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LB Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters kick off summer with successful opening week

In the heart of Laguna Beach, a vibrant celebration of art and culture unfolded as the Festival of Arts welcomed locals and visitors to the opening week of the 2024 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters.

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Laguna Beach Mayor Sue Kempf (with scissors) cuts the red ribbon at the opening of the 2024 Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters

On Wednesday, July 3, the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show kicked off in spectacular fashion, exceeding expectations during its opening week. Featuring artwork from 120 of Orange County’s most celebrated artists, the show drew a diverse and enthusiastic crowd of patrons from across the region. The open-air venue became a vibrant hub, buzzing with conversation as visitors explored a wide spectrum of artistic mediums – paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics and more. Opening week saw remarkable art sales, with many artists reporting significant interest and purchases of their work. Collectors and art enthusiasts eagerly acquired pieces, ranging from stunning large-scale installations to intricate handcrafted jewelry, setting an encouraging tone for the rest of the festival and underscoring the strong demand for high-quality, original art.

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Fine Arts show features 120 artists

Following the opening of the Fine Art Show was the debut of the 2024 Pageant of the Masters production, A La Mode: The Art of Fashion, on July 6. Enthusiastic “oohs” and “ahhs” echoed throughout the performances during opening weekend. This year’s sartorial salute brilliantly intertwines art and fashion, showcasing iconic artworks reimagined through stunning costumes and live tableaux. Each scene captivated the audience, highlighting the evolution of fashion across different eras and cultures.

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“Butterfly” jeweled brooch from 2024 Pageant of the Masters

The 2024 Pageant of the Masters dazzled audiences with many show-stopping moments, beginning with an exquisite fashion show of costumes inspired by artworks featured in the show. Another crowd-favorite was the Pageant’s striking re-creation of Alexander McQueen’s Angel Shoe – with a cast member posed as the sculptural angel in the iconic high heel. Beyond the runway, the Pageant paid tribute to the visionary costuming of Edith Head, the star-studded spectacle of the MET Gala, and fashion movements that have shaped cultures around the world. From the sharp tailoring of Britain’s Carnaby Street to the flamboyant elegance of the Congolese La Sape movement, and from the iconic designs of French fashion houses to the timeless beauty of traditional Japanese kimonos, A La Mode offers a thrilling celebration of the enduring link between fashion and art. Tickets start at $45 and are on sale now by clicking here or by calling 800.487.3378.

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The Jet Set at Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate – July 18

In addition to the fine art show and Pageant performance, the Festival of Arts also hosts daily music concerts, and kicked off the popular Concerts on the Green series last Saturday. More exciting concerts are in store for this summer including weekly music series such as Tremendous Tributes; Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate, Americana and others. This year, City of Hope Orange County and Yamaha are partnering to sponsor the summer music program and bring the Music of Hope to the Festival of Arts. Their Hope Blue Piano will be used by musicians all summer long in recognition of the healing power of music and to celebrate the courage of cancer survivors. On Saturday nights, renowned pianists will perform as part of the Spotlight on the Music of Hope Blue Piano series to inspire and uplift audiences, creating memorable evenings filled with beautiful melodies and heartfelt performances.

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Prints and Pinots on Thursday nights

In a creative atmosphere, classes are available Friday through Sunday at the Festival Art Center, presented by Bank of America. All ages and skill levels are welcome! Looking for a summer date night idea? Create a beautiful one-of-a-kind masterpiece and sip on complimentary wine or beverages at Prints and Pinots on Thursday nights along with Wine and Painting Nights on Fridays.

The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are proudly sponsored by Volvo Cars, City of Hope Orange County, Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club and KOST Radio 103.5. The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show is open daily with nightly performances of the Pageant of the Masters now through August 30. Weekday general admission tickets to the Festival’s Fine Art Show are $10 per person, and $15 per person the weekends. Senior and student discounts are available. Pageant tickets start at $45 and are a season pass to the Fine Art Show. Class registration and seating reservations vary by event, so see the website for details.

To stay up to date on all things Pageant of the Masters and the Fine Arts Show, visit www.foapom.com.

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Festival of Arts continues 2024 Summer Concert Series

From July 3 through August 30, join Festival of Arts (FOA) for live music on the Festival’s Concert Stage. This year’s concert line-up features Grammy winner Poncho Sanchez and the Eagles All Stars. Concerts are free with Festival admission.

The daily schedule for Festival of Arts Summer Concert Series is now available online by clicking here.

All concerts are free with Festival admission.

For select concerts, limited “nightclub” seating is available in the reserved section for an additional fee. To reserve seats, click here.

Tues., July 16, 5:30-7 p.m., Slim Man, R&B/Jazz, $30

Wed., July 17, 5:30-7 p.m., Laguna Community Jazz Band, Jazz, $30

Thurs., July 18, 5:30-7 p.m., The New Jet Set, Jazz – Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate

Sponsored by Charles Schwab and Cambria Estate Winery, $50

Fri., July 19, 5:30-7 p.m., The Eagles Allstars, Country Rock, Tremendous Tributes, $45

Sat., July 20, 1-2:30 p.m., BPM (Brian Bromberg, Paul Brown, Michael Paulo), Jazz Concerts on the Green, $60

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John Proulx Trio performs on July 20

Sat., July 20, 5:30-7 p.m., John Proulx Trio, Jazz, Spotlight on the Music of Hope Blue Piano

Sponsored by City of Hope, $45

Sun., July 21, 1-2:30 p.m., Laguna Community Concert Band, Jazz

Sun., July 21, 5:30-7 p.m., Raffia Thomas, R&B/Soul, Wow… That Girl Can Sing! $45

Mon., July 22, 5:30-7 p.m., Buzz Campbell and the Heartaches, Rockabilly Americana, $30

Tues., July 23, 5:30-7 p.m., Quarteto Nuevo, Jazz, $30

Wed., July 24, 5:30-7 p.m., Beth and Steve Wood, Folk/Rock, $30

Thurs., July 25, 5:30-7 p.m., Spencer Day, Jazz – Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate

Sponsored by Charles Schwab and Cambria Estate Winery, $50

Fri., July 26, 5:30-7 p.m., Tony Guerrero – A Tribute to Chuck Mangione, Jazz Tremendous Tributes, $45

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Poncho Sanchez – July 27

Sat., July 27, 1-2:30 p.m., Poncho Sanchez, Latin Jazz, Concerts on the Green, $60

Sat., July 27, 5:30-7 p.m., Scott Wilkie Trio, Jazz, Spotlight on the Music of Hope Blue Piano

Sponsored by City of Hope, $45

Sun., July 28,12-3 p.m., Miskey Mountain Boys, Bluegrass

Sun., July 28, 5:30-7 p.m., Lia Booth, Jazz Wow… That Girl Can Sing! $45

Mon., July 29, 5:30-7 p.m., Eugene Edwards Band, Country/Rock, Americana, $30

Tues., July 30, 5:30-7 p.m., “Listen to the Seventies” – Folk/Rock, $30

Wed., July 31, 5:30-7 p.m., Opera Laguna, Opera, $30

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Sawdust Festival brings lots of fun in the sun at Surf Day on July 23

The Sawdust Festival is in full swing. Visitors can look forward to amazing art and artisan creations, music, classes and food, all in an idyllic canyon setting.

July at Sawdust Art Festival is sizzling with excitement, offering an explosion of creativity that showcases Southern California’s largest gathering of emerging artists.

Special Events

Sip, Talk & Walk Wine Tasting & Docent-Led Tour

Wednesdays | 3-4 p.m.

Wine Tasting with Jackson Family Wines

Fridays | 6-9:30 p.m.

Sawdust Fashion Show

Sunday, Aug. 4 | 12-2 p.m.

Artists’ Benevolence Fund Auction

Sunday, Aug. 11 | 12-3 p.m.

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Don’t miss the magic of Sawdust

Where Art Meets Magic at the 58th Annual Sawdust Art Festival: Open daily: through Sunday, September 1

Hours of Operation: Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Single-day admission tickets may be used any day of the summer festival:  $12 for adults. $10 for seniors, ages 65 and up. $5 for children ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under receive free admission and do not require a ticket to enter.

Single day and annual pass tickets are available.

For tickets, click here.

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Glassblowing demonstration

Classes:

There are complimentary classes in three studios. Classes are based on a first-come, first-served policy. They cannot be pre-booked. They are free unless otherwise stated. All classes are subject to availability. For pottery, please sign-up the same day at the Ceramics Studio as spaces fill up early.

Classes are available in Studio One, Art Spot and the Ceramic Center.

For a full listing of classes, click here.

Music:

Three entertainment stages feature live music and entertainment every day of the show. Roaming acts also include balloon artistry, magic shows and acoustic guitarists.

For a full listing of music, click here.

