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Don’t miss LAM’s latest must-see exhibits 

Laguna Art Museum proudly presents Titi, Nunu, and Klembolo: Helena Modjeska’s Fairy Tale Book, now through 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. 

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Helena Modjeska’s Fairy Tale Book opened March 3 and runs through May 27

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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Ricardo Gonsalves, Don Juan’s Got the Blues, 1988, silkscreen

Self-Help Graphics is an East Los Angeles printmaking workshop and arts center that emerged from the Chicano movement of the 1960s and is on exhibit through May 27. It was founded by Sister Karen Boccalero, who was inspired by the committed social and political commentary she saw in the silkscreen prints made by her fellow nun, the celebrated Sister Corita Kent. In 1982, Boccalero launched the Screenprint Atelier program, which provided Chicano and Latino artists of the Los Angeles region with studio facilities, materials, and the technical guidance of a master printer. The result was an extraordinary and exuberant flowering of the silkscreen print.

The selection of prints is from the large Self-Help Graphics collection purchased by the museum in 1992 with the help of Charlie Miller, René and Norma Molina, and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal Agency.

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Dan McCleary, Therapy, 2014, oil on canvas

Laguna Art Museum grows and strengthens its permanent collection largely through donations from collectors, artists, and foundations. Since the beginning of 2018 it has received some outstanding donations of works of art in recognition of the centenary of its founding organization, the Laguna Beach Art Association. 

On show in the museum for the first time, the Centennial Gifts include paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and original prints by acclaimed California artists of the past and the present. The exhibit also includes some promised gifts pledged to the collection during the past year, and two museum purchases. The featured artists include Lita Albuquerque, Tony DeLap, Lorser Feitelson, Joseph Goldyne, Emil Kosa, David Ligare, Dan McCleary, R. Kenton Nelson, Edgar Payne, Ruth Peabody, Agnes Pelton, Charles Rollo Peters, and David Simpson. 

The exhibition is a celebration of the museum’s growth as it moves beyond the centennial year and an expression of gratitude toward the donors who, through their gifts, have contributed so richly to Laguna Beach’s artistic legacy.

For more information, call (949) 494-8971 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Spring Art Show, Art in the Park grace the beauty of Crystal Cove with a weekend of creativity

The shimmering ocean and rolling hillsides of Crystal Cove State Park have long inspired artists to paint, write, photograph, compose, tell stories, dance, and sketch. Be it a watercolor, a dance, or a musical composition, artists from different genres continue to be inspired by the beauty of the park and the spectacular landscapes, breathtaking scenery, and abundant gifts from nature.

On Friday, March 29, the Spring Art Show Artists Reception takes place from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. This juried show features the work of 50 local artists along with live music, food and refreshments. Admission is $20 to the general public, $10 for Conservancy members. Tickets can be purchased at https://crystalcove.org/event/spring-art-show-3/

On Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., in the Crystal Cove Historic District, Crystal Cove State Park and Crystal Cove Conservancy will host a Spring Art Show and Art in the Park – a day filled with activities that celebrate the integration of art and nature through workshops, performances and activities. The Public Art Show continues on Sunday, March 31 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. One-half of the proceeds from the Art Show benefit Crystal Cove Conservancy.

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Participants demonstrate their creativity at Art in the Park

The schedule of events for Art in the Park on Saturday, March 30 (more events will continue to be added) include:

Sea Glass Beach Walk from 9:30 - 10 a.m. Meet in the Education Commons. Come walk along the shoreline with Rick as he shares tips and tricks for finding sea glass and afterwards make your own one-of-a-kind creation. Free; register online.

Native American Blessing from 10 - 10:30 a.m. with Jacque Nunez in the Education Commons. Nunez is a descendent of Crystal Cove’s local tribe, the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation.

Watercolor Painting from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the Promenade with artist Pamme Turner of the Saddleback Emeritus Institute.

Sea Glass Wrapping from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Education Commons.

Spring Art Show from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Education Commons. (The Public Art Show continues on Sunday, March 31 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Bazaar from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Education Commons.

Native American Basket Weaving from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. with Jacque Nunez at the Beaches Cottage (Cottage #13). Materials fee is $5 to the public, free to Crystal Cove Conservancy members. Register online.

Squid Dissection and Ink Art from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Cottage #22. Come learn about the anatomy of a squid and use the squid’s ink sac and pen to create your own art piece.

