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St Mary’s awards grants to local and national organizations

The St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Women Philanthropy Committee recently awarded grants to several local and nationwide organizations. Sally’s Fund, Casa Teresa, Miry’s List, Creative Identity, Project Bike Love, St. Michael’s Riverside, and Friendship Shelter are among the recipients. These organizations work to benefit seniors, the homeless, and women and...

Playhouse, Boys & Girls Club Strengthen Youth Mental Health Through Art

By Barbara McMurray Special to the Laguna Beach Independent Three workshops held at the Teen Center at Boy & Girls Club of Santa Ana allowed youth to explore the fine arts as a means of self-expression and mental well-being. The Laguna Playhouse's Our Stories workshops established a safe, relaxing environment for...

Town Crier: Aug 25 to Aug. 30, 2022

Laguna Playhouse Chief Artistic Director Exits The Executive Producing Director at Laguna Playhouse resigned Wednesday after a six-year run with the community cornerstone that celebrated its 100th season last year. Ellen Richard came to the Playhouse in April 2016 after working as Executive Director of the American Conservatory Theater in San...

Laguna Beach Community Concert Band awarded FOA Foundation grant

The Laguna Community Concert and Jazz Band recently received a $3,000 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation. Now in its 22nd season, the Band performs free concerts year-round. This grant will support the assembles operation: rental of concert venues, music purchases, and production of virtual and live recordings of...

From plein air to comics, LCAD Grad Mason Williams steps into spotlight

By Tasmin McGill, Special to the Independent Landscape and Plein air painter Mason Williams, 27, is ready for the next chapter. While house-sitting for his mentor Jesse Powell, Williams speaks about this introduction to art, how his apprenticeships helped develop his art style and where he sees himself next. On July...

Vim, vigor, vibrancy at Laguna Beach’s favorite 104-year-old art institution

By Barbara McMurray, Special to The Independent Laguna Art Museum welcomed Julie Perlin Lee to its helm as executive director in May 2021. Fifteen months on, she has proven herself an energetic seeker of collaborations with many area institutions, including Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast, Laguna Beach...

Laguna Beach sculptor joins selection committee for Florence art show

Laguna Beach sculptor Nick Hernandez feels like his career is getting a second wind. Hernandez, 76, has been named to the International Selection Committee that will choose which artists can submit their work to the Florence Biennale 2023 in Florence, Italy. A separate jury will decide which artists take home...

Booth builder recreates Sawdust’s magic for 25 years

By Timothy Hessen, Special to the Independent  When the Sawdust Art Festival held its latest preview night, Laguna Beach residents lined up in excitement to see what the festival had in store for them this summer. The night and morning before the doors opened, carpenter Beak Davis was still hard...

Festival of the Arts celebrates its 90th anniversary with artists

By Tasmin McGill, Special to the Independent The Festival of Arts celebrated its 90th Anniversary with its 2022 summer Festival of Arts showcase, recognizing the festival’s longevity and this year’s 120 artists with an opening reception July 2. During the reception, the artists showcased their work to friends, family, and customers...

In a Laguna Beach first, Juneteenth comes to cultural arts center 

By Tasmin McGill, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center hosted the city’s first Juneteenth celebration on June 19. This date coincides with the arrival of federal troops in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, to free the last enslaved people two and half years after the Emancipation...