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LPAPA holds its Annual Dinner Party and Miniature Auction FUNdraiser on June 14 at [seven-degrees]

LPAPA invites guests to join together on Thursday June 14 at [seven-degrees] between 5 and 9 p.m. for one of the most anticipated – and fun – art lover’s dinner parties of the year: LPAPA’s Annual Dinner Party & Miniature Auction FUNdraiser. 

Guests will enjoy a selection of fine wines, passed hors d’oeuvres, a sumptuous gourmet buffet, and delectable desserts specially prepared by the [seven-degrees] culinary experts. No-host cocktail selections will also be available. 

Special guest Mr. Jean Stern, Associate Director of The UCI Institute and Museum for California Art, will indulge guests with stories of Laguna’s artistic legacy and share the history of a special miniature masterpiece by Arthur Rozaire from his private collection. 

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Winter Scene by Arthur Rozaire (1879-1922), 4” x 6” oil on board, c. 1905

Private Collection of Jean and Linda Stern

LPAPA will bring Laguna’s past into the present with a lively live auction of 4” x 4” miniature original framed paintings by some favorite Laguna Plein Air Invitational Artists: Suzie Baker, Zufar Bikbov, Carl Bretzke, Rick J.Delanty, Jennifer Diehl, Aimee Erickson, Andy Evansen, Debra Joy Groesser, Joseph  Gyurcsak, Stephanie Hartshorn, Jane Hunt, Charlie Hunter, Richard Lindenberg, Daniel Marshall, Jim McVicker, Clark Mitchell, Michael Obermeyer, Rita Pacheco, Jason Sacran, Anthony Salvo, Michael Situ, J. Ken Spencer and Michele Usibelli. 

This is an exclusive opportunity to spend an evening with art lovers and have the opportunity to add a little gem of a miniature to your collection…and help LPAPA write another chapter in preserving Laguna’s plein air painting heritage. Proceeds from the auctioned paintings will further LPAPA’s Mission and support its Education and Invitational Program.

[seven-degrees] is located at 894 Laguna Canyon Road.

Tickets are $125. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.lpapa.org for more information, or call Rosemary Swimm at (949) 376-3635.


LCAD Graphic Design + Digital Media students create new brand identity for Sherman Library & Gardens 

Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) BFA program in Graphic Design and Digital Media has designed a new brand experience for Sherman Library & Gardens. 

Sherman Library Director Paul Wormser and Garden Director Scott LeFluer worked with Dana Herkelrath, LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media Professor on the six-week long project. 

They provided access to research, historical and current data as well as gave feedback during mid-progress and final presentations. Students developed final brand identity solutions that included symbol and type solutions, color stories for brand expression, unique interfaces for web and mobile access, environmental graphic design for exterior signage as well as wayfinding in the garden. Students also considered advertising, marketing and merchandise for the Sherman Library & Gardens Garden Shop.

LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media Alumni Emily Atwood, Ridan Arellano, and Torye Cooke were recognized as creating outstanding work that was relevant to the new brand experience.

LCAD Graphic Sherman building

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Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar

“What impressed me most was the consideration and creativity the students brought to the project,” said Wormser. “They took the time to explore the gardens and library, to ask questions, and to incorporate their experiences in their final products. We are very pleased by the final product.”

According to Wormser, Sherman Library & Gardens Garden Shop is rolling out the new logo and rebranding in presentations to various stakeholders, including announcements in the printed and electronic newsletters.

 “Students invested in design discovery, on-site interviews, tours and comprehensive research to determine how to best approach the guest and brand experience at this local cultural icon,” said Herkelrath. “We very much appreciate Sherman Library & Gardens for the opportunity to allow LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media students to engage in designing and developing a multi-faceted solution for a local historical cultural center.”

