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An Attempted Murder by Jack Champion now on display at City Hall

By MARRIE STONE

Photos by Jeff Rovner

Tom and Lucinda, a pair of 1,000-pound crows, landed on City Hall’s front lawn last week. They’re the latest temporary art installation funded by the lodging establishments of Laguna Beach. Entitled An Attempted Murder (because a murder of crows requires at least three), the birds first appeared at Burning Man in 2017 and at the Smithsonian Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. in 2018. The dedication took place last Friday, July 12, with artist Jack Champion on hand.

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Jack Champion poses between Tom (left) and Lucinda (right), the two 900-pound crows in his installation “An Attempted Murder”

Apart from providing perfect selfie backdrops and inspiring a few Hitchcock comments, An Attempted Murder might evoke some interesting conversations over the next several months. We’re living through fraught times. Though Tom and Lucinda don’t appear especially happy about it, they do look like they’re still talking (or at least squawking) to each other. Perhaps there’s a lesson in there.

“We’re looking for art that’s a little challenging, gets a conversation going and provides a way for people to engage that’s different from the normal day-to-day,” said Adam Schwerner, vice chair of the Arts Commission. “Art can do that. This piece – because of its scale, quality and the historical references it evokes with the crows – is the perfect installation for our town at this moment. It’s also fun.”

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(L-R) Laguna Beach Arts Commission members Carl Smith, Michael Ervin, Suzi Chauvel, Pat Kollenda, Adam Schwerner, Mayor Sue Kempf and Donna Ballard

The crows are first sculpted in clay. Then Champion creates a rubber mold and casts the birds in bronze. He named the pair Tom and Lucinda after music he was listening to at the time of their creation.

Champion enjoys the challenge of large-scale design. He also created two 31-foot-tall elephants with obelisks on their backs (an homage to Salvador Dalí) and a 20-foot-long cricket. No matter how big or tall the sculpture, Champion pays careful attention to small details, sculpting skin, feathers and wings to look life-like.

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Artist Jack Champion has shown the crows both at Burning Man and at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

For Champion, crows are a rare breed, and one he’s had an ongoing relationship with ever since he was a kid visiting his grandma, who had a resident crow. As an adult, the birds have followed his truck and staked out his home, waiting for Champion to feed them. But they bide their time, waiting until he leaves to swoop in for supper. “They’re so smart,” he said.

Champion also draws inspiration from Hieronymus Bosch, the early Dutch master and creator of The Garden of Earthly Delights (1515). Bosch’s surreal and fantastical worlds of exaggerated creatures and their outsized role might be one interesting lens through which to view An Attempted Murder. Stand beneath a 12-foot crow and experience how it feels when the natural world overwhelms us. It might change your perspective. By flipping the scale on size, Champion challenges us to imagine a different way of being in the world – an alternate universe where humans might not be in charge.

City Hall is the perfect setting for two birds seemingly engaged in endless argument. As Mayor Sue Kempf joked at the dedication ceremony, things are often more fun and civil outside the Council meeting room.

“They’re having a dialogue, for sure,” said Arts Commission member Suzi Chauvel. “That’s what I love about them.”

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Lucinda looks like she has more to say, making her an apropos addition to Laguna’s City Hall lawn

The city routinely works with Building 180 – an art production agency that curates complex installations – to bring these temporary art installations to town. According to Building 180’s mission statement, they “imagine a world where art connects us with one another, and the world around us. A world where art has no boundaries and is made to elevate the human experience, inspire the very best in human nature, and awaken the fullest potential of imagination.” Building 180 also brought Taylor Dean Harrison’s Polymery in March 2023 and Inquire Within by Joel Dean Stockdill and Yustina Salnikova last August.

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This summer’s Sawdust Festival offerings include free creative art classes for all ages and abilities

By THERESA KEEGAN

A stroll into the Sawdust Festival reveals a plethora of creativity. From textile art to ceramics, glassblowing painting and innovative mixed media, visitors are literally surrounded by inspiring artwork.

And that artistic inspiration can be immediately acted upon onsite, thanks to participatory classes with a wide range of offerings.

“The only rule we have is that there’s no wrong way to create art,” said Stephanie Lee, art education program manager. She quickly rattles off the welcoming programs that are offered multiple times throughout the day during the festival, but the Sawdust doesn’t limit opportunities to the summer. In addition to the daily festival classes offered at three different sites, she and AnnJo Droog, director of art education at the Sawdust, coordinate the year-round programming for classes.

“We want to make sure we get art to everyone,” said Lee.

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Instructor Tristin Cole leads a watercolor class at the Studio One site at the Sawdust Festival. The classes are included with admission and offerings change daily.

All the daily festival classes are included with festival admission. It’s highly recommended to sign up upon entering the festival if you want a specific class or time slot. (Just turn left upon entering, go past the T-shirt shop and there’s a board with all the day’s offerings.)

During the festival there are three different free class areas: Ceramics, Studio One and Art Spot. Each has various offerings and a unique vibe all its own.

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Ravol Kelly assists a participant in the individualized ceramics classes offered at the festival grounds

Ceramics – The most popular ceramics class is a 10-minute session with a skilled ceramicist. Participants can choose to make a bowl, plate or a cup/vase using the techniques of either throwing a pot or handbuilding. Those who want to throw (and who wouldn’t want to do this fun approach?) sit across from a teacher who guides them through the process on the wheel. It’s perfect for both newcomers and people who have experience working with clay, as the instructors are able to vary their approach based on participants’ skill level.

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The finished pieces are left to dry while people stroll through the festival grounds. People take them home and can bring them to a pottery studio to have them fired and glazed.

“I guide people through throwing the pots,” said instructor Ravol Kelly, who adds that often an element of joy surfaces during the interaction. “It’s pretty nice showing people something they remember fondly from high school or another time in their lives.”

Sessions begin at 11:30 a.m. each day, and there is a 30-minute break at both 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., but with multiple wheels and instructors, there’s often room to accommodate most people.

Studio One – This open-air instruction area offers the most diverse classes, with opportunities to create everything from watercolors and embroidery to woodworking and even tile pieces. The diversity keeps this one of the more popular class options, especially for people who attend the festival multiple times throughout the summer. (Class size is usually limited to about a dozen people and a more demanding, skilled class may have an age minimum.)

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Student artist Kileah Lologo went to the Sawdust to be inspired by looking at the artwork. While there, she also joined a watercolor class. Now she can’t wait to get back into the studio.

Instructor Tristin Cole’s recent watercolor class on whales and seascapes included an introduction asking participants to think about their own experiences at the beach.

