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Editor, (This letter was sent to the Arts Commissioner and the city’s cultural arts manager, Sian Poeschl.) The art in public places program could use some help in regards to the selection process. Let’s start with stipends. The latest competition was for the LBPD memorial project. Each artist received a $300 stipend for about three […]

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So Many Walls To Go

So Many Walls To Go

Editor, After a four-year absence (Tustin Ranch…only miles away but far from Laguna…) we have returned to our home in Laguna. Each morning I drive Coast Highway and admire the art of Sandra Jones Campbell, “The Pastels,” on the wall next to Toes on the Nose and it always makes me smile…. And then I […]

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Sculptures Rejected for Lifeguard HQ

Sculptures Rejected for Lifeguard HQ

Both finalists in a $60,000 sculpture commission to embellish Laguna Beach’s lifeguard headquarters came away empty-handed when the city’s Art Commission unanimously rejected their proposals at a meeting Monday, Sept. 9. It was the second setback for the competition, which was subject to a second round of submissions after commissioners postponed the initial selection in […]

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Rescue Craft Shoves Off for Peak Season

Rescue Craft Shoves Off for Peak Season

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   For the first time, Laguna Beach lifeguards’ can now rely on their own rescue watercraft for patrol and rescue missions. Though deployed since Memorial Day weekend, the new addition to the marine safety department will be heralded with a christening ceremony on Main Beach, Saturday, June 8 at […]

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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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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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Complete Streets Roll Forward in San Clemente

Complete Streets Roll Forward in San Clemente

Editor:   Some cities are making the modern shift to a sustainable multi-modal mobility plan. On Wednesday night (Oct. 17) the San Clemente Planning Commission approved a new mobility plan into their city’s general plan. Some startling highlights from their comprehensive “Policy Framework – Draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan” follow: “We shall incorporate bicycle […]

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Keeping Time

Keeping Time

With Heisler Park’s amphitheater as their setting, Scott and Naomi Schoenherr last week assembled their public art installation, “Time Connected.” Taking as its theme nature’s own time clock, the work’s cogs and wheels takes inspiration from lunar and tidal cycles and embellishments from handmade ceramics representative of the native marine environment. Photo by Danielle Robbins

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Pedaling the Uncongested Path

Pedaling the Uncongested Path

Editor, I’m excited to introduce the new Laguna Bike Map, a guide to riding Laguna’s safe and scenic back roads. I know there has been debate over the safety of biking in our town, but with traffic congestion, parking issues, obesity problems, and an uncertain energy future, we can’t afford not to ride. Plus there […]

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Plein Air Contest is a Plain Success

Plein Air Contest is a Plain Success

The week-long, 13th Annual Laguna Beach Plein-Air Invitational was capped off last weekend with a collectors soirée and public art show at the Laguna Art Museum, both better attended and generating more sales than the year before. The 300 guests of the museum and Laguna Plein-Air Painters Association enjoyed food, libations and live jazz by […]

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Glass and Metal Artists Team Up for Winning Bench Project

Glass and Metal Artists Team Up for Winning Bench Project

Metal sculptor Larry Gill and glassblower Gavin Heath teamed up to design what may become Laguna Beach’s newest addition to its public art collection. The team, along with competing artist Michael Graham, presented their concepts to Arts Commission at its meeting Monday, Sept. 12. After careful deliberations involving structural soundness and public safety, the commission […]

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Four Finalists Vie for Sept. 11 Monument

Four Finalists Vie for Sept. 11 Monument

The Arts Commission is working quickly to award the commission for the city’s latest and unquestionably most poignant work of public art in order to speed its completion by the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. From 10 entrants who answered the call to compete for the unique opportunity of designing a memorial […]

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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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Lucky Laguna

Lucky Laguna

Editor: Laguna Beach is lucky to have Mark Porterfield. Mark has supported the arts in Laguna for over 10 years. He funded the Nautilus Bench on Forest Avenue as well as the restoration of Ruth Peabody’s “Boy and Dog”. Peabody’s piece is Laguna’s oldest public art work. Now, Mark is funding the shipment of the World […]