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LOCA’s art classes at the library are loved by students

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

LOCA 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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Give the gift of art experiences for a full year

What they’ll get:

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

Buy it now for $50:

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

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

–Thursday, April 25, 4-5 p.m.

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

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

Families Love LOCA at the Library

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

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

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Student loves art

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

LOCA and Me, The Teachers

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

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Carole Boller – May 4

Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

LPAPA Paint Together with Carole Boller

Register to join LPAPA Artist Member Carole Boller for this fun and informative in-person LPAPA+LOCA “Flourish & Bloom in Laguna” Paint Together. In this painting lesson, Boller will demonstrate her oil painting process, brush stroke by brush stroke, of a lovely garden scene in Laguna Beach. The objective of the lesson will be to understand working from life “en plein air” and the importance of values. This workshop is not limited to oil painters; all mediums are welcome. Limited to a maximum of 15 registrants.

This is an in-person on location painting lesson. Registrants will bring their own outdoor painting supplies. Location details and a recommended supply list will be sent after registration, in advance of the event date.

Registration Fee: $60 for LPAPA and LOCA Members, or $75 for Non-members.

LPAPA members must log in when registering to receive the discounted LPAPA member price; LOCA members must have a current LOCA membership to receive the discounted LOCA member price.

Contact LPAPA at 949.376.3635 or info@lpapa.org for registration assistance. If you are mailing a check for your registration fee, it needs to be received by LPAPA no later than Monday, April 29. Registrations need to be completed by 3 p.m. the day before the event (May 3). Registration fees are non-refundable, but are transferable with 24 hours advance notice to LPAPA.

This in-person painting lesson is made possible with grant funding received through the City of Laguna Beach in support of an art education collaboration with LOCA Arts Education (LOCA) and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA).

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Heisler Park Walking Tour of Public Art

Custom Art Escapes

LOCA continues to create exciting events and art escapes for both kids, families and adults to enjoy. Now, you can setup your very own art experience this summer. There are custom workshops for adults and groups, kids and families, and advanced sessions for those who want to improve their artistic skills with personal instruction. Designed for beginners to the most advanced student, lessons are in various Laguna locations, can be in your home or you can take a Zoom class.

“LOCA Certified” Artists are offering classes and tours in a variety of Laguna Beach locations. Check out all the adventures and be inspired to receive individual attention, a wonderful time and unique access to some amazing artists. “Custom” Art Escapes are great activities for locals and visitors seeking unique art experiences in Laguna Beach.

This is just a sampling of the “Custom Art Escapes” LOCA offers, for the full listing, go to www.locaart.org/custom-art-escapes/.

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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.

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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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Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

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

Free Admission, click here for more information.

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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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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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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Color It Orange show exhibits county’s top high school artists at LCAD gallery

By THERESA KEEGAN

A fresh perspective on art careers was offered to the students who attended the opening of the Color It Orange exhibition at the LCAD Gallery. This annual show, now in its 49th year, features selected work from high schoolers throughout Orange County.

“The kids love being part of an art show,” said teacher Samantha Squieri of her students at Beckman High School in Tustin. “They see this and start to believe ‘I can be an artist.’ It’s really exciting.”

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Art teacher Samantha Squieri takes time during the opening of “Color It Orange” to talk with students and parents about the comprehensive art program offered at Beckman High School

Certainly, those on display have already proven their artistic mettle – the 84 pieces in the show were chosen from almost 800 that were submitted for consideration. The competition was expanded because this year the show organizers also worked with Scott Fitzpatrick, coordinator of arts for the Orange County Department of Education, which puts on a variety of shows throughout the county each spring, featuring students in all grade levels.

“We have almost every high school joining in now,” said Bryan Hegge, LCAD gallery director. “The idea is to elevate this to show what art at a high school can be. Everybody in here is an accomplished artist.”

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The “Color It Orange” show also includes ceramics and sculpture. This piece entitled ‘Sushi’ is by Frances Nguyen of Pacifica High School.

The gallery is filled with a combination of powerful oils, delicate watercolors, bold graphics and even ceramics and sculptures. There are still life and action pictures, some true to an original scene, others pulled entirely from a student’s imagination.

On opening night, April 4, proud parents snapped photos of their young artists next to their displayed work. Siblings walked around while teachers talked about the benefits of art education in high school and career options. Visitors who just stopped in as part of First Thursdays Art Walk were pleasantly surprised at the quality and diversity of the artwork.

Hegge, along with Jason Umfress, director of admissions at Laguna College of Art + Design, juried the show.

“This is a showcase of the very best,” said Umfress. He explained how the selected pieces were judged on multiple factors, including technical skill, creativity and interpretation. “The level of creativity and storytelling in here is wonderful.”

In fact, Beckman freshman Joanne Lim was literally inspired by books when creating Timekeeper’s Papers. The colorful multi-medium piece was created in response to a school assignment on exploring perspective.

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Joanne Lim stands near her colorful piece “Timekeeper’s Paper” at the bottom of the display

“I just like the industrial building and the books,” she said. The Tustin resident was capturing an omniscient reader’s viewpoint by adding in the timepiece and the stars. “I’ve always liked to draw,” she said. “And it feels really nice to have my art shown.”

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Emma Murdock’s piece “A Peruvian Story” earned the Santa Margarita Catholic student a scholarship to the LCAD July program for high school students

In addition to participating in the month-long show (it closes April 21) five selected students received a scholarship to attend the upcoming special summer session at LCAD for high school students. Upon completion of the class, participants earn college credits. Recipients included: Emma Murdock, Margarita Catholic High; Aidan Phan, La Quinta High School; Ashely Lee, Beckman High School; Grace Lin, Beckman and Iman Gelogaeva, University High School.

LCAD is very committed to the Color It Orange program and its history. In fact, some current students and faculty members recall their own experience participating in Color It Orange, said Umfress.

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Laguna Beach Cultural Center expands offerings, becomes OC’s new stop for world-class blues musicians

By THERESA KEEGAN

Like everything else, cultural venues have changed in our post-pandemic world. Many did not survive the forced closures, while those who remained often find themselves expanding. Luckily for residents, the local cultural and arts center falls into the latter category. From thematic movie series addressing societal issues to new art shows and expanded live shows, the Laguna Beach Cultural Center is delving into many areas.

One of the most exciting is a music series focusing on “The Blues” – the iconic American musical genre that originated in the South in the 1860s, and is known for its lyrics, bass lines and instrumentation.

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Zack Slovinsky, who goes by the name Cadillac Zack, has been promoting blues music in Southern California by developing a multi-venue arrangement for touring bands. When he decided to add a location in Orange County, the fifth venue on his multi-city shows, he opted for the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center.

“I’ve been in love with blues since I was 12 years old,” said music promoter Zack Slovinsky, who has been affiliated with the genre for the past 32 years. Now based in Southern California, he brings in musicians from near and far – Los Angles, Chicago, Nashville, etc. and arranges four or five shows for them throughout the region, from Camarillo to Temecula.

“I know I can sell out the shows and the quality is so high the shows exceed the hype,” he said.

It all started when his own band would play a popular weekly gig in Tarzana, north of Hollywood about 20 years ago. They performed in what was one of numerous blues clubs at the time.

But in the midst of the 2007 financial crisis, many venues closed. Slovinsky, who prefers being called “Cadillac Zack” started bringing guest musicians to his weekly shows.

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Grammy-winning guitarist Andrew Synowiec and his band is one of almost a dozen shows at the cultural center that are being arranged with the help of Slovinsky

“I started adding famous blues artists, who would sit in with the band,” he said. “It turned into more of a show, rather than an informal jam.” He noticed people were driving sometimes 100 miles to see a show on a Monday night.

“I thought to myself, I have to take this on the road.” In 2012, he added a venue in Long Beach for Sunday shows, often getting more than 150 people. In 2014, Pasadena was added.

“We were doing three shows, so when a band came out I could afford it – they had a circuit,” said Cadillac Zack. He even added a fourth show. And then, of course, 2020 changed everything. Concerts were put on hold, but now that things have opened up the demand is great for shows.

“I decided to add a fifth show about four months ago,” he said. “I get a lot of requests from people in Orange County who don’t want to drive up to Long Beach on a Sunday.”

The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center’s premiere sound system and small venue setting was an immediate draw, plus, there weren’t restaurant and bar sounds to compete with, which is the case with most of the other venues he books. The first two shows have sold out and there are nine other shows slated in the blues series. As Rick Conkey, executive director of the cultural center likes to say, “The sky and the ocean aren’t the only way to see inspiring blues in Laguna in 2024.”

The SoCal music promoter agrees, noting no other venue where they play has a tuned grand piano on stage.

“In Laguna, it’s a real listening experience…it’s like this amazing, pristine set up,” said Zack Cadillac. “It’s just pure blues and it allows the audience to be completely non-distracted.”

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Promoter Cadillac Zack is seen with electric blues guitarist Roy Gaines

When Grammy winner Andrew Synowiec takes to the stage Saturday night, April 13, he’s thrilled to be playing in Laguna.

“Any chance I get to play music to a listening audience it’s a dream come true,” said Synowiec. While he’s a musician on many award-winning movie soundtracks, he gets the greatest joy when playing for a live audience.

“I think connecting with people is kind of the gold standard,” he said. “Certainly, live is more visceral – there’s an immediate feeling.”

The guitarist will be accompanied by keyboard, bass and drums, and the show will feature songs from his most recent album, Fun, as well as a just-released extended LP, Games.

“I write and compose everything,” Synowiec said. “And I also highly improvise. The musicians I perform with can really impact the direction of the sound. I come up with the framework, and from there it’s up to the individual musicians to decide where we go.” Although he lives in Los Angeles, this will be his first time performing in Laguna.

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Guitarist Andrew Synowiec will play music from his latest album when he performs at the cultural center on Saturday, April 13

Zack Cadillac believes the musicians he promotes are a natural match for the cultural center.

“The clientele who comes there are great,” he said. “They’re not there to get drunk and wild. They’re there to appreciate the music, 100 percent.”

For more information about upcoming blues shows and the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center, click here.

Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center is located at 235 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach.

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Artist of the Year nominees are announced for Art Star recognition – include local sculptor, painter and musicians

By THERESA KEEGAN

Being an artist in an art town seems like it should be an easy assignment. Yet the reality is any artist always has to work hard to keep the passion afloat – to conceptualize, comment, create. To keep making something from nothing and engaging other people with the completed product. Successful artists challenge us to see the new perspectives they offer, and, in the process, we gain new insight.

In Laguna Beach, once a year a dedicated group takes time to honor distinguished artists at the annual Art Star Awards. This celebratory event is the brainchild of the Laguna Beach Arts Alliance and will be held at the Festival of Arts on April 26.

During the night, nominees from four various categories will be announced, and one of each group will be named the 2024 Art Star winner. A Lifetime Achievement Award is also awarded.

This year’s nominees for Artist of the Year are: Casey Parlette, Elizabeth McGhee and the 133 Band. Each very talented in their own area – sculpture, painting and music – they all share a love of Laguna.

