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Skate Culture Rising at AR4T


Neil Blender, 1989 photo by Niki Vuckovich

“Still Life With Wood,” a group photography show documenting 20-plus years of skate boarding, opens at AR4T Gallery, 210 N. Coast Highway, with a free public reception on Saturday, Jan. 7 from 7 to 10 p.m.


Artists Dave Swift, Grant Brittain, Miki Vuckovich, Jon Humphries, James Cassimus and Atiba Jefferson bring images that reflect their own personal journeys both in and out of skateboarding.


The group is famous for the photos that have shaped the look and feel of skateboarding over the years and each of them has an arsenal of stories that make them the characters they are. AR4T is also proud to have the art of Jay Croft alongside this acclaimed roster.





Search on for Club’s Top Artists


Club members check out the creativity of their peers.

The public is invited to view an exhibit of work by 200 local young artists Thursday, Jan. 12 between 3 and 7 p.m. as part of the Boys & Girls Club’s Family Fun Night.

The special gallery-style juried art exhibition showcases the cumulative creative achievements of club members who participated fine art program. The art of many mediums will be displayed in sections by age groups. One entry from each medium and age group will be selected to go on and participate in a regional exhibition competing against members of 400 other clubs.



Marine Photos Wanted


Underwater view of kelp.

The Laguna Bluebelt Coalition is sponsoring a photo contest to celebrate the new Marine Protected Areas.


Eligible photos must be shot in one of Laguna’s MPAs between by Jan. 15. Winners will prizes such as a dinner for two at local restaurant French 75.


Send your photo (one per person) with its location and date to [email protected] before Jan. 15. More details are posted on the website http://lagunabluebelt.org/photo-contest/




LOCA Sprouts Botanical Art Classes


Horticulturist Ruben Flores and printmaker Sheryl Seltzer are leading a botanical art workshop that begins later this month.

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts begins a new series of art classes combining botanical study and hands-on art instruction. The quick-study sessions will feature different botanical subjects and outdoor locations each month, with an emphasis on plants native or local to Laguna Beach.

Horticulturalist Ruben Flores, of Laguna Nursery, will open each class by presenting a plant species and revealing its features. Following the introduction, a professional LOCA instructor will lead a class, and students will take home finished art.

Scheduled locations include landmark properties, community gardens, and various local parks, with subjects ranging from trees, to succulents and flowers. Classes are suitable for all skill levels, and mediums will include watercolors, printmaking, ink, pastels and more.

Cost is $25 for adults ages 16 – up, and all supplies are included. Advance registration is required, and group reservations are invited. Classes are offered every month, from 9:30-11 a.m. on selected Thursdays and Saturdays.

Registration is now open for workshops on Jan. 19 and 21. California natives and succulents will be presented at Laguna Nursery, followed by a printmaking class by Sheryl Seltzer.

Email [email protected], or call (949) 363-4700.




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