Native American Storytelling from 12 - 1 p.m. with Jacque Nunez at the Beaches Cottage (Cottage #13).

Nature Poetry Workshop from 1 - 2 p.m. with writer Thea Gavin at Cottage #22. With the outdoors as inspiration and classroom, learn new ways of “giving voice” and connecting with nature through simple writing exercises that will combine methodical observation with wild creativity. Limited space available. Register online.

Native American Basket Weaving from 1 - 2 p.m. with Jacque Nunez at the Beaches Cottage (Cottage #13). Materials fee is $5 to the public; free to Crystal Cove Conservancy members. Register online for the basket-weaving session.

Acoustic Guitar from 2 - 3 p.m. with David Barba outside the Visitor’s Center.

On Monday, April 1, certain artists may be offered to display their work in the Park store’s permanent gallery.

For updated information and to register for events, visit www.crystalcove.com. If you are an artist and interested in entering the Art Show, visit www.onlinejuriedshiws.com for eligibility and guidelines or call 949.376.6200.


Pageant of the Masters offers St. Patrick’s Day special

Feel the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day with a limited time offer to the Pageant of the Masters 2019 production of The Time Machine, running July 7 – August 31, 2019. 

Secure your seats today and experience the famous works of art come to life with $17 tickets available to the Director’s Tier Side Seating with promo code LUCKY19, valid now through March 17. 

“The Pageant of the Masters is a jewel right next to the ocean, and we are excited to offer patrons a chance to save some green with early ticket purchases in honor of St. Patrick’s Day,” said Festival of Arts Marketing and Public Relations Director Sharbie Higuchi. 

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Pageant of the Masters will run July 7 – August 31

“It’s a fun night for the entire family. How many things can you do in the summer with your kids, where you’re having a good time and they’re having a good time? A show like this is unprecedented in more ways than one!”

Said to be unlike any Pageant seen before by Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy, the 2019 Pageant of the Masters, The Time Machine, will take audiences around the globe and into the past, present, and future in search of great art and amazing stories. 

Highlighting the ways in which art reveals and reflects the world in which it was created, The Time Machine will be a ticket to thrills, laughter, beautiful music, and extraordinary living art under the stars.

The $17 St. Patrick’s Day ticket offer is available for Director’s Tier Side Seating, and applies to Sunday through Friday evening performances only. A Pageant ticket is also a season pass to the 2019 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, which will take place July 5 – August 31, 2019. 

Purchase tickets online at www.pageantickets.com or call (800) 487-3378.


Festival of Arts “Fresh Faces” exhibit on display now at Wells Fargo Bank

Summer is just around the corner and the Festival of Arts is excited to announce its newest exhibit, Fresh Faces 2019. Presenting the works of the twenty-three newly juried Festival artists, the exhibit will showcase a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media and more. 

Fresh Faces 2019 runs now through May 24 at the Festival of Arts Third Floor Gallery at Wells Fargo Bank in Laguna Beach. The public is invited to join the artists for a free reception on Saturday, March 9 from 11 a.m. - 1p.m.

“We are very excited to have twenty-three of the twenty-four new artists joining us for this exhibit,” said Director of Exhibits, Education and Permanent Collections Ron Morrissette. “Their work, along with our longtime exhibitors, will help create one of the most exciting years the Festival has ever seen.”

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Fresh Faces will be on display at Wells Fargo bank through May 24

Fresh Faces 2019 showcases a fascinating look into the world of the innovative and fresh new artwork of twenty-three prestigious artists from Orange County. The artists and mediums being presented are Duncan Asper (Mixed Media), Echo Baker (Oils), Peggy Chang (Oils), Monica Edwards (Oils), Victor Fisher (Sculpture), Hugh Foster (Photography), Alice Gamez (Oils), JP Greenwood (Photography), Carol Heiman-Greene (Oils), Ricky Hill (Sculpture), Lyn Hiner (Acrylics), Baruch Kaufman (Jewelry), Lisa Kijak (Fiber Arts), Peter Levshin (Photography), Dana Lewis (Oils), Gemma Park (Jewelry), Bree Poort (Mixed Media), Janine Salzman (Mixed Media), Pegah Samaie (Oils), Christopher Paul Scardino (Mixed Media), Ken Sugimoto (Sculpture), Chifumi Uehara (Sculpture), and Carrie Zeller (Photography)

These exhibitors were recently juried into the Festival of Arts by a panel of six knowledgeable artists and/or art experts which included Scott Albert, watercolorist; Cathy Cobb, Art Director for Automobile Club of Southern California, Texas Journey and New Mexico Journey magazines; Jordan Dimitrov, sculptor; Mark Jacobucci, painter (alternate); Sarah Jesse, Deputy Director for Orange County Museum of Art; and Evan Senn, Gallery Curator at Golden West College and Art/Art History Instructor at Cal State University Fullerton, Golden West College, and Laguna College of Art and Design.