Artists:

Shop handcrafted art by 180 Laguna Beach artists in a variety of media including ceramics, painting, jewelry, glass, photography and more. For a full listing of artists, click here.

Don’t miss the chance to meet April Solomon, Sawdust’s dragon specialist, at Booth 111, or witness artist Ed Chang exhibiting his captivating photography at Booth 609. With unforgettable experiences around every corner, Sawdust is the ultimate destination for art enthusiasts. Grab your tickets now and dive into this artistic adventure that promises to ignite your imagination and leave you spellbound.

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Sawdust Saloon

Outdoor Dining

Grab a drink at the Sawdust Saloon and enjoy a bite to eat at one of our six outdoor dining options that include Evan’s Gourmet, GG’s Mediterranean, Taco Loco by Chef Gonzalo Rebollar, Espresso on the Go and Fran’s Popcorn.

For a list of concessions, click here.

Special Events & Theme Days

–Sip, Talk & Walk Wine Tasting & Docent-Led Tour: Wednesdays | 3-4 p.m.

–Surf Day: Tuesday, July 23 and Tuesday, Aug. 20 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

–‘80s Day: Saturday, July 27 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

–Country Western Day: Saturday, Aug. 3 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

–Beatles Day: Saturday, Aug. 17 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

For a listing of OC Resident Nights and Free County Days, click here.

Artist Note:

Note from Sawdust artist Joan Gladstone: She will be introducing vibrant new oil paintings that celebrate summer and iconic California coast imagery. The Sawdust Festival opens June 28 and continues every day through September 1. “This is my fourth year exhibiting at the Sawdust Art Festival, Southern California’s premier outdoor art festival. I’ll teach a watercolor class every Monday at 2 p.m.” There are art classes for all ages, great music and a magical atmosphere are always free with admission.

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“American Dream” by Joan Gladstone

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 – July 13 and 20

Saturday, July 13 and 20

Introduction 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 home in on the fine details and finishing your artwork. A wonderful, informative and creative workshop, and one that we 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.

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Cultural Arts: Music in the Park is in full swing, next concert July 21

Music in the Park

Every Sunday through Aug. 18, 5-7 p.m.

Bluebird Park, 772 Cress St.

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 21: The Shagwells (‘60s and ‘70s hits)

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Mick Adams and the Shagwells – July 21

–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.

Temporary Art Installation

A ceramic mural titled Seagull Eclipse by local artist Jesse Bartels will be installed at the pocket park on Laguna Frontage Road near Woodland Drive mid-June through September 2024. This project has been made possible through a gift from the Wayne Peterson Fund of the Laguna Beach Community Foundation.

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“Seagull Eclipse” by Jess Bartels

For questions, contact Cultural Arts at 949.497.3311.

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LBCAC adds concerts for July

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The Snacks – July 16

Tuesday, July 16, 8 p.m.

The Snacks

The Snacks will take you on a Madcap adventure through time, featuring popular and not so popular songs from the last 100 years. Hear amazing stories behind the songs. See pictures never before seen and hear familiar songs as they should have been heard in the first place! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll beg for mercy.

For tickets, click here.

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Lurrie Bell – July 19

Friday, July 19, 8 p.m.

Guitarist Lurrie Bell

Lurrie Bell was voted Most Outstanding Guitar Player in the 2007 Living Blues Magazine’s Critic’s Poll, and in 2008 and 2012 he was named the magazine’s Male Blues Artist of the Year. Since 2007, he has received multiple Blues Music Award nominations as Best Guitarist and Best Traditional Male Blues Artist by the Blues Foundation.

For tickets, click here.

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Eric Henderson – July 28

Sunday, July 28, Aug. 11 and 25

Summer Concert Series, every other Sunday

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

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

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

Check out the calendar at www.lbculturalartscenter.org.

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LAM adds exciting summer events

Leave a Legacy

Lobby tiles are a great way to: Support the mission of the museum. Leave a lasting legacy with your name. Give a unique gift to honor a loved one, friend or colleague or promote your business.

Contact Crystal Tosello if you would like to donate $10,000 for a custom tile engraving. Crystal Tosello, development manager, ctosello@lagunaartmuseum.org, 949.494.8971, ext. 215.

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Support the mission of LAM with a lobby tile

LAM introduces Art Museum Neighborhood Nights

All summer long, locals can take advantage of a free night at the Laguna Art Museum (LAM) with a raffle, tours, local food and drinks (LAM is collaborating with local spots), and activities for the entire family.

Each part of the Laguna community has their own night.

Free nights (5-7 p.m.)

Thursday, July 18 – The Village

Thursday, Aug. 15 – South Laguna

Thursday, Sept. 12 – Top of the World

A Summer of Fun and Learning, begins in June

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

For classes, click here.

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Kids Camp runs through July 29

LAM Kids Summer Fridays

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

Drop ins are free with museum admission.

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Adam Neeley, “Modern Alchemy” continues through July 29

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

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

Exhibitions:

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“Skyward” by Eric Theodore

Reflections of Resilience through August 25

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

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

On the Edge through September 2

Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection

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

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Creation Station Day Camp – July 15

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

Creation Station Day Camp

Are you ready to dive into a world of imagination and invention? Do you love crafting with LEGOS® and designing epic Hot Wheels tracks? Then buckle up, because this is the summer day camp where your wildest creations come to life. Join us for a one-of-a-kind adventure where you’ll become the mastermind behind your own world. From towering skyscrapers to winding racetracks, the possibilities are endless.

LAM Kids’ Summer Mini Camp Series

Keep the summer fun going with their exclusive After-Summer Day Camp Mini Series, happening at Laguna Art Museum. Designed to complement your day camp experience, these two-hour sessions from 3-5 p.m. offer kids the perfect opportunity to continue their creative journey in a unique and inspiring setting.

Summer Day Camp

$75 for members

$95 for non-members

$60 for two or more siblings for members

$80 for two or more siblings for non-members

A healthy snack will be provided by the museum. Campers should bring their own lunches.

Registration fees are fully refundable up to four weeks prior to the scheduled day camp session.

Mini Session

Monday, Aug. 5 from 3-5 p.m.

$30 for members

$55 for non-members

$25 for two or more siblings for members

$50 for two or more siblings for non-members

For registration, click here.

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LAM awarded FOA Foundation grant in support of the 2024 Art + Nature Family Festival

Laguna Art Museum (LAM) has announced it has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the prestigious Festival of Arts (FOA) Foundation. This generous grant will support the museum’s 12th Annual Art + Nature Family Festival, a full-day event brimming with enriching hands-on activities and educational stations designed for all ages.

“We are deeply grateful for this extraordinary gift from the Festival of Arts Foundation, which will significantly enhance our 12th Annual Art + Nature Family Festival,” said Julie Perlin Lee, executive director of LAM. “This crucial funding allows us to offer families an exceptional opportunity to delve into the profound connection between art and nature.”

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A young artist working on a creative project at LAM

The FOA Foundation has consistently supported the museum’s educational initiatives, including providing bus transportation for school field trips, covering teaching artist fees, supplying art materials for school visits and sponsoring programs like Art + Nature and LAM’s Imagination Celebration. Both LAM and The FOA Foundation are dedicated to arts education, sharing a legacy of more than 100 years of enriching the artistic community of Laguna Beach.

Kicking off this year’s 12th annual Art + Nature, there will be a Pre-Celebration Family Festival during the weekend of November 3.

During the weekend of November 9, art and nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to LAM’s eagerly awaited Art + Nature Family Festival, held at the Main Beach Cobblestones and the museum. This dynamic event will feature an engaging docent-guided tour to the Main Beach Cobblestones, where attendees can experience this year’s exceptional outdoor exhibition before returning to the museum. The festival also includes free access to LAM’s outstanding exhibitions, hands-on art activities, science and nature-based programs, docent-led tours and educational sessions that celebrate the artistic and natural beauty of Laguna Beach while emphasizing the intersection of art and the environment.

For more information about Laguna Art Museum and the 12th Annual Art + Nature, visit https://lagunaartmuseum.org.

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

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Susi Q’s Gallery Q receives generous grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation

Nadia Babayi, executive director of Laguna Beach Seniors/Susi Q, has expressed her great appreciation for the $2,000 grant awarded to the nonprofit by the Festival of Arts Foundation in support of Gallery Q, which presents five exhibitions each year.

“As a privately funded nonprofit, the Susi Q depends on donations from individuals, groups and foundations to support our various activities,” Babayi said. “Gallery Q is one of our most popular programs, complementing our organization’s mission through providing opportunities for self-expression. We are very grateful for the FOA Foundation’s support.”

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“Art Patron of the Year” was awarded to Susi Q at the 2024 Art Star Awards

Research on the arts shows promise for improving older adults’ quality of life and well-being, from better cognitive function, memory, and self-esteem to reduced stress and increased social interaction.

