The December installment of the First Thursdays Art Walk will mark a milestone for Robin Fuld, a professor at the Laguna College of Art & Design and its career services director.
Thursday's Art Walk will be the 10th anniversary of a mentorship that she fostered between LCAD and Laguna Beach art galleries.
A decade ago, Fuld ran an art gallery in Laguna Beach and was chatting with Jeannie Denholm, then an LCAD faculty member, about the lack of a formal relationship between Laguna's plethora of galleries and the local campus that trained future artists.
"There didn't seem to be a connection between the galleries in town and the college," Fuld recalled. "We had to do something."
So with Denholm's help, Fuld began a program to bridge that gulf by building a collaboration between LCAD and owners of Laguna art galleries. As a result, on the first Thursday of the 12th month since December 2001, LCAD has been pairing senior fine arts students, who take a class called "Professional Studies," with Art Walk member galleries, which volunteer to exhibit their artwork.