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Mars’ “Plus the Status,” toys with a Hollywood icon.

Pop Art Invades Via Mars

JoAnne Artman Gallery hosts Robert Mars first solo exhibition: “Mars Attacks!” at 326 N. Coast Highway through Oct. 31

The mixed media artist explores Americans’ fixation with the iconic. By using symbols from mass media culture, Mars both critiques our culture’s fascination with celebrity and consumerism, while indulging his own nostalgia for America’s golden age of advertising. Deeply influenced by Pop Art, Mars appropriates vintage ephemera into new forms that invite the viewer to question their own relationship to these symbols.

Museum Woos Star of Light and Space Genre

The California Art Award will be given to pioneering Light and Space artist Peter Alexander at an exclusive dinner on Sept. 27 at the Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to California art.

Dinner will follow a 6:30 p.m. reception with music. An after-party lounge with guest speakers, curator Michael Auping and Alexander’s longtime friend and artist Don Bachardy, will reflect on contemporary art and the artist’s life and career.

To purchase tickets contact Sarah Strozza at 949.494.8971 x219.

Champagne Reception for Artist Royo

Artist Royo will host a solo exhibition from 6-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday Sept. 19­20 at Exclusive Collections Galleries, 417 S. Coast Highway.   Royo’s impressionist oil paintings tell a story about his native Spain and will be paired with a free­to­attend champagne reception and live music at the gallery.

 

Attend a Balancing Act in the Lab

SEEDS Arts and Education will offer students ages 10-14 an art lab from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 13, 20 and 27 in studio #10, 2307 Laguna Canyon Road.

Artist Isabelle Cordemans will lead the creative art laboratory; participants will not make finished pieces but rather document the process to make a collective digital portfolio of the constructions, which will be taken apart and put back together again in multiple ways.    Register at www.seedsed.org. Three class fee: $75.

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