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March 6, 2014
A South Coast Highway art gallery was burgled for the third time in less than a year on Wednesday. The thief took a bronze bison sculpture valued at $9,500. Ray Redfern, owner of the Redfern Gallery at 1540 S. Coast Hwy., received a call about 6:15 a.m. from a gallery neighbor who noticed a broken window. Police said the theft of "American Bison" occurred at 4:24 a.m. Redfern said video surveillance indicated the person threw a river rock to break the window glass. The thief then reached through, took the sculpture and placed it in a shopping cart, Redfern said.
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By Barbara Diamond | June 4, 2010
Sculptor Andrew Myers has told the city that the changes made to his submission in the Brooks Street art competition are unacceptable and he is withdrawing his winning entry. The city was waiting for Myers' written withdrawal before taking further action on its obligation to provide a piece of public art for its Brooks Street access renovation or pay into the art-in-lieu fund. The letter arrived Thursday morning. "To do anything different from the council's previous action would take subsequent council action," Assistant City Manager John Pietig said.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | July 14, 2011
Laguna Beach will soon have a unique 9/11 memorial. The City Council on Tuesday approved the installation in Heisler Park of a sculpture incorporating two metal beams salvaged from World Trade Center debris. "Semper Mement," by Jorg Dubin, also references the two other sites inextricably linked to the twin towers: the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania field where Flight 93 crashed. "Having the beams in my studio, it was hard to imagine where they were 10 years ago," Dubin said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joanna Clay | February 9, 2012
More than 1,000 pounds of clay is being tossed across a Costa Mesa artist's studio against a wooden amalgamation of nails and wire, eventually taking the shape of a woman's figure. Alrik Yuill, 33, is busy sculpting his latest piece, "In Bloom: The Girl and the Music. " On Saturday, the Costa Mesa native and Laguna College of Art + Design graduate will be showing the "in progress" state of his piece at his studio on Placentia Avenue. Much like his work, Yuill stands out. His denim jacket is spray painted with the words "space" and "time" on the back.
NEWS
By Ashley Breeding | April 30, 2009
Laguna Beach’s oldest public sculpture — and one of the community’s favorites — has been restored. Ruth Peabody’s 1933 “Boy and Dog” sculpture, at Jahraus Park and believed to be the oldest public artwork in the city, will be rededicated by Mayor Kelly Boyd at 5 p.m. Thursday after a three-month renovation project. A reception following the rededication will be during the Artwalk at the Marion Meyer Contemporary Art gallery, 354 N. Coast Highway.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 20, 2010
The City Council on Tuesday approved a compromise between an artist’s vision for a sculpture to honor a local surfing Mecca and the community’s point of view. Andrew Myers’ sculpture, which was recommended by the Arts Commission for installation in the center of the viewing platform above Brooks Street Beach, was relocated, reoriented and restricted to a bronze finish, as proposed by Councilman Kelly Boyd. “This doesn’t sound like a compromise to me,” Myers said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | February 15, 2008
A life-sized sculpture of a sea lion was dedicated Feb. 7 at Crescent Bay Park, a tad after its “ Buddy ” flippered his way back into the ocean that lapped at the beach below, symbolizing Laguna’s defining characteristics — reverence for art and for the environment. The release of the healthy, young seal, named Buddy by his saviors at the Marine Mammal Center, was a prelude to the celebration of the installation of two Terry Thornsley bronzes in the park, which kicked off the 10th anniversary of the First Thursdays Art Walk.
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By Barbara Diamond | April 10, 2008
A Laguna Beach City Council vote on the ultimate location of Jon Seeman’s sculpture of a whale was put on hold at the April 1 meeting. The council delayed a decision on the best location for the 15-foot tall sculpture, which the Arts Commission had recommended for the Third Street senior/community center site. The council had voted at the March 4 meeting to accept the recommended art, but to find another site, rejecting Councilman Kelly Boyd’s request to tour the recommended site before making a decision.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | November 10, 2011
The Townley Gallery reported a sculpture was stolen Friday evening, and the gallery's owner believes it could be connected to other art thefts in the area. According to police and the gallery, a man walked into the gallery at 570 S. Coast Hwy. around 7 p.m. and grabbed a sculpture when owner Shane Townley had his back to him. Townley said he was giving a couple directions to a nearby restaurant when the man slipped in without his knowledge and then left with the artwork. The stolen glass sculpture by artist Patrick Blythe is valued at $2,000.
