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Community Art Project (CAP) presents Illuminating Elements through January 31

Illuminating Elements is the new exhibit that opened last month at The CAP Gallery. The exhibit features the works of pastel painters Mary Aslin, Lesli Bonanni, Gil Dellinger, Mike Ishikawa, Margaret Lindsey, Marie Tippets, and Elizabeth Wallace. The subject is the effect of light on elements found in nature – natural and man-made.

Margaret Lindsey’s Pacific Atmosphere is a shore scene featuring foamy shore breaks washing up on the dark, wet sand. A mottled blue sky is shot through with streaks of pink at the distant horizon and again peeking through the sky as you look up towards the top of the piece. Her work appears heavily textured with layers of rich pastels, but it is the fine application of thin layers of pastel that creates that appearance. A feeling of peace and calm at the end of a day can be felt when viewing this piece.

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Margaret Lindsey’s “Pacific Atmosphere,” Pastel   20” x 27”

Mary Aslin may be more known for her still life and portraiture work, in which her handling of light and shadow is exceptional. Her ability is also apparent in her outdoor scenes. Morning Sun, Laguna Alley is a view down one of Laguna’s quaint alleys. Early sunlight dapples the lush vegetation and brilliant bougainvillea lining the side of the alley, while long shadows start to withdraw. A feeling of early morning calm can be felt.

Lesli Bonanni’s work is more moody, abstract, and atmospheric. Blending color in thin layers and moving it around on the surface, also adding, subtracting, etching into the surface, she allows emotional and spiritual feeling to flow as she is working on her piece. Her edges are blurred, rather than sharp, giving a dream-like quality to her work. In Dare To Dream, a river flows from the foreground into the distant horizon. Land shapes are on either side. Overhead is a sky with golden hints of clouds. At the meeting point of the river and the sky is a sliver of bright glow. A hint of what could be or what is to come?

Gil Dellinger has a different view in his Tank Cars, Port of Stockton. Soft sunlight washes over the sides of the tank cars and on down to the ground. Meanwhile, surfaces that face away from the light are either in shadow or completely dark. For Dellinger, it is the way light can move around, defining shapes and shadows, such as the brightness that seeps over the tank cars and disappears into the surfaces between the cars.

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Mike Ishikawa’s “Manhattan Pier, Evening Glow, “Pastel 10” x 27”

Mike Ishikawa works with a saturated and bright palette. Manhattan Pier, Evening Glow shows the pier extending into the ocean, the bright red roof on the building, perched at the end of the pier, like a beacon. Behind it is a turquoise sky and light to dark pink clouds; cobalt blue water and sparkling white waves dance in the foreground of the pier while a mix of oranges, yellows, pinks, and reds reflect off the sand: the panorama of a bright California coastal sunset.

In Early Snow and Winter In Utah, Marie Tippets’ goal is to “capture some of the magic” of the winter in Utah. The contrast between the dark trees and brilliant white snow blanketing the land, combined with the casting of cool shadows by the trees, bring to mind the cold, crispness, and deep expanse of her views. Visiting family in Utah gives her the opportunity of revisiting her experiences growing up in New York and brings that feeling to her work.

Elizabeth Wallace has a love of birds and they can frequently be the subject of her works. In a recent experimental series done in pastel, graphite, and watercolour wash, the backgrounds are wind turbines done in watercolor wash. In the foreground is a single bird, done in pastel, and winding through the piece is a stream of writing in handwritten graphite. Treadmills, Windmills features a roadrunner running across the foreground. Spiraling out from the center of each turbine is a stream of writing in pencil. 

Looking closely you can read it and discover it is a poem written in a “stream of consciousness” style. These writings come about after Wallace has added the bird to the turbine background. She spends time looking at the work until the words come to her. For this one it is “Treadmills, windmills, time and space. Walking, running, stand in place.”

Each of these seven artists has their own take and interpretation of Art + Nature. The commonality is the medium they use to express themselves and their originality.

Take a break and visit Illuminating Elements and see this selection of work. 

