In The Arts

September 02, 2010
  • St. Mary's Episcoapal Church Rector Elizabeth Rechter, left, and "Laguna Reads" organizer Jan Fisher at Laguna Beach Books.
St. Mary's Episcoapal Church Rector Elizabeth… (Coastline Pilot )

'New Beginnings' at DeMossa Gallery

Jovan Karlo Villalba's will feature his recent cinematic painting series "New Beginnings" through October 2 at DeMossa Gallery in Laguna Beach.

The exhibit, which explores the natural and man-made world's possibility for restoration and revitalization following an imagined catastrophic event, illustrates spectacular scenes of natural cleansing, transformation and rebirth, undoubtedly inspired by the Creation narrative from the Book of Genesis.

Villalba uses a variety of strokes, washes, bleeds and blends over multiple layers of paint in each piece, creating a gratifying and refreshing experience by stimulating contemplation and escapism in a viewer.

He shades realism into abstraction, similar to Turner's "Fisherman at Sea" (1796).

Born in Quito, Ecuador in 1977, Villalba studied fine art at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and received a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. Over the past 10 years, he has shown his work at galleries throughout the U.S. and in biennial exhibitions at Exit Art and the Queens Museum of Art in New York City. He currently lives and works in Miami.


For more information, visit or call (949) 715-9229.

Sunset Serenades in Sept.

The City of Laguna Beach will present September Sunset Serenades from 5:30 p.m. to sunset every Friday this month at the Heisler Park picnic area. The Global Beat Foundation will perform world beats on Friday ,Fugowies, a pop harmony duo, peforms Sept. 10, with Arte Hernandez performing Latin Jazz on Sept. 17 and Nancy Sanchez, a contemporary jazz singer/songwriter, performing on Sept. 24.

Admission is free. For more information, call (949) 497-0722 or e-mail

'Laguna Reads' program debuts

Laguna Beach Books is launching a city-wide reading program in conjunction with St. Mary's Episcopal Church. The featured author is Heidi Durrow, author of "The Girl Who Fell From the Sky," who will be appearing at St. Mary's at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 to discuss her book and sign copies. There is no charge for this event.

Chosen by Barbara Kingsolver as the winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice, the novel has garnered rave reviews since its February 2010 publication. "The Girl Who Fell From the Sky" recently hit the LA Times Bestseller List and is now in its fourth printing.

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