Art Seen


Revealing the Ingenuity of Ekstrom

An example from Ekstrom's studio.

Through the talents of sculptor Cheryl Ekstrom and gallery entrepreneur Sanja Simidzija emerges a unique opportunity to step into the inner sanctum of the artist.


“The Elegance of Ugly”, which opened at the Art Cube gallery Thursday, June 16, and continues through June 30, transforms the gallery into a replica of Ekstrom’s studio, allowing visitors to enter the artistic mind and become closer to comprehending her methods. A special evening with the artist is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, from 7-9 p.m., 266 Forest Avenue.


Ekstrom believes that the discarded object can be reborn through her sculptural interpretation into a work of art that intrigues the viewer.


The local resident has twice won public art commissions; her works are installed in Treasure Island Park at the Montage resort and in north Laguna’s Jahraus Park.


RSVP at 949.376.8800. All are welcome. For viewing online visit the gallery website:

All-Media Show Steals Bank Space

The Community Art Project gallery in Wells Fargo Bank was refreshed this week with a variety of media from local artists for a summer-long show, according to curator Pat Sparkuhl.

The public is invited to join the exhibiting artists at a reception Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the second-floor gallery, 260 Ocean Ave.

Art-a-Fair opens for its summer season on Wednesday.

Art-A-Fair Opens its 45th Season

Art-A-Fair begins its 45th season on June 24 and will exhibit art from 125 artists and master craftsmen through Aug. 28.


The show will also feature daily art workshops taught by professional, juried artists, live entertainment, and special activities.


One-time admission is $7 for adults, which serves as a season pass. Visit Art-A-Fair on July 4 to take advantage of the show’s customer appreciation day and receive complimentary admission.


Photography artist Linda Berman is among the 23 new artists selected for the 2011 show. Specializing in travel photography for 15 years, Berman changed her focus to car culture two years ago. Her photography on metal art is distinguished by awards from the Professional Photographers of America and the 2011 Kodak Silver Bullet Award.


The show’s 2011 entertainment line-up will draw music enthusiasts Thursday through Sunday. Ballroom dancers will want to visit on select Friday nights for instruction. This new genre joins Art-A-Fair’s full complement of pop, rock, classical guitar, eclectic violin, soul, Latin jazz, sax, Dixieland, blue grass, R&B, piano, 60’s surf and more.


The show opens daily at 10 a.m.


Visitors may also want to take advantage of the $19 Passport to the Arts, a summer long pass to the three Laguna art festivals. Order online at by calling 949.497.0521 or at each festival’s box office.


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