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BC Cultural Arts Center hosts fundraiser to preserve vision of historic BC Space on June 22

Rick Conkey, who is undertaking the transformation of BC Space into BC Cultural Arts Center, maintains that venues such as BC Space are irreplaceable because they present valuable performing and visual arts for the public. To this end, there will be an event to raise funds to bring this vision to fruition.

On Saturday, June 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Moss Point, the festive fundraiser will feature an open bar, silent auction, and live music from Jason Feddy. Admission is $50.

Participants can be a part of launching Laguna’s first Cultural Arts Center on historic Forest Avenue and maintaining Mark Chamberlain’s legacy. Sadly, Mark, co-founder, owner, and curator of BC Space Gallery, passed away from cancer last year.

BC Space Chamberlain

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Mark Chamberlain leaves long legacy

This art-filled fundraising event will bring like-minded art loving people together to ensure a bright future of Laguna’s first Cultural Arts Center. The funds raised will help us harness the power of the arts for the benefit of the community.

As more than an art gallery, and more than a music venue, BC Cultural Arts Center’s 2,400 square feet will also present the history of Laguna Beach’s visual and performing arts, while introducing new artists. 

“Mark had a vision for BC Space. In order to preserve this historic Laguna Beach venue for the future, the building’s owner will generously invest $80,000 to protect the historical aspects of the space, while making the improvements to meet the cultural, visual, and performing arts needs of Laguna Beach. This fundraiser will help finance the final improvements necessary to make this BC Cultural Arts Center a reality,” says Conkey.

BC Space Feddy

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Jason Feddy will be featured at the fundraiser

According to Conkey, BC Cultural Arts Center will provide an opportunity for our residents and visitors to understand the town’s rich art culture and history. It will also serve as an epicenter and engine for music, pre-screenings for films, classes, dance, poetry readings, artists’ talks and more. 

The BC Space remodel will amplify visitors’ sensory experiences by presenting artists of all kinds in a setting that ascends to the quality of their talents.

 “Mark Chamberlain would call you an ‘Artivist’ if you loved Laguna and love making a difference,” says Conkey.

As a community, the goal is to get together and ensure top-notch programming and experiences for residents and visitors.

Event planners are still looking for silent auction items.

BC Space Gardiner

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Local Poet John Gardiner often read at BC Space

For those who want to help but can’t attend the fundraiser, it is still possible to become an “Artivist” by joining this GoFundMe effort and making Mark’s vision a reality. 

To make an impact, go to the GoFundMe page here.

--The Fan - $50 Contribution

--The Local - $100 Contribution

--The Artivist - $200 Contribution 

--Performer’s Patron - $500 Contribution 

--Buy A Brick (engraved name displayed in venue) - $1,000 Contribution 

--Arts Underwriter (branding tastefully displayed in venue) - $5,000 Contribution

Moss Point is located at the end of Moss St at PCH.

BC Cultural Arts Center is located at 235 Forest Ave. 

For more information or to RSVP, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 573-8624.


Rock sculptures 

Rock Sculptures Monument

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Craggy rock formations at Monument Point, courtesy of Mother Nature


LCAD alumni and MFA candidate to exhibit at summer festivals

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD), one of the nation’s top colleges of art and design, proudly announced twelve alumni who were selected to exhibit at the 2019 Festival of the Arts of Laguna Beach’s Festival Art Show, the 53rd Sawdust Art Festival, and the 2019 Laguna Art-A-Fair Fine Art Festival.

MFA candidate Pegah Samaie began exhibiting last year at Art-A-Fair and this year will be at Festival of the Arts also. Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Pegah uses art as a tool to face the experiences she and other women have encountered in a culture dominated by patriarchal governments and households.

LCAD alumni abstract

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A piece by LCAD MFA candidate and Festival of Arts and Art-A-Fair artist Pegah Samaie 

“The Festival of the Arts was the birthplace of LCAD and to see successive generations of artists showcase their work reinforces our legacy in Laguna Beach,” said Jonathan Burke, president of LCAD. “We also love that the Sawdust Art Festival and Art-A-Fair give our students and alumni the opportunity to grow their careers and to bring their art to the community.”

