In The Arts

March 08, 2012
  • A still from the film "Liquescent."
A still from the film "Liquescent."

'Liquescent' to make splash at Art Star Awards

"Liquescent," a short art film/documentary made by Roark Gourley, will premiere at the sixth annual Art Star Awards, to be presented by the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts (LBaa) on April 1.

The film took a year to make. It is a series of vignettes brought to life on the screen with "innovative modern media techniques," resulting in a "spectacle for the senses," according to a news release.

Established in 2002, LBaa is a partnership among 20-plus groups and institutions that have united to advocate for the local arts.

One of LBaa's members, [seven-degrees], provided Gourley with financial backing for his project through a grant. He is the first recipient of this grant, according to the release.


"It is truly inspiring when a community can come together, even in hard times, to support the arts and artists," Gourley said in a prepared statement.

"Through the Seven Degrees of Inspiration Grant and the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts, we have been able to launch the treatment movie of 'Liquescent,' which will now be used to create further funding," he added. "'Liquescent' is an aesthetic dream that would have never launched without this kind of support."


Upcoming LOCA classes with McGee

Laguna Outreach for Community ARTS (LOCA) artist September McGee will be teaching a series of classes in March, starting Saturday with a pastel painting class for beginners at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, 20612 Laguna Canyon Road. The cost to register in advance for this class is $20 for adults and $15 for kids ages 6 and up.

Later this month, McGee will be giving classes at two outdoor locations. At Treasure Island beach, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 18, she will teach a watercolor class that will feature a docent-led tour of the beach's tidepools, according to a news release from LOCA. The cost for this class is $35 for adults and $20 for children ages 5 and up.

And, either on March 22 or March 24, McGee with horticulturalist Ruben Flores will lead a Laguna Beach Botanicals art class at Heisler Park. The cost for the class is $25 for people ages 16 and older.

Advance registration for all these classes is required by sending an email to, going or calling (949) 363-4700.


Free family day at LAM

Families will get special free admission to the Laguna Art Museum this Sunday.

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