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Festival Runway Fashion Show, one of FOA’s most anticipated events, takes place August 19

On Sunday, Aug 19 from 12 - 3 p.m., one of Festival of Arts’ most fun and anticipated events will take place, the Festival Runway Fashion show, during which the artists literally strut their stuff – the stuff they have imaginatively put together to create amazing fashion-forward outfits, a la Project Runway.

The event is included with $15 Festival admission. Limited seating is available in a reserved section for $25 per person (includes Festival admission).

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A few of last year’s models

The Festival of Arts is known for putting on truly unique and imaginative events, and this summer Festival artists are making fashion their medium at the Festival Runway Fashion Show.

See who’s in and who’s out this year as Festival artists compete to create the most inspired couture using reclaimed, reused, or recycled materials. 

Selecting the winners will be a panel of fashion experts including Kaye Spilker (Curator of Costumes & Textiles at LACMA), Alex Jaeger (Costume Designer) and Nelson Coates (Production Designer).

Festival of Arts information

Dates & Times: July 5 – September 1; Open weekdays: 12 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.; Open weekends: 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.; Early closing: August 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Ticket Information: General Admission: Weekdays $10, Weekends $15;

Students & Seniors: Weekdays $7, Weekends $11; Children 6-12: $5; free admission for children five and under, military, and Laguna Beach residents.

Passport to the Arts: A special promotion (funded in part by Bank of America) for only $29. Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair. Guests enjoy works of art by more than 500 artists, 300 hands-on workshops, dozens of special events, plus a one-time, all-day free parking pass with each Passport purchased. Order online at www.LagunaBeachPassport.com. Passports are also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters. 

Sponsors: Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by

Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5,

Pavilions and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Location: Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For Information & Tickets: (800) 487-3378, www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org


The Laguna Beach Art Association will host a discussion led by Dr. Deborah Solon on Thursday

This Thursday, July 26, art historian and co-curator of Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association 1919-1935, Deborah Solon, will discuss the Laguna Beach Art Association in the context of twentieth century art associations. The discussion will begin at 6 p.m.

The exhibition currently at Laguna Art Museum celebrates the centennial of the Laguna Beach Art Association. It’s a tremendous milestone in both the history of the art association and the art colony in Laguna Beach. The exhibition is part of a yearlong celebration marking the museum’s history and legacy, honoring those early artists who influenced the fabric of the developing community, and surveys the evolution of the art association through the 1930s.

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Early pioneers of art in Laguna Beach

Art associations were a phenomenon of the late nineteenth-century, both on the East and West Coasts. But, no two art associations were alike. The Laguna Beach Art Association was a pioneering organization, whose inception helped determine the fortunes of the Laguna Beach art colony and its artists. 

Although monographs have been published on several members of the art association – and some scholarship has focused on aspects of the organization – this is the first large-scale, critical study to focus exclusively on the art association’s growth and development. The exhibition includes over 100 works by 66 artists, including a number of works by major artists that were seen in the original exhibitions.

Dr. Deborah Solon will present a discussion about the historical art association and its relation to modern times. A professor of art history, Solon has a PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Solon has worked as a curator, an auction house professional, and she owns her own business as a fine art appraiser. 

Admission is included with museum admission. To reserve tickets in advance, visit: https://41554.blackbaudhosting.com/41554/Speaker-Series-The-Laguna-Beach-Art-Association.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive. For more information, visit www.lagunartmuseum.org.


Screening of With My Own Two Hands Foundation documentary raises $126,035 for children in Kenya

With My Own Two Hands Foundation’s fifth annual red carpet philanthropy fundraiser, held on Sunday, July 15 at The Port Theater in Corona Del Mar, featured the screening of the documentary “Our Children – Twant Twitu” by Circle3Production. 

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(L-R) Filmmaker Luke Griggs and Kenyan Program Director Joel Misango

The movie played to a sold-out crowd and raised $126,035 for water and agriculture programs to nourish and educate children in Kenya. With My Own Two Hands Foundation, founded by Lindsey Pluimer in 2011, is committed to providing water and agriculture projects that fund education and create self-reliant communities in Africa. 

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“Our Children – Twana Twitu” screened at Port Theater

Stan Verrett, anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter, and host of the event for the fourth straight year, said, “I have participated in this event every year. The first year I attended as a guest, and the last four years I have had the honor of hosting. With My Own Two Hands Foundation does incredible work, and I am inspired by the sustainable change and enormous impact they make on thousands of lives.”