NEWS
By Kelly Parker | March 16, 2012
The 9/11 memorial sculpture in Heisler Park has been vandalized. Artist Jorg Dubin discovered the damage to " Semper Memento " on March 9 when he went to polish the sphere that sits in the middle of the sculpture, according to police. Dubin reported three small dents in the sphere and some surface scratches. "The dents appear to have been made with a pointed metal object with some force as the metal surface is also gouged at the point of impact," Dubin said in his report.
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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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ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 19, 2014
Michael Graham was on the wrong kind of a roll. Since 1993, he'd applied for various public art opportunities in and around Laguna Beach - 10, to be exact. Invariably, he'd make it to the finals, right to the cusp of victory, before being turned away. Until last year. The Laguna Hills resident was tapped by Laguna Beach's Arts Commission to install a temporary exhibit at the site of a red British telephone booth on Forest Avenue. Graham was one of several artists whose proposals aimed at revamping the K6 phone kiosk, modeled after Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's 1935 creation.
NEWS
March 6, 2014
A South Coast Highway art gallery was burgled for the third time in less than a year on Wednesday. The thief took a bronze bison sculpture valued at $9,500. Ray Redfern, owner of the Redfern Gallery at 1540 S. Coast Hwy., received a call about 6:15 a.m. from a gallery neighbor who noticed a broken window. Police said the theft of "American Bison" occurred at 4:24 a.m. Redfern said video surveillance indicated the person threw a river rock to break the window glass. The thief then reached through, took the sculpture and placed it in a shopping cart, Redfern said.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | December 5, 2013
In January, a ballerina will make her way across the Atlantic. She bears no resemblance to petite, long-legged dancers, though. Instead, she is about 22 feet tall, 18 feet wide and weighs 8,000 pounds. Constructed of solid metal, she is named "Gracious" and is very near to Ron Taybi's heart. She first came to his mind 17 years ago. The Laguna Beach resident was seated in his Festival of Arts booth, peppered with sculptures of male and female torsos, when he noticed someone sidling up to a nearby pole.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | August 7, 2013
The masking tape-covered package wasn't exactly square. It looked more like a 5-foot-tall igloo. When volunteers took to ripping it open with great gusto, a white head was revealed. Ears, a trunk and legs followed. This fiberglass baby elephant sculpture is part of a herd that spreads from Singapore to Milan, London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Its counterparts have even drawn the attention - and imagination - of artists, children and celebrities like Katy Perry, Tommy Hilfiger, Claudia Schiffer, Diane von Furstenberg and Ian McKellen.
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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
By Britney Barnes | December 6, 2012
Christmas might be still a few weeks away, but Laguna Beach artist Randy Morgan got his present last week. After three years of not knowing if he would ever be able to complete his work, Morgan unveiled his latest piece that tells the story of Laguna's waterman culture. "As an artist, these kinds of things happen once in a lifetime," said Morgan, 62. Morgan was feted on Nov. 29 at the unveiling of his latest work, "Waterman's Wall," a 40-foot-wide, 12-foot-tall bronze sculptured mural.
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By Brittany Woolsey | September 13, 2012
Laguna artist Nick Hernandez, who has sculpted several replicas of noteworthy figures such as Chelsea Clinton, is tapping politics for his latest inspiration - a sculpture of President Barack Obama. "[Artists] have a rather prominent voice in Laguna Beach," Hernandez said last week while working on the Obama sculpture at the Democrats' local headquarters. "When I do work, it's not about the amount of money. I think about making history. I think we're going to produce a great piece here.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | July 5, 2012
Art is a component of the Broadway Street improvements designed to beautify the portal that connects the city to the canyon. The $700,000 project includes renovated sidewalks, landscaping and irrigation, and is partially funded by a $480,000 grant. Sculptures by Cheryl Ekstrom and Marsh Scott will beautify it, if the City Council approves the Arts Commission's recommendations at the July 17 meeting. "This is the first time I have ever won," Ekstrom said. "I felt like Susan Lucci.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2012
The new curator of education at Laguna Art Museum will start her job on July 9, officials announced this week. Marinta Skupin, a native South African, will join the museum's staff after spending four years as director of education at the San Diego History Center. LAM has hired her to boost its educational programming and engage with the community by building relationships with K-12 schools and other groups offering children's after-school or enrichment programs. "Like Ed Fosmire, our recently appointed deputy director, Marinta is a tremendous addition to the museum team," Executive Director Malcolm Warner said in a prepared statement.
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