In The Arts

January 05, 2012
  • Ruben Flores, left, and Sheryl Seltzer.
Ruben Flores, left, and Sheryl Seltzer. (Mike Tauber )

Art alliance awarded grant

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation has granted $3,500 to the Laguna Beach Alliance of the Arts (LBaa), a grouping of 22 local arts organizations.

The grant will help the 10-year-old alliance manage its spending while carrying out its mission, LBaa officials announced in a news release.

Established in 2002, the alliance has a three-pronged goal. According to a mission statement posted on the alliance's website, LBaa exists to "serve as an advocate for the arts; promote collaboration and networking among artists and arts organizations; and ensure the inclusion of the arts as essential to all city planning."

Among others, its members include local arts institutions such as the Laguna Art Museum, the Sawdust Art Festival and the city's Arts Commission.


In 2011, the Community Foundation awarded a total of $140,550 in grants to 27 local organizations, according to information on the foundation's website.

"The LBaa greatly appreciates the grant it has received from the Laguna Beach Community Foundation," Wayne Baglin, chairman of the alliance's board, said in a prepared statement. "The LBaa has worked hard to control expenses and increase revenues to full its mission and balance its budget; however, without the grant from the Community Foundation, this would have been very difficult to achieve."


Art inspired by the British Isles

The Laguna College of Art & Design on Friday will open a two-month exhibit at Laguna Beach City Hall of artwork by LCAD students who traveled to England and Ireland last summer through the college's study abroad program.

The show, titled "Visual Tales from ¿ire and England," will be displayed at City Hall, 505 Forest Ave., through March 9, LCAD officials said in a news release.

An artists' reception will take place at LCAD from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21, followed by one from 5 to 6 p.m. at City Hall during the night of the First Thursdays Art Walk in February, which falls on Feb. 2. The main LCAD campus is at 222 Laguna Canyon Road.


World premiere concert

The Rubicon Theatre Co. on Jan. 10 will present a world premiere concert at the Laguna Playhouse of "Lonesome Traveler," a journey through American folk music.

Performances of the production will continue there through Feb. 5, according to a news release from the Playhouse.

James O'Neil, the Rubicon's artistic director, is the production's writer and director. Dan Wheetman serves as its musical director and arranger, the release said.

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