Laguna Beach High School’s performing arts director Mark Dressler will receive a lifetime achievement award during the annual Art Star Awards on Sunday, April 6, the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts announced last week.
Photographer and gallery owner Mark Chamberlain, sculptor Cheryl Ekstrom and dance festival founder Jodie Gates are nominees in the artists of the year category at the eighth annual event, which takes place at Seven Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Road.
The winning artist along with the top recipient in several other categories that have contributed and shaped the town’s arts and culture as well as the recipient of the $5,000 Seven Degrees of Inspiration grant will be announced at the presentation. Last year’s grant recipient, Laguna Concert Band music director Ed Peterson, will present his resulting project, the musical score for the animated film “The Sock Thief.”
Nominees in other categories are:
For best new arts program, Laguna Outreach for Community Arts’ intergenerational literacy project, Laguna Beach Live!’s Music and Kids, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association’s plein air project;
Arts patron of the year, Ruben Flores, Joe Hanauer and Julie Padach-Mathewson;
Corporate arts patron of the year, Aliso Creek Inn, First Foundation Bank and PIMCO Foundation;
Arts collaboration, Laguna Art Museum’s Art & Nature, city’s Artist Open Studios, and the Laguna Concert Band & Laguna Playhouse;
And Arts leadership, Susan Linder, Rosemary Swimm and Malcolm Warner.
“It was very challenging to select the 2014 award recipients,” said event chair Wayne Baglin.
Entertainment will include Trio Dinicu and Laguna Concert Band’s 18-piece ensemble Swing Set.
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