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By Rhea Mahbubani | January 9, 2014
One of the highlights of Malcolm Warner's past year was hearing Wayne Thiebaud spout an off-color joke. Although he can't recall the pun, the wisecrack led to a lasting friendship with the noted painter. This - the opportunity to build relationships with artists - is a part of being executive director of the Laguna Art Museum that Warner is greatly attached to. Warner, who celebrated his two-year anniversary in the position Jan. 2, came to Orange County after a stint at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.
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December 31, 2013
Laguna Beach will host Artist Open Studios from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Art aficionados are invited to visit and observe 29 local artists — from glass blowers to sculptors — as they work in their studios. Admission is free. Guests can also use the event's free parking and shuttle service from the Act V parking lot, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information, visit http://www.lagunabeachcity.net. * Jazz Wednesdays Winter 2014 features the Latin Jazz Syndicate Quintet, featuring Bijon Watson, from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15. The event, presented by Laguna Beach Live!
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By Michael Miller | December 26, 2013
2013 will go down as a dark and dismal year in the history of Laguna Beach. It was the year Laguna couldn't make fun of itself. As always, Orange County's most arts-heavy community offered plenty of excitement in the past 12 months. But one ingredient was conspicuously missing amid all the merriment: Lagunatics, the annual song-and-sketch revue in which local residents, including some politicians, gather to skewer goings-on around town. The 21st annual show, titled "Gagtime," was scheduled to run at the Forum Theater in October until a mold problem delayed production.
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By Michael Miller | December 10, 2013
California artist Wayne Thiebaud, who recently gifted the Laguna Art Museum with a small set of works, will display a much larger collection at an exhibit opening in February. The show, titled "American Memories: Drawings, Paintings, and Prints by Wayne Thiebaud," will feature 60 to 70 pieces from throughout the artist's career, according to a release. The museum's previous Thiebaud show, "Wayne Thiebaud: Seventy Years of Painting," went on view in 2007. In October, Thiebaud donated several pieces, including the painting "Jolly Cones," to the museum when it presented him with its second annual California Art Award.
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By Michael Miller | November 29, 2013
To understand the magnitude of the Laguna Art Museum's display the last weekend of November, don't think of it as five fragments from a project that totals more than 48,000 pieces. Think of it, instead, as a few life stories that add up to hundreds of years among them. This fall, for the first time, the museum will display five blocks - 12-by-12-foot segments that contain up to eight panels stitched together - from the AIDS Memorial Quilt, a project that the NAMES Project Foundation launched in 1987 to raise awareness about the disease.
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By David Hansen and By David Hansen | November 14, 2013
It dawned on me about halfway through Sunday, sitting on kid chairs at the Laguna Art Museum and watching the children try to make clay pots: I never had art and nature. There was an ant farm, maybe in second grade. I used to love that ant farm. Now there are aquariums on wheels with sea cucumbers that quite possibly are the softest things in the world. There are birds of prey that look completely unhappy being held in place by their handlers instead of taking flight to chase mice.
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October 31, 2013
Art aficionados are invited to visit local artists in their studios during Laguna Beach Artist Open Studios from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. With a majority of venues situated along Laguna Canyon Road, this free event also features a shuttle service from the Act V parking lot, located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. "When people watch me paint or sculpt, they gain an understanding of the true creative process," painter and sculptor Deborah Paswaters said in a news release. "I encourage visitors to pick up a palette knife, mix a new color or play with a handful of porcelain.
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October 31, 2013
Art Walk Join member galleries from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of each month for a festive cultural evening. The next Art Walk is Thursday. Asterisk [*] denotes the participating galleries. Dedicated shuttle service starts at 6:15 p.m. from the Laguna Art Museum at North Coast Highway and Cliff Drive, and Bluebird Center, 1590 S. Coast Hwy. Shuttles run until 8:45 p.m. First Thursdays Art Walk is funded by member galleries, lodging establishments and the city. For more information, call (949)
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