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Volume 15, Issue 11  | February 7, 2023Subscribe

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Bijon Watson takes the Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Join Laguna Live! in congratulating their artistic director for jazz, Bijon Watson, on Sunday night’s Grammy® win for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album – Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra – Steven Feifke, Bijon Watson, Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra.

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(L-R) Steven Feifke and Bijon Watson (with Grammy presenter)

Watson performs in person as he opens the Laguna Live Jazz Wednesdays Winter series this coming Wednesday, Feb. 8 with “The Soul of Jazz: A Jazz Tribute to the legends of Soul and Groove.”

Also, on stage will be the Laguna Live! All Stars featuring Maiya Sykes on vocals; Tom Luer, saxophone (on the winning album); Will Brahm, guitar (on the winning album); Bryan Velasco, keys; Dan Lutz, bass and Gene Coye, drums.

The concert is at [seven degrees] 891 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach from 6-8 p.m.

The doors open at 5 p.m. for bar and social hour.

Concert tickets are $37.50; $150 for full Jazz Wednesday’s season and are

available at www.lagunalive.org, or by calling 949.715.9713.

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ART & EVENTS CALENDAR - FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY 4

10th Annual Art & Nature Closing Celebration & Panel Discussion

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For the closing celebration of the Laguna Art Museum’s 10th Annual Art & Nature festival, please join past Art & Nature featured artists alumni and Curatorial Fellow, Rochelle Steiner, as they discuss the previous years’ installations and the importance of Art & Nature. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be available during the celebration.

www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Laguna Art Museum

6:00 pm

Museum members: $20

Non-members: $30

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

949.494.8971

FEBRUARY 4

Immersive Yoga

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Surrounded by the underwater seascape of The Sea Around Us by Rebeca Méndez, this one-of-a-kind yoga class will transport under the sea without ever getting wet. Lead by Uplift Yoga, you’ll own your whole wellness and create meaningful connections in the world around you.

www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Laguna Art Museum

10:00 am

Museum members: $20

Non-members: $30

*Children must be accompanied by at least one paying adult.

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

949.494.8971

FEBRUARY 5

Jean Stern Presents: The Life & Art of Anna Hills

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In this illustrated lecture, Mr. Stern will discuss the Life and Art of Anna Hills (1882-1930), one of California’s most important artists. Born in Ohio, Hills studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago and studied in Paris, London and Holland before returning to the United States. She came to Laguna Beach in 1913 and lived there for the rest of her life. She was a founding member of the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918 and served as president twice, from 1922 to 1925 and again from 1927 to 1930. Under her leadership, the Association raised the funds to purchase the land and construct the building that housed the Laguna Beach Art Association and is now the Laguna Art Museum.

The lecture consists of about 100 slides and lasts approximately 45 minutes with time for questions and answers afterwards.

www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Laguna Art Museum

10:00 am

Museum members: $7

Non-members: $14

*Children must be accompanied by at least one paying adult.

All children receive free admission. Tickets are required for accompanying adults only.

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

949.494.8971

FEBRUARY 5

Songs from the Heart

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Thrill to lush vocals and stunning instrumental music by the Laguna Community Concert Band. “Songs from the Heart” includes classics like “Moonriver” and “When I Fall in Love.” Singers include Candice Carvalho, Gary Greene, and EMCEE/Principal Vocalist Lisa Morrice. Enjoy live music for free!

www.lagunaconcertband.com

The Laguna Community Concert Band

The Artists Theatre, 625 Park Avenue, Laguna Beach

2 P.M.

FREE

949.284.2714

FEBRUARY 6

Deadline: Cultural Arts Funding Grants

The City of Laguna Beach is accepting applications from non-profit organizations with experience and primary focus of presenting arts programming. Funded arts program must be presented in Laguna Beach. Grants will support programming presented July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024. The goal of the funding is to create quality cultural art experiences that benefit guests that stay overnight at Laguna Beach hotels while improving the experience for residents.

www.lagunabeachcity.net

City of Laguna Beach

Application HERE.

949.497.0722

FEBRUARY 8

JAZZ WEDNESDAYS WINTER: Bijon Watson’s All Star Band Jazz Tribute to a Musical Legend

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Jazz Wednesdays Winter 2023 is a series of four concerts held at the distinctive [seven-degrees] event facility, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd., Concerts are 6-8 pm and doors open at 5 pm for bar and social hour. Lite bites are available to prepurchase up to a week before each concert.

www.lagunalive.org

Laguna Beach Live!

[seven degrees] 891 Laguna Canyon Road

Concert 6-8pm, Doors open at 5pm for bar & social hour

$35; $150 full season

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

949.715.9713 (Laguna Live)

FEBRUARY 9

Live! At the Museum: Douglas Masek & Bryan Pezzone

Join this duo consisting of a saxophone and keyboard as they perform in the museum. Please arrive early and enjoy the museum’s exhibitions and social time.

Live! at the Museum is presented in partnership with Laguna Beach Live!