CAP’s mission is to increase the visibility and appreciation of art and serve as a catalyst for art education. Ongoing exhibitions can be enjoyed at The CAP Gallery, in the unique Rotunda Gallery space located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building, 260 Ocean Avenue. 

Visit www.caplaguna.org for information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits, to be on the email list, or to become a member and supporter of CAP. CAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded by the member supporters, the Festival of Arts Foundation, the lodging establishments, and the City of Laguna Beach.

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LCAD presents In Search of the Real III fine arts faculty exhibition

Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) MFA and BFA programs in Drawing + Painting are proud to present In Search of the Real III, a collection of original works from the college’s esteemed graduate and undergraduate fine arts faculty. 

The collection will be on display at the LCAD Gallery downtown from November 7 - 28, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., and during a First Thursday Art Walk reception on Thursday, Nov 7 from 6 - 9 p.m. 

The exhibition is comprised of drawings, paintings, and sculptures dedicated to contemporary views of the figure, landscape, and still life. Each artist is a current LCAD faculty member and is dedicated both to expanding representational art and to mentoring a new generation of contemporary representational artists.

LCAD presents Aixa

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Aixa Oliveras, “Resilience,” Oil on linen, 2018

Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is a dually accredited, nonprofit college located in Laguna Beach. LCAD offers undergraduate degrees (BFA) in Animation, Drawing + Painting, Drawing + Painting with Sculpture Emphasis, Drawing + Painting with Illustration Emphasis, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Graphic Design + Digital Media with Action Sports Emphasis, Graphic Design + Digital Media with Illustration Emphasis, Illustration, and Illustration in Entertainment Design. 

LCAD also offers Graduate degrees (MFA) in Drawing, Game Design, and Painting; and a Post-Baccalaureate in Drawing + Painting. 

For more information visit www.lcad.edu, follow on Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD, and Instagram @lcadbfa.

Laguna College of Art and Design Gallery is located at 374 Ocean Ave.

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Local songwriter and naturalist’s song to save the abalone debuts at LAM on Nov 10

Laguna Beach songwriter and “singing naturalist” Cheryl Procaccini, aka Birdsong, announces the release of “Lonely Abalone,” a song inspired by a marine creature once so popular in California coastal cuisine it was eaten to near extinction. 

Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders® will debut “Lonely Abalone” in concert at the Laguna Art Museum’s Art and Nature Family Festival on Sunday, Nov 10 at 2 p.m. Known for its beautiful iridescent shell, there were once millions of abalone up and down the coast. Procaccini first learned the abalone’s plight from marine biologist Nancy Caruso, founder of Get Inspired’s Green Abalone Restoration Project. After an in-depth discussion with Caruso, Procaccini decided that this special mollusk – with an important role in the coastal ecosystem – was worthy of a song.

The mission of Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders® is: 

--To inspire Earth stewardship through the power of music.   

--To educate children about the natural world with multimedia that is entertaining, interactive, and filled with opportunities for whole-brain learning. 

--To use the lessons of nature to foster connection, cooperation,
communication, creative expression, and a sense of belonging in children and families.

Local songwriter Cheryl

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Cheryl Procaccini, aka Birdsong

At once bluesy and hopeful, “Lonely Abalone” is infused with catchy, educational lyrics for children and a call to conservation that is the trademark of Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders®. 

Abalone were once abundant on the coastal shelves of California and a key component of a healthy kelp forest. Due to over harvesting and other environmental factors, the abalone population plummeted. The Green Abalone Restoration Project is a local collaborative effort to bring a native species back from certain extinction. 

“Lonely Abalone” is one of  a growing collection of children’s songs about endangered animals by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders® that includes “Little Pocket Mouse” (about our local critically endangered Pacific Pocket Mouse) and “Viva la Vaquita” (about the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the Vaquita porpoise).

Birdsong hopes that “Lonely Abalone” will inspire listeners to support abalone restoration as well as the restoration of local native species everywhere.

Helping Kids Love the Earth, One Fun Song at a Time! 

