Developing a Collective Voice
The Artists’ Collective from the Friendship Shelter in Laguna Beach will be showing their work alongside Karen Redding’s photography on Nov. 5 at downtown Santa Ana’s First Saturday Art Walk.
Now in its second year, the Collective was originally created to help artists emerging from homelessness and often addiction regain their voices and their self-esteem through their art. “Now,” said Mark Miller, the Friendship Shelter’s associate executive director, “we’re trying to develop a collective voice.” Miller, a theater artist, recently joined the group and said, “We’re all in the mix together. We’re all trying to find our way.”
The art – and the personal growth – of the Artists’ Collective will be on display at Martinez Frame & Design at 205 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.
The Artists’ Collective is one of the support services provided by the Friendship Shelter, Laguna’s oldest rehabilitative program designed to help 32 homeless adults achieve self-sufficiency.
LOCA’s Workshop Makes an Eco Splash
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon offers art workshops with an environmental message on Saturday, Nov. 5., beginning at 8:45 a.m.
The workshops include a docent led tour and a close up view of seals and sea lions. Following the tour, LOCA artist Sue Linder will show the class how to make a sea lion print, using a rolling press. All supplies are included. The class is beginner-level and finished art is yours to take home.
The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for ages 6-18 accompanied by an adult.
Advance registration is required to 949-363-4700.
Exposure for Record Breaking Photograph
“The Great Picture: The World’s Largest Photograph & The Legacy Project,” a multimedia exhibition that tells the story behind what the Guinness Book of World Records acknowledges as the world’s largest pinhole camera, also known as a camera obscura, opens with a public reception at the Orange County Great Park Saturday, Nov. 5, 7-9 p.m.
This exhibition documents how the Legacy Project artists, including Laguna Beach’s Mark Chamberlain, activated their gigantic camera to create the world’s largest photograph. The Great Picture was created in an F-18 hangar at the decommissioned Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro in 2006 before the military base began to transition into the Orange County Great Park. When fully unfurled, this landmark photographic achievement is three stories tall, eleven stories wide. The Legacy Project exhibition will be on display at the Great Park gallery from Nov. 5 to Jan. 29.
The exhibit includes a special walk-in camera obscura (pin hole camera) in the Artists Studio building that visitors can experience at the opening reception or on subsequent Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pacific Edge Visits Another Coastline
The Pacific Edge Gallery, 540 S. Coast Highway, this Saturday, Nov. 5, hosts a reception for “New Paintings From England and Provence,” featuring 40 new oils painted on location in Europe by Laguna Beach artist Maria Bertran.
The show will open with an artist’s reception open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m., and continue through Dec. 16.
SEEDS Nurtures Plein Air Painting in Kids
SEEDS will be working with Laguna Beach artist Doug Stotts to offer a plein air painting class for kids, on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SEEDS has partnered with the Hortense Miller Garden to provide a natural setting for the class venue, which will focus on the fundamentals of plein air painting.
For $20 for friends of SEEDS and $25 for the public, children age 8 to 10 will leave with a one-of-a-kind piece of art, and some materials will be provided by Crystal Cove Alliance.
Coloring a Passion for Watercolor
Laguna Outreach for Community Arts presents workshops with watercolor expert Geri Medway at the Susi Q center on Nov. 9 and 16.
On Nov. 9 while painting a water lily, students will learn how to mix colors from three primary colors and use a brush as a total tool. On Nov. 16, students will be taught how to simplify landscape by painting with a series of shapes by using images of half dome at Yosemite as their subject.