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By Barbara Diamond | July 18, 2013
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - and Laguna has some very dedicated beholders. Laguna Beach Beautification Council members scour the city for homes and businesses that add visual charm to the city for all to enjoy. Winners selected by the council are awarded certificates of merit. The 2013 awards were presented recently at the Laguna Art Museum, following a brunch at Las Brisas. Council Vice Chairwoman Eleanor Henry picked the business winners. Scott Allen and Chloe Echternacht chose the residential winners.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | July 3, 2013
For Dan Duling, there's only one drawback to a career in theater - closing night. Fortunately, there is a silver lining. While preparing to see his yearlong efforts put away, Duling finds himself hip-deep in work for the next season of the Pageant of the Masters, a unique re-creation of artworks using live people. Although faced with its ephemeral nature, Duling, the event's scriptwriter of 33 years, believes that art is simultaneously powerful and inclusive. The pageant - this year titled "The Big Picture" and slated to begin Sunday - is a striking example.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013
Festival of Arts' Art of Cooking Series begins with Laguna Beach-based Nirvana Grille. Owner and executive chef Lindsay Smith-Rosales will showcase the restaurant's "Clean" California Cuisine between 1 and 2 p.m. July 7 in the Festival Art Center at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. "Chef Lindsay has received many awards for her use of fresh and sustainable ingredients," Susan Davis, director of special events for the Festival of Arts, wrote in a release. "We're very excited to start the 2013 Art of Cooking series with such a talented chef from Laguna Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | May 30, 2013
When Gifford Myers was 10 years old, he built a functioning car out of plywood, canvas, fiberglass, wheels and an engine. The following year, he pieced together an engineless single-seater, which was then entered in the National Soapbox Derby. "I came third out of three," he said. "But it didn't bother me that I didn't win - the joy was in making it. " Once bitten by the sculpting bug, no project seemed too big to tackle. In the years since, Myers moved on to photography, architecture and painting.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013
Kevin Cartwright joined the Laguna College of Art & Design as its new director of development. With a track record that includes stints at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, Chapman University and MIND Research Institute, Cartwright has experience with capital and endowment campaigns. At the college, he has assisted development staff on issues like the annual fund and a strategic development plan. The position was advertised nationwide, and Cartwright emerged the frontrunner from a list of 50 applicants, according to a news release.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | May 30, 2013
City officials were more than happy to renew the Business Improvement District, the financial program initiated by local hotels to fund art projects and organizations that bring tourists to town. The BID has bumped up the city budget by millions since it was founded in 2001. In the current fiscal year, the BID is contributing $1.67 million, a 10% increase over estimates. The money is generated by a 2% levy skimmed off the top of the city's regulated bed taxes and must be renewed annually by the hotels, motels and the city.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | May 9, 2013
A storage unit, a garage, a car, a professor's office and a tent on a campsite. These are only a few of the 24 Irvine spots where Richard Newton bunked over two years in the early 1970s. This nomadic life - the yearning to feel out new surroundings - sparks inspiration. "The seed of my ideas comes from other places and, I suppose, works with my restlessness - I'm always going somewhere," he said. "I have personally found that the most interesting part of life is to be exposed to other people, cultures and places - to somehow step completely out of where you come from and immerse yourself in someone else's world.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | May 1, 2013
Thomas Jefferson Kitts is inspired by nature. Also, given a choice, he prefers not to rely on memories, photographs or drawings. The result? A prolific 30-year career as a plein air painter. An avid follower of John Singer Sargent, Joaquín Sorolla and Anders Zorn, the Portland resident is driven by the challenges posed by this style of painting. He stands in agreement with Paul Cézanne's words: "Nature is the best instructor. " "It simply comes down to the fact that the world is more complex a place than anything I can make up in my head - I become lost in it as I paint," said Kitts, 52. "It's the closest I can come to God. " Kitts is one of 40 plein air painters who donated original work to the Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn.
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