrilled to discover that ladybugs poop red liquid.

The ladybugs are a key component of the organic maintenance of the butterfly and fairy gardens all year, but on Earth Day organizers had 4,000 of the tiny red insects to release – much to the delight of attendees. Using twigs, coaxing and some shaking, people of all ages delighted to see the tiny spotted creatures crawling and flying from the cardboard boxes onto the leaves – and even onto people’s clothing and hair.

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There were 4,000 ladybugs released onto the library garden area throughout the day. The spotted insects arrive in cardboard containers that resemble a quart of ice cream.

“The ladybugs appeal to everyone,” said Simone Adams who, along with Kim Shields, is responsible for the garden year-round and organizes the Earth Day’s outdoor events. “Even the librarians come out and do it with us. We don’t use any chemicals, and with the release we show this is the way we help our gardens stay nice and healthy.”

The two are board members of the Friends of the Library and were involved with the inaugural Earth Day event three years ago.

Shields said it just keeps getting better every year. This year a special on-site composting presentation exhibited earthworms and soil treatments.

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The day included numerous outdoor educational tables and opportunities for people to plant seeds that can grow into a garden at home

“I just feel like Earth Day is a special event and it makes a difference to the community,” said Shields. “It helps raise awareness about the gardens, and what we can do to help it.”

This is the 10th year of the fairy garden, which was created by artist Jessica deStefano, and Adams and Shields are honored to carry on the tradition.

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Simone Adams (right) helps an attendee obtain some ladybugs which were then released onto the leaves at the Earth Day event

In addition to the environmental lessons shared, throughout the rest of the year they also coordinate the personalized responses to the 150 to 300 fairy notes left each month at the site. Adam’s daughter Ellis, age 17, who is a junior member of the Friends of the Library board, also helps. Each response includes an environmental information sheet, but Adams is thrilled with the opportunity to educate people about the garden in real life during Earth Day.

“A lot of things come together with Earth Day that made a lot of sense,” said Adams. “We can educate people on being mindful and caring for the planet. We’re able to teach them about pollinators and how everything interacts with each other – even the spider webs are used by hummingbirds for building their nest. Everything in the environment is connected.”

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California Happening: An evening will show images captured by local photographer during California’s colorful, fun hippie concerts

By THERESA KEEGAN

In the way lives in a small town intersect, a random listen to a local radio show is now resulting in an educational evening of music history being celebrated in Laguna Beach today, Friday, May 3.

Patti Compton, founder of the Music History Hall Foundation, was airing her music history show Play Something Sweet on KXFM when Jan Nichols listened in. He appreciated her perspective about music shaping society, especially in the late 1960s and dropped off a book at the studio. It was the culmination of a years-long project, compiling the many images he took while attending concerts in Southern California during that time frame. It wasn’t Woodstock, but it was a reflection of the times, and he compiled it for his daughter and a few close friends. He didn’t realize the interest it would generate.

“For me, as a music historian, these images are a primary source material,” said Compton. “They’re a first-hand account (of the concerts).”

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Photo by Jan Nichols

The crowd at the Newport Pop Festival at the Orange County Fairgrounds was wearing the latest styles when they attended the 1968 concert

Nichols attended the Newport Pop Festival at the fairgrounds. He was at concerts in Northridge. He was Altamont.

He had moved to California – “the land of milk and honey,” he said – after graduating from college in Arizona in the late 1960s.

“I was a brand-new teacher, and new to LA and enamored by it and everything connected to it,” he said. “Music has always been a big part of my life, so I went to the concerts.”

And while the music was a central component, decades later Nichols is now able to see a larger perspective.

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Photo by Jenni Nichols

Patti Compton, executive director of the Music History Hall Foundation stands with photographer Jan Nichols, holding his book “Love, Peace and Happiness,” which captured the music scene from 1968-1971

“I did not realize at the time, but these were not just music festivals – they were anti-war rallies and the start of the environmental movement,” he said. As an employed teacher, he’d attend the weekend events capturing the carefree moments.

“These kids were dressed up at the concerts and were excited to have me shoot pictures. They saw me over and over, so there was a trust level. I guess I was an observer, but I wasn’t looked upon as an observer.” He was young and poor, and shooting selected pictures of the concerts – where he’d been and what he saw. He used a beat-up Olympus camera and shot slides – using mostly Ektachrome because he liked the warmth of that film.

“It’s not like today. Back then you constantly had to think ‘How many pictures did I have left?’ ‘How many rolls of film?’” he recalled. “I shot slides as it was way cheaper than shooting print and everybody had slide projectors.”

Instead of focusing on the musicians, Nichols captured the attendees. He liked documenting the fashions and styles that are now so associated with the era – from 1968-1971.

“It was very easy to get up close and shoot close pictures. None of this was cropped or anything,” he said. “I loved to see the play of the people around and see what they were doing at that moment.”

