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Art Star Awards: Join an evening filled with entertainment, surprises, great food and recognition of community’s talented artists

By THERESA KEEGAN

If all the naysaying of the world has you down, the upcoming Art Stars celebration, with its theme “The Future is Bright” is sure to offer a change of attitude.

“What we’re really celebrating this year is that all our art organizations, besides having established programs, also support either youth or emerging artists,” said Amy Dechary, president of the Laguna Beach Art Alliance (LBAA), which hosts the annual event. “And with everyone on the planning committee being artistic and creative it’s really going to be a fun night.”

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Artist Hugo Rivera created an abstract portrait during last year’s Art Star Awards, held on the Festival of Arts grounds

Of course, the culmination is when the winners in five different art categories are recognized for their achievements. After all, the recognition is the reason for the event, although organizers made sure there’s also a lot of fun to be had.

The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on April 26 at the Festival of Arts grounds. Attendees are treated to up-close and personal artistic endeavors, while enjoying Champagne, wine and heavy appetizers. There will be dancers dancing, musicians playing, singers singing, sculptures being sculpted and many surprises throughout the night.

“People will feel as if they are really part of the arts,” said Dechary. “It’s very friendly, it’s a warm atmosphere and there’s just a lot of fun energy.”

This will be the 16th awards night (COVID interrupted consecutive events), and the second year that the evening will be at the Festival grounds, which offers a more interactive, relaxed setting. “It’s a wonderful way to recognize the people stepping up and supporting Laguna Beach arts,” said Rick Conkey, executive director of the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center. “It’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the art organizations – and the food is great.”

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The Laguna JaZz Band serenaded Art Star attendees from the stage at the Festival of Arts. Talented vocalist Ginger Hatfield also joined in.

The non-profit LBAA now has 29 member organizations, representing everything from traditional painting to literary endeavors and even music history.

“When you think we have 29 non-profit art organizations within our little town, it’s really amazing,” said Pat Kollenda, a staunch advocate of the arts. From her role as an arts commissioner, founder, board member and participant in numerous groups, she has a holistic view of the art community and is a big fan of the Art Star awards – especially since it isn’t a fundraiser, so she can focus on the achievements being celebrated rather than worrying about writing more checks.

“It’s a joyous celebration of all the amazing art we have in Laguna,” said Kollenda. “And I think it’s an enormous honor for all nominees.” Through the years she’s had many nominees and winners comment about how thrilled they are to be recognized, and many are humbled, to be associated with other distinguished nominees.

This year’s nominees are:

Best Arts Program: Lagunatics; Laguna Playhouse – 2023 Season Program and Laguna Art Museum – Joseph Kleitsch: Abroad and Home in Old Laguna

Arts Patron of the Year: Laguna Beach Seniors; Ed Hanke, and Elie Weaver and Hilton Weinberg

Best Arts Collaboration: Pageant of the Monsters; Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum – Live! At the Museum matinee performances and Laguna Community Concert Band – Sailing with Whales Concert: Benefit for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Artist of the Year: Casey Parlette; Elizabeth McGhee and 133 Band

The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is G. Rey Kerciu.

The awards will be presented in the second part of the evening, explained Dechary, saying it’s a time to pause, as attendees will sit at their assigned tables and also visit the dessert bar.

“Life in Southern California is really fast-paced, so it’s good to spend time to celebrate our peers. It’s important to acknowledge what people have achieved,” she said. “What’s challenging in the arts is that we work so hard to get funding for our projects, and then making the projects happen, and then moving into the cycle again, that we don’t take the time to consider all we’ve actually accomplished.”

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Molière’s Tartuffe delivers a modern-day message amid plenty of laughs at the Laguna Playhouse

By MARRIE STONE

What do 17th century France and 21st century America have in common? More than you might think. Because while times, cultures and sensibilities change, human nature does not. And if we aren’t laughing at ourselves these days, we’ll likely end up crying.

Molière’s 1664 classic Tartuffe opens on the Laguna Playhouse stage this week, taking direct aim at our mortal foibles and perhaps subtle aim at some contemporary charlatans (think Bernie Madoff).

“We’re insisting on this being a period piece, as opposed to updating it or dressing the characters in ways to suggest certain correlations,” said actor Bruce Turk, who plays Tartuffe. “It enables the audience to use their imagination. It’s almost a 400-year-old play, but that fundamental dynamic is real. It was real back then. It’s real now.”

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(L-R) Bruce Turk and Bo Foxworth star in “Tartuffe”

If you’re unfamiliar with the storyline, a brief introduction. Tartuffe pretends to be a devout and pious man. In reality, he’s a dishonest conman who worms his way into a wealthy household, winning over the religious and gullible Orgon and his mother, Madame Pernelle. The rest of the family quickly sees through Tartuffe’s hypocrisy, baffled by how Orgon could be so blind. (The play makes many references to blindness throughout.)

Tartuffe sets his sights on marrying Orgon’s already betrothed daughter, a sure way to acquire the family funds. When Tartuffe’s true nature is ultimately revealed, Orgon careens to the other moral extreme, vowing now to destroy all pious men.

