In The Arts

October 13, 2011

Plate designer, artist to speak at LOCA meeting

The Laguna Beach artist who co-created the image on California's new "whale tail" license plate will be the featured speaker at Tuesday's Laguna Outreach for Community Arts annual meeting.

Graphic artist Bill Atkins will lead a discussion about the role he played in creating the new design for the plate, according to a news release. He will show various versions of the new digital design that went into its development.


Atkins worked with a Northern California landscape painter, Elizabeth Robinette Tyndall, to design the "whale tail" plate for the California Coastal Commission, the new plate's sponsor.

The story around the plate was controversial.

The new design replaced an old "whale tail" license plate designed by the marine artist Wyland, whose career began in Laguna Beach, where he has kept a studio. Wyland fell out with the Coastal Commission when it refused to donate proceeds from sales of plates bearing Wyland's design to his foundation, according to the Coastline Pilot's archives.

Proceeds from sales of the new plate go toward the commission's Adopt-A-Beach program, Coastal Cleanup Day and other conservation efforts, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

The LOCA meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Aliso Creek Inn, 31106 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach.

Reservations for $15 tickets can be made by calling (949) 363-4700. Tickets cost $20 at the door. Students who show their ID get in free, along with new and renewing members.

More information is at


Crystal Cove featured in book

The Irvine Co. on Thursday will release a 208-page picture book containing more than 150 large-scale color photos of flora, fauna and landscape that can be seen in conserved parts of the Irvine Ranch land holdings.

"Southern California Coastal Mountains to the Sea: A Celebration of Open Space on the Historic Irvine Ranch," features photography by David R. Stoecklein, including images of Crystal Cove State Park and Newport Beach's "Back Bay" area. Stoecklein is a four-time winner, including in 2011, of True West magazine's "Best Living Photographer of the West" award, according to his website.

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