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Festival of Arts Foundation grant to support plein air painters association educational programs

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) received a $4,000 grant from The Festival of Arts Foundation to help fund its educational projects. These funds will help in the production of a series of videos to be used in classrooms as well as purchase necessary supplies. The Plein Air Project will...

Blessing of the Artists ceremony returns to Laguna Beach

After taking a year off due to the pandemic, the non-denominational Blessing of the Artists returns at 7 p.m. on June 11 at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach, 286 St. Ann’s Dr. The Sawdust Festival, Pageant of the Masters, Festival of Arts and Art-A-Fair are opening again after a...

Sawdust artists return to festival grounds ahead of summer reopening

The Sawdust Art Festival grounds buzzed with activity Tuesday as artists picked their booth spots for the 2021 season, signaling that Laguna Beach might be nearing the end of its COVID-19 shutdown of large public events. Booth-picking Day landed a day before Orange County entered the less-restrictive yellow tier of...

Laguna Beach author serves up empathy and escapades in new children’s book

By Barbara McMurray, Special to the Independent Author Gea Meijering has created a boy named Kees, whom she will introduce to the world next week. Kees is the protagonist of Meijering’s new children’s book, Hacking the Code: The Ziggety Zaggety Road of a D-Kid, geared toward third- through sixth-graders. Its...

Laguna Art Museum recruits new director from Catalina

Laguna Art Museum has tapped Julie Perlin Lee, outgoing executive director of Catalina Island Museum, to lead the storied organization amid a pandemic that has devastated art institutions across the country. Lee succeeds Malcolm Warner who retired in December after a nine-year run with Laguna Art Museum. She’s set to...

Laguna Playhouse to stream radio rendition of The Importance of Being Earnest

Laguna Playhouse announced Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley of The Skivvies will present their version of Oscar Wilde’s hit comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest as a live radio broadcast. The show will stream at LagunaPlayhouse.com from March 8 to March 21. Nathan Lee Graham co-stars as Lady Bracknell. Oscar Wilde’s...

Laguna Beach performing arts partnership to broadcast return of Beth’s Tuesdays

Singer Beth Fitchet Wood is launching a weekly songwriter showcase on March 2 thanks to a partnership of Laguna Live! and Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center. Grace Freeman, Jodi Siegel, and Wood will headline the first presentation at 7 p.m. on March 2 that will be broadcasted for free via...

Holiday Digest

  The Laguna Beach Independent is proud to once again partner with the Third Street Writers, a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting writing and literary arts in Laguna Beach and beyond. The Search By Jennifer Griffiths   It was the end of an unusually warm New Year’s Day in the early 1980s. A streak...

Festival of Arts Raises Nearly $300,000 at Virtual Gala

The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach, producer of the Pageant of the Masters, raised nearly $300,000 at its first-ever virtual gala on Dec. 5. More than 1,500 guests tuned in for the Simply ARTrageous Live the Legacy Virtual Gala, according to a press release. The event’s proceeds will help...

Festival of Arts offers seat naming rights in Irvine Bowl

The Festival of Arts has launched a limited-opportunity fundraiser to name seats in the iconic Irvine Bowl Amphitheater for the first time. Patrons, art-lovers, and community members are invited to support the Pageant of the Masters and help safeguard the nearly 90-year-old tradition’s future by joining the Pageant Legacy Society. “We...