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Laguna Beach sculptor Casey Parlette often brings animals into his pieces, including an octopus sculpture that is found by a bench he created in Heisler Park

Casey Parlette

If you’ve seen sculpted sea creatures while walking through Laguna, you’ve likely seen Casey Parlette’s artwork. From an octopus by the bench at Heisler Park to the pelicans soaring alongside a building on Pacific Coast Highway or sharks “swimming” in front of City Hall, his work connects the street and the sea.

“I’ve always been drawn to the natural world,” said Parlette. “Growing up I’d be out hiking and also checking the tidepools. A lot of my stuff (art) is lesser-known creatures – I like to give them time in the sun. My work is kind of a celebration of nature.”

Parlette uses a variety of mediums when creating his pieces, including wood, metal and stone. He was always drawn to creating things and even learned blacksmithing by helping an artist in the canyon. For more than two decades he was a full-time lifeguard, and his art was done after work or on days off, but when his child was born, family time became a priority. In 2018, he took the plunge and became a full-time artist.

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Casey Parlette’s 3-D wall sculpture, “Dawn Patrol,” includes pelicans in flight and the wave, which also pulls away from the building, is made of titanium, which glistens in many ways, depending on how the sun is reflecting upon the piece

“So far, so good,” he said. Parlette, who has shown at the Festival of Arts since 2008, is quick to credit the support he’s received from other artists, the Laguna community and city programs for his success.

“The support makes my career path – which is a difficult career path to get started – within the realm of possibility…. It wouldn’t be possible to do art for a living without the support of the city and the community and all the opportunities that have been presented.”

He’s honored to receive The Artist of the Year nomination.

“It’s really cool to be recognized in this venue,” he said. “An artist makes the art, but the community around it is also important – it’s a team effort.”

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Laguna Beach artist Elizabeth McGhee is known for a series of her realistic, and often fun, paintings of childhood items

Elizabeth McGhee

If there’s an art endeavor happening in Laguna Beach, chances are Elizabeth McGhee is somehow involved. Although she shows at the Festival of Arts, she is also known for teaching classes, participating in fashion shows, being a docent or helping someone at Laguna Art Supply, where she works.

“I volunteer a lot,” she said, at the same time quickly crediting the mentors who have helped her develop her art career after graduating from Laguna College of Art + Design.

“The idea of the lone artist who does everything themselves is just a myth – everybody has help,” she said. “I was so lucky when I got here (to Laguna) I was mentored by Michele Taylor and Anne England and a bunch of other artists in the community. The support system is all around. I’ve never met a good artist who isn’t generous.”

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Artists pay homage to Earth Month in Climate exhibition at LBCAC

By MARRIE STONE

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.

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“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.

Climate concerns have quickly escalated into a climate crisis. Last year, scientists reported the highest temperatures ever on our planet. It wasn’t an anomaly. The 10 warmest years on record have all occurred in the past decade. Unsurprisingly, as of 2022, the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is also the highest it’s been in human history.

While our global situation is dire, it’s not without hope. More individuals, businesses, organizations and governments are responding to this crisis than ever before. People are using their platforms to put out the call: Pay attention before it’s too late. As awareness rises, so do technological solutions to our outsized problems.

Three California-based artists are using their visual megaphones this month at the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) to draw attention to our warming planet. Multidisciplinary visual artist/musician Roberto Salas and photographers Jacques Garnier and Tom Lamb have more than 30 works on display this spring, each addressing different aspects of our climate crisis. Covering the sea, land and sky, these three artists pay homage to our collective home and implicitly ask each of us what we’re willing to sacrifice to save it.

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(L-R) Aerial photographer Tom Lamb and LBCAC Director Rick Conkey

Roberto Salas plunges us beneath the sea

An astounding 750 billion tons of glacial ice melt every year due to global warming. That’s 24,000 tons of water added to the world’s oceans every second. Think 10 Olympic-sized swimming pools per second. And it never stops.

Roberto Salas painted his Iceberg series as an old oil master might paint portraits of dead presidents – once commanding and magnificent, now crumbling under the weight of history.

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Multidisciplinary artist Roberto Salas’ “Iceberg” series. The diptych shows how subtle shifts in light and weather affect color, or less subtle shifts like climate change and ice melts.

“Icebergs are earth’s grandfathers,” Salas said, noting how they’re slowly dying away. “Eventually, we’re going to have a very different landscape. I’m trying to make people aware of that. I don’t want to scare them. But it’s happening. I want them to realize the situation and start thinking about solutions. The average person thinks, ‘The problem is too big. What can I do?’ When, in fact, it’s amazing what one person can do.”

Salas has spent much of his life focused on environmental concerns. He’s traveled to Patagonia and Alaska, working with the indigenous population and observing the icebergs up close. “I talked with native elders who said, ‘These icebergs are like us. They’re disappearing. They’ve eradicated so many of us through genocide. Now we’re doing the same thing to the land.’ It’s a genocide against appropriated land for resources and money.”

At the same time, Salas hoped to capture the majesty and magnitude of these massive natural giants. “They remind me so much of architecture. Man-made architecture. But they’re totally organic. The structure, the weight, how they fall – because architecture does fall,” Salas said, obliquely referencing the World Trade Center. “Witnessing them calving is incredible – what it does to the water. I looked at how fragmented ice stabilizes itself. After dislodging, it seeks out buoyancy and balance to right itself. And the colors are always changing. That was the biggest challenge to paint.”

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Roberto Salas in Alaska studying his subject matter

Jacques Garnier bridges the gap between hope and despair

Forests occupy almost one-third of California’s diverse landscape. Those forests suffered during the 2012-2016 drought. An estimated 170 million trees died between 2010 and 2021 in our state. Higher temperatures, combined with scarce water, made them vulnerable to insects and disease. Renowned local photographer Jacques Garnier has been memorializing these withering giants for nearly a decade. His Revival series (2015-2018) serves as both a call to action and a cause for hope. Focusing primarily on deciduous trees and their symbiotic relationship to their environment, Garnier sees a metaphor for how humans might also learn to adapt to our ever-changing environment.

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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 17 – Living The Change, 7 p.m.

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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Cultural Arts looks forward to a great season of Sunset Serenades

Sunset Serenades

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Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

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

Free Admission, click here for more information.

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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Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

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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The artful magic of Tony DeLap now on display at The Honarkar Foundation

By MARRIE STONE

Every effective magic trick appears deceptively simple. A woman floats unsupported in space. A spectator’s chosen card mysteriously disappears from the deck. As the famous magician Dai Vernon once said of his trade, “The mind is led on, step by step, to defeat its own logic.”

No surprise Orange County-based artist Tony DeLap and Dai Vernon were close friends. DeLap, an accomplished magician in his own right, brought all those optical illusions and seemingly effortless effects to his art. And it shows.

Now through May 5, Tony DeLap | A Survey of Works: 1960s – 2000s is on display at The Honarkar Foundation. In a space that feels both spacious and private, visitors can commune with more than 50 DeLap works – including sculptures, paintings and drawings – that represent nearly a half century of artistic progression.

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Tony DeLap (1927-2019) was a pioneer of the West Coast minimalism movement. A survey of his works from 1960s – 2000s is now on display at The Honarkar Foundation through May 5.

Born in Oakland, Calif. in 1927, DeLap moved to Corona del Mar in 1965 and remained there until his death in 2019. Considered a pioneer of the minimalist movement on the West Coast, DeLap was one of the founding faculty members of UCI’s art department, where he taught from 1965 through 1991.

At first glance, DeLap’s sculptures seem straightforward. They’re geometric and often monochromatic. But there’s nothing minimal about DeLap’s minimalism.

“I don’t want to minimalize anything,” DeLap once said. “I want to complicate it.”

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More than 50 works, most never before shown, make up this exhibition which includes sculpture, paintings and drawings

“Minimalism is usually a clinical or sterile form of art,” said Peter Blake, owner of the Peter Blake Gallery and longtime dealer of DeLap’s work. “But in Tony’s hands, it became very sensual and beautiful. It transcended minimalism in many ways, especially in the use of light and shadows and illusion.”

As with magic, what’s happening behind the scenes is as important as what appears on the surface. “The first time I went to his studio there was a small blue square on the wall,” Blake said. “There was something aggravating about it. It was the same aggravation most people feel when they first encounter minimalism – or every time they encounter minimalism. This blue square was so simple and so outrageous. I asked Tony to explain it. He took me around to the side. Suddenly I saw this beautiful edge behind the front. It was the first time I’d known an artist who was concerned about the side of the work. Almost like he was taking me behind the scenes and into the inner workings of his studio.

“At that point it connected with me. Suddenly that minimal, reductive work became very seductive and sensual. I just fell in love.”

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“Mr. Mesmer” (1988) appears in the foreground showcasing the artful shadows that are a signature in DeLap’s work

Curator Genevieve Williams described DeLap’s work as having “complex simplicity.” Williams worked with DeLap’s private collectors from across Southern California to the Bay Area, New York and Florida to secure the roughly 50 pieces never before shown in a public exhibition. This intimate survey is the first showing of his work since DeLap’s death in 2019. “Rather than going for a full retrospective, we wanted to focus on the beauty of his work,” Williams said.

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“Eusapia” (1987), “Impossible objects” are optical illusions that represent an object but cannot exist as a solid object

“Tony already had two major retrospectives at Laguna Art Museum and at the Orange County Museum of Art. What could we say that hadn’t been said already?” Blake said. “With this show, the goal was to show the beautiful nature of Tony’s artworks ranging from his 1960s sculptures to his hybrids of painting and sculpture that hang on the walls. We only needed a cohesive thread running through them. That thread is the beauty and sensual nature of his minimalism. This show, unlike a retrospective, distills the beauty of his work without having to be an academic or scholarly endeavor.”

Blake shared Co-Founder Mohammad Honarkar’s vision for the Foundation: to complete, not compete, with local museums. “The first year of the foundation will highlight who, we felt, were the best artists in our region,” Blake said. “When we were searching for that first show, we wanted the best artist that worked in Laguna Beach. That artist was Jorg Dubin. Outside of the early California artists – William Wendt and Edgar Payne – Jorg has been the finest contemporary artist in the history of Laguna Beach, so we started there.”

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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 opened yesterday.

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.

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Wendy Wirth – April 16

Tuesday, April 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Mentor Paint Together – Wendy Wirth

Join LPAPA Signature Artist Member Wendy Wirth online for a two-hour fun and informative LPAPA+LOCA live-streamed Mentor Paint Together. In this online virtual painting lesson Wirth will demonstrate her acrylic painting process, step-by-step, brush stroke by brush stroke, as she paints an Iconic Laguna Scene using a photo reference. Registrants can choose to paint together with Wirth or watch live as she paints, describes her process, and answers your questions. All paid registrants will have unlimited access to the post-event “play, pause and paint” recording.

The photo reference and recommended supply list will be provided after registration, prior to the live-stream and with the post-event recording link. The Zoom link to tune-in live will be provided with the registration confirmation and again prior to the event date. The post-event recording link is typically available within 48 hours after the live stream.

Cost: $50 (Discounted to $30 for LPAPA and LOCA Members.). To register, go to www.locaarts.org.

