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JoAnne Artman Gallery presents Flirting with Abstraction May & June

Throughout May and June, JoAnne Artman Gallery proudly presents Flirting with Abstraction featuring Anna Kincaide and Matt Devine. The artist reception will be held on June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

These artists will inspire, provoke, engage, and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you’re sure to find the right artistic expression.

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Kincaide conveys texture, design, and abstraction through her painted flora

Exploring the limitations and boundaries of accurate representation, JoAnne Artman Gallery is proud to present Flirting with Abstraction. Referring to the break-up of realism, this dual exhibition brings together artists Anna Kincaide and Matt Devine, who have used the language of abstraction to express ideas and emotions through the creation and destruction of conventional line, scale, and form. 

Anchored by Kincaide’s stylized figurative painting and Devine’s geometric sculpture, this pairing of recent works juxtaposes the different subject matters and materials to reveal the possibilities of abstraction through organic forms.

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Devine flirts with geometric abstraction through his sculptures 

Breaking from the historical canon of abstract painting, Kincaide emphasizes the hidden, internal landscape of her figures. Through control and spontaneous disruption, she conveys texture, design, and abstraction through her painted flora. 

A strong advocate of structurally applied color, her work explores anonymity and transformation. Incorporating elements of fashion photography and contemporary socio-cultural emblems of status and identity, her figures define the separation between body and mind. Bursting forth with florals, Kincaide’s figures showcase the idea of ambiguity between our bodies, identities, and thoughts. 

Recognized for his primary colors and curvature, Matt Devine’s organic forms contribute to his signature sculptural style of harmonious contradictions. Distilling pared-down compositions from industrial materials, Matt Devine coyly flirts with geometric abstraction while recording the modern world around him. Sculpting in steel, aluminum, and bronze, his sculptures stand in perfect balance as they convey a feeling of aerial lightness that contrasts the materials they are made with. Transforming raw material into patterned shapes, Devine’s controlled manipulation of space reveals the contrasts of nature and industry, light and shadow, and chaos and order. 

RSVP by June 1 to JoAnne Artman at (949) 510-5481 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the gallery, visit

JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 326 N Coast Hwy.

Laguna Art Museum partners with Newport Beach Film Festival for screening of Citizen Lane 

On Tuesday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m., Laguna Art Museum and Newport Beach Film Festival will co-present the film Citizen Lane at Edwards Big Newport 4. Citizen Lane documents the Irish art collector who created the first known public gallery of modern art in the world.

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“Citizen Lane” will screen on April 30 

Irish art collector Hugh Lane created the first known public gallery of modern art in the world. Through an innovative combination of drama and documentary filmmaking, this documentary paints a vivid picture of Lane and the various challenges he faced on his journey.

Tickets are $16 and can be purchased at

Edwards Big Newport 4 is located at 300 Newport Center Dr.

Join LAM on April 27 for Imagination Celebration

On Saturday, April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., LAM is partnering with Barrio Mobile Art Studio, Art Division, and volunteers from Arden: Helena Modjeska Historic House for a fun-filled day of activities for the whole family. 

There will be printmaking inspired by the artists of Self-Help Graphics and other art activities responding to works on view in LAM’s current exhibitions.

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Imagination Celebration is a free fun-filled day of activities at LAM 

Each spring, Arts Orange County presents Imagination Celebration, Orange County’s only countywide family arts festival.

Presented in partnership with the Orange County Department of Education, Imagination Celebration dynamically connects the community, arts organizations, universities, and Orange County students through meaningful arts experiences.

Free admission during Imagination Celebration is made possible by a generous donation from the Laguna Art Museum Arts Council.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

Laguna Art Museum presents Shakespeare Dwelling on April 25

On Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m., Laguna Art Museum will host UCI professor Julia Lupton and LAM director Malcolm Warner for a presentation in honor of Shakespeare’s birthday, Shakespeare Dwelling.

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Frank Bernard Dicksee, Romeo and Juliet (detail), 1884, oil on canvas, Southampton City Art Gallery, Hampshire, England

The evening will feature conversation about theater, poetry, and space in the plays of William Shakespeare, with monologues performed by actor Thomas Varga.

Tickets are included with museum admission. Advance tickets are recommended.

For questions or to purchase tickets by phone, call (949) 494-8971 x203. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

Gallery Q calls for artists for new exhibition, “Harmony”

The Susi Q Center’s Gallery Q is holding a call for artists for their new exhibition, “Harmony.” Art will accepted on Thursday, May 2 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and from 5 - 7 p.m. Exhibition dates are May 13 through June 28. The Artists’ reception will be held on Friday, May 24 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. 

Orange County artists are invited to submit artwork that explores our society’s diverse perspectives and inspires us to work together to create a better world – “Harmony.”

All media will be accepted for this juried exhibition including collage, paintings, drawings, mixed media, photographs, jewelry, sculptures, textiles, mosaics, relief, or ceramics. 