Laguna Live! concerts are partially funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Laguna Art Museum

7:00 pm

Laguna Art Museum members & Laguna Beach Live! Members: FREE

Non-members: $14 per person

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

949.494.8971

FEBRUARY 9

Open Studio, Make a Card at LOCA Art Talks

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Meet a different artist each month at LOCA Art Talks. In February, Joy Vansell helps everyone make a valentine card using fanciful papers. Open studio, arrive depart at anytime.

www.LOCAarts.org

LOCA Arts Education

LCAD Gallery, 374 Ocean Ave

5:30-7:00pm “open studio hours”

$20 / Free to LOCA members

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

949.494.7555

FEBRUARY 9

Live! at the Museum

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Laguna Live!’s monthly chamber music concert in collaboration with Laguna Art Museum welcomes Douglas Masek, saxophone and Bryan Pezzone, keyboard

www.lagunalive.org

Laguna Beach Live!

Laguna Art Museum

7pm – 8pm

Free to Laguna Live! members & museum members; $14

Call Museum for Reservations

949.494.8971 (Museum) 949.715.9713 (Laguna Live)

FEBRUARY 12

Art Workshop: Oceanic Flow

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Inspired by Robert Young’s painting, "The Big One", local artist Jo Situ Allen (aka DIRTY ERASER) will lead a mixed media collage workshop using found images, objects, and reproductions of marine life from The Accidental Naturalist, her books on native California species. Jo will share some insights about the wonderful species found just off the beaches of Laguna. Energized by the intuitive flow of the ocean, students will create their own magical underwater landscape through colors, forms, and textures. Supplies included with ticket.

www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Laguna Art Museum

2:00 pm

Youth 12 and under*: FREE

Museum members: $20

Non-members: $30

*Children must be accompanied by at least one paying adult.

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

949.494.8971

FEBRUARY 22

JAZZ WEDNESDAYS WINTER: Mardi Gras Celebration with Dan Barrett's Old Fashioned Jazz Band.

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Jazz Wednesdays Winter 2023 is a series of four concerts held at the distinctive [seven-degrees] event facility, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd., Concerts are 6-8 pm and doors open at 5 pm for bar and social hour. Lite bites are available to prepurchase up to a week before each concert.

www.lagunalive.org

Laguna Beach Live!

[seven degrees] 891 Laguna Canyon Road

Concert 6-8pm, Doors open at 5pm for bar & social hour

$35; $150 full season

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

949.715.9713 (Laguna Live)

FEBRUARY 24, 25, 26

Cincinnati Ballet and Laguna Dance Festival

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Laguna Dance Festival will host its next festival February 24-26, 2023 at the Laguna Playhouse. The festival will feature two of the nation’s major dance companies – Cincinnati Ballet, led by Jodie Gates, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, led by Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell. Tickets on sale now!

www.lagunadancefestival.org

Laguna Dance Festival

Laguna Playhouse

606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Friday, February 24 at 7:30pm

Saturday, February 25 at 7:30pm

Sunday, February 26 at 5:30pm

$60 Reserved Seating, $30 Student Ticket (with valid I.D.)

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

949.715.5578

FEBRUARY 25 and 26

Master Classes with Cincinnati Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

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Enjoy the rigor of movement and train your artistry in this master class series. Saturday’s ballet master class will be led by Jodie Gates, Artistic Director of Cincinnati Ballet. Sunday’s master class will be taught by Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Artistic Director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Intermediate and Advanced dancers ages 12 and up are encouraged to attend.

www.lagunadancefestival.org

Laguna Dance Festival

Dance Studio at Laguna Beach High School

625 Park Ave

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Friday, February 25 from 4:00-5:30pm

Saturday, February 26 from 10:00-11:30am

$30

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

949.715.5578

NOW THRU FEBRUARY 6

Call For Artists - Laguna Art-A-Fair for Summer 2023

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Fine Art Artists are cordially invited to the 57th annual Laguna Art-A-Fair, one of the three premier art shows held each summer in beautiful Laguna Beach, California. Voted the Number One Art Festival in Laguna Beach. Laguna Art-A-Fair is noted for high quality fine art. This summer long exhibit of approximately 120 artists attracts tourists and patrons from throughout California, the United States and the world. The beautiful festival grounds are located at 777 Laguna Canyon Road, just a few blocks from downtown Laguna Beach. The show will be open daily in July and August of 2023, (exact dates to be announced).. Exciting live entertainment, fine food and refreshments, as well as artist demonstrations and workshops add to the festival’s appeal.

www.art-a-fair.com

Laguna Art-A-Fair

Online

By Feb. 6th 2023 midnight.

$45.00 for application

Get your application HERE.

310.433.5195

ART & EVENTS CALENDAR by the Week CLICK HERE

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Strike up the Band: Love shines through in Community Concert Band’s newest performance

By THERESA KEEGAN

It’s fitting Sunday’s concert at Laguna Beach High School is entitled Songs from the Heart, because the Laguna Community Concert Band (LCCB), which will be performing, is all about heart. 

“We really love to play music and we really love to perform,” Director Mark Lowery said of the group of dedicated musicians. “The community band is an outlet for people who want to play for fun.” 

And who are willing to invest their time. 

The group rehearses every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. and hosts concerts whenever the opportunity arises – a situation that is dictated more by venue availability than systemic scheduling. 

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Director Mark Lowery started conducting the LCCB almost seven years ago, after retiring as a school band director. However, he was familiar with the group, because his father played French horn with them into his nineties. And yes, Lowery was able to direct his dad in a performance. 

A busy performance schedule

The valentine’s-themed concert is the first of the year, but at the following Tuesday’s rehearsal, the musicians will receive the music for the band’s performance in March’s Patriot’s Day Parade. And then there’s a show featuring film scores in early May and the annual Memorial Day concert at Main Beach followed by performances at the Festival of Arts in July and August. 