This live-streamed painting lesson is one of a six-part series made possible with grant funding received through the City of Laguna Beach in support of the art education collaboration with LOCA Arts Education (LOCA) and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA).

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 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.

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Artist and activist G. Ray Kerciu – always willing to fight the good fight – to receive Lifetime Achievement award at Art Star event

By THERESA KEEGAN

Starting his career, artist G. Ray Kerciu specialized in abstract landscape painting. So, it’s hardly a surprise that when the landscape outside his teaching studio at the University of Mississippi erupted into chaos in 1962, Kerciu painted.

But gone were the colorful swirling scenes of his MFA program at Cranbrook. Instead, he painted what he saw, and heard, from his front-row seat watching one of the most vicious integration fights in the country play out.

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Laguna Beach artist G. Ray Kerciu is the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award by the Laguna Beach Art Association. He, and other selected artists and groups, will be honored at the Art Star Awards on April 26. His home is filled with his artwork, including sculpture, glass, oil and prints on aluminum. The glass on the fireplace was a gift from a student.

His midwestern upbringing in Detroit – even his years in the Korean war – hadn’t prepared Kerciu, then aged 29, for the hate, venom and rioting he witnessed as James Meredith, a black man, integrated the Ole Miss campus. There was an escort by federal marshals. There was an angry mob of more than 2,000 white people with bricks and guns. As the fighting persisted, 5,000 army troops were brought onto campus. Hundreds were wounded in the melees. Two bystanders were killed. More than 200 people were arrested as more than 200 marshals and soldiers were wounded.

And Kerciu, on campus as a visiting instructor in printmaking and painting, captured the chaotic, hateful essence of this historical moment in his art.

“It was so horrific to watch the riots take place,” he recalled. “All of this unfolded in front of me.”

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G. Ray Kerciu and his wife Mihae Park, along with Hopper, (who is named not after the artist, but by the trait of always hopping about) are seen in their Laguna Beach home

He took the words he heard and the sights he saw and captured the mood in paintings featuring graphic language and images. Then he posted them as his end-of-year visiting professor art show.

“It brought down the house,” the artist said of the paintings.

Within days, the president of the university insisted he remove pieces from the show. Then Kerciu was arrested, charged with desecrating the Confederate flag – which he’d used as a base for some work – and charged with obscenity, for a thinly veiled rendition of the f-word.

“They were their (anti-segregationists) own words and I put them right back in their face,” said Kerciu. “I just had to do something. I had to make a statement.”

His arrest was picked up by the national media who were on campus covering the integration story and overnight he was catapulted into fame. The television networks featured him. His story appeared in Time Magazine. The New Yorker wrote about him. Everyone was talking about the young activist artist who’d been arrested.

“It was not my intent to be a civil rights person – I was just a mild-mannered young man,” said Kerciu. “But this exploded in front of me…. It was the good fight, and I’ve always stood up for the good fight.” Ultimately, the charges were dismissed and at the end of the school year he left campus in the middle of the night, still fearing for his safety.

But that commitment to justice, once ignited, would continue to direct much of Kerciu’s life, even as he enters his ninth decade, and it is a primary reason he will be the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Laguna Beach Art Alliance’s Art Star Awards program in April. Multiple groups nominated him for the honor.

“As a celebrated painter and sculptor, his remarkable journey reflects a lifetime of unwavering commitment to social justice, shaped by significant historical events,” said the nomination from the Festival of Arts.

Upon leaving Mississippi, Kerciu drove to New York, where his artwork was in a Congress for Racial Equality (CORE) exhibition at the Martha Jackson Gallery. He suddenly found himself rubbing elbows with his artistic heroes, who were congratulating him on his work. There were midnight dinners in penthouses. It was a heady time for a young artist.

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After moving to California, G. Ray Kerciu developed his USA series, continuing his political activism. Some of the pieces now hang in his Laguna Beach studio. Other work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, the Hammer Museum and various institutions throughout the country. A 2013 retrospective at CSU’s Fullerton Begovich Gallery spanned six decades of his work, from 1957-2012.

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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.

Tuesday, April 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Mentor Paint Together – Wendy Wirth

Join LPAPA Signature Artist member Wendy Wirth online.

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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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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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New Moms at the Museum – April 14

Thursday, April 18, 9-10:30 a.m.

New Moms at the Museum

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

Note: Bring a yoga mat for your baby to lay on and a comfy blanket for extra warmth. This program is for pregnant moms to six months postpartum and they also welcome new dads. Small bites and beverages are included.

Advance tickets are recommended. Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18, Children under 12 are free. For tickets, click here.

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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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Monks return to Laguna Beach for Tibetan Cultural Arts Tour to create mandala dedicated to world peace

After a five-year hiatus, the Drepung Gomang monks of India will return to Laguna Beach for a week for their Sacred Tibetan Arts Tour. Seven monks and their driver will offer a glimpse into their culture from April 14-21. The holy men are scholars from Tibet’s oldest monastery and direct disciples of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They will construct a mandala, an intricate design made from fine, multi-colored sand, sing their unique trichord chanting at the beginning and end of each day, perform blessings to conjure positive energy at homes and businesses, and present pujas.

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 Making the world peace sand mandala

Pujas are stylized rituals that combine chanting, music, prayer and visualizations using Tibetan instruments and multi-tonal singing. Guests may visit to watch the monks construct the sand mandala at Healy House on the grounds of the Sawdust Art Festival. Events are open to the public; donations are gratefully accepted. All proceeds support the 2,000-plus monks who live at the Drepung Gomang Monastery in Mundgod, India, and their educational and spiritual efforts toward world peace.

A full schedule and details can be found by clicking here. Their mission and history can be found by clicking here.

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The monks in ceremonial garb

The mandala dissolution ceremony at the end of their visit on Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. will be memorable. After laboring over their detailed design all week, the monks will sweep it into a pile of sand and give guests small packets to remind them of life’s impermanence and the importance of good works. They will then proceed to Main Beach on foot with anyone who cares to join, accompanied by drums and cymbals, then chant and cast the remaining sand into the ocean as a reminder of the transient nature of all things.

For the eighth time, a volunteer committee of organizers led by musician Pam Wicks has arranged their accommodations in a private home, as well as their meals and transportation. Wicks said, “We feel fortunate to welcome the monks to Laguna again. They have traveled across the United States to various communities like ours since last August. Having them as our guests to share their art, culture and blessings is a marvelous opportunity for everyone in our community to learn about this struggling nation’s history, culture and Tibetan Buddhism.

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The Drepung Gomang monks, direct disciples of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at the door of the monastery in Mundgod in southern India

“We wish to acknowledge and thank the Sawdust Festival community for once again opening their hearts and donating their beautiful property as the site of this event,” Wicks added. “Likewise, we are grateful to the Neighborhood Congregational Church for their collaboration and generosity in providing their campus for three evening events on April 15, 17 and 20.”

Visitors can observe morning and evening chanting rituals and watch the mandala creation from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, April 14-21. Note: On April 18 and 20, the hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

From April 14-21, the monks will offer house blessings at homes, offices, galleries, studios and churches by prior appointment. For information and scheduling or to volunteer, contact Pam Wicks at pwicks23@gmail.com.

The Sawdust Festival grounds are located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Metered parking is available. The Neighborhood Congregational Church is located at 340 St. Ann’s Drive, Laguna Beach (parking off Glenneyre).

Tibetan prayer flags are available for $15 for a five-foot length. The bright cloth flags will fly at the Sawdust Festival grounds, be blessed by the monks and then be given to each donor at the conclusion of their visit. In Tibetan Buddhism, colorful prayer flags are printed with auspicious symbols, invocations, prayers and mantras promoting peace, wisdom and compassion. It is said that the wind spreads goodwill to all beings. For information about prayer flags, email monksvisitlaguna@gmail.com.

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Gallery Q celebrates Beach Cities this spring at the Susi Q Senior Center

By MARRIE STONE

This spring, Gallery Q at the Susi Q Community Center is making it possible to bring a bit of the beach home with you. Their latest show, Beach Cities, is on display through May 2. The exhibition features 44 artists showing 72 works across a variety of mediums including oils, watercolors, collages, photographs and even two porcelain sculptures and an intricate mosaic. Each piece pays homage to our bluebelt and the ever-changing ocean in our backyard. And most are offered at reasonably affordable price points.

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“Beach Cities” is currently on display at Gallery Q, located inside the Susi Q Community Center. “Laguna at Night” by acrylic artist Al Esquerra appears center above.

Now entering its 15th year, Gallery Q has welcomed thousands of artists in the five gallery shows it hosts each year. “The arts have become an integral part of our programs where seniors’ emotional, mental and spiritual health, and vitality are achieved through creative artistic expressions,” said Executive Director Nadia Babayi.

Longtime Gallery Q exhibitor Ellen Rose proved the point. Her latest acrylic painting, Ophelia (inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet), emerged from her brush as a fully formed allegory. “It was a metaphor for a period of my life when things were out of my control,” Rose said. “I did feel as if I were drowning. Painting my feelings has always been a great stress reducer for me.”

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“Ophelia” by Ellen Rose became a metaphor for a difficult time in Rose’s own life

For other artists, their work reflects various aspects of their identities. Porcelain sculptor Bobby Jaber brings both his Arabic heritage and his mathematical mind to his creations. Jaber spent a long career teaching high school chemistry. When he retired more than 30 years ago, he brought all those scientific principles to bear on his sculptures.

View Porcelainia, the 2013 video by David Altizer about artist/scientist Bobby Jaber, below.

“Porcelainia,” a 2013 video created by David Altizer, describes Bobby Jaber’s inspiration and process

“My favorite shape is called a truncated icosahedron,” Jaber said. “It’s a spherical molecule, supposedly the most beautiful molecule in existence.” The 32-faced structure is made up of both pentagons and hexagons with 60 vertices and 90 edges, making it a complex problem to solve when working with clay.

Jaber models the shapes of his porcelain vessels after structures found in the natural world. He then uses mathematical patterns inspired by Islamic art to adorn the work. Historically, Islamic artists applied mathematics to their designs because artistic works could contain no graven images. Jaber’s pieces – Coral Oceania and Asteroidia – reflect those 30 years of controlled craftsmanship and the decades of scientific knowledge Jaber acquired before that. “Clay is chemistry,” Jaber said.

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(L-R) “Coral Oceania” and “Asteroidia” by Bobby Jaber

Despite R. Scott Elgram’s parents owning several one-hour photo shops around South Orange County throughout his childhood, it took Elgram’s girlfriend to introduce him to photography about seven years ago. Once she placed a camera in his hand, he was hooked. “The shutter lifted – pun intended – and I saw everything differently after that,” he said.

Raised as an Eagle Scout, Elgram gravitates toward nature and the outdoors. His photography reflects his obsessions, as much of his work centers around national parks. He makes a point of doing at least one photography trip a month.

His two pieces on display at Gallery Q each reflect the different moods of our ever-evolving ocean. “That Woods Cove piece was taken during a very high tide. It’s a rough ocean,” he said.

