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Candidates Support a New Arts Center

Candidates Support a New Arts Center

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy A year-round cultural arts venue, nudity in public art and the city’s role in fostering a creative environment were among the issues addressed by seven City Council candidates at a forum held last Saturday, Sept. 20. The candidates all proclaimed their strong support for the arts in general, though […]

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A ‘Circuitous’ Path Leads to Arts Commission

A ‘Circuitous’ Path Leads to Arts Commission

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent As a metalworker, glassblower, landscape architect and lighting designer, Carmen Salazar’s experiences as an artist span across varied terrain. Describing her career path as “circuitous,” Salazar’s pursuit of many different art forms all seem relevant to her newest role on the Laguna Beach Arts Commission, which provides advisory […]

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Lifeguards Unveil New Headquarters

Lifeguards Unveil New Headquarters

The public is invited to celebrate the official opening of the Laguna Beach Lifeguard Headquarters at a ribbon cutting ceremony and public art dedication at 4 p.m. on June 20. The Lifeguard Headquarters will be open to the public for tours and light refreshments will be served

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Commission Awards Art Project, Hears From a Critic

Commission Awards Art Project, Hears From a Critic

In a divided vote, the city’s Arts Commission selected Los Angeles’ Shin Gray Studios as the winner of a public bench and mural commission at its meeting on Monday, where a local artist also criticized the commission for its “insulting” compensation for artist proposals. Sculptor and installation artist Kyungmi Shin, working in partnership with photographer […]

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Flaws Emerge in Awarding Public Art

Flaws Emerge in Awarding Public Art

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 […]