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Design House Crowns a Laguna Hilltop

Welcome lookie-loos! Tis the season for house and garden tours and here’s one for a good cause. The annual Philharmonic House of Design, now in its 20th year, finally celebrates its debut in Laguna Beach, a to-be-expected month-long luxe open house extravaganza that kicked off...

A Mother’s Love Aims to Return a Sculpture to its Pedestal

Sculptor Steven Harmon’s abstract “Cathexis” of intertwining metallic scrolls once enjoyed great popularity, recalled the late artist’s mother, Irvine’s Alice Harmon. Children in Riddle Field liked to climb it. Some likened it to a Christmas ornament, becoming a favorite backdrop...

Vandals Deface Laguna’s Memorial to 9/11

Artist Jorg Dubin visits “Semper Memento,” Laguna Beach’s memorial to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, every two or three weeks to dust off the public art work in Heisler Park. The Dubin-designed sculpture consists of a pentagonal base holding two beams from the...

Cops Join Museum’s Opening Night

Some of the Los Angeles Police Department’s top brass attended last Saturday’s opening at the Laguna Art Museum of “Mi Obra” (my work), paintings and sculptures by Victor Hugo Zayas. The native of Mexico has lived and worked in South Los Angeles and witnessed violence’s toll over...

Arts Projects Remain in Limbo

After much discussion and input by 15 speakers, Laguna Beach’s Arts Commission on Monday could not determine the fate of “Cathexis,” a weather-eroded sculpture donated by the late Steven Harmon that had been removed from Riddle Field as a potential safety hazard. A year ago, the...

Making Art in Cuba Exacts a Price

Salt Fine Art’s ¡Cuba! exhibition, featuring multi-media works imbued with sly political commentary by 11 artists, opened early this month with something missing: most the artists were absent. Part of gallery owner Carla Tesak Arzente’s planning included making arrangements to...

Gallery Row’s New Occupant Brings an Edge

            “On the Edge: Statements in Black and White” is the title of the inaugural exhibition that marks the opening of the S Cube Gallery, a venue for contemporary art that replaces the former Rohrer Gallery that specialized, for the most part, in traditional art and...

Galleries Hit by Art Thefts

Art thieves targeting neighboring Laguna Beach galleries in the 500 block of Coast Highway have stolen $8,000 worth of sculptures in three separate recent incidents. The most recent heists occurred last Friday, Nov. 4, at Wyland Gallery and Townley Gallery, where men secreted...

Laguna Receives Monks’ Blessings

Seven Tibetan monks skilled in the sacred art of sand mandala painting as well as butter sculpture, costumed dance and chanting are making a second annual sojourn to Laguna Beach next week. The monks, who have studied the ceremonial arts for up to 10 years at the Gaden Jangtse...

SchoolPower Kicks Off School Year at Claes

SchoolPower continues its tradition of kicking off the new school year with its first fundraiser on Monday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. in Hotel Laguna’s Claes Ovation restaurant, named after hotelier Claes Andersen. The event features Executive Chef Paul Bauer, who has prepared a...

Musings on the Coast

Tribute to a Tragedy This last Sunday in Heisler Park, precisely at 11 a.m. on Sept. 11, the 10-year dedication began with bagpipes playing and the assembled crowd silent. The ceremony was to commemorate the official unveiling of artist Jorg Dubin’s 9/11 sculpture. It features...
Posted On 14 Sep 2011

Uneducated Patriots?

Editor,   For those who regard our new ‘sculpture’ in Heisler Park as patriotic art.   Today is 9/11 and I heard the host of the OC Television Channel say,   “Half of all Americans polled cannot tell you what year 9/11 occurred.”   If...

Laguna’s Mayor Avoids Traffic Collision

A driver whose foot-gear apparently became entangled in the accelerator pedal crashed head-on into a car parked downtown Tuesday afternoon just in front of a vehicle driven by Mayor Toni Iseman. Iseman, who was heading toward the water on Ocean Avenue, said she recalled the...

Sept. 11 Installation Underway

Though the months long reconstruction of Heisler Park ended before the summer season got underway, a contingent of joggers, dog walkers and tourists encountered what looked to be a construction truck loaded with steel beams this week. The unsuspecting audience witnessed the...

Rodin Chaser Assails LCAD’s Exhibit

Florida printmaker and art dealer Gary Arseneau continues to earn his moniker “the Rodin chaser,” this time pursuing the record-setting Rodin exhibition at the Laguna College of Art and Design. Arseneau is a self-appointed sleuth hunting for forgeries among French sculptor...