“Gallery Q’s exhibitions and receptions assist in socialization, encourage playfulness and offer sensory stimulation,” Babayi noted. “More than 520 artists have exhibited their artwork at Gallery Q within the past 14 years. Each of the five annual exhibitions attracts more than 40 artists who collectively display 60 to 80 pieces of art.”

Exhibitions this year have included A Fresh New Look, Beach Cities and Visual Creations. Currently, the call has gone out for the next exhibition, Artful Cultural Journey, with Art & Nature scheduled for later in the year.

Gallery Q invites artists to submit their work for Artful Cultural Journey, celebrating cultures through art. Art will be accepted on Thursday, July 18 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 5-6 p.m. Download an application here.

The exhibition dates are July 24 through Sept 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the Artist Reception scheduled for Friday, July 26, 3:30-5 p.m. For more information, call 949.715.8106.

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A family affair: Why the Sawdust Festival feels like coming home

By MARRIE STONE

Maybe I’m in a nostalgic mood these days. Or maybe, given the drumbeat of dismal world news, I realized I’m better off focusing my gratitude at home on things I can control – meaningful friendships, strong family bonds, the overwhelming wonders of the natural world in my own backyard. Maybe that’s why, this year more than most, the Sawdust Festival’s annual opening felt especially poignant.

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People patiently waited to celebrate the Sawdust Festival’s 58th annual opening

The entry line stretched two full blocks on preview night and, no matter how long the wait or crowded the aisles, no one wanted to give up. “It’s tradition,” many attendees told me. And in a climate of cultural instability, perhaps tradition means something more to folks. The Sawdust is also imbued with all the nostalgic hallmarks of places that feel like home – hand-built booths with hand-painted signs, a vintage Ford truck and even a tiny treehouse, all nestled under a canopy of hundred-year-old eucalyptus trees.

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A 1930s Ford Model AA truck lends an air of nostalgia to this year’s festival

If you consider this community part of your extended family – as many of us do – the Sawdust Festival’s preview night is our annual reunion. People do what it takes to make it home, to be back together to celebrate the start of summer.

Fortunately for us, “family” is an inclusive term at Sawdust, which embraces both its artists and our broader village, creating an atmosphere that feels more than comfortably familiar – it feels like stepping back in time to the magical whimsy of childhood. For many of us, it’s the place that holds decades of memories, maybe even of our own childhoods.

That’s all to say, the outside world may have changed. But inside the Sawdust, things largely remain as they’ve always been – wholesome and pure, safe and happy.

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Reunited and it feels so good. Generations of Laguna’s Sawdust family come back together to celebrate.

As I stood in the swirl of homecoming hugs last week, I asked myself what made this true. The answers arrived everywhere I looked.

Keeping it in the family: Passing down legacies and traditions

In the 58 years the Sawdust has been part of Laguna’s landscape, generations of new artists have arrived, often within the same family. Take Laguna Mountain Toys. Founded by Don and Lee Kucera in 1977, the wooden toy and puzzle company had been a Sawdust staple for 25 years. Their hand-crafted products brought a sweet air of innocence that fit squarely in the Festival’s ethos.

But Don’s death in 1998 dealt a blow to the business. Although Lee and her daughter Jennifer continued for five more years, they ceased operations in 2004 when Jennifer went off to college.

A decade later, Jennifer was committed to reviving her parents’ legacy. In 2015, she and her husband Jesse reopened the shop. They also welcomed a new baby, Janelle, who is already poised to take over her family business someday. At only seven-years-old, Janelle single-handedly designed this year’s booth and helped her dad built it. She was also the inspiration behind the new line of baby and toddler toys the company introduced in 2017. Today, like always, everything is 100% homemade in Lee’s garage.

Laguna Mountain Toys isn’t the family’s only tradition. They also appear on stage in the Pageant of the Masters. Jesse plays the role of Jesus in “The Last Supper” finale, and this year Janelle plays Henry VIII’s son. Don was also in “The Last Supper” for 17 years, in the role of Simon Peter.

Stop by Laguna Mountain Toys to check out some of Doug Miller’s historic photos of the family through the generations.

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Janelle (above) and Jennifer (below) are two of the three generations of Laguna Mountain Toys. Janelle designed this year’s booth and helped her father build it.

Sharing adjoining booths, mother/daughter duo Lisa and Tessa Mansour embody what the Sawdust Festival is all about – family, friendship and a passion for art. This is Lisa’s sixth year at the Sawdust and 24th year in Laguna. Blending traditional technique with exuberant expression, Lisa joyfully explores the playful side of fine art, painting colorful donuts and pretty dresses.

She passed that creative gene onto her 26-year-old daughter, Tessa, who discovered her love of ceramics at Laguna Beach High School. This is Tessa’s first year at the Sawdust, adopting her family’s pet name for her business, “Sweet T Ceramics.”

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Newest CAP show transforms City Hall walls into a colorful gallery show, available for all to view

By THERESA KEEGAN

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The halls of City Hall often perform double duty as they are transformed into a gallery showcasing local art. Currently, the show is an exhibition by Community Art Project.

It only makes sense that a public forum in an art town features artwork, so few people are surprised to know Laguna Beach’s City Hall often showcases local artists. But the exhibitions themselves are often intriguing. Currently, the Community Art Project’s Real & Imagined is being displayed at City Hall.

“The goal of CAP is to expose people to art – to make them not afraid of it and to talk about it,” said the nonprofit group’s president, Charlie Ferrazzi. She said City Hall is an ideal location to make that happen, because many people are there who aren’t necessarily expecting to discover artwork. But the people applying for building permits, seeking parking passes or wondering how to establish garbage pickups do find themselves surrounded with a smorgasbord of art.

“I think it’s great the city does this, and they also involve other organizations,” Ferrazzi said of the rotating exhibits. “It shows they really do consider art as part of the fabric of the city.”

Real & Imagined, which features the work of eight CAP artists, runs through July 27, with a reception to meet the artists on Thursday, July 11 from 6-7 p.m. Displayed media include oil, photography, acrylics and graphite.

“It’s always nice to have a good mix, rather than make it boring

like wallpaper,” said Ferrazzi.

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Although many pieces in the “Real & Imagined” show feature water, such as Joan Gladstone’s “Tranquility,” there are other subjects as well

While there’s certainly an abundance of water and beach scenes, the diversity of the work is mesmerizing.

David Kizziar’s Crescent Bay is a detailed, colored-pencil piece that offers an aerial view of the bay, looking into the land. Signature palm trees dot the landscape while homes in varying shades of white and gray fill the hillsides.

In contrast, Joan Gladstone’s framed oil of Lifeguard, Diver’s Cove offers bold, bright colors. The lifeguard’s red shorts and the big, bold red lifeguard chair contrast brilliantly with the yellow, brown sand and just a glimpse of blue water at the top of the print. Down another hall, her Tranquility oil is mostly blues and greens of the water, lapping along a brown sandy edge.

Carole Boller also celebrates the outdoors in her work. From the vibrant white, detailed Dancing Dahlia or the colored umbrellas featured in a scene of folks at the beach in Beach Tribe, she captures a moment in time that transports viewers.

Ferrazzi said the City Hall setting is a welcome opportunity to offer art to people in everyday settings, making the pieces more accessible.

“Someone could be at City Hall, and it may not be the best time for them, but as they turn around and look at different pieces, they can be surprised,” she said, adding that it’s often a nice twist, as so many public buildings are decorated with “prints that are 600 years old.”

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A detail of Elizabeth McGhee’s “Fairy Garden” includes a child donning her own set of fairy wings while visiting the site by the library

Everyday scenes from life in Laguna Beach are beautifully captured by artist Elizabeth McGhee. An oil of diverse folks eating at the patio at Zinc Café is a realistic scene anybody who walks along Ocean Avenue encounters, while her rendition of the Fairy Garden is a setting that always brings a smile to those who pass in front of the library. The detail in McGhee’s work is evident upon close inspection and seeing these everyday moments displayed at City Hall links a segment of people and government in a new way.

“We’ve been really lucky to work with some really good artists who have given us some quality work,” said Ferrazzi.

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Music in the Park kicked off on July 7

By Scott Brashier

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The Great North Special emerged from the sunny shores of Laguna Beach in 2019, forged through friendship and by a collective passion for the improvisational magic of bands like Little Feat and The Grateful Dead

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The Great North Special fans

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Enjoying the moment

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The seven-piece ensemble is comprised of Andrew Corradini on vocals and guitar, Russell Long on vocals and guitar, Ben Wagner on guitar and pedal steel, Albert Margolis on keys, Anson Ditt on bass, Derek Eglit on drums and Max Vega on percussion

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A great time was had by all

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Nice evening for musical festivities

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Girls just gotta have fun

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Standing room only

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The fun continues at Festival of Arts with weekly events, July 12-16

Festival of Arts (FOA) is excited to share the upcoming events at the Festival of Arts Fine Arts Show through July 16.

