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LOCA group exhibition “Community Creations” on display at Gallery Q through Friday

Gallery Q’s current exhibition, “Community Creations,” on display through Friday, Sept 6, comprises over 50 works, including paintings, mixed media, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, sculptures, prints, and photography all submitted by partnering LOCA Arts Education members, supporters, students, and teachers, past or present. 

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(L-R) Bill Atkins, Gallery Q art director, Carla Meberg, LOCA President, artist Mike Tauber, and Nadia Babayi, executive director of Laguna Beach Seniors

Gallery Q is located in the Community and Susi Q Senior Center, home to Laguna Beach Seniors, a nonprofit that has enhanced the lives of seniors for over 40 years through programs and services that promote independence, wellness, and community.

The exhibition is free during regular business hours. 

For more information, call (949) 715-8106 or visit www.thesusiq.org/gallery-q

The Susi Q is located at 380 Third St.


Art-To-Go buyer wins stay at The Tides Inn

Karen Kremer, of Orange, was thrilled when her receipt was pulled in this year’s Art-To-Go hotel prize drawing. She was among 110 people who bought originals in the fundraising sale at Festival of Arts this summer. Her prize is a certificate for a two-night stay at The Tides Inn in Laguna Beach. 

“This is amazing, I’m so happy!” she screamed. She purchased a necklace donated by Sheri Cohen. “I love buying from Art-To-Go, anything that supports the artists is great. I visited the Festival 10 times this summer and was always proud to show off my gorgeous necklace,” she said.

Art To Go buyer necklace

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Jeweler Sheri Cohen wearing one of her originals

  Proceeds from Art-To-Go sales benefit The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts, providing hardship and enrichment grants to artists. “We are so grateful to our donating artists, our volunteers, and buyers,” said President Wendy Wirth. “We also thank City of Laguna Beach, Festival of Arts, Laguna Clay Company, Laguna Coast Real Estate, The Tides Inn, and artist Peter Levshin for supporting us in our 20th year of service to artists,” she stated.

For more information, visit www.theartistsfund-foa.org or call (949) 612-1949. 

Festival of Arts is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.


LOCA presents Senior Art Escapes two-day scratchboard workshop

On September 18 and 25, LOCA presents a special two-day workshop featuring instructor Maaria Kader at The Susi Q Center. Classes will be held from 1 - 4 p.m. for ages 50 and up. The cost is $40 for two classes. 

Using special tools, students will learn to scratch a black treated panel, revealing the white surface below, in creating their own original illustration. 

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Students will learn to scratchboard with LOCA at upcoming two-day workshop 

This class is an introduction into the unique world of scratchboard. Students will learn the basic techniques using various abrasive tools in a subtractive process to remove the black ink from the clay-based board to create a stunning piece of their own. This is a very therapeutic class.

The workshop will be held on two consecutive Wednesdays in the Art Room of The Susi Q.

For more information and to register, visit www.locaarts.org

The Susi Q Center is located at 380 Third St.


Festival of Arts rolled out the red carpet at its Celebrity Benefit Event

On Saturday, Aug 24, guests and Hollywood celebrities gathered at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach to support the arts at the annual Celebrity Benefit Event. 

The one-night affair sponsored by Southern California Acura Dealers, KOST 103.5, and Yamaha, included a special concert by Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester, an exhibition of fine art by 140 local artists, a raffle drawing for a 2019 Acura RDX, and a Pageant of the Masters performance introduced by award-winning author, TV host, and actor John O’Hurley.

Festival of Arts Perry

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Festival of Arts President David Perry poses with actor and Celebrity Benefit Event host John O’Hurley

The star-studded evening kicked off with a red carpet entrance, welcoming many of Hollywood’s well-known actors and actresses including Julie Ann Emery (Catch-22), Christopher Knight (The Brady Bunch), Shawn Christian (Days of our Lives), Robert Hays (Airplane!), Eva LaRue (Chicken Soup For The Soul’s Animal Tales), Jonathan Adams (Last Man Standing), Patrika Darbo (The Bold and the Beautiful), Donna Mills (Knots Landing), Jerry Mathers (Leave it to Beaver), Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Ginger Chan (KTLA5 News), Arianne Zucker (Days of our Lives), and many others.