Each concert has its own theme, and the music is selected by the directors – in addition to Lowery, Pete Fournier is also at the helm of the 50-plus musicians. 

“I pick music the audience wants to hear and music that the musicians want to play,” explained Lowery. But simply because a piece is good doesn’t mean it’s a good fit for the Community Concert Band. 

“I just listened to the soundtrack of Dances with Wolves,” he said. “It’s beautiful, but I don’t know yet if it’s right for this band. Part of my training as a conductor is listening and choosing music that challenges, but doesn’t overchallenge, the musicians.”

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Funds for this calendar are provided by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach.

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Pageant of the Masters honors Harlem Renaissance in upcoming production, Art Colony: In the Company of Artists

This summer, the Pageant of the Masters celebrates 90 years of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”) with the production Art Colony: In the Company of Artists. Audiences can expect a diverse theatrical celebration of artists from around the world that have embraced communities where they could live and work, and take inspiration from one another. One of the art colonies featured in this year’s Pageant is New York’s Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement that celebrated art and African American culture in the 1920s and ‘30s.

Masterpieces by African American artists Aaron Douglas, Augusta Savage and more will be re-created as “Living Pictures” in the 2023 performance.

“The Harlem Renaissance was painting and sculptures, but it was also poetry, politics and literature. A time of freedom of expression for people of color previously unknown in America,” said Diane Challis Davy, Pageant of the Masters director. “African American art and art by women have been under-represented in the history of American Art. I’m pleased we can present the Harlem Renaissance along with other important art colonies of the USA and the world.”

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Image of “The Harp (Lift Every Voice and Sing)” by Augusta Savage at the World’s Fair in the courtyard of the Contemporary Arts Building, 1939 

The Harlem Renaissance is considered a golden age in African American culture, manifesting in literature, music, stage performance and art. The era is widely known in pop culture for its nightclubs and music: Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway of the Cotton Club and Bessie Smith, to name a few. Lesser known to many are the painters and sculptors associated with the movement. The Pageant of the Masters hopes to shine a light on sculptors Meta Warrick Fuller and Augusta Savage, and painters Archibald Motley and Aaron Douglas.

Kicking-off act two, audiences will see the work of these artists come to life onstage including the signature 16-foot sculpture Lift Every Voice and Sing by Harlem Renaissance artist, activist and educator Augusta Savage; as well as, “Song of the Towers,” which is part of a four-mural collection series by Aaron Douglas. Douglas felt that jazz was a great contribution of African American culture to the world. Meta V.W. Fuller’s bronze statue Emancipation and Archibald Motley’s extraordinary painting Holy Rollers, will also be highlighted during the Harlem Renaissance art colony portion of the show.

“All four of these works of art are new to our stage. I especially admire Aaron Douglas’ style; his colorful silhouette paintings and murals depicting Black history,” added Challis Davy. “I have selected uplifting musical pieces to complement the four tableaux. Jazz, spirituals, gospel will be represented, along with a song that’s considered an anthem – ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing.’ There will be singers!”

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A Pageant ticket also acts as a season pass to the Festival of the Arts Fine Art Show 

Presented under Laguna Beach’s starry-summer night sky, the 2023 Pageant of the Masters will also feature live, original music and narration, breathtaking theatrical illusions and some surprises, all presented in the 2,600-seat amphitheater of the Irvine Bowl.

The art colony established in Laguna Beach in the early years of the 20th century was the primary inspiration for the 2023 theme. “We’re excited about the theme, ‘Art Colony,’ because Laguna Beach was really put on the map as such more than 100 years ago,” concluded Challis Davy. “We don’t acknowledge our local art colony status until the finale of the show, and along the way we will show other art colonies where artists offered support and inspired one another.”

 The Pageant of the Masters is celebrating its 90th anniversary this summer with the production, Art Colony: In the Company of Artists, with performances 8:30 p.m. nightly from July 7 through September 1. 

Advance tickets are now on sale starting at $35 per person. A Pageant ticket also acts a season pass to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show.

For Pageant tickets, click here, or call 800.487.3378.

Honored with the 2020 Thea Classic Award from the Themed Entertainment Association, the Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by 90 minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. A live narrator guides the patrons through the story of each living picture accompanied by a full orchestra.

Pageant of the Masters takes place at Irvine Bowl at the Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

To stay up to date on all things Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, follow the Festival at @FestivalPageant and visit www.foapom.com.

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ORGANIZATION INFO

www.lagunabeacharts.org

City of Laguna Beach Arts Commission

www.lagunabeachcity.net

Community Art Project (CAP)

www.caplaguna.org

Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters

www.foapom.com

First Thursdays Art Walk

www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com

Friends of the Laguna Beach Library

 

Gallery Q at THE SUSI Q

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KX 93.5 Radio

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Laguna Art-A-Fair

www.art-a-fair.com

Laguna Art Museum

www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC)

www.lbculturalartscenter.org

Laguna Beach Live!

www.lagunabeachlive.org

Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association

www.lagunabeachsistercities.org

Laguna College of Art + Design

www.lcad.edu

Laguna Concert Band

www.lagunaconcertband.com

Laguna Craft Guild

www.lagunacraftguild.org

Laguna Dance Festival

www.lagunadancefestival.org

LOCA Arts Education

www.locaarts.org

Laguna Playhouse

www.lagunaplayhouse.com

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

www.lpapa.org

LagunaTunes

www.lagunatuneschorus.org

No Square Theatre

www.nosquare.org

Sawdust Art Festival

www.sawdustartfestival.org

[seven-degrees]

www.seven-degrees.com

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts

www.theartistsfund-foa.org

Third Street Writers

www.thirdstreetwriters.org

Visit Laguna Beach

www.visitlagunabeach.com

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LPAPA’s “Younger Generation Plein Air Project” resumes after going dark during the pandemic