“Orgon is essentially going through a midlife crisis,” said Director Richard Baird. “Instead of buying the Jag, he’s looking for a spiritual leader. And Tartuffe slips right in.”

Getting a play like this made in 17th century France was no easy feat for Molière. Presenting a charlatan in priest’s clothing sent the church and the religious circles of Paris into an uproar. When it was first read in Versailles in 1665, a few devout leaders called for Molière’s execution.

“Going to church was quite a fad back then,” Baird said. “It was not quite like going to a club now, but it was considered quite hip to go to church. Everyone wore expensive clothes so they could show off how pious they were and one-up each other. That’s partly what Tartuffe capitalized on. So, the stakes of getting this play made back then were high.”

King Louie XIV banned Tartuffe for five years. Molière responded by writing two additional acts – new characters and additional scenes that reinforced Tartuffe’s hypocrisy – before the play could be staged.

“While Molière was struggling to get this play produced in the face of all the censorship, he was also writing Dom Juan, which is even more politically critical and worthy of excommunication,” said Turk. “Molière’s Dom Juan makes Tartuffe look tame by comparison.”

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(L-R) Shanté Deloach, Katei Karel and Jared Van Heel star in “Tartuffe”

For being more than 350 years old, nothing about Tartuffe is stuffy or inaccessible. Although written in verse, the language is approachable and, as Baird describes it, “buoyant” and “fizzy.”

“You don’t have to read a thesaurus or a bunch of history books to follow this play,” said Baird. “It’s quite clear and the running couplets are so delightfully light. They keep the ball in the air even if the topics they’re discussing are serious.”

This adaptation, translated by Richard Wilbur in 1950, was also no easy feat. “In French, Tartuffe is written in Alexandrine couplets, which are 12-beat lines. But that’s not our natural speech pattern in English. It’s two beats too many,” said Baird. Not only did Wilbur have to retain the humor, subject matter and relevance across time and culture, he had to retain the rhyming couplets, translated into English’s more natural 10-beat rhythm, all while avoiding sounding like Dr. Seuss (as both Turk and Baird pointed out was a risk).

“We really have Richard Wilbur to thank for the success of Molière in the English-speaking world today,” said Baird. “Before his hysterical and buoyant translations premiered, the English-speaking world had not yet embraced Molière. Now, Wilbur’s translations have inspired hundreds of other English translations.”

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Melanie Lora and Bruce Turk star in “Tartuffe”

Characters like Tartuffe are as old as humankind. So are the folks who fall prey to them. But this current moment in history – filled with disinformation and hypocrisy – puts the play in a new light. “In the past, I’ve wondered how these characters could be so blind,” Turk said. “But now I see these behaviors in the world and in my family. ‘You’re really giving money to that person when they go against all these things you profess? How can you be so blind?’ The play explores that, but in a very interesting way.”

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ORGANIZATION INFO

3340 Recital Series

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City of Laguna Beach Arts Commission

www.lagunabeachcity.net

Coast Film & Music Festival

www.coastfilmfestival.com

Community Art Project (CAP)

www.caplaguna.org

Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters

www.foapom.com

First Thursdays Art Walk

www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com

Friends of the Laguna Beach Library

 

Gallery Q at THE SUSI Q

www.thesusiq.org

Laguna Art-A-Fair

www.art-a-fair.com

Laguna Art Museum

www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC)

www.lbculturalartscenter.org

Laguna Beach Live!

www.lagunabeachlive.org

Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association

www.lagunabeachsistercities.org

Laguna College of Art + Design

www.lcad.edu

Laguna Concert Band

www.lagunaconcertband.com

Laguna Craft Guild

www.lagunacraftguild.org

Laguna Dance Festival

www.lagunadancefestival.org

Laguna Playhouse

www.lagunaplayhouse.com

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

www.lpapa.org

LagunaTunes

www.lagunatuneschorus.org

LOCA Arts Education

www.locaarts.org

Music History Hall Foundation

www.musichistoryhall.org

Neighborhood Congregational Church

www.ncclaguna.org

No Square Theatre

www.nosquare.org

Pacific Vocal Series

www.pacificvocalseries.com

Sawdust Art Festival

www.sawdustartfestival.org

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts

www.theartistsfund-foa.org

The Honarkar Foundation

www.thehonarkarfoundation.org

Third Street Writers

www.thirdstreetwriters.org

Visit Laguna Beach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newly renovated STUDIO/Lab

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

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

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

LAM Kids Summer Day Camp Series:

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

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

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

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

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

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

LAM Kids Summer Mini Camp Series:

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

LAM Kids Summer Fridays:

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

Registration:

LAM Kids Summer Day Camp Series:

Museum members, $75 per child

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

Non-members, $95 per child

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

LAM Kids Summer Mini Camp Series:

Museum members, $30 per child

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

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

LAM Kids Summer Fridays:

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.

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FOA Foundation awards $100,400 in Art Grants for 2024

The FOA Foundation announced the 19 organizations awarded $100,400 total in arts grants for the 2024 year. The FOA Foundation helps fund the many art-related nonprofits in the Laguna Beach community, emphasizing those dedicated to education and the cultural enrichment of the local community through the arts.

