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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....

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...

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...

And the One Word That Describes Laguna Is. . .

The suspense ends Saturday, Jan. 28, with the public unveiling of the single word chosen from 1,100 words submitted by Laguna Beach residents to describe their hopes and aspirations for their city. This one powerful word will form the theme for a new mural produced by Laguna...

New Leaders Remake Art Scene

  A retrospective of Laguna Beach’s art scene in 2011 shows that high watermarks are likely to leave an indelible impression in the years to come, especially concerning major changes in the leadership of the art community. After 14 years at the helm of the Laguna Art Museum,...

Power of Words Transforms Defaced Canyon Wall

“Affirmation,” “Wisdom,” “Forgiven” and even “Levitation.” These words passersby, students and friends of Mia Tavonatti chalked onto a gray wall of the Laguna Canyon Winery, 2133 Laguna Canyon Road, this past Monday. After filling the entire wall, Tavonatti hosed off the evidence...

LCAD Instructor Wins Prestigious Prize

Mia Tavonatti, a part-time mural instructor at Laguna College of Art and Design, won the $250,000 top award at Michigan’s Art Prize, for her 13-foot tall stained glass mosaic of the crucifixion of Christ.   Originally commissioned by the St. Killian Catholic Church in...

Smoking Banned Near Downtown Shops

For nonsmokers, banning lighting up at the end of Forest Lane, a downtown alley beautified by a mural, is another strike for the cause. But for transient musician and long-time smoker Richard McLoud, who plays guitar with other street musicians there every night, it’s a personal...

Relay For Life Kicks Off

  More than 100 people attended the kickoff party for the 10th annual Relay For Life last week, raising $1,100 and registering seven more teams in preparation for Aug. 6 event at El Morro Elementary.  Julie Pendleton, a 25-year resident diagnosed last year with ovarian cancer,...

Laguna’s Newest Mural Adds Downtown Color

Given any sunny weekend, to say nothing of summer heat, throngs arrive in Laguna Beach, coming from far and wide, in all shapes and colors, ages and dispositions, armed with enough gear to lay siege to the town’s coastline. Streaming from the canyon to Main Beach, they also can...

Class Notes

Staying Connected to Teens Michael Riera, a published authority on children and teenagers, is the guest speaker Wednesday, May 18, at Coffee Break, the parent education workshop that begins at 8:15 a.m. at the Surf & Sand Hotel. Riera’s cornerstone philosophy is that parents...

Redo Planned for Erased Mural

The Laguna College of Art and Design and Laguna Canyon Winery reached an agreement to replace the large mural eradicated in March by winery proprietor Marlowe J. Huber, who wanted to replace it with a sign for his business. The now gray expanse will be covered by another mural...

Expecting a Public Apology for Mural’s DestructionExpecting a Public Apology for Mural’s Destruction

Editor,   Those who know me may think I’d be the last person to be writing this letter.  Frankly, I am surprised myself.  However, when I read about the loss of the LCAD mural this past week I was overcome with emotion. (“Mural Gone Missing Irks Artists,” March 25) I can...

Umbrage Over Lost Art

Editor, Regarding the mural that was recently destroyed in the canyon… (“Mural Gone Missing Irks Artists,” March 25 edition) I feel like there has been a premeditated murder in town and this winery should be boycotted by our townspeople and the artists.   Karen Petty,...

Mural Gone Missing Irks Artists

Since 2003, a wall-sized mural created by Laguna College of Art and Design instructor Mia Tavonatti and her students brightened a building near the campus occupied by Laguna Canyon Winery.   During the last week of February, it suddenly disappeared under a thick coat of gray...