By MARRIE STONE

The Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Association (LPAPA) has made it their mission to advance arts education in our local elementary schools. In 2013, they created the “Younger Generation Plein Air Project,” a four-part series that includes lessons in art history, art appreciation, a museum visit and hands-on instruction in rendering paintings. Alongside the statewide curriculum designed to introduce fourth graders to California history, LPAPA’s program exposes students to our regional history through art. To date, well over 5,000 fourth graders from both public and private schools have benefited from this unique and immersive program.

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A LPAPA volunteer guides a group of fourth graders at Alta Laguna Park

But like so many things, the project shut down during the pandemic. This year marks its return. And if last month’s paint-out proved anything, it’s that parents, teachers, students and LPAPA volunteers alike are thrilled to be back. “This is one of our biggest community outreach programs,” said LPAPA Vice President Celeste Gilles. “And certainly the biggest for our youth.” 

Jeff Sewell, LPAPA signature member and director of education, founded and leads the program. He visits fourth grade students inside their classrooms for an overview of plein air painting – the terminology artists use, the methods and techniques they employ and the work they produce. “I introduce them to the idea of impressionism. There’s realism, there’s abstract art and impressionism comes right between them,” said Sewell. “We talk about the rainbow scale, everything between realistic impressionism and abstract impressionism. So they get excited to see that.”

The students then visit the UCI Langson Institute and Museum of California Art for a docent-guided tour that gives them up-close access to both historical and contemporary examples of California Impressionism. “We’ve already talked about the vocabulary and ideas,” said Sewell. “Now, at the museum, we get to compare and contrast what we’ve talked about.”

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TOW students visited the UCI Langson Institute and Museum of California Art. This work by early California Impressionist painter Granville Redmond is one of the many works they studied.

Back in their classrooms, students are treated to a real-time demonstration. Using a photo as reference, and enhancing it with his memories, Sewell teaches landscape composition, color theory, the art of mixing and blending paints and other techniques used by professional artists. The class observes each step in the process and can ask questions along the way. 

The program culminates with a paint-out, giving students the opportunity to try their own hands at holding a brush and working on a canvas in an outdoor environment. Top of the World (TOW) students walk to Alta Laguna Park, where they’re treated to unobstructed views of the Santa Ana Mountains and Old Saddleback. This year, the windy day was brisk but clear, which made for perfect vistas but some challenges keeping the easels from blowing over. Within the next few months, the program will be repeated at El Morro Elementary and students will paint seascapes at Crystal Cove. 

“The parents were especially excited [to return],” said Gilles. “Some parents remembered their older kids going through the program. We also had a few parents who have current 6th graders who were disappointed they didn’t get to experience this [during the shutdown].”

Sewell is the ideal instructor. A longtime LPAPA Signature Artist and father of six, he’s got the perfect combination of knowledge, experience, relatability and patience. “Jeff is super cool and mellow,” said Gilles. “The kids see that in him, so they respond to that in the classroom. He spends a day with them at the museum. By the time they get out to paint, they’re excited to take what they’ve learned and put it on the canvas.”

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Founder of the program and LPAPA Signature Member Jeff Sewell instructs the group at Alta Laguna Park before sending them out on their paint-out

The paint-out day finally arrived at Alta Laguna Park and students were fully engaged. Sewell gathered them around for a pre-paint pep talk. He refreshed their memories about that “French phrase plein air” and the meaning of impressionism. He reintroduced the rainbow scale and the difference between realism and abstract art. “We all paint different,” he told them. “And we all paint to the best of our abilities.” Using a paper plate as a canvas, Sewell began mixing colors and laying out his composition. Students offered their suggestions – dark colors in the foreground, cool temperature colors for the distance. “Remember that word ‘foreground?’” he asked. They did.

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LAM promises a fun February with performances, programs and new exhibitions

A few of the Art & Nature exhibitions are still on view at Laguna Art Museum, featuring groundbreaking, immersive exhibitions including Pyramidion by artist Kelly Berg and Five Summer Stories: The Exhibition. The museum has added public programs, including innovative workshops.

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 From the Stuart and Judith Vida Spence Collection: “I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art” by John Baldessari, 1971 lithograph

On February 4, the exhibition featuring Southern California Contemporary Art Gifts from the Stuart Spence and Judith Vida Spence Collection opened and continues through July 2023. For more than 30 years, the Spences collected and lived with contemporary art in their home in Los Angeles, as well as lending pieces to exhibitions and making significant donations to art museums – most notably LAM.

This major gift by Judy and Stuart Spence to Laguna Art Museum includes artworks from the 1970s to the present spanning California Conceptualism, West Coast Pop and Los Angeles’s Lowbrow art movement.

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Kelly Berg’s “Pyramidion” 

 Pyramidion is an interactive sculptural experience that invites viewers to contemplate the layered history and unique geology of Laguna Beach. The Big One by artist Robert Young is thought to still hold the record as the largest painting ever created in Laguna Beach and is on display in the California Gallery. Pyramidion and The Big One are on view through February 12.