The LCAD alumni who will exhibit in the 2019 Festival of the Arts of Laguna Beach’s juried Festival Art Show are: Lillian Anna Blouin, Dennis Carrie, Lani Emanuel, Alice Gamez, Dana Christine Lewis, Elizabeth McGhee, Brad Neil, Pegah Samaie, Christopher Scardino, Kirsten Whalen, and Patrick James Whelan.

The LCAD alumni who will exhibit at the 53rd Sawdust Art Festival are: Donna Ballard and Lisa Mansour. Christopher Scardino will exhibit at this year’s Laguna Art-A-Fair Fine Art Festival.

The 2019 Festival of the Arts of Laguna Beach’s juried Festival Art Show will run from July 5 to August 31. For more information, visit www.foapom.com

The 53rd Sawdust Art Festival and the 2019 Laguna Art-A-Fair Fine Art Festival run from June 28 to September 1. For more information, visit www.sawdustartfestival.org or www.art-a-fair.com.

For more information on LCAD, visit www.lcad.edu.


12th annual Fête de la Musique to fill the streets of Laguna with music on Saturday

On Saturday, June 15, the streets of Laguna Beach will be filled with music and much fanfare when the 12th Annual Laguna Beach Fête de la Musique presented by Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association (LBSCA) takes place. The day’s festivities start at 12 p.m. at Main Beach with the Laguna Community Big Band playing their first swing/jazz set. From 12 - 12:30 p.m., youngsters can get face painted and costumed for the Children’s Parade that starts at 12:30 p.m. Starting on the Main Street Cobblestones, kids will march up and down the boardwalk, and finish with dancing on the cobblestones.

Opening ceremonies with local dignitaries take place from 1 - 1:20 p.m. on the cobblestones, with welcoming speeches by a Laguna Beach City Council member, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, and Karyn Phillippsen, founding president of the LBSCA. The U.S. national anthem will be sung by 13-year-old Lauren Kimball, and La Marseillaise (the French national anthem), will be sung by April Walsh, accompanied by the Community Band.

12th annual Fete Folkloric Dancer

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A Folkloric dancer performs at last year’s Fête de la Musique

Additional performances will take place at Main Beach throughout the afternoon, including a second set by the Community Band; The Andersons, a five-piece soft rock band; JJ and the Habibis (Laguna Beach belly dancers); Corazones Alegres Folkloric Dancers; and a band yet to be determined. Throughout the streets, artists will perform from 1:30 - 4 p.m. at approximately 48 locations, with most along Ocean and Forest avenues, and along Coast Highway. A few musicians will be located in the HIP District, further south along Coast Highway.

This year, among the popular returning performers are The Budrows playing their unique cigar-box guitar music in the Kush Gallery alcove; The Montones with their island-inspired melodies at Wells Fargo Bank; The Andersons, a five-member band from LA, performing on Main Beach; April Walsh, chanteuse, on the steps of 2bella Boutique; The Agave Brothers at Skyloft; the bluesy guitar/vocals of Yael & Vlady in the Lumberyard patio; Charles Fullwood inside Hobie Sports; student performances in the Presbyterian Church garden; Elvis; and our French mimes, to name just a few…

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LAM and Laguna Beach Live! present a night of music and art on Thursday

On Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m., Laguna Art Museum and Laguna Beach Live! will partner to bring a night of music and art featuring the Encore Saxophone Quartet. 

The award-winning Encore Saxophone Quartet will perform a concert inside the museum, presented in partnership with Laguna Beach Live! Advance tickets, free with museum entrance, are recommended.

The award-winning Encore Saxophone Quartet is among Los Angeles’ premier performing ensembles. Formed in 1984 by internationally renowned saxophonist Douglas Masek, the Quartet’s extensive repertoire spans original compositions and arrangements that bridge styles from Classical to Modern Jazz.

LAM and instrument

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Award-winning Encore Saxophone Quartet 

The Quartet’s unique blending of innovative and diverse programming, along with informational narrative, transports its listeners on a musical journey that exhibits the many colorful possibilities encompassing the sound spectrum of the saxophone in a quartet setting.

