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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.

The Barefoot group

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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


Laguna Playhouse receives $5,000 Grant for Youth Education Programs from FOA Foundation

The Laguna Playhouse was recently awarded a 2018 FOA Foundation Grant of $5,000 to support its year-round, award-winning Youth Education Programs: Youth Theatre, Conservatory and Workshops.

“The Youth Education Programs at the Laguna Playhouse are perfectly aligned with the mission of the FOA Foundation. Making the arts accessible to the youth of our community is our primary goal and the Youth Theatre, Conservatory and Workshops help fill that purpose,” said Scott Moore, Board Member of the FOA Foundation.  

“The FOA Foundation has become an important partner in support of our youth education programs. We are convinced that participation in the arts is necessary and highly beneficial for all youth. Playhouse Youth Programs provide the joy of live theatre based on classic children’s literature and innovative, high-quality arts education for youth. “

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 The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre cast of Little Princess on stage 

Grant support also enables low-income children to participate. It is often their first exposure to live theatre,” added Ann Wareham, Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director.

“Support of our Youth Education Programs helps us provide innovative, high quality arts education for thousands of children throughout the year. Arts education improves critical thinking and spatial reasoning skills, while encouraging creativity and stimulating imagination. “

Theatre training encourages discovery and innovation, offering children a more complete picture of their own identities and an expanded view of the world around them,” explains Donna Inglima, Playhouse Director of Youth Programming.

For more information on Laguna Playhouse’s Youth Programs, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com/youth-theatre.


The Festival of Arts summer calendar: July

The Festival of Arts is one of the most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows featuring the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. In the newly renovated facility, patrons may enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more.

Throughout its eight-week run, the Festival of Arts offers a wide range of daily activities that the whole family can enjoy. The 2018 events calendar includes nightly live music, jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, guided art tours, demonstrations and art workshops.

Festival Information

Dates & Times:

July 5 – September 1

Open weekdays: Noon – 11:30 p.m.

Open weekends: 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Early closing August 25 at 1:30 p.m.

July Calendar Listings

Art and Story Time:

Dates:Mondays July 9, 16, 23, 30

Time:12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Cost:Free with Festival admission ($10)

Art and Story Time is a weekly series for children 5 and under. Every Monday will feature a different book read aloud plus a hands-on art project. There may even be special surprise visits from illustrators, story characters, and more. Fun for children and their parents!

July 9: “Wild About Books” by Judy Sierra featuring Belle from Beauty and the Beast

July 16: “Front and Toad are Friends” by Arbold Lobel featuring the Environmental Nature Center

July 23:TBA

July 30:Culture Island (How Captain Tall Tale Became Tall Part 2)” by Todd McLane

Tribute Tuesdays Music Series:

Dates:Tuesdays: July 10, 17, 24, 31

Time:5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost:Free with Festival admission ($10)

On Tuesday nights, the Festival of Arts brings to the stage some of Southern California’s most well-known tribute bands. Talented performers pay homage to music legends as they recreate popular songs. Limited seating available in reserved section for an additional $25 per person by calling (800) 487-3378.

July 10: True Willie and the Boys

July 17: Darryl Walker sings Al Jarreau

July 24: The Joni Mitchell Project with Kiki Ebsen

July 31: The Beatroots – Music of the Beatles with Jason Feddy

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Artists talk on Wednesdays at the Festival’s Art Talks and Tea series

Art Talks and Tea:

Dates:Wednesdays: July 11, 18, 25

Time:12 – 1 p.m.
Cost:Free with Festival admission ($10)

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

Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate:

Sponsored by Charles Schwab of Orange County

Dates:Thursdays: July 12, 19, 26

Time:5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost:$20 in addition to Festival admission ($10)

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. 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. 

Concerts are free; Wine and Chocolate pairings (21 and over) are $20 in addition to Festival of Arts admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for an additional $40 per person by calling (800) 487-3378. 

July 12: Brian Simpson

July 19: Chris Standring

July 26: Spencer Day 

Step into the Spotlight Music Series:

Dates: Fridays: July 13, 20, 27

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

Cost: Free with Festival admission ($10)

On Fridays the Festival brings to center stage some of those amazing voices that are usually seen (and heard) in the background with the music series “Step into the Spotlight.” There’s an extraordinary lineup of back-up singers or background vocalists who will take the stage this summer. Limited seating available in reserved section for an additional $25 per person by calling (800) 487-3378. 

