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By Rhea Mahbubani | October 24, 2013
Adam Silverman gets chummy with the earth when he works. The ceramist's contentment is obvious when his wet hands are immersed in clay, kneading, smoothing and glazing pots. But he almost didn't follow his instincts. With experience in architecture and the garment industry, Silverman decided to put his days as a hobby artist behind him and become a full-time potter in September 2002. He gave himself one year to work earnestly and discover if he could make a go of it. Fast forward 11 years, and he remarks that the experiment was a success, emboldening him to make the switch.
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October 15, 2013
The Pageant of the Masters has announced that its theme for 2014 is "The Art Detective," with tableaux centered on the solving of mysteries. The annual event's website states that the staged scenes "will reveal how lost treasures were discovered, where crimes of passion were uncovered (or covered up) and how creative riddles were unraveled, with a gallery of the world's great masterpieces providing the clues. " The show, which features live models posing in costumes and makeup to replicate artworks, will run July 9 through Aug. 30. * Laguna Art Museum's Historical Art Council will host a trip Saturday to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the nearby Dammann private collection.
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By Michael Miller | October 8, 2013
This month, after nearly a century of existence, the Laguna Art Museum will officially become part of Wayne's world. That would be Wayne as in Thiebaud, the venerable artist whom the Los Angeles Times once dubbed "the dean of California painters. " Saturday evening, when Thiebaud receives the museum's California Art Award at a dinner ceremony, he plans to donate some of his works to the permanent collection. It was unclear as of press time which works the artist would choose, but executive director Malcolm Warner said he expected them to be a boon to the museum regardless.
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By Michael Miller | October 2, 2013
When Lagunatics, the annual song-and-sketch revue about goings-on in Laguna Beach, gets off the ground again, hopefully the writers can come up with a catchy tune about mold. That pesky substance is the reason the show, which was scheduled to open Saturday at the Forum Theater, has been postponed at least a week. Monday, as the cast prepared for a dress rehearsal, the creative team discovered an unpleasant smell in a wall of one of the offices under the theater, according to co-director Bree Burgess Rosen.
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By Devin Kelly | September 3, 2013
Michael McManus, the former chief curator for the Laguna Art Museum and organizer of a major scholarly overview of California Impressionism, has died. He was 60. McManus, who had a heart condition, died Aug. 10 at his home in Seal Beach, said Mike Stice, a spokesman for Laguna College of Art and Design. Known for his quirky mannerisms and encyclopedic knowledge of the history of art and regionalist movements, McManus was a popular faculty member at Laguna College of Art and Design (formerly the Art Institute of Southern California)
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August 29, 2013
Laguna Art Museum will host its annual open house and volunteer recognition program from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10. Admission is free. The event will feature plans for 2014, the introduction of new board members and a presentation recognizing exceptional volunteers. The public is welcome to enjoy the museum exhibitions and interact with curators and Executive Director Malcolm Warner To RSVP, contact Membership Manager Valerie Tate at (949) 494.8971, Ext. 203, or vtate@lagunaartmuseum.org . For more information about the museum, located at 307 Cliff Drive, visit http://www.lagunaartmuseum.org.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | August 15, 2013
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Dance Festival and Laguna Beach Live! are poised to concoct a creative cocktail - an original music and dance project pegged to artwork from the museum's collection. Malcolm Warner, the museum's executive director, aptly labeled this endeavor "Ekphrasis," which in Greek means "an interpretation of one work of art in another art form. " Laguna Beach Live! has tapped Pasadena-based composer, conductor and pianist Alan Chan, while the Laguna Dance Festival will accept applications between Sept.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 18, 2013
Sand will be the medium for artwork at the Laguna Art Museum's Art and Nature event in November. The Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday approved the proposed "sand art" component of the weekend event, which will also include commissioned art, a keynote address by historian Kevin Starr, lectures, panel discussions, performances and children's programs. "We are hoping the event will grow over the years," said museum Executive Director Malcolm Warner. "Artists will be coming together with scientists in an interdisciplinary dialogue.
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