“Laguna Beach owes much of its cultural richness to the tireless efforts of our local arts organizations,” said Kathy Jones, president of the FOA Foundation. “We applaud the dedication and passion of each organization for their invaluable contributions to the cultural fabric of Laguna Beach.”

The 2024 Art Grants recipients are:

–Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach

–Cultural Arts Center

–Festival of Arts

–Laguna Beach High School Band Boosters

–Laguna Beach High School Ceramics

–Laguna Beach Schools Performing Arts Boosters

–Laguna Beach Live!

–Laguna Art Museum

–Laguna Beach Seniors, Inc.

–Laguna Community Concert Band

–Laguna Dance Festival

–Laguna Playhouse

–Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

–LagunaTunes Community Chorus

–LOCA, Inc.

–No Square Theatre

–Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund

–Third Street Writers

–Thurston Middle School – Drama

The FOA Foundation, formally the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation, was established in 1989 to preserve and promote the fine arts and all other artistic endeavors in and about the City of Laguna Beach. Since its establishment, the foundation has awarded nearly $3.0 million in grants to strengthen Laguna Beach’s arts, culture and creative expression.

The FOA Foundation is comprised of a board of trustees who oversees and administers the program including Kathy Jones (president), John Campbell (vice president), Bob Earl (treasurer), Kirsten Whalen (secretary), Jacquie Moffett (board member), Jeff Redeker (board member), Michelle Reindl (board member) and Jeff Rovner (board member).

In 1989, the Festival of Arts with a $1.5 million donation established the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation, in order to guarantee annual financial support for the arts in Laguna Beach. The FOA Foundation, co-founded by John Rayment and David Young, was designed to hold these funds in a permanent endowment. The earnings and income from this endowment would be distributed annually in the form of scholarships to graduates of Laguna Beach High School and as grants to non-profit art organizations and educational institutions in and about the City of Laguna Beach. The FOA Foundation operates independently from the Festival of Arts. In 2007, the Festival of Arts assumed the financial responsibility of the art scholarships, enabling the FOA Foundation to focus on its grant program for local non-profit art organizations.

For more information about FOA Foundation grants, click here.

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Jazz Wednesdays Winter features Raffia Thomas on April 24

Renowned soul, jazz and R&B vocalist Raffia Thomas joins Laguna Beach Live! for Jazz Wednesdays Winter on April 24 from 6-8 p.m. at [seven-degrees], 891 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

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Raffia Thomas: stunning vocals and soulful vibes

With a long list of collaborations including Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera, Anita Baker, Gloria Estefan, Patrice Rushen and Melissa Etheridge, to name just a few, Thomas, along with her band – C.C. Thomas Jr. on bass, Carlyle Barriteau on guitar, Tracy Carter on keys and Tony Moore on drums – promise a Laguna Live! night to remember.

Jazz Winter 2024 is a six-part series of world-class jazz musicians in the cabaret setting of [seven-degrees]. Concerts take place every two weeks through May 8, 6-8 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. for bar and social hour. Food is available for purchase.

Tickets are $37.50 in advance; $40 at the door and available at www.lagunalive.org, or 949.715.9713.

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LBCAC honors Earth Month

Through May 25 

Exhibition: Climate: Air, Earth and Water

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

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

–Make Earth Cool Again Film Festival 2024

Free Admission | Donations Accepted

RSVP as there is limited seating.

April 21 – Eating Our Way to Extinction

April 24 – Laguna Blue Belt presents the mission of the Make Earth COOL Again Film Festival which is to bring together filmmakers and communities to witness powerful stories of climate action, and to inspire further action, locally and beyond.

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The Sky and Ocean Aren’t the Only Way to See Inspiring Blues in Laguna in 2024, come to the blues concert on April 19

Friday, April 19, 8 p.m.

Eric Sardinas

Slide guitarist and singer-songwriter Eric Sardinas has a reputation for packing intensity into his live performances. He comes from the loud and proud school of blues boogie: Johnny Winter, Albert Collins and Elmore James, by way of rock & roll. His playing is aggressive, his lead work is done exclusively with a slide on a custom-built electric metal resonator dobro guitar.

For tickets, click here.

Eric Henderson – April 20

Saturday, April 20, 8 p.m.

Eric Henderson

He’s back for an immersive and extraordinary Contemporary Classical concert experience, supporting the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center.

Eric Henderson, Laguna’s own world-renowned Concert Guitarist (who trained privately with Andrés Segovia), will be performing his own original compositions, along with instrumental covers of Classic Rock gems.

“I feel the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center is the perfect venue for a small audience to actually feel how the guitar resonates,” Henderson said. “I’m putting the finishing touches on a new album and am excited about this opportunity to share some of my new music.”

For tickets, click here.

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Dorothy Randall Gray – April 21

Sunday, April 21, 1-3 p.m.

Reading & Open Mic 3-4 p.m.

The Earth Speaks

An Interactive Writing Workshop Celebrating the Earth’s Lost Language, facilitated by Bestselling Poet & Author Dorothy Randall Gray.

