Volume 15, Issue 22  | March 17, 2023Subscribe

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Laguna Beach Arts Alliance to host reinvented and interactive 15th Annual Art Star Awards on April 28

The Laguna Beach Arts Alliance (LBAA) has announced that the 15th Annual Art Star Awards will be held on Friday, April 28, on the Festival of Arts grounds in Laguna Beach beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Art Star Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognizes excellence in outstanding achievements and contributions in the arts in Laguna Beach. The event will feature a new festival format showcasing live pop-up art demonstrations and performances by LBAA member organizations and special guest artists. During the event in true Academy Award style, awards in five categories will be presented to organizations, businesses and individuals who shaped and contributed to the community’s arts and culture in Laguna Beach.

Tickets are now available for purchase and the community is invited to attend.

“We’re thrilled to honor this year’s nominees at our newly envisioned festivities,” said LBAA President Pat Kollenda. “I can think of no better way to celebrate Laguna’s artists and our vibrant art scene than to immerse our guests and honorees in live art demonstrations and performances.”

Laguna Beach Louies

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Courtesy of LBAA

At the event, all the winners will be announced and presented with one-of-a-kind Art Star award sculptures (fondly referred to as the “Louies”), created by Laguna Beach artist Louis Longi

This year’s nominees will be considered for their contributions to the arts in 2022. They include: 

Best Arts Program

Coast Film & Music Festival

Piece-ful Protest Exhibit (Community Art Project)

Theatre on the Spectrum (No Square Theatre) 

Best Arts Collaboration

90th Birthday Bash (Festival of Arts/City of Laguna Beach)

First Thursdays Art Walk & Laguna Dance Festival (Laguna Dance Festival/Laguna Art Museum/Local Galleries)

Art Inscribed (Third Street Writers/The Artists’ Fund/Festival of Arts/FOA Foundation) 

Arts Patron of the Year

Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center

Jeff Redeker and the Rotary Club of Laguna Beach

Volvo Cars

Artist of the Year

Lani Emanuel

Michael Obermeyer

Gerard Stripling

LBAA will also honor Kathy Jones with a special Art Star Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of her many accomplishments and contributions to the Laguna Beach arts community. At the event, all the winners will be announced and presented with one-of-a-kind Art Star award sculptures (fondly referred to as the “Louies”), created by Laguna Beach artist Louis Longi.

Entertainment will include performances by the Laguna Community Concert Band’s Jazz Combo, No Square Theatre and surprise guests. Attendees can join in the fun by contributing paint strokes to an interactive painting led by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) and see up close a Pageant of the Masters living tableau from the 2022 production, Wonderful World, as well as other sets. They will also view live painting demonstrations by Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy, Hugo Rivera and other local artists.

“Please join us for a fun and entertaining evening to celebrate the arts and our incredible community,” concluded Kollenda.

To purchase tickets to attend the 15th Annual Art Star Awards, contact Wayne Baglin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Limited tickets are available at $120 each and include passed heavy hors d’oeuvres and a dessert bar by Saltwater Catering and wine as well as all the festivities.

The Laguna Beach Arts Alliance was established in 2002 as the result of an exciting partnership among 27 Laguna Beach organizations. The mission is to serve as an advocate for the arts, promote collaboration and networking among the arts organizations of Laguna Beach and serve as a united voice for the arts in the city. Members of the Arts Alliance include: 3340 Recital Series, City of Laguna Beach Arts Commission, Coast Film Festival, Community Art Project, Festival of Arts, First Thursdays Art Walk, Friends of the Laguna Beach Library, Gallery Q, Laguna Art-A-Fair Festival, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach Craft Guild, Laguna Beach Live!, Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association, Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Community Concert Band, Laguna Dance Festival, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, LagunaTunes Community Chorus, LB Cultural Arts Center, LOCA Arts Education, Neighborhood Congregational Church, No Square Theatre, Sawdust Art Festival, The Artists Fund at the Festival of Arts, Third Street Writers and Visit Laguna Beach.

Learn more about LBAA at and follow the on Instagram @lbartsalliance and Facebook @lagunabeachartsalliance.


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