“We are so grateful for all of our sponsors, Bialetti, Gorjana, HyperIce, Kore1, Big Sky Wellness, and Hula Daddy Coffee. Asian Box and GG’s Bistro donated all of the incredible food, and we had so many amazing local businesses who donated to our hugely successful silent auction,” said Lindsey Pluimer, founder. “The support from all of these companies helps us fulfill our mission of providing the basic life necessities to people in Africa through sustainable solutions.” 

For more information about With My Own Two Hands, visit www.withmyown2hands.org.


Rita Rudner co-writes & stars in musical comedy Two’s A Crowd: Jason Feddy’s the songwriter

Laguna resident Rita Rudner will star with Davis Gaines in the musical comedy titled Two’s A Crowd, which will run at Laguna Playhouse from September 7-16. 

Songs are by Laguna’s own Jason Feddy, beloved musician and songwriter known throughout town. 

The play focuses on characters Tom and Wendy who are complete opposites. After a computer error, freewheeling Tom and uptight Wendy do their best to ruin each other’s vacations. Will they get to know each other well enough to reveal the real reasons behind their travel? Will they agree on sleeping arrangements? Will room service ever arrive? 

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Rita Rudner takes the stage at Laguna Playhouse as Wendy 

The show was written by Martin Bergman and Rita Rudner, husband and wife. Martin is a producer and writer, known for movies like Pete’s Friends and A Weekend in the Country. Rita has starred on Broadway for many years in plays such as Annie Follies. Davis Gaines, is a well-known actor who has starred in the Broadway show Phantom of the Opera more than 2,000 times. 

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Davis Gaines is taking the stage at Laguna Playhouse as Tom 

Two’s A Crowd pairs audience favorites Rita Rudner and Davis Gaines in the world’s first unromantic comedy. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


Festival of Arts: Calendar of events July 28 – Aug 3

Get your dancing gear on and pick up your palette and your paintbrushes – it’s going to be a fun week at the Festival of Arts.

Weekend Nightly Music Schedule
Daily at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission
Saturday, July 28: Peter Sprague
Sunday, July 29: The Tony Guerrero Quintet

Adult and Teen Art Classes:
Exotic Glazing with Marty Barth
Date: Saturday, July 28
Time: 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

This class is an introduction to the world of exotic glazes, showcasing the techniques behind unusual glazes not readily available to the general public. Using a ceramic piece created by Instructor Marty Barth, students will apply color and shine to their clay base. Participants will receive step-by-step instruction on proper application technique to create a stunning one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Classes. For ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred.

Wine & Painting Nights
Getting to the Point with Anthony Salvo
Date: Saturday, July 28
Time: 8:30 – 10 p.m.
Cost: $75 (includes Festival admission)

Uncork your creativity this summer at the Festival of Arts. Enjoy a fun painting workshop, while surrounded by beautiful art. Learn easy step-by-step processes, as taught by noted Festival exhibitor Anthony Salvo. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece! All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. $75 materials fee per person, per class. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required.

Adult and Teen Art Classes
Drawing with Ray Brown
Date: Sunday, July 29
Time: 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Students will learn the foundational principles of drawing. Working from a still life set-up, participants will be guided as a group and individually starting from a basic block-in all the way through to a completed rendered drawing. Students will also be informed as to the best materials and supplies to use when making their own drawings. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced levels.

Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Classes. Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. 

Weekday Nightly Music Schedule
Daily at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival Admission
Monday, July 30: Dan Krikorian Band
Tuesday, July 31: The Beatroots (part of the Tribute Tuesday music series)
Wednesday, August 1: Missiles of October
Thursday, Aug 2: Gregg Karukas and Michael Paulo (part of the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series)
Friday, Aug 3: Tony Guerrero presents “Girls Jazz Night” (part of the Step into the Spotlight Music series)

Youth Arts Education Workshops
Mondays – Fridays 1 & 3 p.m.
Cost: $25+ material fee/session

Monday, July 30: Printmaking (1 p.m.), Drawing (3 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 31: Ceramics (1 p.m.), Painting (3 p.m.)
Wednesday, Aug1: Painting (1 p.m.), Watercolors (3 p.m.)
Thursday, Aug 2: Wax Painting (1 p.m.), Ceramics (3 p.m.)
Friday, Aug 3: Sun Prints (1 p.m.), Mixed Media (3 p.m.)

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Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Art Classes this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids will enjoy art classes taught by professional Festival artists in mixed media, watercolors, collage and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds. Festival artists will also share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment that will inspire your kids to come back every week. 

