In The Arts

March 31, 2011
  • Festival of Arts "Preview 2011" at Wells Fargo in Laguna Beach, with one of the featured artists Susan Wills.
Festival of Arts "Preview 2011" at Wells Fargo… (Courtesy Stephanie…)

LCAD students make art for Japan

When students at the Laguna College of Art & Design heard about the tsunami and earthquake that devastated Japan, they wanted to find a way to help.

On Sunday, the public is welcome to visit LCAD's main campus for a special art exhibit that benefits the country during the college's "Best of the Best" exhibit.

All the pieces on display — such as paintings and prints — are for sale and the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross' Japanese Disaster Relief Fund.

The college bought 200 small canvases for their students and all majors were encouraged to get involved with the project.

The works range from $30 to $70.

"The creative contributions of the LCAD community and the generous participation of the local community in purchasing the art will enable us to show support and solidarity with the people of Japan in this time of distress," Academic Affairs Vice President Hélène Garrison said in a statement. "We hope you will join us for the reception, buy some art, and support a truly worthy cause."



Live Jazz at Hotel Laguna

Laguna Beach Live! is hosting the Eric Dries Trio on Wednesday at the Hotel Laguna as part of their Winter Series of live jazz performances.

The Catalina Room will host shows at 6 and 7:45 p.m. Reservations in advance are recommended.

Eric Dries, a jazz musician of 20 years, used to be part of the jazz group Rare Silk and has played at the Playboy Jazz Festival. He's also lectured on jazz piano and theory at universities in California and Connecticut.

For more information about the Winter Series, visit


Festival hosts 'Preview 2011'

The Festival of the Arts is giving locals a sneak peek of what's to come during this summer's festival.

"Preview 2011" — which runs now until June 24 — showcases 14 local artists who are part of the 28 new artists who have been juried into the festival. The festival has more than 140 artists this year.

"'Preview 2011' presents a group show of artists that are raising the bar on the quality and diversity that the Festival of Arts is noted for," Pat Sparkuhl, Festival of the Arts art collection specialist, said in a statement.

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