“I really wanted to tap into that emotion,” said Cole. “Then they can draw from their own experiences.” She then offered a brief demonstration about watercolor washes. Afterward, participants established an abstract foundation and then had an opportunity to add details with pens.

“When they get into the details, they get into this flow,” said Cole, a professional artist in many media and who has also been an animator for 27 years. “They’re making their painting come to life. I love teaching art to the community.”

Participant Kileah Lologo, 18, is an art student at Orange Coast College and was thrilled with the watercolor class. “She let everybody do what they wanted,” the Garden Grove resident said of the instructor. “I came to the Sawdust to get inspired by all the other artists who are here. It’s been great.”

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The 301 faces of Joan Quinn on display at the Laguna Art Museum

By MARRIE STONE

Joan Agajanian Quinn is one of the most painted, sculpted and photographed women alive. Since the 1960s, she’s been the subject of more than 300 works of art by such notables as Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, Frank Gehry, Shepard Fairey and Ed Moses. Some artists, like photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, captured Quinn in classic portraiture. Others took unconventional approaches, interpreting Quinn through their own lens. Peter Alexander sculpted her as a clump of Jell-o. Charles Arnoldi assembled Quinn out of a stack of sticks. She’s been rendered as a Madonna, a bust (with an exposed bust) and an array of appendages. She’s been depicted in prints, abstracts, graffiti, as a pair of playing cards, a pie chart and everything in between.

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A portrait of Joan Agajanian Quinn by Robert Mapplethorpe (1986)

But perhaps one of the more meaningful portraits of Quinn was recently made by her 12-year-old granddaughter, Georgia Quinn Gowey. I met Quinn Gowey by coincidence last fall when I delivered a guest lecture on journalism to her sixth-grade class in Encino. In response to a writing prompt I gave, she wrote an essay about her grandmother (whom she calls Noni because Quinn preferred Joannie over grandma, and the name evolved). Quinn Gowey recounted her grandmother’s beginnings in the art world, tracing Quinn’s life-altering introduction to Billy Al Bengston in the mid-1950s, a close friendship with Andy Warhol in the ‘70s and David Hockney’s sage advice – get yourself a nice camera.

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Joan Quinn with granddaughter, Georgia Quinn Gowey (12), holding Georgia’s portrait

Now through September 2, a selection of Quinn’s portraiture, as well as numerous other works from her private collection, are on display at the Laguna Art Museum. On the Edge not only tells the story of the West Coast art movement from the 1960s through the 1990s, but also paints its own multidimensional portrait of the deep connections and friendships forged between artists and their admirers.

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(L-R) Woods Davy, Joan Quinn and Charles Arnoldi appear together at LAM’s “Sticks and Stones” lecture on June 29

Quinn arrived on the art scene somewhat accidentally. Her parents were wealthy (her father a race car promoter), but not major patrons of the arts. In the mid-1950s, while still in high school, Quinn took a job at Desmond’s department store. There she met and befriended Billy Al Bengston, an up-and-coming California pop artist. That friendship foreshadowed what would become a prominent theme in Quinn’s private life and career – a series of profoundly personal friendships with major California artists across every medium. At USC, while studying education, Quinn sought out students in the art department and purchased some of their pieces. There she also met her husband Jack, a lawyer, with whom she remained until his death in 2017.

A self-described connector, Quinn took an early interest in the West Coast art scene, discovering and promoting young up-and-comers. Quinn Gowey wrote of her grandparents: “When Joan and her late husband Jack Quinn first started collecting art, they were continually on the lookout for articles, reviews and press relating to the artists they were collecting or should collect. Joan and Jack also realized the art they bought would be more important if they had lots of press, so Joan helped with the press. She wrote articles about her artist friends and submitted them to art magazines, and she got their names into the social pages of the local newspapers. At the same time, Jack, who was an attorney, hosted cocktail parties at his office and invited clients and other lawyers to meet the artists while displaying their artwork, sometimes to help the artist sell their work.”

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Greg Colson’s “Joan Agajanian Quinn Pie Chart Port” (2013) sums up the many qualities of Joan that led to her lasting legacy in the art world

When Quinn met Warhol in the late 1970s, he soon brought her on as the West Coast editor of Interview magazine, which laid the foundation for the rest of her career. She’d go on to write for several notable magazines, host her own television shows and scout out new talent.

“Noni’s support of the arts and artists is what makes our family a village – a village filled with love and so many creative people,” Quinn Gowey said. “She is dedicated to helping others and accepting of all different kinds of people. Nobody is better than anyone else.”

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Artist Rowan Foley pushes herself to be more vulnerable

By DIANNE RUSSELL

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Rowan Foley is passionate about a lot of things – big cats, birds of prey and medieval folklore, to name a few, and these themes frequently appear in her provocative work.

Foley, a second year Festival of Arts exhibitor, admits she’s in a constant level of creative exploration, “I’m always pushing myself to be vulnerable, that’s the aspect of art that draws me in.”

The secret wishes and dreams reflected in her art leave her unguarded and exposed to the viewer. “It’s the physical representation of my emotional experience of being alive,” she said. She believes that through vulnerability, art can tap into a universality that is profoundly moving.

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Foley in front of one of her drawings

Classically trained, Foley has more than one medium in which to push herself – oil painting, drawing in both pastels and charcoal and sculpture are her fortes.

Much of her work possesses a mysterious ethereal quality. Often, faces are hidden – or half hidden – making one wonder if the subject is one person in particular or perhaps representative of a larger group. In this way, she takes the viewer from specific to universal.

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Foley’s two large pieces, “Marilyn” and “Hippity Hop” at the Festival of Arts reflect her proclivity for hidden or partially hidden faces

Foley started her classical training at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. “It wasn’t really for me because it had a strong conceptual focus. I love art history and I love Picasso,” she said. “He became so abstract, but he started out as a highly trained academic painter. If you see the early paintings from when he was in his teens, they’re incredibly accurate. He taught himself to be the best he could be – to be able to draw anything he wanted – and then from there he chose to paint abstract. That inspired me, so I was going to study at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy.”

Foley visited the Academy and found out they had a sister school which just happened to be in Laguna Beach – LCAD. “I grew up in Orange County and ended up moving to Northern California for high school, but I thought, wow, that’s close to home,” she said. “And the Florence Academy of Art didn’t have a degree program, and I wanted a degree.”

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One of Foley’s unfinished pieces hangs in her living room

She showed her portfolio to LCAD, and they said, “If you want to start in three weeks, we can make that happen.”