Open to children ages 5 - 12. Reservations required

Art & Story Time
Date: Monday, July 30
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Art and Story Time is a weekly series for children five and under. Every Monday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., enjoy a different book read aloud plus a hands-on art project. Fun for children and their parents. On Monday, July 30, join us for “Monster Patrol” by James Scott.

Art Talks and Tea
Sponsored by PBS SoCal
Date: Wednesday, Aug 1
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

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Brian Giberson (above) will talk art on August 1

Whether you’re an informed connoisseur, an amateur collector, or an art lover, join in fascinating and informative discussions with Festival of Arts exhibitors at Art Talks and Tea, sponsored by PBS SoCal. Enjoy tea on the Festival’s green while listening to artists talk about their inspiration, history, and careers in art. 

On Wednesday, Aug 1, the topic will be “Mix it Up,” a conversation with mixed media artists Brian Giberson, Mary Aslin, Roberto Brun, Carolyn Machado, Mia Moore, and Casey Parlette.

Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate:
Live Performance by Gregg Karukas and Michael Paulo

Sponsored by Charles Schwab
Date: Thursday, Aug 2
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 in addition to $10 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $35 per person (includes Festival admission).

Chocolate, wine, and all that jazz sweetens up the Festival of Arts this summer! On Thursday nights, indulge your senses at the Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate series. Sample a wide variety of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected to compliment and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates from XAN Confections. The Festival’s casual and classy outdoor setting, together with the soulful sounds of jazz surrounded by fine art, creates an ideal evening for friends, sweethearts, and family. 

Grammy winning keyboardist/composer Gregg Karukas is enjoying the rare accomplishment of two consecutive #1 hit songs and three Top 5 chart hits from his stellar 2014 CD release “Soul Secrets”. His 2nd single, “Rio Drive,” was named the #1 most played song of 2015 on Alan Kepler’s Smooth Jazz Top 20 and #2 on Billboard’s 2015 airplay chart.

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One of the most versatile and cosmopolitan saxophonists in pop, soul and contemporary jazz for nearly 35 years, Michael Paulo has added his distinct “saxpertise” to a virtual who’s who of artists. A dynamic live performer, Michael has constantly left his audiences wanting more. His emotive playing and endearing style has never failed to capture the hearts of his fans all over the world.

Adult and Teen Art Workshops
Watercolors with Lillian Anna Blouin
Date: Friday, Aug 3
Time: 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Discover the art of watercolor. Instructor Lillian Anna Blouin will guide students through creating their own work of art using a variety of watercolor techniques. Starting with the basics of constructing a composition, Blouin will demonstrate different forms of washes including some unconventional methods for students to use on their own canvas. The end result will be a beautiful and unique watercolor painting to take home.

Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Workshops. Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. 

Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road

For full schedule and reservations, call 800.487.3378 or visit: www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org


Laguna Beach Live! presents Anne Walsh Quartet July 25 at [seven-degrees]

The Laguna Beach Live! Jazz Wednesdays Summer Series features world jazz vocalist Anne Walsh Quartet on July 25 at [seven-degrees].

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Anne Walsh

Anne Walsh began her singing career in high school choir and continued into college to study voice and music therapy. After graduation, Anne moved from Massachusetts to Los Angeles where she discovered her voice in many genres including rock & roll, jazz, opera, and musicals. 

She holds a Master’s degree from Cal State Long Beach and currently resides on the faculty of American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles, a college for the performing arts. Presently, among gigs at the Long Beach Carpenter Center, McKinney Theatre, and various clubs including Spaghettini’s Jazz Club, Anne is touring nationally and internationally.

Jazz Wednesdays Summer 2018 is located in the distinctive [seven-degrees] event facility, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd. Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner and social hour. Dinner will be served through to 7 p.m. Dinner menu varies by concert. 

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Seating is assigned according to date of purchase, season ticket holders and Laguna Beach Live! membership.

For more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org.


Spamalot opens tonight at No Square Theatre

Spamalot, the kids’ musical based on Monty Python’s “Search for the Holy Grail” and featuring some of our community’s brightest young talent, opens this weekend at No Square Theatre. This special edition is based on the book and lyrics by Eric Idle, with music by John DuPrez and Eric Idle. Ella Wyatt directs the talented young cast, with music direction by Susan Thoren Geiser. 