July 13: Dorian Holley

July 20: Buzz Campbell and Hot Rod Lincoln

July 27: Stephan Oberhoff and Heartbeat Brazil

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A performance from last summer’s Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series

Concerts on the Green:

Dates: Saturdays: July 7, 14, 21

Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with Festival admission ($15)

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sounds of award-winning musicians as they perform live as part of the Festival of Arts “Concerts on the Green” series. Groove to the sounds of these living legends in a casual outdoor gallery setting that offers a memorable and unique concert experience unmatched in Southern California. The Festival of Arts continues to build on its nationally and critically acclaimed reputation as one of the finest outdoor art venues. Limited seating available in reserved section for $40 per person by calling (800) 487-3378 in advance. 

July 07: Side Deal 

July 14: Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers

July 21:   Lee Rocker

Family Art Day:
Sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union

Dates: Sunday, July 8

Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Cost: Free with Festival admission ($15)

“Family Art Day” at the Festival of Arts is the most fun-filled, art-filled and enchantment-filled day of the entire summer for families! When kids arrive, they will get a booklet full of coupons redeemable for special activities and treats. Kids can participate in “Art Quest” – an art exhibit treasure hunt where they will answer kid-friendly questions by investigating different exhibits throughout the grounds. Enjoy a special performance by the award-winning Le PeTiT CiRqUe, America’s only all-kid cirque company. Fun for the whole family! Children 5 and under receive free admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts.

Art Workshops & Classes

Youth Art Classes:

Dates/Times: July 5 – August 17

Monday – Friday 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Cost: $25 - $35 per class

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, jewelry making, painting 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. For schedule and reservations, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org

Adult and Teen Art Classes:

Dates/Times: July 6 – August 25

Fridays at 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m., August 25 at 10 a.m.

Cost: $60 fee per person, per class

Let your creativity run wild this summer in Laguna Beach! Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Arts Adult and Teen Art Classes. Award-winning talented artists will lead you step-by-step through the process of creating your own masterpiece. These classes are perfect for vacationers and locals alike looking to try something new, have fun, and soak in the artistic atmosphere. Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For schedule and reservations, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org

Wine and Painting Nights:

Dates: Saturdays, July 7 – August 18, and Friday, August 24

Time: 8:30 – 10 p.m.

Cost: $75 fee per person, per class

Uncork your creativity this summer at the Festival of Arts. Enjoy a fun painting workshop, while surrounded by beautiful art. Learn easy acrylic step-by-step processes, as taught by noted Festival exhibitors Tom Swimm or Mike Tauber. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece! All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Ticket Information:

General Admission: Weekdays $10, Weekends $15

Students & Seniors: Weekdays $7, Weekends $11

Children 6 – 12: Daily $5

Free Admission for Children 5 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.

Passport to the Arts:

A special promotion (funded in part by Bank of America): Passport to the Arts for only $24.Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair. 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 also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters. Valid June 29 – September 2, 2018.

Location

Festival of Arts Grounds
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

For Information & Tickets

(800) 487-3378

The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5, and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

For a full listing of events, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.


Breathing life into art: Rehearsals for Pageant of the Masters are heating up

The Pageant of the Masters, presented by Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts, is heating up the beachside community with preparations and rehearsals underway for the highly-anticipated 2018 production of “Under the Sun.” 

Celebrating its 85th anniversary, the 2018 Pageant of the Masters will amaze audiences nightly July 7 - September 1 with 90 minutes of tableaux vivants. These “living pictures” are re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. Tickets are available now at www.PageantTickets.com.

“We started work on pre-production for “Under the Sun” in October 2017. Currently we are building different sets each week, and conducting dress rehearsals every Thursday night for 3-4 set pieces,” said Richard “Butch” Hill, Technical Director and Lighting Designer for the Pageant. “This will be my 34th year with the Pageant and the passion and dedication from the designers, volunteers, make-up artists, Pageant Director, and everyone involved truly shows in the masterpieces created.”

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Pageant Sculptor Daniel Stonebreaker (far right) helps volunteer cast members (left to right) Sunshine Iller of Lake Forest, Ferne Ames of Laguna Beach and Caroline Reese of Ladera Ranch, into their poses at a rehearsal for the 2018 Pageant of the Masters

Since opening in 1933, the Pageant has welcomed approximately 500 volunteers each year who eagerly contribute more than 60,000 hours of their time in total. Many staff members, like Butch, have worked with Pageant of the Masters for decades, creating a family-reunion-like environment that attracts mass numbers of volunteers and crowds to learn, appreciate and perform in the fine arts. The volunteers vary in ages with the youngest volunteer at just four years old, and the oldest in his late 80s.

