In The Arts

May 10, 2012
  • Junghwa Hong's "Mentor (Aaron Smith) is on display at the Laguna Art Museum through May 27.
Junghwa Hong's "Mentor (Aaron Smith) is on…

Two new faces on LCAD board

The Laguna College of Art & Design's board of trustees has elected two new members, Suzanne Chonette and Nancy Bushnell, officials announced this week.

Chonette graduated with a bachelor's in 1990 from the Art Institute of Southern California, which later became LCAD, and she is a pastel and oil painter now showing at the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs, according to a news release from LCAD.

She also has been involved in important functions with organizations such as the American Heart Assn., the Guilds of the Performing Arts Center, Bowers Museum, Children's Hospital of Orange County and the Assistance League of Santa Ana, the release noted.

For her part, Bushnell has a double-major bachelor's in the humanities and Spanish from Pitzer College in Claremont, a teaching credential from USC, as well as a master's in international management from the American Graduate School of Management in Glendale, Ariz., according to the release.


She has lived in Laguna Beach since 1976 and has sat on the Pitzer College board of directors and the boards of Human Options, Sally's Fund and Laguna Art Museum. She and her late husband, David Bushnell, have also supported the Laguna Playhouse and the Friendship Shelter, the release said.

Bushnell now sits on the board of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.


LAM opens LCAD fine arts student exhibit

The Laguna Art Museum on Saturday opened an exhibition of representational art pieces created by students in the Laguna College of Art & Design's Master of Fine Arts program in Painting and Drawing, which will run through May 27.

The museum is hosting the MFA '12 exhibit on its lower level galleries. Admission to the show will be free, LAM officials said in a news release.

Some of the students' works include: "Cult of Beauty-Capitulation," a 36- by 48-inch oil on canvas painting by Regina Jacobson; "Mentor (Aaron Smith)" a 36- by 46-inch oil and charcoal on canvas by Junghwa Hong; and "Unquestioned Cultural Conditioning," a 75- by 79-inch charcoal on paper piece by Rachel Edwards.

The Laguna Art Museum is at 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. For more information, visit


Plein Air juried show coming up

Through May 16, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn. is accepting entries for its 8th annual "Best of Plein Air" Juried Show, which will take place at [seven-degrees] in Laguna Beach from June 7 through June 27.

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