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JoAnne Artman Gallery is now representing artist Anna Kincaide

JoAnne Artman Gallery is now representing artist Anna Kincaide. 

Kincaide says, “Over the last year, I have been driving my paintings in an innovative new direction that is really beginning to show who I want to become as an artist. After months of research and experimentation, I have found myself drawn to the age-old idea of portraiture, but with a twist: I am still intrigued by the idea of omitting the eyes in my paintings, something I started in my early work and have continued to carry with me as I evolve. 

“I love the anonymity this creates for the viewer and the subject alike. People will leave the piece with different ideas and feelings and I like having that kind of flexibility in my work.”

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Bluebird, oil and mixed media on canvas, 60” x 60”

Kincaid continues, “My strongest inspirations are fashion and design, so I dove into the idea of creating portraits of stylized women disguised by avant-garde, floral-inspired hats. Body language becomes very important in my work because I don’t rely on facial expression to convey emotion like most figurative artists do. Instead I rely on gesture, clothing, and color. The new pieces allow me to convey texture, design and abstraction with a freedom I have never known until now. 

“I have fallen in love with the expression, mystery and disguise the pieces create. Costume has the ability to be empowering and beautiful, allowing us to become someone new. The nature of fashion is all about change and experimentation and I am thrilled to see where this will take me.” 

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Spellbound, oil and mixed media on canvas, 60” x 60”

JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 326 N. Coast Hwy.  Call 949-510-5481 or visit for more information.

Junior Lifeguard Program ends on a great note with the Iron Child competition 


Now that August is almost halfway over (and school is starting for some), it’s the time of year that people tend to take inventory of their summers, was it a good one or not? On a morning dog walk in Heisler Park on Wednesday, I happened to come across a beautiful bevy of multi-colored striped surfboards propped against a lifeguard truck. It turns out that Ally McCormick MS, Junior Lifeguard Coordinator, and her sister Shannon McCormick, the A Group Instructor, were literally taking inventory – of the Junior Lifeguard Program equipment. 

According to Ally, “The kids loved the new striped surfboards, and we had another great summer with our Junior Lifeguard Program.” 

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With summer ending, time to inventory the Junior Lifeguard Program equipment

Ally says, “Overall, we had over 400 kids, ages 8-15, come through the program. They learned ocean safety while engaging in fun and enjoyable activities at the beach. Some of the highlights of each group included going through the Giggle Crack, paddling, doing the Blowhole, and competing in the Iron Child.” 

The Iron Child is the final competition which takes place on the last day. The A group runs 1.5 miles, then swims 800 yards. The B group runs a little over a mile, then swims 500 yards. The C group, which includes the youngest kids, runs one mile and swims 300 yards. Afterward, they grill hot dogs and hamburgers and have a picnic in the park. 

That sounds like a grueling contest, one the kids should be proud of completing. Iron, indeed! 

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Start of Iron Child for the B Group

“It’s amazing to see how much the kids improve in just three weeks,” Ally continues. “Many Junior Guards start out the program feeling timid about the ocean or don’t have the confidence to do a long swim. However, our instructors do a great job of getting them comfortable.”

The storm systems we encountered over the past few weeks affected our beach goers, rescues, and lifeguards, as well as the kids in the program.

 Ally says, “We experienced some surf over the course of the program, but every single Junior Guard stayed safe and demonstrated the skills they had learned. Our biggest points of instruction include going under the waves, putting on fins quickly in the impact zone, and always being aware of their surroundings while they’re in the water.” 

It sounds as if it was an awesome summer for these Junior Lifeguard participants, filled with confidence building experiences and education, but also packed with fun, and the chance to become an Iron Child.

“We always enjoy getting to know the kids each summer,” Ally emphasizes. “We hope to see them back next year and further improve on their ocean safety skills.”

Next summer will be here before you know it!

saltfineart + RAWsalt gallery adds Tristan Abel and Lindsey Warren to the color spectrum of Color Colectiva

Since 2009, saltfineart + RAWsalt Gallery has been exhibiting contemporary works from around the world, created by both world-renowned and emerging artists. Dedicated to finding unprocessed, pure, driven talent, saltfineart + RAWsalt gallery, has added local artist Tristan Abel (red hot) and Lindsey Warren (sunset hue) to its exciting visual Color Colectiva exhibition.  

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Tristan Abel, Cooperative, 30 x 40, oil on wood

Tristan Abel adds a Red Hot aspect to the exhibit. His art focuses on the interaction of the natural world and the manufactured relics of man. Tristan, a fourth generation local, is also a wood carver, sculptor, and illustrator, and uses his many talents to blur the pure lines of any one form. He graduates from LCAD in December with a BFA in painting and drawing with an emphasis on sculpture, and is in his third year as exhibitor at The Sawdust Festival. 