The Earth has begun to express itself with an increasingly dramatic vocabulary of droughts, floods, tornados, hurricanes, record breaking heat waves and more. Are we listening? How have you been impacted by its voice? How can we create words that connect and reflect its Mother tongue? In this multi-genre workshop, they will explore the world around and inside us as you are inspired by Joni Mitchell, Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, Greta Thunberg, Dame Judi Dench, Mary Oliver and Wangari Maathai.

Tickets: $20.

Friday, April 26, 8 p.m.

Concert Opera Series, Verdi’s Falstaff

Don’t miss the chance to experience up and coming opera stars in some of your favorite repertoire. These operas will be presented in a concert format (minimal/no staging or costumes) with pianos and English and Spanish supertitles. A great way to get to know the most famous titles in the operatic canon in an intimate setting.

Tickets: $15.

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

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

Check out the calendar at www.lbculturalartscenter.org.

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LOCA announces LOCA Arts Education online fundraiser

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

Courtesy of LOCA

Sneak Preview online now

“For the Love of Art” Auction Sneak Preview and Donate Now. Bidding is open.

LOCA Arts Education invites everyone to engage in their exciting online fundraiser. Help them to exceed their goal of $15,000 to support their workshops and lectures serving the entire community, from teens at the Youth Shelter, to families at the library, to online classes for everyone. They employ local artists, and every dollar makes a difference.

The auction Sneak Preview is open now – click here. Register now for free, donate cash at the green donate button and start a “Watch List” by clicking the heart icon on your favorite items. Actual bidding opens April 15, so mark your calendars now.

Auction items vary from a two-night stay in a rustic canyon view room at The Ranch Resort, a signed Mike Trout Angels Jersey and an immersive Pageant of the Masters experience – including tickets, a backstage tour and gift shop item. Unique items include private art parties and original art by favorite local artists. There’s something for everyone.

See something and can’t wait? Email loca@locaarts.org and buy-it-now at the listed value.

LOCA sends a big thank you to all who support them and value their services throughout our city and community.

Thursdays at 4 p.m. starting on April 18 and running through June 6

Art Classes for Kids at the Laguna Beach Library Laguna Beach at 363 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach. “Art Classes for Kids” will be held in the Children’s Wing of the Laguna Beach Library. Classes are free, and no registration is required, but space is limited, so first come, first served, for children 5 and up. Please gather at 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17, 1-4 p.m.

Off the Grid with Lesli Bonanni

Discover a fresh new approach to painting! Working with textured paper, water, pigments and tools, you will create outcomes that surprise and delight you. Bring an open mind and get ready for a unique experience.

Cost: LOCA Members $25, Non-Members $50.

This class is held in the art room of the Susi Q Senior Center and made possible by a grant from the FAO Foundation.

Thursdays at 4 p.m. starting on April 18 and running through June 6

Art Classes for Kids at the Laguna Beach Library Laguna Beach at 363 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach. “Art Classes for Kids” will be held in the Children’s Wing of the Laguna Beach Library. Classes are free, and no registration required but space is limited, first come, first served, for children 5 and up. Please gather at 3:45 p.m.

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Family Sketch Whales – April 20

Saturday, April 20, 10-11:30 a.m.

Family Sketch Whales at Rivian South Coast Theater, 162 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach

LOCA Arts Education is presenting a fun art workshop for families as part of Earth Day weekend festivities at Rivian South Coast Theater in Downtown Laguna Beach. The workshop, themed “Gray Whale,” will start with a video introduction by educators from Crystal Cove State Park. The video will teach about gray whale mothers and calves. Viewers will learn how these spectacular creatures survive along our coast and why they are important.

Following the presentation, art teachers from LOCA will lead everyone, step-by-step, in creating beautiful gray whale color sketches to take home.

Cost is free, but registration is required, now through April 18.

To register: email loca@locaarts.org and provide the following: Name, number attending, email, phone and ZIP Code.

By registering, participant agrees to allow LOCA to furnish contact information to Rivian South Coast Theater.

A confirmation will be sent by email from LOCA. Space is limited – no drop-ins at the door.

LOCA Art Talks schedule:

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Art Talk – April 25

Art lovers of any background will be mesmerized by this show-and-tell presentation by globally renowned artist Andrew Myers. He will share stories from his experimental student days at Laguna College of Art and Design, to his years as a representational sculptor, when he created figurative bronzes for Saint Catherine of Sienna Church, and The Shopper for City of Laguna Beach. Myers will share insights on his series of life size figure drawings, defaced with scribblings of social commentary, satire, and humor. Lastly, he will discuss his signature “Screw Art” series, which although a pun, describes his collection of wall relief illustrations literally comprised of thousands of screws.

Upon conclusion, everyone will receive a post-event certificate for 15% off food at nearby Lumberyard Restaurant.

Cost: Free to LOCA Members: Advance registration is required, email: loca@locaarts.org. Non-Members $20.

May: Public Art in Downtown Laguna Beach, with Mike Tauber and guest artists. Registration opens soon.

Become a LOCA member and enjoy free admission to all LOCA Art Talks, and many other benefits.