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Visitors have until March 12 to see the “Five Summer Stories” exhibition

Five Summer Stories: The Exhibition, presented in partnership with MacGillivray Freeman Films and Coast Film Festival in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic surf documentary, includes a sneak peek of the film and historic imagery, along with clothing and items from the era of the film. The exhibition is on view through March 12.

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Live! at the Museum, February 9, Douglas Masek

Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.

Live! at the Museum, Douglas Masek and Bryan Pezzone

Join this duo consisting of a saxophone and keyboard as they perform in the museum. Please arrive early and enjoy the museum’s exhibitions and social time. Live! at the Museum is presented in partnership with Laguna Beach Live!

Laguna Live! concerts are partially funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. Advance tickets recommended. Laguna Art Museum members and Laguna Beach Live! Members: Free, Non-members: $14 per person. For tickets, click here.

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Collage Workshop 

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m.

Jo Situ Allen leads Mixed Media Collage Workshop

Inspired by Robert Young’s painting, The Big One, local artist Jo Situ Allen (aka Dirty Eraser) will lead a mixed media collage workshop using found images, objects and reproductions of marine life from The Accidental Naturalist, her book on native California species. She will share some insights about the wonderful species found just off the beaches of Laguna. Energized by the intuitive flow of the ocean, students will create their own magical underwater landscape through colors, forms and textures. The Oceanic Flow workshop will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase through the Laguna Art Museum website and the cost is $20 for museum members and $30 for non-members. Children under 12 can attend the workshop for free, but must be accompanied by at least one paying adult. Supplies for the workshop are included with the ticket.

For tickets, click here

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Storytime Saturday 

Saturday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m.

Storytime Saturday, The Day You Begin

Bring literature to life during a participatory story time that will have you making and moving! We’ll craft a storytelling experience inspired by a museum artwork or exhibition to foster children’s understanding of art’s role in their lives. Read-alouds will be supplemented with mindfulness exercises, art-making projects, or in-gallery activities that promote meaningful connections with caregivers and others. Sessions are designed for PreK–2 learners and their families.

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LBCAC adds performances to February calendar

The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) has three exciting and diverse events in their February lineup. Two of them honor Black History Month.

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In honor of Black History Month 

–Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.

Bare Bones Theatre Presents: L’Dor v’Dor lll By Lojo Simon

Three generations of Jewish Americans travel to Natchez, Miss. to learn about the history of their family from its start during the Freedom Summer of 1964.

There is limited seating. For tickets, click here.

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Jordan Ferrin – Melodic-groove jazz and live storytelling

–Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.

The Jordan Ferrin Storyband

The Jordan Ferrin Storyband combines melodic-groove jazz and live storytelling into an experience of connection. It is an experience as unique as it is engaging.

California-born woodwind player Ferrin spent years traveling the world as a cruise ship musician, inspiring The Jordan Ferrin Storyband, whose debut album Tales of Transcendence was released in March 2022. It was received well throughout Europe.

According to Chris Spector of Midwest Record, “A sax man makes his debut by taking an impressionistic trip around the world to unleash his creativity in new ways. It’s got that seeker kind of vibe the jazzbos of yore had when they were romping about in India.”

For tickets, click here.

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Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. and discussion

–Saturday, Feb. 25, 8-10 p.m.

“SIMPLY SAMMY”

A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. starring Doug Starks

A 90-minute reflection of the music, memories and moments of one of the world’s greatest entertainers. Starks will share his conversations, common interests and motivations, whereby his relationship went from fan to friend. Join him as he recounts the music, the dance, the stories and the man. Simply put, “SIMPLY SAMMY.”

For tickets, click here.

LBCAC is located at 235 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach.

For tickets and the LBCAC calendar, go to www.lbculturalartscenter.org.

LBCAC has installed a Patriot Air Purification System to ensure a virus free environment. 

Grant funding was made possible by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach.

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Bare Bones presents L’Dor v’Dor lll, a new play in the trilogy by Lojo Simon, at LBCAC

 One year after it first debuted Lojo Simon’s play L’Dor v’Dor (from Generation to Generation), Bare Bones presents the final reading of the trilogy on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC), 235 Forest Ave. in Downtown Laguna Beach.

 “I’m super excited to share this play, which is set in Natchez, Miss., during the Civil Rights movement, as part of Black History Month,” Simon said. “I’ve gotten to know these characters so well over the last 18 months of writing about them. When I watch them come alive in the voices and bodies of actors – that’s one of the great rewards of the collaborative process that is making live theater.”

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Nzinga Moore makes her Bare Bones debut in February’s play reading, which honors Black History Month

Ava Burton directs the play, which features actors Jaidyn Johns, Sarah Levin, Nzinga Moore, Veltria Roman, Sheila Silver and Tyee Tilghman. The audience is invited to stay after the reading to discuss themes of race, assimilation and social justice with facilitator Pastor Rod Echols.

 “We’ve been developing this trilogy for the past year at Bare Bones, which is a great honor as both an actor and director to be involved in the early creative process of making a new play,” Burton said. “I can’t wait to share it with an audience, so they all can see where the story’s gone and discuss it with Lojo and Pastor Rod.”

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Tyee Tilghman makes his Bare Bones debut in February’s play reading

General admission is $30; $50 tickets include premium seating and a bar drink. For tickets, click here.

