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Take Your Own Laguna Art Tour

Amanda Fish’s “Black Plums” fits the City Hall show’s theme.

Experience art at your own pace on a self-guided tour of Laguna Beach’s gallery openings, artist demonstrations and receptions, entertainment and refreshments during First Thursday’s Artwalk, Thursday, June 7, from 6-9 p.m. The event is free to the public and so is the trolley service.

The first stop is a pre-event reception for the current exhibition at Laguna’s City Hall, “Art to Go,” at 5 p.m., 505 Forest Ave. The exhibition entitled “Black is Back” features 45 originals by Festival of Arts’ exhibitors where black figures in each piece.

Make a pit stop at the Laguna Art Museum book sale, benefiting the museum’s Carole Reynold’s Art Research Library. It houses one of the largest collections of California art books and catalogs and is run by volunteers including its namesake librarian.

The sale will feature 150 volumes of new and barely-used collectible art books and exhibition catalogues. Reynolds promises prices at least 50 percent below those of She welcomes California art book donations to add to the collection

See the museum exhibition free and sit in on the artist discussion Conversation With…Allison Schulnik at 7 p.m. Complimentary drinks will be served..

The following are Art Walk highlights from galleries around town: Robert Townsend and Scott Yeskel at Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Doug Stotts discussing new work at Bluebird Gallery; and resident artists at Studio 7 north and south demonstrate their technique. At Joanne Artman Gallery, the works of painter Patrick Maisano will be showcased in a new exhibition entitled “Fairy Tales and Monsters.”

Pick up an Art Walk brochure that includes a map and features the evening’s special events at most galleries.


A Heart For Art From The Start

Laguna Presbyterian Church will showcase its legacy of support for artists with an outdoor display of works by contemporary artists and a photo exhibit on church history that includes an early plein air painter on Thursday, June 7, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the rose garden, 415 Forest Ave.

Church founders included plein air painter Anna Hills (1882-1923), a Sunday school teacher, president of the Laguna Beach Art Association and an early pioneer in the establishment of what became the Laguna Art Museum.

For more information call the church office 949-494-7555.


‘Another Day in Paradise’ Dawns at Susi Q Gallery

A sample from the Susi Q exhibit.

Original artistic interpretations of Laguna Beach are featured in the newest show at Gallery Q at the Susi Q.

This show also features work by third grade students from El Morro Elementary School classes, “Old Laguna by Young Artists” which were created under the supervision of Sherry Bullard and the LOCA programs.  The colorful collages feature vintage photos of Laguna Beach against a backdrop of shades of warm and/or cool abstract forms created from tissue paper.

The public is again invited to vote for their favorites and forms are available at the front desk at the Susi Q. Voting ends Friday, June 1. An art reception and open house open to the public will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 1-2 p.m., 380 Third St.  The exhibit ends July 10.



Art Gallery Moving Downtown

CES Contemporary will hold its final show, Intra Fashion, through June 24 at its current location, 2075-2097 Laguna Canyon Rd., Unit B.

The gallery will relocate soon downtown in the defunct Video Laguna space on Ocean Avenue.


EC Galleries Opens its Doors

Exclusive Collections Galleries announces its new location at Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Highway.

EC Laguna Beach Gallery showcases the works of 12 different artists. For more info: visit


High-Concept Art Event Benefits Education Programs

A sample from the menu.

Laguna Art Museum’s  Palette to Palate fundraiser grossed approximately $150,000 for the museum’s education and exhibition programs earlier this month.

The $500 per person event, limited to 100 people, sold out within 48 hours.

The wine and cuisine prepared by Montage’s chef Craig Strong were complemented by the work of 10 artists, presented at each of the dining tables and throughout the museum’s largest gallery. In addition to art, the evening featured a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a live guitar trio.

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