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International artist and filmmaker Suzi Chauvel creates study abroad scholarship for LCAD

One of Suzi Chauvel’s defining life moments was the fellowship she received in her junior year to study design in Copenhagen. Now an accomplished international artist and filmmaker, she is granting the same opportunity to students at Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) through the Chauvel Study Abroad Scholarship.

The first recipient, Kirra Nash, is an LCAD senior majoring in Graphic Design + Digital Media. While abroad, Kirra is studying Italian fashion design and cinema at Student Arts College International (SACI) in Florence, Italy.

“I couldn’t be happier with my lineup. I was worried I wouldn’t be doing much design during my time here, but I’m the only graphic designer in class, so pretty much all that work in our projects is passing through me,” Nash said in her first dispatch from Italy.

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Kirra Nash, LCAD senior studies abroad 

Since Kirra arrived in Italy, she also has traveled to Rome and Pietrasanta, as well as Hungary, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. 

Kirra and Suzi regularly stay in touch through What’sApp and Instagram. For Suzi, it is a full circle moment. “I was the first in my family to study abroad,” she remembered. “At the time, I thought to myself that when I could pay it forward, I would want others to have the same experience because it changed everything for me.”

Chauvel’s pivot point put her on the path to combine art and fashion. As a textile artist for ten years, Suzi spent half of each year traveling Asia and India. When she transitioned to fashion design, she worked with design teams in 46 different countries. For the last nine years, Suzi has traveled the world writing and filming documentaries for an international client base including Disney, Levi Strauss, Nike, Pepsi, and Sony.

When Chauvel and her husband moved to Laguna Beach, they were first introduced to LCAD through a Collector’s Choice event. After meeting with LCAD President Jonathan Burke and LCAD Provost Hélène Garrison, she saw an opportunity to give students the chance to see the world. A hands-on philanthropist, Suzi sat on the scholarship selection committee and met with every applicant.

“Kirra has that personality that makes her perfect for a study abroad program,” she said. “Travel gets us out of our comfort zones and for artists that always leads to great inspiration.”

“We feel it is so important to make our students’ experiences as complete and meaningful as possible,” said Jonathan Burke. “We are very grateful to Suzi for her generous gift that allows sophomore and junior students the opportunity to travel abroad and to ignite their passions to become creative leaders.”

Visit www.lcad.edu/dové-kirra to follow Kirra’s journey while she studies abroad! 

This annual scholarship is available to one LCAD student per year. If you would like to support LCAD students, visit www.lcad.edu.


LBHS Drama and Park Avenue Players present Little Shop of Horrors in concert

On Friday, May 24 at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 at 2:30 p.m., LBHS Drama and Park Avenue Players present Little Shop of Horrors in concert. A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatregoers for over 30 years. 

Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

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Feed the need for musical hilarity with this delicious sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant

The meek floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, stumbles across a new breed of plant, which he names “Audrey II” – after his co-worker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it blood. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination. 

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors, the charmingly tongue in cheek comedy, has been produced worldwide to incredible success.

This LBHS Drama presentation is performed in concert style with live on-stage musicians at Thurston Middle School’s Black Box Theater.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults.

To purchase tickets, visit www.lbhs.booktix.com

Thurston Middle School’s Black Box Theater is located at 2100 Park Ave.


Rock on down to Avenue Q as quickly as you can, only six performances left at No Square Theatre

Story and photos by DIANNE RUSSELL

This is not Electric Avenue, Electric Company, or Sesame Street. And just because they look like Muppets, the Avenue Q creatures are not your average kid-rated puppets, not by a long shot. These lovable mouthpieces watch porn on the internet, couple on bar tables, and might be just a little racist. Adorable, but raunchy, like Amy Schumer. 

What comes out of their mouths is unexpected, poignant, and timely – and made for a rollicking good time for the opening night audience, who showed their appreciation with a standing ovation. 

Bree Burgess Rosen, founding artistic director of No Square, introduced the play, which is based on the original concept. Created by Book of Mormon’s Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, this infamously dirty puppet-musical won Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score at the 2004 Tony Awards. Because of the audience’s close proximity to the cast, No Square Theatre is the perfect venue for this production. 

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Kate the Monster (Ella) 

After six years on Broadway, the show moved Off Broadway to New York’s New World Stages, where it has played since October 2009, spawning two national tours and a ton of international productions. 

How these No Square puppeteers sing, act, and manipulate the puppets – all at the same time – is an incredible feat. This endeavor is masterfully intertwined, often blurring the lines between the live and inanimate actors. It’s all so believable that it’s easy to forget where the human ends and the puppet begins. And it’s not often that puppets can elicit such a spectrum of emotions. 

