In The Arts

December 30, 2010

Flood relief fund for Laguna artists

The recent rainstorm caused much devastation in Laguna Beach and many artists have suffered loss and damages to their homes and studios. In effort to assist these artists, the Festival of Arts is making grant funds available, to help meet their immediate emergency needs to cover expenses for initial clean up and damage assessment of their homes and studios. With the grants, FOA hopes to expedite recovery from this crisis so that artists may continue their work.

The amount per grant is $500. Each artist may apply for up to two grants. For a grant application, call FOA President Fred Sattler at (949) 637-2367.


Sawdust funds available

Working artists living in Laguna Beach who have suffered catastrophic damage to their studio, inventory and/ or supplies due to the recent floods and mudslides may be eligible for a grant from the Sawdust Festival Artists Benevolence Fund. If your primary source of income is from work as an artist, and this natural disaster has destroyed your ability to do your craft, resulting in extreme financial hardship, you may qualify for assistance, according to Cynthia Fung, Sawdust spokeswoman.

To apply, download the "Confidential Application for Assistance" form from the Benevolence Fund link on the Sawdust Art Festival website, Applications are also available for in Tom Klingenmeier's office on the Festival grounds. Mail or drop off a completed application with all necessary documentation to: Artists' Benevolence Fund, 935 Laguna Canyon. Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. For more information, contact Trustees Sue Thompson, (949) 494-6277; Susan Wade, (949) 494-3421; or Mike Kelly (949) 497-1129.

Winter Jazz Series starts Wednesday

Laguna Beach Live will kick off its Winter Jazz series on Wednesday with a performance by Latin Jazz Syndicate Trio. With Bijon Watson on trumpet and flugelhorn, Carlos Ordiano on keys and Ruben Ordiano on drums, it all comes together for some of the hottest Latin jazz sounds.

Held in the Catalina Room of Hotel Laguna, audience members will have a choice of two shows: 6 to 7:15 p.m. and 7:45 to 9 p.m. Cover charge is $10 with food and beverages available off the Lounge's tapas menu or the Terrace's main menu. For reservations, call (949) 494-1151. The series will be on the first and third Wednesday of each month, January through April. For a complete lineup, visit


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