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Author Archive for Daniella Walsh

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Kuhnert Gallery Closes Its Doors

Kuhnert Gallery Closes Its Doors

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy  It’s been here since 1983, ensconced in the Hobbit shops center, a one-room gallery filled to bursting with paintings and a smattering of posters. In the midst of all, sits Manfred H. Kuhnert at his easel, surrounded by well-worn palettes, painting a lush blonde nude.  Meanwhile, his wife Anna […]

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Blending Art and Ink Adds to Laguna’s Local Color

Blending Art and Ink Adds to Laguna’s Local Color

Where young adults congregate, from Main Beach to the corner coffee house, the observant will likely see evidence of a tattoo artist’s effort. The morphing of tats from outer fringe to mainstream was not lost on Renée Bangerter, who opened the Laguna Inkspot and Gallery in Laguna Beach in 2012. Keen on merging her artistic […]

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Part-time LCAD Teachers OK Union

Part-time LCAD Teachers OK Union

Part-time adjunct instructors at the Laguna College of Art and Design agreed to join the Service Employees International Union’s Local 721 in a 35-32 vote announced this week. A group of adjunct instructors, those hired on a contractual basis rather than being given tenure and a permanent position, initiated the union-organizing effort because they were […]

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Early Rock ‘n’ Roll Star Returns to the Spotlight

Early Rock ‘n’ Roll Star Returns to the Spotlight

The Buddy Holly songbook — from “Peggy Sue,” “That Will Be the Day,” and “Well All Right” – is imprinted in the memory banks of baby boomers even if they don’t consider themselves fans. Serious Holly aficionados include Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Elton John, who took inspiration from the young singer-songwriter and guitarist […]

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Art Scholars Find Willing Patrons

Art Scholars Find Willing Patrons

 Laguna Beach philanthropists Terry Smith and Wayne Peterson enjoyed the spotlight at Laguna College of Art & Design’s recent fundraising gala for their numerous contributions to the college and its scholarship fund.  Freshly minted graduate Charity Oetgen thanked the duo for their generosity, saying that without their scholarship she would not have been able to […]

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The Unseen Embellishes the Pageant of the Masters

The Unseen Embellishes the Pageant of the Masters

Archeological treasures hauled off from ancient tombs, museum heists, art sleuths and mysteries shrouding artist’s relationships with their muses. Such intrigues of the art world drive this year’s Pageant of the Masters, “The Art Detective,”a series of tableaux vivant scenes created by Diane Dee Challis Davy and script writer Dan Duling opening Wednesday, July 9, […]

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Sister Exhibits Illustrate Brandt’s Legacy

Sister Exhibits Illustrate Brandt’s Legacy

Laguna College of Art and Design lacks any finished Rex Brandt paintings in its possession, but boasts 80 boxes, many still unpacked, of the artist’s archives. The cache of sketchbooks, textbooks written by Brandt, as well as his brushes and a well-worn easel were donated to the college three years ago by his wife Joan […]

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Delving Into a Dark Topic

Delving Into a Dark Topic

Three patients facing imminent death and quartered with their families in quaint cottages are observed by psychiatrists studying how people deal with terminal illness. The families take their loved ones’ inevitable demise with varying degrees of grace. That’s the premise of “The Shadow Box,” a scenario spanning 24 hours and written by actor Michael Cristofer. […]

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A Work of ‘Grace’ Adorns a Prominent Spot

A Work of ‘Grace’ Adorns a Prominent Spot

“This is gorgeous!” exclaimed several passersby as Laguna Beach sculptor Terry Thornsley put the finishing touches on “Grace,” a mural commissioned by the city to adorn a wall adjacent to Main Beach’s lifeguard headquarters. Thornsley finished the metal mural on Sunday as Mother’s Day crowds swirled around the site and the early afternoon sun gave […]

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Playwright’s Works Find an Untraditional Venue

Playwright’s Works Find an Untraditional Venue

Sitting at a little desk, a young woman peers expectantly into the distance. Wearing pink cat’s-eye glasses, she mutters, “Yenta Nudel, at your service,” into a corded phone set off by a wrong number. Freshly divorced, she had been at a loss what to do next. Blessed with innate chutzpah, she hung out her shingle […]

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Commission Awards Art Project, Hears From a Critic

Commission Awards Art Project, Hears From a Critic

In a divided vote, the city’s Arts Commission selected Los Angeles’ Shin Gray Studios as the winner of a public bench and mural commission at its meeting on Monday, where a local artist also criticized the commission for its “insulting” compensation for artist proposals. Sculptor and installation artist Kyungmi Shin, working in partnership with photographer […]

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Exhibit Captures Student’s Love of Nature

Exhibit Captures Student’s Love of Nature

“It was a beautiful day and Nina was supposed to be inside the studio working but instead she crisscrossed the campus on her skateboard. But, she had such an empathy with nature that she must have felt that she simply had to be out there,” recalls instructor Tom Betts, describing former student Nina Fitzpatrick, 22, […]

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Scenic California Seen at the Gate

Scenic California Seen at the Gate

The painting is titled “The Hunter” and depicts an egret intent on securing his next meal. Rendered in vivid purples against an orange sky, the bird wades through waters reflecting hues of his surroundings. The image, along with a number of luminous landscapes such “Merced Reflections,” “Woods Cove” and “Laguna Looking North” has been rendered […]

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College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

They stood in solemn formation, their faces illuminated by electronic candles or glow string head and wristbands, along Laguna Canyon Road at the edge of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s main campus. As lights in the crosswalk brought traffic to a stop last Thursday, April 10, students from LCAD’s Big Bend campus and […]

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Embracing an ‘Eternal Legacy’

Embracing an ‘Eternal Legacy’

The Arts Commission chose the work titled “Eternal Legacy” by Gerard Basil Stripling and Michele Taylor to serve as a memorial for two Laguna Beach police officers who died on duty. The unanimous recommendation, made this past Monday, April 14, will come before the City Council on May 6. Three other Laguna Beach artists, Jorg […]