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Princeton (Eric)

During the performance, the audience gets to meet an array of characters like Princeton, a bright-eyed graduate who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. With a strong singing voice and stage presence, Eric Anderson brings Princeton to life as he tries to “find his purpose.” No Square attendees will remember Eric from My Ridiculous Valentine.

The puppets include Kate Monster, Princeton, Lucy the Slut, Nicky, Rod, Trekkie Monster, Mrs. Thistletwat, and the Bad Idea Bears.

Ella Wyatt as Kate Monster, a darling kindergarten teacher, possesses a beautiful vulnerability. Ella is also Lucy the Slut – the opposite of Kate in every way. Nicky (Jonathan Haidl) is a kind-hearted slacker, and he has a closeted gay roommate called Rod (Eric). 

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The internet porn watching Trekkie Monster (Jonathan Haidl) 

Mrs. Thistletwat is played by Sarah Loya who also is one of the Bad Idea Bears.

Filling out the puppet cast is an internet “sexpert” called Trekkie Monster and two Bad Idea Bears, who often present Princeton with some very bad ideas. Puppets shouldn’t drink!

McKay Mangum brings his puppeteer expertise to the show as Puppet Master. Rylee Bullington and Lila Goldstein serve multiple roles as puppeteers and dressers.

The human cast of characters also includes Brian, played by Richard Wayne Kilgo II, an out-of-work comedian who is engaged to a therapist called Christmas Eve, played by Gloria Henderson. Eileen Goodwin does a formidable job as Gary Coleman.

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Talented cast: (L-R) Brian played by Richard Wayne Kilgo II, Gloria Henderson as Christmas Eve, Kate Monster, Ella Wyatt, Lucy the Slut, Princeton, Eric Anderson, Rod, Bad Idea Bears with Sarah Loya, Nicky, Jonathan Haidl, Trekkie Monster, Eileen Goodwin as Gary Coleman, and Lila Goldstein, puppeteer

A couple of the obvious audience pleasing songs are “If You were Gay,” “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” “The Internet is for Porn.” On the poignant side, Ella superbly sings “There’s a Fine, Fine Line.”

The band, comprised of Music Director/Pianist/Conductor Roxanna Ward, Carlos Rivera, Lou Savage on Bass, Mark Sproull on Guitar, David Page on Drums, and Chris Carbjal – Woodwinds, provided adept accompaniment.

Off stage, many others contributed to this wonderful evening of entertainment: Director Joe Lauderdale, Stage Manager/Scenic Artist Marley Oyen, Sound Artist Danny Rios, Set Designer Tim Mueller, and Lighting Designer Benedict Conran, with costumes by Brigitte Harper, Bree, and Company.

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Lucy the Slut and Princeton with Christmas Eve in the background

Don’t waste time, rush to Ave Q. It’s described as “The Tony-Award winning musical that’s part flesh, part felt & packed with heart.” The puppets – and their humans – will capture your heart in more ways than one. There’s still time to catch the show on Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m.

For tickets, go to www.nosquare.org.

No Square Theatre is located at 384 Legion St.


Laguna Art Museum announces exhibition of prints by
John Baldessari

On June 16, Laguna Art Museum will open the exhibition I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art: Prints by John Baldessari from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. Featuring over seventy works made between 1971 and 2017, the exhibition will survey Baldessari’s dynamic use of the medium across the span of his career.

John Baldessari (born 1931) is among the most revered and influential figures in contemporary California art. His most familiar works are compositions in which he combines and alters photographic images to disruptive, thought-provoking, and often comic effect. Some of the photographs are his own; most are appropriated images such as movie stills. 

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John Baldessari, I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art, edition 44/150, 1971, Lithograph, 22 7/16 x 30 1/16 inches

Having abandoned painting to work in media more suited to the conceptual direction in which his art was moving, Baldessari made his first venture in printmaking in 1971 with the now-famous lithograph I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art. Since that time he has embraced prints as a means of making his playful art available at relatively low cost to a wide audience, experimenting with various techniques and collaborating with print studios and publishers around the world. 

“John Baldessari is one of the most important artists in the world today,” comments Jordan D. Schnitzer. “His works are in every national and international museum. Baldessari likes to take common images and manipulate them; with circles of color, putting people upside down, whatever it takes to intrigue and confuse us. In so doing, he makes us stop and look at his art and say, ‘What is going on here?’ It is that moment he has got us thinking about whatever comes into our mind and, maybe in that moment, we will better understand our issues and the issues of our time.“ 

The museum is grateful to Mr. Schnitzer for his generosity and willingness to share his remarkable print collections with the public. I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art: Prints by John Baldessari from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation is curated by Elizabeth Rooklidge and will be on view through September 22, 2019.