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Art at former exhibit at Gallery Q – “Single Story” by LCAD President Jonathan Burke

Gallery Q celebrates a creative community and presents up to six shows per year at the Susi Q Center. Many works are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors. Gallery Q is always looking for arts-minded volunteers to help with their opening night receptions. 

For more information, visit or call (949) 715-8106.

To apply, visit the Susi Q Center’s front desk or download an application here.

LOCA Arts Education hosts Art Club on April 18

On Thursday, April 18, LOCA invites artists to an Art Club “Open Critiques” at LCAD Gallery from 4 - 5:30 p.m. Artists are invited to bring in their works for helpful discussion and feedback from Betty Shelton, Chair of the Post Baccalaureate program at LCAD, along with additional panelists. 

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Betty Shelton, Chair of Post Baccalaureate program at LCAD

Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. The cost is $20 to the public and free to LOCA members. Registration is required. 

For more information on LOCA and to register, visit

LOCA Arts Education is a nonprofit coalition of arts educators, professional artists, and advocates interested in arts education for people of all ages. The nonprofit has been serving the community for over twenty-five years.   

LCAD Gallery is located at 374 Ocean Ave.

Laguna Beach Live! presents benefit concert featuring outstanding a cappella group m-pact

Laguna Beach Live! presents a special benefit concert on Wednesday, April 17 at [seven-degrees], featuring m-pact, a 6-man a cappella group hailed as “one of the best pop jazz vocal groups in the world.” 

The concert benefits the nonprofit’s award-winning “Live! Music & Kids” education programs, which bring professional musicians to the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and the Laguna schools for performances and classes.

The a cappella group m-pact is known for using their voices to make music to the smooth sounds of Sam Smith, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and groove of Bruno Mars, the sophisticated harmonies of Take 6, and the brass bite of the Michael Bublé Big Band.      

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The a cappella powerhouse m-pact will wow audiences in Laguna on April 17

Their sophisticated sound and accessible appeal have garnered vast accolades, from Vocal Group of the Year (LA Music Awards), an Indie nomination (Independent Grammy), and Artist of the Year (Seattle Music Awards), to Grand National Champs of the Harmony Sweepstakes competition. 

Touring renowned fine arts halls and jazz festivals across four continents, m-pact has performed with pop superstars and their signature sound has been used in both TV themes and animated Disney feature films, as well as on jazz and pop radio worldwide.

To hear a sneak peek of the group performing “Come Together” by the Beatles, click here.

The benefit concert is from 6 - 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 with food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $100 for VIP, which includes VIP seating, a signed CD, and “Meet and Greet with the Artists.”

Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out. For more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.orgor call (949) 715-9713.

[seven-degrees] is located at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.

LCAD Bi-Annual Art Market Sale 

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Laguna College of Art + Design’s (LCAD) hosted its Bi-Annual Art Market Sale last weekend. Julian Velarde, Assistant Dean of Students at LCAD, says of the sale, “This [year]…forty talented students showcased paintings, prints, jewelry, pins, stickers, t-shirts, totes and other handmade unique creations…the event was a great success and the atmosphere was festive throughout. A special thank you to 4G Ventures for the generous use of their venue.”

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LCAD students Rachel Villanueva (left) and Angeline Chen

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Mo Honarkar (on right) greets shoppers at 4G Ventures showroom

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Festive atmosphere 

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One-of-a-kind merchandise

Local artists to be featured in 3rd Annual Art Party on Saturday

Local artists invite the public to a celebration of art on Saturday, April 6 from 12 - 7 p.m., for the third Annual Art Party. There will be art, wine, hors d’oruvers, music, massages, and free clairvoyant readings. 

Artists on exhibition are: Karen Petty, local painter; Leslie Edler, jeweler; Victoria Foley, textiles; Alex Fritz, lampworker; Gina Lunn, glass blower; and Sarvi Hosseini, jeweler. 

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Lampworker Alex Fritz will offer his beautiful pieces at Saturday’s party

Poul Pedersen, front man for the Missiles of October, will be playing solo throughout the day, Lisa Najjar will be giving psychic readings, and Mario of Healing Hands will be providing massages. 

For more information, contact Karen Petty at (949) 280-5504. 

The 3rd Annual Art Party is located at 2190 Hillview Dr., across from Thurston Middle School. Valet Parking is provided.

Laguna Art Museum presents Capote on April 18

On Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m., Laguna Art Museum presents a special Film Night featuring Capote. The 2005 biographical film about Truman Capote follows the events during the writing of Capote’s book, In Cold Blood.

The film is based on Gerald Clarke’s biography Capote and directed by Bennett Miller. Philip Seymour Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his critically acclaimed portrayal of the title character.

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Capote is based on Gerald Clarke’s biography about Truman Capote

Tickets are included with museum admission. Advance tickets are recommended. Film Night is generously sponsored by Compass.

For questions or to purchase tickets by phone, call (949) 494-8971 x203. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

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