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Lindsey Warren, Sanctuary, 44 x 36, oil on canvas

Representing Sunset Hues in the exhibit, Lindsey Warren was born and raised in Los Angeles. She earned an MFA in Painting from Boston University in 2008 and recently returned to LA from New York. Now that she’s back in the golden state, her brush shifts from the NY scenes of her earlier works to the quintessential CA landscapes. Lindsey’s paintings have been exhibited throughout the US, with recent shows in NYC, Boston, and LA. Her public works and murals have been installed in Boston and NYC.

Saltfinearts and RAWsalt Gallery specializes in museum caliber Latin American contemporary art and is located at 346 No Pacific Coast Hwy. For further information, call 949-715-5554 or go to

Dog Days of Summer show at Sue Greenwood Fine Art Gallery will run until Sept 10

Running until Sept 10, the show Dog Days of Summer will be featured at Sue Greenwood Fine Art Gallery. The show includes over 35 new works from six great artists, Suzy Barnard, Kay Bradner, Suzie Buchholz, Mary-Austin Klein, Geoff Krueger, and Scott Yeske. 

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“More Mesa Beach” by Mary-Austin Klein  

The show focuses on all aspects of art, and pieces range in variety or artistic style. Each artist has a passion and love for their work. A description of the artists’ inspiration accompanies their work. From light, to landscape, to objects, different things inspire each and every artist in the show.. 

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“Pug Sunday” by Kay Bradner  

Established in 2005, Sue Greenwood Fine Art is one of Southern California’s most respected contemporary fine art galleries. 

The gallery seeks to exhibit artists that exemplify aesthetic excellence with a focus on realism and figurative works of art.

Sue Greenwood Fine Art is located at 330 N. Coast Hwy, 949-494-0669.

Libertarian Candidate for Congress Brandon Reiser appears live on Laguna Roundtable, KX93.5 FM, Aug 13

Leading the way in local community radio, Laguna Roundtable announces a live interview with Libertarian Candidate for Congress (CD-48) Brandon Reiser, which includes Laguna Beach, this Sunday on KX93.5FM at 8 a.m.

“It is important Laguna Roundtable provide listeners access to the candidates running for city state and federal office, these are the people who shape the City of Laguna Beach. Voters need to hear the candidates and determine who should lead them,” states “Righty” Jim Kennedy, co-host of Laguna Roundtable. “We welcome listeners to submit questions for the interview via email.” The email is listed below.

The show will air live on Laguna’s only FM, KX 93.5, and can be live streamed at Podcast of the show will also be available at

For more information, contact Laguna Roundtable via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on Twitter @RightyJim.

Leave a piece of your heart at the Laguna Playhouse during A Night with Janis Joplin, opening Aug 20

Experience a night you will never forget at the second show of the 2017-2018 season as Laguna Playhouse presents A Night with Janis Joplin, which opens in a limited engagement at the Laguna Playhouse on Sun, Aug. 20. 

Performed in association with the Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol of JAM, Inc., musical direction is by Todd Olson, and it was written and directed by Randy Johnson. 

“Janis Joplin is one of my favorite artists. I know many of our subscribers will relate to this brilliant Tony-nominated production. And I look forward to introducing Janis to a whole new generation of audience,” comments Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard.  

Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” A Night with Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock and roll’s greatest legends.

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Kelly McIntyre as Janis Joplin

Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham “We are going to take a little piece of our subscribers’ and audiences’ heart with the amazing Kelly McIntyre and the brilliance of Randy Johnson’s creation. The roof is about to blown off the Playhouse with this spectacular show!”  

Randy Johnson’s (Book & Direction) most recent work is the critically acclaimed and 2014 Tony Award nominated production of A Night with Janis Joplin. His work has been seen across the country and worldwide in such venues as The Savoy Theatre in London’s West End, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theatre, Wembley Arena, Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, Off Broadway, Regional Theatres across the United States and Canada, Las Vegas and Arena’s worldwide. 

Todd Olson’s (Musical Director) credits include; New York: Everything’s Coming Up Ethel (Orchestrator), Zorba (Music Assistant). National Tours: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (feat. The Coasters), A Christmas Carol. Regional: A Night with Janis Joplin 

(American Conservatory Theater, Barter Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre). 

Kelly McIntyre as Janis Joplin, joined A Night with Janis Joplinfor the first national tour in 2016. She went on to headline three more productions of Janis at Capital Repertory Theatre, Barter Theatre and A.C.T.