Highlights include the return of Family Art Day on July 14, featuring wildlife-themed activities and performances, Concerts on the Green and the new Spotlight on the Music of Hope Blue Piano series with Josh Nelson (July 13). Coming up next week is a Paint and Sip Class (ages 21+) and build your own tropical Tiki Head for adults and teens, and there are many Youth Art Classes including Ceramics – Create a Pinch-Pot Head.

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Family Fun Day 2023

Special Events Schedule

Sunday, July 14, 12-3 p.m.

Family Art Day

Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission. Children 5 and under receive free admission all summer long.

Join the Festival of Arts for a wild good time as Family Art Day returns with a fun new animal-twist! The Festival’s Art Center, sponsored by Bank of America, will be buzzing with wildlife-themed art activities, including an animal anime clay sculpting class with Bowers Museum. Families will have the opportunity to meet feathered, furry and other fantastically fun critters from OC Reptile Zoo, Priceless Pets Rescue, Raptor Events LLC and the OC Beekeepers Association. You won’t want to miss Orange County Aerial Arts taking to the stage for a special aerial performance or the chance to get an airbrush tattoo – it’ll be a real hoot! Limited space is available.

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The Cream of Clapton Band – July 12

Friday, July 12, Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

Performer: Tremendous Tributes Music Series with The Cream of Clapton Band

Cost: Concert is free with $10 Festival Admission. Limited nightclub seating available in the reserved section for $30 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9 p.m. the night before the performance.

Endorsed by the man himself, family, friends and bandmates, celebrate Clapton’s record-breaking “24 Nights” at The Royal Albert Hall in 1991. Very special guests include Eric Clapton’s bass player, Nathan East and legendary drummer Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr/David Lee Roth), who will join founding members Will Johns (Clapton’s nephew) and Noah East (Nathan’s son) on stage.

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Concerts on the Green with Grace Kelly

Saturday, July 13, 1-2:30 p.m.

Performer: Concerts on the Green with Grace Kelly

Cost: Concert is free with $15 Festival admission. Limited “nightclub” seating available in the reserved section for $60 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9 p.m. the night before the performance.

An unequivocal musical prodigy, singer-saxophonist-songwriter-composer and band leader Grace Kelly has rocked the jazz world with sold-out concerts, 14 acclaimed albums and a resume that includes performing at the Hollywood Bowl as well as being part of the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – all before reaching her mid-20s.

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Josh Nelson

Saturday, July 13, 5:30-7 p.m.

Performer: Spotlight on the Music of Hope Blue Piano series with Josh Nelson

Cost: Concert is free with $15 Festival admission. Limited nightclub seating available in the reserved section for $45 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9 p.m. the night before the performance.

Music series sponsored by City of Hope Orange County and Yamaha.

Pianist, composer and recording artist Josh Nelson maintains an active and creative schedule. He has performed and recorded with some of the most respected names in jazz and beyond, including Natalie Cole, Ivan Lins, Anthony Wilson, George Mraz, Jeff Hamilton, Walter Smith III, Dayna Stephens, Eddie Daniels, Gaby Moreno, Sinne Eeg, Richard Galliano, Michael Buble, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, Greg Hutchinson, John Clayton, John Pizzarelli and Lewis Nash.

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Paris Chansons

Sunday, July 14, 5:30-7 p.m.

Performer: Wow…That Girl Can Sing Music Series with Paris Chansons

Cost: Concert is free with $15 Festival admission. Limited nightclub seating available in the reserved section for $45 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9 p.m. the night before the performance.

Paris Chansons is an exciting French band with an Eastern European gypsy twist! Recently featured on the French news, they are known for their original renditions of French favorites from Aznavour, Dassin, Piaf, Macias, Adamo and Dalida, all the way to contemporary artists like Zaz.

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Find out what the buzz is all about at FOA Family Art Day, coming July 14

The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach announced the return of Family Art Day on Sunday, July 14 from 12-3 p.m., with a fun new animal twist! This year’s event promises an exciting array of wildlife-themed art activities and encounters, ensuring a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family.

“Family Art Day is getting a wild makeover this year!” shared Christine Georgantas, exhibits and events director at the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach. “We’re thrilled to introduce this brand-new animal theme and offer a wider range of art experiences for families of all ages. It’ll be a fantastic way to explore the wonders of the animal kingdom through creative expression.”

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Priceless Pets Rescue is offering on-the-spot dog adoptions

On Sunday, July 14, prepare to be amazed by a variety of incredible animals. Come face-to-face with fascinating reptiles from the OC Reptile Zoo and see the majestic power of birds of prey with Raptor Events LLC. Priceless Pets Rescue is offering on-the-spot dog adoptions. Fall in love with a furry companion and give them a forever home. Anyone who adopts a pet on Family Art Day will receive an exclusive Festival of Arts doggie bandana, perfect for showing off your new buddy’s festival spirit.

Plus, learn all about the fascinating world of bees and their crucial role in our ecosystem with the OC Beekeepers Association. Laguna Beach’s own local celebrity, Cooper the Peer Support K9, will also be attending the festivities. Cooper, a Labrador Retriever, is beloved for his comforting presence, helping those exposed to trauma, easing the stress of victims and witnesses during criminal investigations, and promoting employee wellness. Family Art Day is an opportunity to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures, ask questions and create lasting memories.

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This year’s event promises an exciting array of wildlife-themed art activities and encounters for the whole family

In the Festival’s Art Center, generously sponsored by Bank of America, families can unleash their inner artist with hands-on, animal-inspired activities. Bowers Museum will host a special animal anime sculpting class in conjunction with their current exhibition, “Asian Comics: Evolution of an Art Form.” The excitement doesn’t stop there! Be mesmerized by the graceful performance of the Orange County Aerial Arts on the Festival stage and even get an airbrush tattoo. Food and refreshments will also be available for purchase for a day of unforgettable family fun.

Due to limited space, early arrival is encouraged. Family Art Day is free with Festival admission, and children 5 and under receive free admission all summer long.

For more information on Family Art Day visit www.foapom.com/event/family-art-day.

To stay up to date on all things Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, follow the Festival on social media at @FestivalPageant and visit www.foapom.com.

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Laguna Live! presents Trio Mizmor at Live! at the Museum on August 4

Join Laguna Live! at the Laguna Art Museum for Trio Mizmor, a beautiful blend of violin, viola and cello, sure to delight the senses. The trio will perforn on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 1 p.m.

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Trio Mizmor: (L-R) Limor Toren, Nicholaus Yee and Alicja Blanquart

As a violinist, Limor Toren enjoys an active career, performing as soloist, chamber musician and symphony player. She has collaborated with Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalia Gutman, Evgeny Kisin, Barbara Hendricks, Sara Chang, Midori, Emanuel Ax and Isaac Stern. Toren has also performed under the baton of Anjey Brusilov, Sergio Comissiona, Jacek Kaspszyk, Kurt Mazur, Zubin Mehta and Kurt Sanderling.

Violist Nicholaus Yee completed his doctoral studies at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he was the teaching assistant to Dr. Pamela Goldsmith and Professor Donald McInnes and attended as a full fellowship recipient. In addition to his viola studies, he is trained as an instrumental conductor, early music specialist and music educator, topics he studied as part of the rigorous and multi-faceted program at USC.

Alicja Blanquart, cello, was born in Warsaw, Poland into a family of musicians. Blanquart first came to the United States in 1987 to continue her music education and she was awarded scholarships for both her graduate and post-graduate studies. She graduated from Eastman School of Music from a studio of Prof. Steven Doane and earned her master’s degree in Cello Performance at the University of Southern California from the studio of Prof. Eleonore Schoenfeld. As an avid chamber musician, Blanquart is the founder of a Summer Chamber Music cello program for advanced students.

Live! at the Museum is presented in partnership with Laguna Beach Live!

Laguna Live! concerts are partially funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Advance tickets recommended.

Laguna Art Museum members & Laguna Beach Live! Members: Free. Non-members: $14 per person. For tickets, click here.

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Cultural Arts Music in the Park is in full swing, next concert July 14

Stage on Forest

–Saturday, July 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Ava August

–Sunday, July 14, 5-7 p.m. – Andrew Corradini

Music in the Park

Every Sunday through Aug. 18, 5-7 p.m.

Bluebird Park, 772 Cress St.

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

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Tabu will be featured on July 14

–July 14: TABU (Latin)

–July 21: The Shagwells (‘60s and ‘70s hits)

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Mick Adams and the Shagwells – July 21

–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.

Temporary Art Installation

A ceramic mural titled Seagull Eclipse by local artist Jesse Bartels will be installed at the pocket park on Laguna Frontage Road near Woodland Drive mid-June through September 2024. This project has been made possible through a gift from the Wayne Peterson Fund of the Laguna Beach Community Foundation.