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Rollout of new logo for Sherman Library & Gardens

This was the first collaboration between LCAD and Sherman Library & Gardens, but not the first time LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media has partnered with leading brands to give students a real-life, immersive educational experience. Industry partners such as Anaheim Ducks, WATG, Museum of Modern Art, Taco Bell, Vans, Hurley, Nike, Stance and others have tapped the creative talents of LCAD students whose skill sets includes print, advertising, web, 3D motion, video, iPad development, packaging, UI/UX and virtual reality (VR).

Thanks to immersive, real-world experiences with a variety of cultural and business partners, more than 98 percent of LCAD’s recent Graphic Design and Digital Media graduates work in their chosen field, with most finding employment through LCAD prior to graduation.

Laguna College of Art Design (LCAD) offers a BFA in Graphic Design + Digital Media (GD+DM). The program offers a creative, digitally-advanced and professionally-relevant educational experience. All GD+DM students receive a comprehensive education in print, 3D, video, motion, and UI/UX design. The reputation of LCAD’s BFA program in Graphic Design + Digital Media has given graduates a competitive edge to gain employment with the world’s most recognized brands. 

To download a catalog, stay up-to-date on the latest news and events and support LCAD, go to www.lcad.edu, follow on Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD, and Instagram @lcad.


Third Annual Art Show, Open Studio, features exhibit opening of Ron Whitacre at historical estate on Saturday

 Award-winning sculptor Ron Whitacre will be displaying his recent work at the Third Annual Art Show, Open Studio, and champagne reception, this Saturday, June 2 from 4 to 9 p.m. This exhibition will be held at the private residence of Kathryn Lang-Slattery on the intimate and historical Fredrick M. Lang estate in South Laguna.

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Ron Whitacre and Kathryn Lang-Slattery

The welded steel sculptural works by Ron are unusual in their fluidity and movement. He is inspired by classic legends, mythical creatures, and the human figure in motion such as dancers, acrobats, musicians, and contortionists. Collectors of his work include churches, synagogues, medical and business centers, and many private collectors. 

In Laguna, his best-known work is “Harmony,” a large steel sculpture of a man, woman, and child, installed in 1998 over the entrance to the Art-A-Fair. Ron often

produces individualized works for homes and commercial settings. At the event, he will be available to discuss his process and his inspirations. If attendees would like to see their ideas become reality, Ron will be happy to create a custom piece.

Third Annual metal scupture

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Sculpture by Ron Whitacre

Besides his most recent sculptural works, drawings and paintings by both Whitacre and the show’s sponsor (Kathryn Lang-Slattery) will be on display throughout the private home and garden. Everyone is welcome to join the celebratory evening champagne reception.

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The address for the exhibition, 31541 Eagle Rock Way, offers limited parking. Plan to carpool, use Uber, or take the Laguna Beach trolley.


11th Annual Fête de la Musique will fill the streets of Laguna with music and fanfare on Saturday, June 16

On Saturday, June 16, the streets of Laguna Beach will be filled with music and much fanfare when the 11th Annual Laguna Beach Fête de la Musique presented by Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association (LBSCA) takes place. The day’s festivities start at 12 p.m. at Main Beach with The Swing Set Band playing their first swing/jazz set on a 20’ x 20’ stage. 

From 12 - 12:30 p.m., youngsters can join in the Children’s Parade (with music by the Swing Set). Starting on the Main Street Cobblestones, kids will march up and down the boardwalk, and finish with dancing on the cobblestones. Face painting adds to the fun.

Opening ceremonies with local dignitaries take place from 1 - 1:20 p.m. on the cobblestones, with welcoming speeches by a Laguna Beach City Councilmember, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett and Karyn Phillippsen, founding president of the LBSCA. The US national anthem will be sung by 12-year-old Sydney Haik and La Marseillaise (the French national anthem) will be performed in a group sing along, accompanied by the Swing Set.