 Please note that LBCAC is not currently ADA-accessible, as it requires patrons to walk up steep stairs. (Once upstairs, the theatre is ADA-friendly.) 

Bare Bones is a project of ART WOW (Art Without Walls), bringing theater you can chew on to discerning Laguna Beach audiences.

Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center is a creative epicenter in Downtown Laguna with exhibition space, events, and promotion to support artists in theater, visual arts, music, video and still photography, film, dance, prose and poetry, and arts education.

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“Art in Public Places” – Interlude by Peter Busby

By DIANNE RUSSELL

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Some of the art you see around Laguna Beach is the result of two city programs: “Public Art and Murals” and “Art in Public Places.” The goals of the Public Art and Murals and Art in Public Places (adopted in 1986) initiatives are to create diverse art installations of the highest quality that will, over decades, reflect the city itself and its citizens, and improve the quality of life; and to be a source of pride to all Laguna Beach residents. 

Created by artist Peter Busby, Interlude was installed at Alta Laguna Park in 1993. It is part of the Art in Public Places collection and was funded by the City of Laguna Beach. 

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“Interlude” was installed in 1993 

Born the youngest of six brothers in Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island, N.Y., Busby has lived in and traveled to places such as Indonesia, China, Thailand, Israel, Crete, Denmark and the Caribbean.

Busby attended Det Fynske Kunst Akademi, (Art Academy) in Odense, Denmark, from 1982-86. He has multiple public art sculptures installed all over the U.S., dating back to 1978, and has participated in many group and solo exhibitions.

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The sculptures must be seen in person to be fully appreciated   

According to a 2019 Connecticut Magazine article, in 1984, while living in an old farmhouse outside of Odense, Denmark, where Busby’s wife is from, he dragged some tree limbs over from the farmer next door who had just trimmed them. It took numerous rounds on the back of his bicycle, but he amassed enough to construct a life-size elephant. The elephant was displayed at the Odense Zoo, then later the City of Odense bought it, awarding it to an elementary school as part of an environmental awareness program. 

Busby now creates larger-than-life structures in his home studio in Cornwall Bridge, Conn., before they are unleashed into private collections and public spaces around the country. Using mostly simple hand tools as well as some welding equipment, Busby molds steel rods into impossibly large animals, giving viewers an opportunity to appreciate them from every angle. He has a months-long process he stands by, from pencil-tracing the formations on drywall to manipulating materials to represent a specific shift of an animal’s head or body. 

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Easier to sense the scale of the sculptures with a boy in the scene 

“I approach art from the perspective of inclusion,” Busby states on his website. “Through sculpture, I hope to inspire and foster a connection between the environment, my work and a broad spectrum of viewers. My aim is to create works of art that are elegant, yet simple, create a sense of place, leave a lasting impression upon viewers, and achieve a sense of timelessness and beauty.” 

This focus is reflected in Interlude.  According to Busby, “Such was my intent while creating the whale tails that are seen diving into a sea of grass at Alta Laguna Park. This sculpture is representational of and inspirational to the environment and cultural spirit of the community of Laguna Beach.”

Busby explained his process: “My artwork has evolved from the concept of space being defined by a single line, to structures defined by woven surfaces. I work with steel rods in a way that echoes lines drawn by pencil, only my metal markings are free of paper and, thus, create three-dimensional drawings.”

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Busby invites viewers to complete the volume the framework suggests 

“My particular attention to line results in sculptures comprised of both positive and negative space. This spatial interplay causes the sculptures to feel both empty and full, and invites viewers to complete the volume that the framework suggests. The negative space, which has become a fundamental aspect of my work, also allows viewers to pass through the work, thereby incorporating the surrounding environment. This interaction and interplay between the artwork, the viewer and the environment is what I continually strive to achieve with my work.”

Alta Laguna Park is located at 3299 Alta Laguna Blvd., Laguna Beach.

This is the 90th article in our weekly series featuring Art in Public Places. Since there are more than 100 pieces of public art scattered throughout Laguna, it will take a while to cover them all.

For more information on Peter Busby, go to www.peterbusby.com.

For a map of Art in Public Places (not every piece is listed), click here.

To apply for the Arts in Public Places program, click here.

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LagunaTunes Community Chorus is turning 20

 LagunaTunes Community Chorus resumes rehearsals on Monday, Feb. 13, in preparation for a 20th anniversary celebration performance called Lagunatunes, Greatest Hits.

Several members of LagunaTunes sang their appreciation for a cultural arts grant to City Council in November, inviting them to the 20th anniversary performance. The concert is a look back at the group’s favorite music from 2003, when the group was founded, to the present. In a survey sent to all past and present members, participants were invited to vote for their favorite songs from the last 20 years. Past members are particularly urged to return to the stage, greet old friends, and join in this nostalgic trip down memory lane. 

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LagunaTunes singing at City Council 

The concert – LagunaTunes, Greatest Hits – will be on Sunday, June 11 at 4 p.m. in the Artists Theater at Laguna Beach High School. Both new and past members are welcome, and there are no auditions. All you need is a desire to sing and learn with a fun group of people and a great director. Recorded rehearsal tracks are available for all parts. Listen to them in your car, while exercising, any time you want, to learn effortlessly between rehearsals.

To join LagunaTunes, come to the rehearsal on February 13 from 7-9 p.m. at Thurston Middle School, 2100 Park Ave., Laguna Beach. Bring a check for $90 (music fee) and a willingness to sing. COVID vaccinations, though not required, are encouraged. 