LOCA’s New Teaching Location:

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

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

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

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

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Cultural Arts looks forward to a great season of Sunset Serenades

–Stage on Forest – Jason Feddy

Friday, April 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

–Stage on Forest – Kelly Fitzgerald

Saturday, April 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

–Stage on Forest – Kai Kalama

Sunday, April 21, 5-7 p.m.

Sunset Serenades

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

Free Admission, click here for more information.

Friday, May 3, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

The Danny Green Trio (Jazz/Pop)

Friday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

The Tailspins (Pop/Contemporary)

Friday May 17, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

Steve Wade (Louisiana Jazz)

Friday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. – sunset

Uncanny Valley (Rock)

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

For full details, click here.

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

2024 Art That’s Small at City Hall

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Art That’s Small at City Hall Winners (L-R): Jonathan McHugh, David Kizziar, Sarah Ciavarella, Mayor Sue Kempf and Mika Denny

The 22nd Annual Art That’s Small at City Hall exhibition is on display now through April 18. View original artworks from 56 Orange County artists in the first-floor hallway gallery of Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave. Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public during city business hours.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

Youth Art Advisory Award – Pirate Tower by Susana Cruciana

City Hall Choice Award – Boca Prins by David Kizziar

1st place – Blue Laguna by Sarah Ciavarella

2nd place – Little One by Mika Denny

3rd place – Main Beach Morning by Brian Jones

Honorable Mentions

–Stevens Square by Andrew Cortez

–Tide Pools at Golden Hour by Jonathan McHugh

–Dimentia #1 by Melody Nuñez

Art That’s Small at City Hall is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

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LAM ushers in spring with more events

Support Art Giving Day

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Support Art Giving Day – May 8

This spring, Laguna Art Museum is rallying the community to Support Art.

Want to double your support? Donate on LAM’s Support Art Giving Day, Wednesday, May 8. On this day, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact. Some amazing champions in the community have pledged to donate and match your giving on May 8 only, so mark your calendar.

To donate, click here.

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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:

“Skyward” by Eric Theodore

Reflections of Resilience through August 25

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

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

On the Edge through September 2

Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection

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

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Art Workshop – April 19

Friday, April 19, 4-7 p.m.

Art Workshop, Figure Drawing

Class Dates: April 19, May 24, June 21, July 19

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

Please note that the model will be nude.

Advance tickets are recommended. Adults (18+) only, Museum members: $30, Non-members: $45, 5 Class Series Members: $150,

5 Class Series Non-Members: $180.

For tickets, click here.

Fine Art of Jewelry – April 20

Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m.

Fine Art of Jewelry

Join LAM for an insightful panel discussion featuring esteemed experts and connoisseurs in the realm of jewelry. Discover the secrets behind what makes a piece of jewelry truly exceptional, learn about the market trends shaping the industry, and gain practical tips on how to protect your jewelry to ensure its longevity and enduring beauty.

Whether you’re an avid collector, a budding designer, or simply passionate about the artistry of jewelry, this panel discussion is a not-to-be-missed event.

Moran Auctioneers and Appraisers will value your timepieces, fine jewelry, designer jewelry, costume jewelry, etc.

Note: Ticket holders to both the panel discussion and What’s It Worth? – Jewelry Edition will receive priority entry to the John Moran Auctioneers and Appraisers for an exclusive valuation for one hour immediately following the panel discussion.

Advance tickets are recommended. Ticket purchase includes access to all museum exhibits. Museum members: $25, Non-members: $35.

For tickets, click here.

Saturday, April 20, 1-5 p.m.

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Laguna Live! presents Jazz Wednesdays Winter with Raffia Thomas on April 24

Tuesdays through May, 11:30 a.m.

Live! Music Matters, free children’s program returns

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

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

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Zach Churchill at Laguna Beach Library – every Tuesday

The Line-Up – Jazz Winter 2024

Jazz Winter 2024 is a six-part series of world-class jazz musicians in the cabaret setting of [seven degrees]. Concerts take place every two weeks through May 8, 6-8 p.m.

Click here for tickets or call 949.715.3713.

Wednesday, April 24, 6-8 p.m.

Raffia Thomas

Renowned Soul, Jazz and R&B vocalist, Raffia Thomas brings stunning vocals and soulful vibes along with her quintet.

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Raffia Thomas – April 24

Stage on Forest Felisha Dunne

Friday, April 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Stage on Forest – Brian Roark

Saturday, April 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Stage on Forest Jodi Siegel

Sunday, April 7, 5-7 p.m.

Ticket prices for individual concerts remain at only $37.50 in advance; $40 at the door; $225 for the full season. Concerts are 6-8 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m. for bar and social hour. Drinks and food are available for pre-purchase.

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Triada Guitar Trio – May 5

Sunday, May 5, 1 p.m.

Triada Guitar Trio

Triada combines the unique talents of Nikola, Petar and Vasil Chekardzhikov, forming one of the most brilliant guitar ensembles that are now performing. The three brothers are individually virtuoso guitarists, and their intuitive sense of ensemble gives a synergy that makes their concerts very special and exciting events. Performances by Triada feature innovative repertoire, including traditional classics, modern favorites, and vibrant, colorful ethnic music to engage and delight any audience. Programs usually include powerful works that composers have written specifically for this superlative ensemble.

