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His Giant Canvases Flap From Street Corners

He paints in oil, watercolor and acrylic paints, makes photographs and works in metal. Sometimes he goes multi-media, creating abstracts based on his fertile imagination, but also hones his representational painting skills by taking his gear into the hills overlooking the ocean....

Sculptor Cheryl Ekstrom Dies

Longtime Laguna Beach artist and sculptor Cheryl Ekstrom died unexpectedly last weekend. Friends say she was diagnosed with liver cancer earlier this year. In April, Ekstrom dazzled the local art community at the annual Art Star awards with her latest work, “Setting Forth.” It...

Local Favorites Celebrate Record Release

Jason Farthing, Macarena Rivera and Jesse Boden, known as The Budrows, will perform a hometown record release show of their new album, “No Bad Whiskey” at the Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave., at 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 18. With Farthing on his gas can banjo and cigar box...

Volunteers Needed for Fete de la Musique’s Children’s Parade

High school students are invited to volunteer for face painting, photography or video production as part of the Fete de la Musique children’s parade, organized by the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association. Volunteers will receive community service hours. This event will begin at...

Library Hosts Surf Buzz Series

Local resident Paul Holmes, author of “Hobie Master of Water, Wind and Waves,” will give a talk at the Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre St., from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17. Nursery owner and surfer Kevin Naughton on Wednesday, June 24, will speak about his new photo...

Gift Strengthens Festival’s Photo Collection

Recently, photographer Robert Hansen donated eight limited edition prints from his travels in Mexico to the Festival of Arts’ permanent collection. The gift of “Portfolio 1 – Yucatan Passages” was made out of gratitude, said Hansen, an exhibitor at the Festival of Arts for...

Live Music Enlivens June

Live! At the Museum will feature the Argus Quartet at the Laguna Art Museum on Thursday, June 11, from 7-8 p.m. This event is free to museum members and is museum admission to non-members.                     Bluegrass & BBQ...

Shop Hosts Bestselling Author

  Joseph Finder, a New York Times bestselling author, will be at Laguna Beach Books on Friday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. to promote and discuss his new thriller novel, “The Fixer.” Books purchased at the store can also be signed. The event is free but it is recommended to call...

An Unexpected Return to Her Roots

By Anne Moore, Special to the Independent One never knows where the artistic path will lead. Sometimes it takes you home. Just ask Sunny Kim. The Laguna Beach artist recently returned to her homeland in Korea to present her expressive contemporary paintings at the Seoul Open Art...

Play Stitches Garments Into a Memory Quilt

  Black is still the new black, purses can be a treacherous adversary and thinking women wear flats, but will stop thinking and rise up into heels. A male friend once remarked that one can define the high points of an older woman’s life by her clothing style, but in Nora and...

Botanical Photographer’s Exhibit Blooms for Art Walk

Artist David Leaser offers a rare glimpse into the world of flowers as the featured artist at Wyland Gallery during Laguna Beach’s Art Walk on Thursday, June 4. Best known for detailed botanical portraits, Leaser will display his award-winning artwork from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. in a...

Summer Jazz Series Starts Up

Jazz Wednesdays summer series returns to Aliso Canyon at The Ranch, 31106 S. Coast Highway, with Haley Reinhart, an “American Idol” finalist who will join Dave Damiani and his 10-piece No Vacancy Orchestra from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17. “Adding Haley to the big band sounds...

Poets Step Into the Spotlight

Laguna Beach Library honors winners of its annual poetry contest Saturday, June 6, at noon. Master of ceremonies, John Gardiner, will host a public reading of winning entries in the “Winds of Change” contest. The top three winners in each age category will be recognized and are...

Funding Art Appreciation

Grant Brings Music to Kids   Laguna Beach Live! received a grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation for $2000. The grant will be used to support their Live! Music & Kids outreach program. The grant supports enrichment programs like the concert performed last week for...

Cookbook Author Tries Out Another Recipe

Sara Forte, a food blogger and author of “The Sprouted Kitchen,” introduces her new book, “The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. Her husband, photographer Hugh Forte, whose work has been featured in several...