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Building Bridges Between Mediums

Ekphrasis, rooted in Greek, defines an interpretation of one form of art through another. Now, it is also the working title of an innovative commission, a first among a partnership of three Laguna Beach arts organizations that more typically present art rather than originate it....

Calls for Artists Who Sculpt the Sea

Laguna Beach is seeking applications from artists nationwide for a $60,000 sculpture commission for installation near the city’s lifeguard headquarters, under construction on Main Beach, the city’s cultural arts manager announced Tuesday. The Arts Commission is seeking a written...

Welcoming a Gateway Without Wires

Editor, I moved to Laguna Beach five years ago and heard about the village entrance project, thinking it was a monumental sculpture or gateway arch. I attended the recent meeting presenting proposals for the village entrance and was surprised to discover it is parking structure...

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...

Let’s Hear it for Laguna’s Art Stars

Laguna Concert Band Director Ed Peterson won a $5,000 Inspiration grant for his proposal to produce an original score for an animated student film while Heisler Park sculpture garden creators Scott and Naomi Schoenherr were declared artists of the year during Laguna Beach’s...

Dynamic Duo ‘on Board’ for More Collaboration

Laguna Beach glass blowing artist Gavin Heath, front, straddles “Tidepool Paddleboard,” the bench he created with local metal sculptor Larry Gill, at the dedication last Saturday, March 9 by Laguna Beach Mayor Kelly Boyd in Heisler Park. Beverly Kaye donated the funds for the...

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...

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...

Sculptor Featured at Artist Eye Laguna Gallery

Artist Eye Laguna Gallery, a cooperative venture featuring the works of 17 California artists, will spotlight new sculptures by artist John H. Stewart throughout October. An artist reception at 1294-A S. Coast Highway with live Celtic music by David Lally will be held at the...

Art-A-Fair Treats its Patrons for its 46th Anniversary

This Sunday, Aug. 12, Art-A-Fair invites visitors to enjoy the juried show at 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. for free for its 46th anniversary celebration. More than 125 artists exhibit an array of mediums, including painting, photography, ceramics, glass, sculpture, jewelry, mixed media...

Gallery Q Exhibit Showcases Myth and Imagination

More than 60 people attended an artist’s reception and awards presentation at Susi Q Senior Center’s Gallery Q last week. First place went to Marianne van der Veer for her work titled “Goddess of the Sea”, second place to Linda McInnis for “Sea Goddess”...

Home Again! Wayward Wyland Dolphins Return

A huge crate shipped recently from an airplane hanger in Minden, Nev., was pried open at Laguna Beach’s 484 North Gallery this past Monday to reveal Wyland’s iconic sculpture, “Dolphin Synchronicity,” absent from its native habitat since 2008. Valued at $159,000 by its owner, the...

Six Finalists Vie for Broadway Project

Six finalists were selected from among 25 letters of interest by the city’s Art Commission for each of two public art projects as part of a beautification plan for Laguna’s Broadway Street. The following finalists were selected: Alber & Luna De Matteis, John Barber, Marlo...

New Sculpture Adds to Campus Collection

The life-size sculpture, “Nureyev Heroic,” on long-term loan from renowned sculptor Richard MacDonald, was recently added to the Laguna College of Art & Design campus. MacDonald’s work has been showcased in numerous one-man exhibitions and is featured in private collections...

Saltfineart Holds 3rd Art Auction

The third annual Amazing Steals art auction begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 10, but is available for viewing this week at Saltfineart gallery, 1492 S. Coast Highway. On Sunday, a Baja-style lunch will be provided by Rasta Taco while gallery owner Carla Arzente and David...