To download “Lonely Abalone” click here.

The song can also be found on iTunes.   

For more information, go to www.birdsongtv.comor email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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AAUW fashion show on Nov 10 to support college women in need

AAUW will host Runway to Success, a fashion show to help raise funds for local college women in need, on Saturday, Nov 10 at the Woman’s Club. Guests will socialize with friends and neighbors, savor delicious appetizers, and enjoy an exciting fashion show. 

AAUW members, along with some college women, will model clothing in a range of prices by international contemporary designers, along with jewelry by two local artists. 

100 percent of the profits will go to college scholarships for women in need who are attending Saddleback, UCI, LCAD, and OCC. 

Ms. Heshmat Shirazi, who owns Just Looking, is providing all the clothing – expanding to designers beyond her usual stock – and generously donating all the profits from the sale of the clothes.

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AAUW fashion show to help women in need get to college 

“Hope was dead for a long time. Now it’s alive and well.” Thus, began one of the many financial aid scholarship applications AAUW (American Association of University Women) Laguna Beach received from local college women last year. 

The estimated cost of attending Orange Coast College or Saddleback Community College (living expenses, tuition, and books) is more than $21,000 annually, while the cost of attending UC Irvine is more than $33,000 and LCAD is over $56,000.

To address student food insecurity, OCC, Saddleback, and UCI all have food pantries while LCAD students use Laguna Food Pantry. Many student applicants are in CARE (Cooperative Agencies and Resources for Education), an assistance program at some community colleges that coordinates a variety of financial aid services for students with extremely low income and dependent children in the home. 

Two of the women who received scholarships from AAUW Laguna Beach last year are typical of the many women who apply every year. Let’s call them Susanna and Victoria. 

Susanna is a first-generation community college student, a single mom of two, a survivor of sexual abuse, and a former addict. In addition to state and federal aid, Susanna worked between 21 and 30 hours per week to pay for rent, food, and childcare for her children. During her first semester she became homeless, and then had to withdraw from at least one class when her car broke down and she could not get to class on time. But Susanna is an amazing young woman and never gave up, and tapping all available resources, her determination carried her through. Three and a half years later she graduated with two degrees, an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science, and membership in eight honor societies. She is currently studying for her BA in the field of Communications at a California State University school.

Victoria is also a first-generation college student. The survivor of an abusive marriage and a single mom of two girls, her husband did not allow her to attend college or to work. With no employable skills, and still struggling with diagnosed PTSD as a result of her spousal abuse, she enrolled in community college. Her GPA rose from a 2.0 to a 3.56, she made the Dean’s and President’s List, and is a member of five honor societies. Victoria now is on track to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design. 

These are young women who have enormous amounts of drive and perseverance, and there are many more like them. AAUW scholarships can help them. 

To purchase tickets to the event ($50 per person – $35 is tax-deductible), click http://bit.ly/aauwfashionshow or visit www.runway-to-success.eventbrite.com.   

Donations can also be made directly to the AAUW Laguna Beach Foundation Scholarship Fund on the AAUW website at www.lagunabeach-ca.aauw.net

The Woman’s Club is located at 286 St Ann’s Dr., Laguna Beach.

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“Art From The Heart” joins The Ranch’s “Vino & Vinyl” to benefit Glennwood House on Tuesday

The Ranch at Laguna Beach will combine “Art From the Heart” and “Vino & Vinyl” for a wonderful blend of music, art, and casual fun – all to benefit Glennwood House of Laguna Beach. 

On Tuesday, Nov 5, guests will gather from 5 - 9 p.m. to mingle with friends and enjoy The Ranch Owner Mark Christy’s amazing collection of music (he claims he has over 3,000 albums). 

Art from The Ranch

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The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Glennwood House, which opened in 2013, is a 42-room independent living facility serving special needs adults 18 through 59 years of age. With an ocean view and within walking distance to beach access, Glennwood is truly a magical place. The campus includes a full-service dining hall, gym, organic garden, media room, art studio, and game area for residents to enjoy. 