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Photo by Jan Nichols

The Rolling Stones concert at Altamont was supposed to be a big, free celebration, with crowds walking in from the highway. The event turned tragic when a woman was stabbed to death by the Hell’s Angels security team.

His memories of Altamont in December 1969 remain strong.

“It was just like in Woodstock, with cars parking and we were walking along the highway to get in – it was a free concert. Just as it was getting dark, we realized things were not good,” he said as the Rolling Stones stopped playing for a bit then returned to the stage. Although the crowd was not yet aware someone had been killed at the site, Nichols left later in the night.

Compton is thrilled to coordinate the public showing of the historical photo collection, which is being dubbed California Happening.

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Reflections of Resilience, work by LCAD MFA students, on display at the Laguna Art Museum (Part I)

By MARRIE STONE

Photos by Jeff Rovner

Every year, two of Laguna’s biggest art institutions come together to showcase emerging California artists. Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) will graduate seven students from their MFA program this spring. Now through August 25, the Laguna Art Museum (LAM) is highlighting the works of those artists in a show that’s both personally revealing and universally appealing.

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“Reflections of Resilience: LCAD MFA Exhibition” is on display at the Laguna Art Museum through August 25

Like so many LCAD shows, Reflections of Resilience gives viewers intimate access to a new generation of artists and the issues that weigh on their minds. I sat down with all seven artists and their advisor, Professor Peter Zokosky, for this two-part story (check back in the coming weeks for Part II), and was immediately struck by both the common themes of identity exploration and the radical individualism of each artist. Some grapple with their countries of origin and the meaning of home. Others come to terms with their own sexuality, beauty and the societal expectations imposed on women. A few wrestle with aging loved ones, death and loss. But they all bring their own unique artistic lens and experience, making these familiar topics feel new and original.

Janaise Sanchez redefines beauty

Two life-sized charcoal figures dominate LAM’s California Gallery, demanding the attention of viewers as they enter the room. These are the works of Janaise Sanchez, who uses an understated medium to create an unforgettable centerpiece. “What Was I Made For?” (Versions 1 and 2) are amalgams of four full-scale self-portraits including the artist posing nude, in lingerie, in street clothes and in unadorned underwear. After completing the charcoal drawings, Sanchez tore the portraits apart and reassembled them into two collages that interrogate traditional notions of beauty in our hyper-sexualized western culture.

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“What Was I Made For? (Versions 1 and 2), center, and “On Letting Go,” far right, by Janaise Sanchez

“I was reflecting on beauty rituals and how women – especially with the rise of social media – are taught to hyper-fixate on their bodies,” Sanchez said. “Not on their whole body, but singular aspects of it.”

Look closely and you’ll notice the collage is reassembled using staples, surgical thread, grommets and pins. Sanchez wants the pieces to serve as a sort of indictment of the cosmetic and plastic surgery industries.

“The embellishments came about when I was thinking of ways to add further visual interest, but also further narrative,” she said. “The pins are used specifically for the clothing. The grommets mimic some of my piercings that express my individuality.”

Don’t miss “On Letting Go,” a smaller graphite piece nearby. The self-portrait portrays Sanchez expelling the heads of several swans. Note her own hands and feet are now the webbed appendages of the birds.

“I use a lot of symbolic imagery, like swans, because they have deep history as symbols for beauty and transformation,” she said. “This work shows me letting go of these assumptions about beauty that no longer serve me and, in doing so, I am becoming the swan itself.”

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Janaise Sanchez inside her studio at LCAD

Professor Zokosky found Sanchez’s work extremely successful. He attended the show opening and watched as several teenage girls examined the self-portraits. “They were completely captivated, talking among themselves and discussing her work,” Zokosky said. “They decided to go to the Museum on a Thursday night – when there are so many other things high school girls could be doing – and see the work. It really connected with them. This idea that we’re all fragmented, but that fragmentation doesn’t mean you’re incomplete. It means you’re made of many parts.”

Ryanne Phillips grapples with death, immortality and loss

Pushing Up Daisies, a four-foot-tall charcoal and white chalk drawing, is both beautiful and heartbreaking at once. A young woman lies supine in her own grave, a bed of blooming flowers surrounding her body. The model is Ryanne Phillips’ younger sister who, we can happily report, is very much alive. But Phillips’ inspiration came from a much darker place.

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“Pushing Up Daisies” by Ryanne Phillips

“Last year, two of my grandparents passed away. Then my cat passed. Every three months, someone died,” Phillips said. “I was scared to go down that rabbit hole, but I wanted this to be an exploration of death and beauty. That’s why I created the piece.”

Phillips’ sister proved the perfect model, partly because she was experiencing the same losses and because artists need willing subjects who work for free. But Phillips is in awe of her sister’s beauty. She was interested in depicting death through an aesthetically pleasing lens.

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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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