chosen by the Arts Commission for city art projects. Michelle Taylor
Heath was chosen for an installation at Bluebird Park. She will be
creating a 9-foot glass mosaic tortoise.
Heath's is modeled after the tortoise, an animal native to
Southern California and in part inspired by Aesop's fable "The
Tortoise and the Hare."
Her idea parallels the fable and its inspiration that by
maintaining a steady pace, a person will eventually triumph.
"It is my hope that the tortoise will, on one hand, inspire
viewers to maintain focus, humility and perseverance regardless of
the perceived impossibility of a situation," Heath said.
She looks forward to the community's reaction.
"This tortoise is imbued with a whimsical array of colors that not
only make this typically unassuming creature stand out, but invite
the public to interact with the piece by sitting, climbing and
playing on it.
Gerard Stripling, who was an artist last year for the studio tour,
has been chosen to do an outdoor seating area at the new Montage
Hotel in Treasure Island.
The Sawdust Winter Fantasy only has two weekends left, Saturdays
and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Dec. 15. There's plenty to
do, see and enjoy. It's also a great place to find unique gifts for
The Festival is at 935 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information,
call 494-3030 or visit www.sawdustartfestival.org.
LAGUNA COLLEGE OF
ART AND DESIGN EXHIBIT
Fourteen seniors from Laguna College of Art and Design are paired
with local galleries in a mentoring program, which is a collaboration
between First Thursday's Art Walk and the college. The student
artists will be exhibiting their work in the galleries through
Sunday. So if you didn't see them during last night's Art Walk check
out the impressive works of today's newest artists.
The student work is for sale with proceeds benefiting the Student
Scholarship Fund of Laguna College of Art and Design and Art and
Creativity for Healing.
The mentoring program consists of students selected from the
Professional Studies course taught by Jeannie Denholm. It provides
the students a look at professionally exhibiting and the business
aspect of the process, as well as running a gallery. It gives them
first-hand experience from local experts. For more information, call
Julie Bondi, director of development, at 376-6000, ext. 229.
WOODY'S HOLIDAY DINNER BENEFITS LOCAL CHORUS
Wednesday, Dec. 11, Woody's at the Beach is having a holiday
dinner performance benefiting Men Alive -- an Orange County gay men's
Miss Coco Peru will be making her only Orange County appearance
and Boy's Singing, a new ensemble from Men Alive, will be also be
performing. There are two holiday dinner performances, at 6 and 8
p.m. Tickets are $20.
For information and reservations, call 376-8809.
* SUZIE HARRISON is a reporter for the Laguna Beach Coastline
Pilot. She may be reached at 494-4321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.