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By Barbara Diamond | September 22, 2011
In 1961, the Festival of Arts and the Art Assn. united to give birth to an offspring that no one could have predicted would become an international star in art education. Fifty years later, the result of that union has matured from a community art school into the Laguna College of Art & Design, with an enrollment of students coming from 50 states and 20 foreign countries to study with an enthusiastic faculty in surroundings that inspire both pupils and teachers. The school's 50th anniversary was celebrated Sept.
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October 18, 2002
-- Suzie Harrison AAXX marks the spot for Laguna Art Museum's 20th annual Art Auction tomorrow night. "This year, artists have donated some of the most intriguing and provocative work to date," said Bolton Colburn, museum director. Also new for Art Auction XX, the museum will be hosting a virtual silent auction on e-Bay, where art enthusiasts can peruse and bid on exclusive works. More than 200 California artists have donated their work for the museum's most significant benefit of the year.
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February 4, 2005
Suzie Harrison With more than 20 arts organizations in Laguna Beach, it can be difficult to differentiate what each one does. Reading often like alphabet soup, LAM, CAP, FOA, LBAA, CCDF, LPAPA, LCCB and LOCA can further obscure its purpose. Laguna Outreach for Community Arts, better known as LOCA, has been focusing on art education since its inception in '92. Co-founded by well-known Laguna artists and philanthropists Anne England and Mada Leach, the organization thrives through the continued sustenance of community support.
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By Christina Limson | October 8, 2008
Billabong will host an exhibition of Wolfgang Bloch’s work at Laguna Art Museum on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, in conjunction with Chronicle's release of a book on his life and art. The book follows the life-path of Wolfgang’s unique childhood in Ecuador, his move to America, his art education, the winding journey through California culture, the surf industry and, eventually, his return back into the world of art. ...
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October 4, 2012
Plein Air Invitational starts Oct. 14 Laguna Art Museum and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn. is hosting the 14th annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Oct. 14 to 21, according to a news release. The event is a weeklong landscape-painting festival that focuses on the community, the environment and art education. It showcases 40 of the nation's top plein air landscape painters, the release said. They compete for prizes and participate in festivities such as education events for kids and adults, public paint outs, and environmental awareness activities.
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January 24, 2013
The Irvine Ranch Conservancy's "Love the Landmarks" photo contest seeks images of locations within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and the unique connections that people from with them. Amateur photographers 18 and older can submit up to three pictures until Jan. 31. The public can then take to Facebook until Feb. 13 to weigh in on the images received. Five finalists will be judged by representatives from city and county parks within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and Irvine Ranch Conservancy.
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By Candice Baker | March 2, 2007
"Just smooth the grout out around the tile," Michele Taylor instructed. I stared at the bucket of gray goo, then gingerly poked at it. I then realized with horror that it stuck to my finger. I was spending that Monday in the second of my two Art Escapes classes with Taylor, who was explaining how to make glazed tile art. I'm not an artist by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, the only thing I've applied a brush to since high school has been, well, a toilet bowl.
NEWS
October 15, 2004
Suzie Harrison The marriage of art and auction can evoke a feeling of exclusivity -- but that formula changes when the pairing occurs at Laguna Art Museum. This year's 22nd annual art auction set for Oct. 23 will bring hundreds of established California artists' work to collectors for an evening of wine, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and art at reasonable prices and all for a good cause. "We have added to the list of artists every year," Chairwoman Melinda Stanton said.
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By Barbara Diamond | December 12, 2012
A delegation from the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. recently returned from a visit to San Jose del Cabo with glowing reports about Laguna's newest sister city. Members of the delegation reported on their trip at the Dec. 4 City Council meeting. "Five years ago, we approached the council to request a sister cities relationship with Menton, France, which was granted," association President Karyn Philippsen said. "It has been a very, very successful relationship and earlier this year we came back to you and said, 'We'd like to try to do it again.'" With the participation of council members Jane Egly and Kelly Boyd, the association selection committee chose San Jose del Cabo - which is nothing like Cabo San Lucas, said Nancy Beverage, one of the six delegates who made the trip at their own expense.
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April 23, 2014
The Festival of Arts' latest exhibit, "Sculptures by Miriam Shelton," will be on display at downtown Laguna Beach's Wells Fargo building until May 12. "Miriam's sculpture is a significant part of the festival's permanent art collection," exhibit curator Tim Shockley said in a news release. "We are honored to have the opportunity to share her award-winning work with the public. " A city resident in her late 80s, Shelton was a festival exhibitor between 1974 and 2006 who has been honored by the Laguna Beach Art Assn., Madonna Festival of Los Angeles, San Bernardino Art Festival and elsewhere.
