Subscribe | Advertise


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

By MARRIE STONE

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Scott Brashier

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

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

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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

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

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

Keeping it in the family: Passing down legacies and traditions

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

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

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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

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

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

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

Click open story button to continue reading…

Open story in new window…


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

By THERESA KEEGAN

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Theresa Keegan

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

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

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

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

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

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

like wallpaper,” said Ferrazzi.

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Theresa Keegan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Theresa Keegan

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

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

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

Click open story button to continue reading…

Open story in new window…


Music in the Park kicked off on July 7

By Scott Brashier

Click on photo for a larger image

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

Click on photo for a larger image

The Great North Special fans

Click on photo for a larger image

Enjoying the moment

Click on photo for a larger image

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

Click on photo for a larger image

A great time was had by all

Click on photo for a larger image

Nice evening for musical festivities

Click on photo for a larger image

Girls just gotta have fun

Click on photo for a larger image

Standing room only

Open story in new window…


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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Ron Azevedo

Family Fun Day 2023

Special Events Schedule

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

Family Art Day

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of FOA

The Cream of Clapton Band – July 12

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

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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of FOA

Concerts on the Green with Grace Kelly

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

Performer: Concerts on the Green with Grace Kelly

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of FOA

Josh Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of FOA

Paris Chansons

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

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

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

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

Click open story button to continue reading…

Open story in new window…


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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of Festival of Arts Laguna Beach

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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of Festival of Arts Laguna Beach

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

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

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

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

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

Open story in new window…


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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Laguna Live!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advance tickets recommended.

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

Open story in new window…


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

Stage on Forest

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

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

Music in the Park

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

Bluebird Park, 772 Cress St.

Music in the Park is a free public concert series held Sunday evenings in July and August, at Bluebird Park. Concerts start at 5 p.m. Set-up is not permitted before 3 p.m. No dogs are allowed at Bluebird Park (LBMC 6.16.020). No smoking (LBMC 7.40.030). No display or sale of merchandise (LBMC 18.04.015). Low-seating beach chairs are encouraged. Alcohol is permitted for guests 21 or older, but must be accompanied by a full meal. Solicitation of any kind is not permitted at city events.

2024 CONCERT SCHEDULE

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of www.thetabuband.com

Tabu will be featured on July 14

–July 14: TABU (Latin)

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of www.mickadamsandtheshagwells.com

Mick Adams and the Shagwells – July 21

–July 28: Upstream (Caribbean, reggae, calypso, steel drum)

–August 4: 133 Band

–August 11: Betamaxx (1980s cover)

–August 18: The Tina Turner Tribute featuring Debby Holiday (Tribute)

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

For questions, contact Cultural Arts at 949.497.3311.

Temporary Art Installation

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

“Seagull Eclipse” by Jess Bartels

Public Art Dedication – An Attempted Murder

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

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

For questions, contact Cultural Arts at 949.497.3311.

Open story in new window…


LAM adds exciting summer events

Leave a Legacy

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of LAM

Support the mission of LAM with a lobby tile

LAM introduces Art Museum Neighborhood Nights

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

Each part of the Laguna community has their own night.

Free nights (5-7 p.m.)

Thursday, July 18 – The Village

Thursday, Aug. 15 – South Laguna

Thursday, Sept. 12 – Top of the World

A Summer of Fun and Learning, begins in June

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

For classes, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Kids Camp runs through July 29

LAM Kids Summer Fridays

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

Drop ins are free with museum admission.

Click on photo for a larger image

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:

Click on photo for a larger image

“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.

Click on photo for a larger image

Live! at the Museum – July 7

Sunday, July 7, 1 p.m.

Live! at the Museum presented by Laguna Live!

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

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

LAM Kids’ Summer Mini Camp Series – July 8

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

LAM Kids’ Summer Mini Camp Series

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

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

Costs:

Summer Day Camp

$75 for members

$95 for non-members

$60 for two or more siblings for members

$80 for two or more siblings for non-members

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

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

Mini Session

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

$30 for members

$55 for non-members

$25 for two or more siblings for members

$50 for two or more siblings for non-members

For registration, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Art Walk – July 11

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

First Thursdays Art Walk

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

Featuring: Nick Yrizarry, Classical Guitar

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

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

Joan Quinn Portrait Exploration – July 13

Saturday, July 13, 1 p.m.

Art Workshop: Joan Quinn Portrait Exploration

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

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

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

Click open story button to continue reading…

Open story in new window…


LBCAC adds concerts for July

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of LBCAC

Sammie Jay – July 13

Saturday, July 13, 8 p.m.

UK Sensation, Sammie Jay

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Eric Henderson – July 14

Sunday, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25

Summer Concert Series, every other Sunday

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

The Snacks – July 16

Tuesday, July 16, 8 p.m.

The Snacks

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

For tickets, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Lurrie Bell – July 19

Friday, July 19, 8 p.m.

Guitarist Lurrie Bell

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

For tickets, click here.

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

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

Check out the calendar at www.lbculturalartscenter.org.

Open story in new window…


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

LPAPA’s Annual “From Dusk to Dawn”

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of LPAPA

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

18th Annual Less is More

The show opened with an online Art Catalog and Preview Auction on Monday, July 1, and will be followed by the LPAPA Gallery opening for First Thursdays Art Walk on Thursday July 11, 6-9 p.m. (a week after the first Thursday due to July 4th holiday).

Four cash awards to be presented.

Click on photo for a larger image

Aimee Erickson Exhibition – Through July 29

Aimee Erickson: Artist in Residence at the LPAPA Gallery

Online Preview Auction & LPAPA Gallery Show through July 29.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

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

John Cosby: A Journey in Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

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

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

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

Open story in new window…


Sawdust Festival adds more special events

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

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

Special Events

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

Wednesdays | 3-4 p.m.

Wine Tasting with Jackson Family Wines

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

Sawdust Fashion Show

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

Artists’ Benevolence Fund Auction

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Don’t miss the magic of Sawdust

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

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

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

Single day and annual pass tickets are available.

For tickets, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Sawdust

Glassblowing demonstration

Classes:

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

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

For a full listing of classes, click here.

Music:

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

For a full listing of music, click here.

Artists:

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Sawdust

Sawdust Saloon

Outdoor Dining

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

For a list of concessions, click here.

Special Events & Theme Days

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artist Note:

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

Courtesy of Joan Gladstone

“American Dream” by Joan Gladstone

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

Courtesy of Sawdust

Intro to Mosaic Art – July 13 and 20

Saturday, July 13 and 20

Introduction to Mosaic Art

A two-day workshop over two weekends

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

Click open story button to continue reading…

Open story in new window…


LCAD’s Emerging Masters 2024 exhibition runs through July 14

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of LCAD

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

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

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

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

LCAD Gallery admission is always free.

Open story in new window…


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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of No Square Theatre

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

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

Open story in new window…


Laguna Playhouse presents legendary musical Camelot on July 24

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos by Aaron Rumley

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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

NCR cast members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open story in new window…


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

By MARRIE STONE

Photos by Jeff Rovner

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

Click on photo for a larger image

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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

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

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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

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

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

Click open story button to continue reading…

Open story in new window…


Festival of the Arts Preview Party was all about Art Couture

Photos by Scott Brashier

Click on photo for a larger image

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Let the festivities begin

Click on photo for a larger image

Golden ticket holders

Click on photo for a larger image

FOA staff is ready to go

Click on photo for a larger image

Antoinette and P.T. Barnum

Click on photo for a larger image

Board Member Ed Hanke and the evening’s DJ.

