"Personal validation builds self esteem, and when it is accompanied by an entirely new respect from the family, it is life changing for all," said Nancy Lawrence, president of Designing Women. "The experience of the exhibit is exposure to an explosion of ideas."
New this year is a story created by a self-taught 10-year-old in PowerPoint, which will be projected in a continuous loop.
"We know this will stimulate video and computer artists to submit their work," Lawrence said. "Technology is advancing — Photoshop printing on canvas — but nothing will ever replace the outstanding instructor."
The show will be followed at LCAD by "The Best of the Best," the college's annual juried exhibition of original student artwork, which will run from April 1 to May 7.
The free exhibition will include fine art, illustration, graphic design and feature animation; all students are invited to submit pieces which are then juried by the college's faculty and the Pacific Art Foundation's Aimee Porter, Vivianne Browne, and Jay Slosar; the foundation also provided the show award funds.
An opening reception will be held during First Thursday's Art Walk, from 6 to 8 p.m. April 5; cash prizes will be awarded to works in the categories of animation; drawing and painting; graphic design; illustration; hybrid; foundation; sculpture; and best of show.
For more information on the LCAD exhibitions, call (949) 376-6000.
St. Catherine of Siena Parish School
Over at the Laguna Art Museum, a show in the downstairs Young Artist Society Gallery features the work of K-8 students at St. Catherine of Siena Parish School, who were asked to visualize the future of Laguna Beach.
The students depicted colonies of ocean villages, recycled teleporting vehicles and modern retail environments, using painting, drawing and sculpture.
Each student created both a 2-D and a 3-D piece. The former was a depiction of Laguna Beach.