renaissance

Silk Painter Seeks a New Canvas

Long-time artist Linda Pirri will take a sabbatical from the annual Sawdust Art Festival after 15 consecutive years of exhibiting in the show, and is moving to the Kohala coast in Hawaii. Pirri started her Sawdust career back in 1998 when she relocated to Laguna Beach from Los...

Silk Painter Seeks a New Canvas

Long-time artist Linda Pirri will take a sabbatical from the annual Sawdust Art Festival after 15 consecutive years of exhibiting in the show, and is moving to the Kohala coast in Hawaii. Pirri started her Sawdust career back in 1998 when she relocated to Laguna Beach from Los...

Dropping the Ball on Drinking and Driving

As New Year’s Eve weekend approaches and the merriment that follows the holiday ensues, a warning about its consequences rings a sobering note as well.   Among last year’s revelers countywide, 132 started the year with a DUI arrest, according to the state Office of Traffic...

Festival Shines Light on Eastern Traditions

Members of Laguna Beach’s Hare Krishna Temple marked the beginning and end of a cycle of the Hindu calendar with twinkling lights marking the ancient festival Diwali last week. Diwali, falling on the night of a new moon between mid-October and mid-November, signals one of the...

A Clean Sweep Over Laguna Beaches

Ten years ago Michael and Deborah Jagels were married on Main Beach and held their wedding reception at Las Brisas restaurant, overlooking Pacific Ocean  waves crashing below. Every year since they have participating in the California Coastal Cleanup Day, fulfilling a civic duty...

Putting a Face to Human Trafficking

If a favorite cinnamon bagel has grown mold overnight, the once pristine car now has a dent in its bumper, and congestion has made you 20 minutes late for work, clearly the day is ruined. Get a little perspective. That’s the message iSanctuary brings to Laguna Beach’s Sawdust...

Reclaimed Fashion Showcases the Versatility of Artists

Under eaves of stretched canvas, eight Festival of Arts exhibitors displayed elaborate couture of recycled materials, a runway event that pulled celebrity hosts, prominent judges, and local models together for the sake of reclaimed fashion. At the third annual event, hordes of...

Cultivating Generations of Award-Winning Growers

After 15 years of entering her fruits and vegetables in the Orange County Fair and receiving countless blue ribbons, Jan Alabaster has passed the legacy of growing onto her grandchildren. “I always look forward to teaching them how to grow things, how you harvest them and taste...

Relaying Hope

  Survivors celebrate putting the darkness of cancer behind them Tori Degen was 10 when she first noticed her abdomen getting larger, and upon a subsequent visit to the doctor was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She underwent chemotherapy for a summer then was declared cancer...

Among Friends the Game Never Ends

Despite his 95 years, Art Gilmore refused a golf cart and insisted on lugging his golf clubs over his shoulder, wandering alongside his six golf buddies each week. More like brothers, the golfers for the past 29 years have gotten together weekly to rehash their war years or just...

John Paul Jones Headlines Museum’s New Exhibit

Sometimes juxtapositions of museum exhibitions can be as intriguing as the individual exhibitions themselves. Such is currently the case at the Laguna Art Museum: a selection of John Paul Jones’ multifaceted works curated by Cal State Fullerton gallery director Mike McGee plays...