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“Seagull Eclipse” by Jess Bartels

Public Art Dedication – An Attempted Murder

The Arts Commission invites the public to attend the dedication of the temporary sculpture installation An Attempted Murder by artist Jack Champion at City Hall on July 12 at 4 p.m.

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“An Attempted Murder” by Jack Champion to be dedicated on July 12

For questions, contact Cultural Arts at 949.497.3311.

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LAM adds exciting summer events

Leave a Legacy

Lobby tiles are a great way to: Support the mission of the museum. Leave a lasting legacy with your name. Give a unique gift to honor a loved one, friend or colleague or promote your business.

Contact Crystal Tosello if you would like to donate $10,000 for a custom tile engraving. Crystal Tosello, development manager, ctosello@lagunaartmuseum.org, 949.494.8971, ext. 215.

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Support the mission of LAM with a lobby tile

LAM introduces Art Museum Neighborhood Nights

All summer long, locals can take advantage of a free night at the Laguna Art Museum (LAM) with a raffle, tours, local food and drinks (LAM is collaborating with local spots), and activities for the entire family.

Each part of the Laguna community has their own night.

Free nights (5-7 p.m.)

Thursday, July 18 – The Village

Thursday, Aug. 15 – South Laguna

Thursday, Sept. 12 – Top of the World

A Summer of Fun and Learning, begins in June

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

For classes, click here.

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Kids Camp runs through July 29

LAM Kids Summer Fridays

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

Drop ins are free with museum admission.

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Adam Neeley, “Modern Alchemy” continues through July 29

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

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

Exhibitions:

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“Skyward” by Eric Theodore

Reflections of Resilience through August 25

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

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

On the Edge through September 2

Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection

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

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Live! at the Museum – July 7

Sunday, July 7, 1 p.m.

Live! at the Museum presented by Laguna Live!

Laguna Live! welcomes Taso Comanescu and Anastasia Malliaras guitar and soprano to Laguna Art Museum.

American guitarist Taso Comanescu is a colorful performer full of subtle nuance and strong musicianship. His programs present a variety of repertoire that creatively captures his audiences. He is an in-demand solo performer, ensemble artist and instructor whose accomplishments have taken him around the globe.

Soprano Anastasia Malliaras is gracefully exploring new depths of her artistry and voice. With a beautiful blend of warm and bright colors, her timbre is distinguishable and vocal tone elegant and natural. Her voice has led her to play the classic operatic roles of Nannetta, Olympia, Zerbinetta, Marie and Frasquita, to name a few. In 2017, she was seen in the world premiere of the opera Tesla where she portrayed the role of Marie Astor Hampton.

Advance reservations are recommended. Come early to enjoy the art.

For tickets, click here.

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LAM Kids’ Summer Mini Camp Series – July 8

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

LAM Kids’ Summer Mini Camp Series

Get ready to unleash your inner artist and dive into a world of creative chaos at the Play Summer Camp at Laguna Art Museum! Step into a whimsical wonderland where the museum becomes a playground for imagination, filled with fantastical forts and larger-than-life collaborative painting activities. Kids have the freedom to let their creativity run wild, making a mess in the most delightful way possible as they create playful works of art that reflect their boundless imagination and endless joy. Join in for a summer of messy masterpieces and unforgettable fun.

Keep the summer fun going with their exclusive After-Summer Day Camp Miniseries, happening at Laguna Art Museum. Designed to complement their day camp experience, these two-hour sessions from 3-5 p.m. offer kids the perfect opportunity to continue their creative journey in a unique and inspiring setting.

Costs:

Summer Day Camp

$75 for members

$95 for non-members

$60 for two or more siblings for members

$80 for two or more siblings for non-members

A healthy snack will be provided by the museum. Campers should bring their own lunches.

Registration fees are fully refundable up to four (4) weeks prior to the scheduled day camp session.

Mini Session

Monday, August 5 from 3-5 p.m.

$30 for members

$55 for non-members

$25 for two or more siblings for members

$50 for two or more siblings for non-members

For registration, click here.

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Art Walk – July 11

Thursday, July 11, 6-9 p.m.

First Thursdays Art Walk

First Thursdays Art Walk celebrates the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna Beach and is free to the public with participation by more than 30 member galleries. First Thursdays Art Walk is held on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9 p.m.

Featuring: Nick Yrizarry, Classical Guitar

Admission to the museum is free on each month’s First Thursday Art Walk.

Featured Exhibitions: Modern Alchemy, On the Edge: Los Angeles Art from the Joan and Jack: The Quinn Family Collection, Reflections of Resilience

Joan Quinn Portrait Exploration – July 13

Saturday, July 13, 1 p.m.

Art Workshop: Joan Quinn Portrait Exploration

Join renowned artist Yolanda Gonzalez for an exclusive watercolor portrait painting class at the Laguna Art Museum, featuring the iconic Joan Quinn as the model. This unique opportunity allows participants to capture the essence of a true icon, adding to the rich repertoire of portraits of Quinn. Don’t miss this exceptional chance to learn from a master artist and paint a living legend.

Gonzalez originates from a family of artists who created portraits dating back to 1877 and she has been creating portraits for 40 years.

In this workshop, the artist will discuss the interaction between the model (Joan Quinn) and the artists who will learn how to draw a portrait with pencil and watercolor. They encourage the artists to experiment with their own creative expression. All levels are welcome. Advance tickets are recommended. Museum members: $18, Non-members: $25. For tickets, click here.

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LBCAC adds concerts for July

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Sammie Jay – July 13

Saturday, July 13, 8 p.m.

UK Sensation, Sammie Jay

Step right up and prepare to be dazzled by the effervescent, adorably cute and magnetically charming British singer-songwriter, Sammie Jay.

This pint-sized powerhouse can blow a tune with so much soul that you’d swear she hails from the deep south. Her hair-raising vocals are as malleable as they are mesmerizing, effortlessly spanning across multiple genres of music. A true musical prodigy, Jay made her London West End debut at the tender age of 7, wowing audiences as Cosette in the iconic hit musical, Les Miserables. By 11, she was already captivating crowds in Nashville, including a show-stopping solo performance at the legendary Grand Ole Opry and a duet with rock legend Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company fame. In Los Angeles, she lit up the stage at Universal Studios and even graced Nickelodeon’s hit show Big Time Rush as Jenny Tinkler.

Now, it’s your turn to witness this dynamic force of nature in action – don’t miss out on the chance to experience the magic of Sammie Jay live.

For tickets, click here.

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Eric Henderson – July 14

Sunday, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25

Summer Concert Series, every other Sunday

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

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The Snacks – July 16

Tuesday, July 16, 8 p.m.

The Snacks

The Snacks will take you on a Madcap adventure through time, featuring popular and not so popular songs from the last 100 years. Hear amazing stories behind the songs. See pictures never before seen and hear familiar songs as they should have been heard in the first place! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll beg for mercy.

For tickets, click here.

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Lurrie Bell – July 19

Friday, July 19, 8 p.m.

Guitarist Lurrie Bell

Lurrie Bell was voted Most Outstanding Guitar Player in the 2007 Living Blues Magazine’s Critic’s Poll, and in 2008 and 2012 he was named the magazine’s Male Blues Artist of the Year. Since 2007, he has received multiple Blues Music Award nominations as Best Guitarist and Best Traditional Male Blues Artist by the Blues Foundation.

For tickets, click here.

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

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

Check out the calendar at www.lbculturalartscenter.org.

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LPAPA Gallery hosts Less is More” reception on July 11 during First Thursdays Art Walk

LPAPA’s Annual “From Dusk to Dawn”

LPAPA’s Annual “From Dusk to Dawn” juried nocturne art show will feature both plein air and studio works. Gallery exhibition dates for the juried Finalists are August 1 through September 2 with juried Semi-Finalists to be exhibited at City Hall.

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

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Annual Less is More gallery reception on July 11 during First Thursdays Art Walk

18th Annual Less is More

The show opened with an online Art Catalog and Preview Auction on Monday, July 1, and will be 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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Aimee Erickson Exhibition – Through July 29

Aimee Erickson: Artist in Residence at the LPAPA Gallery

Online Preview Auction & LPAPA Gallery Show through July 29.

Online Preview Auction: Opens 10 a.m. Ends on July 11 at 8 p.m.

Gallery Show & Online Exhibition: Through Monday, July 29.

Art Walk Reception: Thursday, July 11, 6-9 p.m.

Plein Talk at the LPAPA Gallery: Sunday, July 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The LPAPA Gallery is pleased to present their Artist in Residence Showcase Exhibition featuring original works by Signature Artist Aimee Erickson will have a gallery opening at 11 a.m. and a post-holiday First Thursday Art Walk Reception on Thursday, July 11, 6-9 p.m.

The art show and sale continue through Monday, July 29.

