Laguna Beach Arts Alliance announces nominees for 13th Annual Art Star Awards

Laguna Beach Arts Alliance (LBAA) has announced the nominees for the 13th Annual Art Star Awards to be held on Sunday, April 7 at 6 p.m., generously sponsored by [seven-degrees].

At this red carpet event, the winners will be announced and presented with one-of-a-kind Art Star award sculptures, created by Louis Longi. These organizations, businesses, and individuals contributed to and shaped the arts and culture in Laguna Beach in 2018.

Art Star Awards Longi

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Winners at the Art Star Awards receive coveted sculpture trophies created by local sculptor Louis Longi

LBAA’s Chairperson, Rosemary Swimm, said, “The Laguna Beach Arts Community continues to be blessed with an abundance of programs and supporters of the arts, each and every one of them deserving of special recognition for all that they bring to our community and all that they do.” 

Nominations for LBAA’s 2019 Art Star Awards were overflowing with impressive programs and contributors to the arts making the award selection committee’s job almost an impossible one. Members of LBAA worked diligently to choose winners from the impressive list of nominees. 

LBAA will be introducing a new category to Art Star Awards this year – Volunteer of the Year.

“We may only be awarding one Volunteer of the Year award, but our heartfelt thanks go out to each and every one of our community’s volunteers and supporters of the arts,” said Swimm. 

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

The Art Stars categories and nominees are: 

Best Arts Program: Laguna Art Museum 100th Anniversary Celebration, Laguna Beach Live! 2018 Music Programming, and Laguna Playhouse 2018 Year-round Season.

Individual Arts Patron: William J. Gillespie, Riggie Horvath, and Carla and Jeff Meberg.

Corporate Arts Patron: Laguna Creative Ventures, Moulton Company/Jared Mathis, and National Charities League.

Outstanding Arts Collaboration: Festival of Arts Junior Art Exhibit, Festival of Mosaics – LOCA Arts Education, and Pageant of the Monsters – Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters.

Art Stars Mike Tauber

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“Festival of Mosaics Committee” – (L-R) Pastor Rodrick Echols, Kristen Purll, Greg Rayes, Mike Tauber, and Susan Brown. Tauber is up for LBAA’s Art Star Arts Leadership Award.

Arts Leadership: Toni Kellenberg (Laguna Plein Air Painters Association), Marinta Skupin (Laguna Art Museum), and Mike Tauber (Festival of Mosaics).

Artist of the Year: Jason Feddy, April Raber, and Brittany Ryan.

Volunteer of the Year: M. Charlie Ferrazzi, Lindy Narver, and Sande St. John.

The 2019 Art Stars Award winners will be announced during the event. To purchase tickets to attend the 13th Annual Art Star Awards, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tickets are $100 each and include dinner as well as all the festivities at [seven-degrees] at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.