Art Seen


Sculptor Included in NY Armory Art Fair

A sample of Stephanie Bachiero’s work.

Laguna Beach artist Stephanie Bachiero will show her minimalist ceramic sculptures at New York’s Armory Show, March 3-6, a fair devoted to arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities.

Bachiero, 28, began working in clay in 2003 while recovering from a stroke. Recently, she has been part of a three-person show at Laguna Beach’s Peter Blake Gallery. Last year her elegant, ribbon-like sculptures were exhibited in “Revealing Culture,” at the International Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute.

“Art has helped me recover myself and my culture and an understanding of the world around me,” said Bachiero before taking off for New York.

VSA is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


Last Weekend for Flicks and Open Studios

This weekend marks the last in the series of the Friday Flicks at the Forum and the last Artist Open Studios event for the season.

Film screening

Friday Flicks offers a free screening of “We Are Together” at 7 p.m. tonight, March 4, at the Forum Theatre on the Festival of Arts grounds. This South African documentary, filmed over the course of three years, follows a group of children at an orphanage who use music to create the home and family they so very much need.

Artist Open Studios tour

The final Artist Open Studios event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Using the free shuttle service, anyone interested can take this free, self-guided tour of the creative spaces of 22 of Laguna’s best artists. Park for free at Laguna College of Art and Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road and catch the shuttle there to begin the tour.  A map of locations is available at, the Visitors and Conference Bureau, the city’s Cultural Arts Department and at the artist studios.

Capturing Tide Pools with a Paintbrush

Artist September McGee

In a collaboration with the Ocean Foundation, Laguna Outreach for Community Arts presents “Watercolors on the Beach” art classes, to be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on three Sundays, March 13, April 10, and May 22. Advance registration is required.

This family-oriented activity will be held outdoors at Treasure Island Beach in South Laguna. Jake Bonus, the Ocean Foundation’s educational director, will start things off with a tide pool tour, introducing participants to the various urchins, starfish and crab inhabitants, following which artist September McGee will lead a beginner-level watercolor class. No prior experience is needed.

Participants will take home finished art, along with a tote bag, watercolor kit, gel pen, and pencil. A towel and snack will also be provided, courtesy of the Montage Resort.

The fee is $35 for adults and $20 for ages 6 and up. To register, contact LOCA at [email protected], or 949-363-4700, or visit

The Future Arrives Shortly

An example from the AR4T Space exhibit.

Walt Disney once said “tomorrow can be a wonderful age.” He also said, “If anybody gets highbrow around the studio, out he goes.”

In this spirit, 210 Artist Republic for Tomorrow exhibits “Futureland,” 17 views of the future through the eyes of graphic designers given free reign to communicate their vision. The only rule that the idea be materialized in the form of a 30 x 40″ Tomorrowland style poster.

The gallery, 210 N. Pacific Coast Highway, is open Friday, March 4th, 5-7 p.m.; Saturday, March 5, 3-6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 6, 3-6 p.m.

Sharpening Up Behind the Lens

One of Mary Hurlbut’s landscape works.

Laguna photographer Mary Hurlbut is offering a four-hour introductory class to digital photography for beginners on the grounds of the Sawdust Art Festival.

Participants can choose March 12,19, 26 or April 2, all from 1-5 p.m.

Hurlbut promises to teach the art of seeing light, while also answering technical questions answered in plain English.

She urges participants to bring their digital camera, manual, a laptop computer if you have one, and walking shoes.

The price is $85 per person and class size is under six people.

Register at:


Women Artist Find Their Season

Painters, jewelers, knitters, and furniture makers will gather to sell their creations at the Spring Women Artists Boutique on Sunday, March 13, at the Woman’s Club.

The event, which gives women artists an opportunity to sell their handcrafted art, will also benefit the Women and Family Assistance Center, a division of the Woman’s Club, that aids women and their families by distributing holiday presents, school supplies, and food while directing those in need to community resources. Shoppers will have an opportunity to taste wine and listen to live music at this free event, from noon to 5 p.m. at the clubhouse, 286 St. Ann’s Drive.


Artist Eye Features Portraitist with East-West Influences

Artist Enzie Shahmiri

Artist Eye Laguna Gallery will feature the works of professional portrait artist and Orientalist painter Enzie Shahmiri through March 31, and the gallery will host a reception for the artist from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.

Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1960 to a German mother and Iranian father, Shahmiri spent her early years first in Germany and then in Iran, which prompts her to say her cradle was kissed by the winds of the East and West. Years of moving across the globe ensued, before she married and finally settled down in Southern California with her family.

Shahmiri continues to travel and capture images of people from around the globe in her work.

The cooperative gallery featuring the works of 18 artists is located at 1294-A S. Coast HighwayFor more information, visit, or call 497-5898.






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