Contrast that with his long exposure shot of the San Clemente pier, taken early in Elgram’s photographic career. “I got hooked on long exposures. I like the way it softens the water and adds emotion to the clouds,” he said. “This one is a personal favorite of mine.”

More works by Elgram can be found on his website by clicking here and on Instagram by clicking here.

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Photo by ©2024 R. Scott Elgram

Untitled photograph of the San Clemente Pier by R. Scott Elgram

Local oil painter Carole Boller, who regularly shows her work at both the annual Sawdust Festival and Festival of Arts, is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, as well as an active member of LPAPA and LOCA in Laguna Beach. Her murals and banners have also appeared around town.

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Winners announced for the 2024 Art That’s Small awards

The Cultural Arts Department of Laguna Beach has announced the winners for the Art That’s Small awards for 2024.

Youth Art Advisory AwardPirate Tower by Susana Cruciana

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“Pirate Tower” by Susana Cruciana

City Hall Choice AwardBoca Prins by David Kizziar

Honorable Mentions

~Stevens Square by Andrew Cortez

~Tide Pools at Golden Hour by Jonathan McHugh

~Dimentia #1 by Melody Nuñez

1st placeBlue Laguna by Sarah Ciavarella

2nd placeLittle One by Mika Denny

3rd placeMain Beach Morning by Brian Jones

Art That’s Small at City Hall will be on display until April 18.

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LCAD’s 49th Annual Color it Orange exhibition runs through April 21

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“Color it Orange” at LCAD Gallery until April 4

49th Annual Color it Orange

Laguna College of Art + Design is presenting the 49th Annual Color It Orange exhibition showcasing a collection of original works from across Orange County high school students.

The exhibition will run through April 21.

Color It Orange is one of the longest running collaborative exhibitions between a college and Orange County high schools. LCAD’s goal is to inspire and encourage the next generation of artistic expression, and to honor teachers by providing the opportunity to showcase works by their most talented students. Color It Orange was founded 49 years ago by the Designing Women, LCAD’s founding support group. LCAD will host an opening reception at the LCAD Gallery to provide special recognition and to award scholarships to their Summer Pre-College Program.

LCAD Gallery, 374 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach.

LCAD Gallery admission is always free.

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Laguna Beach Arts Alliance to celebrate “The Future is Bright” at 16th Annual Art Star Awards

The Laguna Beach Arts Alliance (LBAA) has announced that the 16th Annual Art Star Awards is set to take place on Friday, April 26, at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored in part by the Crevier Family Foundation, this event promises an unforgettable celebration of artistic excellence and community spirit.

The evening’s highlight will be the presentation of awards in four categories, along with a special lifetime achievement award, acknowledging the remarkable contributions of individuals, businesses, and organizations to Laguna Beach’s vibrant arts and culture scene. Winners will be presented with Art Star award sculptures, “Louies,” created by renowned artist Louis Longi. Alongside the awards ceremony, guests will enjoy live pop-up art demonstrations and performances by LBAA members, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) students and special guest artists. The event will also feature exhibits of artwork created by local students, including young artists from the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach afterschool art program.

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Winners will be presented with Art Star award sculptures, “Louies,” created by renowned artist Louis Longi

“We’re thrilled to honor this year’s nominees as well as to showcase the many ways our member organizations support youth and emerging artists,” said LBAA President and Art Star Committee Chair Amy Dechary. “As the nominees’ impressive work shows, Laguna has a vibrant art scene that is nurtured and developed through a variety of efforts ranging from inspiring youth programming to impactful artist mentorships and scholarships.”

This year’s nominees will be considered for their contributions to the arts in 2023. They include:

Best Arts Program

Lagunatics

Laguna Art Museum – Joseph Kleitsch: Abroad and Home in Old Laguna

Laguna Playhouse – 2023 Season Program

Arts Patron of the Year

Ed Hanke

Elie Weaver and Hilton Weinberg

Laguna Beach Seniors

Best Arts Collaboration

Festival of Arts – Pageant of the Monsters

Laguna Beach Live! And Laguna Art Museum – Live! At the Museum matinee performances

Laguna Community Concert Band – Sailing with Whales Concert for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Artist of the Year

133 Band

Elizabeth McGhee

Casey Parlette

Laguna Beach Arts Alliance will also honor artist G. Rey Kerciu with a special Art Star Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his many accomplishments as an artist and contributions to the arts community in Laguna Beach.

To purchase tickets to attend the 16th Annual Art Star Awards, contact Amy Dechary at adechary@gmail.com. Limited tickets are available at $140 each and include passed heavy hors d’oeuvres and a dessert bar by Starfish and wine, as well as all the festivities.

The Laguna Beach Arts Alliance was established in 2002 as the result of an exciting partnership among 29 Laguna Beach organizations. The mission is to serve as an advocate for the arts, promote collaboration and networking among the arts organizations of Laguna Beach and serve as a united voice for the arts in the city. Members of the Arts Alliance include: 3340 Recital Series, City of Laguna Beach Arts Commission, Coast Film & Musical Festival, Community Art Project, Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters, First Thursdays Art Walk, Friends of the Laguna Beach Library, Gallery Q at the Susi Q, Laguna Art-A-Fair Festival, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach Craft Guild, Laguna Beach Live!, Laguna Beach Seniors, Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association, Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Community Concert Band, Laguna Dance Festival, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, LagunaTunes Community Chorus, Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center, LOCA Arts Education, Music History Hall Foundation, Neighborhood Congregational Church, No Square Theatre, Pacific Vocal Series, Sawdust Art Festival, The Honarkar Foundation, Third Street Writers and Visit Laguna Beach.

Learn more about LBAA at https://lagunabeacharts.org/ and follow them on Instagram @lbartsalliance and Facebook @lagunabeachartsalliance.

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Laguna Live! presents 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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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.

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Andrew Synowiec (Band) – April 13

Saturday, April 13, 8 p.m.

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

Andrew Synowiec (Band)

Nearly 20 years ago, Grammy-winning artist Andrew Synowiec (‘Sin-o-wik) drove 2,700 miles west to Los Angeles with nothing but a few demo CDs, a couple guitars and one phone number for a possible lead on studio work. Today, with his collection of nearly 100 stringed instruments, Synowiec has become Hollywood’s go-to guitarist, contributing to countless Oscar, Emmy and Grammy-winning projects. As a solo artist, his first full-length release Second Story received wide-ranging airplay and praise from notable fans such as Steve Vai and Jay Graydon. His new album FUN was recorded by long-time Rick Rubin collaborator Jim Scott (Foo Fighters, Tedeschi Trucks, Tom Petty, Wilco, Joe Satriani) and features Gary Novak (Chick Corea/Alanis Morissette), Jorgen Carlsson (Government Mule), Carey Frank (Tedeschi Trucks) and Pete Korpela (Josh Groban). The album debuts on September 8th and will be followed by a West Coast tour in November.

–Make Earth Cool Again Film Festival 2024

Free Admission | Donations Accepted

RSVP as there is limited seating.

April 14 – Common Ground

April 17 – Living The Change

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.

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 opens April 15.

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.

Wednesday, April 10, 1-4 p.m.

Travel Journaling for Everyone with Dawn Buckingham

Professional artist Dawn Buckingham will guide you through creating a travel journal or visual diary of a past or recent adventure. During a recent trip to Italy, Buckingham kept a travel journal documenting the places visited, things she experienced and the memories that she wanted to save. The book is somewhat like Urban Sketching meets scrapbooking meets journaling. This class is appropriate for all levels.

You will begin by organizing a trip or experience using photos, flat memorabilia such as ticket stubs, maps and photos that you bring to class. Dawn will share collage and simple sketching techniques using permanent ink and watercolor pigment. You do not need to be an artist. All of the supplies, including a mix media journal will be provided.

What participants will need to provide:

Memories – This can be flyers, ticket stubs, printed photos, or anything that you might want to include in the journal. Also, have photos on your phone or tablet that you can use for reference to create small drawings. These do not need to be well composed. You might decide to draw only the lamppost from a photo. Glossy magazines from the area or brochures from places that you visited will also be great.

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

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Creativity Quest – March 27

Wednesday, March 27, 1-4 p.m.

Creativity Quest

Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Senior Center

Hedy Buzan will use a book by Peter London in helping students jump start their creative process. Drawing exercises, rather that finished art, will be emphasized. Registration is required. LOCA members, $25/Non-members, $50. 383 Third St., Laguna Beach. Free parking in the garage.

To register, go to www.locaarts.org.

LOCA has added two exciting Paint Together sessions for April and a Family Sketch Whales event at the Rivian South Coast Theater.

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Eileen McCullough – April 12

Friday, April 12, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Painting Local Laguna in Watercolor – Eileen McCullough

Register to join LPAPA Signature Artist Eileen McCullough for this fun and informative in-person LPAPA+LOCA “Painting Local Laguna in Watercolor” Paint Together session. In this Mentor lesson, McCullough will demonstrate her watercolor painting process, brush stroke by brush stroke, of a local scene in Laguna Beach. The objective of the session will be to understand working from life “en plein air” and the importance of values. Come be inspired by McCullough’s unique style in watercolor. Limited to 15 registrants.

This is an in-person on location painting lesson. Registrants will bring their own outdoor painting supplies. Location details and a recommended supply list will be sent after registration, in advance of the event date.

Cost: $60 for LPAPA and LOCA Members or $75 for Non-Members.

To register, go to www.locaarts.org.

This in-person painting lesson is made possible with grant funding received through the City of Laguna Beach in support of an art education collaboration with LOCA Arts Education (LOCA) and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA).

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Wendy Wirth – April 16

Tuesday, April 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Mentor Paint Together – Wendy Wirth

Join LPAPA Signature Artist Member Wendy Wirth online for a two-hour fun and informative LPAPA+LOCA live-streamed Mentor Paint Together. In this online virtual painting lesson Wirth will demonstrate her acrylic painting process, step-by-step, brush stroke by brush stroke, as she paints an Iconic Laguna Scene using a photo reference. Registrants can choose to paint together with Wirth or watch live as she paints, describes her process, and answers your questions. All paid registrants will have unlimited access to the post-event “play, pause and paint” recording.

The photo reference and recommended supply list will be provided after registration, prior to the live-stream and with the post-event recording link. The Zoom link to tune-in live will be provided with the registration confirmation and again prior to the event date. The post-event recording link is typically available within 48 hours after the live stream.

Cost: $50 (Discounted to $30 for LPAPA and LOCA Members.). To register, go to www.locaarts.org.

This live-streamed painting lesson is one of a six-part series made possible with grant funding received through the City of Laguna Beach in support of the art education collaboration with LOCA Arts Education (LOCA) and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA).

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 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. Among them are narrative pieces, portraits and geometric sculptures that magically transform from an “X” to and “O” when viewed from different positions. As a special treat for LOCA, Myers will present materials from his studio including his overworked paint brushes that compose certain sculptures, and he will demonstrate his screwing techniques.

While Myers has had his share of road-bumps, such as having a public sculpture in Dallas take a bullet, he’s been embraced by blue-chip clients including Audi, who commissioned him to use automotive screws for a piece presented at a car show in Frankfurt, Germany.