“I finished three years there. My degree was in Drawing and Painting with Sculptural Emphasis. Their entire program is centered around figurative realism – they have an intense program. It’s like an Academy-style program where the students spend six to 12 hours a day working from a live model, and we could either paint or draw with that as a reference. It was more like the teaching style from the 1800s than what you get in most art schools right now.”

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“Will You Still Love Me in the Morning,” charcoal on paper, reflects her love of animals

“About six months after graduation, I met a sculptor in town (Randy Morgan), and I worked with him as an assistant on one of his projects,” Foley said. After that, she took a leap of faith and started to push her own work and things started happening. “I got into the Festival the next year, and I had my first solo show at the She/They Gallery in Santa Ana. Recently, I had a show at SOLOSHOW gallery that opened 10 days before the Festival.

“I love the Festival. Isabelle Alexandra took me under her wing my first year and this year Ray Brown has been sharing with me some of his drawing techniques when I was trying to figure out how to show my drawing without glass. Everyone is so helpful, it’s like a family.”

Foley will be attending a marble sculpture workshop in Marble, Colo. this summer and has a sculpture now in process in a foundry in Los Angeles. “I have to make sure the wax is right before they cast it into bronze,” she said.

Local Nicholas Hernandez recommended her to the Florence Biennale and wrote her a letter of recommendation as a former winner where she exhibited last year, and introduced her to Woods Cove Gallery, where her work is shown. She also has a show at SOLOSHOW on PCH across from Main Beach.

Her work Birth of Venus, Siren’s Melody 2023, oil on canvas, is in the Oceanside Museum of Art.

“I also do commissions and enjoy them,” she said. “It’s almost like art school where you have stipulations, and you get to be creative inside those stipulations.

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Iconic art collector Joan Quinn, “an artist’s muse,” to sit for public workshop led by leading portraitist

By THERESA KEEGAN

The powerhouses who influence the California art scene understandably have admirers who are artists. But if you’re Joan Quinn you don’t just have admirers. You have friends. And those artistic friends have captured her image more than 300 times. She has been sculpted, photographed, painted and probably appears in more media than any one person affiliated with the arts. Her deep eyes and quick, sincere smile have been captured by the likes of Andy Warhol Robert Mapplethorpe and David Hockney.

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Artist Yolanda Gonzalez completed a recent portrait of art collector Joan Quinn, with tulips. The two women will offer a workshop on Saturday where Gonzalez will offer some painting advice, Quinn will sit and participants will have the opportunity to paint this iconic supporter of art and artists in California.

And on Saturday, the general public will also have an opportunity to paint her portrait as she partners with Los Angeles artist Yolanda Gonzalez in conjunction with the Laguna Art Museum’s showing of the art of Jack and Joan Quinn. (See related story by Marrie Stone.) Joan Quinn Portrait Exploration will begin at 1 p.m.

“Joan is very humble and sweet,” said Gonzalez. “She relates to the artists on such an organic level.”

The portrait workshop builds upon a youth program Gonzalez and Quinn offered earlier this year, where Quinn sat for the workshop and Gonzalez offered students tips for creating portraits.

“Joan’s not narcissistic,” said Gonzalez. “She’s just truly the artist’s muse.”

As a life-long portraitist, Gonzalez knows her subject well. She and Quinn met more than three decades ago, as Gonzalez was establishing her career. Quinn went to the artist’s studio in Boyle Heights and the two became fast friends.

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Artist Yolanda Gonzalez uses a variety of mediums to capture people’s portraits – even ceramic. This portrait of Joan Quinn is in the art-supporter’s extensive collection, which includes hundreds of her own portraits.

“Her energy is amazing,” Gonzalez said of Quinn. “She’s humorous, bubbly intense, kind and intelligent.” Through the years, Quinn commissioned two painted portraits from her and then, seeing ceramic work Gonzalez was producing, also asked for a portrait in pottery.

“Joan is known and admired in the art community as she’s supportive of artists and the arts,” said Gonzalez. “And we’ve grown a special friendship…so painting her is creating a portrait of someone who is very dear to me.”

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This portrait of Joan Quinn by artist Yolanda Gonzalez is also part of Quinn’s extensive art collection

Gonzalez was happy to utilize her portraiture skills to capture her friend’s personality.

“I just have a connection with people,” she said. “I love to capture people’s essence and their mannerisms – especially their eyes and who they are. Portraits are my go-to.”

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Yolanda Gonzalez descends from a family rich with portrait artists. Her great grandfather, Juan Nepomuceno Lopez drew this portrait in 1877.

Gonzalez builds upon a long heritage of artists, dating back to 1877. Her great-grandfather created portraits on paper and her grandmother also created portraits in the 1920s.

“They weren’t full-time artists,” said Gonzalez, but they dedicated themselves to their art. When Gonzalez was just 8 years old, her grandmother sat her down and showed her how to paint two women walking up a hill with baskets on their heads.

“From then on we had a close and loving relationship,” she said. As the youngest of six children, the special grandmother attention went a long way in influencing Gonzalez. She recalled her grandmother visiting her at the studio in Boyle Heights.

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This “Portrait of Martha” was painted by Yolanda Gonzalez’s grandmother in 1920. It’s the artist’s niece.

“She said ‘You’re in your glory,’” recalled Gonzalez. “It was really exciting and heartwarming for her to sit in my studio and see that I’d become a full-time artist.”

Gonzalez builds upon her Chicana heritage and her works embrace the themes of unconventional beauty, identity and culture.

“I love what I do,” she said. “There’s just this beautiful narrative going on in my studio.”

She says Quinn is the perfect subject to paint. Not only is Quinn, at age 88, distinguished, she’s also very colorful.

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Festival of Arts Summer Concert Series schedule through July

From July 3 through August 30, join Festival of Arts (FOA) for live music on the Festival’s Concert Stage. This year’s concert line-up features Grammy winner Poncho Sanchez and the Eagles All Stars. Concerts are free with Festival admission.

The daily schedule for Festival of Arts Summer Concert Series is now available online by clicking here.

All concerts are free with Festival admission.

For select concerts, limited “nightclub” seating is available in the reserved section for an additional fee. To reserve seats, click here.