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“John Cosby: A Journey in Art” will be screened at the Rivian South Coast Theater – July 17

John Cosby: A Journey in Art

July 17 Premiere of Documentary Film at the Rivian South Coast Theater.

LPAPA presents John Cosby: A Journey in Art at the Rivian South Coast Theater on Wednesday, July 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This will be the first public screening of an extended version of the short documentary film that Cosby has been working on. Q&As with Cosby will follow the screening.

Plan to join LPAPA for the fun, food and drinks, and lively conversation in support of LPAPA.

Cosby is one of the original Founding Members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art organization founded in Laguna Beach in 1996. Your support is greatly appreciated. Proceeds generated through ticket sales supports the program and helps sustain nonprofit LPAPA’s mission and year-round art and education programs.

Thank you for being part of the Laguna Plein Air Painting tradition and legacy.

Cost: $45 Registration fee; $35 for LPAPA Member

For tickets, click here.

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

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

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

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Sawdust Festival adds more special events

The Sawdust Festival is in full swing. Visitors can look forward to amazing art and artisan creations, music, classes and food, all in an idyllic canyon setting.

July at Sawdust Art Festival is sizzling with excitement, offering an explosion of creativity that showcases Southern California’s largest gathering of emerging artists.

Special Events

Sip, Talk & Walk Wine Tasting & Docent-Led Tour

Wednesdays | 3-4 p.m.

Wine Tasting with Jackson Family Wines

Fridays, starting July 12 | 6-9:30 p.m.

Sawdust Fashion Show

Sunday, Aug. 4 | 12-2 p.m.

Artists’ Benevolence Fund Auction

Sunday, Aug. 11 | 12-3 p.m.

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Don’t miss the magic of Sawdust

Where Art Meets Magic at the 58th Annual Sawdust Art Festival: Open daily: through Sunday, September 1

Hours of Operation: Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Single-day admission tickets may be used any day of the summer festival:  $12 for adults. $10 for seniors, ages 65 and up. $5 for children ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under receive free admission and do not require a ticket to enter.

Single day and annual pass tickets are available.

For tickets, click here.

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Glassblowing demonstration

Classes:

There are complimentary classes in three studios. Classes are based on a first-come, first-served policy. They cannot be pre-booked. They are free unless otherwise stated. All classes are subject to availability. For pottery, please sign-up the same day at the Ceramics Studio as spaces fill up early.

Classes are available in Studio One, Art Spot and the Ceramic Center.

For a full listing of classes, click here.

Music:

Three entertainment stages feature live music and entertainment every day of the show. Roaming acts also include balloon artistry, magic shows and acoustic guitarists.

For a full listing of music, click here.

Artists:

Shop handcrafted art by 180 Laguna Beach artists in a variety of media including ceramics, painting, jewelry, glass, photography and more. For a full listing of artists, click here.

Don’t miss the chance to meet April Solomon, Sawdust’s dragon specialist, at Booth 111, or witness artist Ed Chang exhibiting his captivating photography at Booth 609. With unforgettable experiences around every corner, Sawdust is the ultimate destination for art enthusiasts. Grab your tickets now and dive into this artistic adventure that promises to ignite your imagination and leave you spellbound.

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Sawdust Saloon

Outdoor Dining

Grab a drink at the Sawdust Saloon and enjoy a bite to eat at one of our six outdoor dining options that include Evan’s Gourmet, GG’s Mediterranean, Taco Loco by Chef Gonzalo Rebollar, Espresso on the Go and Fran’s Popcorn.

For a list of concessions, click here.

Special Events & Theme Days

–Sip, Talk & Walk Wine Tasting & Docent-Led Tour: Wednesdays | 3-4 p.m.

–Surf Day: Tuesday, July 23 and Tuesday, Aug. 20 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

–‘80s Day: Saturday, July 27 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

–Country Western Day: Saturday, Aug. 3 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

–Beatles Day: Saturday, Aug. 17 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

For a listing of OC Resident Nights and Free County Days, click here.

Artist Note:

Note from Sawdust artist Joan Gladstone: She will be introducing vibrant new oil paintings that celebrate summer and iconic California coast imagery. The Sawdust Festival opens June 28 and continues every day through September 1. “This is my fourth year exhibiting at the Sawdust Art Festival, Southern California’s premier outdoor art festival. I’ll teach a watercolor class every Monday at 2 p.m.” There are art classes for all ages, great music and a magical atmosphere are always free with admission.

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“American Dream” by Joan Gladstone

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 – July 13 and 20

Saturday, July 13 and 20

Introduction 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 home in on the fine details and finishing your artwork. A wonderful, informative and creative workshop, and one that we 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.

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LCAD’s Emerging Masters 2024 exhibition runs through July 14

LCAD’s Emerging Master 2024 exhibition, which opened on June 6 at LCAD Gallery will run through July 14.

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

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

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

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

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

LCAD Gallery admission is always free.

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Legally Blonde The Musical opens at No Square Theatre on August 2

Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery. Legally Blonde The Musical opens at No Square Theatre on August 2 and runs through August 18.

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“Legally Blonde The Musical” runs from August 2-18

A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Woods ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, she quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

For tickets, click here.

No Square Theatre is located at 384 Legion St., Laguna Beach.

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Laguna Playhouse presents legendary musical Camelot on July 24

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce the creative team and full casting for one of the most legendary musicals of all time, a transfer production from North Coast Repertory Theatre of Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot, book & lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe, original production directed and staged by Moss Hart.

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North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCR) cast of “Camelot”

Laguna Playhouse also announces that single tickets will go on sale Tuesday, June 25 for its 2024-2025 season of shows. This sensational season begins with a special bonus production of the legendary musical, Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot (now on sale); followed by an uproarious comedy.

Based on The Once and Future King by T.H. White, the play features new orchestrations by Steve Orich, musical direction by Daniel Lincoln, choreography by Jill Gorrie Rovatsos and directed by Jeffrey B. Moss.

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NCR cast members

Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot begins previews on Wednesday, July 24, will open on Sunday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m. (press opening); and perform through Sunday, Aug. 11 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Prepare for an evening of enchantment in Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot, brilliantly adapted for intimate theatres. This Tony Award-winning fairy-tale musical resounds with such memorable songs as, “I Loved You Once in Silence,” “If Ever I Would Leave You” and the title song, “Camelot.”

Based on the King Arthur legend, it features the iconic characters King Arthur, Guenevere, Sir Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table. This epic story centers on the quest for democracy, justice and the tragic struggle between passion, aspiration and kingdoms.

Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (composer) wrote some of the American theater’s most memorable musicals, including My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and Gigi.

Jeffrey Moss (director) has staged more than 35 national and international tours including Guys And Dolls, Hello, Dolly!, Man of La Mancha, The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, On The 20th Century, The Music Man, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, The Music of The Night, Annie, West Side Story and 42nd Street.

Daniel Lincoln (musical director) As pianist/conductor/pit musician (keyboards): Such acclaimed productions as Broadway: Wicked, On Your Feet!, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and The Cher Show.

Jill Gorrie Rovatsos (Choreographer) has worked on productions such as Romance Romance, Desperate Measures, The Remarkable Mister Holmes); SDMT (Fiddler on the Roof, Singin’ in the Rain, 42nd Street and Damn Yankees.

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(L-R) Brian Krinsky, Jered McLenigan and Lauren Weinberg (part of NCR cast)

The cast of Camelot features (in alphabetical order): Nick Apostolina as Squire Dap/Mordred, Jacob Caltrider as Sir Dinadin, Jason Heil as Merlyn/Sir Gareth, Scott Hurst, Jr. as Lionel, Brian Krinsky as Lancelot, Jered McLenigan as Arthur, Eben Rosenzweig as Tom of Warwick, Noah Weibel also as Tom of Warwick, Lauren Weinberg as Guenevere and Elias Wygodny as Sir Sagramore. Cole Fletcher will understudy the roles of Merlyn, Sir Gareth, Sir Dinadin, Sir Sagramore and Sir Lionel.

The design team for Camelot is as follows: scenic design by Marty Burnett; costume design by Elisa Benzoni; lighting design by Matt Novotny; sound design by Ian Scot; props design by Audrey Casteris; hair and wig design by Peter Herman and fight coordination by Benjamin Cole. The Production Stage Manager is Phil Gold.

Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com.

Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot will preview on Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, July 25 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; will open on Sunday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m. (press opening) and perform through Sunday, Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Performances will be Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. There will be added performances on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. There will be no performance on Sunday, August 4 at 5:30 p.m. There will be a post-show talkback following the Friday, Aug. 2 performance.

Tickets range from $55-$94 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com, or by calling 949.497.ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949.497.2787, ext. 229. Prices are subject to change.

The box office is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 12-4 p.m.; Mondays open two hours prior to show time and until 15 minutes after curtain. It is open until showtime on all performance days.

