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Appreciating Cuba’s Art in Many Mediums

Appreciating Cuba’s Art in Many Mediums

By Ed Kaufman, Special to the Independent “Fine art!’ “Salt Fine Art!” The cry resounded throughout the streets of Havana, Cuba, the week of March 10 as our faithful guide Vivianna struggled to tear an intrepid group of art lovers away from one exciting artist after another to help us complete a rigorous itinerary of […]

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Making Art in Cuba Exacts a Price

Making Art in Cuba Exacts a Price

Salt Fine Art’s ¡Cuba! exhibition, featuring multi-media works imbued with sly political commentary by 11 artists, opened early this month with something missing: most the artists were absent. Part of gallery owner Carla Tesak Arzente’s planning included making arrangements to host the artists from Cuba. But no thanks to Cuban bureaucracy, only Ernesto Javier Fernandez […]

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Local Currents

Local Currents

“When is the surfboard menorah going to be up at Main Beach? I can’t wait!” Sarah Vanderveen.

Laguna has a great mix of festivities over the late-December holiday season. We’re just kicking off the eight days of Hanukah as I write this column, and Christmas isn’t far off. Weeks and weekends are crammed with homes to visit and gifts to give. It’s a time when you start to wonder if you have too many friends in such a small town.

The surfboard menorah is a highlight of the season for my wife, Sarah. She believes that she’s Jewish somewhere in her ancestry and also just loves the unique way that the Chabad Jewish Center celebrates Chanukah publicly with lighted surfboard art at the beach.

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Arts Calendar

Arts Calendar

Friday, June 17 Sawdust Art Festival classes: Tidepool bracelets w. Linda Ames, brooches w. Kelly Nye, 10 a.m.-noon; pendants w Debi Burton, pottery wheel w. Robert Jones, 2-4 p.m.  www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses 949-494-3030. Also Saturday. Happy Hour at the Gourmet Cheese and Wine Shop, 845 Laguna Canyon Road. For adults only.  $20, $6 for additional glasses of […]

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Ann Quilter Named Woman of the Year

Ann Quilter Named Woman of the Year

The Laguna Beach Woman’s Club selected Ann Quilter, a long time contributor to the community, as its recipient of the 2011 Woman of the Year award. Quilter, whose service to the community has been extensive and diverse, recently led the effort to aid victims of last December’s flood. “No one asked her to do it,” […]