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Festival of Arts launches foaTV

The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach is pleased to announce the launch of foaTV, an online library of videos created for the fans of the Pageant of the Masters and the Fine Arts Show to help the community stay connected while also encouraging the appreciation, study, and performance of the arts. 

The Festival’s foaTV debuted to the public on June 15, following its discrete launch to Festival members, volunteers, and exhibiting artists with early access on Wednesday, June 10. 

“We are excited to offer a digital stage that not only allows us to easily showcase the videos we have from past seasons, but also offers our organization the opportunity to broadcast new videos for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their homes,” said Sharbie Higuchi, Director of Marketing/PR and Merchandising at Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach. “Our hope is that foaTV will be resourceful, entertaining, and enriching.”

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Festival of Arts presents online library of videos for fans to stay engaged

Compiling videos, clips, and past digital recordings into one hub, foaTV offers a variety of art-stopping Festival of Arts channels to choose from. Relive fascinating conversations and discussions in “Art Talks Live,” and re-watch your favorite special events from the past years, like the fan-favorite Fashion Show or Celebrity Benefit Night on the “Events” channel. 

The “Meet the Artists” channel showcases videos of the Fine Art Show’s exhibiting artists and takes a deeper look at their work and careers in the arts. Interested in the Festival’s history and art education programs? The Festival of Arts foaTV has that covered too. 

The “Pageant of the Masters” channel allows viewers to watch video clips of past casting calls, behind-the-scenes tours, and footage from media who stepped inside a living picture like hosts from The Today Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Not sure what to watch first? Each week the home page of foaTV will feature a video of the week.

“I believe the arts are needed more now than ever. Watching foaTV over these past few days has allowed me and my family the chance to not only enjoy some of our favorite things about the Festival of Arts, but it has inspired us and brought some comfort to our home,” shared Festival of Arts member Colleen Walker of Newport Beach. “I’ve personally enjoyed learning more about some of the local artists, the Festival’s history, and especially liked the ‘Art Talk Live’ with the Pageant Director.”

“foaTV is just the beginning,” adds Higuchi. “We plan to continue to expand into the digital space and are eager to share more on the Virtual Exhibit in the coming weeks.”

To start watching the all-new foaTV today, visit www.foapom.com/tv

The Festival of Arts foaTV is available free of cost to the public. To stay up to date on all things Pageant of the Masters and Fine Arts Show visit www.foapom.com or follow @FestivalPageant on social media. 

To support the Festival of Arts, visit www.foapom.com/supportnow.

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2020 Virtual Laguna Beach Fête de la Musique streams live on Saturday

With the City of Laguna Beach officially canceling many summer events to comply with the mandated stay-at-home orders and social distancing due to COVID-19, the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association (LBSCA) will be live global streaming the 2020 Laguna Beach Virtual Fête de la Musique on Saturday, June 20 from 12 - 6 p.m., beginning with a streaming Retrospective of Fête History. Presented by LBSCA, it is in collaboration with Rick Conkey and the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) at 235 Forest Ave (2nd floor). To view the live stream, visit www.LBCulturalArtsCenter.org/TV.

There will be two stages for performers – the front stage (elevated) and the rear stage (floor level). Each stage will have its own video camera, operated by people from Alert the Globe, who have many years of experience at streaming live musical performances. The two stages will minimize downtime between performances. 

Rick Conkey will be the MC, and introduce each performer. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the only on-site audience at the LBCAC will be people involved with the performances; it is not open to the general public.

“The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) is honored to play an important local role in maintaining this meaningful worldwide tradition,” said Rick Conkey, founder and director of LBCAC. “During these challenging times, the Fête de la Musique provides vital nourishment for our souls, through an inspiring display of Art, Music, and Culture. At this period in history, I can’t think of a more worthy event to support.”

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Jaszy Lady (Judi Simon) to perform at the Opening Ceremony

Performance Schedule (subject to change):

12 - 1 p.m. Introduction to the Fête, with video highlights from past Fêtes in Laguna Beach.

