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Survey Takes Laguna’s Art Temperature

Too many land or seascapes in Laguna Beach galleries? Not enough art event spaces? Too many part-time home owners edging out cultural concerns of full-time residents? How much does the average Laguna Beach household spend on cultural philanthropy or pursuits? Those are some of...

Film Score Recorded in Storied Studio

This Saturday, the Laguna Concert Band will pack up their gear and head to Capital Records studios in Los Angeles to record music to accompany two short films produced by animation students at Laguna College of Art and Design. “The Big Dad Wolf” film short is a hand-drawn film...

Expect Raunchy Fun at ‘Rocky Horror Show’

At more than six feet, he sashays onto the stage in a fishnet top, slightly slipping corset, platform heels and spiky pink hair. In the latest re-incarnation of the Rocky Horror Show lead character and mad scientist Frank-N-Furter works his wacky magic at the No Square Theatre,...

Song, Dance and Business, All in a Day’s Work

  Few would make an immediate connection between owning a toy store and stage acting, but Laguna Beach resident Carol Robinson does just that. She embodies the preacher’s wife in the current Laguna Playhouse production “Footloose.” “Stage work requires a lot of hard work and...

Retrospective Revels in Local Lore of a Certain Era

Bill Ogden has often been labeled a “surf artist,” but judging by a current exhibition of his works at the Laguna College of Art and Design gallery, that oversimplifies an artist skilled in many mediums and genres. Titled “The Art of Bill Ogden,” this first solo exhibition...

Subdued Paintings Summon a Quiet Experience

To most, the title “Pacific Ocean Paintings” would conjure the Impressionist seascapes hanging in local galleries by the hundreds. Marcia Hafif has a different take on sea, sand, sky and the life sustained by them. She has interpreted what she has seen on her walks along the...

Subdued Paintings Summon a Quiet Experience

To most, the title “Pacific Ocean Paintings” would conjure the Impressionist seascapes hanging in local galleries by the hundreds. Marcia Hafif has a different take on sea, sand, sky and the life sustained by them. She has interpreted what she has seen on her walks along the...

His Giant Canvases Flap From Street Corners

He paints in oil, watercolor and acrylic paints, makes photographs and works in metal. Sometimes he goes multi-media, creating abstracts based on his fertile imagination, but also hones his representational painting skills by taking his gear into the hills overlooking the ocean....

Play Stitches Garments Into a Memory Quilt

  Black is still the new black, purses can be a treacherous adversary and thinking women wear flats, but will stop thinking and rise up into heels. A male friend once remarked that one can define the high points of an older woman’s life by her clothing style, but in Nora and...

College Launches a New Class of Artists

Clouds gave way early in the week to sun, warming graduation ceremonies for the Laguna College of Art and Design class of 2015. Seventy-eight bachelor of arts graduates and 10 earning master’s degrees in fine art rose to accolades from college President Jonathan Burke, sage...

Dance Fest Moves to a Cuban Beat

!Bailamos! That’s Spanish for “let’s dance” and the Laguna Dance Festival’s upcoming gala to celebrate its 11th anniversary invites participants to do just that. Since the gala’s headliner, singer Candi Sosa, is one of Cuba’s most celebrated singers, attendees are encouraged to...

Galleries Shift With the Winds

  As Laguna Beach has evolved as an art destination, its scores of galleries, too, keep evolving. Two established galleries recently expanded by broadening their roster with new artists and new purpose and a newcomer opens its doors this weekend in the HIP district. Long in...

Arts Backers Seek a Roadmap Forward

Tempe, Ariz., lacks a museum, has few galleries, but boasts a beautiful arts center whose under use frustrates the City Council. The city recently hired an arts consultant to draft a cultural arts plan to find solutions. “A lot depends on public input,” said director of community...

Artist Sets Out to Paint the Nation’s Parks

She’s been lugging her easel, canvas and oil paints through the Grand Canyon, Sequoia’s redwoods, Yosemite and the Channel Islands. Along the way, Fitz Maurice, a Laguna Beach artist and internationally recognized painter, developed a passion for the U.S. national parks and this...

Art Tour Offers Intimate Glimpse into Artists’ World

  With arms sheathed in protective covering and a low-slung belt holding her arrows, the girl taking aim with a modern crossbow looks like a modern version of Diana, goddess of the hunt, even if she’s wearing a short skirt and rough work boots. Pastel painter Mary Aslin has...