Fri., July 19, 5:30-7 p.m., The Eagles Allstars, Country Rock, Tremendous Tributes, $45

Sat., July 20, 1-2:30 p.m., BPM (Brian Bromberg, Paul Brown, Michael Paulo), Jazz Concerts on the Green, $60

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John Proulx Trio performs on July 20

Sat., July 20, 5:30-7 p.m., John Proulx Trio, Jazz, Spotlight on the Music of Hope Blue Piano

Sponsored by City of Hope, $45

Sun., July 21, 1-2:30 p.m., Laguna Community Concert Band, Jazz

Sun., July 21, 5:30-7 p.m., Raffia Thomas, R&B/Soul, Wow… That Girl Can Sing! $45

Mon., July 22, 5:30-7 p.m., Buzz Campbell and the Heartaches, Rockabilly Americana, $30

Tues., July 23, 5:30-7 p.m., Quarteto Nuevo, Jazz, $30

Wed., July 24, 5:30-7 p.m., Beth and Steve Wood, Folk/Rock, $30

Thurs., July 25, 5:30-7 p.m., Spencer Day, Jazz – Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate

Sponsored by Charles Schwab and Cambria Estate Winery, $50

Fri., July 26, 5:30-7 p.m., Tony Guerrero – A Tribute to Chuck Mangione, Jazz Tremendous Tributes, $45

Sat., July 27, 1-2:30 p.m., Poncho Sanchez, Latin Jazz, Concerts on the Green, $60

Sat., July 27, 5:30-7 p.m., Scott Wilkie Trio, Jazz, Spotlight on the Music of Hope Blue Piano

Sponsored by City of Hope, $45

Sun., July 28,12-3 p.m., Miskey Mountain Boys, Bluegrass

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Lia Booth – July 28

Sun., July 28, 5:30-7 p.m., Lia Booth, Jazz Wow… That Girl Can Sing! $45

Mon., July 29, 5:30-7 p.m., Eugene Edwards Band, Country/Rock, Americana, $30

Tues., July 30, 5:30-7 p.m., “Listen to the Seventies” – Folk/Rock, $30

Wed., July 31, 5:30-7 p.m., Opera Laguna, Opera, $30

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Sawdust Festival brings lots of fun in the sun at Surf Day on July 23

The Sawdust Festival is in full swing. Visitors can look forward to amazing art and artisan creations, music, classes and food, all in an idyllic canyon setting.

Nighttime is the right time for Sawdust – Art, Ale, Music & More: Sawdust Art Festival shines even brighter at night, transforming into a magical evening escape. Sunday through Thursday, open until 8 p.m. – your go-to spot for after-work unwinding. On weekends, the enchantment continues until 10 p.m., setting the stage for unforgettable date nights. As twilight falls, their art-filled pathways come alive with twinkling lights, creating a magical ambience perfect for couples and friends alike. Enjoy the cool evening air as you sip craft beers or local wines, browse unique artworks and let live music serenade you under the stars.

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Sawdust transforms into a magical evening escape

July at Sawdust Art Festival is sizzling with excitement, offering an explosion of creativity that showcases Southern California’s largest gathering of emerging artists.

Special Events

Sip, Talk & Walk Wine Tasting & Docent-Led Tour

Wednesdays | 3-4 p.m.

Wine Tasting with Jackson Family Wines

Fridays | 6-9:30 p.m.

Sawdust Fashion Show

Sunday, Aug. 4 | 12-2 p.m.

Artists’ Benevolence Fund Auction

Sunday, Aug. 11 | 12-3 p.m.

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Don’t miss the magic of Sawdust

Where Art Meets Magic at the 58th Annual Sawdust Art Festival: Open daily: through Sunday, September 1

Hours of Operation: Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Single-day admission tickets may be used any day of the summer festival:  $12 for adults. $10 for seniors, ages 65 and up. $5 for children ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under receive free admission and do not require a ticket to enter.

Single day and annual pass tickets are available.

Summer Sale! Save $2 off with promo code: summer24.

For tickets, click here.

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Glassblowing demonstration

Classes:

There are complimentary classes in three studios. Classes are based on a first-come, first-served policy. They cannot be pre-booked. They are free unless otherwise stated. All classes are subject to availability. For pottery, please sign-up the same day at the Ceramics Studio as spaces fill up early.

Classes are available in Studio One, Art Spot and the Ceramic Center.

For a full listing of classes, click here.

Music:

Three entertainment stages feature live music and entertainment every day of the show. Roaming acts also include balloon artistry, magic shows and acoustic guitarists.

For a full listing of music, click here.

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The Heretics – July 20

Artists:

Shop handcrafted art by 180 Laguna Beach artists in a variety of media including ceramics, painting, jewelry, glass, photography and more. For a full listing of artists, click here.

Don’t miss the chance to meet April Solomon, Sawdust’s dragon specialist, at Booth 111, or witness artist Ed Chang exhibiting his captivating photography at Booth 609. With unforgettable experiences around every corner, Sawdust is the ultimate destination for art enthusiasts. Grab your tickets now and dive into this artistic adventure that promises to ignite your imagination and leave you spellbound.

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Sawdust Saloon

Outdoor Dining

Grab a drink at the Sawdust Saloon and enjoy a bite to eat at one of our six outdoor dining options that include Evan’s Gourmet, GG’s Mediterranean, Taco Loco by Chef Gonzalo Rebollar, Espresso on the Go and Fran’s Popcorn.

For a list of concessions, click here.

Special Events & Theme Days

–Sip, Talk & Walk Wine Tasting & Docent-Led Tour: Wednesdays | 3-4 p.m.

–Surf Day: Tuesday, July 23 and Tuesday, Aug. 20 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

–‘80s Day: Saturday, July 27 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

–Country Western Day: Saturday, Aug. 3 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

–Beatles Day: Saturday, Aug. 17 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

For a listing of OC Resident Nights and Free County Days, click here.

Artist Note:

Note from Sawdust artist Joan Gladstone: She will be introducing vibrant new oil paintings that celebrate summer and iconic California coast imagery. The Sawdust Festival opens June 28 and continues every day through September 1. “This is my fourth year exhibiting at the Sawdust Art Festival, Southern California’s premier outdoor art festival. I’ll teach a watercolor class every Monday at 2 p.m.” There are art classes for all ages, great music and a magical atmosphere are always free with admission.

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“American Dream” by Joan Gladstone

Sawdust Art Classes has many expressive and informative classes offered every week that the Sawdust Art Festival wants to share with you (far too many to mention here!). For more information, click here.

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Intro to Mosaic Art – July 20

Saturday, July 20

Introduction to Mosaic Art

A two-day workshop over two weekends

The ancient art of mosaics is one of the most beautiful and oldest in the history of mankind. Working closely with Ron Shearer, you will create a mosaic that you will be proud to display. It will open a whole new world of creativity that you can easily continue on your own. Step-by-step, he will take you through the process of design, materials, cutting techniques and then carefully guide you through the application, initially using glue for positioning. You’ll have a little bit of fun “homework” to do between classes. When you return to the second workshop, you can home in on the fine details and finishing your artwork. A wonderful, informative and creative workshop, and one that we have had many requests for. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners or those who want to fine-tune their skills. All materials are provided including supplies from WitsEnd Mosaics.