Click on photo for a larger image

Jeff Rovner and Marrie Stone

Click on photo for a larger image

Lance and Lori Heck

Click on photo for a larger image

(L-R) Cooper and Jeff Rovner

Click on photo for a larger image

Debbie Zoller

Click on photo for a larger image

Shaena Stabler and Hallie Jones

Click on photo for a larger image

Happy with their purchase

Click on photo for a larger image

Kelly and Sean Brown

Click on photo for a larger image

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Enjoying a picnic and music

Click on photo for a larger image

Musical entertainment was amazing

Click on photo for a larger image

A busy night

Click on photo for a larger image

Haute couture

Click on photo for a larger image

Fans of Kathleen Robison

Open story in new window…


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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Ron Azevedo

Family Fun Day 2023

Special Events Schedule

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

Family Art Day

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of FOA

133 Band – 2023 FOA concert

Nightly Music Schedule

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

Performer: 133 Band

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of FOA

Kay-Ta Crypto String Society

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

Performer: Kay-Ta Crypto String Society

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click open story button to continue reading…

Open story in new window…


LAM thanks donors for supporting art

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of LAM

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

Open story in new window…


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

Music in the Park

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

Bluebird Park, 772 Cress St.

Music in the Park is a free public concert series held Sunday evenings in July and August, at Bluebird Park. Concerts start at 5 p.m. Set-up is not permitted before 3 p.m. No dogs are allowed at Bluebird Park (LBMC 6.16.020). No smoking (LBMC 7.40.030). No display or sale of merchandise (LBMC 18.04.015). Low-seating beach chairs are encouraged. Alcohol is permitted for guests 21 or older, but must be accompanied by a full meal. Solicitation of any kind is not permitted at city events.

2024 CONCERT SCHEDULE

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of www.thetabuband.com

Tabu will be featured on July 14

–July 14: TABU (Latin)

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of www.mickadamsandtheshagwells.com

Mick Adams and the Shagwells – July 21

–July 28: Upstream (Caribbean, reggae, calypso, steel drum)

–August 4: 133 Band

–August 11: Betamaxx (1980s cover)

–August 18: The Tina Turner Tribute featuring Debby Holiday (Tribute)

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

For questions, contact Cultural Arts at 949.497.3311.

Temporary Art Installation

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

“Seagull Eclipse” by Jess Bartels

Public Art Dedication – An Attempted Murder

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

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

For questions, contact Cultural Arts at 949.497.3311.

Open story in new window…


LBCAC adds concerts for July

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of LBCAC

First Thursdays Art Walk – July 11

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

First Thursdays Art Walk

Featuring the music of James Clay Garrison

Click on photo for a larger image

Sammie Jay – July 13

Saturday, July 13, 8 p.m.

UK Sensation, Sammie Jay

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Eric Henderson – July 14

Sunday, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25

Summer Concert Series, every other Sunday

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Lurrie Bell – July 19

Friday, July 19, 8 p.m.

Guitarist Lurrie Bell

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

For tickets, click here.

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

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

Check out the calendar at www.lbculturalartscenter.org.

Open story in new window…


Sawdust Festival celebrates Mardi Gras Day on July 11

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Don’t miss the magic of Sawdust

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

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

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

Single day and annual pass tickets are available.

For tickets, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Sawdust

Glassblowing demonstration

Classes:

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

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

For a full listing of classes, click here.

Music:

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

For a full listing of music, click here.

Artists:

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Sawdust

Sawdust Saloon

Outdoor Dining

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

For a list of concessions, click here.

Special Events & Theme Days

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artist Note:

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

Courtesy of Joan Gladstone

“American Dream” by Joan Gladstone

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

Courtesy of Sawdust

Intro to Mosaic Art – July 13 and 20

Saturday, July 13 and 20

Introduction to Mosaic Art

A two-day workshop over two weekends

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

Click open story button to continue reading…

Open story in new window…


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

LPAPA’s Annual “From Dusk to Dawn”

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of LPAPA

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

18th Annual Less is More

The show opened with an online Art Catalog and Preview Auction on Monday, July 1, and will be followed by the LPAPA Gallery opening for First Thursdays Art Walk on Thursday July 11, 6-9 p.m. (a week after the first Thursday due to July 4th holiday).

Four cash awards to be presented.

Click on photo for a larger image

Aimee Erickson Exhibition – Through July 29

Aimee Erickson: Artist in Residence at the LPAPA Gallery

Online Preview Auction & LPAPA Gallery Show through July 29.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

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

John Cosby: A Journey in Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

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

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

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

Open story in new window…


What’s happening at the Festival of Arts this weekend

On Saturday, July 6, the 2024 Pageant of the Masters production of À La Mode: The Art of Fashion opens. This highly anticipated show will revisit some of history’s grandest spectacles and fashion trends through the magic of living pictures. Watch art come to life right before your eyes in a star-lit amphitheater. There’s nothing else like it. Performances nightly through August 30. Performances nightly at 8:30 p.m. For tickets, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of FOA

“À La Mode: The Art of Fashion” debuts on July 6

The Festival of the Arts offers unique workshops and a range of talented musicians to spice up your visit to the grounds. Here are a few events coming up this weekend.

Friday, July 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Youth Arts – Watercolor Pencil Birds

About the Class: Using watercolor pencils, participants will create birds with blended colors that almost fly off the page. A great way to play with both pencil and paint, watercolor pencils are a favorite of kids and adults alike.

Cost: $25.

Click on photo for a larger image

Watercolor Pencil Birds – July 5

Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Youth Arts – Ceramics

July 6: Learn how to use clay to build your own ceramic boat. Taking inspiration from the surroundings, attendees will use patterns and tools to let their imaginations sail. Glazing is an optional next step for your ceramics piece. Come in one week to create the piece and come in the next to add color by glazing it.

Cost: $25.

For details and to register for youth art classes, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Youth Arts Ceramics – July 6 and 7

July 7: Create a pinch-pot head! Learn an important ceramic technique and make funny faces to make your own small pot. Glazing is an optional next step for your ceramics piece. Come in one week to create the piece and come in the next to add color by glazing it.

Cost: $25.

Friday, July 5, 3-5:30 p.m.

Teen and Adult – Art of Comics

Saturday, July 6, 3-5:30 p.m.

Teen and Adult – Ceramics

Sunday, July 7, 3-5:30 p.m.

Teen and Adult – Painting

For details and to register for Teen and Adult classes, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Melanie Taylor – July 7

Concerts: All concerts are free with Festival admission.

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

Wed., July 3, 5:30-7 p.m., Street Corner Renaissance, Acapella.

Fri., July 5, 5:30-7 p.m., Terry Wollman, R&B/Jazz.

Sat., July 6, 1-2:30 p.m., Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, Jazz Concerts on the Green, $60.

Sat., July 6, 5:30-7 p.m., Missiles of October, Blues, $45.

Sun., July 7, 1-2:30 p.m., The Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, $20.

Sun., July 7, 5:30-7 p.m., Melanie Taylor, R&B/Jazz, Wow… That Girl Can Sing! $45.

Mon., July 8, 5:30-7 p.m., Shawn Jones, Rock/Blues, Americana, $30.

Tues., July 9, 5:30-7 p.m., The 133 Band, Rock, $30.

For a full listing of concerts, click here.

Along with the Pageant, artists, workshops and music, there are other exciting happenings at the Festival. Go to www.foapom.com to check them out.

FOA is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach.

Open story in new window…


Artists Fund invites public to Art-To-Go Best-In-Show Awards at FOA on July 6

Art Lovers wanted – to vote for People’s Choice on July 5 followed (the next day) by an Art-To-Go Best-In-Show Awards presentation at Festival of Arts (FOA) on Saturday, July 6.

The Artists Fund invites the public and entire FOA community to pop by Art-To-Go July 5 and cast a vote for a favorite artwork. Self-service ballots and a drop box are at the displays, located near the FOA Wine Bar.

The People’s Choice winning artist will be included in the Art-To-Go Best-In-Show Awards presentation on Saturday July 6 at 5:15 p.m. on the Festival stage. A reception, with Awards Juror Nelson Coates, will follow at Art-To-Go, and is free to the public (with Festival admission).

