In The Arts

February 24, 2011
  • Harpist Leah Panos will perform at Laguna College.
Harpist Leah Panos will perform at Laguna College.

Local arts center project launched

Laguna Beach native Gaylen Corbett and her business partner Virginia Repasky are working to create a community arts center in South Orange County.

The two founded the OC Arts Center in 2010 and have launched a fundraising drive, according to Corbett.

Corbett is a graphic designer who grew up in Laguna Beach, and Repasky is an arts professional on the business side.

"There are hundreds of artists living in this area, yet there's no one central location where they can come together to work, collaborate with other artists and share their talents with the community," Corbett said in a news release.

They hope to build a 10,000-square-foot facility with enough space for art studios and classes and community art events.

According to Corbett, a number of Laguna Beach artists have come aboard, including plein air painter Cynthia Brittain, who is scheduled to teach a workshop through the OC Arts Center in March, and former Festival of Arts ceramicist Monica Dunham, who will lead the ceramics department.


Corbett owns Gaylen Corbett Design, a firm that specializes in website design, and Repasky is the owner of Art Management, a firm that represents artists on a national level.

The OC Arts Center is considering several locations in San Juan Capistrano for the facility, Corbett said. The group is seeking to raise $5,000 in startup funds by March 8.

For more information, visit or call Corbett at (949) 248-5263.


Harpist Leah Panos to perform

Leah Panos will perform on the harp in a free chamber music concert from 3 to 4 p.m. March 6 at Laguna College of Art & Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. The eclectic program, sponsored by First Sundays, a project of Laguna Beach Live!, includes music from Debussy, Puccini, Fats Waller and others.

Panos is an artist-in-residence at San Diego State University, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in music performance and was honored with the Outstanding Graduate Award in 2006, according to Laguna Beach Live. She has performed in groups and as a solo artist.

For more information, visit or call (949) 715-9713.


Collectors' Council heads to Ojai

Art lovers who belong to Laguna Art Museum can join the museum's Contemporary Collectors' Council on an overnight, two-day art trip to Ojai and Santa Barbara from April 9 to 10.

The group will visit artists' studios, private collections and museums, according to Johanna Felder, a member of the Collectors' Council.

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