In The Arts

March 17, 2011
  • An original oil by Lisa Mansour will be part of the LOCA's Art Squared Auction on March 20.
An original oil by Lisa Mansour will be part of the LOCA's… (Hand In, Coastline…)

Editor's note: This adds the day the LOCA event is happening.

Lee Rocker to be honored at Art Star Awards

The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts will be honoring homegrown rockabilly musician Lee Rocker with the "Visionary Arts" award during the Fifth Annual Art Star Awards on April 1 at [seven-degrees].

The Laguna Beach resident achieved fame in the '80s as the bassist for The Stray Cats.

Rocker recently came off a tour, not for his band but for the musical "Million Dollar Quartet" on Broadway.

"I'm genuinely honored to be receiving the 2011 Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts Award," Rocker said in a statement. "The community is my adopted home and where my wife and I raised our family. The Laguna Beach community is well known for its support of the arts, and living here I've been able to find my creative, personal and professional home base."


Rocker will be the keynote speaker at the Art Star Awards. Louis Longi sculptures will be presented to winners in other categories, such as Best New Arts Program, Arts Patron of the Year and Laguna Beach Artist of the Year.

In addition, one of three finalists will win the $5,000 [seven-degrees] inspiration grant. The finalists are: Katlin Evans, Jodie Gates and Roark Gourley.

"The three finalists represent very different and unique art forms. We thank [seven-degrees] for not only hosting the event, but for funding this amazing grant opportunity," event chairwoman Lisa Mansour said in a press statement.

To purchase tickets, e-mail


LOCA art day at Marine Mammal Center

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center and Laguna Outreach for Community Arts are teaming up for a day of environmental education, along with an art workshop Saturday.

After a docent-led tour of the facility, including a peek at the seals and sea lions, LOCA artist Liz McGhee will lead a paperweight-making workshop. McGhee will help participants make a sea-themed paperweight using paint and other materials.

Anyone older than 6 is welcome. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids ages 6 to 18. The event starts at 9 a.m.

To buy tickets, e-mail or call (949) 363-4700 with your contact information.


Playhouse thanks Parallax Capital Partners

The Laguna Playhouse has announced a new honorary producer for their latest production: Parallax Capital Partners.

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