Photos courtesy of Artists Fund

“Let’s Party” by artist Lynn Welker

Click on photo for a larger image

Two voters will win an Artists Fund mug

“It’s a great way for everyone to express love for the artists who generously donate to the Art-To-Go fundraising sale,” said Committee Chair Chris Brazelton. Everyone who votes qualifies for a drawing to win an Artists Fund mug as a thank you for voting. One vote per person, must be 18+, and an email is required.

To view some of the artwork, click here.

Nelson Coates

Through August 28

“Art-To-Go at Festival of Arts” to view 100 originals donated by FOA exhibitors, new items added weekly. Proceeds support their Hardship Grant fund.

To view the artwork, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

“Necessary Vices” by John Straub, photography

Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Coming Up

July 2-5: Vote for People’s Choice Art-To-Go piece at the displays.

July 6, 5:15 p.m.: Awards Presentation to winning Art-To-Go exhibitors.

To view them online, click here.

Open story in new window…


LBCAC adds concerts for July

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of LBCAC

Jason Feddy – July 6

Saturday, July 6, 8 p.m.

Jason Feddy

Step into the mesmerizing world of British-born musician Jason Feddy, a true virtuoso who has captivated audiences worldwide with his unparalleled talent. Hailing from the vibrant city of Leeds, UK, Feddy’s journey to musical stardom began in the gritty men’s clubs and lively pubs that have long been breeding grounds for British musical legends. With a career adorned with milestones such as sharing the stage with icons like Neil Young, Tears for Fears and Joe Cocker, Feddy’s melodic prowess has graced legendary venues like The London Palladium and The Albert Hall.

Boasting an impressive discography of six albums filled with original compositions, he is a musical nomad, enchanting crowds from California to the UK and beyond. Not content with just mainstream success, Feddy’s innovative spirit led him to create an entire album of songs inspired by the timeless works of William Shakespeare, a project that has garnered widespread critical acclaim.

Limited Seating. For tickets, click here.

First Thursdays Art Walk – July 11

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

First Thursdays Art Walk

Featuring the music of James Clay Garrison

Click on photo for a larger image

Sammie Jay – July 13

Saturday, July 13, 8 p.m.

UK Sensation, Sammie Jay

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Eric Henderson – July 14

Sunday, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25

Summer Concert Series, every other Sunday

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Lurrie Bell – July 19

Friday, July 19, 8 p.m.

Guitarist Lurrie Bell

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

For tickets, click here.

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

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

Check out the calendar at www.lbculturalartscenter.org.

Open story in new window…


Sawdust Festival now in full swing and sizzling with excitement

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Don’t miss the magic of Sawdust

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

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

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

Single day and annual pass tickets are available.

For tickets, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Sawdust

Glassblowing demonstration

Classes:

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

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

For a full listing of classes, click here.

Music:

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

For a full listing of music, click here.

Artists:

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Sawdust

Sawdust Saloon

Outdoor Dining

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

For a list of concessions, click here.

Special Events & Theme Days

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

–Woodstock Day: Saturday, July 6 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artist Note:

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

Courtesy of Joan Gladstone

“American Dream” by Joan Gladstone

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

Courtesy of Sawdust

Intro to Mosaic Art – July 13 and 20

Saturday, July 13 and 20

Introduction to Mosaic Art

A two-day workshop over two weekends

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

Click open story button to continue reading…

Open story in new window…


Cultural Arts kicks off Music in the Park on Sunday, July 7

Music in the Park

Sundays, July 7 – August 18, 5-7 p.m.

Bluebird Park, 772 Cress St.

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of www.thegreatnorthspecial.com

Great North Special performs at Bluebird Park on July 7

Music in the Park is a free public concert series held Sunday evenings in July and August, at Bluebird Park. Concerts start at 5 p.m. Set-up is not permitted before 3 p.m. No dogs are allowed at Bluebird Park (LBMC 6.16.020). No smoking (LBMC 7.40.030). No display or sale of merchandise (LBMC 18.04.015). Low-seating beach chairs are encouraged. Alcohol is permitted for guests 21 or older, but must be accompanied by a full meal. Solicitation of any kind is not permitted at city events.

2024 CONCERT SCHEDULE

–July 7: The Great North Special (psych-rock, country, blues and funk-soul)

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of www.thetabuband.com

Tabu will be featured on July 7

–July 14: TABU (Latin)

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

–July 28: Upstream (Caribbean, reggae, calypso, steel drum)

–August 4: 133 Band

–August 11: Betamaxx (1980s cover)

–August 18: The Tina Turner Tribute featuring Debby Holiday (Tribute)

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

For questions, contact Cultural Arts at 949.497.3311.

Temporary Art Installation

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

“Seagull Eclipse” by Jess Bartels

Public Art Dedication – An Attempted Murder

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

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

Open story in new window…


Laguna Live! presents Live! at the Museum on July 7

Tuesdays, 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.

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of Laguna Live!

Zach Churchill at Laguna Beach Library – every Tuesday

Taso Comanescu and Anastasia Malliaras – July 7

Sunday, July 7, 1 p.m.

Live! at the Museum

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

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

Open story in new window…


LAM adds exciting summer events

Leave a Legacy

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of LAM

Support the mission of LAM with a lobby tile

LAM introduces Art Museum Neighborhood Nights

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

Each part of the Laguna community has their own night.

Free nights (5-7 p.m.)

Thursday, July 18 – The Village

Thursday, Aug. 15 – South Laguna

Thursday, Sept. 12 – Top of the World

A Summer of Fun and Learning, begins in June

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

For classes, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Kids Camp runs through July 29

LAM Kids Summer Fridays

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

Drop ins are free with museum admission.

Click on photo for a larger image

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:

Click on photo for a larger image

“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.

Click on photo for a larger image

Live! at the Museum – July 7

Sunday, July 7, 1 p.m.

Live! at the Museum presented by Laguna Live!

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

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

Click open story button to continue reading…

Open story in new window…


LPAPA Gallery announces screening of John Cosby documentary on July 17

Click on photo for a larger image

John Crosbys-Gallery Solo Exhibition runs through July 1

Photos courtesy of LPAPA

John Cosby, Artist in Residence

John Cosby “Artist in Residence” LPAPA Gallery Solo Exhibition

Looking West, a Portrait of the Places I Love

The LPAPA Gallery is proud to present a special “Artist in Residence” Solo Exhibition featuring major works, and plein air studies, created by Signature Artist and Founding Member John Cosby on June 6 through July 1.

LPAPA’s Annual “From Dusk to Dawn”

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Less is More – Show opens on July 1

18th Annual Less is More

The show opens with an online Art Catalog and Preview Auction on Monday, July 1, followed by the LPAPA Gallery opening for First Thursdays Art Walk on Thursday July 11, 6-9 p.m. (a week after the first Thursday due to July 4th holiday).

Four cash awards to be presented.

Click on photo for a larger image

Aimee Erickson Exhibition – July 5-29

Aimee Erickson: Artist in Residence at the LPAPA Gallery

Online Preview Auction & LPAPA Gallery Show July 5 through July 29.

Online Preview Auction: Opens 10 a.m. July 5 – Ends 8 p.m. July 11.

Gallery Show & Online Exhibition: Friday, July 5 – Monday, July 29.

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

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

The LPAPA Gallery is pleased to present their Artist in Residence Showcase Exhibition featuring original works by Signature Artist Aimee Erickson opening with an online preview and auction Friday, July 5 at 10 a.m. followed by the gallery opening at 11 a.m. and a post-holiday First Thursday Art Walk Reception on Thursday, July 11, 6-9 p.m.

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

Click on photo for a larger image

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

John Cosby: A Journey in Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

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

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

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

Open story in new window…


Festival of Arts announces 2024 Summer Concert Series

From July 3 through August 30, join Festival of Arts (FOA) for live music on the Festival’s Concert Stage. This year’s concert line-up features Grammy winner Poncho Sanchez; jazz all-stars Grace Kelly and Gregg Karukas; Eric Clapton-approved tribute band, The Cream of Clapton, funk legend Greg Adams and more. Concerts are free with Festival admission.