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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Give the gift of art experiences for a full year

What they’ll get:

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

Buy it now for $50:

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

Check out all the Custom Art Escapes LOCA has to offer – there’s something for everyone.

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Projects have included “Bioluminescence” inspired by recent ocean phenomenon

Families Love LOCA at the Library

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

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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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Cyanotype Indigo Printing – April 12

Friday, April 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cyanotype Indigo Printing

Learn this fascinating and oldest form of photography. Cyanotype photography is a camera-less method that involves laying items such as leaves, flowers or other objects onto paper that has been pre-treated with a sensitizer before exposing it to UV light. Once you’ve mastered the basics, we will move on to combining this method with other materials (sea salt, turmeric, mixed medium) to add shimmering, gold effects to your work. This is a simple yet stunning way to create beautiful white and indigo blue images that will look fabulous on any wall. Your final piece will be framed on a mat board.

Cost: $50 per person which is fully inclusive of all materials used including mixed media items and a mat board.

Pottery Wheel Experience – April 13, 20 and 27

Saturday, April 6, 13, 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.

Cost: $105.

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Spring Camp – April 12

April 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Spring Break Art Camp

Each of the four classes will explore a different technique and medium of art while incorporating the basics and adding in creativity.

Day 4: Friday

Cyanotype Printing

Intro to Mosaic Art – April 13, 27

Saturday, April 13 and 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.

Workshop Option #1:

Day 1 of 2: Saturday, April 13, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Day 2 of 2: Saturday, April 27, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Gel Paint Printing and Exploration – April 13

Saturday, April 13, 2 p.m.

Gelli Plate Printing and Exploration

Gelli Plates are a quick, easy and fun way to make the most amazing prints and in this two-hour class you will learn all the tricks of the trade from artist Cherril Doty. Working with different mediums including acrylic paints, magazines, stencils and other forms of mark making tools, Doty will introduce to world of infinite possibilities using this simple but highly effective technique. Working with a gelli plate, you will learn how to “pull” prints from magazines, layer different textures and colors, use stencils on the plate to further enhance your image and generally just let your imagination go. All materials will be provided.

A fun and informative class which will allow you to freely explore and express your creativity. Your final piece will be framed in a mat board.

Cost: $110.

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Cultural Arts recognizes World Art Day on April 15

World Art Day – April 15

World Art Day is an international celebration of the fine arts which was declared by the International Association of Art in order to promote awareness of creative activity worldwide. The date was decided in honor of the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci was chosen as a symbol of world peace, freedom of expression, tolerance, brotherhood and multiculturalism as well as art’s importance to other fields. In 2022, the City Council made a proclamation recognizing April 15 as World Art Day.

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“For the Good of the Hive” completed last month by artist Matt Willey

Originally founded as an artist colony, the City of Laguna Beach is proud to celebrate all who participate in and support the arts. To help reinforce the links between artistic creations and society, encourage awareness of the diversity of artistic expressions and highlight the contributions of artists, the Arts Commission and Cultural Arts Department will display gold ribbons with informational cards on public art sculptures in the Downtown area.

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

Stage on Forest – Andrew Corradini

Friday, April 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Stage on Forest – Beth Wood

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

Stage on Forest Ava August

Sunday, April 14, 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.

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.

2024 Banner Competition Winners

Congratulations to Kate Cleaves, Kimberly Jordan Fleming, John Hanrahan and Suzanne Redfearn for having their banner designs selected for the 2024 Banner Competition. The banners will be hand-painted by each artist and displayed at Main Beach this summer.

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2024 Banner Winners

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

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Laguna Playhouse presents Tartuffe, a transfer production from North Coast Repertory Theatre

Laguna Playhouse presents a transfer production from North Coast Repertory Theatre of their critically acclaimed production of Tartuffe, written by Molière, translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur and directed by Richard Baird. Tartuffe will begin previews on Wednesday, April 17 (with a press opening on Sunday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m.) and run through Sunday, May 5 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

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“Tartuffe” runs from April 21 through May 5

For years, Laguna Playhouse has been making audiences laugh with a wide variety of comedies and now they deliver one of the most enduring comedic masterpieces of all time, Tartuffe. This astonishingly clever adaptation bursts with fun as the charlatan Tartuffe worms his way into a wealthy family causing disruption and pandemonium. With wicked precision and brilliantly rhyming verses, this highly satiric comedy skewers religious hypocrisy, duplicity, lust and self-inflicted chaos.

Director Richard Baird noted, “Jean-Baptiste Poquelin was born in 1622 in Paris, the son of the Royal Upholsterer (a respected if unusual title). Instead of following in his father’s line as the next upholsterer to the King, young Poquelin ran off to join the theatre. To save his family from this embarrassment, he took the nom de plume of an infamous libertine, Molière. While he had yearned to be a great tragedian, he found that the audience was disposed to laugh at him. Ever the shrewd producer, Molière adjusted to comedy, finding his voice in writing great satiric comedies that focused on human weaknesses: jealousy, misanthropy, miserliness and in Tartuffe’s case: hypocrisy. The play was originally titled Tartuffe, The Hypocrite.

Baird is an award-winning director, actor and producer. He is the founding artistic director of New Fortune Theatre Company, where he directed the West Coast Premiere of Public Enemy and a revival of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party and co-directed Henry V and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. His directing credits are lengthy and impressive.

Richard Wilbur (Translator) was born in New York City and received his B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. from Harvard. He has taught on the faculties of Harvard, Wellesley, Wesleyan and Smith.

The cast of Tartuffe features (in alphabetical order): Kandis Chappell as Mme. Pernelle, Shanté Deloach as Mariane, Rogelio Douglas III as Damis, Bo Foxworth as Orgon, Katie Karel as Dorine, Melanie Lora as Elmire, Kate Rose Reynolds as Flipote/Police Officer/Laurent, Bruce Turk as Tartuffe, Jared Van Heel as Valere/M. Loyal and Christopher M. Williams as Cleante.

The design team for Tartuffe includes: scenic design by Marty Burnett; costume design by Elisa Benzoni; lighting design by Matt Novotny; sound design by Ian Scot; co-props design by Matt FitzGerald and Tessia Iadicicco, and hair and wig design by Peter Herman. The Production Stage Manager is Vernon Willet.

Tartuffe will preview on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; (with a press opening on Sunday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m.) and run through Sunday, May 5 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Performances are 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, April 25 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. There will be no performance on Sunday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $45-$84 and can be purchased online at https://lagunaplayhouse.com, or by calling 949.497.2787. 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 https://lagunaplayhouse.com.

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Third Street Writers and Laguna Beach’s phone booth artists announce conversation collaboration

No need to hang up the line! Third Street Writers have joined forces with Laguna Beach artists Candice Brokenshire and Julie Setterholm, who created the Forest Avenue phone booth art installation “We Need to Talk.”

The non-profit writing group has created 14 prose pieces inspired by the project and is converting them into audio pieces in response to this public art project.

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Third Street Writers gather at the phone booth

Ranging from prose to poetry, the pieces address the human impact on Laguna Beach’s unique geography and ecosystems – from the ocean to the canyon. Each selected author has recorded their piece, and the audio version will be available on Third Street’s website at www.thirdstreetwriters.org/we-need-to-talk in April, which is Earth Month.

“The booth and the telephone represent a two-way conversation, a space of speaking and listening,” said Third Street President Amy Dechary. “We viewed the installation as the epicenter of conversation about the environment, and we asked contributors to envision conversations about Laguna Beach’s unique environs and our role in greater global ecosystems.”

The collaboration builds upon the installation’s planned partnerships to create discourse between Laguna Beach’s art and environmental groups.

“The written submissions have truly exceeded expectations. And what a range – we have stories of both tragedy and hope. Some are scribed with warmth and sensitivity, while others tickle us with their imaginative angles and sardonic flair,” said Brokenshire. “Each piece is a delight to read, and very soon hear. This is a deeply meaningful collaboration and extension of the ‘We Need to Talk’ installation, for which we are very grateful.”

The collaboration between the writers and the art group builds upon a rich heritage.

“Third Street members are used to writing in response to art (a process known as ekphrastic writing) but we were challenged by the message in this piece by Brokenshire and Setterholm,” said Theresa Keegan, vice president of Third Street Writers. “This environmental message is an important topic and we wanted to contribute, making this a very personal and interactive experience.”

In a leap of technology, there’s a QR code on the exhibit, where the authors’ works can be accessed as an auditory piece, essentially inviting participants to come inside the booth metaphorically and eavesdrop on these important “conversations.” This outreach builds upon the installation’s dedication in June 2023, when Sian Poeschl, Laguna Beach Cultural Arts manager, noted that the project requires viewers to approach the phone booth to really explore what is inside.

“Being a part of the ‘We Need to Talk’ installation has been such a connecting experience,” said Setterholm. “It’s like being re-introduced to the town I grew up in. I’m thankful for all these lovely humans supporting this project.”

“We Need to Talk,” part of the Laguna Beach Arts Commission collection, will be displayed through June 2025. Third Street Writers compendium will be available throughout the month of April on the group’s website.

Founded in 2015, the Third Street Writers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to fostering the growth of the writing community in Laguna Beach through weekly workshops, reading events and creating various publications.

For more information, contact Amy Dechary at amy@thirdstreetwriters.org, visit the group’s website, like them on Facebook @ThirdStreetWriters, or follow them on Instagram @thirdstreetwriters.

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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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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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LAM ushers in spring with more events

Spring is busting out all over and LAM has added more exciting events to its calendar. In addition to the ongoing exhibits.

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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.

Through many years of trial and error, Neeley developed a never-before-seen technique that he calls Spectra Gold, which seamlessly changes one color of gold into another. This is accomplished by a labor-intensive forging process to create a subtle gradient, or ombré, of color from yellow gold to white gold and more. This, along with his creation of totally new colors of gold, adds to the sense that his jewelry is created by a modern-day alchemist.

This exhibition will explore both the creative working processes of this innovative jeweler, and some of the raw and faceted gems and minerals used by him to create his art. Collaborating with world-class lapidaries, such as Stephen Avery, Neeley creates truly imaginative pieces that go beyond contemporary designs into the realm of dreams and fantasy inspired by imagination and the world around him. Neeley is a true 21st century alchemist.

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“Girl in a Hammock” by Donna Schuster

Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m.

Jean Stern presents The Life and Art of Donna Schuster

In this lecture, art historian and LAM Curatorial Fellow Jean Stern will discuss the life and art of Donna Norine Schuster (1883-1953) in a slide-illustrated lecture.

Schuster was a superb artist born into a wealthy family in Milwaukee. While many other women artists of her generation could not get steady representation and income from a commercial art gallery, Schuster’s income was secure and as such, she was free to experiment with a variety of artistic styles. She arrived in Los Angeles in 1913 and quickly became a member of the California Art Club and in 1918, the Laguna Beach Art Association. She maintained homes in Los Angeles and for a while in Laguna Beach. She was proficient in oil paint and watercolor.