Local community artists have once again donated original works of art that will be available during this fantastic evening. If you missed out on buying a favorite piece at the Festival of Arts this year, this is a chance to come out, celebrate, and wander through the silent art auction in support of Glennwood. 

Art from Glennwood gala

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Glennwood residents enjoy Glennwood Gala at FOA in February 2019

There will also be an opportunity drawing for a fabulous prize that will support Glennwood House. 

All are invited to stop by and enjoy a glass of wine or a favorite beverage and appetizer. No tickets are required – food and beverages are available for purchase on the patio at The Ranch. 

Vino & Vinyl evenings at The Ranch happen the first Tuesday of every month. 

The Ranch at Laguna Beach is located at 31106 S Coast Hwy.

For more information on The Ranch, go to www.theranchlb.com.

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Barbara’s Column

Crazy about art 

By BARBARA DIAMOND

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Mada Lynch and the late Anne England founded in 1992 the Laguna Outreach for Community Arts in response to cuts in school arts programs.

They wanted to ensure ongoing quality in arts education programs in the schools, while also guaranteeing that participating artists would be compensated for their time and expertise.

LOCA has thrived and Laguna residents – from school children to seniors – have benefitted. The group provides workshops at Laguna Beach schools, Glennwood House for developmentally disabled young adults, Laguna Beach Public Library, TLC, Boys and Girls Club, Laguna Beach Youth Shelter, the Susi Q, and the public. 

LOCA members celebrated their success Sunday at a brunch held in Healy House on the Sawdust Festival grounds.

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One of the blown glass starfish that John Barber donated to LOCA

The brunch featured informative talks about glass blowing by John Barber and his former apprentice Muffin Spencer Devein and glass fusion by artists Jane Slowsky and her daughter Patty Slowsky-Enfield.

All four laid to rest, actually buried the notion that working in glass is a craft, not an art.

In addition, the brunch was also an annual meeting and a fundraiser. 

Among the silent auction donations were handmade silk scarves from Lynch; Barber’s iconic glass star fish, first made for the guests at the grand opening of the Montage; and 12 pet rock coasters taken home by Margaret Warder.

Gift baskets from Bushard’s Pharmacy and the Old Pottery Place were opportunity prizes.

Funds raised will go toward two new programs. 

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Patty Slowsky

The first program is to fulfill the request by the Top of the World Elementary school PTA to add 32 more children’s art workshops for students in the first to fifth grades, beginning in January. 

“These workshops would be part of an after-school enrichment program,” said LOCA President Carla Meberg. “Studies have shown that art improves academic performance, decision-making, focus, and collaboration.” 

The proposal for the second program came from LOCA members who want classes that continue to improve their skills. 

There is no free brunch.

“We have estimated that $10,000 can just about cover the cost of both of the programs, said Meberg. “We need our membership in order to grow. So we are providing this special opportunity for you to play a personal part by funding these two new programs.”

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Board Members Donna Ballard (on left) and Carla Meberg 

She asked for donations from the membership and supporters, starting with $1,000, all the way down to $50, raising an estimated total of $7,700.

Another way LOCA members give of themselves is through the Art Club, started eight years ago by Emeritus Board Member Betty Haight. The club offers members informative discussions about art and provides inspiration and resources for local artists. 

Meberg praised the LOCA staff that includes Lynch, Sherry Bullard, K.C. Mechling, and Mike Tauber, who has a special place in his heart for TOW Elementary.

Tauber was asked when he first came to town to do something with a depressing school room with ugly but necessary pipes along the ceiling. The room was to be used as a library. He almost decided not to take the job but thought about the kids who would be using the room.

He ended up creating an enchanting “Book Worm” inching it way along those pipes.

“We are so lucky to have our wonderful part-time staff,” said Meberg. “I don’t know what we would do without them.”

Laguna is so lucky to have LOCA. What would we do without them?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

The Beautification Council honored on October 24 some of the folks in town who have enhanced the streetscape. 

