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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.

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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.


Jazz Wednesdays features acclaimed guitarist Will Brahm and vocalist Adryon de Leon on Feb 27

On Wednesday, Feb 27, acclaimed guitarist Will Brahm and the World Music All-Stars, featuring vocalist Adryon de Leon, will take the stage for another fantastic night of Jazz Wednesdays presented by Laguna Beach Live! at [seven-degrees]. 

Guitarist and composer Will Brahm tours extensively within the United States and has also toured to Asia, Canada, and Europe with his music. He also plays with the critically acclaimed New West Guitar Group and has worked with artists including The Gordon Goodwin Phat Band, Kim Richmond, Jimmy Branly, Otmaro Ruiz, Gretchen Parlato, Sara Gazarek, and Jane Monheit. His new album “Venture Atlas” is to be released in the spring of 2019. 

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Acclaimed guitarist Will Brahm 

Vocalist Adryon de Leon is currently a featured principal vocalist/performer for the Disney California Adventure Park. She is also involved in several different projects, including front woman for several small vocal jazz bands, Soul/R&B cover groups, and big bands – namely, Tim Gill & the Tim Gill All-Stars, who perform monthly at the Disneyland Resort.

Mrs. de León also collaborates, sings lead vocals, and recently performed background vocals for Macy Gray and George Clinton with the brilliant men of Upstart, an LA-based soul, funk, jazz, and R&B group. In 2013, Adryon joined the funk group Orgōne. The collective recently released their new record, Beyond the Sun, featuring original material co-penned by Mrs. de León. 

Jazz Wednesdays Leon

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Guest vocalist Adryon de Leon

Jazz Wednesdays concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m., with doors opening at 5. A full bar and buffet dinner menu are available for purchase starting at 5 p.m. 

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Seating is assigned. Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out. The last two concerts have been sold out so buying your tickets early is recommended. 

For more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.

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


Laguna Beach Live! presents exciting spring concert lineup to benefit kids

Laguna Beach Live! is pleased to present two unique and entertaining concerts coming this April and May. The concerts benefit the award-winning Live! Music & Kids program and will be held at [seven-degrees].

The program gives students the opportunity to connect to the joy and creativity of music, critical to their academic, social, and emotional growth. 

Laguna Beach Live! presents outreach programs, at no charge, to Laguna Boys & Girls Club and Laguna public schools. 

Laguna Beach guys

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M-PACT will take the stage on April 17

On April 17, M-PACT, hailed as “one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world” by the San Francisco Chronicle, will take the stage. Imagine the smooth soul of Sam Smith, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and groove of Bruno Mars, the sophisticated harmonies of Take 6, and the brass bite of the Michael Bublé Big Band…all created by the human voice alone.

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Blues is a Woman plays on May 15

On May 15, Blues is a Woman takes the stage. This ensemble of six talented musicians blurs the boundaries between concert and theater, using storytelling and music to bring to life the colorful history of the bold and singular women who wrote and popularized the blues. The voices of these women are vibrant, challenging, inspirational, and dynamic. 

Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m. A full bar and buffet menu is available for purchase starting at 5 p.m. when doors open for dinner and social hour. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP tickets are $100 and include preferred seating, Meet & Greet with artists, and a signed CD. 

Reservations can be made at www.lagunabeachlive.org or by phone calling (800) 595-4849. 

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


Jazz Wednesdays presented by Laguna Beach Live! features acclaimed guitarist Will Brahm on Feb 27

On Wednesday, Feb 27, acclaimed guitarist Will Brahm and the World Music All-Stars, featuring vocalist Adryon de Leon, will take the stage for another fantastic night of Jazz Wednesdays with Laguna Beach Live! at [seven-degrees]. 

Jazz Wednesdays Will

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Acclaimed guitarist Will Brahm 

Guitarist and composer Will Brahm tours extensively within the United States and has also toured to Asia, Canada, and Europe with his music. He also plays with the critically acclaimed New West Guitar Group and has worked with artists including The Gordon Goodwin Phat Band, Kim Richmond, Jimmy Branly, Otmaro Ruiz, Gretchen Parlato, Sara Gazarek, and Jane Monheit. His new album “Venture Atlas” is to be released in the spring of 2019. 