The Life and Art of Donna Schuster comprises about 85 images and lasts approximately 50 minutes, with time afterwards for questions.

John Moran Auctioneers & Appraisers are the exclusive auctioneer/appraiser business for the 2024 Jean Stern Presents lectures.

Advance tickets are recommended. Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18. For tickets, click here.

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New Moms at the Museum – April 14

Thursday, April 18, 9-10:30 a.m.

New Moms at the Museum

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

Note: Bring a yoga mat for your baby to lay on and a comfy blanket for extra warmth. This program is for pregnant moms to six months postpartum and they also welcome new dads. Small bites and beverages are included.

Advance tickets are recommended. Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18, Children under 12 are free. For tickets, click here.

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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.

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Storytime Saturday – Rescheduled for April 27

Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m.

Storytime Saturday, Two Cats, a Mermaid and the Disappearing Moon

Bring your little ones to Laguna Art Museum for an interactive storytime and art-making experience unlike any other.

This Month’s Session

Join this special, exclusive reading of Two Cats, a Mermaid and the Disappearing Moon led by the book’s author, Pamela K. Knudsen. Follow alongside the story’s inquisitive feline main characters as they try to solve the mystery of the disappearing moon with the beautiful local Laguna Beach landscape as the backdrop. Knudsen leads this immersive storytime experience followed by a watercolor pencil activity placing kids at the center of an adventure of their own.

Free with admission: Members: Free, Adults: $12, Youth 12 and under: Free, Active Military, Seniors, Students: $9. For tickets, click here.

The museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

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

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LPAPA holds Inaugural Spring Fling Fundraiser, through April 15

LPAPA is hosting its Inaugural Spring Fling Fundraiser during the month of April to help raise the much-needed funds to sustain and grow its Art and Education Programs that are designed to promote and preserve the century-old Laguna Plein Air Painting Tradition and Legacy.

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Spring Fling Fundraiser – April 1-15

LPAPA kicked off the fundraiser with a Silent Auction that opened online at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 1 with artwork, art lessons and more, with an opening auction price based on 50% of the value! The online silent auction will end at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15.

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 yesterday (April 1) earlier in the week or as soon as jurying is 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.

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.

Friday, April 12, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Painting Local Laguna in Watercolor – Eileen McCullough

Register to join LPAPA Signature Artist Eileen McCullough for this fun and informative in-person LPAPA+LOCA “Painting Local Laguna in Watercolor” Paint Together session. In this Mentor lesson, McCullough will demonstrate her watercolor painting process, brush stroke by brush stroke, of a local scene in Laguna Beach. The objective of the session will be to understand working from life “en plein air” and the importance of values. Come be inspired by McCullough’s unique style in watercolor. Limited to 15 registrants.

This is an in-person on location painting lesson. Registrants will bring their own outdoor painting supplies. Location details and a recommended supply list will be sent after registration, in advance of the event date.

Cost: $60 for LPAPA and LOCA Members or $75 for Non-Members.

This in-person painting lesson is made possible with grant funding received through the City of Laguna Beach in support of an art education collaboration with LOCA Arts Education (LOCA) and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA).

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Artist Debra Huse

LPAPA’s 3rd Annual World Arts Day Celebration & Paint Out on April 15

Join LPAPA’s 3rd Annual World Arts Day Celebration & Paint Out on April 15. On this day, LPAPA recognizes and celebrates Laguna’s community of artists, art organizations, art educators, art businesses, galleries and all those who participate and support the arts.

LPAPA is inviting everyone to visit the LPAPA Gallery to “Make Your Mark” on their Community Canvas at the LPAPA Gallery where lead Signature Artist Debra Huse will be laying in a painting and inviting you to add your brush stroke to the painting in progress! Mentor Artists will be at the gallery to answer questions, mixing paint and encouraging you to make your mark for art. This is a free interactive art event, but donations in support of their nonprofit’s mission are gratefully accepted, and new artist and supporter members are welcomed.

In addition, plan to enjoy a walk through Laguna’s Heisler Park and watch Laguna Plein Air Artists in action as they paint en plein air. LPAPA Artists will be in Heisler Park (from dawn to dusk) for an All-Member Paint Out celebrating plein air painting and the arts, as well as painting around town for the LPAPA Gallery “Spring Fling” Art Show.

Tuesday, April 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Mentor Paint Together – Wendy Wirth

Join LPAPA Signature Artist ember Wendy Wirth online for a two-hour fun and informative LPAPA+LOCA live-streamed Mentor Paint Together. In this online virtual painting lesson, Wirth will demonstrate her acrylic painting process, step-by-step, brush stroke by brush stroke, as she paints an Iconic Laguna Scene using a photo reference. Registrants can choose to paint together with Wirth or watch live as she paints, describes her process, and answers your questions. All paid registrants will have unlimited access to the post-event “play, pause and paint” recording.

The photo reference and recommended supply list will be provided after registration, prior to the live-stream and with the post-event recording link. The Zoom link to tune-in live will be provided with the registration confirmation and again prior to the event date. The post-event recording link is typically available within 48 hours after the live stream.

Cost: $50 (Discounted to $30 for LPAPA and LOCA Members.).

This live-streamed painting lesson is one of a sic-part series made possible with grant funding received through the City of Laguna Beach in support of the art education collaboration with LOCA Arts Education (LOCA) and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA).

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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Laguna Live! presents Black Market Reverie on April 10

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.

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Black Market Reverie – April 10

Wednesday, April 10, 6-8 p.m.

Black Market Reverie with their “speak easy” jazz, a mix of jazz, classic French pop and Americana.

Lyman Medeiros has toured the world playing bass with legendary artists including Michael Buble, Dianne Schuur and Steve Tyrell. A musical chameleon, you’ll find Renee Myara playing many instruments, along with writing and singing in multiple languages.

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.

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.

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 27

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.

May 8: Grammy award winner Bijon Watson’s Latin Jazz Syndicate, featuring sizzling Cuban vocalist, Adonis Puentes.

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.

Click here for tickets or call 949.715.3713.

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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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Cyanotype Indigo Printing – April 12

Friday, April 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cyanotype Indigo Printing

Learn this fascinating and oldest form of photography. Cyanotype photography is a camera-less method that involves laying items such as leaves, flowers or other objects onto paper that has been pre-treated with a sensitizer before exposing it to UV light. Once you’ve mastered the basics, we will move on to combining this method with other materials (sea salt, turmeric, mixed medium) to add shimmering, gold effects to your work. This is a simple yet stunning way to create beautiful white and indigo blue images that will look fabulous on any wall. Your final piece will be framed on a mat board.

Cost: $50 per person which is fully inclusive of all materials used including mixed media items and a mat board.

Pottery Wheel Experience – April 13, 20 and 27

Saturday, April 6, 13, 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.

Cost: $105.

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Spring Camp – April 10, 11 and 12

April 8, 10,11 and 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Spring Break Art Camp

Each of the four classes will explore a different technique and medium of art while incorporating the basics and adding in creativity.

Day 2: Wednesday

Watercolor 101

Day 3: Thursday

Painting 101

Day 4: Friday

Cyanotype Printing

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Watercolor 101 – April 10

Wednesday, April 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Watercolor 101: Mountain Views

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

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

Intro to Mosaic Art – April 13, 27

Saturday, April 13 and 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.

Workshop Option #1:

Day 1 of 2: Saturday, April 13, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Day 2 of 2: Saturday, April 27, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

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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LBCAC adds new events to spring calendar

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Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors and Texas Blues Legend Anson Funderburgh – April 5

Friday, April 5, 8 p.m.

Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors and Texas Blues Legend Anson Funderburgh, The Sky and Ocean Aren’t the Only Way to See Inspiring Blues in Laguna in 2024

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

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

Mark Hummel, a Grammy nominee, blues award winner, author and harp man has had another banner year. Grammy nominated for his Remembering Little Walter CD he produced and performed on, Hummel also won Best Blues CD and Best Traditional Blues CD at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tenn. Hummel’s “The Hustle Is Really On” climbed to #2 and stayed in the top five for four months on the Living Blues Radio Charts. Hummel’s book Big Road Blues: 12 Bars on I-80 garnered rave reviews and was nominated for best Independent Book release.

Anson Funderburgh has been an unstoppable force on the national blues circuit since his debut album with his Rockets, in 1981. Along the way, he listened to the greats of the genre, absorbing all he could. His biggest influences stylistically were Freddie King and B.B. King, but Funderburgh also embraced the West Side sounds of Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Magic Sam. “I like all the guys that played behind the harmonicas, too – Luther Tucker and Robert Jr. Lockwood, Louis and David Meyers. I love all those old Jimmy Reed things with Eddie Taylor. There’s just so many.” Jazz greats Kenny Burrell and Barney Kessel also had an impact.

For tickets, go to www.lbculturalartscenter.org.

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Andrew Synowiec (Band) – April 13

Saturday, April 13, 8 p.m.

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

Andrew Synowiec (Band)

Nearly 20 years ago, Grammy-winning artist Andrew Synowiec (‘Sin-o-wik) drove 2,700 miles west to Los Angeles with nothing but a few demo CDs, a couple guitars and one phone number for a possible lead on studio work. Today, with his collection of nearly 100 stringed instruments, Synowiec has become Hollywood’s go-to guitarist, contributing to countless Oscar, Emmy and Grammy-winning projects. As a solo artist, his first full-length release Second Story received wide-ranging airplay and praise from notable fans such as Steve Vai and Jay Graydon. His new album FUN was recorded by long-time Rick Rubin collaborator Jim Scott (Foo Fighters, Tedeschi Trucks, Tom Petty, Wilco, Joe Satriani) and features Gary Novak (Chick Corea/Alanis Morissette), Jorgen Carlsson (Government Mule), Carey Frank (Tedeschi Trucks) and Pete Korpela (Josh Groban). The album debuts on September 8th and will be followed by a West Coast tour in November.

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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.

LBCAC is located at 235 Forest Ave.

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 opens April 15.

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.

Wednesday, April 10, 1-4 p.m.

Travel Journaling for Everyone with Dawn Buckingham

Professional artist Dawn Buckingham will guide you through creating a travel journal or visual diary of a past or recent adventure. During a recent trip to Italy, Buckingham kept a travel journal documenting the places visited, things she experienced and the memories that she wanted to save. The book is somewhat like Urban Sketching meets scrapbooking meets journaling. This class is appropriate for all levels.

You will begin by organizing a trip or experience using photos, flat memorabilia such as ticket stubs, maps and photos that you bring to class. Dawn will share collage and simple sketching techniques using permanent ink and watercolor pigment. You do not need to be an artist. All of the supplies, including a mix media journal will be provided.

What participants will need to provide:

Memories – This can be flyers, ticket stubs, printed photos, or anything that you might want to include in the journal. Also, have photos on your phone or tablet that you can use for reference to create small drawings. These do not need to be well composed. You might decide to draw only the lamppost from a photo. Glossy magazines from the area or brochures from places that you visited will also be great.

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

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Creativity Quest – March 27

Wednesday, March 27, 1-4 p.m.

