The year 2010 started out in a tough economy for everyone, but especially artists, and ended with a devastating flood that destroyed many artists' work and businesses. But it also saw a spirit of optimism and innovation as galleries that were swept out in the economic tide were replaced with new artists and gallerists who saw opportunity where others had foundered.
Here are the Coastline Pilot's choice of top 10 stories for 2010.
1.Flooding damage: Artists and gallerists were among the many Lagunans who lost property when Laguna Creek flooded after a seven-day spate of rain culminated in a Dec. 22 deluge that overflowed the creek and inundated Laguna Canyon Road and downtown Laguna Beach. Among the artists who reportedly sustained great losses was the city's Artist of the Year 2010, Marsh Scott. Galleries on Forest Avenue and in downtown Laguna were swamped with mud and debris but after a thorough cleanup, most were back in operation in time to make some holiday sales. In response to the disaster, the Festival of Arts announced a grant program for affected artists, and the Sawdust Festival invited artists who sustained losses that hamper their ability to make a living through their art to apply for funds.