Click here for tickets or call 949.715.3713.

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(L-R) Grace Freeman, Doug Miller and Kevin Kelso – May 7

Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m.

Beth’s Tuesdays featuring Grace Freeman with Doug Miller and Kevin Kelso.

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

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Bijon Watson – May 8

Wednesday, May 8, 6-8 p.m.

Jazz Wednesdays Winter – Bijon Watson’s Latin Jazz Syndicate with Acclaimed Vocalist

Led by versatile trumpeter Bijon Watson, the Latin Jazz Syndicate was formed in 2005 as a musical project meant to explore the fusion of Latin and World rhythms with the vast collection of jazz, pop and rock favorites.

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Sawdust Festival looks forward to more exciting classes

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

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Pottery Wheel Experience – April 20 and 27

Saturday, April 20 and 27, 1 p.m.

Pottery Wheel Experience

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit at a potter’s wheel and actually throw a pot?

Robert Jones will take you through the process step-by-step, allowing you to gain confidence so that, with his help, you will make your own pottery pieces on the wheel. Each student will make two pieces that he will then fire and glaze in his own studio so that you will end up with a beautifully glazed mug or bowl, which you can truly call your own. Please note, the firing and glazing time will take approximately three to four weeks before it is ready to collect. If you wish your items to be mailed, there will be an additional cost to cover postage and packing.

Absolutely no experience is necessary to take this class, however closed-toe shoes and casual, comfortable clothing are recommended. All materials are included in the cost.

Women’s Retreat Workshop – April 20 and May 18

Saturday, April 20, 1-5 p.m.

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

Women’s Retreat Workshop – Michelle Burt

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

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

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

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

Cost: $298.

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Fused Glass Fine Art Workshop – April 21

Sunday, April 21, 9:30 a.m.

Fused Glass Fine Art Workshop

A two-part class where you will explore the endless possibilities of fused glass and how you can create wonderful images by using a variety of different materials.

Day 1: Initially, you will create your own individual piece of fused glass art by using stencils. This is a truly unique way to design a beautiful piece of artwork that will be individual to you. You will learn how to cut glass and paint with enamels to produce your “first” piece. This piece is then fired.

Day 2: This is where the detail comes in. You will add different elements to your initial piece to further enhance it and give it character and definition. By adding additional pieces of glass, frit (small pieces of glass) and other materials, you will add depth and dimension to transform your work into a piece of fine art.

Location: At the artist’s studio in Laguna Beach. This will give you the additional advantage of seeing a working studio space including the kiln in which your items will be fired. The exact location will be made available upon purchase of the class.

Cost: $250.

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Intro to Hand Forged Jewelry – April 24 and May 4

Wednesday, April 24, 12-2 p.m. or 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 4, 12-2 p.m. or 4 p.m.

Introduction to Hand Forged Jewelry

Join artist Amanda Cody to create your own hand forged jewelry. In this class you will learn how to use a jeweler’s saw and obtain skills of stamping, doming/shaping copper or brass into a pendant. In addition, you will learn the skills of filing, grinding, buffing, polishing and finishing a piece or two to completion. You will learn about what tools you need to get started on a budget and what tools you can use in a more production-style professional setting. You will also use a torch to anneal/soften the metal. This class is for everyone, from a beginner who’s never made jewelry to someone who is an accomplished jeweler.

The class may run from two to four hours depending on the class size.

Cost: $88 per person. Upgrade to Sterling Silver for $120 (you can pay the difference in person by cash or card).

Portrait Photography – April 25

Thursday, April 25, 2 p.m.

Portrait Photography

Looking to feel good in front of the camera and confident behind the lens? Wondering how to master the elements of light, pose and mood? In this one-on-one class, professional photographer Mary Church will take you step-by-step through the process, helping you to understand the fundamentals of how to use light and light settings, equipment choices, backgrounds, poses and clothing options. You will be photographed and photographing, allowing you the perspective from both model and photographer. The class will take place in a studio setting using natural light photography.

This is a two-hour class; you will receive one 5” x 7” and two 4” x 6” photographs. This is a one-on-one class. For larger groups, email Sawdust at learnart@sawdustartfestival.org. Price includes all materials.

Cost: $150.

Intro to Mosaic Art – April 27

Saturday, April 27, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Intro to Mosaic Art

A two-day workshop over two weekends.

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

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

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LPAPA gears up for Annual Waterworks Juried Art Show

Annual Waterworks Juried Art Show

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

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

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“Waterworks” Juried Art Show

Show Overview & Timeline:

Shipped Artwork Delivery: Needs to arrive at the LPAPA Gallery by 5 p.m., Friday, April 26.

Hand-carried Artwork Delivery: Gallery open for delivery Tuesday, April 30 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Online Art Catalog Exhibition (Finalists and Semi-Finalists): April 29 through June 3.

Online Preview Auction (Finalists and Semi-Finalists): 10 a.m., April 29 to 8 p.m., May 2.

LPAPA Gallery Show (Finalists): Thursday, May 2 through Monday, June 3.

Art Walk Gallery Reception: Thursday, May 2, 6-9 p.m. (awards at 7 p.m.).