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Laguna Bluebelt Photo Exhibition 2024 opens at LCAD on August 1

There will be an opening reception on Thursday, Aug. 1 from 6-9 p.m. at LCAD Gallery for the photography exhibit from the Laguna Bluebelt’s 13th annual photo contest.

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Photo by Craig Hatfield

“Sunset Lookout” by photographer Craig Hatfield, which earned Honorable Mention, 2023

Laguna College of Art + Design’s Gallery is proud to present original photography from the Laguna Bluebelt’s 13th annual photo contest winners, celebrating Laguna’s Marine Protected Areas (MPA) and their diversity. This exhibition is comprised of professional and amateur photos that capture the natural beauty of the Laguna Bluebelt’s beaches, marine life and recreation from above and below, while bringing attention to the importance of conserving and protecting this invaluable resource.

The Laguna Bluebelt Coalition brings together organizations and individuals with a common goal of protecting and restoring sea life, conserving biological diversity and maintaining healthy, sustainable marine habitats for all plant, fish and animal species.

LCAD Gallery, 374 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach.

LCAD Gallery admission is always free.

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Cultural Arts: Music in the Park is in full swing, next concert July 21

Stage on Forest

Friday, July 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Andrew Corradini

Saturday, July 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Jodi Siegel

Sunday, July 21, 5-7 p.m. – Russell Long

Music in the Park

Every Sunday through Aug. 18, 5-7 p.m.

Bluebird Park, 772 Cress St.

Music in the Park is a free public concert series held Sunday evenings in July and August, at Bluebird Park. Concerts start at 5 p.m. Set-up is not permitted before 3 p.m. No dogs are allowed at Bluebird Park (LBMC 6.16.020). No smoking (LBMC 7.40.030). No display or sale of merchandise (LBMC 18.04.015). Low-seating beach chairs are encouraged. Alcohol is permitted for guests 21 or older, but must be accompanied by a full meal. Solicitation of any kind is not permitted at city events.

2024 CONCERT SCHEDULE

–July 21: The Shagwells (‘60s and ‘70s hits)

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Mick Adams and the Shagwells – July 21

–July 28: Upstream (Caribbean, reggae, calypso, steel drum)

–August 4: 133 Band

–August 11: Betamaxx (1980s cover)

–August 18: The Tina Turner Tribute featuring Debby Holiday (Tribute)

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

For questions, contact Cultural Arts at 949.497.3311.

Temporary Art Installation

A ceramic mural titled Seagull Eclipse by local artist Jesse Bartels will be installed at the pocket park on Laguna Frontage Road near Woodland Drive mid-June through September 2024. This project has been made possible through a gift from the Wayne Peterson Fund of the Laguna Beach Community Foundation.

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“Seagull Eclipse” by Jess Bartels

Public Art Activation

Thursday, Aug. 1, 5-6 p.m.

Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave.

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Interactive presentation by OC Bird of Prey Center on August 1

The Arts Commission cordially invites you and your family to experience the new temporary public art installation, An Attempted Murder by artist Jack Champion, at City Hall and take part in an interactive presentation by the Orange County Bird of Prey Center. Engage with live animals and learn more about hawks and owls, and how to respect their Laguna Canyon habitats.

To learn more about the Orange County Bird of Prey Center, go to www.ocbpc.org.

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

For questions, contact Cultural Arts at 949.497.3311.

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LBCAC adds concerts for August

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Lurrie Bell – July 19

Friday, July 19, 8 p.m.

Guitarist Lurrie Bell

Lurrie Bell was voted Most Outstanding Guitar Player in the 2007 Living Blues Magazine’s Critic’s Poll, and in 2008 and 2012 he was named the magazine’s Male Blues Artist of the Year. Since 2007, he has received multiple Blues Music Award nominations as Best Guitarist and Best Traditional Male Blues Artist by the Blues Foundation.

For tickets, click here.

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Eric Henderson – July 28

Sunday, July 28, Aug. 11 and 25

Summer Concert Series, every other Sunday

Step into the world of musical enchantment with a LBCAC Summer Concert Series, featuring the internationally acclaimed Concert Guitarist Eric Henderson and his extraordinary quartet, Malaga.

Witness the magic as Curtis Mathewson and Richard Bredice mesmerize on electric guitar, Henderson serenades on Spanish guitar, Jimmy Perez sets the rhythm on bass and Frank Cotinola brings beats to life on drums.

Experience the soulful resonance of the guitar in the intimate setting of OC’s premier listening room, where every note is a symphony of emotions. Join this unforgettable evening filled with Spanish classical guitar masterpieces by Henderson and a captivating blend of new tunes and timeless classics like “Little Wing” and “Paint It Black.” Embrace the harmonious fusion of talent and passion at LBCAC’s Summer Concert Series

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Daisy Abrams and Chuck Roberts – August 6

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m.

Beth’s Tuesdays featuring Daisy Abrams and Chuck Roberts

Concerts are in person and held at the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center, 235 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach on a Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, + $1.50 credit card fees.

For tickets, click here.

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

Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center concessions available, not currently ADA accessible, steep stairs only.

Check out the calendar at www.lbculturalartscenter.org.

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LAM adds exciting summer events

Leave a Legacy

Lobby tiles are a great way to: Support the mission of the museum. Leave a lasting legacy with your name. Give a unique gift to honor a loved one, friend or colleague or promote your business.

Contact Crystal Tosello if you would like to donate $10,000 for a custom tile engraving. Crystal Tosello, development manager, ctosello@lagunaartmuseum.org, 949.494.8971, ext. 215.

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Support the mission of LAM with a lobby tile

LAM introduces Art Museum Neighborhood Nights

All summer long, locals can take advantage of a free night at the Laguna Art Museum (LAM) with a raffle, tours, local food and drinks (LAM is collaborating with local spots), and activities for the entire family.

Each part of the Laguna community has their own night.

Free nights (5-7 p.m.)

Thursday, July 18 – The Village

Thursday, Aug. 15 – South Laguna

Thursday, Sept. 12 – Top of the World

A Summer of Fun and Learning, begins in June

Throughout summer 2024, LAM will be welcoming kids into the museum for expanded learning and creative opportunities that can be found only at Laguna Art Museum. Starting off with their Summer Camp, they will announce new phases of LAM Kids Summer on this page. Stay tuned and make sure you register!