For more information on all shows and programming, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.

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Joe Goode: Select Works | 1970s – 2000s on display at The Honarkar Foundation

By MARRIE STONE

Photos by Jeff Rovner

Joe Goode has earned his place in the American art canon. Over his near 65-year career, his works have hung in the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and dozens of other prestigious institutions. He’s shown in galleries from New York to Tokyo, from London to Los Angeles. Peter Blake, owner of Laguna’s Peter Blake Gallery, has worked with Goode for more than 30 years. Now through July 20, a survey of Joe Goode’s works from the 1970s – 2000s is on display at the Honarkar Foundation.

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Joe Goode poses on his staircase at the artist reception on Saturday, June 15 at the Honarkar Foundation

Goode came to California in 1959 as a 22-year-old young man. He’d grown up in Oklahoma City with two other famed artists – Ed Ruscha and Jerry McMillan. The three men found their way to Los Angeles to discover the West Coast art scene, attending Chouinard Art Institute and remaining lifelong friends. Goode’s first solo exhibition took place in 1962 at L.A.’s Dilexi Gallery. Over the decades, he’s had dozens of solo and group shows, including several in town.

Since his career began in the early 1960s, Goode has never stopped exploring new ways of grappling with the subjects that have always haunted him. Memories of a tumultuous boyhood spent in Oklahoma in the aftermath of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. A fascination with nature in all its beautiful and destructive forms. A desire to recreate the experience of seeing through things – windows, milk bottles, clouds, fire and tornadoes.

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“Beacon (Night & Day),” 2003, oil on canvas

“I don’t feel like my work changes,” Goode once said. “In a way, I’ve been making the same painting for 50 years. At the same time, if I can’t find a new way of seeing something, then I’m not interested in it.”

One of the more thrilling aspects of this survey is exactly this – Goode’s work defies classification. Some have described him as a pop artist, others as an abstract expressionist. Still others align his paintings with California light and space artists like James Turrell and Robert Irwin. He’s worked with oils and acrylics, but also ceramics, and wood and photo collages. He’s built staircases to nowhere and small sculptures of Japanese homes. But every invention and reinvention contains Goode’s unmistakable eye.

“He doesn’t have a formula,” said Blake. “I represent artists who have painted the same painting for 50 years. In Joe’s case, his work is constantly different. He’s pushing the boundaries of materials.”

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From ceramic sculptures to oil paintings, wooden staircases to photo collage, Goode works across time and mediums

Blake, who assisted Curator Genevieve Williams in assembling the show, sees something unique in the way Goode blurs the boundary between representation and abstraction. “He’s often exploring nature, but he’s doing it in a way that lets you fill in the missing pieces. It’s not hyperrealism.”

That exploration of nature’s duality is present in many of Goode’s paintings. It’s either wreaking havoc with tornadoes, forest fires and holes in our ozone or it’s portrayed with calm serenity in oceanscapes, clouds and waterfalls. And, unlike other artists who position the viewer at a distance, Goode places the viewer inside the action to create an experiential and immersive experience.

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“Waterfall Drawing 21,” 1990, oil pastel on paper

“He puts you underneath the tree so you’re looking up, seeing the light coming through the branches. He puts you inside the ocean. If he’s painting the ozone layer, you’re not looking out onto the sky. You’re inside the atmosphere. His work has all these very unique perspectives,” Blake said.

Blake isn’t alone in this observation. “Goode alters and subdues the notion of painting as theater to include the viewer as a participatory member of the cast,” art critic Michael Duncan once wrote of Goode’s work.

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“Larissa (Moon Painting 44),” 1998, oil on board

In May 2005, two decades after Goode began his Forest Fire series and a year into a new series known as Burned Out, a fire erupted in his studio, destroying more than 100 valuable works of art, including paintings by Ed Ruscha, Kenneth Price, Larry Bell and Ed Moses. But the bulk of the loss was Goode’s own work, which spanned 40 years. Officials claimed the fire was caused by a spontaneous combustion of oily rags, ending Goode’s work with oil. He soon switched to acrylics.

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Festival of the Arts Preview Party was all about Art Couture

Photos by Scott Brashier

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On Tuesday, July 2, Mayor Sue Kempf prepared to cut the ribbon and launch FOA 2024. The theme for the evening was “Art Couture.” For tickets to FOA, go to www.foapom.com.

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Let the festivities begin

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Golden ticket holders

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FOA staff is ready to go

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Antoinette and P.T. Barnum

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Board Member Ed Hanke and the evening’s DJ.

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Jeff Rovner and Marrie Stone

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Lance and Lori Heck

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(L-R) Cooper and Jeff Rovner

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Debbie Zoller

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Shaena Stabler and Hallie Jones

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Happy with their purchase

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Kelly and Sean Brown

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Sachiko Sukegawa and partner John. Sukegawa is a textile artist who uses 100-to-200-year-old fabric recycled from Japanese kimonos to create her art pieces. The kimono that she is wearing is 200 years old. This is Sukegawa’s first year in the FOA.

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Enjoying a picnic and music

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Musical entertainment was amazing

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A busy night

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Haute couture

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Fans of Kathleen Robison

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The fun continues at Festival of Arts with weekly events, July 9-14

Festival of Arts (FOA) is excited to share the upcoming events at the Festival of Arts Fine Arts Show from July 9-14.

Highlights include the return of Family Art Day on July 14, featuring wildlife-themed activities and performances, Concerts on the Green and the new Spotlight on the Music of Hope Blue Piano series with Josh Nelson (July 13). Coming up next week is a Paint and Sip Class (ages 21+) and build your own tropical Tiki Head for adults and teens, and there are many Youth Art Classes including Ceramics – Create a Pinch-Pot Head.

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Family Fun Day 2023

Special Events Schedule

Sunday, July 14, 12-3 p.m.

Family Art Day

Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission. Children 5 and under receive free admission all summer long.

Join the Festival of Arts for a wild good time as Family Art Day returns with a fun new animal-twist! The Festival’s Art Center, sponsored by Bank of America, will be buzzing with wildlife-themed art activities, including an animal anime clay sculpting class with Bowers Museum. Families will have the opportunity to meet feathered, furry and other fantastically fun critters from OC Reptile Zoo, Priceless Pets Rescue, Raptor Events LLC and the OC Beekeepers Association. You won’t want to miss Orange County Aerial Arts taking to the stage for a special aerial performance or the chance to get an airbrush tattoo – it’ll be a real hoot! Limited space is available.

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133 Band – 2023 FOA concert

Nightly Music Schedule

Tuesday, July 9, 5:30-7 p.m.

Performer: 133 Band

Cost: Concert is free with $10 Festival Admission. Limited nightclub seating available in the reserved section for $30 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9 p.m. the night before the performance.

Laguna’s greatest musicians have come together to form the fabulously popular 133 Band. 133 includes Nick Hernandez, Poul Petersen, Steve Wood, Beth Wood, Jason Feddy, Richard Bredice, Alan Deremo and Frank Cotinola. They all sing, are solo artists or play in bands or both; some teach privately and are veterans of big-name rock gigs. Always a great, fun time for locals and visitors alike, the 133 Band performance is a memorable one.

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Kay-Ta Crypto String Society

Wednesday, July 10, 5:30-7 p.m.

Performer: Kay-Ta Crypto String Society

Cost: Concert is free with $10 Festival Admission. Limited nightclub seating available in the reserved section for $30 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9 p.m. the night before the performance.

Osaka (Japan)-born guitarist Kay-Ta has supported/performed with artists ranging from pop/R&B artists like Grammy Winner Lalah Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, Jody Watley, Amerie & Chante Moore; contemporary jazz artists like Jackiem Joyner, Keiko Matsui and Michael Lington to Jazz Fusion artists like Japanese drum prodigy, Senri Kawaguchi.

Friday, July 12, Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

Performer: Tremendous Tributes Music Series with The Cream of Clapton Band

Cost: Concert is free with $10 Festival Admission. Limited nightclub seating available in the reserved section for $30 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9 p.m. the night before the performance.

Endorsed by the man himself, family, friends and bandmates, celebrate Clapton’s record-breaking “24 Nights” at The Royal Albert Hall in 1991. Very special guests include Eric Clapton’s bass player, Nathan East and legendary drummer Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr/David Lee Roth), who will join founding members Will Johns (Clapton’s nephew) and Noah East (Nathan’s son) on stage.

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LAM thanks donors for supporting art

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Laguna Art Museum (LAM) has exceeded their spring appeal goal of $101,500! Thanks to generous donors, they reached $101,800! These donations directly support their mission and allow them to make extraordinary art accessible to the community. With help from donors, they were able to serve 4,079 students this school year – 3,602 of them being Title 1 students – with enriching school tours that include art-making classes and curriculum for teachers. For more info on LAM, visit https://lagunaartmuseum.org.