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

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Nellie Gail Paint Out – April 27

Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Nellie Gail Paint Out at Fairhaven Memorial Park

LPAPA artists are invited to participate in a Spring Paint Out & Painting Competition at the Fairhaven Memorial Park, Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., to celebrate its 100+ years of history in Orange County, and honor plein air painter Nellie Gail Moulton, who is at rest in the mausoleum.

LPAPA artists will gather in front of the Historic Mausoleum inside Fairhaven Memorial Park located at 1702 Fairhaven Ave., Santa Ana.

Immediately following the paint out, the paintings by artists registered for the painting competition will be juried to determine 10 award finalists of which four award winners will be selected (Best in Show, 1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place cash awards to be presented). LPAPA is pleased to share that Nellie Gail Moulton’s great grandsons Jared Mathis and Scott Barnes will participate in the awards judging.

This event is made possible with the support of Fairhaven Memorial Park and the Moulton Museum. Click to learn more: Fairhaven Memorial Park and Nellie Gail Moulton (1878-1972).

The 10 finalists and award winners will be included in a Fairhaven Memorial Park art exhibition that will continue through May 17.

When registering, LPAPA members may choose to register as a Paint Out Painter or a Paint Out Competitor. There will be a maximum of 30 painters in total.

The public is invited to enjoy a walk through the Fairhaven Memorial Park grounds and watch the Laguna Plein Air Painters in action.

For assistance, call the LPAPA Gallery at 949.376.3635, or contact Bonnie Lander at bonnie@lpapa.org, or Toni Kellenberg at toni@lpapa.org, or by phone at 949.291.0882

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

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

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26th Annual John Gardiner Community Poetry Contest, deadline April 30

Entries for the 26th Annual John Gardiner Community Poetry Contest will be accepted April 1-30. The theme this year is “To Walk in Different Shoes.”

Prizes up to $100 gift certificates will be awarded in five age categories.

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Theme for the contest this year is “To Walk in Different Shoes”

Participants may submit one unpublished poem with the theme: “To Walk in Different Shoes.” Poem must be no more than 25 lines of text with a limit of 230 words. Submit poem within the body of an email to Laguna Beach Library at ocpl.lagunabeach@occr.ocgov.com. Include the following information: Name, Phone Number and Grade Level or “Adult.” No attachments, please.

The Public Reading of Winning Poems will be held on Saturday, June 1 at 11 a.m.

The annual contest is funded by the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library.

The Laguna Beach Library is located at 363 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach. Call 949.497.1733 for more information.

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Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association announces Young Artists & Authors 2024 Showcase

The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association has announced the commencement of the Young Artists & Authors (YAAS) 2024 Showcase, themed “Climatescape: Resilient Cities for Tomorrow’s Climate.” This initiative, in collaboration with the Laguna Beach County Water District, aims to engage local youth in raising awareness about sustainable development and climate change mitigation.

As climate change continues to pose significant challenges to our communities, the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association, in alignment with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda, is committed to addressing this global issue through creative expression. The YAAS competition invites young artists, musicians and poets to submit works that explore innovative solutions for creating inclusive, safe and resilient cities.

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Last year’s winners. First Row: Karyn Philippsen, LBSC; Christopher Regan, LBCWD; Anne Belyea, LFP; Debbie Neev, LBCWD; Fabiola Kinder, LBSC and Maggie Hempen, LBSC; Second Row: Estella Newton and Sasha Riahi; Third Row: Sam Sweeney and Marlena Steinbach

Participants are encouraged to use their imagination to vividly depict transformative landscapes that embrace eco-consciousness, inclusivity and forward-thinking solutions. Examples include rooftop gardens, green infrastructures, sustainable transportation, renewable energy sources and water management systems.

In addition to promoting artistic expression, YAAS encourages dialogue and collaboration among students from Laguna Beach and its sister cities of Menton, France; San Jose del Cabo, Mexico and St. Ives, England, fostering a global exchange of ideas on sustainability.

Entries will be accepted in three categories: Art, Music and Poetry. Cash prizes of $500 and $250 will be awarded to first- and second-place winners in each category, with additional recognition and opportunities to compete at the Sister Cities International level.

Entries for YAAS 2024 are due by Sunday, April 21. To learn more, or to fill out an entry application, visit www.lagunabeachsistercities.com.

To inspire creativity, participants can visit https://yaas2024.org/,

www.usgbc.org/ and www.globalgoals.org/goals/11-sustainable-cities-and-communities/ for additional resources and information on sustainable practices.

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Join Laguna Beach Live! for Bluegrass & BBQ 2024 on June 9

Join Laguna Beach Live! on Sunday, June 9 from 4-7 p.m. for fun and wholesome musical entertainment at their annual Bluegrass & BBQ. Enjoy an afternoon of brilliant bluegrass music from musically gifted siblings the Wimberly Bluegrass Band, along with a delicious, authentic Texas BBQ.

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The Wimberly Bluegrass Band will perform on June 9 at LCAD

The event takes place on the grounds of Laguna College of Art + Design located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. BBQ will be held from 4-6 p.m., with the concert performance between 5-7 p.m. Families are welcome, and there is free entry for kids 12 and under.