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Douglas Spam is getting ready for the big performances ahead 

Spamalot (young@part) brings the comic genius of the zany British crew to a whole new generation. Monty Python fans of all ages will enjoy the familiar sight gags and laugh lines that have become part of our culture. Belly laughs are guaranteed, and coconuts are optional. (If you get that, you’re already a fan. If not, come and see why it’s funny!)

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Get ready to see young talent put on the number Umbrellas 

Featuring some terrific young talent: Chase Benson, Will Briggs, Rylee Bullington, Story Bullington, Nico Camacho, Alfie Cant, Caroline Coleman, Kami Crawford, Chloe Flaherty, Finn Flanagan, Laird Garcia, Jonah Goldstein, Lila Goldstein, Kate Hennessy, Alexandra Keyser, Lauren Kimball, Joie Lucas, Kate Motherway, Taite Morrison, Douglas No`age, Meghan Reardon, Kemper Rodi, Nathan Ryan, Kate Storke, Shelby Thomas, Lauren Trautenberg, Mackenzie Wrap, and Joely Rose Wyatt.

Performances open this weekend, Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m.; and also run next weekend on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m.

No Square Theatre is in Historic Legion Hall, at 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of the High School. The High School has ample free parking. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance.

No Square Theatre is generously sponsored by The Lodging Establishments & City of Laguna Beach, Patrick Quilter, Dorene & Lee Butler Family Foundation, Yvonne & John Browning, The City of Laguna Beach, Stella Charton in Memory of Lloyd Charton, Ann & Charlie Quilter in Honor of Joe Lauderdale, Carolyn & Tom Bent, Patrick Quilter/Quilter Labs, Festival of Arts Foundation, Laguna Board of Realtors Charitable Assistance Fund, Hall Family Foundation, and Vicki & Steve McIntosh.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $30 for VIP front row, and $10 for kids up to age 12. All tickets available at www.nosquare.org.


Urban Voices perform free concert at Laguna Beach United Methodist on Sunday, July 29

Acclaimed choral group Urban Voices will perform a free concert Sunday, July 29 at the 10 a.m. worship service at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church (LBUMC). Directed by Leav Sofer of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, the group is composed of residents from the Los Angeles Skid Row community. 

The choir serves as a bridge to the John Wesley Health Centers in LA, which offers health and wellness services for the homeless in LA. 

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Urban Voices

 Everyone is invited to attend the concert, as well as the lunch to be held in Healton Hall following the service. A $5 offering is encouraged (for the meal). Following the concert and lunch, attendees are also welcome to join the choir for fun and fellowship at Treasure Island Beach at the ocean end of Wesley Dr.

Lynn Francis, pastor of LBUMC, says, “We are excited to be welcoming the Urban Voices Project for its premiere concert in Orange County. The performers in this remarkable choir are using their talents to enrich and positively impact the L.A. Community. As they’ve now discovered, the dedication to music has served to enrich their own lives, opening doors for their future.”

Urban Voices Project has performed throughout the Los Angeles area and been featured in the Los Angeles Times and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”  Guest instructors have included conductors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Opera.

LBUMC is located at 21632 Wesley Dr, up the hill from the Gelson’s Shopping Center. 

For additional information, contact the church at (949) 499-3088 or visit www.lbumc.org.


Laguna Dance Festival: four exciting performances on an intimate stage October 4 - 7…and there’s more

As part of the Laguna Dance Festival’s 14th annual summer and fall program, the organization will bring to the local stage a variety of stunning dance performances between October 4 - 7 as well as two master classes. The program will also include a free backstage peek with Complexions, a one-night-only Bowie tribute, featuring international dance stars in their prime.

Prior to those dates, there will be two free performances at the Festival of Arts grounds on July 29 and August 26, and then a bonus show by an athletic Afro-Colombian contemporary troupe on October 25 at Neighborhood Congregational Church’s Bridge Hall.

Introducing the onstage festival on Thursday, Oct 4 at 7 p.m. is a free dance experience dubbed Backstage with Complexions, offering a unique opportunity for audiences to observe the rehearsal process, speak directly with performers, and gain a deeper understanding of the dances being performed during the Festival. In an onstage demonstration, the Director will work with star dancers from Complexions Contemporary Ballet, leading them through a live rehearsal.