1 - 1:15 p.m. Opening Ceremony on front stage. U.S. national anthem sung by Jaszy Lady (Judi Simon), who has performed at Fête the last two years; French national anthem sung by April Walsh (a veteran at Fête for seven+ years); Welcoming Speeches by Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen, Sergio Prince, representing Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett’s office and Karyn Philippsen, Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association.

1:15 - 1:50 p.m. on rear stage. April Walsh, chanteuse.

1:50 - 2:30 p.m. on front stage. Sir Henry on sax, with Jaszy Lady on vocals.

2:30 - 3:10 p.m. on rear stage. Rick Weber (Laguna Tenor), opera singer (who has performed at Fête the last three years).

3:10 - 3:50 p.m. on front stage. Lenelle Hamil, singer/songwriter/guitarist (another Fête veteran for seven+ years).

3:50 - 4:30 p.m. on rear stage. Sandro & Tamara Eristavi, French and international songs (second year performing at Fête).

4:30 - 5:15 p.m. on front stage. Bierman Brothers (formerly The Flannels), electric guitar performers (this is the second year these twin brothers are appearing at Fête).

5:30 - 6:15 p.m. on front stage. James Clay Garrison Band, rock music with electric guitar (first time appearing at Fête).

“Since announcing the official cancellation of the 13th Annual Fête de la Musique, the LBSCA board and Fête Committee have been searching for the ideal substitute experience,” said Karyn Philippsen, LBSCA founding president and Fête de la Musique co-chair. “The opportunity to utilize social media for the DIY@Home version, and collaborate with the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center offers the joy and spirit of the award-winning Fête de la Musique in Laguna Beach on World Music Day.”

Everyone is encouraged to share in the Fête de la Musique by bringing music to your own neighborhood on Saturday, June 20 at 1 p.m. with musical performances outdoors or livestreaming them on social media. 

Fête de la Musique plans on returning to the streets of Laguna Beach on Saturday, June 19, 2021, so mark your calendar.

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Sandro & Tamara Eristavi to perform French and international songs

Originating in France in the 1980s, the Fête de la Musique, also known as the International Day of Music, celebrates the beginning of summer and the close affiliation Laguna Beach has with its sister city, Menton, France. 

To view photos and videos from past Fêtes, visit www.lagunabeachsistercities.com/fetedelamusique.

Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association has three sister cities: Menton, France; San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; and St. Ives, England. Since its inception, Laguna Beach Sister Cities, established in 2008, has been focused on cultural, educational, and social exchanges. It is a broad-based, Laguna Beach City Council-approved, all volunteer, non-profit organization (Federal Tax ID #80-0188779). It is a membership-based organization, with renewals taking place in June. 

For more information on membership and how you can support the organization, visit www.lagunabeachsistercities.com and view LBSCA’s Facebook page.

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Festival of Arts launches foaTV

The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach is pleased to announce the launch of

foaTV, an online library of videos created for the fans of the Pageant of the Masters and the Fine Arts Show to help the community stay connected while also encouraging the appreciation, study, and performance of the arts. 

The Festival’s foaTV debuted to the public on June 15, following its discrete launch to Festival members, volunteers, and exhibiting artists with early access on Wednesday, June 10. 

“We are excited to offer a digital stage that not only allows us to easily showcase the videos we have from past seasons, but also offers our organization the opportunity to broadcast new videos for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their homes,” said Sharbie Higuchi, Director of Marketing/PR and Merchandising at Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach. “Our hope is that foaTV will be resourceful, entertaining, and enriching.”

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Festival of Arts presents online library of videos for fans to stay engaged

Compiling videos, clips, and past digital recordings into one hub, foaTV offers a variety of art-stopping Festival of Arts channels to choose from. Relive fascinating conversations and discussions in “Art Talks Live,” and re-watch your favorite special events from the past years, like the fan-favorite Fashion Show or Celebrity Benefit Night on the “Events” channel. 

The “Meet the Artists” channel showcases videos of the Fine Art Show’s exhibiting artists and takes a deeper look at their work and careers in the arts. Interested in the Festival’s history and art education programs? The Festival of Arts foaTV has that covered too. 