The chorus is led by Bob Gunn, former long-time director of Orange County’s Men Alive chorus and Laguna’s St. Mary’s choir. LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides choral singing to everyone (no auditions). Funding is by the FOA Foundation, and the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

For more information, visit www.lagunatuneschorus.org, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Festival of Arts now accepting student scholarship applications until March 10

The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach has announced that applications for the 2023-2024 academic school year are now open to local students. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior who resides in Laguna Beach or attends Laguna Beach High School. Applications will be accepted through the Festival’s website at www.foapom.com/scholarships until the March 10 deadline.

“This program is a tremendous opportunity for students who are considering a career in the arts,” said Festival of Arts Board Secretary and Scholarship Chair Pat Kollenda. “The arts are such a critical part of a student’s overall education as well as continued personal development. It is with great pride that the Festival rewards and encourages the development of careers in the arts.”

 Since 1957, the Festival of Arts scholarship program has supported rising young artists by making it possible for students to pursue college studies in the arts. To date, the Festival of Arts has awarded more than $3.5 million in scholarships.

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Past recipients of FOA Scholarships

 Last year, five students were each recognized with $20,000 scholarships by the Festival of Arts. Each recipient was granted $5,000 per year over a four-year period as long as he/she continues to meet the specified requirements. “I learned about the Festival of Arts scholarship through my art teacher, Ms. Porter and the high school scholarship advisor, Ms. Shipp,” said Colette Reed, 2022 Festival of Arts Student Scholarship recipient. “I’m so grateful for this scholarship – it’s helped me take more classes in college, and pursue my degree in Art and potentially an MFA, which is so fantastic!”

 The four-year, highly competitive scholarships are awarded to students who excel in Film, Performing Arts (dance, music and theater arts – including performance and production), Visual Arts and Writing. A student may apply for any or all of the four categories, but will only be awarded one scholarship. The Festival of Arts Scholarship Committee includes Chair Pat Kollenda and committee members Wayne Baglin, John Connolly, Marge Earl, Jacquie Moffett, and Jeff Rovner.

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FOA accepting scholarship applications until March 10

 Scholarship recipient Reed added, “I was so, so excited to learn I was a scholarship recipient! I worked really hard on this scholarship, and I was really honored to be recognized for it, and to be among such an awesome group of artists! I feel so grateful to the Festival and the board, because this scholarship will and already has helped me so much in college.”

The Festival of Arts, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has always been a local leader that has helped with the growth and development of the community and the arts in Laguna Beach. Established in 1932, the Festival of Arts’ mission is to promote, produce and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. The Festival of Arts annually produces two world-class events: The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters. Together both shows attract more than 225,000 visitors into Laguna Beach.

 For general scholarship information call Michelle Reindl at (949) 464-4201 or visit the website at www.foa.com/scholarships. The Festival of Arts is a nonprofit organization that produces the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters. Its mission is to support the arts and art education in and about Laguna Beach.

The Festival of Arts, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has always been a local leader that has helped with the growth and development of the community and the arts in Laguna Beach. Established in 1932, the Festival of Arts’ mission is to promote, produce and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. The Festival of Arts annually produces two world-class events: The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters. Together both shows attract more than 225,000 visitors into Laguna Beach.

For more information, visit www.lagunafestivalofarts.org, or call 949.494.1145.

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More fun events and workshops added to LOCA’s February calendar

LOCA just added two new events to this month’s calendar – “An Evening with Nelson Coates” on February 22 and “Illustrate Create for Kids” on February 27 (a five-part series).

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Contemporary Landscapes with Cydette Vikander, Feb. 7 and 8 

Laguna Beach Community Center, 380 Third St., Laguna Beach.

Two Day Workshop: Tuesday and Wednesday, February 7 and 8 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Working from photo references, students will learn what makes a strong composition and how to arrange it on their canvas. Participants will be using water mixable oil colors. Participants may bring their own supplies if they choose. Members: $50. To register, click here.

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Vikander’s work 

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Contemporary Landscapes with Cydette Vikander 

Laguna Beach Community Center, 380 Third St., Laguna Beach.

Two Day Workshop: Tuesday and Wednesday, February 7 and 8 from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Working from photo references, students will learn what makes a strong composition and how to arrange it on their canvas. Participants will be using water mixable oil colors. Participants may bring their own supplies if they choose. Members: $50, Non-members $100. 

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Open Studio with Joy Vansell – make Valentine’s Day cards

Thursday, Feb. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Art Talk, Open Studio, Joy Vansell 

LCAD Gallery, 374 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach.

Love is in the air at the Art Talks “open studio” event where everyone gets to create a valentine card to take home. Visitors may select from an amazing array of specialty decorative papers provided by Joy Vansell, who will be on hand to show how to arrange the cuttings and affix them to a card using a glue stick. Plastic templates will be available to create fitted envelope liners. The casual, “open studio” format allows everyone to work at their own pace, and come and go as desired. Members are free, non-members $20. Advance registration is required, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Nelson Coates, multi-award-winning production designer 

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 5:30-7p.m.

“An Evening with Nelson Coates”

Laguna Beach Community Center, 380 Third St., Great Room, Laguna Beach.

Everyone who likes TV and movies will love this “must see” presentation by multi-award-winning Production Designer Nelson Coates. He will share stories of creating visual concepts including sets, props and costumes for hit feature films including Crazy Rich Asians, Hocus Pocus 2 and In the Heights, and for television including The Morning Show and Home Before Dark. Advance registration is required, so to register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visitors are $20, Free to LOCA members. 

