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NEA Grant Underwrites Arts Planning for Laguna Beach

  The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Laguna Beach a $25,000 grant to develop a citywide cultural arts plan to further insure the city’s cultural and economic growth. Laguna Beach is far from alone in branding themselves as an art colony, nor is it an exception in...

Children Grown, Mom Returns to TV

Filled with intrigue and possibly murder most foul, the television film’s plot is set in a modern African-American mega church and based on Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet. Titled “Mega Church Murder,” the creation of television writer-producer Kendall Clark and television producer...

Film Documents Laguna Beach from a Local’s Lens

In his tiny, crowded Laguna Beach studio, Douglas Miller produces two diminutive paintings per day. Small, they are nonetheless flawless likenesses of Laguna Beach’s diverse vistas. “I’d starve if I just do big paintings,” said Miller, who by his recollection, has painted roughly...

Museum’s Avant Garde Champion Shifts Focus

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy She unveiled Orange County’s art history in the Laguna Art Museum exhibition “The Best Kept Secret,” and created ex.pose, an exhibition series to introduce overlooked emerging artists. She rolled up her sleeves to fulfill the dictates of a James Irvine...

Reindeer Retrace Their Footsteps

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy Little did local actors Ava Burton and Mark Miller know when they first planned it, how timely their second staging of The Reindeer Monologues at the BC Space Gallery, would become. Written by Jeff Goode, the play pokes sharp-edged fun at Santa Claus,...

Reindeer Retrace Their Footsteps

Little did local actors Ava Burton and Mark Miller know when they first planned it, how timely their second staging of The Reindeer Monologues, which opens at the BC Space Gallery on Thursday, Dec. 4, would become. Written by Jeff Goode, the play pokes sharp-edged fun at Santa...

Devout Artist Focuses Her Lens on Heaven

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy   There was as time when Kerry Swank achieved acclaim making photographic portraits of members of California’s upper echelons. But, as it has turned out over time, she aimed much, much higher. Proclaiming herself as a person of faith, she said...

Winter Fantasy Brims With Holiday Cheer

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy The tree-shrouded grounds of the Sawdust Festival will wear a holiday glow for the 24th annual Winter Fantasy that begins Saturday, Nov. 22. Established in 1990, the event has drawn a variety of artists eager to sell their wares outside of the summer...

Main Beach Becomes a Canvas for an Unusual Wave

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy In the waning light of dusk, a tribe of 180 volunteers walked from Heisler Park to the sand of Main Beach last Saturday. Dressed in white, they were women and men, tall and short, fair and dark, all with facial expressions suggesting a meditative...

Star Returns Home in Broadway’s ‘Pippin’ Tour

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy At age 5, Sabrina Harper scampered across the Laguna Playhouse stage as the first mouse in a Ballet Pacifica production of the Nutcracker. Now, at 36, she is touring with the Tony Award-winning touring Broadway production of “Pippin.” Harper stars as...

The Art of Elizabeth Turk

Communing with Nature in Marble and Stone By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy. The object in its white purity looks as if it has been swept up by the ocean and deposited in the shallow surf, and there it lays, looking like a mysterious sea creature, impervious to the waves washing over...

Recruits Play Role in Temporal Art’s Creation

By Daniella Walsh Roughly 200 people, double that number if artist Lita Albuquerque has her way, will spill out of the Laguna Art Museum next month dressed in requisite white trousers and long-sleeved t-shirts to follow the graceful arc of the Laguna Beach shoreline. The...

Still Tilting at Windmills, Chamberlain Earns the Praise of His Peers

Artist, photographer, gallerist, socio-political activist, college professor and mentor are among the varied roles Laguna Beach resident Mark Chamberlain has filled over a span of four decades. And they inform why he’s this year’s recipient of the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy...

Limelight Shines on Magician of Color and Light

The Laguna Art Museum presents its third California Art Award to Light and Space artist Peter Alexander on Saturday, Sept. 27, at a reception. Art scholar Ruth Westphal received the first award two years ago, with painter Wayne Thiebaud following last year. The award had been...

Museum’s Festival Marries Art With Nature

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy Performance art, exhibitions on renowned environmental artist Lita Albuquerque and marble carvings of Elizabeth Turk, an already sold-out secret culinary soiree and lecture on naturalist John Muir highlight Laguna Art Museum’s Art & Nature...