The “Pageant of the Masters” channel allows viewers to watch video clips of past casting calls, behind-the-scenes tours, and footage from media who stepped inside a living picture like hosts from The Today Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Not sure what to watch first? Each week the home page of foaTV will feature a video of the week.

“I believe the arts are needed more now than ever. Watching foaTV over these past few days has allowed me and my family the chance to not only enjoy some of our favorite things about the Festival of Arts, but it has inspired us and brought some comfort to our home,” shared Festival of Arts member Colleen Walker of Newport Beach. “I’ve personally enjoyed learning more about some of the local artists, the Festival’s history, and especially liked the ‘Art Talk Live’ with the Pageant Director.”

“foaTV is just the beginning,” adds Higuchi. “We plan to continue to expand into the digital space and are eager to share more on the Virtual Exhibit in the coming weeks.”

To start watching the all-new foaTV today, visit www.foapom.com/tv

The Festival of Arts foaTV is available free of cost to the public. To stay up to date on all things Pageant of the Masters and Fine Arts Show visit www.foapom.com or follow @FestivalPageant on social media. 

To support the Festival of Arts, visit www.foapom.com/supportnow.

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President of Laguna College of Art and Design Jonathan Burke says goodbye

Dear LCAD Community, 

I will be stepping down after ten years as President of Laguna College of Art and Design, effective December 31, 2020. I’ve pondered this decision and feel this is the right time. I leave with great love and devotion for our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Board of Trustees. 

Forty years ago, I came to LCAD as a faculty member with a dream to establish the finest of art colleges. The history of this college is a success story and I’m so pleased to have participated in making that vision a reality. As I reflect on our accomplishments, I am grateful for what we have achieved while I have been president, and I’m confident the college will continue to be a creative and inspiring place to learn, create, and grow as an artist and global citizen.

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Jonathan Burke

Through collective efforts, we developed a road map for the future that enhances the student experience. In the final six months of my presidency, there is much to be done to continue supporting our students. To that end I will continue to focus on the planning phase for a new Student Center. The spirit of this project is to create a supportive learning environment for all students, and will offer services to any student who has unique learning challenges. I thank everyone involved and have been touched by your efforts. 

As I think about my future, I am eager to return to my first passion: spending valuable time in the studio drawing and painting, as well as a desire to return to the wonderful community of representational artists. More than ever, I firmly believe in the value of an art and design college. LCAD continues to provide the best conditions for a creative person to transform and communicate their passion to be an artist into a relevant and fulfilling life and career. 

I will sincerely miss all of you. I trust that LCAD will continue to make the world a more beautiful and meaningful place for all of us.

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Jonathan Burke, president of LCAD, announces retirement

Forty years at Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD). Ten years as President and CEO. The “Lucky 13th” President of the College. Five leadership roles on his journey to the top. 

There’s something oddly comforting and natural in celebrating milestone numbers for leaders. But the truth is that the real markers of Jonathan Burke’s success are not tied to rounded numbers or anniversaries. They are tied to the intangibles: the strategic relationships he cultivated along the way, the community-centric culture that he propagated throughout the organization, the academic rigor for which he held everyone accountable, and the leadership that successfully guided the college and its people to achieve the international standing that LCAD has today.

As he formally announces his retirement (effective December 31, 2020), members of the LCAD community reflect on the profound impact his leadership has had on the institution, its people, and the communities it serves.

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Jonathan Burke delights in taking visitors on tours of the LCAD campus

Jared Mathis, current Chairman of the LCAD Board of Trustees, speaks of the enthusiastic and undying affection that the Board collectively shares for Burke. “His infectious smile, great warmth, and unassuming brand of leadership will be sorely missed. His spirit is woven into the fabric of the college.

“Under his leadership, LCAD has transformed into a premier art college with global recognition. From breathtaking advancements in LCAD’s facilities and technology to the creation of cutting-edge majors, Jonathan Burke implemented his vision for LCAD with a steady hand. Jonathan’s remarkable reputation in the industry, his love of the arts, and great connection to our Laguna Beach community will be impossible to replace,” Mathis adds.