Individually, the members of the Quartet are distinguished soloists and chamber music artists who perform nationally and internationally. In addition to performing, they are dedicated educators that serve on the faculties of UCLA, Vanguard University, La Sierra University, and California State University at Fullerton, where they teach private lessons, coach chamber music, and mentor the next generation of emerging musical artists.

Live! at the Museum is generously sponsored by Compass.

To purchase tickets, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org/events.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


LAM presents Sculptures by Gwynn Murrill, the first exhibition to present work from artist’s entire career

On Sunday, June 16, Laguna Art Museum will open Sculptures by Gwynn Murrill, the first exhibition to present work from the artist’s entire career, spanning the early 1970s to today. The artist will discuss her work in a public program at Laguna Art Museum on August 29.

The Los Angeles-based artist Gwynn Murrill is best known for her sculptures of animals. At once contemporary and timeless, her works show a fine balance between formal simplification and observation from nature.

Since the early 1970s, her practice has been rooted in the close study of the landscape’s inhabitants around her home in Southern California, as well as in photographs, memory, and imagination. In wood, marble, and bronze, Murrill’s sculptures reduce a naturally detailed visual form to its most basic line and volume.

Exhibition of animals

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Gwynn Murrill, Coyote I, Coyote III, and Coyote IV, 1983, with Black Antelope, 1972, Laminated wood, Collection of the artist

With an elegant and playful hand, she both identifies a particular animal and imbues them with life. Her human figures appear equally streamlined and energetic. When viewed together, the relationship between both subjects suggests a primal link between animal and human.

Gwynn Murrill has been an exhibiting artist for over 40 years. She has been granted numerous awards and fellowships for her artistry, such as the Year in Review Award from the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Prix di Roma Fellowship. Her sculpture is in many public and private collections of note including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and the U.S. Embassy, Singapore

Sculptures by Gwynn Murrill features 20 works that span the full scope of Murrill’s practice, from subject, to material, to experiments in scale. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Rooklidge and will be on view through September 22.

For more information on Laguna Art Museum, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Entries open to 2019 Passport to the Arts Giveaway

Tickets are now available for the 2019 Passport to the Arts, which provides unlimited entry to the three premier art festivals located in Laguna Beach throughout the 2019 summer festival season: Festival of Arts (July 5 to August 31), Laguna Art-A-Fair (June 28 to September 1), and Sawdust Art Festival (June 28 to September 1). The passes are $29.

Those who purchase a passport before Friday, June 21 will be automatically entered into a drawing for a one-of-a-kind Summer Art Package that includes original artwork, art classes, and Pageant of the Masters tickets – all valued at $645. 

The giveaway includes two tickets to the 2019 Pageant of the Masters, two hand-blown tumblers by Sawdust glass artist Muffin Spencer-Devlin, a hand-fabricated copper/sterling silver cuff bracelet designed by Laguna Art-A-Fair jeweler Steve Epstein, two Sawdust Art Classes, and two Festival of Arts Adult Art Classes. 

Entries open Sawdust

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The Sawdust Art Festival runs from June 28 to September 1

In addition to unlimited entry to the art shows, Passport to the Arts benefits include:

--More than 500 artists and 300 hands-on art workshops

--Live music and entertainment at all three festivals throughout the season

--Dozens of special events

--One-time free parking at Lot #16 (Act V), 1900 Laguna Canyon Rd

--Free shuttle service all summer long

--Special values at select local shops, eateries and attractions (see website for details)

The 2019 Passport to the Arts may be purchased online at www.lagunabeachpassport.com or at Visit Laguna Beach, located at 381 Forest Ave.

The Passport to the Arts is made possible in part by a generous grant from Bank of America.


Laguna Beach Live! Bluegrass and BBQ 

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Laguna Beach Miskey

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The Miskey Mountain Boys perform live to a sell-out crowd at LCAD on Saturday for Bluegrass and BBQ presented by Laguna Beach Live!