At age 14, Jordan D. Schnitzer bought his first work of art from his mother’s Portland, Oregon contemporary art gallery, evolving into a lifelong avocation as collector. He began collecting contemporary prints and multiples in earnest in 1988. 

Today, the collection exceeds 13,000 works and includes many of today’s most important contemporary artists. It has grown to be one of the country’s largest private print collections. He generously lends work from his collection to qualified institutions. The Foundation has organized over 110 exhibitions and has had art exhibited at over 150 museums.

For more information about the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, visit www.jordanschnitzer.org.

For more information on LAM, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.

The Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Laguna Playhouse presents comic show Harvey as final show of the season

Laguna Playhouse is delighted to present French Stewart and Vanessa Claire Stewart starring in the wonderfully comic Harvey, written by Mary Chase and directed by Andrew Barnicle. Previews start on May 26 and the show will open Sunday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m., and continue through June 16. 

Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard comment, “We could not think of a better play to end our 98th season with than Harvey, starring French and Vanessa Claire Stewart under the inspired direction of Andrew Barnicle. French Stewart will be the perfect Elwood, a role he has always wanted to play. Our subscribers and audiences are going to go crazy with laughter and believe in very tall rabbits once more!” 

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Laguna Playhouse presents final show of the season, “Harvey”

It’s a spring afternoon at the Dowd family home when Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot tall rabbit, to guests at his sister Veta’s society luncheon. Horrified that the embarrassing family secret is now exposed, Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium, but a mistake is made when Veta is committed rather than Elwood. 

French Stewart (3rd Rock from the Sun, Mom) and real-life wife Vanessa Claire Stewart (Laguna Playhouse’s “Keely” in Louis and Keely: Live at the Sahara) star in Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy that has everyone questioning what exactly is real, and who is really crazy? 

Performances will be Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. There will be added performances on Thursday, May 30 at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m., and Thursday, June 13 at 2 p.m. 

Tickets range from $60 - $85 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 Monday - Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open until showtime on all performance days).

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

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Dr.


Newest public art installation “Changing Station” inspires viewers to “Be a hero any way you can”

Story by DIANNE RUSSELL

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

On one side of the Forest Avenue art installation “Changing Station” by local Artist Robert Holton is a list of inspirational quotes, one being, “There is a Superhero in all of us, we need the courage to put on the cape.”

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Artist Robert Holton 

Holton says, “I pitched this idea to the Arts Commission because of the connection of the phone booth and Superman, that’s where he changed and emerged as a superhero. I applied to the Arts Commission two years ago, and I came in third out of 20. So this year, I pitched it again. The sayings on the side are positive affirmations. There is so much insecurity and drama in town, this is an inspiration that each of us can be a hero in the smallest of ways.”

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Inspirational quotes

Holton has owned his sign business, One Day Signs, Inc. for over 20 years. He has exhibited for five years at the Sawdust Festival – Drizzle Art by Robert Holton depicts pop culture icons that are digitally printed onto stretched canvas, then hand-painted using Robert’s “drizzle” technique. The final paintings are bright, colorful, fun, and often very meaningful to viewers who find their own unique links to the friendly imagery.

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Robert with his dog dressed as a superhero, Heidi Miller, and Robert’s wife Marita

Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Manager Siân Poeschl says, “It is important to have a diversity in the temporary art installation experience, both in content and duration and the combination of national and local artists. It is this diversity and opportunity that brings an energy and uniqueness to the experience of public art, and just for a fleeting moment you get to enjoy it, before it is gone. Robert Holton’s proposal was one of 25 submitted designs and I am excited for him to have had this opportunity to participate in his own community.”

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Mayor Bob Whalen and Robert Holton 

In attendance for the dedication of the installation, Lorraine, who is visiting from London where phone booths are a staple, says, “The use of British phone booths with the comic superheroes is amazing, a good juxtaposition.”

Super Eddy, owner of Melrose Place just up from the phone booth, said the installation is “powerfully endowed.”

With a crowd of enthusiastic onlookers in attendance, Arts Commission Chair Michael Ervin dedicated the booth to the beauty of superheroes.

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Heidi Miller, a true Wonder Woman 

Dressed as Wonder Woman, Heidi Miller, owner of Tight Assets, said, “I think it’s all about superheroes, but all of us are heroes in our own way. We forget that sometimes. This installation reminds us that we are.” Spoken as a true hero who donated one of her kidneys last year to save a life. 