Burke joined LCAD, then known as Laguna Beach School of Art, as a Fine Arts instructor in 1980. His rapport with the students and his extraordinary artistic talents positioned him for growth and leadership within the organization. He soon took on the responsibilities of Chair of Fine Arts, then Dean of Fine Arts, Interim Dean of Visual Communications, and Co-VP of Academic Affairs, which led him to his role as President and CEO.

During Burke’s tenure as President, the school experienced unprecedented evolution and improvements that positioned LCAD for strategically-minded and responsibly-managed growth that allowed the college to provide the state-of-the-art facilities and extensive services to its staff, faculty, and, most importantly, its students. 

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Forward-thinking programs were added under Burke’s leadership

The college added East Campus, which houses the Suzanne Chonette Senior Studios and the Administration Building; South Campus, home to campus housing, AR/VR, graphic design, fine arts photography classrooms, and photography and recording studios; the LCAD Gallery in downtown Laguna Beach; and expansion of the Big Bend Campus, home to classrooms and studios for animation, graphic design, and game art.

“Jonathan has been the heart and soul of this institution since its early days and his commitment to excellence and creativity will long endure at LCAD. I am grateful for the many years we worked together and I know that he will be missed,” stated Hélène Garrison, Chief Operating Officer and Provost of LCAD, who has worked alongside Burke for 35 years.

 With Burke at the helm, the school also added the MFA programs in Drawing, Painting, and Game Design, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and new majors including Entertainment Design and Experimental Animation.

A constant voice and advocate for the students, Burke is a driving force behind the development of a capital campaign to build a new student center at the Big Bend Campus, designed to enhance the student experience.

Terry Jones, Mathis’ successor as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, says, “As Jonathan Burke embarks on his well-deserved retirement, he can find solace in knowing that the LCAD community will carry on this legacy in every aspect of the institution. His heart and soul are – and always will be – embedded deep within the DNA of the school.

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LAM initiates phased reopening – new Granville Redmond exhibition debuts on June 28

After a lengthy closure, Laguna Art Museum (LAM) welcomed visitors again at its reopening on June 12 – with advance tickets required for timed entry. For the next two weeks, LAM will be partially open, featuring two exhibitions while the main level galleries change for the next highly anticipated exhibition of works by Granville Redmond beginning on June 28 (for the general public). 

Admission will be free in the meantime, and limited in capacity with tickets required for timed entry, as the process for a phased reopening will be in place for some time. 

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Part of permanent collection 

LAM Executive Director Malcolm Warner says, “We’re mightily relieved and delighted to be open to the public again after being closed for three months. Currently on show is a special exhibition of watercolors of Mexico from the collection of Gene and Diane Crain, Travels in Mexico, as well as a selection of mid 20th-century paintings from our permanent collection.” 

Travels in Mexico features The California School paintings done in Mexico from the 1930s through the 1980s, by artists including Rex Brandt, Phil Dike, Emil J. Kosa, Jr., Phil Paradise, Millard Sheets, and Milford Zornes, from an art collection formed around personal relationships between collector and artists.

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Millard Sheets, “Windswept,” 1941 

Warner continues, “Behind the scenes, we’re in the process of installing a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of paintings by the great Granville Redmond, a glorious hymn of praise to the natural beauty of California. It opened to acclaim at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento earlier this year but soon closed owing to the pandemic. Laguna Art Museum is its only other venue. We’ll be giving our museum members a preview on June 27, and we’ll open it to the general public on June 28.” 

Redmond produced a body of work that captures California’s diverse topography, vegetation, and color. Representing both northern and southern parts of the state, his paintings range in style from contemplative “Tonalist” works that evoke a quiet calm, to dramatic and colorful Impressionist scenes. Today Redmond is widely considered one of the leading California artists of his era. Granville Redmond: The Eloquent Palette was organized by the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Calif.

