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Author Archive for Daniella Walsh

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Building Bridges Between Mediums

Building Bridges Between Mediums

Ekphrasis, rooted in Greek, defines an interpretation of one form of art through another. Now, it is also the working title of an innovative commission, a first among a partnership of three Laguna Beach arts organizations that more typically present art rather than originate it. The resulting collaboration announced this week between the Laguna Art […]

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Elephant Herd on the March

Elephant Herd on the March

A little pachyderm ambassador in residence at Laguna Beach’s Art-A-Fair until Sept. 1 is about the size of a six-months-old Asian elephant, but this one is made of fiberglass. Thirty Art-a-Fair artists will decorate the virtual representative of their species, endangered by ivory-hunting poachers and in southeast Asia by unexploded land mines. Un-named, the little […]

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A Town and Gown Collaboration


A Town and Gown Collaboration


Ingenuity and Original Music Animate Student Film   A young, slim redhead folds towels in a laundromat amid huge washers and dryers, greenish neon lighting, a rickety folding table and a bedraggled man who looks homeless. As she prissily brushes off specs of lint, she frowns at the fat, wheezing geezer lurking in the corner. […]

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A ‘Lucky Stiff’ Comes to Life

A ‘Lucky Stiff’ Comes to Life

English shoe salesman Harry Witherspoon comes home one night to find a message that Anthony Hendon, an uncle he’s never met, has nonetheless left him $6 million. It comes with a catch: escort the dead uncle skydiving while on a Monte Carlo vacation or else the money will go to the dogs, literally. In this […]

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Last Call for Songwriter’s Showcase

Last Call for Songwriter’s Showcase

An eager crowd of music lovers packed every chair, the edge of the stage, the aisles and the tiny foyer of the Marine Room Tavern this past Tuesday. As the evening progressed, the party spilled into the street even as some patrons doubled up on bar stools. They included under-age fans sipping Cokes, seniors nursing […]

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Where the Boys Are

Where the Boys Are

Old School Barbershop Provides Cuts and Camaraderie    Tyler Berryhill confesses to cheating on his regular barber while ensconced in a vintage chair at The Den, a retro barbershop and shave parlor that opened this month in Laguna Beach. “I get my hair cut every two weeks and wanted to try out Brandon’s new place,” […]

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College Installs New Gallery Director

College Installs New Gallery Director

While still a student at the Laguna College of Art and Design, Andrea Harris worked at the Laguna Art Museum as an installer and as an assistant to local artist Bridget Hoff. She became the museum’s registrar, the first hired staffer after the dissolution of the museum’s merger with the Orange County Museum of Art. […]

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Playhouse Musical Celebrates Marriage

Playhouse Musical Celebrates Marriage

  “It’s a strange new world you enter when you say I do; friends shower you with rice and shoes….” So begins the two-act musical “I Do I Do,” opening tomorrow at the Laguna Playhouse. With marriage in all its evolving permutations fresh on everyone’s mind, the story has gained renewed resonance. It centers on […]

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Beneath the Paint Lies a Hidden Talent

Beneath the Paint Lies a Hidden Talent

The iconic Wigwam Motel, vintage gas stations, dilapidated coffee shops, countless other structures along the storied highway Route 66 are subjects that inspire painter David Milton. His oil and watercolor works find patrons at Laguna Beach’s art festivals and further afield, at corporations and museums. Concentrating on the paintings’ careful line work and palette, chosen […]

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Crowds at Sawdust Festival Ring In Summer

Crowds at Sawdust Festival Ring In Summer

  Painter and performance artist Deborah Paswaters earns special attention at this year’s Sawdust Art Festival, where every artist’s booth is decked out to lure the eyes of potential patrons. Paswaters, though, invites people to experience the painting of a live model who is taking the place of a canvas here. She applies coats of […]

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Art Auction Nets Hefty Heist for Art Lovers

Art Auction Nets Hefty Heist for Art Lovers

“Here we are. We should be competitors, but really we are great friends,” said Laguna gallerist Carla Tesak at the outset of an annual art auction benefit she has previously hosted alone at her gallery, Salt Fine Art. This year, though, she collaborated with fellow Laguna Beach gallerists Sue Greenwood of Sue Greenwood Fine Art […]

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Blake Celebrates Two Decades as Gallerist

Blake Celebrates Two Decades as Gallerist

A Minimalist’s Instinct Keeps Him Ahead of the Game   He’s become a familiar sight pacing in front of his gallery on Ocean Avenue, cell phone clamped to his ear, waving at friends whose numbers have grown exponentially over the years he has spent in the gallery business. Peter Blake is celebrating 20 years as […]

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Fête de la Musique Rings in Summer

Fête de la Musique Rings in Summer

Street chanteuse April Walsh, an Irish-American lass with a French grandmother and several Gallic cousins, sings the lyrics of “La Vie En Rose” with a perfect French accent that will add a distinctive vibe spilling out of downtown Laguna Beach streets this Saturday, June 15. Walsh’s sultry flair with songs from the 1930s and ‘40s […]

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Dance Leader Remains in Motion

Dance Leader Remains in Motion

Though former Joffrey Ballet prima ballerina Jodie Gates no longer pirouettes across international dance stages, she has kept in constant motion as a choreographer, founding director of the Laguna Dance Festival and dance professor at UC Irvine. Her academic career took another leap in April when the University of Southern California appointed her to become […]

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Pageant Readies for its Hollywood Close-up

Pageant Readies for its Hollywood Close-up

Sarah Schmidt, a 10-year volunteer cast member in the Pageant of the Masters, does not believe in half-measures. To turn herself into a convincing facsimile of Jean Harlow for a larger than life publicity photograph, the 31-year-old, just days before posing for the picture, chopped and colored her long auburn tresses to embody the wavy, […]