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Carole Boller 

Saturday, Feb. 25, 9-11 a.m.

LPAPA and LOCA - Carole Boller: Laguna Plein Air Paint Together 

Heisler Park, 375 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. 

Register to join LPAPA Artist Member Carole Boller for this fun and informative LPAPA+LOCA in-person Mentor Paint Together session on “Boller’s Bloomers: The Value of Plein Air Painting.” In this mentor session, Boller will demonstrate her oil painting process, brush stroke by brush stroke, of a lovely garden scene at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach. LPAPA and LOCA members $25, non-members $50. To register, click here. Advance registration is required, so to register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Participants will draw a Great Horned Owl on February 27 

Monday, Feb. 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Illustrate Create for Kids

Laguna Beach Public Library, 363 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach.

LOCA has partnered with Crystal Cove State Park in this five-week series of afterschool workshops for kids, ages 7-11. Students will learn about sea and animal life as taught by an educator from the State Park, then enjoy an art lesson with Elizabeth McGhee. Subjects include Great Horned Owl on February 27 (pictured), March 6 is Octopus, 13th is Opossums, 20th is Sea Star and 27th is Sharks. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and no registration is required. Free. For a map, click here. For questions, call the library at 949.497.1733.

LOCA Art Talks are for anyone and everyone who loves the visual arts. Their events, offered monthly in Laguna Beach and surrounding areas, are educational and informative, yet casual and fun. Attendees get to meet fascinating artists and industry leaders, and learn about their work and careers. 

For more information about LOCA, go to www.locaarts.org.

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February happenings at The Artists Fund at FOA

Here are two events you won’t want to miss presented by The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts (FOA).

Taking place now and continuing through February 25, Lani Emanuel, a portrait and figurative artist based in Laguna Beach, is having her solo exhibition, Beside Herself on view at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

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Artist Lani Emanuel in her Laguna Beach studio

The collection, attracting many visitors, features adolescent and teen female figures on large canvases in Emanuel’s signature muted palettes. “The teen years can be the most formative in a woman’s life. My paintings explore the subtleties of this transitional time,” Emanuel said. Her additional upcoming activities include teaching painting for the Saddleback College Emeritus Program, leading a LOCA Art Talks open critiques workshop in May and exhibiting at Festival of Arts in summer 2023. To read more about her exhibition, go here.

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Judith Haron offers customized workshop on creating travel journals

Artist Judith Haron is offering customized classes on creating travel journals in watercolor for adults ages 18 and up. Subjects may include architecture, flowers, landscapes and natural scenes, and projects may be in the illuminated letters or illuminated manuscript styles. “We can include calligraphy and metallic gold paint to add some panache!,” Haron said.

Lessons are customized to fit individual needs and goals. Students may choose to book a series of three or more lessons to help build progression of skills. Workshops are two hours. Cost is $100 per individual single and $80 per individual in groups of two to four. Supplies are extra. 

To contact the Judith Haron Studio in Laguna Beach, call 949.306.8090.

For more information about The Artists Fund, visit https://theartistsfund-foa.org.

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New art exhibition at City Hall

Continuing through March 10, there is a new artwork display at City Hall, titled 2023andMe.

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“Visitors,” 24” x 30” oil on canvas, 2022 by Kevin Yuan

According to the city’s newsletter, “This group exhibition kicks off the 23rd year of this century with recent artwork by Master of Fine Arts students from Laguna College of Art + Design. The new year is a time to reflect on how we got here and make choices on where we are headed. Like the 23 pairs of chromosomes referenced in the title, our future is shaped, but jot determined, tby the past. The arts are a constantly evolving cultural inheritance.”

The artwork is displayed in the first floor hallway gallery and is open to the public during city business hours.

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Laguna Beach FOA Foundation now accepting 2023 grant applications

The FOA Foundation has announced applications are now available for 2023 Art Grants. Nonprofit organizations with programs promoting fine arts in and about the City of Laguna Beach may apply. Grant applications are available online by clicking here, and the submission deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 28.

“The FOA Foundation is looking forward to receiving applications from the many talented organizations here in Laguna Beach,” said Kathy Jones, FOA Foundation president. “We look forward to helping fund programs that provide enrichment to our community.”

The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation (now named the FOA Foundation) was established in 1989 to preserve and promote the fine arts and all other artistic endeavors in and about the City of Laguna Beach, Calif. 

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FOA Foundation annually distributes grants to local nonprofit art organizations

The FOA Foundation is comprised of a board of trustees who oversees and administers the program including Kathy Jones (president), John Campbell (vice president), Bob Earl (treasurer), Jacquie Moffett (secretary), Jeff Redeker (board member), Jeff Rovner (board member) and Kirsten Whalen (board member).

The FOA Foundation, co-founded by John Rayment and David Young, was designed to hold these funds in a permanent endowment. The earnings and income from this endowment would be distributed annually in the form of scholarships to graduates of Laguna Beach High School, and as grants to nonprofit art organizations and educational institutions in and about the City of Laguna Beach. The FOA Foundation operates independently from the Festival of Arts. In 2007, the Festival of Arts assumed the financial responsibility of the art scholarships, enabling The FOA Foundation to focus on its grant program for local nonprofit art organizations.

For more information on the grant application process, contact Kathy Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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