Awards were presented at the Laguna Beach County Water District, which has an award-winning drought-resistant garden.

Retiring district General Manager Renae Hinchey and Assistant General Manager Christopher Regan sponsored this year’s awards. They welcomed guests and introduced them to an overview of Laguna’s water history in the diorama on the entry wall, which includes timelines and archival photographs.

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Beautification Council President Leah Vasquez and LBCWD Assistant General Manager Christopher Regan

Beautification Council President Leah Vasquez introduced artist Bill Atkins who designed the awards and introduced the winners, assisted by Dora Orgill.

“It isn’t just choosing gardens – it is how they work with the architecture and it has to be seen from the street,” said Vasquez. 

Residential Award Winners:

--Marilyn Alexander, 380 Aster St

--Tom and Betsy Koobie, 590 Cress St

--Lynn Lowry, 375 Heather Place

--Andy Blanton, 2804 Chateau Way

--Kristi Grooms and Jessica Gannon, 2115 Catalina St

--Ellen and Stephen Milner, 463 Los Robles

--Ken Morgan and Jay Skenderian, 2924 South Coast Hwy

Business Winners: 

--Hotel Joaquin

--Peppertree Lane

--Harte Brownlee and Associates 

--The Laguna Beach Water District

--Laguna Beach Fire Department Station No. 3 

Roger and Ellen Kempler were not present, but their names should be mentioned due to all the work they did on the fire station,” said Vasquez.

Fire Chief Mike Garcia also could not attend – he’s working overtime to make sure the city is safe. 

Crazy about Halverson and Koobies

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(L-R) Kris Halverson, Tom Koobie, and Betsy Koobie 

Art in Public Spaces:

--Coastline to Canyon 

Neighborhood Congregational Church Pastor Rodrick Echols had the vision to replace a blank concrete wall with something beautiful. LOCA artist Mike Tauber had the expertise and more than 700 members of the community had the people-power to create Coastline to Canyon. That’s as public as it gets.

--The Whaling Wall Mural 

The mural that overlooks the Hotel Laguna parking lot also received an award. Steve Creech, President of the Wyland Foundation, accepted the award.

--The Love that Binds

Jose Calderon and Roberto Delgado, who carved the tile images on the rock seats at Crescent Bay Park, were unable to attend the award presentation.

City Projects: 

--Councilwoman Toni Iseman represented the city as Public Works Director Shohreh Dupuis accepted the awards for the Third Street Stairs, Crescent Bay Park, and the Catalina Roundabout. 

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(L-R) Kristi Grooms, Sissy Caris, and Jessica Gannon 

Significant Residential Tree Winners:

--Lauryl J. Sabaroff, 2130 Glenneyre St

--Julie Setterholm, Sawdust Eucalyptus

--Bruce Hampton, 604 Catalina

Harry Lawrence Award of Excellence:

--Laguna Canyon Foundation 

“The special Harry Lawrence Award for an outstanding effort was deservedly bestowed for the continuing restoration projects through the Laguna Canyon Foundation working with city departments and individuals,” said Vasquez.

Foundation President Michelle Kremer, Iseman, City Environmental Specialist Mike Phillips, and Landscape Architect Bob Borthwick represented the participants.

But wait – there’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading StuNewsLaguna.com. Contributions are welcomed.

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Pageant of the Masters Director named one of the top 10 female industry innovators of 2019 

Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy was honored as a female industry visionary by the Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) at its 10th annual Entertainment Technology Awards ceremony on October 28 in Beverly Hills, California.

“This award was totally unexpected, but a wonderful surprise!” shared Challis Davy. “Our technical team has been working in earnest since 2003 to bring the magic of digital imagery to our theatrical production, gradually making improvements and acquiring more advanced technical equipment year by year. With the support and encouragement of the Festival of Arts’ Board of Directors, I think we have achieved our goal of modernizing the Pageant of the Masters.” She continued, “It’s truly an honor to be recognized for our efforts. I anticipate  working even harder to further refine our production values in the future.”

