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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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Trying a New Tack to Cultivate Art Patrons

A dozen individual exhibitors at the Festival of Arts cooperatively are marketing themselves to the public and their collectors for the first time in an off-season studio tour, hoping to share a bit of themselves with people they see summer after summer. From brain storming...

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,...

Music Fest Wins New Fans

Organizer and promoter Rick Conkey agreed to some unusual concessions in setting up last month’s Blue Water Green Earth Music Festival. Besides hiring police for security, keeping an ambulance on standby, he agreed to pull the plug on amplified music for 30 minutes Saturday...

Art Crowd to Crown its Stars

  Social activist, gallerist, photographer and artist Mark Chamberlain is among this year’s nominees for artist of the year in the annual Art Stars Awards from the Laguna Beach Arts Alliance. “I guess it all boils down to artist since art is an ever evolving territory,” said...

Striking a Chord for Good Works

Whenever a crises strikes, the Laguna Beach community’s support for its own surfaces quickly, for flood-stricken neighbors in 2010 or a recent family’s struggle with cancer. The generous bent of passionate residents fuels 225 nonprofits based in or in service to a town of 24,000...