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Sydney Haik (11) sings the national anthem at the 2017 Fête de la Musique

Additional performances take place at Main Beach throughout the afternoon, including a second set by Swing Set; The Andersons, a five-piece soft rock band; JJ and the Habibis (Laguna Beach belly dancers); Corazones Alegres Folkloric Dancers; and Andrew Bloom (who appeared on American Idol, season 14) with his rock band, among others.

Throughout the streets, artists will perform at approximately 40 locations, with most along Ocean and Forest avenues, and spreading south along Coast Highway. A few musicians will be located in the HIP District. 

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Colorful dancer from the Mexican folkloric dance group Corazones Alegres

This year, among the popular returning performers are The Montones with their island-inspired melodies at Wells Fargo Bank; The Andersons, a five-member band from LA, performing on Main Beach; April Walsh, Chanteuse, on the steps of 2Bella Boutique; Caramelle at the Water District garden; The Agave Brothers at Skyloft; the bluesy guitar/vocals of Yael & Vlady at the Coffee Pub in the Lumberyard patio; Charles Fullwood inside Hobie Sports; student performances in the Presbyterian Church garden; Elvis; and mimes, to name just a few. Expect lots of new surprises! Look for the red, white and blue balloons delineating where the performers are located.

Closing ceremonies will take place on the cobblestones at 4 p.m. with music by Andrew Bloom. For the first time, a one-night stay at the luxurious Montage Laguna Beach will be available as an opportunity drawing prize. Register online prior to the Fete for $20; tickets will be available for purchase the day of Fete, only. The winner will be announced at the Closing Ceremonies.

Originating in France in the 1980s, Fête, 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. The day’s events are free, and promote the lively arts through music by a variety of musicians, singers and performers.

Sponsors include OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, City of Laguna Beach, Visit Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, The OC, Montage Laguna Beach, Cox Communications, Skyloft, Mozambique, Sparkle Films, Bill Atkins Design & Illustration, OC Register, The Ranch, C’est La Vie, KX 93.5 FM, The UPS Store, Royal Hawaiian, Shot Hunters and Saddleback Golf Cars.

For Laguna Beach parking information, visit www.VisitLagunaBeach.com/parking and download the Visit Laguna Beach app for a real-time Trolley Tracker.

To view photos and videos from past Fêtes and to register for a chance to win the one-night stay at Montage Laguna Beach, 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, nonprofit organization. For more information, call (949) 492.0883 or visit www.lagunabeachsistercities.com.


The Barefoot Movement plays at Laguna Beach Live! Bluegrass and BBQ at LCAD on Sunday, June 10 

Bluegrass music fans, BBQ lovers, and libation aficionados will enjoy a delightful afternoon of incredible bluegrass music and delicious BBQ at Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD) on Sunday, June 10. 

Entertaining music lovers will be The Barefoot Movement, named «Band of the Year» by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2014. They performed for Laguna Beach Live! in a sold out concert at The Ranch in 2014.

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The Barefoot Movement (L-R): Alex Conerly, Noah Wall, Tommy Norris, Katie Blomarz

This year Laguna Beach Live! has partnered with several local companies to bring attendees an even more hometown experience: Laguna Beach Beer Company, established in 2014 by co-founders and lifelong Laguna Beach residents Brent Reynard and Mike Lombardo, will be serving Second Reef (Blonde Ale) and Main Tower  (Pilsner). 

Purple Corduroy, a California culture inspired wine company produced by the three Bromigos (Dr. Riptide, SLi Dawg and Brandavi), with their Laguna Beach-to-Lodi connection, will be offering Blonde Siren (Sauvignon Blanc) and Rose Siren (Rose). 

The Barefoot LCAD

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Laguna College of Art & Design

Gnarly “Q” will be grilling it up, offering freshly smoked choices of Pulled Pork, Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs, or Tri Tip (all plates include baked beans, baked corn mash and Hawaiian style coleslaw). 

Grounds open at 4 p.m. for BBQ and bar. The concert is from 5 - 7 p.m. 