For classes, click here.

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Kids Camp runs through July 29

LAM Kids Summer Fridays

Drop in and create masterpieces of your own. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m. every summer Friday, their Studio/Lab is open to all kids who want to explore their creativity and participate in hands-on art projects. Members of the Education Staff will be onsite to help kids find inspiration and create their works of art.

Drop ins are free with museum admission.

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Adam Neeley, “Modern Alchemy” continues through July 29

–Modern Alchemy: The Fusion of Art and Nature in the Jewelry Designs of Adam Neeley

Adam Neeley is an award-winning artist/jeweler who transforms precious metals and gemstones into wearable art by traditional goldsmith techniques and modern technologies. His unique designs are inspired by the vast variety of shapes and colors found in the natural world. In fact, it was his childhood interest in collecting rocks that eventually drew Neeley to the master goldsmiths in Italy, where he would study the art of jewelry making. Eventually he developed his own style and techniques of goldwork that have won him international acclaim, as well as prestigious awards across the jewelry industry.

Exhibitions:

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“Skyward” by Eric Theodore

Reflections of Resilience through August 25

Reflections of Resilience presents a sampling of the artwork from the 2024 Master of Fine Art graduates from Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD). Remarkable artists are attracted to LCAD because of the understanding that time-honored skill joined with personal contemporary concerns can create vital, memorable art.

LAM is delighted to introduce Cara Baxter, Jason Dowd, Amber Foote, Sara Khakpour, Ryanne Phillips, Janaise Sanchez, Eric Theodore and Kevin Yaun.

On the Edge through September 2

Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection

Joan and Jack Quinn represent a crucial moment in art history, as Los Angeles came to symbolize an innovative and prolific brand of creative freedom. On the Edge: Los Angeles Art from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection, explores the experimental approaches to minimalism and new materials from the 1960s through 2000s, the diversification of practices and makers, and the vital role the Quinns played in both documenting and contributing to the story of Los Angeles art. Revealed is a period of artmaking that is pivotal to understanding current practices and the west coast mentality, and collectively exudes a unique spirit of anti-conformity and the “California Cool” ethos.

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Creation Station Day Camp – July 15

Monday, July 15, 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Creation Station Day Camp

Are you ready to dive into a world of imagination and invention? Do you love crafting with LEGOS® and designing epic Hot Wheels tracks? Then buckle up, because this is the summer day camp where your wildest creations come to life. Join us for a one-of-a-kind adventure where you’ll become the mastermind behind your own world. From towering skyscrapers to winding racetracks, the possibilities are endless.

LAM Kids’ Summer Mini Camp Series

Keep the summer fun going with their exclusive After-Summer Day Camp Mini Series, happening at Laguna Art Museum. Designed to complement your day camp experience, these two-hour sessions from 3-5 p.m. offer kids the perfect opportunity to continue their creative journey in a unique and inspiring setting.

Summer Day Camp

$75 for members

$95 for non-members

$60 for two or more siblings for members

$80 for two or more siblings for non-members

A healthy snack will be provided by the museum. Campers should bring their own lunches.

Registration fees are fully refundable up to four weeks prior to the scheduled day camp session.

Mini Session

Monday, Aug. 5 from 3-5 p.m.

$30 for members

$55 for non-members

$25 for two or more siblings for members

$50 for two or more siblings for non-members

For registration, click here.

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LPAPA presents Plein Talk by Aimee Erickson at LPAPA Gallery on July 21

2024 Juried Signature Artist Members

LPAPA announced and congratulated their eight newly juried 2024 Signature Artist Members who have been added to their prestigious LPAPA Signature Artist roster:David R. Becker (Ingleside, Ill.), Philip Alexander Carlton (Fruita, Colo.), Son Do (Westminister, Calif.), Mary Garrish (Merritt Island, Fla.), Danny Griego (San Diego, Calif.), Joe Mancuso (Torrance, Calif.), Manon Sander (North Palm Beach, Fla.) and Svetlin Sofroniev (Bulgaria).

LPAPA’s Annual “From Dusk to Dawn”

LPAPA’s Annual “From Dusk to Dawn” juried nocturne art show will feature both plein air and studio works. Gallery exhibition dates for the juried Finalists are August 1 through September 2 with juried Semi-Finalists to be exhibited at City Hall.

Five cash awards to be given with the top prize of $500. Plus, all submitting members receive $5 in LPAPA Loyalty Reward credits.

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Annual “Less is More gallery reception on July 11 during First Thursdays Art Walk

18th Annual Less is More” Award Winners

The show opened with an online Art Catalog and Preview Auction on Monday, July 1.

LPAPA shared the 18th Annual “Less is More” Juried Small Works Art Show award winners:

1st Place: Judd Mercer, 2nd Place: Krentz Johnson, 3rd Place: Carol VanVooren and Honorable Mention: Danny Folkman. Special thanks to their Awards Judge Debra Huse, and their Jurors John Budicin, Toni Kellenberg and Tracie Sullivan.

The show will be at the LPAPA Gallery through Monday, July 29 and can be viewed online through the link below. Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment, with extended hours to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of each month for Art Walk.

Four cash awards to be presented.

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Aimee Erickson Exhibition – Through July 29

Aimee Erickson: Artist in Residence at the LPAPA Gallery

Online Preview Auction & LPAPA Gallery Show through July 29.

Plein Talk at the LPAPA Gallery: Sunday, July 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The LPAPA Gallery is pleased to present their Artist in Residence Showcase Exhibition featuring original works by Signature Artist Aimee Erickson will have a gallery opening at 11 a.m. and a post-holiday First Thursday Art Walk Reception on Thursday, July 11, 6-9 p.m.

The art show and sale continue through Monday, July 29.

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association/LPAPA Gallery is located at 414 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.

Click here to access LPAPA’s calendar and event schedule.

For more information, go to www.lpapa.org.

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Laguna Community Concert Band to celebrate FOA grant with special concert

The Laguna Community Concert Band (LCCB) has announced the receipt of a generous $3,000 grant from the FOA Foundation, which will significantly bolster the band’s ongoing efforts to bring the magic of live music to the Laguna Beach cultural arts scene.

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Mark Lowery conducts the Laguna Community Concert Band at the 2023 Festival of Arts

The FOA Foundation, an independent nonprofit endowed by the Festival of Arts, makes awards annually to art and educational programs in Laguna Beach and the surrounding area. On average, the foundation assists more than 20 organizations each year.

“We are grateful for the FOA Foundation’s continued support,” said director Mark Lowery. “This grant recognizes our dedication to the arts and energizes our mission to share high-quality live musical experiences with our community.”

