Canyon Artists open their doors

November 26, 2004

Laguna Canyon Artists, an artist colony nestled in Laguna's scenic

hills, will hold a Holiday Open Studios event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 4 and 5 for the public to attend.

"A lot of people haven't seen an artist studio," artist and event

coordinator Linda Ames said. "It really gives the public an

opportunity to see art created and ask the artist about their



More than 30 artists working in art media such as painting,

sculpture, photography, fiberglass, jewelry and more will be at their

studios to talk with the guests.

"It's the only artist colony in Laguna Beach, and it's a group of

professional artists, some known all over the world," Ames said.

"It's a unique blend of artist mediums."

Each studio has a gallery in front with works available for


"It's important for people to connect a face or personality with

the work they are purchasing, it's a personal thing," Ames said.

"They can make the connection and that's really meaningful."

The Laguna Canyon Artists Holiday Open Studios event will have

free parking and refreshments. The participating studios are at 3275,

3251 and 2795-C Laguna Canyon Road. For information online, go to

-- Suzie Harrison

AIDS board to provide free tests

Laguna Beach's HIV Advisory Board will honor World AIDS Day on

Dec. 1 by providing free anonymous HIV testing from 3 to 6 p.m. at

Main Beach.

The Laguna Beach Community Clinic's mobile unit will be parked on

the cobblestone area of Main Beach. No appointment is necessary and

test results will be available within 20 minutes.

At 6 p.m. there will be a candle light ceremony, also at Main

Beach. The names of men and women who have died of AIDS will be

attached to red ribbons, which will be tied to trees in Downtown

Laguna Beach. Information: (949) 497-0385.

Pageant tickets set to go on sale

Tickets to the 2005 Pageant of the Masters will go on sale Dec. 1.

Next year's show, "On the Road -- A Crash Course in Art and

Popular Culture," will run nightly July 7 through Sept. 1, with a

gala fundraiser performance Aug. 27. Tickets are $15 to $80 and gala

tickets are $50 to $300.

The Pageant of the Masters is at the Irvine Bowl on the Festival

of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. For tickets or information,

call (800) 487-3378 or visit

Fundraiser for woman killed in accident

The Little Bohemian Boutique, 210 Beach Street, will hold a sale

today through Sunday, with all proceeds going to a fund to benefit

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