Stroll and trolley around town on Thursday, May 5, taking a self-guided tour of gallery openings, artist demonstrations and receptions, live music and refreshments during First Thursdays Art Walk.
The event is free, as is the trolley service. At any gallery, pick up an Art Walk brochure that includes a map and features the evening’s special events.
“Hop from gallery to gallery enjoying the artwork of featured artists along the way. It is a lot of fun,” said First Thursdays Art Walk president Rebecca Barber.
See artists in action and sharing their insights, such as Anne Moore talking about printmaking at Sandstone Gallery, Louis Longi demonstrating the lost wax method to create sculpture at DeBilzan Gallery, resident artists at Studio 7 north and south painting, and photographer Clark Little at his eponymous gallery sharing his latest shots.
A multitude of galleries from downtown to Gallery Row to Bluebird to Laguna Canyon Road open their doors. At Studio Arts Gallery, view new ceramic paintings by Mike Tauber while listening to music by Jason Feddy. Stop by Seven-Degrees for an exhibition featuring painter Ron Pastucha. Jazz singer-songwriter Sam Curo performs at the Cottage Gallery. Laguna Art Museum features conceptual art of Laguna Beach artist Brad Coleman “Reproductions.” More information can be found at www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com.
Saltfineart Juxtaposes Works of Three Photographers
Saltfineart presents “Panoramas,” an exhibit showcasing the work of three female photographers who gently chide the idea of a panorama as an unbroken view. The images of Cecilia Paredes, Ana Mercedes Hoyos and Cinthya Soto, offer visions and vistas camouflaged, dimensions foiled, and cultures revealed. Panoramas runs May 5 through June 20, with an opening reception for the artists from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.
Saltfineart initiates a visual conversation between these impressive artists who have 20-, 30- and 50-year careers, respectively.
While each of these artists’ images are a must-see on their own, it is the juxtaposition of the three that creates the most interesting view.
Saltfineart is located at 1492 S. Coast Highway, Unit 3, and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 949-715-5554 or visit www.saltfineart.com.
Sampling from the Salt Fine Art photo exhibition.
Artist Eye Laguna Gallery celebrates its fourth anniversary in Laguna Beach with receptions during First Thursdays Art Walk, on Thursday, May 5 and Saturday, May 14, both at 6 – 9 p.m., 1294-A So. Coast Highway.
The artist-owned and operated gallery showcases the works of 16 award-winning Southern California artists and in May will feature the works of local resident Chuck Joseph. The self-taught artist discovered his artistic talent at an early age and uses unconventional materials such as wood, stainless steel and vintage posters to create a unique style.
Photo: Chuck Joseph’s work evokes vintage posters.
Sculptor at Water Color Gallery
Sculptor Stan Graves will display and discuss some of his creations at the Water Color Gallery from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during First Thursdays Art Walk on Thursday, May 5, including the artist’s rendition of Abraham Lincoln’s presidential train, designed and built from a scratch, mainly from exotic woods and brass. Other pieces include wildlife creations from driftwood, and bronze castings from two original driftwood sculptures. Each subject is created and titled with a whimsical flair.
Water Color Gallery is located at 1492 S. Coast Highway, Unit 7. For more information, call 949-494-8838.
Photo: Sculptor Stan Graves and his creations.
subhed: Art Meets Sea Lions in Silk Dyeing Class
Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) presents “Art and Sea Lions,” a beginning class in silk dyeing at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7.
Clothing artist Reem Khalil will lead the class in creating a sea lion on stretched silk, with water-based silk dyes and salt crystals to be used for bleeds and special effects. The finished piece can be used as a scarf, pillow cover, or wall display.
The cost for the class, which includes guided tour of the center and viewing of live sea lions, is $20 for adults, and $15 for kids aged six and up. Advance registration is required through LOCA: LOCAarts@yahoo.com, 949-363-4700, www.LOCAarts.org.
Silk artist Reem Khalil shows off an example from her upcoming workshop.
subhed Artman Gallery Opens Temporary Exhibits
JoAnne Artman Gallery, 326 N. Coast Highway, which represents an eclectic mix of contemporary works, will exhibit next month in art fairs in New York and San Francisco.
In New York, at the 11th annual Affordable Art Fair, the gallery’s exhibiting artists will include Martiros Adalian, Natalie “Miss Aniela” Dybisz, Jorge Fernandez, Peregrine Heathcote, America Martin, Denis Peterson, Brooke Shaden, James Strombotne, and James Verbicky.
At the San Francisco Fine Art Fair, the gallery will also exhibit Dybisz, Fernandez, Heathcote, Martin, Shaden, Verbicky, and Rimi Yang.
For more information, www.joanneartmangallery.com.
subhed: Local Artists Invited to Enter Banner Competition
Entries are now being accepted from local residents for Laguna Beach-themed banners, a competition sponsored by the Arts Commission.
An honorarium of $1,000 will be given for all completed banners selected.
For guidelines, contact cultural arts manager Siân Poeschl at (949) 497-0722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
subhed: CAP Exhibit Highlights Panoramic Images
Community Art Project (CAP) presents an all-media exhibit focusing on the theme of panoramic images in the second floor gallery at the Wells Fargo Bank, 260 Ocean Avenue, now through June 10.
Participating artists include Cheryl Cotman, Charles M. Murray, Roger Folk, Mark Chamberlin, Sandra J. Campbell, Bill Atkins, James Nordstrom, John S. Krill, Fred Hope, Tom Lamb, and Rick Graves.