In celebration of this support, Laguna Community Concert Band will perform at Festival of Arts on Sunday, July 21 at 1 p.m. on the main stage. The program will feature John Williams’ stirring march from the movie 1941 and a symphonic tribute to George Gershwin that includes excerpts from “Rhapsody in Blue” and “An American in Paris.” Vocalist Lisa Morrice will join the band on selected numbers to perform crowd favorites including Big Band hits and modern classics.

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Jennifer Baker conducts the Laguna Community Concert Band at the 2023 Festival of Arts

“The FOA Foundation’s support is an honor that enables us to deepen our commitment to the community and our educational outreach,” said assistant director Jennifer Baker. “It’s more than just financial support. It’s a vote of confidence in our mission and our work to foster the next generation of musicians.”

The LCCB-affiliated Laguna JaZz Band will perform at Festival of Arts on Wednesday, July 17 at 5:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, August 14 at Susi Q at 6:30 p.m. This fall, Laguna Community Concert Band will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a performance on Sunday, October 6 at 7 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse.

Laguna Community Concert Band performances are always free, although donations are gratefully accepted. Festival of Arts admission is complimentary for Laguna Beach residents, active military, Festival of Arts members, children 5 or younger and $15 for residents from surrounding areas.

For more information about the Laguna Community Concert Band or to inquire about joining, visit www.lagunaconcertband.com.

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Laguna Live! presents Trio Mizmor at Live! at the Museum on August 4

Join Laguna Live! at the Laguna Art Museum for Trio Mizmor, a beautiful blend of violin, viola and cello, sure to delight the senses. The trio will perform on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 1 p.m.

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Trio Mizmor: (L-R) Limor Toren, Nicholaus Yee and Alicja Blanquart

As a violinist, Limor Toren enjoys an active career, performing as soloist, chamber musician and symphony player. She has collaborated with Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalia Gutman, Evgeny Kisin, Barbara Hendricks, Sara Chang, Midori, Emanuel Ax and Isaac Stern. Toren has also performed under the baton of Anjey Brusilov, Sergio Comissiona, Jacek Kaspszyk, Kurt Mazur, Zubin Mehta and Kurt Sanderling.

Violist Nicholaus Yee completed his doctoral studies at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he was the teaching assistant to Dr. Pamela Goldsmith and Professor Donald McInnes and attended as a full fellowship recipient. In addition to his viola studies, he is trained as an instrumental conductor, early music specialist and music educator, topics he studied as part of the rigorous and multi-faceted program at USC.

Alicja Blanquart, cello, was born in Warsaw, Poland into a family of musicians. Blanquart first came to the United States in 1987 to continue her music education and she was awarded scholarships for both her graduate and post-graduate studies. She graduated from Eastman School of Music from a studio of Prof. Steven Doane and earned her master’s degree in Cello Performance at the University of Southern California from the studio of Prof. Eleonore Schoenfeld. As an avid chamber musician, Blanquart is the founder of a Summer Chamber Music cello program for advanced students.

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 & Laguna Beach Live! Members: Free. Non-members: $14 per person. For tickets, click here.

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Family Art Day at FOA

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Family Art Day came roaring back to the Festival of Arts grounds with a fun new animal twist! This year’s event on Sunday, July 14 had an exciting array of wildlife-themed art activities and encounters, ensuring a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family.

Visitors were mesmerized by the graceful performances of the Orange County Aerial Arts members on the Festival stage or visited an exhibiting artist while on an “Animal Quest Scavenger Hunt” before finishing the day with an airbrushed animal tattoo by Star Shields.

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A stilt walker and unicyclist from OC Aerial Arts roamed the grounds. Photographer Mary Hurlbut brought along her grandsons for the adventure.

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Priceless Pets Rescue Dog Adoptions was offering on-the-spot dog adoptions. It was so hard not to fall in love with the furry companions and give them a forever home.

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Performance by a member of the OC Aerial Arts on the Festival stage

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A very young performer on “silks”

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OC Beekeeper Association offered the opportunity to learn all about the fascinating world of bees and their crucial role in our ecosystem while savoring a tasty honey stick

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Raptor encounter in the Irvine Bowl – a baby owl – her feathers were still growing out. Visitors came face-to-face with fascinating reptiles from the The Reptile Zoo and the majestic power of birds of prey with Raptor Events LLC.

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A male hawk flew back and forth from the trainer to the stand

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The Reptile Zoo brought a tortoise

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Snakes and frogs, too!

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Everyone wanted to touch the gentle python

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Animal airbrush tattoos by Star Shields

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Art Quest Scavenger Hunt – boys found the mouse in Larry’s booth #100

There were workshops too. Over at the Festival’s Art Center generously sponsored by Bank of America adults and kids unleashed their inner artist with hands-on, animal-inspired activities. In addition, Bowers Museum hosted a special animal anime sculpting class in conjunction with their current exhibition, Asian Comics: Evolution of an Art Form. It was a fun family art day for everyone!

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Platters get splattered at Festival of Arts on Membership Day, July 28

Art lovers are invited to a Platter Painting Demonstration on Sunday, July 28, 12-3 p.m. in the Art Center at Festival of Arts. Visitors will watch as 12 Festival exhibitors try their hand at painting personal designs on giant platters using ceramic glazes.

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Photos courtesy of The Artists Fund

Bruce Burr and visitor Gina Mead

Visitors may mingle about the gathering, watch the progress and interact with the artists as they are working. “Designs are unique to each artist, and often compare to work in their exhibit booth,” said Program Coordinator Mike Tauber. “So, a piece by wildlife illustrator Ray Brown will look completely different than one by printmaker Vinita Voogd. It’s fascinating to see the variety!” he said. Additional artists include Bruce Burr, Kate Cohen, Toni Danchik, Sharon Jackman, Yuri Kuznetsov, Pil Ho Lee, Sian Poeschl, Anthony Salvo, Karin Worden and more.

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Sonata Platter by Vinita Voogd

The event is part of the greater Membership Day activities at Festival of Arts. Miskey Mountain Boys will perform live bluegrass on stage, and all who buy from the Art-To-Go fundraising sale will enjoy savings of 20% off all items. The finished fired platters will be unveiled and auctioned alongside Art-To-Go on Sunday, Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m. To receive “sneak preview” photos and a reminder, subscribe to The Artists Fund eNewsletter by clicking here, or email info@theartistsfund-foa.org.