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By Barbara Diamond | March 7, 2013
Longtime Festival of Arts exhibitor and board member Robert Freeman, better known as Philip, died of natural causes on Feb. 13. He was 87. Freeman, a ceramist, was an exhibitor for 43 years and a board member from 1980 to 2000, serving as president in 1989, 1996, 1997 and 1998. "Phil will be missed," board President Fred Sattler said. "He made enumerable contributions to the festival over the years and we treasure and value them. We were sorry to hear of his passing. " Although no longer an exhibitor, Freeman was still considered part of the festival family, Sattler said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013
The Irvine Ranch Conservancy's "Love the Landmarks" photo contest seeks images of locations within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and the unique connections that people from with them. Amateur photographers 18 and older can submit up to three pictures until Jan. 31. The public can then take to Facebook until Feb. 13 to weigh in on the images received. Five finalists will be judged by representatives from city and county parks within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and Irvine Ranch Conservancy.
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By Rhea Mahbubani and Michael Miller | December 27, 2012
With Orange County locals in the Olympics, contentious City Council elections and those Mitt and Barack guys who kept grabbing headlines, it was a busy year for news - and the arts proved to be no exception. We could try to order this into a conventional "top 10 stories" or some such thing, but since the arts are always playful and surprising, and sometimes impossible to classify, we'll approach our year-end roundup the same way. Here were some of the highlights on Laguna Beach's cultural scene in 2012: Recipe for Success: The 2012 season of Festival of Arts, a longstanding Laguna Beach tradition, was a fiscal and creative success story.
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By Barbara Diamond | December 12, 2012
A delegation from the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. recently returned from a visit to San Jose del Cabo with glowing reports about Laguna's newest sister city. Members of the delegation reported on their trip at the Dec. 4 City Council meeting. "Five years ago, we approached the council to request a sister cities relationship with Menton, France, which was granted," association President Karyn Philippsen said. "It has been a very, very successful relationship and earlier this year we came back to you and said, 'We'd like to try to do it again.'" With the participation of council members Jane Egly and Kelly Boyd, the association selection committee chose San Jose del Cabo - which is nothing like Cabo San Lucas, said Nancy Beverage, one of the six delegates who made the trip at their own expense.
NEWS
November 21, 2012
The following is from the Nov. 13 City Council meeting. All councilmembers were present. * EXTRAORDINARY BUSINESS Mayor Jane Egly and Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson presented a proclamation to Councilman Kelly Boyd recognizing the Marine Room Tavern as the locals' place to gather to enjoy live music, dancing, fundraisers, election victories, birthday and other celebrations and memorials. Peterson commended Boyd and his wife, Michelle, for their 25 years of ownership of the tavern, known to regulars as the Mar Bar. * PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS The public is allowed to speak on any subject not on the agenda.
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By Barbara Diamond | November 20, 2012
Another opening, another show, another success. Festival of Arts officials announced at the annual membership meeting in the Festival Forum Theatre that the 2012 season was both a financial and artistic triumph. Moreover, the festival's permanent collection was enhanced with a donation from Realtor Michael Gosselin of a painting by Roy Ropp, the father of the Pageant of the Masters. "This was our most successful year ever," said Anita Mangels, festival treasurer. Mangels attributed the success to the dedication of the staff and 500 volunteers, without whom the show could not be financially viable, nor make possible the thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants awarded every year.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | November 15, 2012
Deeply humbled by the impact of his craft on people of all ages, Star Shields has contributed to the Sawdust Art Festival for 29 years. The Laguna Beach-based face and body artist counts Led Zeppelin, Paul and Linda McCartney, Deep Purple and Bob Dylan among those who have donned his brightly hued, airbrushed outfits. "After I painted stage clothing for Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant came to visit my infamous 'flying saucer booth' incognito in a rickshaw," Shields recalled. "This festival has helped me grow as a creative artist, allowing me to share my skills everywhere I paint.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2012
Friday Gate & Garden Tour Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the gardens of Three Arch Bay from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour is a fundraiser for the Laguna Beach Garden Club. Tickets are $45 and may be purchased at Laguna Drug, 239 Broadway; Laguna Nursery, 1370 S. Coast Hwy.; Dana Point Nursery, 34100 Coast Hwy.; or at http://www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org. Boutique Benefit Pre-Sale Get a jump on the annual Boutique Benefit fundraiser, starting with happy hour from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at Nirvana Grille, 303 Broadway, Ste 101. Chat with members of the organizations that will benefit from the fundraiser.
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