In congratulating Holton on this vision of the phone booth, Mayor Bob Whalen said, “This is the first local artist selected. Holton sells at Sawdust. It’s great to have a local artist represented. Including this one, there are 18-20 temporary installations. The Arts Commission is on a roll.”

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Reception courtesy of Ashley Johnson of Visit Laguna Beach

In response to being honored, Holton said, “Thanks to the City and Arts Commission for choosing me. I moved here years ago, and when I would drive by the booth, I pictured Superman changing and then flying out. Although I’ve come from the sign making background, I’ve never made a fist like this before. It represents superheroes flying out of roof. It’s especially important in this time of negativity. We all need to be kinder or be a hero, even in a small way. My wife Marita says, ‘be a hero in any way you can.’”

So, hopefully, when passing the phone booth, we will all be inspired to “put on the cape” and be a hero in some modest way.

Courtesy of President & CEO of Visit Laguna Beach Ashley Johnson, following the dedication, a reception was held in the Visitors Center.


Laguna Beach Live! presents Bluegrass & BBQ featuring The Miskey Mountain Boys on June 8

Tickets are on sale now for Bluegrass & BBQ presented by Laguna Beach Live! on June 8 at LCAD. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the BBQ and social hour and the concert is from 5 - 7 p.m. 

The Miskey Mountain Boys is a powerhouse act that combines virtuosic musicianship with heartwarming comedy to create an unforgettable evening for their guests. 

Featuring their signature sound, “Classgrazz,” they infuse traditional bluegrass with jazz, swing, and classical music by incorporating such innovative elements as bluegrass cello, duo style mandolin, high-energy slap bass, stellar flat picking, and soaring vocals.

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The Miskey Mountain Boys will perform for an unforgettable and fun Bluegrass & BBQ event on June 8

The cost for concert-only tickets is $20 in advance for adults, $25 at door; and $10 in advance for children 12 and under, $13 at the door.

VIP tickets are available in advance only for $100, and include reserved table seating, the concert, and your choice of BBQ served at your table. 

General admission includes seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Chairs are provided. Barbecue and beverages will be sold separately. No outside food or beverages will be permitted.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.

LCAD is located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Laguna Dance Festival hosts 2019 Spring Soirée and Fundraiser on May 17

This year, Laguna Dance Festival commemorates its 15th anniversary in Laguna Beach, and to celebrate the occasion will host a 2019 Spring Soirée and Fundraiser at [seven-degrees] on Friday, May 17. The event begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. on the rooftop and includes complimentary whiskey tasting. Dinner is at 7 p.m. There will be entertainment, an auction, an opportunity drawing, and dancing to follow. Attire is black and white cocktail.

The evening will feature ballroom champions and TV stars from So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars, Oksana and Jonathan Platero. It will include dancers and choreographers from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance as well as  performances by Laguna Beach High School, Mater Dei, St. Margaret’s, OCHA, Corona Dance Academy, and many other students from across Orange County. 

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Oksana and Jonathan Platero from “Dancing with the Stars”

Additionally, there will be special performances by the 2018 Festival scholarship recipients Sophia Frilot, Jacob Kurihara, and Jessalyn Ward.

The Laguna Dance Festival uniquely offers sensational world-class dance on a theatre stage, art galleries, and site-specific outdoor venues. Audiences experience top-quality performances from international and national touring companies, get that up-close feeling during the performances, and have an opportunity to meet the dancers themselves.

The Laguna Dance Festival transforms the distant world of stage dance into the proximity of a living room setting because of its capacity to bring the best dancers in today’s world onto the varied and unique stage venues of Laguna Beach.

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LDF offers world-class dance in unique venues

Attracting both dancers and dance lovers to this idyllic resort setting, Laguna Dance Festival is dedicated to audience awareness and appreciation through major annual performances, as well as education and small group opportunities, as well as through major annual performances.

Since its inception, Laguna Dance Festival has presented companies such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Parsons Dance Company, Hubbard Street 2, Trey McIntyre Project, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, BalletX, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, MALPASO, and Ballet BC, among others. Additionally, it has showcased the world’s most exciting talents from the Broadway stage, TV, and big screen, including principal dancers from The Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and The San Francisco Ballet.

