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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...

Dancer Stages Her Own Class Reunion

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy “Cats don’t tap anymore, they do choreographeee,” croons legendary singer, actor and dancer Sammy Davis Jr. in a Youtube video, “and chicks don’t kick anymore, they do choreographeee….” And then he breaks into a tap routine anyway just to show...

Joint Effort Debuts at Museum

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy   A preview of this year’s Laguna Dance Festival in the form of “Ekphrasis,” a dance performance inspired by the 1967 Lee Mullican painting titled “Lotus Land,” makes its debut Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Laguna Art Museum. Set to music by composer...

Artist Sculpts Portraits of a Novel Dimension

Squinting her eyes and turning her head this way and that, artist Jessica de Stefano is studying her subject, a dark-haired woman grateful she need not sit frozen like statuary. Slowly, a likeness of Carrie Angland emerges, carved from polymer clay that de Stefano paints and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...