Creativity Quest

Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Senior Center

Hedy Buzan will use a book by Peter London in helping students jump start their creative process. Drawing exercises, rather that finished art, will be emphasized. Registration is required. LOCA members, $25/Non-members, $50. 383 Third St., Laguna Beach. Free parking in the garage.

To register, go to www.locaarts.org.

LOCA has added two exciting Paint Together sessions for April and a Family Sketch Whales event at the Rivian South Coast Theater.

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Eileen McCullough – April 12

Friday, April 12, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Painting Local Laguna in Watercolor – Eileen McCullough

Register to join LPAPA Signature Artist Eileen McCullough for this fun and informative in-person LPAPA+LOCA “Painting Local Laguna in Watercolor” Paint Together session. In this Mentor lesson, McCullough will demonstrate her watercolor painting process, brush stroke by brush stroke, of a local scene in Laguna Beach. The objective of the session will be to understand working from life “en plein air” and the importance of values. Come be inspired by McCullough’s unique style in watercolor. Limited to 15 registrants.

This is an in-person on location painting lesson. Registrants will bring their own outdoor painting supplies. Location details and a recommended supply list will be sent after registration, in advance of the event date.

Cost: $60 for LPAPA and LOCA Members or $75 for Non-Members.

To register, go to www.locaarts.org.

This in-person painting lesson is made possible with grant funding received through the City of Laguna Beach in support of an art education collaboration with LOCA Arts Education (LOCA) and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA).

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Wendy Wirth – April 16

Tuesday, April 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Mentor Paint Together – Wendy Wirth

Join LPAPA Signature Artist Member Wendy Wirth online for a two-hour fun and informative LPAPA+LOCA live-streamed Mentor Paint Together. In this online virtual painting lesson Wirth will demonstrate her acrylic painting process, step-by-step, brush stroke by brush stroke, as she paints an Iconic Laguna Scene using a photo reference. Registrants can choose to paint together with Wirth or watch live as she paints, describes her process, and answers your questions. All paid registrants will have unlimited access to the post-event “play, pause and paint” recording.

The photo reference and recommended supply list will be provided after registration, prior to the live-stream and with the post-event recording link. The Zoom link to tune-in live will be provided with the registration confirmation and again prior to the event date. The post-event recording link is typically available within 48 hours after the live stream.

Cost: $50 (Discounted to $30 for LPAPA and LOCA Members.). To register, go to www.locaarts.org.

This live-streamed painting lesson is one of a six-part series made possible with grant funding received through the City of Laguna Beach in support of the art education collaboration with LOCA Arts Education (LOCA) and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA).

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. Among them are narrative pieces, portraits and geometric sculptures that magically transform from an “X” to and “O” when viewed from different positions. As a special treat for LOCA, Myers will present materials from his studio including his overworked paint brushes that compose certain sculptures, and he will demonstrate his screwing techniques.

While Myers has had his share of road-bumps, such as having a public sculpture in Dallas take a bullet, he’s been embraced by blue-chip clients including Audi, who commissioned him to use automotive screws for a piece presented at a car show in Frankfurt, Germany.

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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Give the gift of art experiences for a full year

What they’ll get:

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

Buy it now for $50:

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

Check out all the Custom Art Escapes LOCA has to offer – there’s something for everyone.

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Projects have included “Bioluminescence” inspired by recent ocean phenomenon

Families Love LOCA at the Library

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

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Cultural Arts announces performers for Sunset Serenades in May

Sunset Serenades

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Photos courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

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

Free Admission, click here for more information.

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.

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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Annual Art That’s Small at City Hall on exhibit until April 18

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.

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

2024 Banner Competition Winners

Congratulations to Kate Cleaves, Kimberly Jordan Fleming, John Hanrahan and Suzanne Redfearn for having their banner designs selected for the 2024 Banner Competition. The banners will be hand-painted by each artist and displayed at Main Beach this summer.

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2024 Banner Winners

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

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FOA joins Bloomberg Connects cultural app offering free multimedia digital guide of the Permanent Art Collection

The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach (FOA) has launched a new digital guide on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and cultural app created by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Joining hundreds of cultural institutions from around the world, the downloadable guide highlights the Festival’s Permanent Art Collection, with many artworks being available to the public for the first time. Users will find exclusive and never seen before multimedia content including videos, photos, audio, interactive tours, biographies and much more. Learn more and download the free Bloomberg Connects app today by clicking here.

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Get the app now, it’s free!

“We are excited to launch this digital guide in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies,” said Director of Exhibits Christine Georgantas. “Bloomberg Connects empowers the Festival of Arts to provide a new, dynamic way to experience art from our Permanent Art Collection and showcase our exhibitions and programs at a deeper level. We are grateful that Bloomberg Philanthropies has created such a powerful tool that not only increases opportunities for arts and cultural engagement at no cost to users, but also allows institutions like ours to share the art in our Permanent Art Collection with a wider, global audience.”

Housing more than 1,000 diverse and eclectic pieces, the Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection is valued by the organization for its cultural and historical significance in relation to the art and culture of the Festival and local art scene in Laguna Beach. The Permanent Art Collection showcases how the Festival became a major influence in the art world of Southern California over the last nine decades, and many deem the collection a time capsule of art from the last century.

The Festival of Arts joins other notable visual art museums with digital guides on the Bloomberg Connects app, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art in New York City; Walker Art Center; Brooklyn Museum; Cincinnati Art Museum; The Design Museum, London, UK; El Museo del Barrio; The Frick Collection; Hammer Museum and ICA Miami, among others.

To access the Festival’s new digital guide as well as hundreds of other museums from around the world, users can download the free Bloomberg Connects app to their smartphones by clicking here. Bloomberg Connects is also available for a free download from Google Play or the App Store.

Stay updated on all things Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters by visiting www.foapom.com. The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show will run from July 3 through August 30, 2024 (closed July 4) and the Pageant of the Masters takes place July 6 through August 30.

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Laguna Community Concert Band will transport the audience “Around the World” during April 7 event at Artists Theater

By THERESA KEEGAN

You’ll only have to travel as far as the Laguna Beach High School’s Artists Theater to enjoy a trip around the world on April 7. That’s when the Laguna Community Concert Band is presenting its spring concert Around the World in 80 Minutes.

“We start where the original movie starts,” Mark Lowery, musical director said, referring to the classic 1956 movie that actually used days and not minutes for its marker. “So, we go from England and then we travel to Ireland and Italy, Russia, Africa…all over. One of my favorites is Hawaii, where we decided we’ll play the theme song from “Hawaii Five-O.’”

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The Laguna Community Concert Band performed at the Laguna Playhouse last year, as part of a fundraiser for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The upcoming show at the Artists Theater will also include images and a map that charts a musical trip around the world.

Background graphics, including a world map, will guide the audience along the journey as the band plays music from various countries. During the big transatlantic flight, the band will be performing the piece “Amelia Earhart.”

Vocalist Lisa Morrice, who often sings with the band, will be the emcee of the show.

“I will act as something of a tour guide as we travel ‘Around the World in 80 Minutes,’” she said. “Jules Verne would probably approve.”

Lowery credits the group’s concert committee for the innovative theme. However, going from concept to reality is a bit more involved.

“You can’t just throw a tune out and expect us to play it if it’s not already arranged for concert band,” he explained.

So Lowery and assistant conductor Jennifer Baker review the suggestions of the seven-member committee and modify programs based on availability of music, talent within the current band and other factors.

“Once a theme is established, the conductors curate music that is fun and appropriate for the audience and the group,” said Baker. Of the 16 pieces selected for this concert, she will be conducting six and the remaining pieces she will be playing clarinet as Lowery conducts.

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Mark Lowery is the musical director and conductor of the Laguna Community Concert Band

In December, Lowery and Baker started gathering the music, putting it in the musicians’ folders and the band started playing and rehearsing.

“We’re getting better every week,” said Lowery.

The diverse programming appeals to Theresa Marino, flutist and a founding member of the community concert band.

“This is really original – it’s something that we’ve never done in the past,” she said. “But musicians love to play and perform. We get excited over any concert we’re involved with.”

That passion for performance is the heart of the Laguna Community Concert Band, which has woodwinds, brass and percussion sections.

“For most people it (playing an instrument) is a wonderful hobby. And people in the community band have a love and passion for music,” said Jay Kramer, board secretary and community engagement coordinator. “It (the band) is really something very special. Once people come to rehearsals, they become addicted to it, and it becomes a family.”

He explained the group has a diversity of talents including professional musicians, a Julliard graduate, numerous school music instructors and others who haven’t picked up an instrument since high school or college.

“We make the music something that can be comfortable for those not at advanced levels and others who are seeking more challenging pieces,” Kramer said. “It’s kind of a fun process and at rehearsal we can try out different arrangements.”

The group meets on Tuesday nights at the high school band room, and while membership fluctuates based on schedules, travel and life events, right now about 50 people belong to the community band.

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Every Memorial Day the Laguna Community Concert Band brightens people’s holiday by performing on the cobblestone patio at Main Beach

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Laguna Craft Guild to hold spring show on April 7

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The Laguna Craft Guild’s spring show will be held on the Main Beach Cobblestones on Sunday, April 7 from 9 a.m. until an hour before sunset. Shop local and find some unique gifts from among the jewelry, ceramics, glass blown art, paintings and more. For more information and the schedule of future shows, visit www.lagunacraftguild.com.

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Laguna Live! presents Black Market Reverie on April 10

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

Sunday, April 7, 1 p.m.

Live! at the Museum, Douglas Masek, Saxophone and James Lent, Keyboard

Join LAM in the Steele Gallery for an intimate performance by internationally renowned saxophonist Douglas Masek and Los Angeles-based pianist James Lent. They will present A Saxophone Soundscape…a mélange of stylistic music for saxophone and piano that will transport you on a melodic journey to your very own “distant memories.”

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 are recommended.

Laguna Art Museum members and Laguna Beach Live! members: free; Non-members: $14 per person. For tickets, click here.

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.

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Black Market Reverie – April 10

Wednesday, April 10, 6-8 p.m.

Black Market Reverie with their “speak easy” jazz, a mix of jazz, classic French pop and Americana.

Lyman Medeiros has toured the world playing bass with legendary artists including Michael Buble, Dianne Schuur and Steve Tyrell. A musical chameleon, you’ll find Renee Myara playing many instruments, along with writing and singing in multiple languages.

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.

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.

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 27

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.

May 8: Grammy award winner Bijon Watson’s Latin Jazz Syndicate, featuring sizzling Cuban vocalist, Adonis Puentes.

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.

Click here for tickets or call 949.715.3713.

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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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Cyanotype Indigo Printing – April 5 and 12

Friday, April 5 and Friday, April 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cyanotype Indigo Printing

Learn this fascinating and oldest form of photography. Cyanotype photography is a camera-less method that involves laying items such as leaves, flowers or other objects onto paper that has been pre-treated with a sensitizer before exposing it to UV light. Once you’ve mastered the basics, we will move on to combining this method with other materials (sea salt, turmeric, mixed medium) to add shimmering, gold effects to your work. This is a simple yet stunning way to create beautiful white and indigo blue images that will look fabulous on any wall. Your final piece will be framed on a mat board.