For a list of full credits of the talented cast, go to

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Kelly McIntyre headlined three productions of A Night with Janis Joplin 

The cast of A Night with Janis Joplin will also feature: Sharon Catherine Brown, Tawny Dolley, Carol Hatchett, Amma Osei and Kristin Piacentile. The Scenic Design is by Brian Prather, Lighting Design by Ryan O’Gara, Costume Design by Amy Clark, and the Production Stage Manager is Hethyr Verhoef. 

The Hale Family is the Laguna Playhouse’s season underwriter. Additional season sponsors are South Coast Plaza, Haskell & White, Surterre Properties, Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders, Gelson’s, and Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin.

The show begins previews on Wed, Aug 16; will open on Sun, Aug 20, at 5:30 p.m. and will run through Sun, Sept 10. Performances will be Tues through Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Thurs and Sat at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. There will no Thurs performance on Thurs, Aug 24, at 2 p.m. There will be an additional Sun performance on Sun, Aug 27, at 5:30 p m.

Tickets range from $60- $105 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229. Prices subject to change.

The box office is open Mon – Sat: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days); Sun: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information on all shows and programming visit 

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd in LB.

Laguna surfers do well in first WSA event

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Reader Don Saunders reports that the Western Surfing Association ran its first event at Trail 6 in San Onofre over the past weekend in really fun conditions and a few Laguna Beach surfers did well. 

Hudson Saunders (pictured) took 5th in the Under 12 and 7th in the Under 14 divisions.  

George Williams took 5th in Under 16 and 3rd in Under 18 and Sam Nelson took 5th in the Under 18 Division. 

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The Western Surfing Association (WSA) is the oldest competition surfing association in the USA and, by far, the largest on the West Coast. The WSA, established in 1961, is a California non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting and preserving the sport of surfing through fun, family oriented surf competitions. 

WSA is an official West Coast member organization of Surfing America. WSA members can earn entry in the Surfing America Prime, Surfing America USA Championships and Team Trials. Visit for more information.

9th Annual Girls Night Out event supporting the Boys & Girls club set for September 28 

The 9th Annual Girls Night Out event held exclusively for women will take place for a second year at the Wilson family home on Thursday, Sept 28 from 6 – 10 p.m. With a breathtaking view, and a night filled with endless surprises, tickets tend to sell out quickly, as they do each year. 

Girls’ Night Out has become a much-anticipated event

Generous donors who are helping support this event include the Montage, Newport Lexus dealership, Wilson Automotive, Starfish, and Winston’s Crown Jewelers. Each corporation helps its return each year.

Enjoy spending an evening in a gorgeous oceanfront home, dining on fine food, sipping signature cocktails and wine, shopping, being pampered, and going home with an amazing swag bag.

If you love Girls Night Out or The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and would like to get more involved by becoming an event sponsor or joining a fun Events Committee, contact Michelle Ray at (949) 715-7584, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To purchase tickets for $150, log onto the Boy’s & Girls club of Laguna Beach at

Barbara’s Column

Young readers get their just rewards: medals and a barbecue at Bluebird Park



Sixty-five youngsters completed the Laguna Beach Library’s Summer Reading Program, which requires participants to read or have read to them a minimum of 10 hours during the six-week program. 

Many of them attended a barbecue at Bluebird Park on Saturday, highlighted by the presentation of medals by Laguna Beach firefighters Crissy Eichmann, Jeff White and Jeff Zaccaro and a child-approved barbecue. Face painting by Foxy Lady, Naomi Fox was an added bonus. 

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“The firefighters were called to duty twice, but they came back to present the medals, which was so important to the children,” said Friends of the Library President Martha Lydick

The Friends underwrite the annual barbecue and awards ceremony. 

Keeping track of the medalists was up to the aptly-named Summer Blake, who started as Children’s Librarian just before the program began.

“I was happy with the turnout,” said Blake. “It was a good number of people for a small library.”

Medal winners ranged from toddlers to teens. 

Sets of siblings were medalists, including Kyle, Jeff and Chris Herkins, Arnan and Ariana Ghane and Jacob and Justin Lee

Among the youngest was three year-old Kolby Lee. Her parents read her an amazing 20 books a week. She is most interested in animal stories; her favorite is Dr. Suess’s “The Cat in the Hat.”  

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Other pre-school medalists included Sebastian Zamorano, Diego Rivera and Kira Moses

Ethan “Tiger” Cawley was among the award-winners who accepted their medals with a painted face. His medal represented completion of a 350-word book “Learning to Read.” 

Second only to the medal presentation was the barbecue catered by Justin Myers, in spite of a fall that left him limping. 

“It was scrumptious,” said Lydick, a foodie.

Besides the kids’ favorite hamburgers, hotdogs and chips, Myers provided his signature bowtie pasta salad, Caesar salad, veggie burgers, watermelon slices and for dessert: brownies and lemon bars.