Concert only tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at door. BBQ and beverages will be sold separately. VIP tickets are $100 and include reserved table seat, concert, and BBQ.

To purchase tickets, go to www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.

LCAD is located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd.


LCAD conferred degrees on the class of 2018, and there were some surprises at the ceremony 

On Monday, May 21 at 5 p.m., one hundred eleven students became graduates of Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) Class of 2018. President Jonathan Burke and Board of Trustees Chair Jared Mathis conferred undergraduate degrees in Animation, Drawing & Painting, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, and Illustration. LCAD Provost Helene Garrison, PhD conferred graduate degrees in LCAD’s MFA program in Art of Game Design. Peter Zokosky, chair of LCAD’s Master of Fine Arts programs in Drawing and Painting, conferred graduate degrees in painting.

LCAD undergrads

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LCAD Commencement Class of 2018 pictured in Nina’s Park on Main Campus

Steve Van Doren, son of Vans co-fonder Paul Van Doren and Vans’ Shoes vice president of Events and Promotions, delivered the College’s commencement address that included a classic Van Doren surprise. 

After he praised LCAD for being the only art and design college offering an Action Sports Design program, he asked students to look under their chairs to find a Vans Custom Card, giving them an opportunity to design their own unique pair of Vans shoes. Steve Van Doren and Jonathan Burke will judge the students’ custom designs and select a winner who, with friends and family, will enjoy an evening out on the town with Vans’ official Ambassador of Fun, Steve Van Doren.

LCAD MFA

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LCAD Commencement Master of Fine Art Class of 2018

During the past six years, Vans has generously collaborated with LCAD. The “Vans Honors Lab” teaches the creative process of footwear design, and past students have been selected for production and sale around the world. The company also partners with the College to host an annual Vans Custom Culture high school shoe design competition that includes immersive workshops. Vans offers scholarships to competition winners, contingent upon their acceptance to LCAD.

After the commencement ceremony, Van Doren was presented with an original painting of Vans checkerboard shoes, by new LCAD BFA in Drawing & Painting alumna, Christina Matadama. Matadama exhibited her work titled “Cozy” during the LCAD Gallery’s Senior Fine Arts Exhibition, and when Burke saw Matadama’s painting, he knew it would be a perfect gift to commemorate Van Doren’s commencement speech to the Graduating Class of 2018. Burke also arranged for Matadama and her family to witness the opening of the gift and greet her newest collector.

LCAD Allred

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Chloe Allred, summa cum laude MFA in Painting alumna, was LCAD’s 2018 Student Commencement Speaker

Chloe Allred, summa cum laude MFA in Painting alumna, was LCAD’s 2018 Student Commencement Speaker. She is a contributing artist and writer for the book We Believe You (published by Henry Holt in 2016). Her paintings and writing have been featured in Orange Coast Magazine, Huffington Post, USA Today, and the BBC. She is a founding and acting member of The Body Joy Project, a feminist artist collective that critiques and challenges the way our culture thinks about body image. Allred is currently a teaching artist at The Artist Lab.

Allred encouraged her fellow students to “Show up for yourself. Give yourself a chance and have some faith in the crazy ideas that you’re going to have.”

For more information about LCAD’s 2018 Commencement visit www.lcad.edu.


Join Laguna Art Museum for a movie night and screening of The Square

On Thursday, June 21, Laguna Art Museum will present a movie night and screening The Square. The award-winning 2017 drama satirizes the contemporary art world.

In the movie, a prestigious Stockholm museum’s chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

The film was written and directed by Ruben Östlund and stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, and Terry Notary. 

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Enjoy The Square for movie night at Laguna Art Museum

The film was entered into the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d’Or. It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards in 2018.

Advance tickets are recommended, and admission is free. The Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive. For more information or to reserve a spot, call (949) 494-8971 x203 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


Live! at the Museum presents KOZM duo on June 14

Laguna Art Museum and Live! at the Museum are collaborating to present musical guests Tom Farrell and Javier Orman of KOZM on Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m. 

