Several weeks ago, a fire burned near where I live. Thanks to the quick and professional work of the Laguna Beach Fire Department no houses burned, no one was hurt. To all the firefighters men who worked until the fire was extinguished, thank you. To all the police, electrical workers and everyone who helped keep us safe, thank you. It was amazing to watch these courageous people working together with such proficient fluidity and rhythm: absolutely top notch. With the electricity out, all the neighbors gathered and watched in gratitude. Not the best of circumstances, but it was reassuring to see everyone come together as it should be in any community.
That reminds me of more thanks due. I had the privilege of working with amazing artists at our Laguna Beach art shows this summer and I would like to take thank each and every one. It’s not easy being an artist, particularly in this economic climate, and yet artists continue to be the most generous giving souls on earth. Almost every fundraiser from Laguna and surrounding communities ask artists for donations for their events. At a minimum we get six to 10 requests. Every single artist said: someone needs help, count me in!
Local artists really support this town and work harder than you can imagine providing fun art venues that attract thousands of visitors to Laguna boost local revenue.
I hope the walls of your home are graced with paintings by local artists as well as ceramics, jewelry, glass, clothing and so much more. I make it a point to shop here in Laguna. It not only saves gas, but also helps support our wonderful merchants in Laguna. I needed a seamstress in an emergency and a friend recommended someone in Corona del Mar. I knew I could find the perfect tailor shop here in Laguna and I did! In less than 24 hours I had my dress ready to wear!
If you are in need of anything for your home, business, life in general, you can find it here, even for the pending holidays. This is a time for all of us to come together, support each other and keep Laguna Beach one of the most artful and beautiful places to live and visit.
The only thing I cannot seem to find in Laguna is good pumpernickel!
Buy local. Buy American art! Support America.
September McGee, Laguna Beach