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And the One Word That Describes Laguna Is. . .

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 College of Art and Design students on the […]

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New Leaders Remake Art Scene

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, longtime executive director, Bolton Colburn, abruptly resigned […]

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Power of Words Transforms Defaced Canyon Wall

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 two days later at the urging of the city code enforcement’s officer in […]

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LCAD Instructor Wins Prestigious Prize

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 Mission Viejo, “The Crucifixion,” was crafted from small, hand-cut stained glass […]

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Smoking Banned Near Downtown Shops

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 blow.  “I’m here everyday so I’m sure I’m the […]

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Relay For Life Kicks Off

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, was named this year’s honoree and relay queen, relay […]

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Laguna's Newest Mural Adds Downtown Color

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 see a stylized likeness of themselves […]

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Class Notes

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 of teens should shift from being authoritarian managers to collaborative consultants. […]

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Redo Planned for Erased Mural

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 designed and executed by LCAD students […]

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

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 only imagine my community […]

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Umbrage Over Lost Art

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, Laguna Beach

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Mural Gone Missing Irks Artists

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 paint, a mystery that soon unraveled but provoked the […]

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Artist at Work on 9/11 Tribute

Artist at Work on 9/11 Tribute

Fitz Maurice, an artist with local roots, is currently painting a portion of a 500-foot tribute mural that is expected to travel the country, marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Maurice will be at work on a five-foot by 12-foot section of the mural through Jan. 15 in a temporary studio […]

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Laguna’s Top 10 News Stories of 2009

Laguna’s Top 10 News Stories of 2009

2009 was a year of firsts for Laguna. First off, the town almost lost the hospital where, for 50 years, many of its native sons and daughters were born. Under a new name and new owners, the hospital is focusing on emergency service and acute care as its lifeline.   Another first, or at least […]