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Author Archive for Daniella Walsh

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 Monsters, Ghouls and Zombies, Oh My

Monsters, Ghouls and Zombies, Oh My

So how old was ET really? Anyone who attends the Pageant of the Monsters staged this year by the same creative crew that puts on the “Pageant of the Masters” might just find out whether the lovable alien has remained a kid or died a codger. An alien autopsy is among the anticipated ghoulish pageant […]

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Exhibition Illuminates Laguna’s Art History

Exhibition Illuminates Laguna’s Art History

Manuscripts, letters, documents, pamphlets and mementos illuminating the history of Laguna Beach as an art colony and the contributions of men and women artists who shaped it comprise the heart of a new exhibition opening next week at UC Irvine’s Langson Library. “Open Air & Light: Art in Laguna Beach 1906-1941,” opens on Wednesday, Oct. […]

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Celebrated Authors Reveal Their Secrets

Celebrated Authors Reveal Their Secrets

Uncounted are the times when someone with an interesting story might have heard, “Why don’t you write a book?” For most it’s easier said than done, but on Monday, Oct. 21, six storytellers will share their secrets during a Laguna Playhouse panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. titled “Memorable Conversations with Six Celebrated Authors.” Tickets are […]

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Hirst, the Art Darling of Forgers

Hirst, the Art Darling of Forgers

The subject of mega-millionaire artist Damien Hirst divides people into camps. Some  love him for trumping Jeff Koons in controversial inventiveness and others loathe his commercialism and exploitation of animals, such as the notorious cow’s head suspended in formaldehyde (“Out of Sight out of Mind”). In the last week, a monumental public sculpture by Hirst […]

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From Ashes Rises a Collection of a Different Sort

From Ashes Rises a Collection of a Different Sort

The remnants of Sandra and Jerry LeWinter possessions from before Laguna Beach’s life-altering 1993 conflagration fits into a rectangular glass case dubbed “Memento Mori.” Shards of French porcelain, sundry dishes, bent silver and a charred wedding band lie among the blackened mementos that Mr. LeWinter has tried to be rid of for at least a […]

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Hirst, the Art Darling of Forgers

Hirst, the Art Darling of Forgers

The subject of mega-millionaire artist Damien Hirst divides people into camps. Some  love him for trumping Jeff Koons in controversial inventiveness and others loathe his commercialism and exploitation of animals, such as the notorious cow’s head suspended in formaldehyde (“Out of Sight out of Mind”). In the last week, a monumental public sculpture by Hirst […]

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New Venue Opens Views Artists Never See

New Venue Opens Views Artists Never See

After spending the last 25 years painting all over the country, plein air painter Gavin Brooks moved to Laguna Beach earlier this year from Owings Mills, Md. She describes the town as ground zero for today’s generation of plein air painters, an art colony with an art legacy that few other in the U.S. can […]

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Candidates Vie to Unseat Festival Incumbents

Candidates Vie to Unseat Festival Incumbents

Members of Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts begin casting ballots next week to elect three leaders to the board of one of Laguna Beach’s most influential arts organizations. Candidates include three incumbent members, one newcomer and a former board member. Ballots and candidates’ statements will be mailed out on Oct. 8 to about a third of […]

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Foul Odor Upends ‘Lagunatics’

Foul Odor Upends ‘Lagunatics’

When the Festival of Arts’ operations director Gary Fowler entered his office Tuesday, he was overcome by a reek that spelled trouble for him but also for the nearby Forum Theater. He couldn’t know immediately if a cast of brawling belly dancers, prancing goats and swaying trees might suffer ill affects from the foul stench, […]

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Darrow Retrospective

Darrow Retrospective

Spotlighting the Reluctant Renaissance Man At age 92, Laguna Beach artist Paul Darrow does not venture down the rickety stairs to his memento-filled home basement very often. But, that’s where friend Mark Chamberlain found him during a recent visit. Darrow had immersed himself in the slightly musty confines, contemplating an uncounted trove of art works […]

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Museum Open House Fills Galleries

Museum Open House Fills Galleries

Membership in the Laguna Art Museum rose by 13 percent in the last year and the museum for the first time held two art camps for kids this summer, executive director Malcolm Warner said during an annual open house this past Tuesday, Sept. 10. The museum recently acquired a 1933 untitled landscape painting by one […]

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Sculptures Rejected for Lifeguard HQ

Sculptures Rejected for Lifeguard HQ

Both finalists in a $60,000 sculpture commission to embellish Laguna Beach’s lifeguard headquarters came away empty-handed when the city’s Art Commission unanimously rejected their proposals at a meeting Monday, Sept. 9. It was the second setback for the competition, which was subject to a second round of submissions after commissioners postponed the initial selection in […]

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Paintings of Nude Men Banished From Art-A-Fair

Paintings of Nude Men Banished From Art-A-Fair

Accepted into another art festival even before Art-A-Fair had officially ended, the Escondido-based painter shipped out his Laguna inventory and restocked the emptied booth with three large paintings depicting buff men in full frontal nudity. He put those canvasses up on a Tuesday night. They were removed the next day, apparently under the direction and […]

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Laguna Dance Festival Promises to Defy Gravity

Laguna Dance Festival Promises to Defy Gravity

He appears on stage slowly, his movements precise and slightly exaggerated to focus the audience’s attention on his presence. Then the stage blacks out. Somewhere in the corner of one’s vision, the dancer moves with dizzying speed, making perhaps scores of leaps in mere seconds. They register briefly in one’s perception as if the dancer […]

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A Long-lived Home for Late Bloomers

A Long-lived Home for Late Bloomers

  As daughter of renowned illustrator Ben Stahl, Gail Stahl predictably would inherit a predisposition for ink. Instead she worked 25 years as a special education teacher before taking up brushes herself. Now 78 and a 17-year member of the Quorum Gallery artist cooperative, she is currently its senior artist. Composed of 12 artists working […]