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Advanced Imaging Society President Jim Chabin with Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy at the 2019 Entertainment Technology Awards Ceremony

Challis Davy and nine other top female executives and leaders in their field of expertise were presented with the society’s prestigious Lumiere Statuettes, made by the R.S. Owens company of Chicago that also manufactures the Oscars® for the Academy Awards. 

The honorees were selected for their leadership, contributions to the community, and creative use of technology that enhances the process of artistry and storytelling. In addition to Challis Davy, the 2019 honorees included actress/advocate Tamera Mowry-Housley and innovators from Sony ImageWorks, IMAX Corporation, Kabam Online Gaming, Pixar Animation Studios, Dreamworks Animation, Light Magic XLabs, and Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

Throughout her tenure as Pageant Director, Challis Davy has embraced advances in theatrical technology to consistently surprise her audiences and sustain the Pageant’s vitality and relevance in the 21st century. 

This past summer’s performance of The Time Machine was notable for its integration of vibrant digital imagery, lasers, and advanced special effects. At a time when audiences hunger for more immersive engagement with stories, Challis Davy and her creative team succeeded in blending the centuries-old traditional art form of tableaux vivants with new technology.

“Congratulations to Diane Challis Davy for receiving this well-deserved award. We are proud of her and the recognition she has brought to the Pageant of the Masters. Her innovative use of technology in the creation of living pictures is groundbreaking and inspirational,” said Festival of Arts President David Perry.

The 2020 Pageant of the Masters production, Made in America, will be presented nightly from July 8 - September 3, 2020 with advance tickets on sale December 1, 2019 starting at $20 per person. 

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

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Laguna Art Museum presents seventh annual Art and Nature on Nov 7-10

Laguna Art Museum will present the seventh annual Art & Nature, a multidisciplinary exploration of art’s many and various engagements with the natural world from November 7-10. For the first time in the event’s history, the commissioned work of art will be inside the museum rather than outside, and will be on view beyond Art & Nature weekend until January 5, 2020. 

Art & Nature features a work of art specially commissioned for the event – 

360° Azimuth, a multimedia installation by Yorgo Alexopoulos; a keynote lecture by Professor Alan Braddock; a film screening; a panel discussion; and a free family festival exploring art and the natural world. In addition to events at the museum, Laguna Art Museum will partner with local galleries and other organizations hosting Art & Nature-related exhibitions, making it a community-wide event. 

Yorgo Alexopoulos is the museum’s commissioned artist for Art & Nature 2019. An American-born artist of Greek descent, Alexopoulos graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently lives in Los Angeles. He creates paintings, time-based media artworks, and installations. He often synchronizes multiple monitors or projections in a dynamic ensemble to create an ever-changing, immersive spectacle. Using landscape symbolism as a point of departure, he combines Euclidean geometric shapes with a multiplicity of moving images, whether filmed, photographed, painted, or drawn, that unite representation and abstraction into a common aesthetic. 

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Painting by Yorgo Alexopoulos

At Laguna Art Museum, Alexopoulos’s large-scale installation, 360° Azimuth, will feature a two channel video projection with sound in which landscape symbols become metaphoric “characters” in an animistic meta-narrative where reality and constructs of our collective subconscious seem to co-exist peacefully. The site-specific work will be on view inside the museum from November 7, 2019, through January 5, 2020. 

Art & Nature serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature. The museum’s executive director, Malcolm Warner, explains why Laguna Art Museum is the ideal organization to conceive, develop, and present the popular program: 

“The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has been a center for art, the appreciation of nature, and environmental awareness. In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built an art gallery to show and sell their work, they chose a commanding location on the coastline close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection.”

For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

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“Art From The Heart” joins The Ranch’s “Vino & Vinyl” to benefit Glennwood House on Nov 5

The Ranch at Laguna Beach will combine “Art From the Heart” and “Vino & Vinyl” for a wonderful blend of music, art, and casual fun – all to benefit Glennwood House of Laguna Beach. 

