Gicquel, president of the French arts and culture association MultiCulti, l’atelier interculturel, will deliver the mural with the class members’ artwork to Menton, France — Laguna Beach’s Sister City.
The series will focus on the “International Water Decade.” Master muralist Joanne Tawfilis will be team-teaching the class with other instructors. Youths age 10 and older are invited to register. The series of three classes are being offered for $100.
The classes will be held at Endangered Planet Foundation, 384 Forest Ave., Gallery 13.
For more information, visit www.endangeredplanet.org.
Florence exchange students graduate
Laguna College of Art & Design held a Graduation and Awards ceremony for students who completed their first year of study at the Florence Academy of Art.
The ceremony took place in the gardens of the Budini Gattai Palace in central Florence, where students received certificates of completion and prizes were awarded to the best drawing, painting, sculpture and composition of the year.
LCAD alumnus Nicholas Enevoldsen, a full-time student since last fall, was selected from a substantial pool of applicants to receive a tuition scholarship, which recognizes “serious attitude, hard work and talent,” for the upcoming academic year.
The exchange program was created to enable Laguna College students to study at the academy and earn transferable credits toward their degrees.
The reciprocal arrangement also affords Italian students a chance to experience instruction at LCAD.
‘Duets’ in major movie release
Laguna Beach artist team Stephanie Cunningham and Betty Haight’s collaborative paintings, called “Duets,” will be part of a major motion picture.
Two of the paintings are in “The Proposal,” starring Sandra Bullock. Their work is also on display at the Festival of the Arts.
DeBilzan closes Santa Fe gallery
William DeBilzan is closing his Santa Fe gallery after 10 years, and will hold an auction of paintings through July 14 at the Laguna Beach showroom, 224 Forest Ave.