Guests enjoyed a concert on the Festival green by Melissa Manchester and the Citrus College Blue Note Orchestra. Manchester, best known for her songs “Midnight Blue,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” and the Grammy-winning “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” performed with the 40-piece ensemble from Citrus College to an excited crowd.

Following the concert, guests proceeded to the Irvine Bowl to enjoy a special performance of the Pageant of the Masters “The Time Machine” hosted by John O’Hurley. Arriving on the Pageant’s own H.G. Wells inspired time machine, O’Hurley channeled his iconic Seinfeld character “J. Peterman” during his introduction of the Pageant. He shared how he first was brought to the Pageant of the Masters over 20 years ago by good friend Bryan Cranston and how excited he was for his son to experience what he called “the greatest performance art in America.”

O’Hurley then pulled the winning ticket for the Festival’s summer-long raffle of the 2019 Acura RDX, valued at $38,295. The winner was Arna Vodenos of Laguna Beach. Culminating the evening, guests enjoyed a special performance of the 2019 Pageant of the Masters production.

For more information on the Pageant of the Masters and tickets, visit www.pageanttickets.com.


LAM offers free admission and special dance performances for First Thursdays Art Walk on Sept 5 

On Thursday, Sept 5 from 5 to 9 p.m., Laguna Art Museum will offer free admission and present performances by Laguna Dance Festival and the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.

First Thursdays Art Walk celebrates the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna Beach and is free to the public with participation by more than 30 member galleries. First Thursdays Art Walk is held on the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m.

The museum offers free admission from 5 to 9 p.m. and docents are available for tours from 6 to 8 p.m.

LAM offers dance

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First Thursdays Art Walk includes dance performances by Laguna Dance Festival and USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance 

Now on view, I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art: Prints by John Baldessari from the Collections for Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation includes over seventy works by the most revered and influential figures in contemporary California art.

Scuptures by Gwynn Murrill is the first exhibition to present work from the artist’s entire career, spanning the early 1970s to today; and Self-Help Graphics, 1983-1991 highlights a selection of prints from the East L.A. printmaking workshop and arts center that emerged from the Chicano movement of the 1960s.

On September 5, the museum hosts Laguna Dance Festival for a dynamic display of dance and art with contemporary performances by dancers from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.

Performances will take place inside the museum at 6:30 and 7 p.m.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr. 

For more information, visit http://lagunaartmuseum.org.


Global Cinema at Susi Q continues on Sept 3

As fall approaches, so does the new Global Cinema at Susi Q. The season’s focus is on trendsetters, misfits, and outsiders. This course examines narrative film from recent years, emphasizing the director’s role with special attention to characterization, foreshadowing, symbolism, and recurrent motifs. 

The Global Cinema schedule runs from September 3 - December 17, on Tuesdays from 12:30 - 3 p.m. at the Susi Q.

The cost is $60 per person for 16 weeks ($10 discount for couples); drop-in single classes are $5. Register at the front desk at Susi Q. Use City of Laguna Beach registration forms with checks made payable to the “City of Laguna Beach.” 

Global Cinema schedule:

--Sept 3: Shoplifters – 2018, Japan, 2 hr. An ad hoc family takes in a hungry child.

--Sept 10: Battle of the Sexes – 2017, USA, 2 hr. Emma Stone nails Billie Jean King in this rendition of her match against Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). The film won three major awards.

Global Cinema battle

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“Battle of the Sexes” starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell screens on Sept 10

--Sept 17: Young Goethe in Love – 2010, Germany, 100 min. Biopic of the writer forced into studying the law.