The exhibit is at the Festival of Arts Third Floor Gallery at Wells Fargo Bank located at 260 Ocean Ave. It is part of an ongoing series of shows that the Festival of Arts will be holding at Wells Fargo. The building is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free. 

The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization whose proceeds support the arts in and about Laguna Beach. 

For more information call (949) 494-1145 or visit www.lagunafestivalofarts.org.


Gallery Q accepting artwork for “Shoreline Inspiration” exhibit

Gallery Q at The Susi Q Senior Center will be accepting artwork for its upcoming exhibit, “Shoreline Inspiration,” on Thursday, March 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

Orange County artists of all ages are invited to join in celebrating spring with works of art that are reflections of you as an artist and inspired by the shores of Laguna or the oceans abroad.

All styles and mediums are encouraged and accepted including collage, paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, relief, mosaics, jewelry, textiles, photography, digital, and mixed media.

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Gallery Q has issued a “call for artists” for upcoming “Shoreline Inspiration” exhibit

The entry fee is $25 per piece, with up to one additional piece at $5. Scholarships are available to individuals 55 plus on a limited income. 

A free artist’s reception with live music, beverages, and light refreshments will take place on Friday, March 15, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from March 11 through April 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Gallery Q presents up to five shows per year at The Susi Q. 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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A portion of funds raised at the “Shoreline Inspiration” exhibition will benefit Laguna Beach Seniors 

To apply, visit the Susi Q front desk or download the guidelines and application form at www.susiq.org/gallery-q.

For more information, call (949) 715-8106. 

The Susi Q Senior Center is located at 380 Third St.


Laguna Art Museum presents One Night/One Painting

Author and critic Peter Clothier invites participants to spend a full hour in front of a single work of art at Laguna Art Museum on Thursday, Feb 28 at 6 p.m. Participants are encouraged to practice meditation and contemplation during the hour.

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Join Laguna Art Museum for a night of contemplating art

Clothier is an internationally-known writer, speaker, and creative consultant who specializes in writing about contemporary art and artists, including the popular “Slow Looking: The Art of Looking at Art.” He has given talks for TEDx Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, and many other venues.

Advance reservations are recommended.

For more information, visit www.lagunartmuseum.org or call (949) 494-8971 x203

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Laguna Playhouse announces casting call for Treasure Island on March 2

Laguna Playhouse will hold auditions for its upcoming play Treasure Island on Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Brick Room – Suite 116. Callbacks will be by invitation only and held on Sunday, March 3. 

Treasure Island is the classic tale of pirates and buried gold. In 1775 from the Admiral Benbow Inn to Skeleton Island in the West Indies, it’s an unforgettable adventure of mayhem and treachery as the young Jim Hawkins falls in with a band of pirates who will do anything to recover Captain Flint’s map and the buried treasure. The show is directed by Donna Inglima, with fight choreography by Jo Ann Mendelson. 

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The Laguna Playhouse theatre awaits new performances

Casting Adults and Youth Adults (ages 12+) will double roles. This is a large cast show and needs actors with strong language skills, physicality, agility, no fear of heights, and a willingness to learn stage combat – rapier, hand-to-hand, knives, falls, acrobats – or have combat experience. It is gender fluid casting. 

Auditions are by appointment only and to be made with Wally Ziegler at (949) 342-1785.   

Audition Requirements include one monologue 1.5 min (max) from classical literature or similar. Bring a photo and resume and your schedule, as you will complete a conflict sheet. 

Ken Ludwig’s Treasure Island performs April 27 - May 5 at Laguna Playhouse and includes two weekday Student Matinees on May 2 and 3.  Production rehearses weekday evenings and one day on the weekend.   

The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.


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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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