Art Seen


Visitors Enter the Artist’s Studio for a Night

Allen McKenzie’s “Ocean Paradise” blooms at Signature Gallery.
Allen McKenzie’s “Ocean Paradise” blooms at Signature Gallery.

With tarps and tables, cans of paints and palette knifes, visitors to The Signature Gallery will get a glimpse inside a working artist studio during the Thursday, Oct. 2, Artwalk. Artist Allen McKenzie will be demonstrating his thick textured painting style from 6-9 p.m. on 220 Forest Ave.

A Los Angeles gel acrylic artist, McKenzie takes the impasto technique, the building up of thick texture in painting, to the next level by using a palette knife on canvas to create three-dimensional paintings with paint extending three inches off the canvas.



The ABCs of Gaining Entry to Laguna’s Festivals

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) hosts the leaders from the town’s three art festivals for a 11 a.m. panel discussion on Sunday Sept. 28, on the Sawdust Festival grounds.

Panelists include Teri Powers, vice president of marketing at Art-A-Fair; Ron Morrissette, exhibits director at Festival of Arts; and Tom Klingenmeier, general manager at Sawdust Art Festival.

Topics covered will include the artist application and jurying processes, unique aspects of each festival and plans for next summer.

Teri Powers
Teri Powers

A complimentary champagne brunch is included. Admission is free to members, and $20 for guests in advance or $25 at the door. Visit the membership page at or email [email protected]. 949 363-4700.





Sandstone Gallery Opens New Show

“Figures in the Abstract,” acrylic paintings on canvas by Hyatt Moore will be featured in the Sandstone Gallery beginning Thursday, Oct. 2, along with “Stream of Consciousness,” oil paintings on canvas by Jong Ro.

Also exhibiting in the gallery at 384 A N Coast Highway are local artists Howard Hitchcock, Ann Kim, Sunny Kim, Mada Leach, Anne Moore, Lawrence Terry and Lynn Welker.

Meet the artists during Art Walk on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 6-9 p.m.


New California Paintings Shown at Pacific Edge

: "View From Dartmoor," one of Taylor’s scenes from a Laguna Beach hillside included in the exhibit.
 “View From Dartmoor,” one of Taylor’s scenes from a Laguna Beach hillside included in the exhibit.

A new collection of oils painted on location throughout the Golden State by California artist Bryan Mark Taylor opens Saturday, Sept. 27, at Pacific Edge Gallery in Laguna Beach.

The artist will be present for the 5 to 8 p.m. reception for his works, 30 paintings created in plein air style of landscapes, seascapes, and city scenes of California.



Thiebaud Makes Connections in Laguna

The public is invited to the opening of “Connections,” celebrating Wayne Thiebaud’s influence on Jian Wang and the artist’s lasting legacy, at Dawson Cole Fine Art, 326 Glenneyre St., 6- 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Connections highlights the different perspectives arrived at by the two Bay area artists.

Please call 949-497-4988 to RSVP.

Susi Q Invites Participation in Art & Nature

Artists from Orange County are invited to bring their work to Gallery Q, 380 Third St., for an exhibit, “Art & Nature-The Inner Soul,” on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or Oct. 2 from 3-5 p.m. Come by the front desk for guidelines and an application form.

An artist’s reception, free and open to the public, with beverages and light snacks will take place from 4:30- 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10. The exhibit will run from Oct. 6 through December.

For additional information contact Judy Baker at [email protected].


New Exhibit Takes Shape

A sample of Ira Reines work to be shown at a Laguna gallery.
A sample of Ira Reines work to be shown at a Laguna gallery.

Galerie Simard Bilodeau, 1945 Laguna Canyon Road, plans a red carpet art exhibition with sculptor Ira Reines, who will give a live figurative sculpting demonstration from 6-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4.

Reines’ work is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institute and in the private collections of Elton John and Elizabeth Taylor.


Artist Shows Nature Inspired Works

Kara Lee’s “Crystal Cove” is part of new Artist Eye gallery exhibit
Kara Lee’s “Crystal Cove” is part of new Artist Eye gallery exhibit

Coinciding with ArtWalk, a reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, for Kara Lee at Artist Eye Gallery, 1294 S. Coast Highway.

Her new series of acrylic paintings on canvas entitled “Beautiful California,” bursts with vibrant colors and a distinctive style.




Art and Nature Exhibit Returns for Fall

A work from Art Cube’s newest exhibition.
A work from Art Cube’s newest exhibition.

“Suspended Beliefs,” a nature inspired, mixed media exhibition featuring work by Bonny Leibowitz and Sanja Simidzija, explores a wide range of organic materials and objects. The exhibit opens at Art Cube Gallery, 266 Forest Ave., on Nov. 6 and runs through Dec. 2.






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