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Art Crowd to Crown its Stars

Art Crowd to Crown its Stars

  Social activist, gallerist, photographer and artist Mark Chamberlain is among this year’s nominees for artist of the year in the annual Art Stars Awards from the Laguna Beach Arts Alliance. “I guess it all boils down to artist since art is an ever evolving territory,” said Chamberlain, in explaining why he made the cut […]

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 Excavating a Vault in Laguna's History

Excavating a Vault in Laguna’s History

Even as Laguna Beach’s shoreline evokes images of hidden coves rather than buried treasures, a forgotten landmark was recently unearthed during restoration of an Ocean Avenue building, originally home to the now defunct Laguna Federal Savings and Loan Association. The project team knew of a wall-size fountain turned off long ago when a courtyard receded […]

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Glennwood’s Countdown to Christmas

Glennwood’s Countdown to Christmas

Carter Bak makes an impressive Santa.  Especially when he starts ripping off his fake white beard, pulling the pillow out from behind the silver-buckled big black belt and shouting “Ho, ho, ho.” This is Bak’s first Christmas at Laguna Beach’s Glennwood House, a complex of apartments and community activity rooms for developmentally disabled residents aged […]

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Main Beach Mural Finalists Named

Main Beach Mural Finalists Named

The city’s Arts Commission selected six Laguna Beach artists as finalists in a public art competition to create a mural for Main Beach, the town’s most popular focal point. Because of a lack of clarity, a second art work planned for the lifeguard headquarters under construction was postponed for a second time. Despite that the […]

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Still Seeking Artists for Lifeguard HQ

Still Seeking Artists for Lifeguard HQ

The city’s Arts Commission extended the deadline until April 1 for artists to submit their qualifications to compete for a public art installation outside the city’s lifeguard headquarters, under construction on Main Beach. Commissioners determined that none of the 26 applicants, artists based in Laguna Beach and elsewhere in Southern California, fully met the project […]

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Disputed Mural Passes Muster

Disputed Mural Passes Muster

Additions made by sculptor Randy Morgan to his mural titled “A Day in the Life of Laguna,” installed in November on a prominent downtown intersection, were unanimously approved after the fact this past Monday by Laguna Beach’s Arts Commission. Even so, controversy continues to trail the privately financed bronze relief now commonly referred to as […]

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Calling Artists for Guard HQ

Calling Artists for Guard HQ

Artists from ocean environments are invited to compete for a $100,000 public art commission for installation next year in one of the town’s most visible locations, Main Beach’s lifeguard headquarters. The project includes a sculpture and a mural involving an ocean theme and the role of lifeguards. It is budgeted at $103,000 with $40,000 for […]

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Debate Erupts Over Art and Commerce

Debate Erupts Over Art and Commerce

Pop artist Andy Warhol’s soup cans heated arguments over blurring commercialism in service of art when they were first exhibited in 1962. This week, environmental consultant Roger Butow re-opened the topic in Laguna Beach, claiming in two public meetings that the city’s arts arbiters were “duped” when okaying an outdoor mural for a prominent downtown […]

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Welcoming the Watermen's Wall

Welcoming the Watermen’s Wall

Scores turned out to check out an expansive sculptural mural installed over the last two weeks on one corner of the Hobie store at Beach Street and Forest Avenue.

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Watermen Mural Takes Shape Outside Hobie

Watermen Mural Takes Shape Outside Hobie

After winning approval from the city’s Arts Commission two years ago, installation of a  sculpted mural by Laguna Beach artist Randy Morgan titled “A Day in the Life” and also known as “The Waterman’s Wall” began this week on the Beach Street side of the Hobie Surf Shop. A formal dedication is planned Thursday, Nov. […]

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Eco Projects Pop Up at Sawdust Festival

Eco Projects Pop Up at Sawdust Festival

Providing an interactive and educational “green” themed day for guests, the Sawdust Art Festival will celebrate its 5th Annual Green Day on Saturday, July 21. Sawdust artists, staff and local organizations will share simple ways of becoming more environmentally aware. Themed activities are planned for 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in various locations around the […]

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‘Wonder’ Work Begins

‘Wonder’ Work Begins

Laguna College of Art and Design instructor Mia Tavonatti and her students last weekend begin work on a replacement mural in Laguna Canyon. The winning mural design, “Wonder: An Odyssey,” was conceived by Tavonatti’s student Cheryl Kook and will cover a 13 x 75 foot area and is expected to take about five months to […]

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Laguna Canyon Mural Moves Ahead

Laguna Canyon Mural Moves Ahead

Arts Commission nixes benches, further study for Riddle Field sculpture   A new mural based on the word “Wonder” was unanimously approved by the Arts Commission on Monday to replace one eradicated last February by Marlowe Huber, co-proprietor of the Laguna Canyon Winery. Laguna College of Art instructor Mia Tavonatti and her class of 10 […]

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Commission Also Earns Bartels an Exhibition

Commission Also Earns Bartels an Exhibition

An obelisk at the Laguna Beach library, the chess table at Main Beach, and most spectacularly “Third Reef,” whirls of blues and greens that swirl across amphitheater seats at the Brooks Street beach entrance. Walk a few blocks in town and one can easily encounter one of several public art works by Marlo Bartels, known […]

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Laguna in a Word: Wonder

Laguna in a Word: Wonder

[Wonder: a person, thing or event that causes astonishment and admiration...(Webster’s New World Dictionary)]   “Wonder” is the one word chosen to represent Laguna Beach that was unveiled Saturday at the site of a mural to be painted as part of the Power of Words Project. “Love, full of wonders and things….” goes the refrain […]