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Cultural Arts Music in the Park is in full swing, next concert July 14

Music in the Park

Sunday, Aug. 18, 5-7 p.m.

Bluebird Park, 772 Cress St.

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

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Courtesy of www.thetabuband.com

Tabu will be featured on July 14

–July 14: TABU (Latin)

–July 21: The Shagwells (‘60s and ‘70s hits)

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Mick Adams and the Shagwells – July 21

–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.

Temporary Art Installation

A ceramic mural titled Seagull Eclipse by local artist Jesse Bartels will be installed at the pocket park on Laguna Frontage Road near Woodland Drive mid-June through September 2024. This project has been made possible through a gift from the Wayne Peterson Fund of the Laguna Beach Community Foundation.

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“Seagull Eclipse” by Jess Bartels

Public Art Dedication – An Attempted Murder

The Arts Commission invites the public to attend the dedication of the temporary sculpture installation An Attempted Murder by artist Jack Champion at City Hall on July 12 at 4 p.m.

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“An Attempted Murder” by Jack Champion to be dedicated on July 12

For questions, contact Cultural Arts at 949.497.3311.

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LBCAC adds concerts for July

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First Thursdays Art Walk – July 11

Thursday, July 11, 6-9 p.m.

First Thursdays Art Walk

Featuring the music of James Clay Garrison

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Sammie Jay – July 13

Saturday, July 13, 8 p.m.

UK Sensation, Sammie Jay

Step right up and prepare to be dazzled by the effervescent, adorably cute and magnetically charming British singer-songwriter, Sammie Jay.

This pint-sized powerhouse can blow a tune with so much soul that you’d swear she hails from the deep south. Her hair-raising vocals are as malleable as they are mesmerizing, effortlessly spanning across multiple genres of music. A true musical prodigy, Jay made her London West End debut at the tender age of 7, wowing audiences as Cosette in the iconic hit musical, Les Miserables. By 11, she was already captivating crowds in Nashville, including a show-stopping solo performance at the legendary Grand Ole Opry and a duet with rock legend Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company fame. In Los Angeles, she lit up the stage at Universal Studios and even graced Nickelodeon’s hit show Big Time Rush as Jenny Tinkler.

Now, it’s your turn to witness this dynamic force of nature in action – don’t miss out on the chance to experience the magic of Sammie Jay live.

For tickets, click here.

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Eric Henderson – July 14

Sunday, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25

Summer Concert Series, every other Sunday

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

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Lurrie Bell – July 19

Friday, July 19, 8 p.m.

Guitarist Lurrie Bell

Lurrie Bell was voted Most Outstanding Guitar Player in the 2007 Living Blues Magazine’s Critic’s Poll, and in 2008 and 2012 he was named the magazine’s Male Blues Artist of the Year. Since 2007, he has received multiple Blues Music Award nominations as Best Guitarist and Best Traditional Male Blues Artist by the Blues Foundation.

For tickets, click here.

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

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

Check out the calendar at www.lbculturalartscenter.org.

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Sawdust Festival celebrates Mardi Gras Day on July 11

The Sawdust Festival is into their second week of festivities and fun. Visitors can look forward to amazing art and artisan creations, music, classes and food, all in an idyllic canyon setting.

July at Sawdust Art Festival is sizzling with excitement, offering an explosion of creativity that showcases Southern California’s largest gathering of emerging artists.

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Don’t miss the magic of Sawdust

Where Art Meets Magic at the 58th Annual Sawdust Art Festival: Open daily: through Sunday, September 1

Hours of Operation: Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Single-day admission tickets may be used any day of the summer festival:  $12 for adults. $10 for seniors, ages 65 and up. $5 for children ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under receive free admission and do not require a ticket to enter.

Single day and annual pass tickets are available.

For tickets, click here.

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Glassblowing demonstration

Classes:

There are complimentary classes in three studios. Classes are based on a first-come, first-served policy. They cannot be pre-booked. They are free unless otherwise stated. All classes are subject to availability. For pottery, please sign-up the same day at the Ceramics Studio as spaces fill up early.

Classes are available in Studio One, Art Spot and the Ceramic Center.

For a full listing of classes, click here.

Music:

Three entertainment stages feature live music and entertainment every day of the show. Roaming acts also include balloon artistry, magic shows and acoustic guitarists.

For a full listing of music, click here.

Artists:

Shop handcrafted art by 180 Laguna Beach artists in a variety of media including ceramics, painting, jewelry, glass, photography and more. For a full listing of artists, click here.

Don’t miss the chance to meet April Solomon, Sawdust’s dragon specialist, at Booth 111, or witness artist Ed Chang exhibiting his captivating photography at Booth 609. With unforgettable experiences around every corner, Sawdust is the ultimate destination for art enthusiasts. Grab your tickets now and dive into this artistic adventure that promises to ignite your imagination and leave you spellbound.

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Sawdust Saloon

Outdoor Dining

Grab a drink at the Sawdust Saloon and enjoy a bite to eat at one of our six outdoor dining options that include Evan’s Gourmet, GG’s Mediterranean, Taco Loco by Chef Gonzalo Rebollar, Espresso on the Go and Fran’s Popcorn.

For a list of concessions, click here.

Special Events & Theme Days

–Sip, Talk & Walk Wine Tasting & Docent-Led Tour: Wednesdays | 3-4 p.m.

–Mardi Gras Day: Thursday, July 11 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

–Surf Day: Tuesday, July 23 and Tuesday, Aug. 20 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

–‘80s Day: Saturday, July 27 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

–Country Western Day: Saturday, Aug. 3 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

–Sawdust Fashion Show: Sunday, Aug. 4 | 12-2 p.m.

–Artists’ Benevolence Fund Auction: Sunday, Aug. 11 | 12-3 p.m.

–Beatles Day: Saturday, Aug. 17 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

For a listing of OC Resident Nights and Free County Days, click here.

Artist Note:

Note from Sawdust artist Joan Gladstone: She will be introducing vibrant new oil paintings that celebrate summer and iconic California coast imagery. The Sawdust Festival opens June 28 and continues every day through September 1. “This is my fourth year exhibiting at the Sawdust Art Festival, Southern California’s premier outdoor art festival. I’ll teach a watercolor class every Monday at 2 p.m.” There are art classes for all ages, great music and a magical atmosphere are always free with admission.

Courtesy of Joan Gladstone

“American Dream” by Joan Gladstone

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 – July 13 and 20

Saturday, July 13 and 20

Introduction 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 home in on the fine details and finishing your artwork. A wonderful, informative and creative workshop, and one that we 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.

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LPAPA Gallery hosts Less is More” reception on July 11 during First Thursdays Art Walk

LPAPA’s Annual “From Dusk to Dawn”

LPAPA’s Annual “From Dusk to Dawn” juried nocturne art show will feature both plein air and studio works. Gallery exhibition dates for the juried Finalists are August 1 through September 2 with juried Semi-Finalists to be exhibited at City Hall.

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

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Annual Less is More gallery reception on July 11 during First Thursdays Art Walk

18th Annual Less is More

The show opened with an online Art Catalog and Preview Auction on Monday, July 1, and will be 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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Aimee Erickson Exhibition – Through July 29

Aimee Erickson: Artist in Residence at the LPAPA Gallery

Online Preview Auction & LPAPA Gallery Show through July 29.

Online Preview Auction: Opens 10 a.m. Ends on July 11 at 8 p.m.

Gallery Show & Online Exhibition: Through Monday, July 29.

Art Walk Reception: Thursday, July 11, 6-9 p.m.

Plein Talk at the LPAPA Gallery: Sunday, July 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The LPAPA Gallery is pleased to present their Artist in Residence Showcase Exhibition featuring original works by Signature Artist Aimee Erickson who will have a gallery opening at 11 a.m. and a post-holiday First Thursday Art Walk Reception on Thursday, July 11, 6-9 p.m.

The art show and sale continue through Monday, July 29.

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“John Cosby: A Journey in Art” will be screened at the Rivian South Coast Theater – July 17

John Cosby: A Journey in Art

July 17 Premiere of Documentary Film at the Rivian South Coast Theater.

LPAPA presents John Cosby: A Journey in Art at the Rivian South Coast Theater on Wednesday, July 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This will be the first public screening of an extended version of the short documentary film that Cosby has been working on. Q&As with Cosby will follow the screening.

Plan to join LPAPA for the fun, food and drinks, and lively conversation in support of LPAPA.

Cosby is one of the original Founding Members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art organization founded in Laguna Beach in 1996. Your support is greatly appreciated. Proceeds generated through ticket sales supports the program and helps sustain nonprofit LPAPA’s mission and year-round art and education programs.

Thank you for being part of the Laguna Plein Air Painting tradition and legacy.

Cost: $45 Registration fee; $35 for LPAPA Member

For tickets, click here.

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

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

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

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