fireworks to look forward to. I'll be up at Heisler park, a joy I
look forward to every year.
DE JA VIEW
I didn't have enough time during Art Walk to get one final look at
the exciting exhibits at Laguna Art Museum, which will be taken down
When I went back for a closer look at "Waking Dreams: The Art of
Leonard Kaplan" I discovered new elements. Kaplan's work has a
surreal essence making it intriguing and inviting.
"Whiteness" is a sociology/psychology/history hybrid of thoughts
about the concept of being white in our country.
"Greetings from Laguna Beach" is an exploration of Laguna since
the 1900s, it's transcendent, taking me back to what it would be like
to live in Laguna Beach during these different times.
NEW VIEW PREVIEW
Saturday night should be an absolute blast at the Festival of Arts
preview party. It's a great chance to check everything out, see the
artists, chat with them about their work and check out the new
artists and things going on at the Festival. It's another reunion
event in the Festival realm that happens at the beginning of the art
season. It's exciting to see the artist's new work. Though I'll be
thrilled to check out all the renowned artists, I am especially
looking forward to seeing Tim Shockley, Anne England, Christopher
Schultz and Chris Hoy, as well as work by Bill Agee, Ken Auster, Hedy
Buzan, Mark Kerckhoff and Pat Sparkhul.
Last year at one of the Festival of Arts Youth Art Education days,
I had the opportunity to chat with instructor Kerckhoff, while he was
teaching a plein air class. I really enjoyed his philosophy of
letting the kids create and not limiting themselves to staying within
the lines, so to speak. He really encouraged creativity and
individuality. The kids were digging the day.
There are a plethora of special events going on at all the
Festivals -- from classical music, jazz and wine tasting and youth
art education and workshops to the wine and jazz, rock and eclectic
music, one could spend a lot of time at the festivals.
THE PLEIN VIEW
Another event to keep an eye on is the fifth annual Laguna Beach
Plein Air Painting Invitational. The invitational will be happening
throughout Laguna all week, with 50 top plein air painters from
around the country, going around town painting and participating in
different events. Laguna Art Museum and the Laguna Beach Plein Air
Painters Assn. host the event.
The opening of the Pageant of the Masters is next week and is
always an experience that astounds me. Though I've seen previews,
tiny snippets and backstage happenings, I always can't wait to see
the entire show. This year's theme "Seasons" should offer a lot of
Wow, my plate is full and I like what is being served.