Former LAM Director Making Waves at Surfing Foundation
The Surfing Heritage Foundation has hired Bolton Colburn, former director of Laguna Art Museum, as their new executive director. Colburn, 56, who left his position at Laguna Art Museum in May 2011, plans to work with the foundation’s board and staff to lead development efforts and raise the profile of the Surfing Heritage Foundation in the museum world.
Rumors had long been circulating that the Surfing Heritage Foundation was courting Colburn, who admits that, “The job that the board has sketched out for me is my dream job.”
The mission of the non-profit institution, which opened in San Clemente in 2004, is to preserve, present, and promote surfing’s heritage for the appreciation and education of current and future generations. Housed in an 8,000 square foot building located at 110 Calle Iglesia in San Clemente, it is open to the public and boasts a large collection of about 500 surfboards and 250,000 photographs; as well as an extensive archive including film, literature, clothing and other artifacts representing surfing culture.
Exhibition hours are from 1-4 p.m. Monday – Saturday. For more info visit SurfingHeritage.org, or call 949-388-0313.
Chamber Brings the Spirit of Laguna to Residents
The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce selected their nominees for the 2011 Spirit of Laguna awards at their December board of directors meeting, and the winners, as well as the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce member of the year, will be announced at the meeting for the installation of the new board of directors on Friday, Jan. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tivoli Too!, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd.
The three nominees for each of 12 categories are as follows:
Business of the year: Stu News, Tommy Bahama, Mission Hospital Laguna Beach;
Volunteer of the year: Hans Scharer, Ken Kenworthy, Roseanne Nitti;
Citizen of the year: June Neptune, Sandi St. John;
Green Enterprise of the year: Montage Resort, Laguna County Water District, Waste Management
Building industry of the year: Tresor Development, Marshall Innins – Architect, Bruce Schere – Engineer/Contractor;
Non-profit of the year: Laguna Beach Girl Scouts Serv. #1, Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Rotary Club of Laguna Beach;
Gallery of the year: Saltfineart Gallery, Joanne Artman Gallery, Redfern Gallery;
Professional service of the year: Surterre Real Estate (Michael Gosselin), Doctors Ambulance (Dave Sanford), Robert Gamez, CPA;
Restaurant of the year: House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer, Lumberyard, Mozambique;
Government official of the year: City Manager John Pietig, Planning Commissioner Anne Johnson, Fire Division Chief Tom Christopher;
Retail store of the year: Coast Hardware, Ganahl Lumber, Hobie Surf Shop
Chick Clicks Gain Wedding Clout
The online wedding marketplace WeddingWire selected Click Chicks Photography, owned by Laguna Beach resident Leslie Cunningham, to receive their 2012 Bride’s Choice Award for photography. The annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire network across 20 service categories who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry.
“It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Click Chicks Photography for their continued professionalism and commitment to enriching the wedding experience,” said WeddingWire’s CEO Timothy Chi. Click Chicks Photography was selected based on stellar reviews from past clients.
“While it’s always nice to be acknowledged, receiving something based on the satisfaction of my clients is particularly gratifying,” said Cunningham. “When a couple hires me, I’m being asked to be a part of one of the biggest days of their lives!”