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In The Arts

October 10, 2008

This book documents the pivotal season that changed the sport of surfing, through essays written by the legends themselves and photos taken by surfing photographer Dan Merkel.

The book coincides with a documentary film narrated by Edward Norton.

Author Tomson was the 1977 World Champion on the International World Surfing Tour. He is currently chairman of the advisory board for the Surfrider Foundation and owns the apparel company Solitude. He lives in Montecito.

Artists selected for City Hall show

The 25 artists have been selected for the second annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition that will go on display Monday at City Hall, 505 Forest Ave.


Perin Mahler, chairman of the Master of Fine Arts program at Laguna College of Art & Design, reviewed 147 submissions from artists from throughout Orange County.

The artists/artist teams selected are: Hymee Ahn, Katy Betz, Eunice Choi, John Cunningham, Stephanie Cunningham/Betty Haight, Emanuel Dale, Mika Denny, Susan Driscoll, John Eagle, Kaitlin Evans, Jennifer Griffiths, Juliane Hogjera, Ken Marapese, Marianne Matthews, September McGee, David Milton, Patti Ohslund, Claudia Olsen/Connie Beatty-Bean, Karen Petty, Suzette Rosenthal, Brittany Ryan, Scott Settle, Kim VanDerHoek, Cliff Wassmann, and Josie Weber.

An artist reception and award ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Nov. 6 at City Hall, prior to First Thursday’s Art Walk. Winners of the exhibition will be awarded $1,000, $500 and $250 for first, second and third place, respectively.

The Juried Fine Art Exhibition will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Nov. 26.

Darren Grant ‘Abstralism’ exhibit

Gallery Ferrone will hold an opening reception for artist Darren Grant from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. This five-week show will feature new works by Grant and will run until Nov. 15 at 1999 S. Coast Hwy.

After years of painting in the realistic style of the old masters, Grant’s abstracts reflect all he has learned in the past 20 years in architectural design and traditional realism.

In reply to: his newest series “Abstralism,” Grant combines his passion for abstraction with his exacting realism skills.

“When you view one of Darren’s traditionally rendered pieces you begin to understand how he can bring such depth to his abstracts,” said gallery owner Diana Cook.

The opening reception will feature a live performance by violinist Rrrrrrobin. Credited with inspiring Grant to dabble in abstracts, Rrrrrrobin’s upcoming album cover will feature an image from “Abstralism.”

New works by Nathan Fischer, Kathy Buist and Mark Garry will be on display.

The gallery is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment. For more, visit

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