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Complaints Over Music are Off Key

Editor, Dora Wexell at Seven Degrees has this completely backwards (“Music Fest Wins New Fans,” April 11).  A wedding venue has no business being next door to the Sawdust Festival. Why should the Sawdust Festival have to negotiate? The Sawdust Festival has been here for 50 years....

Music Fest Wins New Fans

Organizer and promoter Rick Conkey agreed to some unusual concessions in setting up last month’s Blue Water Green Earth Music Festival. Besides hiring police for security, keeping an ambulance on standby, he agreed to pull the plug on amplified music for 30 minutes Saturday...

Grants Contest Nears for Inspired Artists

Feb. 7 is the deadline for artists considering submitting applications for the Seven Degrees of Inspiration Grant, administered by the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts. The grant is conceived as a way for the winner to expand and diversify his/her audience and to provide an...

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...

Betty Louise Striley

Betty Louise Striley, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away with her family by her bedside Feb. 18 at the age of 86. A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, at Seven-Degrees from 2-6 p.m.

Hero Fest Recognizes Local Standouts

The fifth annual Laguna Hero Fest, hosted by Laguna Beach’s nonprofit My Hero Project, recognizes local heroes working to effect positive change and local students who have produced art and short films in honor of their role models and celebration of the community. The event will...

Hero Fest Calls For Submissions

The My Hero Project is now accepting submissions to the fifth annual Laguna Hero Fest. Artists, photographers, poets, writers, musicians & filmmakers are all invited to submit work honoring local heroes. If someone you admire is working to make the world a better place then...

Wanted: Everyday Heroes

At the fifth annual Laguna Hero Festival, nonprofit My Hero Project looks to showcase original stories, art and short videos less than 10 minutes long that celebrate heroes and organizations of Laguna who make a positive difference in the world. Submission deadline is Sept. 7 to...

Seven Degrees Hosts Plein Air Exhibit

The 50 members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association invite the public to a showing and sale of their work at Seven Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd., through June 29.  

Honoring Their Best and Brightest

Exhibitor Jorg Dubin found himself unceremoniously ejected from Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts in 1989 for a rules infraction over hosting an overly raucous party honoring his musical idol, Elvis Presley. He was similarly banned from the Sawdust Festival too. In a measure of...

Liquescent Premier at 6th Annual Art Star Awards

The short art film documentary ‘’Liquescent’’ by artist Roark Gourley will have its premier at the sixth annual Art Star Awards on Sunday, April 1.   The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts will premiere the film, a result of the artist’s year-long endeavor which was funded...

Artists of Disparate Media Find Common Ground

The show “So Close/So Far” features two Laguna Beach artists whose mediums and aesthetics could not be farther apart. Or so one might think. But glass artist Sian Poeschl and photographer Suzi Chauvel reveal much in common when it comes to creative inspiration. In this show, the...

Grieving Over Purloined Art

Editor, Where’d she go? I can’t believe I didn’t notice she was missing. The wall looks so blank. Who would take her? They came into my fenced yard to steal her off the side of my house. Was it the same person who took my cat? Things have been disappearing for...

Diverse Palette Painted for Art Walk

Laguna’s cultural art scene gears up for First Thursdays Art Walk on July 7, beginning with the city’s dedication of the sculpture “Breaching Whale” by Jon Seeman at 5 p.m., in Heisler Park at Rockpile Beach. In galleries throughout town, visitors will see artists in action...

Join Relay For Life Kick Off

The American Cancer Society invites those touched by cancer to join its Relay For Life kickoff rally, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at Seven Degrees. This free event is open to the entire community and will include food, a cash bar, photo booth, a silent auction,...
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