Every Thursday night through June, staff and volunteers gather in the Irvine Bowl studying details from stage lighting to specific pose placement, and unique make-up art to complicated set designs. Volunteer actors fill the backstage area during rehearsals, along with Allyson Doherty, Makeup Director, who coaches the make-up volunteers with step-by-step tutorials on how to transform the actors into living art. To complete the final picture, Costume Director Reagan Foy and her team help cast members into their costumes and make final adjustments.

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Scene from Under the Sun: Garden Wall

The Director, Diane Challis Davy, selects the pieces in the Pageant and oversees pre-production and each rehearsal to perfect the living pictures and transform their presentation, with help from the Pageant staff, into a full production with music, narration and backdrops.

In the 2018 Pageant of the Masters, “Under the Sun,” theatrical magic, live music and light-hearted storytelling will honor masterpieces including work by Leonardo da Vinci, Kleitsch, Rosenthal, Monet, Kuntz, Sargent, and Wasil. Staying with tradition, the finale of the Pageant will feature Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.”

The Pageant of the Masters runs July 7 - September 1 with advance tickets now available starting at $15 per person. A Pageant ticket is also a season pass to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. 

The 2018 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show will take place in conjunction with the Pageant of the Masters, July 5 - September 1, with general admission tickets starting at $10 per person. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.


LCAD’s art takes center stage at the 28th Annual Collectors’ Choice (not so) Silent Auction

Story by MARRIE STONE

Photos by Jeff Rovner

No one stayed silent about their love of art – and appreciation for LCAD – at Laguna College of Art + Design’s 28th Annual Collector’s Choice Silent Auction last Friday night. Artists, patrons and community members poured into [seven-degrees] for a festive night of live jazz, seasonal bites, cocktails and, of course, lots of art. The proceeds benefited the college, supporting its students and programs, and helped fund the $2.5 million in scholarships the school awards each year.

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Not only the art was colorful at the Collectors’ Choice Gala

LCAD faculty, alumni and other celebrated professional artists offered up oils, charcoals, photographs and sculptures. There were watercolors, wooden boxes, and blown glass. As guests gathered, sipped and ate, one woman painted another’s portrait onto her canvas in the corner of the room. 

There’s plenty to love about Laguna Beach, but the LCAD event summed up one of my favorite things about our town: this community is authentically passionate. Art auctions have the potential to feel pretentious. For someone like me, who barely knows her Jasper Johns from her Jackson Pollocks, that can be intimidating. Yes, this town appreciates art. But, more importantly, people just dig it. You can feel the difference between folks who are politely supportive and those who are sincerely passionate. 

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Artist in action at the Collectors’ Choice Gala

I pulled LCAD’s president, Jonathan Burke, aside to talk about this. Burke has been with LCAD for 38 years, serving in various capacities as professor, dean and president. He embodies passion, and he’s focused on making LCAD one of the premiere art institutes in the United States. He explains that recently, the live auction (held this year at Montage Resort) is now separate from the silent event, giving guests on each occasion an entirely different experience. For serious collectors, or donors looking for a more extravagant evening, Montage Laguna Beach provides that ambience. But Burke is committed to making art available to everyone.

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LCAD’s president, Jonathan Burke, addresses guests

“We wanted to have a party in town and make it more accessible,” says Burke. “We brought the price point down to embrace more of the community. The artists here love the college and want to donate.” Burke himself donated a piece, as he does every year, often to both the silent and live auction, and sometimes more than one. 

As the evening wound down, I watched people pick up their art. Couples talked about where new pieces would hang. A man was hurrying to bring the car around, having won three wooden boxes. He’d lost a few paintings he wanted, but he still looked like a little boy on Christmas morning, triumphant and giddy. The artists watched their work going off to new homes, elated they made someone happy. 

And LCAD is now able to do more of what it does best . . . produce another generation of artists who instill this passion and carry the torch for art. 

That circle of love for art sums up what it feels like to live in Laguna.

To view more of Jeff Rovner’s outstanding photographs, click on the gallery below. Jeff will be exhibiting his fine art photography at the Festival of Arts for the second year this summer. The theme of his exhibit is Cirque Noir.

 

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