Karin Worden (seated) and volunteer Michelle McCormick

Proceeds from Art-To-Go and platter sales support The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts. The platters event is sponsored by Laguna Clay Company. For more information, visit www.theartistsfund-foa.org, or call 949.612.1949. Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

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LBSC announces winners of the 2024 Young Artists & Authors Showcase

Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association (LBSC) announced the winners of the 2024 Young Artists & Authors Showcase (YAAS). This year’s competition, themed “CLIMATESCAPE: RESILIENT CITIES for TOMORROW’S CLIMATE,” brought together the creative talents of local youth, who explored innovative solutions for sustainable urban development through their artistic expressions.

The YAAS competition, held in collaboration with the Laguna Beach County Water District, invited young poets, musicians and artists to submit works that envision eco-conscious and resilient cities. This initiative aligns with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and aims to foster global awareness and dialogue on climate change and sustainable development among youth in Laguna Beach and its sister cities of Menton, France; San Jose del Cabo, Mexico and St. Ives, England.

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(L-R) Fabiola Kinder and Karyn Philippsen/LBSC, Shane DiMaggio (accepting on behalf of his sister Skylar), Estella Newton, Zoe Tran (winner and accepting on behalf of her sister Izzie), Marlena Steinbach, and Debbie Neev and Christopher Regan/LBCWD

They are proud to present the winners of the 2024 YAAS Showcase:

Poetry:

1st Place: Skylar Dimaggio, “Use Me, Don’t Abuse Me” – $500

2nd Place: Estella Newton, “House on Glenneyre Street” – $250

3rd Place: Zoe Tran, “The World I Dare To See” – $100

Music:

1st Place: Sam Sweeney, “Orphans of the Earth” – $500

2nd Place: Lola Sabol, “Echoes of Change – Think Tough City” – $250

3rd Place: Marlena Steinbach, “Break Through” – $100

Art:

1st Place: Izzie Tran, “EcoMetropolis: Sustainability and Advancement” – $500

The exceptional talent and creativity demonstrated by these young artists, poets and musicians have provided profound insights into the challenges and potential solutions surrounding climate resilience. Their works not only captivated the judges but also sparked important conversations about the future of our cities and the role of sustainability.

The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association commends all participants for their impressive contributions to this year’s showcase. By offering a platform for young voices to express their perspectives, LBSC empowers them to become advocates for positive change and sustainable development within their communities and beyond.

The winning entries from the local YAAS competition will now have the opportunity to compete at the Sister Cities International level, where they will showcase their talents on a global stage.

For more information about the Young Artists & Authors Showcase and to view the winning entries, click here.

The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association relies on donations to continue its important work. You can help support their mission of fostering global awareness and cultural exchange on their website, by clicking here.

Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association is a local organization whose mission is to foster international partnerships between the city of Laguna Beach and cities abroad to promote mutual understanding, friendship and cooperation through reciprocal youth, cultural, educational, professional, humanitarian, and economic programs and exchanges. It is a mission of Sisters Cities International, a nonprofit organization created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, to foster partnerships among communities around the globe and promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. The city of Laguna Beach has Sister Cities in Menton, France, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico and St. Ives, England.

Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and tax deductible donations are accepted through the website, www.lagunabeachsistercities.com and processed by PayPal.

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Art-To-Go Best-in-Show award winners announced

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts presented the Art-To-Go Best-in-Show awards to seven artists recently. The fundraising collection, themed “Head-To-Toe,” features originals donated by Festival exhibitors to support the hardship fund for artists. Art-To-Go is available daily through August 25 on the Festival grounds.

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Photo by Rick Graves

Art-To-Go presented Best-In-Show awards to winning artists last Sunday on the Festival of Arts grounds. (L-R): Mark Jacobucci, Brian Haberlin, Judith Haron, Isabelle Allessandra, Brad Neal, Jeff Hurlbut, Yuri Kuznetsov and awards juror Nelson Coates.

Brian Haberlin won Best-in-Theme for his watercolor titled Bess. “It’s a very cinematic portrait,” said awards juror Nelson Coates, production designer for television and film. He was moved by the mission of The Artists Fund and Art-To-Go. “That the exhibitors come together to support their own in times of need is such a labor of love,” he said. “It reminds us all to give of our gifts, the importance of tangible expression and selfless giving.”

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“Best-in-Theme” winner Brian Haberlin with “Bess”

Picks by Coates included Jeff Hurlbut – first place for his figurative painting, Brad Neal – second place for his figurative rendering in ink and watercolor and third place to Mark Jacobucci for his painting Acacia Street. Honorable mentions went to Isabelle Allessandra, Judith Haron and Yuri Kuznetsov. The People’s Choice Award, voted on by Festival patrons, went to Jeff Hurlbut – a two-time winner. The voter’s prize gift went to Amanda Fish, who cast a vote for Brian Haberlin’s piece.

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Mark Jacobucci won third place for his painting “Acacia Street”

The Artists Fund President Rick Graves handed certificates and gifts to the winners, and Christine Georgantas, Festival of Arts director of exhibits, congratulated the winners.

All Art-To-Go buyers qualify to win a two-night stay at The Tides Inn. New items are added weekly. View a portion of the collection online at www.theartistsfund-foa.org, or call 949.612.1949.

Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. For more information on Festival of Arts, go to www.foapom.com.

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Artists Fund offers Art-To-Go online through August 28

Courtesy of Artists Fund

“Let’s Party” by artist Lynn Welker

Through August 28

“Art-To-Go at Festival of Arts” – To view 100 originals donated by FOA exhibitors; new items added weekly. Proceeds support their Hardship Grant fund.

To view the artwork, click here.

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Pageant offering matching campaign for Masters at Giving 

Share the Pageant of the Masters magic and double your impact!

For every $45 Director’s Tier Side Section ticket you purchase for the Pageant of the Masters through their Masters at Giving program, they’ll match your donation. This means your contribution is doubled, spreading twice the joy!

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Courtesy of Festival of Arts Laguna Beach

Share the Pageant of the Masters magic and double your impact

–Enchanting Evening for Local Non-Profit Organizations: Your 100% tax-deductible donation gives military families, veterans, at-risk youth, senior centers, art students, community service organizations and more a chance to experience the magic of the Pageant of the Masters.

–Summer-Long Art Access: Recipients also gain entry to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, enriching their summer with art appreciation.

–Double the Generosity: Your donation goes twice as far, reaching more people in our community.

Join the Pageant to make a bigger impact today. Share the magic of living pictures and art with those who may not otherwise have the opportunity.

To donate now, go here.

The Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. IRS tax ID 95-1964772. Donations are used to support the arts and are tax-deductible.

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