Guitarist Tom Farrell and violinist Javier Orman of KOZM have risen to the scene as one of the most formidable and unique music duos, recently described by LA Weekly as “avant-sonic acrobats,” and “the most rock ’n’ roll pair of classically trained musicians working today” by 21st Century Musician.

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See guitarist Tom Farrell and violinist Javier Orman live 

Often compared to Rodrigo y Gabriela and Reinhardt and Grappelli for their virtuosic intensity, KOZM’s music is multi-textured, profound and riveting. While their compositions have been described as “elegant, delicate, cross-genre amalgamations” by the Michigan Daily, what’s made the group so unique is the colossal sound they generate from just a violin and a guitar.

Advance tickets are recommended, and admission is free. The Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive. For more information or to reserve a spot, call (949) 494-8971 x203 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


Third Annual Art Show, Open Studio, features exhibit opening of Ron Whitacre at historical estate on June 2

 Award-winning sculptor Ron Whitacre will be displaying his recent work at the Third Annual Art Show, Open Studio, and champagne reception, on Saturday, June 2 from 4 to 9 p.m. This exhibition will be held at the private residence of Kathryn Lang-Slattery on the intimate and historical Fredrick M. Lang estate in South Laguna.

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Ron Whitacre and Kathryn Lang-Slattery

The welded steel sculptural works by Ron are unusual in their fluidity and movement. He is inspired by classic legends, mythical creatures, and the human figure in motion such as dancers, acrobats, musicians, and contortionists. Collectors of his work include churches, synagogues, medical and business centers, and many private collectors. 

In Laguna, his best-known work is “Harmony,” a large steel sculpture of a man, woman, and child, installed in 1998 over the entrance to the Art-A-Fair. Ron often

produces individualized works for homes and commercial settings. At the event, he will be available to discuss his process and his inspirations. If attendees would like to see their ideas become reality, Ron will be happy to create a custom piece.

Third Annual metal scupture

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Sculpture by Ron Whitacre

Besides his most recent sculptural works, drawings and paintings by both Whitacre and the show’s sponsor (Kathryn Lang-Slattery) will be on display throughout the private home and garden. Everyone is welcome to join the celebratory evening champagne reception.

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The address for the exhibition, 31541 Eagle Rock Way, offers limited parking. Plan to carpool, use Uber, or take the Laguna Beach trolley.


The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre holds Conservatory Program Auditions on June 12 & 16

On Tuesday, June 12 from 6:30 - 8 p.m., and on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. -3 p.m., Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre is holding auditions for new students, ages 10 to 17, interested in the year-long tuition-based Conservatory training program. The program engages motivated, dedicated and creative individuals interested in studying and stretching their creative wings in a professional setting. Scholarship assistance is available.

Participating students will expand their knowledge in Acting, Improvisation, Scene Study and Analysis, Audition Techniques, Technical Theatre and more. Students learn from working professionals on and off the stage; they play hard while building a strong community of ensemble artists. 

The Laguna kids play

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Adventures of Tom Sawyer

All students participate in both plays and musicals, showcases and fundraisers either on or off stage, and have an opportunity to learn a variety of theatrical jobs and tasks. Theatre students gain life skills and become more effective communicators and citizens. Artistic, academic and personal growth are a proven benefit of studying the craft of theatre. Classes meet once a week from September to June. 

Auditions are by appointment only. Call Wally Ziegler at (949) 342-1785 to schedule an audition. New students, ages 10 to 17, prepare two memorized monologues, one comedic and one dramatic, each one and a half minutes in length. Material should be age appropriate. 

Participants should bring a current photo and a resume. 

Auditions will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd. After the initial audition, family interviews for prospective student (by invitation) will be held on Monday, June 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club. 

For more information, call Bethanie Knieser at (949) 494-8022 or visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com/youth-theatre/education-and-classes

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