Art Seen

 Free Film Features Photographer Bill Cunningham


The Arts Commission’s Friday Flicks at the Forum presents a free screening of the film, “Bill Cunningham New York,” about New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, on Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Festival of Arts Forum Theatre.

The film is a portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace. This film is not rated and has a running time of 84 minutes. This program was funded by Laguna Beach residents Steve Chadima and Mark Porterfield.



The Calidore Quartet Debuts Sunday


The Calidore Quartet opens its week in residency for the Laguna Beach Music Festival with a free concert Sunday

Laguna Beach Live! presents the Calidore Quartet for their First Sunday free chamber music concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Laguna College of Art & Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd. This marks the quartet’s first performance of their week in residency at the 2012 Laguna Beach Music Festival.

Formed in 2010 at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, the Calidore String Quartet features violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi.

Using an amalgamation of “California” and “doré”, (French for “golden”), the ensemble’s name represents a reverence for the diversity of culture and the strong support it has received from its home base in California, the golden state.

The College Art Gallery opens at 2 p.m. offering concert-goers the chance for a pre-concert visit. For more information visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call 949-715-9713.





Artman Displays ‘Exuberant’ Works by America Martin


Blush Hour by Amercia Martin is part of a new exhibit at JoAnne Artman Gallery

JoAnne Artman Gallery, 326 N. Coast Hwy., will display “Exuberance,” an exhibit of new works by Colombian-American fine artist America Martin, through March 30.

Based in Los Angeles, Martin travels between mediums, and her favorite landscape is that of the human form. Her work is distinguished by a command of line and color, making playful reference to both classic and indigenous art forms.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday or by appointment: 949-510-5481. For more info, visit http://www.joanneartmangallery.com.



Immersion into Laguna Creek Painting


Olivia Batchelder will showcase her artwork for Artist Open Studios on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Louis Longi Studios, 20432 Laguna Canyon Rd. Batchedler invites the public to see how she paints in her “magical” Laguna Creek environment, try silk painting for themselves and take home a painting of their own creation. For more information visit www.oliviabatchedler.com or call 949-280-9785.



Jewelry Gallery Hosts Champagne Reception


Silver Blue & Gold gallery of contemporary studio jewelry, 1492 S. Coast Hwy. #5, hosts a Valentine’s Day inspired exhibition of jewelry by Laura Carley and Karin Worden through Feb. 29, with a special champagne reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. Meet the artists, enjoy refreshments and peruse one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces with live music performed by Joy Shannon. More info: 949-715-3000 or silverblueandgold.com.




TanKoi Show Celebrates Chinese New Year


TanKoi celebrates 15 days of Lunar Chinese New Year with their exhibit, “TanKoi Group Artists Paintings: 9 Powerful Artists in year of Dragon,” which includes the artists Fitz Maurice, Negin Rod, Airom Bleicher, Lana Gaidarski, Susan Moss, Stuart Rapeport, Gloria Fickling, Marilynn Young and Joseph Scrofani.

The showcase will be available for viewings from 12 to 5 p.m. by appointment through Monday, Feb. 6. RSVP by contacting TanKoi at 949-267-8085 or  [email protected] (include guest names).




LagunaTunes Seeks Singers


LagunaTunes will begin spring rehearsals on Tues. Feb 7, from 6:45 to 9 p.m. in the band room at Thurston Middle School, and the tunefully inclined are encouraged to join in!

Directors Roxanna Ward and Christin Cornell are prepared with a new set of songs for the spring concert. For more information, contact Angela Irish at 949-637-3140.




No Square Holds Singing Auditions


No Square Theatre will hold singing auditions for “More or Loesser,” the second production in their Americah Songbook concert series, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, at Legion Hall, 384 Legion St.

Conceived and directed by Joe Lauderdale with musical direction by Roxanna Ward, “More or Loesser” will be a concert of the music of Frank Loesser, composer of “Guys and Dolls” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’” as well as popular songs of the 30s and 40s such as “I Don’t Want to Walk Without You,” “Slow Boat to China,” and “Heart and Soul.”

Male and female singers, aged 16 and up, are needed to interpret songs out of the context of a show, as well as Loesser’s pop songs of the era. Those auditioning should prepare approximately 36 bars of one up-tempo and one ballad musical theatre song, though they may not be asked to sing both. To schedule an audition appointment, e-mail Joe Lauderdale at [email protected]. There is no pay, and there will be no callbacks.

Rehearsals begin the week of Feb. 20, with possible early rehearsals called the week of Feb. 13. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17.



Documentary Follows Surfer Saving Dolphins


The Laguna Beach Film Society will screen the documentary, “Minds in the Water,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, at the Forum Theater inside the Festival of the Arts Grounds. The film follows professional surfer Dave Rastovich from Australia to Alaska and Japan’s Takigi (“The Cove”) Bay on his quest to protect dolphins, whales, and the oceans we all share.

Tickets are $15 ($10 for students with ID) at the door, 15 minutes before the screening.




Pageant Tickets Specially Priced for Valentines


The Pageant of the Masters is running a special Valentine’s deal, offering Director’s Tier Side Tickets for $14 now through Feb. 14. The offer applies to Sunday through Thursday evening performances only. The Pageant of the Masters runs from July 7 through Aug. 31.

“It doesn’t get more romantic than watching the Pageant of the Masters under the stars,” said Festival of Arts marketing and public relations manager Sharbie Higuchi. “The show makes for a great date night, a fun outing with friends, or just a memorable evening to share with someone special.”

Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-487-3378, or online at www.PageantTickets.com.




Art-A-Fair Calls Artists for Jury Day


Seeking new artists for its 2012 show, the Laguna summer art festival Art-A-Fair is holding its jury day on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd. The festival’s 46th annual season will be held June 29 to Sept. 2.

Artists are invited to bring their artwork between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. to be juried by professional fine artists and master crafts-persons. The jury will look for excellence in conception, execution and presentation as well as high levels of creativity and technical competence. All media may be submitted for jurying, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, mixed media, digital art, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography and wood. Artists may jury with more than one medium.

For additional information and forms for submission, including the exhibitor prospectus and application checklist, visit www.art-a-fair.com, or call 949-494-4514 with specific questions. Art-A-Fair is located at 777 Laguna Canyon Rd.



Festival of Arts Scholarships Available


The Festival of Arts is now accepting scholarship applications from all students who either reside in Laguna Beach or attend Laguna Beach High School. Applications are available online at www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org or at the Festival of Arts office, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. The deadline for submission is March 16.

For over 50 years, the Festival of Arts scholarship program has supported rising young artists by making it possible for students to pursue college studies in the arts. The four-year, highly competitive scholarships are awarded to students who excel in film, performing arts (dance, music and theatre arts- including performance and production), visual arts and writing.  Applicants may apply for any or all of the four categories, but will only be awarded one scholarship.

Scholarship awards begin at a minimum of $1,000 and can be renewed for a total of four one-year scholarships. Last year, the Festival of Arts awarded $20,000 to graduating seniors for the 2011 – 2012 academic year.


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