Named one of Los Angeles’ top five bluegrass bands by CBS-LA, Wimberley Bluegrass Band brings their sensational high energy to stages across the country, carefully weaving the perfect mixture of original music, traditional bluegrass fare, and oft remembered tunes thoughtfully re-crafted in the bluegrass genre. Walking the road between tradition and innovation, the Wimberley Bluegrass Band holds high the torch of the tradition of good old-fashioned bluegrass music.

Richard Jones Pit BBQ will be catering. Jones has been serving some of the best Texas BBQ in California for more than 32 years.

Salty Bear Brewing Company will also be onsite offering beers along with Bianchi Winery who will offer a selection of wines.

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

For tickets and more information, go to www.lagunabeachlive.org, or call 949.715.9713.

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An Evening of Blues with Eli Cook at LBCAC on April 27

Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) will host An Evening of Blues with Eli Cook on Saturday, April 27 from 8-10 p.m.

With his super slick slide guitar sound and a husky voice that is sexy and heartfelt, this Virginia bluesman is considered one of the top blues soloists in the world.

Cook was born in a Blue Ridge Mountain hollow full of “old cars, chainsaws and guitars.” Radio still reigned, and telephones and television failed. He began playing gospel at revivals when he was 15, and still never forgets to “take you to church” at some moment in his performance today.

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Eli Cook performs at LBCAC on April 27

Cook’s career was launched when he opened for B.B. King at the Paramount Theatre to a standing ovation and was featured in Guitar Player Magazine. Today, he tours throughout the United States and internationally with venues ranging from the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress to B.B. King’s Night Club of NYC.

Known for his adrenalized performances, original compositions, and brilliant guitar playing, Cook is revolutionizing the Blues experience for the 21st century. Described as “the best blues singer of his generation: (All Music Guide), and “one of the top three blues soloists worldwide” (Blues Matters Magazine), he is equal master of slide and 12-string guitar.

Cook explodes the blues horizon. There are no boundaries, no stop signs. With fresh arrangements of classics by Skip James, John Hurt, Elmore James and Jimi Hendrix, as well as his own critically acclaimed words from seven recorded albums, Cook opens the door for listeners to enter a dimension of blues guitar playing never before seen in the musical world.

For tickets, click here.

For more information about Eli Cook, go to www.elicook.com.

For more information about LBCAC, go to www.lbculturalartscenter.org.

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Experience the magic of giving with Pageant of the Masters

The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach is once again providing the opportunity for patrons to donate Pageant of the Masters tickets to local nonprofits through its Masters at Giving program. Give the gift of living pictures and an unforgettable experience to this summer’s Pageant of the Masters show, À La Mode: The Art of Fashion, by donating today, by clicking here.

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Extend the magic of the Pageant by donating through the Masters of Giving Program

“By donating through the Masters at Giving Program, you’re helping to spread the joy of art to people who may not have the chance to attend otherwise,” said Sharbie Higuchi, director of Marketing & PR for the Festival of Arts. “Through the generous contributions of our members and patrons, we’ve been able to extend this magical experience to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Clubs, American Legion Veterans, South County Outreach, OC Fire Authority, Mindful Warrior Project, local schools, senior centers and more.”

Since 2010, more than 16,000 Pageant of the Masters tickets have been donated to charitable groups in Southern California. Tickets are $45 each and 100% tax deductible. Each ticket is also a season pass to visit the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show all summer long. Through the Masters at Giving program, Pageant tickets have been given to first responders, senior centers, at-risk youth, veteran and military families, art students, outreach groups, mentoring programs and many more.

Higuchi emphasized, “Your support enables us to extend the reach of the Pageant of the Masters to even more deserving charitable and nonprofit organizations this summer, aligning with the Festival’s commitment to fostering art appreciation and community engagement.”

The Festival of Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, IRS Tax ID 95-1964772. Donate to the Masters at Giving program by contacting the box office at 800.487.3378, or online by clicking here.

À La Mode: The Art of Fashion will grace the stage nightly from July 6 through August 30. Early ticket purchase is recommended, the Pageant is highly sought after and draws art enthusiasts from around the world. A Pageant ticket also serves as a season pass to the 2024 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, taking place from July 3 through August 30, 2024 (closed July 4).

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

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Artists Fund presents Spring Collection at City Hall

Hardship Grant Given

The Artists Fund serves past and present FOA exhibitors by promoting their work, providing professional development webinars, and enrichment grants for exciting career expansion. A major service is the Hardship Grant, funded mostly by Art-To-Go sales, which helps artists suffering economic hardship from exceptional medical needs or unexpected circumstances.

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Main Beach by Patrick Kelly, circa 1970s

Recently, a Hardship Grant was awarded for the burial and interment of Patrick Kelly, long-time exhibitor, and former board member of Festival of Arts where he also worked on the Permanent Collection and as membership director.

The following is among the notes received by The Artists Fund: “Thank you for your grant on behalf of Patrick Kelly’s family and myself – his friend of 50 years. It was most generous in this hour of need. He will be missed!” –Sandra Jones Campbell

April – May 2024

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

Special Sale Gallery

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

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

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

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

To view them online, click here.

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