Laguna Beach at tables

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LB Live! partnered with three local companies to deliver a great hometown experience: Laguna Beach Beer Company and Purple Corduroy offered libations to the happy crowd, while Gnarly Q served up smoked meats and veggies.

Laguna Beach trio

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Cindy Prewitt (middle) of Laguna Beach Live! is joined by two Laguna Beach Live! volunteers


Laguna Playhouse to sponsor Bare Bones New Play Reading Series

Laguna Playhouse is happy to announce its sponsorship of Bare Bones New Play Reading Series, presented by Laguna Beach Literary Laureate Lojo Simon under the auspices of ART WOW. Effective September 2019, Bare Bones New Play Reading Series will relocate to Laguna Playhouse.

“We are very happy that we are able to host the Bare Bones reading series. Their mission of presenting new and alternative works aligns perfectly with the mission of the Playhouse to support the ongoing growth of theatre,” notes Executive Director Ellen Richard. 

“We’ve watched ART WOW grow Bare Bones over the past several years into a thriving, community-based play reading series with a dedicated audience,” said Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham. “The opportunity came along for us to host Bare Bones at the Playhouse, and we thought it was a great fit and value-add for our patrons.”

Laguna Playhouse acting

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Bare Bones will relocate to Laguna Playhouse starting in September

ART WOW has presented Bare Bones script-in-hand play readings for the discerning theatregoer since 2015. The curated series of performances features local and professional actors whose performance is complemented by facilitated post-play conversations.

“Bones will continue to present thought-provoking new work for the stage,” said founder Lojo Simon. “I look forward to moving to the Playhouse. We’re not planning any major changes to our programming at this time.” Simon will be assisted in her efforts going forward by Wareham and Playhouse Marketing Director Dee Dee Irwin.

Theatre-lovers can learn more about Bare Bones on Simon’s website at www.logosimon.com/artwow and can sign up for Bare Bones’ mailing list by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.


12th annual Fête de la Musique to fill the streets of Laguna Beach with music on June 15

On Saturday, June 15, the streets of Laguna Beach will be filled with music and much fanfare when the 12th Annual Laguna Beach Fête de la Musique presented by Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association (LBSCA) takes place. The day’s festivities start at 12 p.m. at Main Beach with the Laguna Community Big Band playing their first swing/jazz set. From 12 - 12:30 p.m., youngsters can get face painted and costumed for the Children’s Parade that starts at 12:30 p.m. Starting on the Main Street Cobblestones, kids will march up and down the boardwalk, and finish with dancing on the cobblestones.

Opening ceremonies with local dignitaries take place from 1 - 1:20 p.m. on the cobblestones, with welcoming speeches by a Laguna Beach City Council member, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, and Karyn Phillippsen, founding president of the LBSCA. The U.S. national anthem will be sung by 13-year-old Lauren Kimball, and La Marseillaise (the French national anthem), will be sung by April Walsh, accompanied by the Community Band.

12th annual Fete Folkloric Dancer

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A Folkloric dancer performs at last year’s Fête de la Musique

Additional performances will take place at Main Beach throughout the afternoon, including a second set by the Community Band; The Andersons, a five-piece soft rock band; JJ and the Habibis (Laguna Beach belly dancers); Corazones Alegres Folkloric Dancers; and a band yet to be determined. Throughout the streets, artists will perform from 1:30 - 4 p.m. at approximately 48 locations, with most along Ocean and Forest avenues, and along Coast Highway. A few musicians will be located in the HIP District, further south along Coast Highway.

This year, among the popular returning performers are The Budrows playing their unique cigar-box guitar music in the Kush Gallery alcove; The Montones with their island-inspired melodies at Wells Fargo Bank; The Andersons, a five-member band from LA, performing on Main Beach; April Walsh, chanteuse, on the steps of 2bella Boutique; The Agave Brothers at Skyloft; the bluesy guitar/vocals of Yael & Vlady in the Lumberyard patio; Charles Fullwood inside Hobie Sports; student performances in the Presbyterian Church garden; Elvis; and our French mimes, to name just a few… 

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