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In the Arts

September 27, 2012
  • Laguna Beach Music Festival director Sandy Robertson has been elected to the board of Western Arts Alliance.
Laguna Beach Music Festival director Sandy Robertson… (Coastline Pilot )

Sawdust Peer Award winners announced

The Sawdust Art Festival announced its Peer Awards winners: In the blown glass category, Christopher Jeffries, first place; Gavin Heath, second place; Jason McQuaid and Michael Panetta tied for third. In the fused glass category, Siân Poeschl took first, Dawn Spurlock received second and Cindy Stalnaker placed third.

Ceramics winners were Jesse Bartels, first place; Walter Reiss, second; and Mark Winner, third place.

For clothing and textiles, Olivia Batchelder received first place, the artists known as Edith received second and Michelle Holt took third place. For jewelry: first place went to Annette Doreng-Stearns; second place, Barbara Schuppe; and third place, Baruch Kaufman. In mixed media, 1st place, Nikolai Erngren, Julie Setterholm and Michele Taylor, who all tied for the spot and second place was Michael Ezzell.

Painting on board/canvas: first place went to Gary Spellman, second place Ryan Gourley and third place to Katlin Evans. In the painting on paper/fabric category, Linda Pirri received first place, Kelly Akins received second place and third place went to Dennis Junka.

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For photography, Sean Brown was given first place, Mike Kelly and Scott Sporleder tied for second and Linda Grossman took third. In the sculpture category, first place went to Dion Wright, second to Larry Gill and third to Randy Bader. Best work by first-year artist: first place, Sean Brown; second place, Grant Bathke; and third place Jamie Bichler. In the best new work by returning artist, Karen Petty won. For best booth by a first-year artist, Cary Holt won. For Best Booth by a returning artist, Lelia Ehdaie, Ryan Gourley, Laurel Meister and Art Zdanowski won. Diane Valentino received best volunteer.

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Robertson elected to Western Arts Alliance

Laguna Beach Music Festival director Sandy Robertson was elected to the board of Western Arts Alliance, a membership association of performing arts professionals who are dedicated to promoting live music, theater and dance throughout the western United States and Canada, according to a news release.

Robertson is an independent programmer and producer for the festivals who has directed the Laguna Beach Music Festival since 2011, including its 10th anniversary festival, which featured violinist Joshua Bell.

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The Conversation With… series will host Russell Crotty at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive.

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