--Sept 27: Our Brand Is Crisis – 2015, USA/Bolivia,107 min. Based on Greenberg Carville Shrum, an American political campaign strategy group behind a Bolivian presidential candidate. With Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thorton.

--Oct 1: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not – 2002, France, 92 min. Audrey Tautou stars as an obsessed young lover of a married doctor.

--Oct 8: Tully – 2018, USA, 95 min. Trifeta of director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), Diablo Cody (Juno), and Charlize Theron (Atomic Blonde).

--Oct 15: The Insult – 2019, Lebanon, 113 min. An insult lands a Lebanese Christian in court with a Palestinian refugee, resulting in a media circus.

--Oct 22: The Children of Huang Shi – 2008, Australia/China, 125 min. A British journalist (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) helps orphans in 1937. Co-stars Radha Mitchell and Yun-Fat Chow. 

--Oct 29: Pandaemonium – 2000, GB, 124 min. Julien Temple directs Linus Roache as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and John Hannah as William Wordsworth in his visually-arresting masterpiece. 

--Nov 5: The Naked Civil Servant – 1975, UK, 77 min. John Hurt portrays Quentin Crisp.

--Nov 12: 3-Iron – 2004, So. Korea, 88 min. A transient breaks into homes.

--Nov 19: The Terminator – 1984, USA, 107 min. The franchise begins as future beings are sent into the past to assassinate or protect the mother of a future leader. Inspired by OUTER LIMITS (and a subsequent lawsuit), James Came ron’s much-copied Tech Noir founded a new kind of futurism. Great role reversals as Linda Hamilton journeys from waitress to warrior.

--Nov 26: The Counterfeiters – 2007, Germany, 99 min. True story behind Operation Bernhard. 

--Dec 3: The Widow of Saint-Pierre – 2000, France/Canada, 112 min. Purportedly based on a true story. Stars Juliette Binoche.

--Dec 10: Begin Again – 2013, USA, 104 min. Talents unite in this insider-accurate portrayal of the music industry. Stars Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.

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 “Begin Again” starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo screens on Dec 10

--Dec 17: La Buche – 1999, France, 106 min. Writer/director Daniele Thompson teams up with her writer son for a Christmas mas comedy about family starring Emmanuelle Beart and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Class potluck and DVD exchange. 

For more information, contact instructor Kathryn Kramer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.u.

The Susi Q is located at 380 Third St. 


LOCA group exhibition “Community Creations” on display at Gallery Q through Sept 6

Gallery Q’s current exhibition, “Community Creations,” on display through September 6, comprises over 50 works, including paintings, mixed media, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, sculptures, prints, and photography all submitted by partnering LOCA Arts Education members, supporters, students, and teachers, past or present. 

LOCA group Atkins

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(L-R) Bill Atkins, Gallery Q art director, Carla Meberg, LOCA President, artist Mike Tauber, and Nadia Babayi, executive director of Laguna Beach Seniors

Gallery Q is located in the Community and Susi Q Senior Center, home to Laguna Beach Seniors, a nonprofit that has enhanced the lives of seniors for over 40 years through programs and services that promote independence, wellness, and community.

The exhibition is free during regular business hours. 

For more information, call (949) 715-8106 or visit www.thesusiq.org/gallery-q

The Susi Q is located at 380 Third St.


Laguna Art Museum interviews sculptor Gwynn Murrill on Thursday

On Thursday, Aug 29 at 6 p.m., curator Elizabeth Rooklidge will interview Gwynn Murrill about her life and work, on show in the current exhibition at Laguna Art Museum. 

A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Murrill earned her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is known most especially for her animal sculptures in a variety of media.

In 1986 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship; she received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1984 and 1985, a Rome Prize in 1979 and 1980, and a new talent purchase award from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which is among the organizations owning examples of her work.

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Artist Gwynn Murrill will be interviewed on Thursday at LAM

Los Angeles-based artist Gwynn Murrill (born 1942) is best known for her sculptures of animals. At once contemporary and timeless, her works show a fine balance between formal simplification and observation from nature. 

