Pacific Symphony’s music director and local resident Carl St.Clair will deliver the keynote speech at the eighth annual Art Star Awards on Sunday, April 6, at Seven Degrees.
The event, the town’s tribute to film Oscars, awards organizations, businesses and individuals who have contributed and shaped the arts and culture in Laguna Beach. In addition, an artist will be announced as the recipient of the $5,000 Seven Degrees of Inspiration Grant to develop and present an innovative arts project or program that promotes Laguna Beach’s arts reputation.
This year’s finalists for the grant are sculptor Cheryl Ekstrom, arts educator Rebecca Faubion and composer Pamela Madsen.
Whalen to Unveil a Special Art Project
An artist’s reception open to the public will be held on Friday, March 28, from 4- 5:30 p.m. at the Susi Q’s Gallery Q, 380 Third St., featuring works of art from those aged 55 and better. Mayor pro tem Bob Whalen will unveil a special art project by LOCA artist Getchen Shannon and 10 senior artists.
Most artwork will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the center to support future shows.
Limited parking is available.
Artists Pop Up
The Shopkeepers Daughters, a collective of six women artists, will present a pop-up shop Sunday, March 30, at 2307 Laguna Canyon Rd. #10, featuring assemblage, collage, prints textiles and jewelry from 2-7 p.m.
The artists, who are all actually shopkeeper’s daughters, started out as a group of friends but decided to combine their diverse artistic talents.
At 7 p.m. LCAD graduate Chantal deFelice presents her live projection performance, “Hunting with the Microscope.”
The events are free; a donation bar with light snacks will open at 5:30 p.m.
Supported by Ross Whitaker Photography
New Strombotne Works Exhibited
Gallery McCollum opens a one-man show featuring the work of artist, James Strombotne, and hosts a 6 p.m. reception Saturday, March 29.
His work can be found in the permanent collections of several museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibit at 206 N. Coast Highway continues through April 27.
Up for a Spin Through Artman Gallery?
“Cosmic Dance,” a solo exhibition by Rimi Yang, opens Tuesday, April 1, at the JoAnne Artman Gallery, 326 N. Coast Highway. The show will run through May 15 with an
artist reception on May 1 from 6-8 p.m. to coincide with Laguna Beach ArtWalk.
Yang is known for her intense enthusiasm for vibrant color, which is manifested in both her figurative and her abstract paintings.
Skateboarding Artists Mount Collaborative Show
Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow gallery opens “Baggage Claim, a collaborative show by skateboarders and artists Russ Pope and Neil Blender.
A reception on Saturday, April 5, from 6-9 p.m. featuring the musical talents of Cyril Mountain will open the show, which runs through April 27. The artists will be in attendance at the gallery, 1175 S. Coast Highway.
Info at AR4T.com.
Raising Funds for the Next Generation
Laguna College of Art and Design’s 25th Annual Collector’s Choice fundraiser honors local Laguna Beach philanthropists Terry Smith and Wayne Peterson. Both have been community leaders and have supported the college and Collector’s Choice since 2001.
The June 21 campus gala attracts art collectors to bid on works donated by students, faculty and alumni of the college. Over 25 years, the event has raised over $1 million.
Those who RSVP by March 30 will receive 25 raffle tickets. A post-auction jazz will end the evening organized by co-chairs, Nelson Coates and Mary Ferguson. Info: Tracy Hartman at 949-376-6000, ext. 241 or email [email protected].