Jazz Wednesdays Leon

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Guest vocalist Adryon de Leon

Jazz Wednesdays concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m., with doors opening at 5. A full bar and buffet dinner menu are available for purchase starting at 5 p.m. 

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Seating is assigned. Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out. The last two concerts have been sold out so buying your tickets early is recommended. 

For more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.orgor call (949) 715-9713.

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


Laguna Beach Live! announces entertaining spring concert lineup to benefit kids

Laguna Beach Live! is pleased to present two unique and entertaining concerts coming this April and May to [seven-degrees]. The concerts benefit the award-winning Live! Music & Kids program. 

The program gives students the opportunity to connect to the joy and creativity of music, critical to their academic, social, and emotional growth. 

Laguna Beach Live! presents outreach programs, at no charge, to Laguna Boys & Girls Club and Laguna public schools. 

Laguna Beach guys

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M-PACT will take the stage on April 17

On April 17, M-PACT, hailed as “one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world” by the San Francisco Chronicle, will take the stage. Imagine the smooth soul of Sam Smith, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and groove of Bruno Mars, the sophisticated harmonies of Take 6, and the brass bite of the Michael Bublé Big Band…all created by the human voice alone.

Laguna Beach girls

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Blues is a Woman plays on May 15

On May 15, Blues is a Woman takes the stage. This ensemble of six talented musicians blurs the boundaries between concert and theater, using storytelling and music to bring to life the colorful history of the bold and singular women who wrote and popularized the blues. The voices of these women are vibrant, challenging, inspirational, and dynamic. 

Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m. A full bar and buffet menu is available for purchase starting at 5 p.m. when doors open for dinner and social hour. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP tickets are $100 and include preferred seating, Meet & Greet with artists, and a signed CD. 

Reservations can be made at www.lagunabeachlive.org or by phone calling (800) 595-4849. 

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


LAM Film Night to feature In a Lonely Place Feb 21

Laguna Art Museum will present “In a Lonely Place” on Thursday, Feb 21 at 6 p.m. as part of its Film Night series. Curator Janet Blake will introduce the classic film noir starring Humphrey Bogart.

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Don’t be lonely, grab a date and enjoy “In a Lonely Place” at LAM

According to a synopsis by Rod Crawford for IMBD, “Screenwriter Dixon Steele, faced with the odious task of scripting a trashy bestseller, has hat-check girl Mildred Atkinson tell him the story in her own words. Later that night, Mildred is murdered and Steele is a prime suspect; his record of belligerence when angry and his macabre sense of humor tell against him. Fortunately, lovely neighbor Laurel Gray gives him an alibi. Laurel proves to be just what Steele needed, and their friendship ripens into love. Will suspicion, doubt, and Steele’s inner demons come between them?”

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr. For more information and tickets, call (949) 494-8971 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


LOCA presents Couples who Create Art Club on Feb 21

On Thursday, Feb 21 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., LOCA presents a Couples who Create Art Club at the LCAD Gallery. Anne and Hyatt Moore will share insights on what it’s like to be married and working artists.

LOCA presents Anne Moore

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Local artist Anne Moore 

Anne is a successful printmaker and Hyatt is a well-respected oil painter. The Moores will discuss how they balance schedules, their influences, and how each maintains an independent view through their work.

LOCA presents Hyatt Moore

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Local artist Hyatt Moore 

Wine and snacks will be provided. The event is free to members and $20 for guests. 

To register, visit www.locaarts.org or call (949) 363-4700.

LCAD Gallery is located at 374 Ocean Ave.


Laguna Beach Arts Alliance is accepting applications for [seven-degrees] of inspiration grant

The Laguna Beach Arts Alliance (LBAA) is now accepting applications for the $5,000 [seven-degrees] of inspiration grant. Artistic disciplines can include dance, literature, music, theatre, media arts, visual arts or any combination of these. The submission deadline is March 1.

The goal of the [seven-degrees] of inspiration grant is to provide support for an emerging or established artist to develop and present an innovative arts project or program that advances recognition of Laguna Beach as a vibrant arts community. It also enables the artist to expand and diversify his/her audience and provides an opportunity for advanced learning and progression. The grant is open to all artists residing in Southern California and is funded by [seven-degrees], an integral local event venue.

