Plein Air Painters Honor Their Own

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McVicker’s award-winning work.
McVicker’s award-winning work.

Jim McVicker’s painting “Morning at Main Beach” won the $10,000 top prize for best in show at the 18th annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational.

The outdoor paint competition concluded with a fine art show and gala Friday, Oct. 14 at Tivoli Too.

While McVicker is from Northern California,  locals received the Spirit of Laguna and Collector’s Choice awards, April Raber and Michael Obermeyer, respectively.

In addition artist Calvin Liang from Corona was presented with LPAPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his body of work and contributions to the art community. Sandy Sewell was acknowledged for her support of LPAPA with the 2016 Lifetime Member Award.



Artman Gallery Introduces New Artist

Yang’s “Colorful Bella” on view at Artman Gallery.
Yang’s “Colorful Bella” on view at Artman Gallery.

Song of the Reed Flute, new works by artist Rimi Yang, debuts Tuesday, Nov. 1, at JoAnne Artman Gallery, 326 N. Coast Highway.

Yang’s oil paintings balance old master influences with contemporary surrealism.

RSVP, 949-510-5481 by Nov. 1 for the artist reception from 6-8 p.m. during Thursday’s Art Walk on Nov. 3. The show runs through Nov. 30.






Show Features Strong Hispanic Influences

Manuel Avendano’s oil paintings “Flamenco Pasión” go on display at The Signature Gallery, 220 Forest Ave., for Artwalk on Thursday, Nov. 3.

A self-taught artist, Avendano masterfully uses brush strokes and dramatic lighting to depict energy and gracefulness of the human figure.

His talents also earned him commissions to paint the portraits of the previous two presidents of Mexico, Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón.

A sample form Manuel Avendano’s latest collection.
A sample form Manuel Avendano’s latest collection.

His collection features a strong Hispanic influence and his most recognized subject matter, flamenco dancers. He captures them at the height of their performance.



Club Prepares for Art Show

A club member’s image of the out of doors.
A club member’s image of the out of doors.

Art made by members of the Boys & Girls Club will be displayed at the club’s art room at the canyon branch starting, Thursday, Nov. 3, for a week-long show.

The show consists of sculptures, photography, illustration, painting, mixed media, ceramics and digital arts.

The show was devised in partnership with the Laguna Art Museum staff, which originated the idea of showcasing art and nature to correspond with the museum’s Art & Nature Festival.

More info: contact Karla Fandel at [email protected]



A Double Bill: View Sea Lions, Paint a Watercolor

Sketch a sea lion in watercolor at workshop with Mike Tauber.
Sketch a sea lion in watercolor at workshop with Mike Tauber. Photo by LOCA.

LOCA Arts Education offers an art and sea lions workshop on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m.-10:30a.m. at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, 20612 Laguna Canyon Road. Families, groups, and beginners are invited.

The morning includes a docent-led viewing of live sea lions, a presentation on the rescue and rehabilitation work of the center, and an easy watercolor class with noted local artist Mike Tauber. Everyone will take home a beautiful color sketch of a sea lion.

Cost is $20 for adults, and $15 for those aged 6-up, with paid adult. Free on-site parking is included.

Advance registration is required at or by calling 949 363-4700.







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