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In The Arts

December 29, 2011

Tweeting about park Legacy Project

The Laguna Art Museum, in conjunction with the Orange County Great Park, on Thursday will host a live discussion with five photographers, including Laguna Beach photographer Mark Chamberlain, about their involvement in the Legacy Project at the Great Park.

The 45-minute discussion at the museum also will be broadcast via a Twitter feed. People who wish to submit questions for the discussion via Twitter should follow @LagunaArtMuseum and hash tag their questions or comments with #ConversationWith, according to a museum news release.

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Chamberlain, along with colleagues Jacques Garnier, Robert Johnson, Douglas McCulloh and Clayton Spada will take part in the discussion, the release said. Tyler Stallings, director of UC Riverside's Sweeney Art Gallery, will be joining them.

The Legacy Project aims to document the transition of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station from a military base to the Great Park through photographs. The project started out with six photographers, including Jerry Burchfield, who with Chamberlain co-founded the BC Space gallery in Laguna. Burchfield died of cancer in 2009.

The project has amassed more than 200,000 photographs of El Toro, including "The Great Picture," an 11-story by three-story image taken at the former Marine air station, which is the world's largest photograph. The phot was taken by transforming an old F-18 hangar into a classic pinhole camera.

An exhibit about the taking of that photo is on display at the Great Park through Jan. 29. The "Great Picture" has been displayed in China and at UC Riverside.

The discussion is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Thursday, which coincides with January's First Thursday Art Walk. The event and a post-discussion mixer with complimentary beverages will be free and open to the public.

The museum is at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach.

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'Still Life with Wood' to open

The AR4T Gallery in Laguna Beach on Thursday will open "Still Life with Wood," an exhibition of photographs documenting the skateboarding culture taken by a group of noted skate photographers.

The show will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. during the January installment of First Thursdays Art Walk and will run through Jan. 22, according to a news release from the gallery. An artists' reception featuring photographers Grant Brittain, Dave Swift, Miki Vuckovich, James Cassimus, Atiba Jefferson, Jon Humphries and Jay Croft will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 7, and will be free and open to the public.

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