Laguna Beach Arts Alliance

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Artist Russell Pierce receives the 2016 [seven-degrees] of inspiration award

“[seven-degrees] continues to demonstrate a commitment to artistic forward thinking and invention through the funding of this grant. It has inspired many innovative projects that might have never come to fruition without their generous support,” said LBAA Chair Rosemary Swimm. “LBAA is once again proud to partner with them.” 

The winner will be announced on Sunday, April 7, during LBAA’s annual Art Star Awards, an award ceremony honoring the best and brightest of Laguna’s diverse artistic community. The winner of the $5,000 grant will have 11 months to complete his/her project, and the body of work will premiere at the 2020 Art Star Awards.

To apply, visit www.lagunabeacharts.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Gallery Q’s “New Beginnings” exhibit attracts Festival of Arts artists

Gallery Q’s new exhibit, “New Beginnings,” is one to check out, attracting talented local artists including LCAD President Jonathan Burke and Festival of Arts artists. The exhibit will be on display through February 22, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in The Susi Q Community and Senior Center. Many of the art pieces in the show will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors.

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Art on exhibit at Gallery Q’s current show: “Single Story” by LCAD President Jonathan Burke

Gallery Q’s “New Beginnings” show theme goes well with Laguna Beach Seniors celebrating its 10th anniversary of The Susi Q Community and Senior Center. 

Ten years ago, on February 1, 2009, when Laguna Beach Seniors (LBS) first opened its doors to The Susi Q’s Third Street location, the Board of Directors had made a deliberate choice to use the walls of The Susi Q to celebrate the creativity that is a hallmark of our town. With support from Art Director Carole Zavala, Gallery Q was born. 

The goal was to provide talented amateur artists of all ages an opportunity to showcase their work and expand the capacity for the public display of nonprofessional art in a town where the arts are central to our quality of life and sense of community.

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Photography by Rob Gage, on display at Gallery Q’s new exhibit at The Susi Q Center

Now, 10 years old, Gallery Q is under the leadership of Bill Atkins and he has added a new and unique component to the vital “mix” that sustains the arts in Laguna. Atkins plays a key role in attracting new, local talent from the Festival of Arts and Sawdust Festival. Nourished by a grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation, Gallery Q continues to support the emerging, semi-professional and professional artists in Laguna Beach.

For more information, visit www.thesusiq.org/gallery-q

Susi Q Community and Senior Center is located at 380 Third St.


LAM’s exhibit from artist Helena Modjneska’s Fairy Tale Book opens March 3

Laguna Art Museum presents “Titi, Nunu, and Klembolo: Helena Modjeska’s Fairy Tale Book” in a very special exhibit March 3 to May 27.

 The great Polish actress Helena Modjeska (1840–1909), best known for her performances in the plays of Shakespeare, was a star of the American stage in the 1880s and ‘90s. In 1888, she and her husband built a country home, Arden, in what is now Modjeska Canyon in Orange County. Among her many other talents, Modjeska was a gifted storyteller and artist. During breaks in her acting schedule she spent time at Arden writing and illustrating a fairy tale for her grandson, Felix Modjeski, presenting the 147-page bound manuscript to him as a Christmas gift in 1896. 

With handwritten parallel texts in English and Polish, and ink-and-watercolor illustrations that show Modjeska’s flair for both fantasy and natural observation, the book tells the story of a pair of brothers, Titi and Nunu, who live on Mars. They run away from home, accompanied by their six-legged blue dog, Klembolo, but after some scary adventures return to their family and friends for Christmas.

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Be mesmerized by Helena Modjeska’s Fairy Tale Book, opening March 3 at LAM

The original manuscript of Modjeska’s fairy tale was recently acquired by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Libraries as a generous gift from the Museum of the City of New York. It was in need of conservation, and the UCI Special Collections and Archives department called upon the UCLA Library Conservation Center to undertake an extensive treatment, also digitizing the manuscript to provide future online access for students, researchers, and the public. The exhibition will take place immediately after the conservation treatment and before the separate sheets of the manuscript are re-bound, allowing Modjeska’s amazing flight of the imagination to be displayed as never before.

Laguna Art Museum is grateful to UCI Libraries for graciously agreeing to lend the Modjeska manuscript and for various kindnesses during the planning of the exhibition. Major support for the exhibition was generously provided by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative, UCI Special Collections and Archives, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles.

For more information, call (949) 494-8971 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org. Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

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