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Laguna Beach native Skylar Campbell, a principal dancer with National Ballet of Canada, will return to his hometown to appear in Laguna Dance Festival’s “Stars of Dance” performances October 6 & 7 

On Friday, October 5 – one night only – Laguna Beach audiences will experience the brilliance of David Bowie with StarDust, Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s dance tribute to the late rock icon. This production will feature the rhythms, personas and musical drama of nine Bowie songs including “Changes,” “Rock and Roll Suicide,” “Heroes” and “Space Oddity.” StarDust takes the genre-crossing, gender-bending, boundary-breaking music of Bowie and translates it into powerful, poignant movement to create a tribute to his restless artistic invention.

StarDust made its West Coast premiere at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on April 20. Included in the evening program are excerpts from Complexions’ contemporary repertory. Complexions Contemporary Ballet, founded in 1994 by master choreographers Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, mixes methods, styles and cultures to create groundbreaking movement.

Audiences will have the unique opportunity to see current and future stars share the stage in one spectacular program at the Stars of Dance shows on Saturday, Oct 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct 7, at 2 p.m. Onstage in dazzling duets and solos will be principal ballerina and Breaking Pointe TV reality series star Beckanne Sisk and soloist Chase O’Connell of Ballet West, Laguna Beach native Skylar Campbell and Jordana Daumec of National Ballet of Canada, and Dores Andre and Joseph Walsh of San Francisco Ballet.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet will perform excerpts by choreographer Dwight Rhoden, and America’s Got Talent finalist DIAVOLO/Architecture in Motion will present Knockturne by director/choreographer Jacques Heim. In addition, dancers from USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s inaugural BFA class will perform a variety of works choreographed by Barak Marshall, Aszure Barton and Laguna Dance Festival founder and artistic director Jodie Gates.

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Terk Waters of Complexions Contemporary Ballet will appear in the single performance of “StarDust,” a moving tribute to David Bowie on October 5, part of the Laguna Dance Festival

The festival’s four onstage performances will be held at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets are on sale now at www.lagunadancefestival.org and will go on sale August 6 at Laguna Playhouse.

In addition to these shows, the Laguna Dance Festival will present free public dance performances by Entity Contemporary Dance and Contra Tiempo, both based in Los Angeles, on Sunday, July 29 and Sunday, August 26 at 1 and 2 p.m. at the Festival of Arts grounds’ outdoor stage. 

Entity, directed by Will Johnston and Marissa Osato, is a professional contemporary dance company that interweaves modern, jazz, and hip hop dance techniques to present dynamic repertory that explores the depths of human emotionality and connectivity. Contra Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater, founded in 2005 and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez, is rooted in salsa and Afro-Cuban movement and draws from hip-hop and contemporary dance theater. Contra Tiempo’s dancers create an invigorating blend of physically intense performance that pushes the boundaries of Latin dance as an expressive cultural and contemporary form.

Laguna Dance Festival, now in its 14th year, is regarded as one of Orange County’s major annual cultural events and continues to be an important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists. Its mission is to present world-class dance performance, increase public appreciation for the art, and provide quality dance education. Visit www.lagunadancefestival.org for more information.


The Laguna Beach Art Association will host a discussion led by Dr. Deborah Solon on July 26

On July 26, art historian and co-curator of Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association 1919-1935, Deborah Solon, will discuss the Laguna Beach Art Association in the context of twentieth century art associations.

The exhibition currently at Laguna Art Museum celebrates the centennial of the Laguna Beach Art Association. It’s a tremendous milestone in both the history of the art association and the art colony in Laguna Beach. The exhibition is part of a yearlong celebration marking the museum’s history and legacy, honoring those early artists who influenced the fabric of the developing community, and surveys the evolution of the art association through the 1930s.

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Early pioneers of art in Laguna Beach

Art associations were a phenomenon of the late nineteenth-century, both on the East and West Coasts. But, no two art associations were alike. The Laguna Beach Art Association was a pioneering organization, whose inception helped determine the fortunes of the Laguna Beach art colony and its artists. 

Although monographs have been published on several members of the art association – and some scholarship has focused on aspects of the organization – this is the first large-scale, critical study to focus exclusively on the art association’s growth and development. The exhibition includes over 100 works by 66 artists, including a number of works by major artists that were seen in the original exhibitions.

Dr. Deborah Solon will present a discussion about the historical art association and its relation to modern times. A professor of art history, Solon has a PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Solon has worked as a curator, an auction house professional, and she owns her own business as a fine art appraiser. 

The discussion will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 at Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive.

Admission is included with museum admission.

To reserve tickets in advance, visit: https://41554.blackbaudhosting.com/41554/Speaker-Series-The-Laguna-Beach-Art-Association.

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