Laguna Beach Ebell Club members Brenda Solomon, Penny Stastney, Kimberly Geigele Oswald and President Jennifer Dawson dished up the goodies. 

Myers has other fish to fry. He is the executive director of the Laguna Food Pantry, which provides free groceries for the people in need. 

He is also the organizer of the resurrected Laguna Beach Lions Club. The club now has 15 members, five of whom assisted at the barbecue: Myers’ mother, Cherie, Albert Luu, Matt Naldrett, Kevin Hollingsworth and the newest member, Daryll Oswald. Anyone interested in learning more about the club can contact Myers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Friends of the Library Vice President Sandy Hovanesian, Secretary Angela Irish and board members Nancy and Howard Pink attended the barbecue. The non-profit organization raises money for library activities, refurbishments and book purchases.

From books to book: How is that for a segue?

Mayor Pro Tem Kelly Boyd announced at Tuesdays’ City Council meeting that a new edition has been published of his grandfather’s book “Laguna Beach of Early Days.”

Joseph S. Thurston’s book was first published 1947. He was 78. 

Only a few copies of the original book are known to exist. Boyd said it pops up occasionally on Ebay, at an exorbitant price.

The new edition has some added content and some great photographs collected by Michelle Boyd, the last one of Grandfather Thurston giving a young and blond Kelly and a neighbor a ride in a wheel barrow.  

“Michelle and I worked on the book for two years,” said Boyd. “It is available at Laguna Books. Just so you know, we are not making any money on it.”

The book is priced at $21.99 plus tax. The bookshop will host a book signing by the Boyds on Sept 14. 

But wait – there’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading 


Librarian Summer Blake sent a note to Stu News that adds: 

The Laguna Beach branch of OC Public Libraries would like to give special thanks to those who helped us create our fun and successful Summer Reading Picnic held at Bluebird Park on Saturday, August 5…This fun family event could not have been possible without the support of the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library and volunteers from the Ebell Club and Laguna Beach Lions Club. 

We also want to thank the Laguna Beach Fire Department who handed out the medals and made the awards ceremony extra special!

Dennis’ Tidbits


August 11, 2017

August of 72 was swell because of Diane, Estelle, Fernanda and Gwen – and that’s just the half of it

The clock is ticking away as our south swell machine remains dormant so it’s time to turn the clock back to August of 1972, undeniably the best south swell August ever and the weather also received an A+, compliments of Senor El Nino.

August of ’72 set a record for the number of Eastern Pacific Hurricanes, cranking out a total of seven systems, all of which reached hurricane status with three of those attaining major hurricane status (Category 3 or higher with sustained winds of at least 111 mph).

Each and every storm delivered waves to Laguna and surrounding areas. All systems were already hurricanes when they entered our swell window and every single one of ‘em moved to the NW or NNW, the ideal setup.

The month opened up with a clean 3-6 ft. SSE push from Category 1 hurricane Diane with near perfect conditions as we were in the midst of a tropical heat wave as air temps at the water’s edge were in the mid 80’s with balmy ocean temps at 73 degrees. Just over the hill temps were in the mid to upper 90’s. Glassy conditions prevailed most of the day as well and the nice swell lasted for three days with similar conditions. 

Right on the heels of Diane, Category 2 hurricane Estelle set us up with a beautiful 4-6 ft. severe angle SSE swell with great conditions for her three day stay, so the first six days of the month were nearly ideal.

Things slacked off for a couple of days but on the morning of the 9th, we awoke to a brand new south swell from Category 2 hurricane Fernanda. I might note here that back in ’72 the National Hurricane Center was still using all ladies’ names for tropical systems Alternate boy girl names began in 1978 and that system remains to this day.

The water temp on the 11th was all the way up to 74 and there was a terrific thunderstorm that afternoon as dew points shot up to 74 degrees, almost unheard of in these parts. Brooks Street was epic with occasional Second Reefers showing. Are we on a roll or what?

As the waves were fading from Fernanda, BANG! A strong Southern Hemisphere swell arrives with gusto on the 12th. If that wasn’t enough, a brand new pulse from Category 3 hurricane Gwen starts to show late that afternoon. Once again there was another thunderstorm that evening making it consecutive days with intense convective activity. That’s really rare around here. It’s also a rare event when a Baja swell merges with a long period Southern Hemi so things got real interesting. 

All the while, the weather was perfect with no marine layer, air temps in the low 80’s and water temps in the low 70’s with minimal wind and we’re only halfway through the friggin’ month and we’ve already had enough surf to fill four or five Augusts! It is just one of those once in a lifetime summers when you hope you’re not working! 

We’ll cover the second half of this incredible August next time. Just one reminder… Never take living in Laguna for granted. I know I never will, and those who know me know what I mean! 


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