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In The Arts

January 01, 2010

Enjoy Friday flicks at the Forum

The Laguna Beach Arts Commission will present a series of free art-related films at the Forum Theatre, on the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road in January.

Screenings will be at 7 p.m.

The schedule is:

?Jan. 15: “Yossou N’Dour, I Bring What I Love;”

?Jan. 22: “Chihuly in the Hot Shop;” and

?Jan. 29: “Who Gets to Call It Art?”

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This program has been funded by the lodging establishments and the city of Laguna Beach.

LOCA offers marine-themed class

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) will present Marine Mammal Studios, an art workshop at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The workshop includes a docent tour of the center and a close-up view of live sea lions, purple urchins and whale bones. Following the tour, instructor September McGee will lead a hands-on art class.

Cost, including art supplies, is $20 for adults and $15 for ages 6 to 18 accompanied by an adult. Free on-site parking. Advance registration is required, by calling (949) 363-4700 or e-mailing LOCAarts@yahoo.com.

Flierl paintings will be at Artist Eye

Artist Eye Laguna Gallery will feature original paintings by local Costa Mesa artist Kay Flierl through Jan. 31, and the gallery will host a reception for Flierl from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Flierl spent 15 years as a graphic artist and was determined to transfer her creative skills to the medium of paint. Inspired by her father, who never fully realized his dream of painting, she recognized the same dream within herself. After discovering a box of acrylic paints and a few brushes her father had tucked away in the basement, she began to paint, according to a news release.

“As an artist, I feel as though I am writing my own biography — each series of paintings visually unraveling another chapter in my life,” Flierl said. “In every idea and every stroke, emotion plays a recurring theme further revealing who I am and compelling me to paint.”

Flierl grew up in Colorado where she says the expansive views, as well as the beauty and the color of the changing landscape, provided both the inspiration for her paintings and her enthusiasm for the outdoors. Both land and people provide material for her canvases, according to a news release.

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