Art Seen

One of the Harold Kramer works from the Chouinard Foundation collection.
One of the Harold Kramer works from the Chouinard Foundation collection.

Opening a Window Into the Chouinard Legacy

McCollum opens an exhibit showcasing the Chouinard Foundation, whose collection includes numerous works donated by students and instructors from the legendary Choinard Art Institute in Los Angeles.

The opening is from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 206 N. Coast Highway.

The show is curated from the donated collection of work by renowned Chouinard artist and teacher Harold Kramer.

Orange County designer Robert Perine and Los Angeles artist Dave Tourje created the foundation in 1999. The latter bought the South Pasadena home of the legendary art educator Nelbert Chouinard, who founded the Chouinard Art Institute in 1921.



Tapping the Fire Within

Randy O'Brien's volcanic rock vessels.
Randy O’Brien’s volcanic rock vessels.

Volcanic rock potter Randy O’Brien is showing his newest vessel collection at Signature Gallery, 220 Forest Ave.

The works displayed in the “Ceramics on Fire” show are created with 40 layers of a mixture of volcanic ash and metallic oxides. They are slowly fired to render a crusty appearance that takes six weeks to complete. Each vessel possesses a distinctly three-dimensional surface, with no two pieces exhibiting the same patterns.







Contemporary Artists Redefine Art and Nature

The public is invited to an artists’ reception Saturday, Nov. 8, at Artists Republic for Tomorrow gallery, which opens a new exhibit by contemporary artists whose subject is nature.

The 6-9 p.m. reception takes place at 1175 S. Coast Highway.


Learn Watercolor with Hedy Buzan


Hedy Buzan demonstrates her technique. Photo by Mike Tauber.
Hedy Buzan demonstrates her technique.
Photo by Mike Tauber.

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts presents a watercolor class suitable for beginners Thursday, Nov. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Laguna Nursery, 1370 S. Coast Highway.

Instructor Hedy Buzan will guide a step-by-step process in creating a finished painting of gourds and leaves.

Cost for a single class is $30, or $125 for a five-pack of classes, with choices offered through May. All supplies and free parking are included. Register online at, or call 949 363-4700.



Artman’s Sixth Year Begins With Art & Nature Exhibit


The JoAnne Artman Gallery marks its sixth anniversary in Laguna Beach with “Modern Nature,” an exhibit featuring layered resin pieces by Alberto Murillo, still lifes by America Martin, cut paper artworks by Annie Vought and sculpted canvas pieces by Stephen Stum and Jason Hallman.

The show at 326 N. Coast Highway, reflecting the museum’s Art and Nature festival, will run through Nov. 30.

An example in the Artman show.
An example in the Artman show.




A Toast to Long-Time Gallery Owner, Artist


DeBilzan Gallery is celebrating 15 years on Forest Avenue and 23 years in Laguna Beach with an artist reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the current location, 224 Forest Ave.

Join William DeBilzan and four other artists for wine tasting, martinis, live music, hors D’oeuvres and giveaways. 949.715.0405.

William DeBilzan’s “54th & Broadway,” priced at $12,000, is among the works displayed at his eponymous gallery
William DeBilzan’s “54th & Broadway,” priced at $12,000, is among the works displayed at his eponymous gallery



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