Since the early 1970s, her practice has been rooted in the close study of the landscape’s inhabitants around her home in Southern California, as well as in photographs, memory, and imagination.

In wood, marble, and bronze, Murrill’s sculptures reduce a naturally detailed visual form to its most basic line and volume. With an elegant and playful hand, she both identifies a particular animal and imbues them with life. Her human figures appear equally streamlined and energetic. When viewed together, the relationship between both subjects suggests a primal link between animal and human.

Laguna Art sculptures

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Gwynn Murrill’s sculptures are currently on display at LAM

Curated by Elizabeth Rooklidge, the exhibition features the full scope of Murrill’s practice, from subject, to material, to experiments in scale. With twenty works, Sculptures by Gwynn Murrill is the first exhibition to present work from the artist’s entire career, spanning the early 1970s to today.

Included with admission. Advance tickets are recommended.

To purchase tickets, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org or call (949) 494-8971 x203. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Laguna Art Museum commissions Yorgo Alexopoulos for Art & Nature

 Laguna Art Museum will present the seventh annual Art & Nature, a multidisciplinary exploration of art’s many and various engagements with the natural world, November 7-10. 

For the first time in the event’s history, the commissioned work of art will be inside the museum rather than outside, and will be on view beyond Art & Nature weekend until January 5, 2020.

Art & Nature features a work of art specially commissioned for the event – a multimedia installation by Yorgo Alexopoulos; a keynote lecture by Alan Braddock of the College of William & Mary; a film screening; a panel discussion; a program for educators; and a free family festival exploring art and the natural world. 

In addition to events at the museum, Laguna Art Museum will partner with local galleries and other organizations hosting Art & Nature-related exhibitions, making it a community-wide event.

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LAM will present the seventh annual Art & Nature featuring artist Yorgo Alexopoulos

Art & Nature serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature.

The museum’s executive director, Malcolm Warner, explains why Laguna Art Museum is the ideal organization to conceive, develop, and present the popular program: “The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has been a center for art, the appreciation of nature, and environmental awareness.”

Warner continues, “In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built an art gallery to show and sell their work, they chose a commanding location on the coastline close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection.”

Yorgo Alexopoulos (born 1971) is the museum’s commissioned artist for Art & Nature 2019. An American-born artist of Greek descent, Alexopoulos graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently lives in Los Angeles.

He creates paintings, time-based media artworks, and installations. He often synchronizes multiple monitors or projections in a dynamic ensemble to create an ever-changing, immersive spectacle. 

Using landscape symbolism as a point of departure, he combines Euclidean geometric shapes with a multiplicity of moving images, whether filmed, photographed, painted, or drawn, that unite representation and abstraction into a common aesthetic. 

At Laguna Art Museum his large-scale installation will feature a two channel video projection with sound in which landscape symbols become metaphoric “characters” in an animistic meta-narrative where reality and constructs of our collective subconscious seem to co-exist peacefully. 

On November 8, Alan Braddock, Ph.D. will give the keynote lecture, “From Nature to Ecology: The Emergency of Ecocritical Art History.” Braddock is the Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and American Studies at the College of William & Mary. 

He has published, lectured, and taught courses about the history of American art and its ecological significance and has helped to initiate new curriculum in Critical Curatorial Studies and Built Environment Studies. 

His book Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, accompanied a major traveling exhibition that was organized by the Princeton University Art Museum and traveled to the Peabody Essex Museum and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


LA Sound Machine winds up Music in the Park

Photos by Scott Brashier

LA Sound singer

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LA Sound Machine, a Gloria Estefan tribute band, turns up the heat

LA Sound dancing

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Gotta dance, it’s the last concert!

LA Sound crowd

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No shortage of fun in this crowd

LA Sound friends

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A toast to the closing concert of the season at Bluebird Park…

Looking forward to next year!

For more photos by Scott Brashier, see slideshow below:

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