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of FOA

Greg Adams and East Bay Soul perform July 6

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

All concerts are free with Festival admission.

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

Wed., July 3, 5:30-7 p.m., Street Corner Renaissance, Acapella

Fri., July 5, 5:30-7 p.m., Terry Wollman, R&B/Jazz

Sat., July 6, 1-2:30 p.m., Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, Jazz Concerts on the Green, $60

Sat., July 6, 5:30-7 p.m., Missiles of October, Blues, $45

Sun., July 7, 1-2:30 p.m., The Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, $20

Sun., July 7, 5:30-7 p.m., Melanie Taylor, R&B/Jazz, Wow… That Girl Can Sing! $45

Mon., July 8, 5:30-7 p.m., Shawn Jones, Rock/Blues, Americana, $30

Tues., July 9, 5:30-7 p.m., The 133 Band, Rock, $30

Wed., July 10, 5:30-7 p.m., Kay-Ta Crypto String Society, Jazz, $30

Thurs., July 11, 5:30-7 p.m., Téka, Brazilian Jazz, $50

Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate, sponsored by Charles Schwab and Cambria Estate Winery

Fri., July 12, 5:30-7 p.m., The Cream of Clapton Band, Rock/Blues, Tremendous Tributes, $45

Click on photo for a larger image

Grace Kelly performs July 13

Sat., July 13, 1-2:30 p.m., Grace Kelly, Jazz, Concerts on the Green, $60

Sat., July 13, 5:30-7 p.m., Josh Nelson, Jazz, $45

Spotlight on the Music of Hope Blue Piano, Sponsored by City of Hope

Sun., July 14, 12-3 p.m., Family Art Day, Special Event

Sun., July 14, 5:30-7 p.m., Paris Chansons, French, Wow… That Girl Can Sing! $45

Mon., July 15, 5:30-7 p.m., Miskey Mountain Boys, Bluegrass, Americana, $30

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

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

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

Sponsored by Charles Schwab and Cambria Estate Winery, $50

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

John Proulx Trio performs on July 20

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

Sponsored by City of Hope, $45

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsored by Charles Schwab and Cambria Estate Winery, $50

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Poncho Sanchez – July 27

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

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

Sponsored by City of Hope, $45

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

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

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

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

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

Open story in new window…


Laguna Playhouse announces single tickets now on sale for 2024-2025 season

Laguna Playhouse has announced that single tickets now on sale for their 2024-2025 season of shows. This sensational season begins with a special bonus production of the legendary musical,  Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot (now on sale); followed by an uproarious comedy, Don’t Dress for Dinner; next is one of Arthur Miller’s most powerful plays, A View from the Bridge; then spend some time with one of America’s greatest first ladies in the tour-de-force play, Eleanor; followed by everyone’s favorite detective in a new musical comedy whodunit, The Remarkable Mister Holmes; then the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterwork, August Wilson’s Fences; a world premiere mystery, Peril in the Alps, from Steven Dietz, the writer/director of the 2023 smash-hit Murder on the Links and the Playhouse will close the season with the heartfelt country music musical, Honky Tonk Angels.

Also, tickets are now on sale for everyone’s favorite “Sister” as the Playhouse celebrates her Easter and Christmas “Catechisms,” the return of the wildly popular “Comedy Nights at the Playhouse” and don’t forget their annual bonus holiday Panto with the world premiere of Rapunzel’s Holiday Wish: A Hair-Larious Tangled Tale (tickets on sale July 9). Celebrate an exceptional new season of shows at the Laguna Playhouse and purchase single tickets to these unique and unforgettable experiences beginning today by clicking here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of Laguna Playhouse

“Camelot” runs July 24-August 11

Special bonus production

Lerner & Loewe’s, Camelot

July 24 – August 11 (Press Opening July 28 at 5:30 p.m.)

Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe, original production directed and staged by Moss Hart, based on The Once and Future King by T.H.A White, new orchestrations by Steve Orich, directed by Jeffrey B. Moss.

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

Camelot is not included in 2024-2025 season subscription packages, but can be added by subscribers at a special discounted rate. This production is licensed by Music Theatre International.

Click on photo for a larger image

“Don’t Dress for Dinner” runs September 4-22

Don’t Dress for Dinner

September 4 – September 22 (Press Opening September 8 at 5:30 p.m.)

Written by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon and directed by Christopher Williams.

This wildly successful comedy was first produced at Laguna Playhouse in 1997 and is back by popular demand. This outrageous farce has all the right ingredients for a delicious and sexy night of laughter.

Click on photo for a larger image

“A View from The Bridge” runs October 30-November 17

A View from The Bridge

October 30 – November 17 (Press Opening November 3 at 5:30 p.m.)

Written by Arthur Miller and directed by David Ellenstein.

This stunning drama from one of America’s greatest playwrights is set in 1950s Brooklyn where Eddie Carbone wrestles with the complexities of family, assimilation and the American Dream.

Click on photo for a larger image

“Eleanor” runs January 15-February 2, 2025

Eleanor

January 15 – February 2, 2025 (Press Opening January 19, 2025 at 5:30 p.m.)

Written by Mark St. Germain and directed by David Ellenstein.

A tour-de-force solo performance by Kandis Chappell brings to life the dynamic and iconic First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Both strong and vulnerable, both public and private, Eleanor Roosevelt’s fascinating story will sweep you away.

Click on photo for a larger image

“The Remarkable Mr. Holmes” runs March 5-23, 2025

The Remarkable Mister Holmes

March 5 – March 23, 2025 (Press Opening March 9, 2025 at 5:30 p.m.)

Book by Omri Schein & David Ellenstein, lyrics by Omri Schein, music by Daniel Lincoln and directed by David Ellenstein.

Sherlock Holmes is back with an all-new madcap mystery to solve…and a new sidekick.

Click on photo for a larger image

“Fences” runs April 30-May 18, 2025

August Wilson’s Fences, Pulitzer-Prize winning play

April 30 – May 18, 2025 (Press Opening May 4, 2025 at 5:30 p.m.)

Directed by Yvette Freeman (Ain’t Misbehavin’).

Troy Maxson was a star of the Negro baseball leagues, but now it’s 1957 and he’s a garbage man in Pittsburgh. In one of August Wilson’s best and most well-known plays, we see one man struggle with disappointment and the effect it has on his marriage and relationship with his sons.

Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

Click open story button to continue reading…

Open story in new window…


Laguna Festival of Arts Foundation awards generous grant to LPAPA

As LPAPA prepares for its 26th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, they announced that the Laguna Festival of Arts Foundation (FOA) generously gifted a grant of $5,000 for LPAPA’s renowned educational programs and events that include the year-round multi-generational Plein Air Project, the Future Generation Paint Out for grades 4 through 12 and the Next Paint Out for college level students.

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Mitch Ridder

LPAPA Future Generation Paint Out 2023

This year’s Future Generation Paint Out will be hosted on October 7, with artist members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) mentoring local students, grades 4 through 12, from the Laguna Beach Unified School District. Students selected by their school will be invited to paint outdoors at Heisler Park for their own plein air painting experience. The young artists will receive art supplies that include a paint set, canvas board and a portable easel that they can take home with them. The students’ artwork created that day will then be exhibited at the LPAPA Gallery for sale, with 100% of the proceeds to be donated to the participating schools to benefit their art programs.

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Mitch Ridder

LPAPA/LCAD Next Generation Paint Out

Another element held during their Annual Laguna Plein Painting Invitational in October is the Next Generation Paint Out. This program offers college level students an enhanced learning experience, helping them to prepare for a professional career in the arts, while augmenting their painting and drawing skills, and giving them recognition for their creative efforts through opportunities to sell their work and compete for scholarship awards.

Throughout the school year, LPAPA’s Plein Air Project is a multi-faceted approach that involves painting demonstrations at elementary schools, a visit to their Laguna gallery or a local museum, and a hands-on plein air painting experience at or near the participating school.

