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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...

Music Fest Drums Up Support for Causes

The grounds of the Sawdust Art Festival will come to life for a weekend of live music March 29 and 30, a rare treat in a venue primarily dedicated to winter and summer visual art fairs where music is served up as a side dish. The Blue Water Festival is the brainchild of local...

No Bull: Bovine Corralled in Body Shop

In a spray booth at Beach Cities Auto Collision in Laguna Canyon rests a rare breed. Not a Ferrari or a Porsche or even a humble Volkswagen, but the unlikeliest of would-be conveyances, a 400 pound, nine-foot long sculpture of a  bull, ready for the drive to Austin, Tex. Created...

Music Fest Drums Up Support for Causes

The grounds of the Sawdust Art Festival will come to life for a weekend of live music March 29 and 30, a rare treat in a venue primarily dedicated to winter and summer visual art fairs where music is served up as a side dish. The Blue Water Festival is the brainchild of local...

Four Finalists Selected for Police Memorial

The city’s Arts Commission selected four finalists to compete for a $75,000 commission to create a memorial for Gordon French and Jon Coutchie, Laguna Beach police officers who died while on duty. The monument will be located outside the city’s police department, at the south end...

Exhibit Reveals the Soul of Warriors

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy   A seated man holds a hyena, an animal not exactly known for its docility, as if he were holding a lamb. Both man and beast appear at peace, having reached a common point of introspection. And, while the animal’s face has an articulated vaguely...

Exhibit Reveals the Soul of Warriors

  A seated man holds a hyena, an animal not exactly known for its docility, as if he were holding a lamb. Both man and beast appear at peace, having reached a common point of introspection. And, while the animal’s face has an articulated vaguely human look, the man’s face is...

Where Activism and Art Converge

By Daniella Walsh A black and white photograph focuses on a mother reading to her son. The caption under the image by photojournalist and author James Lerager identifies the woman as Debbie Baker, one of the countless “downwinders” affected by the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear...

Where Activism and Art Converge

A black and white photograph focuses on a mother reading to her son. The caption under the image by photojournalist and author James Lerager identifies the woman as Debbie Baker, one of the countless “downwinders” affected by the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear explosion. She...

Thiebaud Revealed Through the Lens of Friendship

  Slices of cake, cupcakes dripping with frosting, ice cream cones and gum ball machines rendered in oil paint rather than flour and sugar might momentarily fool the senses and blur distinctions between a sweet shop and the Laguna Art Museum’s newest exhibit, “Wayne...

Museum Opens Trio of Solo Shows

Three new shows, “Wayne Thiebaud: American Memories,” “Travels with Millard Sheets: 1950-1986” and “Expose: Dana Harel” open to the public at the Laguna Art Museum on Sunday, Feb. 23. While Sheets counts among the stalwarts of American scene painting, Thiebaud is an icon among...

Concerts Awash in Star Power

    Instead, Madsen returned to hike the lesser wonders of Laguna’s coastal canyons. Even so, in absorbing some special comfort while walking Crystal Cove State Park’s environs, her newest composition, “Into the Heart of the Earth: Crystal Cove,” took form. Its premiere...