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December 2, 2010
Remembering artist Chris Medina A large gathering of Chris Medina's friends recently held a celebration of his life at the home of Bren and Terry Briano in Canyon Acres, after the 40-year-old unexpectedly died from heart failure on November 6. Medina was a talented artist, poet, musician and lover of nature. He was born in New York City and lived in England during his childhood. He attended high school in Virginia and graduated with honors from NYU in English literature.
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February 17, 2014
The Laguna College of Art + Design will host its spring open house on March 9. Prospective students as well as parents, teachers and counselors are invited to the interactive workshops and presentations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main Laguna Beach campus, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. Staff from departments such as animation, design and digital media, drawing and painting, and game art and illustration will be on hand along with employees from admissions, financial aid and portfolio development.
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By Michael Miller | November 14, 2013
The Festival of Arts hopes to begin work on a new facade next fall and have it finished for the following summer's festivities, President Fred Sattler said Wednesday. At the festival's annual membership meeting at the [seven-degrees] event space in Laguna Beach, Sattler gave the audience of colleagues and media members a glimpse of the group's plans. The new facade, shown in artist renderings, would feature a regrading at the front of the property that would allow easier passage for pedestrians.
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August 22, 2012
Forget high fashion. Reused and recycled couture were the talk of the town Saturday at the Festival of Arts' fourth annual fashion show. Twelve artists created dramatic fashions out of cardboard, newspaper, old pot scrubbers, CDs, music tape - just about any recyclable item. Festivalgoers were stunned with the finished creations and were often heard murmuring "wow" and "oh" throughout the show. There was the "Light Bulb Moment" design, which was made from "corrugated cardboard found in a local dumpster at midnight," according to the artist, Dagmar Chaplin.
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By Joanna Clay | August 31, 2012
Sawdust Art Festival artist Linda Pirri remembers one of the first times she came to Laguna Beach. She was 18 years old, studying art and told herself if she ever was going to pursue her art, she would do it here. More than 20 years later, at 40, she did just that. She left a successful career in Los Angeles in real estate to devote her life to her art in the historic arts colony. Pirri, now 59, has been at the festival 15 years. This year will be her last for a while, she said, because she's moving to the Kohala Coast in Hawaii with her husband this week.
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March 21, 2013
The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts has appointed Ron Morrissette as its new exhibits director, the nonprofit announced in a release Wednesday. Morrissette, who previously worked for the Walt Disney Company and Holland America Line, among other companies, will be responsible for the development, implementation, coordination and scheduling of summer and off-season exhibits and arts education programs, according to the release. "We are very pleased to welcome Ron to the Festival of Arts management team," Festival of Arts President Fred Sattler said in a statement.
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May 1, 2014
A recent grant from the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation will allow the Sawdust Art Festival to underwrite a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. The festival, which is in its 48th year and plans to develop its educational programs, will roll out a new pottery wheel ceramics program taught by Sawdust artists and employees. Fifteen slots are available to students on alternating Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. At that time, each attendee will be given personal training on throwing pots and also instructed on working with slabs of clay as they glaze and fire their creations.
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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 Bryce Alderton | April 17, 2014
The Laguna Beach Arts Commission has recommended a piece by two local artists who have a track record of creating public art to commemorate two police officers who died in the line of duty. Commissioners voted Monday to recommend a work by Gerard Stripling and Michele Taylor, titled "Eternal Legacy," to the City Council, which will make the final decision. Though the vote Monday was unanimous, Commission Chairwoman Pat Kollenda said the decision was difficult. "They were all terrific, with lots of thought and a great amount of heart," Kollenda said about the other artistic entries.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 11, 2014
Friends said Nina Fitzpatrick could light up a room when she walked in. On Thursday night, those same friends and family paid tribute to the 22-year-old Costa Mesa woman, a senior at the Laguna College of Art + Design, by lining Laguna Canyon Road while holding glowing tea lights. Fitzpatrick died earlier this week after she was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk in front of the college's main campus at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road about 8:45 p.m. April 3. About 200 mourners gathered to hug, share stories and remember the fine arts student, an oil painter whose bubbly personality was contagious, friends said.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 10, 2014
Pamela Martinez approached Sarina Shohet with a proposition late last year. "I said to Sarina, 'Can I give you a really difficult assignment?'" Martinez recalled. "She said, 'Yes.'" Students in Martinez's Advanced Placement art class at Irvine-based Tarbut V'Torah drew a single portrait for the project. But Sarina drew two - one on white paper and the second on a differently textured brown sheet. The final graphite sketch, which depicts a friend whose parents are in the throes of a divorce, was titled "Cognizance of Her Teenage Psyche.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 8, 2014
Mayor Elizabeth Pearson will not be running for a fourth term on the Laguna Beach City Council. "When I was in the interview stages last March for my new position at Pacific Chorale, I was specifically asked if I would run after my current term," said Pearson, president and chief executive of the nonprofit organization, which is the resident choir of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. "There was concern that my attention would be diverted from the very demanding job as president and chief executive of the organization.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 8, 2014
Laguna College of Art + Design senior Nina Fitzpatrick has died, five days after she was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk on Laguna Canyon Road, the college announced in a news release Tuesday. Fitzpatrick, a 22-year-old fine arts student and Costa Mesa resident, was hit by a Honda sedan driven by an 83-year-old Minnesota woman about 8:45 p.m. Thursday in the crosswalk adjacent to the main campus at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. She was critically injured and transported to Mission Hospital Mission Viejo, according to Laguna Beach police.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 7, 2014
Laguna Beach High School art students have a new tool in their arsenal that grants them access to a deeper level of complexity in their work. Since fall, students in Kerry Pellow's graphic arts and design class have used the Epilog Laser to etch and carve into wood, acrylic and fabric. The machine connects to a computer and recreates the on-screen design on the chosen medium. Grants from SchoolPower and the Festival of Arts Foundation funded the laser, which looks like a copy machine with a glass door that offers a view of the laser beam in action.
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