On Tuesday, Nov 5, guests will gather from 5 - 9 p.m. to mingle with friends and enjoy The Ranch Owner Mark Christy’s amazing collection of music (he claims he has over 3,000 albums). 

Art from The Ranch

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The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Glennwood House, which opened in 2013, is a 42-room independent living facility serving special needs adults 18 through 59 years of age. With an ocean view and within walking distance to beach access, Glennwood is truly a magical place. The campus includes a full-service dining hall, gym, organic garden, media room, art studio, and game area for residents to enjoy. 

Local community artists have once again donated original works of art that will be available during this fantastic evening. If you missed out on buying a favorite piece at the Festival of Arts this year, this is a chance to come out, celebrate, and wander through the silent art auction in support of Glennwood. 

Art from Glennwood gala

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Glennwood residents enjoy Glennwood Gala at FOA in February 2019

There will also be an opportunity drawing for a fabulous prize that will support Glennwood House. 

All are invited to stop by and enjoy a glass of wine or a favorite beverage and appetizer. No tickets are required – food and beverages are available for purchase on the patio at The Ranch. 

Vino & Vinyl evenings at The Ranch happen the first Tuesday of every month. 

The Ranch at Laguna Beach is located at 31106 S Coast Hwy.

For more information on The Ranch, go to www.theranchlb.com.

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New Zealand’s foremost contemporary dance group, Black Grace, performs at NCC on Nov 10

On Sunday, Nov 10, Neighborhood Congregational Church (NCC) will host a performance by Black Grace, New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance group. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the event at 6 p.m.

Laguna Beach has the unique opportunity to host a special lecture and demonstration by this breathtaking dance company, for a select group of audience members who will experience a reception, showing, and Q&A in a serene setting.

In 2004, Black Grace made its U.S. debut, performing a sold-out season at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with a subsequent return to the Festival in 2005. Since then, the company has performed regularly throughout North America, earning audience acclaim.

Founded by Neil Ieremia in 1995, Black Grace features some of New Zealand’s finest dancers and has toured internationally to Europe, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Australia, and New Caledonia. Ieremia draws from his Samoan and New Zealand roots to create innovative dance works that reach across social, cultural, and generational barriers. The work itself is highly physical, rich in the storytelling traditions of the South Pacific and expressed with raw finesse, unique beauty, and power.

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Black Grace Dance Company

Ieremia is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished choreographers, a creative entrepreneur and inspirational leader. Born in Wellington and of Samoan heritage, Ieremia was raised in a tough working-class neighborhood in a country focused more on sporting prowess and agriculture than creative expression. At 19 and with no formal training, Ieremia resigned from his banking job, left home, enrolled in a full-time dance program, and broke his parents’ hearts.

Motivated to provide a different perspective and a fresh voice in the dance scene, Ieremia founded Black Grace in 1995, with ten male dancers of Pacific, Maori, and New Zealand heritage. Since then, he has changed the face of contemporary dance in New Zealand and turned Black Grace into one of the most recognizable and iconic cultural brands. 

His company tours the length and breadth of New Zealand, developing new audiences and a new appreciation for dance. Internationally his work has been presented in Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Caledonia, South Korea, Scotland, Switzerland, and the U.S.

New Zealands Ieremia

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Neil Ieremia, founder of Black Grace

In addition to the sold-out season at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, numerous “firsts” for a New Zealand choreographer include a four-week season on New York City’s 42nd Street, performances at the renowned Cervantino Festival in Mexico, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the 2010 Cultural Olympiad in Vancouver. 

Ieremia received a 2005 Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award and the 2009 Paul D. Fleck Fellowship in the Arts from The Banff Centre, Canada. Most recently, on the occasion of the celebration of Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday, Ieremia was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to dance.

Tickets to this special show are $50. To purchase tickets, click here. (Note: This is a ticketless event. Attendees will be checked in at the door.)

Neighborhood Congregational Church is located at 340 St. Ann’s Dr.

For more information, visit www.lagunadancefestival.org.

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