renaissance

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...

Book Store Opens a Foreign Outpost

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy Among Latin American writers, Isabel Allende, Jorge Luis Borges, and Gabriel Garcia-Marquez are some of the most immediately recognizable names to U.S. readers, in part because their works have been widely translated and made into movies. In a first...

Stem Cells Star in Marriage of Art and Science

  By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy Janet Dreyer earned a doctorate in molecular biology, but in her 50s enrolled at the Pasadena College of Art and Design and became hooked on art. After a hiatus from both science and art for travel, she’s back to art, creating a work that...

Dance Fest Soars With Diversity

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy With performances beginning next week, Laguna Dance Festival vaults into its tenth season, the equivalent of a grand jeté – where a ballet dancer leaps to perform a split jump — in terms of its longevity. That young history doesn’t shake the...

LCAD Wants Do Over of Union Vote

By Daniella Walsh/LB Indy On July 15 of this year, Laguna College of Art and Design president Jonathan Burke acknowledged in an e-mail to staff that the college’s part-time and adjunct instructors had voted to join the Local 721 Service Employees International Union. Voters...

LCAD Purchases Parking Lot to Save Open Space

By Daniella Walsh/LBIndy “They took paradise and made it a parking lot….” goes a line in Big Yellow Taxi, a song performed by Joni Mitchell, decrying shrinking natural environments. The Laguna College of Art and Design has given the classic a contemporary twist by buying...

Artists Join the Line Up in Huntington

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy It’s not often that one sees an entire surfboard embedded in a framed canvas, but sports artist Dave Hobrecht has done just that before drawing and painting the image of legendary surfer Kelly Slater riding roiling waters on the assemblage. “For this...

Artists Join the Line Up

It’s not often that one sees an entire surfboard embedded in a framed canvas, but sports artist Dave Hobrecht has done just that before drawing and painting the image of legendary surfer Kelly Slater riding roiling waters on the assemblage. “For this project I really wanted a...