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February 5, 2014
A painting was reported stolen from an underground parking garage beneath the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art on South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach police confirmed Wednesday. The piece titled "Elevate," a 14-by-6-foot canvas from Christiana Lewis, the gallery's art director and event coordinator, was stored in the garage for the past five months until it was reported stolen from 611 South Coast Hwy, at noon Jan. 28, police said. Lewis said the painting is valued at $60,000.
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July 26, 2002
Suzie Harrison He's traveled down the Amazon marveling at the fresh-water pink dolphin swimming next him, he's visited primitive tribes in New Guinea and he's had a whale swim along side him in the ocean, eye to eye with his heart thumping. This is just a peek into the world of wildlife artist Chris Hoy. Saturday Hoy will surround himself with about 12 exotic animals, from a white lion to a wallaby, to use them as models for his work. He will capture the wild animals on canvas from noon until 2 p.m. "Most artists paint to get a reaction from their paintings.
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By Candice Baker | October 13, 2006
Sixty artists, all provided with the same scene to depict, can produce dramatically different results. Such was the outcome of Sunday's Paint Out event at the Montage Resort & Spa, where participants in the Laguna Art Museum's eighth annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational spread out across Treasure Island Beach to create their own representations of the picture-perfect day. Some began their works with methodical, bisecting lines;...
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By Cynthia Fung | July 25, 2008
Long time Sawdust Art Festival artist and exhibitor, Douglas Miller created his 10,000th original acrylic painting this year, which is currently on display at the 42nd annual summer show. The six by eight inch canvas, entitled “In My Studio, the Water Jar in Pot, Shells, and a Painting” which accurately describes the art piece, represents Miller’s growth and development as a veteran Laguna Beach artist. Following Picasso’s prolific spirit, Miller has produced 10,158 paintings, and has reached this extraordinary number by dedicating a portion of each day – since December of 1994 – to his painting.
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By Sarah Noone | June 12, 2008
Linda Pirri, a Laguna Beach resident and artist, is watching her love for horses come full circle at “Cirque du Shea,” this year’s theme for the Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding’s Annual Gala Saturday at the Montage Resort & Spa. Pirri’s love for horses began at an early age and eventually brought her to the center in San Juan Capistrano. Hoping to become a volunteer, she soon realized that her schedule would not permit this, so she was determined to find a way to donate her time.
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By Michael Miller | August 15, 2013
Robert Young called his massive painting "The Big One. " And apart from its 9-by-15-foot size, it loomed large for him. For eight years, at his Laguna Beach home, he worked on the mural-like image of life under the ocean's surface. The house had no studio space, so he built a structure in the backyard out of telephone poles - which prevented the painting from being crushed by a tree during a 1978 storm that uprooted eucalyptuses along the block. When the family lent the painting to a restaurant by SeaWorld, Young and his wife went to view it regularly.
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By Imran Vittachi | October 20, 2011
ALISO VIEJO - The artist calls the piece "Metronome. " It is one of two dozen art pieces that trick the eye as part of a 42-piece exhibition at Soka University of works by Arie A. Galles, a professor of painting and drawing at the Aliso Viejo campus. His "Metronome" may look like a painting on a canvas but it is not. The 54-inch by 92-inch tableau has a 3-D effect on the eye. The work is a hodgepodge of shimmering colors - oranges, reds, yellows, blues and greens - shaped into discs or patterned in straight and squiggly lines.
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June 6, 2003
Painting stolen during party A resident showcasing her newest paintings at a private party with more than 100 guests had her prime painting, valued at $6,000, stolen at about 10 p.m. The victim, Pat Dallas, said only about 12 guests remained when she noticed the painting missing, and that it was in plain sight from her seat when it disappeared. "I swear, between bites, the painting disappeared off the wall right before my eyes," Dallas said.
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March 16, 2007
The Sawdust Art Festival's annual Spring Into Art workshops begin Saturday, and run for three weekends. The classes, held at the festival's grounds at 935 Laguna Canyon Road, range from oil painting to blown glass to crocheting, and are taught by professional Sawdust exhibitors. Classes are open to everyone, from beginners to experts; each class is limited to 10 students. The sessions meet from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. The costs for each class range from $100 to $250, including supplies, refreshments and catered lunches.
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March 12, 2010
Saturday and Sunday Acrylic & Oil Painting Instructor: Charleine Guy This two-day workshop is for beginners, intermediate and beyond. Students can expect to paint one painting each day: flowers the first day and a simple ocean scene the second. $165 class fee includes all materials needed. Oil Painting Instructor: John Eagle Also March 20, 21, 27 and 28 Learn the basic steps of creating a successful landscape painting.