Cost: $50 per person which is fully inclusive of all materials used including mixed media items and a mat board.

Body Mapping Healing Class – April 4

Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m.

Body Mapping Healing Class

Unlock the blocks of your creativity with Mary Church.  Proficient California Certified massage therapist and Polarity Body healer working with all age groups, Church begins her class with chakra mediation, allowing you to connect the spiritual planes with sound and color. This class is about positive self-discovery through art in a joyful, meditative way. She encourages you to have fun while outlining your physical body onto block paper using various art materials such as oil pastels and watercolors. Then, tapping into the polarity process (thought energies linked with the elements of the body) you will begin to unlock stored stress that allows the wheelhouse of creativity to flow. The result is a powerful body map that will promote meditation and the continual release of stress through time.

This class is suitable for all ages, and family groups are very welcome.

Cost: $120

Pottery Wheel Experience – April 6, 13, 20 and 27

Saturday, April 6, 13, 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.

Cost: $105.

Floral Painting – April 6

Saturday, April 6, 2 p.m.

Floral Painting

Learn how to paint beautiful flowers in acrylic on canvas with Michelle Burt. She will discuss composition and values while teaching you how to paint flowers step-by-step in a fun and friendly atmosphere. You will also be sculpting the paint with palette knives to bring rich texture to the flowers.

Each participant will leave with a completed floral painting.

Cost: $110.

Art Meets Technology – April 8

Monday, April 8, 10 a.m.

Art Meets Technology

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

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

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

Cost: $50.

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Spring Camp – April 8, 10, 11 and 12

April 8, 10,11 and 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Spring Break Art Camp

Each of the four classes will explore a different technique and medium of art while incorporating the basics and adding in creativity and flare! Classes are open to all ages 10 through adult. Anyone 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $150 per student for the entire week (four classes), which is fully inclusive of all materials. Maximum 12 students per class.

Note: They will not be hosting the workshop on Tuesdays.

Day 1: Monday

Art Meets Technology

Day 2: Wednesday

Watercolor 101

Day 3: Thursday

Painting 101

Day 4: Friday

Cyanotype Printing

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Watercolor 101 – April 10

Wednesday, April 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Watercolor 101: Mountain Views

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

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

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LBCAC adds new events to spring calendar

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Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors and Texas Blues Legend Anson Funderburgh – April 5

Friday, April 5, 8 p.m.

Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors and Texas Blues Legend Anson Funderburgh, The Sky and Ocean Aren’t the Only Way to See Inspiring Blues in Laguna in 2024

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

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

Mark Hummel, a Grammy nominee, blues award winner, author and harp man has had another banner year. Grammy nominated for his Remembering Little Walter CD he produced and performed on, Hummel also won Best Blues CD and Best Traditional Blues CD at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tenn. Hummel’s “The Hustle Is Really On” climbed to #2 and stayed in the top five for four months on the Living Blues Radio Charts. Hummel’s book Big Road Blues: 12 Bars on I-80 garnered rave reviews and was nominated for best Independent Book release.

Anson Funderburgh has been an unstoppable force on the national blues circuit since his debut album with his Rockets, in 1981. Along the way, he listened to the greats of the genre, absorbing all he could. His biggest influences stylistically were Freddie King and B.B. King, but Funderburgh also embraced the West Side sounds of Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Magic Sam. “I like all the guys that played behind the harmonicas, too – Luther Tucker and Robert Jr. Lockwood, Louis and David Meyers. I love all those old Jimmy Reed things with Eddie Taylor. There’s just so many.” Jazz greats Kenny Burrell and Barney Kessel also had an impact.

For tickets, go to www.lbculturalartscenter.org.

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Andrew Synowiec (Band) – April 13

Saturday, April 13, 8 p.m.

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

Andrew Synowiec (Band)

Nearly 20 years ago, Grammy-winning artist Andrew Synowiec (‘Sin-o-wik) drove 2,700 miles west to Los Angeles with nothing but a few demo CDs, a couple guitars and one phone number for a possible lead on studio work. Today, with his collection of nearly 100 stringed instruments, Synowiec has become Hollywood’s go-to guitarist, contributing to countless Oscar, Emmy and Grammy-winning projects. As a solo artist, his first full-length release Second Story received wide-ranging airplay and praise from notable fans such as Steve Vai and Jay Graydon. His new album FUN was recorded by long-time Rick Rubin collaborator Jim Scott (Foo Fighters, Tedeschi Trucks, Tom Petty, Wilco, Joe Satriani) and features Gary Novak (Chick Corea/Alanis Morissette), Jorgen Carlsson (Government Mule), Carey Frank (Tedeschi Trucks) and Pete Korpela (Josh Groban). The album debuts on September 8th and will be followed by a West Coast tour in November.

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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.

LBCAC is located at 235 Forest Ave.

Check out the calendar at www.lbculturalartscenter.org.

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Cultural Arts announces performers for Sunset Serenades in May

Sunset Serenades

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.

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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Annual Art That’s Small at City Hall on exhibit until April 18

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.

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

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.

2024 Banner Competition Winners

Congratulations to Kate Cleaves, Kimberly Jordan Fleming, John Hanrahan and Suzanne Redfearn for having their banner designs selected for the 2024 Banner Competition. The banners will be hand-painted by each artist and displayed at Main Beach this summer.

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2024 Banner Winners

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

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LAM ushers in spring with more events

Spring is busting out all over and LAM has added more exciting events to its calendar. In addition to the ongoing exhibits.

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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.

Through many years of trial and error, Neeley developed a never-before-seen technique that he calls Spectra Gold, which seamlessly changes one color of gold into another. This is accomplished by a labor-intensive forging process to create a subtle gradient, or ombré, of color from yellow gold to white gold and more. This, along with his creation of totally new colors of gold, adds to the sense that his jewelry is created by a modern-day alchemist.

This exhibition will explore both the creative working processes of this innovative jeweler, and some of the raw and faceted gems and minerals used by him to create his art. Collaborating with world-class lapidaries, such as Stephen Avery, Neeley creates truly imaginative pieces that go beyond contemporary designs into the realm of dreams and fantasy inspired by imagination and the world around him. Neeley is a true 21st century alchemist.

Brain Health: the Impact of Art and Nature – April 5

Friday, April 5, 11 a.m.

Brain Health: the Impact of Art and Nature

Join Dr. Cheryl Alvarez for a docent-led gallery tour and a valuable discussion about activities that help to promote brain health. The contemplation of art, connecting with nature and the great outdoors, putting your hands in dirt as you garden, and maintaining social activity are all good for the human condition, and may play a large role in protecting a healthy brain. Learn about current research and how to improve your health with everyday choices.

Dr. Alvarez is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Program Director at Mind & Memory Program, which was launched in partnership with Mission Hospital and is the first of its kind in the nation. She holds a Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. Dr. Alvarez is passionate about working with the patients and caregivers to improve their health and increase their quality of life.

Advance tickets recommended, Museum members: $12, Non-members: $18. For tickets, click here.

Cheech Museum – April 6

Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Art Access: Cheech Museum

The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry, which is part of the Riverside Art Museum, focuses on showcasing and analyzing Chicano art from different parts of the United States. This center is a product of the collaborative efforts of Cheech Marin, a stand-up comedian, actor, writer and art collector, who has donated or promised his collection of more than 700 Chicano art pieces. The center aims to become an institution of the highest quality for the research and examination of “all things Chicano art.” It is the first museum facility in North America that is solely dedicated to Mexican American and Chicano art.

Guests will be given a private tour of The Cheech Center and Riverside Museum. Afterward, they will have the opportunity to explore the museum on their own before heading to a group lunch and a private tour of John Sonsini’s Riverside studio.

For tickets, click here.

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Music to your ears? You must be thinking of the Susi Q in April!

This April, the Susi Q will be hosting three musical events, each of which is guaranteed to fill up fast, so act now to reserve your spot.

Begin the season with the free “Spring Swing” Concert featuring the Laguna Beach Community JaZz Band on April 18 from 6-8 p.m. Under the direction of Lynn Olinger, the popular event also features the talented, vocalist Ginger Hatfield.

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Ginger Hatfield

Hatfield explained why she believes that swing is so enduringly popular. “The swing beat is infectious, and the songs are romantic and fun,” she said. “Our show is a big dose of positivity that all ages respond to. Even folks just walking by add a swing to their step!”

The vocalist began her singing career as a youngster. “My first vocal solo in front of an audience was as part of Mrs. Mudge’s kindergarten chorus at Aliso Elementary School. I was so petrified that a classmate was assigned to walk up to the front of the stage with me,” said Hatfield, who joined the JaZz Band in 2007.

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Laguna JaZz Band 

The “Big Band” is a traditional 18-piece jazz band featuring five saxophones, four or five trombones, four trumpets, piano, bass, guitar, drum-set and aux percussionist.

To register for the Spring Swing Concert, click here.

Excitingly, the Susi Q’s wildly successful partnership with Lyric Opera of Orange County continues in April with the presentation of Verdi’s Falstaff. The lecherous Falstaff finally meets his match when his underhanded plans to solve money troubles have the three Merry Wives of Windsor conspiring to teach him a lesson.

“We knew this hysterical and timeless tale was a great way to end an amazing first season with Susi Q! It’s full of incredible music, lots of laughs and one of the most iconic fugues of all time where each of the 10 characters sing simultaneously,” said Diana Farrell, Lyric Opera of Orange County’s artistic director/president.

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Lyric Opera of Orange County’s cast of “The Marriage of Figaro” from last year’s Susi Q’s performance

Lyric Opera of Orange County’s operas are presented in a concert format, with minimal to no staging or costumes, but with piano accompaniment. English supertitles appear on Susi Q’s large flatscreen TVs to aid the audience in following the narrative backbone of the opera.

Featuring an all-star cast of performers, Falstaff takes place on Wednesday, April 24 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Susi Q Center, 380 Third St. A token fee of $5 secures your registration for this popular event. Register by clicking here.

Before attending the Falstaff presentation, you might want to bone-up on opera by attending Maestro Jeffrey Briar’s free Music Appreciation Class: Spotlight on Opera, which will take place on Thursday, April 11 between 3 and 4:30 p.m.

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Members of Lyric Opera of Orange County

With accomplished pianist/composer Jeffrey Briar at his keyboard, learn about opera’s place in musical history – composer’s influences, social factors and how each masterpiece has stood the test of time.

“Once you have learned to love opera, it can touch you more deeply than just about any other form of art. It can inspire profound feelings and thrill you in ways you can hardly imagine,” Briar said. Register by clicking here.

Visit www.thesusiq.org, or to RSVP by phone, call 949.715.8105, or email christineb@thesusiq.org.

The Susi Q offers a wide range of educational and fun programs, classes and clubs for older adults – though all ages are welcome. The Susi Q’s Care Management Department provides free consultation, education and practical resources for vulnerable seniors, enabling them to stay safe, informed and independent. For more information on The Susi Q, the portal to access the best of Laguna’s community resources, visit www.thesusiq.org.

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