In addition, LPAPA offers year-round adult education programs and workshops.

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of LPAPA Gallery

LPAPA Plein Air Project

The Festival of Arts Foundation’s commitment to the arts will help LPAPA “pay it forward” and continue to fulfill their dedication to support the rich artistic culture of our city through their educational programs while inspiring future generations of artists to continue the Laguna plein air painting tradition and legacy.

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art organization originally established in Laguna Beach in 1996. For more information about the 2024 Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, visit https://lpapa.org/laguna-plein-air-invitational/, or contact LPAPA by email at info@lpapa.org, or by phone at 949.376.3635. Visit the LPAPA Gallery located on Gallery Row at 414 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.

Open story in new window…


FOA classes and workshops

Youth Art Classes

Fridays-Sundays, 12:30 p.m.

July 5 – August 25

Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Arts Classes this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids ages 5-12 will enjoy art classes taught by professional artists in mixed-media, ceramics, sculpture and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds.

Art instructors will share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment that will inspire your kids to come back every week.

For a full listing of the class schedule and to register, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of FOA

Youth Art Classes – Ceramics

Teen and Adult Art Classes

Fridays-Sundays at 3 p.m.

July 5 – August 25

Let your creativity run wild this summer in Laguna Beach! Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Workshops! Award-winning talented artists will lead you step-by-step through the process of creating your own masterpiece.

These classes are perfect for vacationers and locals alike looking to try something new, have fun, and soak in the artistic atmosphere.

For a full listing of the class schedule and to register, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Teen and Adult Art Classes

Prints and Pinots Art Classes

Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.

July 11 – August 22

Create a beautiful one-of-a-kind print!

Using a variety of colorful handmade papers and hand-cut relief blocks, students will learn the basics of monoprint, collage and overprint techniques in this creative printmaking class.

Beginners and all levels are invited; take home your finished masterpiece.

For a full listing of the class schedule and to register, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Prints and Pinot Art Classes

Paint and Sip Art Classes

Fridays at 8:30 p.m.

July 12 – August 23

Uncork your creativity this summer at the Festival of Arts.

Enjoy a fun painting workshop, while surrounded by beautiful art. Learn easy painting step-by-step processes, as taught by Nikita Young.

Beginners and all levels are invited; take home your finished masterpiece.

For a full listing of the class schedule and to register, click here

Click on photo for a larger image

Paint and Sip Art Classes

Open story in new window…


Opening of 58th Sawdust Festival launched with a ribbon cutting

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Click on photo for a larger image

Official opening of the 58th Sawdust Festival kicked off on Friday, June 28

Click on photo for a larger image

Mayor Sue Kempf welcomed the onlookers

Click on photo for a larger image

The countdown begins, one, two, three…

Click on photo for a larger image

Go!

Click on photo for a larger image

Let the fun begin!

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo opportunity

Click on photo for a larger image

Musical welcome for visitors

Click on photo for a larger image

Mayor Sue Kempf and Sawdust folks

Click on photo for a larger image

Creative designs by Margaret Hemsley

Click on photo for a larger image

Fairies – Melissa Belland

Click on photo for a larger image

Alex Fritz – Flamework

Click on photo for a larger image

Jesse Miller

Click on photo for a larger image

Debra Covern’s textiles 

Click on photo for a larger image

Woodworking by Andrew Soliz and purses by Carrie Rae Woodburn

Click on photo for a larger image

Robert Holton

Open story in new window…


Popular Laguna Live! music program for toddlers will continue through the summer months

By THERESA KEEGAN

So many sing the joys of summer, it seems a natural fit that area youngsters will now have an opportunity to join in the fun, thanks to Laguna Live!

For the first time, the nonprofit dedicated to celebrating a love of music, is hosting a summer series for the youngest members in our community by extending the popular “Live! Music Matters” program at the library.

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Theresa Keegan

Musician Zach Churchill was not sure what to expect when he started performing the Live! Music Matters program at the library community room almost two years ago, but is thrilled it has been so popular

“This is a great program,” said Laguna Live! board member Susan Davis. “Some kid is going to get turned on to making music. It will have a real impact on one of these kids and we may never know who.”

Ironically, Zach Churchill, the musician who brings these live events to the library every Tuesday morning, developed his love of music at an early age.

“I was exposed to music as a kid, really early, so it’s always been a passion in my life,” he said. He tells of his grandparents singing French duets, as well as other singing experiences.

“A love of music can just be awakened in a child,” he said. “It happened for me.” While he always loved the performing arts, he wasn’t sure of his passion, until he picked up a guitar in middle school. Ever since, he’s been playing, singing and recording music.

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Zach Churchill

Musician Zach Churchill plays at many area venues, including the outdoor patio at The Ranch on weekends

“I’m fortunate to make a living through playing music exclusively,” said the Mission Viejo resident. In addition to the children’s program, Churchill’s repertoire also includes a variety of adult musical performances. He plays at The Ranch, does weddings and also private events and composes his own music. Each has its own demands and joys.

The one requirement of his Tuesday morning programs, designed for toddlers under age 5 (accompanied by a caregiver), is that there be fun.

“I love to see kids get excited about music,” he said.

The program has attendees singing, dancing and playing instruments. With an audience of children, Churchill is very aware that means anything can happen, including even having his microphone taken over by enthusiastic revelers.

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Theresa Keegan

The library program is geared for children younger than age 5, however a caregiver must remain and also attend the program

“With kids it’s just more interactive,” he laughed. “Kids will be kids.” He is appreciative of the library support and, since a caregiver needs to stay during the 30-minute program, there is always a set of helping hands should the crowd become overly enthusiastic.

“If there’s some wildness going on with a kid, I can’t stop playing music and address that,” said Churchill. “The parents and (library) staff really let me focus on playing the music.”

When the library music program started in fall 2022, no one was sure how it would be received. It began as a six-week pilot program with funding assistance from the Laguna Beach Rotary Club.

However, any concern about its popularity was immediately squashed. Many folks attended the initial event, and since then, attendance has just grown. Churchill estimates anywhere from 20-30 children attend each week – and many are regulars. Laguna Live! now receives program funding from not only Rotary, but also the FOA Foundation and the Assistance League.

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Theresa Keegan

The library community room on Tuesday mornings has become a hand-clapping, toe-tapping sing-along venue thanks to the Live! Music Matters program

“The best thing about this is seeing the kids who have been coming for a while,” said Churchill. “I can connect with them and seeing their joy, I feel it’s something that is so valuable.”

Laguna Live! board member Betsy Jenkins recently attended a program with her 2-year-old grandchild and agrees.

“Zach holds the children’s attention with fast-paced singing and playing,” said Jenkins, who likes that children can choose percussion instruments to play along. “It all creates a joyous cacophony of harmonious and fun children’s music.”

Churchill is a fan of the sing-alongs of Disney and other children’s performers. Although Raffi’s Baby Beluga is a top favorite, he is constantly creating new programs.

“I have to keep learning new songs and sometimes switch it up with instrumentation and equipment,” said Churchill who was “pleasantly surprised” the program will continue for the summer months.

“I think if an impression is made (on a child) and they really feel something – a connection – it can inspire kids forever,” he said. “And seeing their joy during the Music Matters program is so great.”