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Granville Redmond, untitled, Moonlight Marsh Scene

Born in Philadelphia, Redmond contracted scarlet fever as a toddler, which left him permanently deaf. Soon afterwards, his family moved to California. Redmond is today best known for his images of the California landscape ablaze with poppies and other native flora. Silent film star Charlie Chaplin, his friend and supporter, said of these paintings, “There’s such a wonderful joyousness about them all. Look at the gladness in that sky, the riot of color in those flowers. Sometimes I think that the silence in which he lives has developed in him some sense, some great capacity for happiness in which we others are lacking.”

This exhibition, the largest ever assembled and the first in more than thirty years, includes approximately eighty-five signature paintings. It is accompanied by a substantial, fully illustrated catalogue.

“As well as ramping up our online programs during the closing, we prepared ourselves thoroughly to reopen the moment we had the go-ahead and safety guidelines from the state and county,” says Warner. “We’ll be asking our visitors to wear face masks and maintain physical distancing until further notice. Meanwhile we’ll continue, as ever, to give them a warm welcome and the uplifting experience of great art.”

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“Sand Dunes” by Granville Redmond

“While the museum was closed, our staff worked remotely to offer art and inspiration online. We also planned for the day when we could safely open again, looking forward to a time when arts and culture may begin to return to normal.”

The LAM+LAB at Home pages have been popular. These projects were among the museum’s first digital offerings after closing, with LAM’s education team working quickly to develop content that could be useful for teachers and parents, modeled on the projects that normally take place inside the museum or in classrooms where LAM’s educators travel. LAM now has more than a dozen online art projects that relate to the museum’s exhibitions and collections, and more coming soon to complement the next exhibition.

LAM also started a new landing page with LAM at Home, compiling digital offerings – including LAM+LAB at Home – plus video versions of the museum’s regular Thursday evening programs: Live! at the Museum concerts are embedded on LAM’s site with YouTube links; Film Night is now streaming, sometimes with special filmed introductions; and lectures are presented as videos now as well. LAM plans to continue programs digitally rather than onsite for the foreseeable future.

New protocols

To help ensure the health and safety of fellow guests and museum staff, visitors are asked to follow the protocols below:

--Visitors will be screened for symptoms, including a contactless temperature check.

--Face masks are required for visitors and staff.

--Physical distancing of six feet, except between members of the same household, is encouraged.

Advance tickets for timed entry are required. Click here to select a date and time.

LAM’s new hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily, except on Wednesdays when the museum is closed. There are currently no guided tours.

LAM is located at 307 Cliff Dr. 

For more information and to access LAM at Home and LAM+LAB at Home, go to www.lagunaartmuseum.org or call (949) 494-8971.

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Laguna Beach artists join Art Help for Heroes exhibition at Gallery Dana Bay

Gallery Dana Bay Dana Point proudly announces the opening of the exhibition Art Help For Heroes, to be displayed with a private debut from June 19-21. Twenty select artists, among those four from Laguna Beach – Robert Holton, Steve Adam, David Kizziar, and Cliff Wassmann – have joined Gallery Dana Bay in a consolidated effort to publicly acknowledge their appreciation and support for emergency responders and healthcare workers. 

Holton is the creator of the Heroes Phone booth on Forest Ave and created the mixed media Punch Out Pandemic as the supporting piece just for this auction. He is also a Sawdust Festival exhibitor. 

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Robert Holton’s “Punch Out Pandemic”

Steve Adam is the artist behind the painting Off the Grid Hope. Adam grew up with ocean water and salt breezes in his blood. Originally from Louisiana, he came to Dana Point nearly 38 years ago and never left. He is currently a resident of Coastal Laguna Niguel and an owner/operator of his own gallery located in Laguna Beach at 760 So Coast Hwy.

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“Off the Grid Hope” by Steve Adam

The oil painting Bioluminescent Moonset was created by Cliff Wassmann. At the same time people were being encouraged to light blue lights as a show of support for health care workers, the ocean up and down the SoCal coast was hit with a red tide that made the waves glow blue for over three weeks including during a Supermoon. 

Wassman says, “Difficult to photograph, I decided to do a rendition in oil paint of what I experienced that night at 4 a.m.”

