In the Arts

December 15, 2011
  • Anja Van Herle's "Kiss and Tell" at Joanne Artman Gallery.
Anja Van Herle's "Kiss and Tell" at Joanne… (Coastline Pilot )

Mural in Canyon to come

The gray wall outside the Laguna Canyon Winery that once displayed the artwork of Laguna College of Art & Design will once again have a student mural, which will be decided upon using public input.

LCAD instructor Mia Tavonatti launched a campaign this year called the Power of Words Project. It's an online community where members can vote on a word that encapsulates the future of their city, Laguna Beach.

"The winning word will become the theme of the new mural in Laguna Canyon," Tavonatti said.

The voting is open now and will end in January. Shortly afterward she will announce the winning word and students will get to work.

The website,, has photos, video and a blog describing the project.

The mural was painted over by the winery, a tenant of that building, in the spring, which led to a backlash from the community.


The property owner had allowed the mural with a joint agreement between the city and the school. The agreement would have to be nullified in order to receive permission to destroy it, the city said. The winery has since apologized and agreed to foot a portion of the mural's costs.

"After what was done to our mural, I knew this was the right time and place to launch this project I've been thinking about for five years," Tavonatti said in an email. "It's a way to heal the damage that was done, while planting seeds of higher consciousness within the community."

—Joanna Clay


Taking Off on Saturday

Mike Machat, an aviation artist, historian and publisher will be the special guest at an event being hosted on Saturday at the Aviation Arts gallery in Laguna Beach. Machat will introduce his oil paintings and will be on hand to sign or inscribe any of his books, prints, lithographs and other items.

He will be joined by "Jack" Broughton, a retired Air Force colonel who flew combat missions during the decades of the Cold War, according to a news release.

The event will go from noon to 6 p.m. at the gallery at 533 S. Coast Hwy.


Festival poster art on display

The Wells Fargo branch in downtown Laguna Beach is exhibiting posters from past Festivals of Arts through Jan. 31.

The exhibit, on the third floor of the bank at 260 Ocean Ave., offers a retrospective on official posters from past festivals.

According to a news release, these include the "Crystal Cove Cottages" poster by Michael Obermeyer for the 2001 Festival of Arts, the "Rockpile and Laguna Beach" poster by Mark Jacobucci for the 2005 festival.

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