Open story in new window…


A peek at the 58th Sawdust Festival

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Click on photo for a larger image

This wonderful old truck is ready for selfies just inside the main gates at the Sawdust Preview on June 25

Click on photo for a larger image

Kyle Caris Ceramics

Click on photo for a larger image

Makaila Palmer Jeweler (on right) with her sister and dad

Click on photo for a larger image

Beau Donnan, jeweler

Click on photo for a larger image

Ora Sterling – Ceramics with mixed media

Click on photo for a larger image

Hedy Buzan – painter and printer

Click on photo for a larger image

Kayla Janes – painter and potter

Click on photo for a larger image

Candice Brokenshire creates art and functional objects with wool

Click on photo for a larger image

Jeff Lavinsky and Kate Cleaves

Click on photo for a larger image

The lovely mural on Martina Schertenleib’s booth

Click on photo for a larger image

Anya Gourley, jeweler (3rd from left) celebrating with friends at her first-time showing at the Sawdust (she’s a second-generation exhibitor)

Click on photo for a larger image

Maryam Rouhi, oil painter (center) in front of her booth

Click on photo for a larger image

Alex Evans – metal sculptor

Click on photo for a larger image

The booth of Brittney Silva and Nevada Silva

Click on photo for a larger image

New work by glass artist Michael Panetta

Click on photo for a larger image

(L-R) Ana Sundvall, Haley Rovner and Jeff Rovner waiting in line

Click on photo for a larger image

Robert Jones’ raku pottery

Click on photo for a larger image

Bold new colors by ceramist Mike Brennan

Click on photo for a larger image

(L-R) Shaena Stabler, Rachel O’Neill-Cusey and Emma York

Click on photo for a larger image

A selfie mural in the food court

For more photos by Mary Hurlbut, go to slideshow below:

Open story in new window…


Sawdust Preview Party

Photos by Scott Brashier

Click on photo for a larger image

Long line for the Sawdust Preview on Tuesday, June 25. Sawdust opens today – for more information visit https://sawdustartfestival.org/.

Click on photo for a larger image

Happy ticket holders

Click on photo for a larger image

First visitor through the gate

Click on photo for a larger image

Trio: Franky, Gabi and Lisa

Click on photo for a larger image

This year’s photo truck

Click on photo for a larger image

Staffers were ready to go

Click on photo for a larger image

Shane Dunlap Woodworking

Click on photo for a larger image

Sound check

Click on photo for a larger image

Brennan Ceramics

Click on photo for a larger image

Gonzalo Rebollar of Taco Loco

Click on photo for a larger image

Crowded aisles

Click on photo for a larger image

Michael Panetta Glass

Click on photo for a larger image

Debbie Forsyth and Jorg Dubin

Click on photo for a larger image

Exhibitors Tess and Lisa Mansour

Click on photo for a larger image

Franky Duschane, Sawdust Art Festival director of marketing & PR

Click on photo for a larger image

The Great Northern Special

Click on photo for a larger image

New stage with larger dancing area

Click on photo for a larger image

Heath Glass

Click on photo for a larger image

Laguna crew

For more photos by Scott Brashier, go to slideshow below:

Open story in new window…


Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and Pageant of the Masters prepare to impress, opening July 3 and 6

Get ready for a summer filled with art, music, theater and more! The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach is gearing up for the much-anticipated openings of the 2024 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show on July 3, and the renowned Pageant of the Masters, themed À La Mode: The Art of Fashion, on July 6. Both iconic events run for only eight weeks through August 30, and promise to deliver unforgettable experiences, blending creativity, culture and community in the heart of Laguna Beach.

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Ron Azevedo

Pageant of the Masters Costume Director Reagan Foy with cast member backstage working on the Pageant re-creation of a costume sketch of Grace Kelly for the 2024 production of “À La Mode: The Art of Fashion”

As one of Southern California’s most beloved summer attractions, the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, will run daily from July 3 through August 30. More than 100 local Orange County artists will exhibit their work this summer, with 21 making their Festival of Arts debut this year. The juried art show will feature a wide variety of media including paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more.

During its two-month summer season, the Festival of Arts also hosts daily live concerts sponsored by City of Hope Orange County and Yamaha. The Festival’s Art Center, sponsored by Bank of America, will be a buzz with creative energy with art classes for all ages Thursday through Sunday and free drop-in art workshops offered daily.

Starting on July 6, the curtain will rise on the 2024 Pageant of the Masters, themed À La Mode: The Art of Fashion, running nightly through August 30. Inspired by the grandiosity of modern fashion shows and the craftsmanship of historical designs, the 2024 Pageant will feature works by artists such as John Singer Sargent, Edouard Manet and Thomas Gainsborough, as well as three-dimensional works such as a high heel by Alexander McQueen, brooches and pendants from early 1900s jewelers, and various figurines by artist and designer Erté.

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Christopher Bliss

Patrons looking at art at the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

Set under the starry-night sky of Laguna Beach in the Irvine Bowl outdoor amphitheater, the Pageant of the Masters immerses audiences in a world of stunning tableaux vivants (living pictures) for 90 mesmerizing minutes. These incredibly faithful recreations of classical and contemporary works of art feature real people posing exactly like their counterparts in the original masterpieces. Accompanied by a professional orchestra, an original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, hundreds of dedicated volunteers and a few surprises, À La Mode: The Art of Fashion is a production not to be missed. Tickets are available at www.foapom.com/pageant-of-the-masters.

The Festival and Pageant are proudly sponsored by Volvo Cars, City of Hope Orange County, Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club and KOST Radio 103.5. À La Mode: The Art of Fashion will grace the stage nightly from July 6 through August 30. A Pageant ticket also serves as a season pass to the 2024 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, taking place from July 3 through August 30 (closed July 4).

For the full list of artists, special events, activities and live music schedule, visit www.foapom.com/summer-art-show.

Festival of Arts is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Open story in new window…


Don’t miss the CAP exhibit Real & Imagined at City Hall through July 26

By M. “Charlie” Ferrazzi

There will be a reception for the CAP exhibit Real & Imagined on July 11 from 6-7 p.m. during First Thursdays Art Walk at City Hall.

Real & Imagined – people, water, land, flora and fauna are subjects of the original works by eight local artists: Carole Boller, Joan Gladstone, David Kizziar, Elizabeth McGhee, Patrice Miller, Ellen Rose, Cheyne Walls and Lynn Welker. Working in a variety of mediums and styles, the artists display their creativity based on real and imagined subjects. A selection of Southern California beach life, nature’s drama and beauty and pure imagination is to be seen on the walls of City Hall.

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of CAP

Artwork images provided by artists. Top Row: Carole Boller, Joan Gladstone, David Kizziar; Second Row: Elizabeth McGhee and Patrice Miller; Bottom Row: Ellen Rose, Cheyne Walls, Lynn Welker

The Artists:

Carole Boller’s oils range from local coastal scenes of rock, water and clouds to a floral close-up of bold light play and delicate petals. “Color is my day-long obsession and joy,” she said.

Joan Gladstone’s colorful, beautiful and happy view of her world is apparent in her works of an abstracted view of Wood’s Cove to rich colored, meditative coastal scenes to one of Laguna’s water watchers (lifeguards) at work. Years of Laguna Beach living show in her art.

David Kizziar uses graphite and colored pencils to depict in fine detail two of Laguna’s well known beach sites. A distant view of Crescent Bay goes from water to hills to clouds, while in another work one of nature’s big-mouth birds eyeballs the viewer from a Pelican Cove rock.

Elizabeth McGhee’s oils, created in the Realism style, show the local Laguna scene complete with some known Lagunans enjoying Laguna life. Meeting up at Zinc or exploring the Fairy Garden, both are well-known spots.

Patrice Miller’s photographic lens is focused on some of nature’s feathered creatures. The caracaras couple in a humorous pose brings a smile, while the hummingbird in mid-flight shows the grace and strength of this tiny, feathered creature.

Ellen Rose’s The Newlyweds is a mixed media piece using dried flowers along with paint to create the image. Textures and the expressions on the couple’s faces, provoke curiosity about their possible feelings about this juncture in life.

Cheyne Walls’ photographic work captures dramatic moments in nature with fleeting glimpses of the light at various times of day in locations outside of Laguna Beach.

Lynn Welker uses angular, geometric shapes to lead the eye through her imagined landscapes. Soft edges add punctuation and depth, suggesting subtle mysteries of architecture and archaeology in the layers of each scene.

 City Hall is located at 505 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach.