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Cliff Wassmann’s “Bioluminescent Moonset” 

David Kizziar created the oil painting Canal Venezia for the fundraiser. David chose this subject to convey a hopeful reminder of beauty and life prior to COVID-19. Venice, Italy is a city of charmed waterways, which reflect an array of emotions from love and passion, mourning and death, peace and restoration; and with a strong history of courageous people, symbolic of the resiliency of a united community.

So private is the exhibition, that depending on City regulations, patrons must make appointments to see the work and meet the artist(s) of their choice. (Think like King Tut tickets and schedule!) The exhibition visit is free. What makes the exhibition by these 20 select artists unique is that the Gallery has provided each artist a 16” x 20” birch cradled panel with a challenge for each artist to create a timely and timeless statement in their own visual art communication on the same format. 

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David Kizziar working from home on “Canal Venezia”

The art is universal and does not necessarily relate to the current circumstances. Gallery Dana Bay believes artists provide an essential service to community through their creativity and expression of humanity. The select artists are creating unique artworks that are being offered in a special presentation with the proceeds benefiting the ‘Heroes.’ 

According to Gallery Director and Project Founder Dana Yarger, “We’re hoping the public will share this opportunity to show their appreciation for ‘Heroes’ by acquiring the artworks at high prices. These master artworks not only reflect the gifts and talents of each artist but these unique artworks become a historical symbol of the artists’ and the owners’ appreciation in support of the ‘Heroes.’” 

The artworks will be presented through the website www.ArtHelpForHeroes.com and social media and in Gallery Dana Bay for a private sneak preview.

How to buy: Offers may be made via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No “silent bidding.” Offers will be confidential, so the most generous supporters will own these works. The exhibition and availability of the artwork ends July 11. The starting price for each artwork is only $500. All art will be sold. 

The Gallery believes the spirit of the project will encourage generosity of support and command record prices for these historical artworks. To encourage early offers and acquisition, several artists have created a confidential “buy-it-now” price; when achieved, the artwork will be sold with no additional or higher offers. Supporters will receive a letter of appreciation and free local delivery. The Gallery will assist in shipping. Visit or call to see the art from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. all days and by appointment.

Gallery Dana Bay is located in Dana Point Lantern District at 24682 Del Prado. For more information, call (949) 276-7597.

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Laguna Art Museum presents Banksy film

On Thursday, June 18 at 6 p.m., Laguna Art Museum will present Exit Through the Gift Shop via home streaming. The film documents Banksy, the infamous, shadowy British graffiti street artist who has literally left his mark on cities throughout the world.

In Exit Through the Gift Shop, Banksy comes in contact with Thierry Guetta, a Los Angeles-based Frenchman who videotapes various underground art escapades, which is later transformed into an art phenomenon dubbed “Mr. Brainwash.” 

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LAM presents “Exit Through the Gift Shop” via home streaming

Rhys Ifans narrates an overlapping documentary where the line between what is real and what might be fake blurs, as modern art and celebrity are put under the microscope.

The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

To view the stream, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org/events/exit-through-the-gift-shop.

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Laguna Beach artists join Art Help for Heroes exhibition at Gallery Dana Bay

Gallery Dana Bay Dana Point proudly announces the opening of the exhibition Art Help For Heroes, to be displayed with a private debut from June 19-21. Twenty select artists, among those three from Laguna Beach – Robert Holton, Steve Adam, and Cliff Wassmann – have joined Gallery Dana Bay in a consolidated effort to publicly acknowledge their appreciation and support for emergency responders and healthcare workers. 

Holton is the creator of the Heroes Phone booth on Forest Ave and created  the mixed media Punch Out Pandemic as the supporting piece just for this auction. He is also a Sawdust Festival exhibitor. 

Steve Adam is the artist behind the painting Off the Grid Hope. Adam grew up with ocean water and salt breezes in his blood. Originally from Louisiana, he came to Dana Point nearly 38 years ago and never left. He is currently a resident of Coastal Laguna Niguel and an owner/operator of his own gallery located in Laguna Beach at 760 So Coast Hwy.