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February 5, 2014
A painting was reported stolen from an underground parking garage beneath the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art on South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach police confirmed Wednesday. The piece titled "Elevate," a 14-by-6-foot canvas from Christiana Lewis, the gallery's art director and event coordinator, was stored in the garage for the past five months until it was reported stolen from 611 South Coast Hwy, at noon Jan. 28, police said. Lewis said the painting is valued at $60,000.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | October 9, 2013
Members of the public are invited to pack the Aliso Creek Golf Course on Oct. 17. They'll just have to leave their golf clubs at home. For the first time, Aliso Creek Inn will host the 15th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, which runs from Saturday through Oct. 20. On Thursday, artists can gather to paint at the venue's 18 holes while guests watch. Recognized among art circles as the West Coast's leading outdoor art competition, the weeklong event attracts participants from around the world who will also flock to Treasure Island Park with their easels and paint kits.
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By Michael Miller | August 15, 2013
Robert Young called his massive painting "The Big One. " And apart from its 9-by-15-foot size, it loomed large for him. For eight years, at his Laguna Beach home, he worked on the mural-like image of life under the ocean's surface. The house had no studio space, so he built a structure in the backyard out of telephone poles - which prevented the painting from being crushed by a tree during a 1978 storm that uprooted eucalyptuses along the block. When the family lent the painting to a restaurant by SeaWorld, Young and his wife went to view it regularly.
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By Michael Miller | July 25, 2013
When news reports announced that "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini had died, Marco Toro reached for the best coping mechanism he had: a brush and canvas. The London artist, an avid fan of the long-running HBO series, has made a career largely from painting celebrities, from Kiefer Sutherland to the Rolling Stones. In the past, Toro had painted the Sopranos as a group, but now that Gandolfini - which is to say, Tony - was gone, he set to work on a portrait of the leading man. The finished work, which will go on display Aug. 1 at the Village Gallery, is fittingly spectral for a recently deceased celebrity.
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By Michael Miller | July 11, 2013
I was not, in fact, a slightly more humanlike version of Gumby when I took the pedestal Wednesday at the Sawdust Art Festival. But it took a small child to know it. That morning, I submitted myself as a model to Deborah Paswaters, the Laguna Beach artist who paints live people near the festival's front entrance. As the artist circled the podium and dolloped colors around my body, a father and daughter passed by and stopped to gawk. "Daddy, it's a real live man," said the girl, who looked about 6. "No, honey," her father replied patiently.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | June 26, 2013
Robert Marble's signature was created almost by accident. In an effort to add a dab of color to his earlier creations, the Newport Beach resident invented a little red bird. It would attract the eye to a particular spot, he said. "If it works once, I figured, it might work again," Marble said of "Ricochet Red Feather. " And work, it did. What began as a "spur of the moment" decision now encourages people to remind the artist to include his trademark, he revealed. "People - kids of all ages, parents, everyone - will come to the exhibit, and the first thing they do is look for the bird," he said.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | June 20, 2013
Diane Brigham customarily encounters youth eager to pursue their interests. In her 33 years as an arts educator, she has found them thirsty for big dreams. A staggering number fall short, though, in resources and access to necessary opportunities. "So many students have talent and motivation, but are not getting instruction and encouragement," she said. "They are devoted to making art, but have no chances at home or school to pursue advanced instruction. " That's where Ryman Arts - established 23 years ago by friends and family of Herbert Ryman, an artist famed for creating an illustration of Disneyland for Walt Disney - steps in. This Los Angeles-based nonprofit offers free drawing and painting classes, as well as college and career guidance, to young art aficionados.
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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.
NEWS
March 28, 2013
Man yells, spits at officer Laguna Beach Police charged a man with assault after he yelled obscenities and flipped off an officer at a traffic stop Saturday, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. Police arrested Laguna Beach resident Eli Grossman, 60, after responding to a call at 9:52 a.m. in the 1000 block of Glenneyre Street, Callus said. Grossman drove up to the officer and began yelling, according to the report. The officer reportedly turned to get away and Grossman followed him. The officer parked his car and Grossman came to the officer's door and continued yelling obscenities, Callus said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | March 26, 2013
The city will pay $28,843 for a new police department vehicle, but it won't look like the once-ubiquitous Crown Victorias - no longer manufactured - and if at least one city official has his way it won't be the same color. During the March 19 meeting, Councilman Steve Dicterow said he preferred a different paint job for the new vehicle than the historical blue and white color scheme, also used for other city vehicles. "I think this is a good time to consider going back the traditional black and white," Dicterow said.
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