Open story in new window…


Behind-the-scenes of Á La Mode: The Art of Fashion

Get ready to be transported through the history of fashion! The Pageant of the Masters’ new production, Á La Mode: The Art of Fashion, will open its doors on July 6. But before the magic unfolds, they’re offering a special glimpse behind the scenes. Do you have your tickets yet?

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of FOA

Don’t miss out!

Tickets are selling fast, so don’t wait to secure your spot for this unforgettable experience. Witness the art of fashion come to life under the stars. Performances will be held nightly July 6 through August 30.

For tickets, click here.

Open story in new window…


Sawdust Festival now in full swing

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

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

Hours of Operation: Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Note: The Sawdust will close early at 4 p.m. on the 4th of July.

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

Single day and annual pass tickets are available.

For tickets, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Sawdust

Glassblowing demonstration

Classes:

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

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

For a full listing of classes, click here.

Music:

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

For a full listing of music, click here.

Artists:

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Sawdust

Sawdust Saloon

Outdoor Dining

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

For a list of concessions, click here.

Special Events & Theme Days

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

–Woodstock Day: Saturday, July 6 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artist Note:

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

Courtesy of Joan Gladstone

“American Dream” by Joan Gladstone

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

Courtesy of Sawdust

Intro to Mosaic Art – July 13 and 20

Saturday, July 13 and 20

Introduction to Mosaic Art

A two-day workshop over two weekends

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

Click open story button to continue reading…

Open story in new window…


LBCAC adds concerts for July

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of LBCAC

Jason Feddy – July 6

Saturday, July 6, 8 p.m.

Jason Feddy

Step into the mesmerizing world of British-born musician Jason Feddy, a true virtuoso who has captivated audiences worldwide with his unparalleled talent. Hailing from the vibrant city of Leeds, UK, Feddy’s journey to musical stardom began in the gritty men’s clubs and lively pubs that have long been breeding grounds for British musical legends. With a career adorned with milestones such as sharing the stage with icons like Neil Young, Tears for Fears and Joe Cocker, Feddy’s melodic prowess has graced legendary venues like The London Palladium and The Albert Hall.

Boasting an impressive discography of six albums filled with original compositions, he is a musical nomad, enchanting crowds from California to the UK and beyond. Not content with just mainstream success, Feddy’s innovative spirit led him to create an entire album of songs inspired by the timeless works of William Shakespeare, a project that has garnered widespread critical acclaim.

Limited Seating. For tickets, click here.

First Thursdays Art Walk – July 11

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

First Thursdays Art Walk

Featuring the music of James Clay Garrison

Click on photo for a larger image

Sammie Jay – July 13

Saturday, July 13, 8 p.m.

UK Sensation, Sammie Jay

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Eric Henderson – July 14

Sunday, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25

Summer Concert Series, every other Sunday

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

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.

Open story in new window…


Cultural Arts announces temporary art installation and public art dedication on July 12

Temporary Art Installation

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

“Seagull Eclipse” by Jess Bartels

Public Art Dedication – An Attempted Murder

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

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

Music in the Park

Sundays, July 7 – August 18, 5-7 p.m.

Bluebird Park, 772 Cress St.

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of www.thegreatnorthspecial.com

Great North Special performs at Bluebird Park on July 7

Music in the Park is a free public concert series held Sunday evenings in July and August, at Bluebird Park. Concerts start at 5 p.m. Set-up is not permitted before 3 p.m. No dogs are allowed at Bluebird Park (LBMC 6.16.020). No smoking (LBMC 7.40.030). No display or sale of merchandise (LBMC 18.04.015). Low-seating beach chairs are encouraged. Alcohol is permitted for guests 21 or older, but must be accompanied by a full meal. Solicitation of any kind is not permitted at city events.

2024 CONCERT SCHEDULE

–July 7 – The Great North Special

(Psych-rock, Country, Blues and Funk-soul)

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of www.thetabuband.com

Tabu will be featured on July 7

–July 14 – TABU

(Latin)

–July 21 – The Shagwells

(‘60s and ‘70s hits)

–July 28 – Upstream

(Caribbean, Reggae, Calypso, Steel Drum)

–August 4 – 133 Band

–August 11 – Betamaxx

(1980s cover)

–August 18 – The Tina Turner Tribute featuring Debby Holiday

(Tribute)

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

For questions, contact Cultural Arts at 949.497.3311.

Open story in new window…


Artists Fund invites public to visit Art-To-Go at FOA tonight

–Tuesday, July 2, 6-7 p.m.

Attend “Art-To-Go at FOA Preview Reception” to view 100 originals donated by FOA exhibitors and vote for Art-To-Go People’s Choice!

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Artists Fund

“Necessary Vices” by John Straub, photography

July 2 – August 28

“Art-To-Go at Festival of Arts” View 100 originals donated by FOA exhibitors, new items added weekly. Proceeds support their Hardship Grant fund. Free with regular Festival admission.

Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Coming Up

June 15:  FOA Exhibitor Yearbook (digital) launches.

July 2, 5-9 p.m.: Art-To-Go opens at FOA Preview Night Invitational.

July 2-5: Vote for People’s Choice Art-To-Go piece at the displays.

July 6, 5:15 p.m.: Awards Presentation to winning Art-To-Go exhibitors.

To view them online, click here.

Open story in new window…


Laguna Playhouse announces single tickets go on sale today for 2024-2025 season

Laguna Playhouse has announced that single tickets will go on sale today (June 25) for their 2024-2025 season of shows. This sensational season begins with a special bonus production of the legendary musical,  Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot (now on sale); followed by an uproarious comedy, Don’t Dress for Dinner; next is one of Arthur Miller’s most powerful plays, A View from the Bridge; then spend some time with one of America’s greatest first ladies in the tour-de-force play, Eleanor; followed by everyone’s favorite detective in a new musical comedy whodunit, The Remarkable Mister Holmes; then the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterwork, August Wilson’s Fences; a world premiere mystery, Peril in the Alps, from Steven Dietz, the writer/director of the 2023 smash-hit Murder on the Links and the Playhouse will close the season with the heartfelt country music musical, Honky Tonk Angels.

Also, tickets are now on sale for everyone’s favorite “Sister” as the Playhouse celebrates her Easter and Christmas “Catechisms,” the return of the wildly popular “Comedy Nights at the Playhouse” and don’t forget their annual bonus holiday Panto with the world premiere of Rapunzel’s Holiday Wish: A Hair-Larious Tangled Tale (tickets on sale July 9). Celebrate an exceptional new season of shows at the Laguna Playhouse and purchase single tickets to these unique and unforgettable experiences beginning today by clicking here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of Laguna Playhouse

“Camelot” runs July 24-August 11

Special bonus production

Lerner & Loewe’s, Camelot

July 24 – August 11 (Press Opening July 28 at 5:30 p.m.)

Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe, original production directed and staged by Moss Hart, based on The Once and Future King by T.H.A White, new orchestrations by Steve Orich, directed by Jeffrey B. Moss.

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

Camelot is not included in 2024-2025 season subscription packages, but can be added by subscribers at a special discounted rate. This production is licensed by Music Theatre International.

Click on photo for a larger image

“Don’t Dress for Dinner” runs September 4-22

Don’t Dress for Dinner

September 4 – September 22 (Press Opening September 8 at 5:30 p.m.)

Written by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon and directed by Christopher Williams.

This wildly successful comedy was first produced at Laguna Playhouse in 1997 and is back by popular demand. This outrageous farce has all the right ingredients for a delicious and sexy night of laughter.

Click on photo for a larger image

“A View from The Bridge” runs October 30-November 17

A View from The Bridge

October 30 – November 17 (Press Opening November 3 at 5:30 p.m.)

Written by Arthur Miller and directed by David Ellenstein.

This stunning drama from one of America’s greatest playwrights is set in 1950s Brooklyn where Eddie Carbone wrestles with the complexities of family, assimilation and the American Dream.

Click on photo for a larger image

“Eleanor” runs January 15-February 2, 2025

Eleanor

January 15 – February 2, 2025 (Press Opening January 19, 2025 at 5:30 p.m.)