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Robert Holton’s “Punch Out Pandemic”

The oil painting Bioluminescent Moonset was created by Cliff Wassmann. At the same time people were being encouraged to light blue lights as a show of support for health care workers, the ocean up and down the SoCal coast was hit with a red tide that made the waves glow blue for over three weeks including during a Supermoon. 

Wassman says, “Difficult to photograph, I decided to do a rendition in oil paint of what I experienced that night at 4 a.m.”

So private is the exhibition, that depending on City regulations, patrons must make appointments to see the work and meet the artist(s) of their choice. (Think like King Tut tickets and schedule!) The exhibition visit is free. What makes the exhibition by these 20 select artists unique is that the Gallery has provided each artist a 16” x 20” birch cradled panel with a challenge for each artist to create a timely and timeless statement in their own visual art communication on the same format. 

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“Off the Grid Hope” by Steve Adam

The art is universal and does not necessarily relate to the current circumstances. Gallery Dana Bay believes artists provide an essential service to community through their creativity and expression of humanity. The select artists are creating unique artworks that are being offered in a special presentation with the proceeds benefiting the ‘Heroes.’ 

According to Gallery Director and Project Founder Dana Yarger, “We’re hoping the public will share this opportunity to show their appreciation for ‘Heroes’ by acquiring the artworks at high prices. These master artworks not only reflect the gifts and talents of each artist but these unique artworks become a historical symbol of the artists’ and the owners’ appreciation in support of the ‘Heroes.’” 

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Cliff Wassmann’s “Bioluminescent Moonset” 

The artworks will be presented through the website www.ArtHelpForHeroes.com and social media and in Gallery Dana Bay for a private sneak preview beginning June 15. 

How to buy: Offers may be made via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No “silent bidding.” Offers will be confidential, so the most generous supporters will own these works. The exhibition and availability of the artwork ends July 11. The starting price for each artwork is only $500. All art will be sold. 

The Gallery believes the spirit of the project will encourage generosity of support and command record prices for these historical artworks. To encourage early offers and acquisition, several artists have created a confidential “buy-it-now” price; when achieved, the artwork will be sold with no additional or higher offers. Supporters will receive a letter of appreciation and free local delivery. The Gallery will assist in shipping. Visit or call to see the art from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. all days and by appointment.

Gallery Dana Bay is located in Dana Point Lantern District at 24682 Del Prado. For more information, call (949) 276-7597.

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Artists invited to paint the blooms at South Laguna Community Garden, deadline June 30

The colorful blooms at the South Laguna Community Garden Park are calling out to be painted. The Garden is especially beautiful now, and artists are invited to come experience and record their interpretations on canvas (or other medium) as part of a painting competition.

Artists are already experiencing the South Laguna Community Garden Park and making works of art for the Art Competition being held now, but there is still time to enter!

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Barbara Hawthorne painting “Bachelor Buttons”

The Garden is closed to the general public during this pandemic period, but artists are being welcomed with their easels and sketch pads, with the goal of producing inspiring artwork to share with others during this difficult time. Face coverings and maintenance of social distance are required.

The winning artwork will be featured most prominently in the Garden Park’s annual fundraiser, to be held October 3, but all of the works will be shown in the silent auction publicity. The artists will decide the opening bid and can either keep 50 percent of the sale or donate the full amount to the garden cause. 

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Sandra Morrison working on piece for the competition

Last year’s gala/farm-to-table dinner benefit for the Garden featured an engaging painting of the Garden by Michael Obermeyer on the invitation cover. The Garden will highlight an artist’s work again at this year’s event, planned for October 3. But because being able to hold a similar event this year is uncertain, the Garden has a contingency plan – a painting competition and art sale that would be part of the event, or online depending on the circumstances, featuring the winner but including all of the submitted works.

Entries are due June 30. For more information and to register for the competition, go to http://southlaguna.org/garden/art-competition-at-the-garden-park.

The Garden will provide a registration badge that you should keep with you while you are painting at the Garden since only Garden members and registered artists are allowed inside the Garden at this time.

Download and fill out the registration form and send to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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