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Students from OC high schools will perform at 2019 Spring Soirée

2019 Spring Soirée sponsors include: $25,000 – Lead Festival Company Title Sponsor, William J. Gillespie; $5,000 – Dance Duet Sponsor, Deborah and Cody Engle; $2,500 – Soloist Sponsor, Chris Quilter, Laura Tarbox; $1,000 – Educational/Scholarship/Master Class Sponsor, Jill and Steve Edwards, Duane Vaigrt MD and Jeffrey Benedick, Mary and Michael Dawe, Joy Dittberner and Tom Peters, MK Gustinella, Jan and Ken Kaplan, MacGillivray Family Foundation, Lauren and Richard Packard, Deborah and Robert Schlesinger, Cindy and Bill Shopoff, and Keiko Sakamoto and Bill Witte.

Wine for the event has been generously donated by Louise & Wayne Wright.

Funds raised will allow LDF to bring Parsons Dance, Ballet West, and RUBBERBANDance Company to the 2019 Festival hosted by Irvine Barclay Theater.

Individual tickets are $300 with tables of 10 for $3,000

To purchase tickets, go to www.lagunadancefestival.org.

[seven-degrees] is located at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s “Waterworks” exhibition opens on Saturday

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) is proud to present “Waterworks,” a unique exhibition dedicated to watercolors, in collaboration with the Joe Hanks Van Cleave Foundation for the Arts. The exhibition opens on Saturday, May 11 and runs through May 20. 

The public is invited to join the celebration at the Opening Reception with the artists on Saturday, May 11, from 5 - 7 p.m. (awards to be announced at 6 p.m.) at LPAPA in Residence located at Forest & Ocean Gallery. This is a free event – all art lovers are welcome. 

“Waterworks” is a special juried exhibition of original works of art in watercolors created by members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Close to 100 entries were received for this prestigious show with jurors Cindy Baron (Signature Artist Member of LPAPA), Celeste Gilles (LPAPA Board Member), and Ludo Leideritz (LPAPA Board Member & Forest & Ocean Gallery owner) choosing 38 original framed paintings for the show’s coveted spots. 

An expanded online gallery show is available through www.dailybrushwork.com.   

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Tanabe Keiko, “Morning Surf, Laguna Beach”

In addition to the artwork, a selection of historical paintings by Joe Hanks Van Cleave from the family’s private collection will be exhibited. Joe Hanks Van Cleave painted in all media, and she was a member of the original Laguna Beach Art Association. 

The Foundation was founded in 2014 in memory of artist Joe Hanks Van Cleave and supports both individual and collaborations with established charitable organizations in the education and artist expression of Plein Air Watercolor artwork in its infinite forms. “Joe’s work tells the story of her family life, travels, her local community, and the architecture and landscapes of California and the southwest.”

LPAPA was founded in 1996 with a mission to preserve Laguna Beach’s rich artistic legacy founded by early plein air artists and promote the tradition of plein air painting in our community, across the nation, and around the world. 

LPAPA is one of the best recognized and most respected plein air art associations in the world with a growing roster of more than 600 local, national, and international artist members. In addition to providing opportunities for established and emerging artists to show their work, LPAPA has a strong commitment to education utilizing the organization’s Plein Air Project to benefit young and emerging artists and the greater community.

LPAPA in Residence is located at Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave. 

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (closed on Mondays).

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call (949) 376-3635, or visit www.lpapa.org.


Local actor Luzma Ortiz gets rave reviews for her role as Tracy Turnblad in HAIRSPRAY

Local actor, Laguna’s Luzma Ortiz, is currently starring in a production of HAIRSPRAY at the Norris Theatre, Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center, through May 12 – and she is getting rave reviews.

local actor luzma“Outstanding performers of note in this Broadway-quality production, staged on a multi-level set designed by Matt Scarpino, Go Button Productions, begin with Luzma Ortiz as the always energetic and positive Tracy Turnblad. This musical could never succeed without a strong presence in this role, and Ortiz fits the bill to a tee, her never-ending energy a wonder to behold,” raves Shari Barrett of Broadway World.

The petite but dynamic actor – she’s less than five feet tall – has also starred in many shows, including playing Eva Peron in Evita as well as Emma Goldman in Ragtime and Dora in Dora the Explorer productions.

The Broadway World review continues, “Even if you have seen many productions of the totally entertaining Broadway musical-comedy HAIRSPRAY, do not miss the larger-than-life production, with its infectious music, show-stopping dance numbers and uplifting story…With a talented cast of 28 local triple-threat performers, directed to perfection by Kari Hayter with some of the most demanding and athletic constant choreography by Christopher M. Albrecht, producer Chris Gilbert is to congratulated for bringing one of the best total packages to the stage.”

Tickets are still available for this weekend’s performances. Visit www.palosverdesperformingarts.com for more information.

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