Written by Mark St. Germain and directed by David Ellenstein.

A tour-de-force solo performance by Kandis Chappell brings to life the dynamic and iconic First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Both strong and vulnerable, both public and private, Eleanor Roosevelt’s fascinating story will sweep you away.

Click on photo for a larger image

“The Remarkable Mr. Holmes” runs March 5-23, 2025

The Remarkable Mister Holmes

March 5 – March 23, 2025 (Press Opening March 9, 2025 at 5:30 p.m.)

Book by Omri Schein & David Ellenstein, lyrics by Omri Schein, music by Daniel Lincoln and directed by David Ellenstein.

Sherlock Holmes is back with an all-new madcap mystery to solve…and a new sidekick.

Click on photo for a larger image

“Fences” runs April 30-May 18, 2025

August Wilson’s Fences, Pulitzer-Prize winning play

April 30 – May 18, 2025 (Press Opening May 4, 2025 at 5:30 p.m.)

Directed by Yvette Freeman (Ain’t Misbehavin’).

Troy Maxson was a star of the Negro baseball leagues, but now it’s 1957 and he’s a garbage man in Pittsburgh. In one of August Wilson’s best and most well-known plays, we see one man struggle with disappointment and the effect it has on his marriage and relationship with his sons.

Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

Click open story button to continue reading…

Open story in new window…


Sawdust Festival kicks off first weekend with opening today

The Sawdust Festival launches into its first weekend with an opening today (Friday, June 28). Visitors can look forward to amazing art and artisan creations, music, classes and food, all in an idyllic canyon setting.

Where Art Meets Magic at the 58th Annual Sawdust Art Festival: Open daily: Friday, June 28 through Sunday, September 1

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

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

For tickets, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Sawdust

Glassblowing demonstration

Classes:

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

For a full listing of classes, click here.

Music:

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

For a full listing of music, click here.

Artists:

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Sawdust

Sawdust Saloon

Outdoor Dining

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

For a list of concessions, click here.

Special Events & Theme Days

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

–Woodstock Day: Saturday, July 6 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artist Note:

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

Courtesy of Joan Gladstone

“American Dream” by Joan Gladstone

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

Click open story button to continue reading…

Courtesy of Sawdust

Intro to Mosaic Art – July 13 and 20

Saturday, July 13 and 20

Introduction to Mosaic Art

A two-day workshop over two weekends

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

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

Saturday, July 20, 3 p.m.

Seascape Palette Knife Painting

Painting with a palette knife creates a sense of color vibrancy that is added to the artwork. The viewer is drawn into a visual array of color and texture.

At first it may seem different to learn painting with a palette knife but with little practice and artist-led instruction, students will be amazed at what can be achieved. Join artist Michelle Burt to learn one of the most rewarding techniques that produce absolutely eye-catching effects.

The fundamentals of values, color mixing, atmospheric perspective and composition will be discussed in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Each participant will leave with a completed painting ready to hang.

Cost: $110.

Open story in new window…


LBCAC adds concerts for July

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of LBCAC

Eric Henderson – June 30

Sunday, June 30, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25

Summer Concert Series, every other Sunday

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

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

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

For tickets, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Jason Feddy – July 6

Saturday, July 6, 8 p.m.

Jason Feddy

Step into the mesmerizing world of British-born musician Jason Feddy, a true virtuoso who has captivated audiences worldwide with his unparalleled talent. Hailing from the vibrant city of Leeds, UK, Feddy’s journey to musical stardom began in the gritty men’s clubs and lively pubs that have long been breeding grounds for British musical legends. With a career adorned with milestones such as sharing the stage with icons like Neil Young, Tears for Fears and Joe Cocker, Feddy’s melodic prowess has graced legendary venues like The London Palladium and The Albert Hall.

Boasting an impressive discography of six albums filled with original compositions, he is a musical nomad, enchanting crowds from California to the UK and beyond. Not content with just mainstream success, Feddy’s innovative spirit led him to create an entire album of songs inspired by the timeless works of William Shakespeare, a project that has garnered widespread critical acclaim.

Limited Seating. For tickets, click here.

First Thursdays Art Walk – July 11

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

First Thursdays Art Walk

Featuring the music of James Clay Garrison

Click on photo for a larger image

Lance Lopez Band – July 19

Friday, July 19, 8 p.m.

Lance Lopez Band Texas Blues Rock

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

The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center 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 their 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.

There’s no doubt about it, the state of Texas is well known worldwide for its fiery blues guitar players. Even just a cursory look will reveal the state’s rich tradition, which easily rivals Chicago and Mississippi for producing players who have been both originators and contributors to the legacy of the guitar’s significant role in the genre’s history. Dating back to the 1920s with “Blind” Lemon Jefferson, continuing through the 1950s with such legends as Freddie King, T-Bone Walker and Lightnin’ Hopkins, with the advent of the rock era of the 1960s the pressure cooker exploded.

For tickets, click here.

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

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

Check out the calendar at www.lbculturalartscenter.org.

Open story in new window…


LAM introduces Neighborhood Nights

Leave a Legacy

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

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

Click on photo for a larger image

Photos courtesy of LAM

Support the mission of LAM with a lobby tile

LAM introduces Art Museum Neighborhood Nights

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

Each part of the Laguna community has their own night.

Free nights (5-7 p.m.)

Thursday, July 18 – The Village

Thursday, Aug. 15 – South Laguna

Thursday, Sept. 12 – Top of the World

A Summer of Fun and Learning, begins in June

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

For classes, click here.

Click on photo for a larger image

Kids Camp runs through July 29

LAM Kids Summer Fridays

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

Drop ins are free with museum admission.

Click on photo for a larger image

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:

Click on photo for a larger image

“Skyward” by Eric Theodore

Reflections of Resilience through August 25

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

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

On the Edge through September 2

Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection

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

Saturday, June 29, 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Art Access: Private Tour of Petersen Automotive Museum

Laguna Art Museum invites you to join them in Los Angeles this June for a very special insider tour.

In partnership with Petersen Automotive Museum, LAM has the honor of touring the Petersen Museum’s private vault – gaining access to many of the museum’s most prized acquisitions and learning their distinctive stories. Some are so rare they are seldom seen, if ever, by the public. Guided by an expert docent, participants will experience these amazing cars up-close. A truly special experience, this collection represents 100 years of automotive advancements, inspired ingenuity, the opulent culture-changing, history-making and trendsetting.

After the private tour, attendees will gather for lunch at the Petersen Automotive Museum’s onsite eatery, Meyers Manx Café (lunch included in ticket price), before exploring the Petersen and viewing the recently acquired loan from Laguna Art Museum’s permanent collection on display.

Ticket price includes free parking and admission to the Petersen Automotive Museum, a private vault tour and a catered lunch at Meyers Manx Café. Attendees will meet at the museum. Parking is free for all LAM guests.

To make your reservation, click here or contact Carly Bornmann, development events coordinator, at cbornmann@lagunaartmuseum.org.

Click open story button to continue reading…

Open story in new window…


Artists Fund invites public to visit Art-To-Go FOA

–Tuesday, July 2, 2024 (hours TBA)

“Art-To-Go at FOA Preview Reception” to view 100 originals donated by FOA exhibitors and vote for Art-To-Go People’s Choice!

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of Artists Fund

“Necessary Vices” by John Straub, photography

July 2 – August 28

“Art-To-Go at Festival of Arts” View 100 originals donated by FOA exhibitors, new items added weekly. Proceeds support their Hardship Grant fund. Free with regular Festival admission.

Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Coming Up

June 15:  FOA Exhibitor Yearbook (digital) launches.

July 2, 5-9 p.m.: Art-To-Go opens at FOA Preview Night Invitational.

July 2-5: Vote for People’s Choice Art-To-Go piece at the displays.

July 6, 5:15 p.m.: Awards Presentation to winning Art-To-Go exhibitors.

To view them online, click here.

Open story in new window…

Send this to a friend