Beautification Team to present 2024 Laguna Terrace Plein Air Painting Contest

The Laguna Terrace Beautification Team has been working for several years to improve the quality of life for local citizens. The team has been beautifying community open space; maintaining green spaces to encourage outdoor activities and socialization and preserving urban forests, among other activities. As Harry Huggins, Beautification Team president, and retired Orange County Parks asset manager, explained, “Community gardens, storytelling events, mentorship programs and collaborative workshops can provide platforms for sharing wisdom and experiences between generations, fostering a strong sense of community in a neighborhood. These activities create opportunities for meaningful interactions and the exchange of valuable insights.”

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Photos by Harry Huggins

Heisler Park on a beautiful Sunday afternoon

The Beautification Team’s latest undertaking will be its “2024 Laguna Terrace Plein Air Painting Contest,” to be held on Saturday, May 11 at three parks and one open space area. For a $10 fee, participants will spend the afternoon painting the bucolic outdoor scenery “en plein air,” or painting in the outdoors. Artists will begin arriving at the site at 8 a.m. and may stay there until 5 p.m.

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Surprise announcement: Painter, photographer and musician Doug Miller will be playing at all four painting locations

The painting contest is expected to encourage the participants in their artistry, to immerse the many anticipated attendees in art appreciation and community engagement, and to foster community involvement with California native plants.

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Laguna artist at the end of the Ridge Route Road that would have connected to Laguna Canyon

Artists will compete from at least six organizations, including: Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Association; Laguna Woods Art Association; Laguna Hills High School, Art Students; Irvine Valley College, Art Students; Saddleback Valley College, Art Students and Laguna College of Arts+ Design, Art Students.

Local environmental companies and nurseries are expected to sponsor the 2024 Laguna Terrace Plein Air Painting Contest. Nearby framing shops will be available to frame the completed paintings.

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Woman artist at the end of Ridge Route showing no structures

Judging will be by the Laguna Woods Art Association, Laguna Hills Parks and Recreation and the Laguna Terrace Beautification Team. Prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded to the top three paintings. Winners will be announced by Mayor Dave Wheeler of Laguna Hills and by Mayor Noel Hatch of Laguna Woods.

Following the Painting Contest, paintings will be displayed on easels at the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center, 235, Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, (www.lbculturalartscenter.org) and at the Moulton Museum, 25256 Cabot Road, Laguna Hills, (www.moultonmuseum.org).

For the registration form, maps (Gazebo Park, San Remo Drive, San Remo Park and Santa Victoria Park) and more information, visit www.lagunaterracebeautification.com.


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