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Reception to be Held at Avran Fine Art

Avran Fine Art will hold an opening night and artist reception for Pat McNabb Martin’s collection, “Between the Lines”, on Saturday, June 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to this free event to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres for McNabb Martin’s first solo exhibition with...

Sweet, Like Red Hots

  A free hour-long reception for the current art exhibition Red Hot, showing now through June 28 at City Hall, is set for First Thursdays Art Walk, June 7, at 5:30 p.m. The show previews the Art-To-Go collection, organized by the Artists Fund at Festival of Arts, which...

Museum Opens Exhibit on Art Film Innovator

Laguna Art Museum opens a new show, “Oskar Fischinger: Paintings from the Permanent Collection,” which will run through June 17. Based in Berlin from 1927, Fischinger was acclaimed for his technically innovative art films, in which he animated forms and colors and synchronized...

Art Profiles

Film Documents Laguna Beach from a Local’s Lens

In his tiny, crowded Laguna Beach studio, Douglas Miller produces two diminutive paintings per day. Small, they are nonetheless flawless likenesses of Laguna Beach’s diverse vistas. “I’d starve if I just do big paintings,” said Miller, who by his recollection, has painted roughly...

Sea of Abstraction

German artist Jenny Simon and Seattle-based duo Stallman craft textured pieces heavily influenced by the water. Section by Ashley Ryan   JENNY SIMON The Signature Gallery Home base: Grew up in Berlin, but has lived in Southern California for the past 14 years Background:...
Posted On 24 Nov 2014

Resurrected Masterpieces

Sculptor Shamus Koch, formerly known as James Koch, brings new life to old objects. By Cheryl Pruett | Photos by Jody Tiongco   Growing up in a small Wisconsin town, Shamus Koch—then known as James Koch—didn’t realize that his Mark Twain-style childhood would one day set him...

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Getting Out

Festival to Offer Free Dance Performances

Laguna Dance Festival presents free public dance performances by multilingual Los Angeles-based dance company Contra-Tiempo on Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Festival of Arts outdoor stage. Performances will take place at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., followed by an interactive dance class. The...

The Show Where Fashion Meets Art Returns

Festival of Arts exhibitors Richard Bohn, Carla Bosch, Antje Campbell, Kate Cohen, Brad Elsberry, Carolyn Johnson, Elizabeth McGhee, Adam Neeley, and Kirsten Whalen will use reclaimed, reused or recycled material to create original fashions for the 10th annual Festival Runway...

Playhouse Presents Second Show of the Season

“End of the Rainbow,”starring Angela Ingersoll as Judy Garland, comes to the Laguna Beach Playhouse Sunday, Aug. 12, at 5:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday, Sept. 2. The story of Garland in her final days is written by Peter Quilter, with musical direction by Jon Steinhagen and...

Write Stuff

Go Fan Finds a New Venue

Paul Freeman has written a novel, “Stop, Go, Murder,” set in the coastal environs of California and Florida. The story involves a struggling ex-gangster who learns his former boss has been murdered. One of the plot twists involves Go, an ancient game of strategy that Freeman has...

Local History Revisited

“Laguna Beach of Early Days,” a personal historical account by Joseph S. Thurston, whose parents settled in Aliso Canyon in 1871, is now available thanks to a reissue by his grandson, Kelly Boyd. During a City Council meeting last week, Mayor Pro Tem Kelly Boyd said that he and...

Poet Examines Changing Environment

Laguna local Ellen Giradeau Kempler’s latest book of haiku and photographs, “Thirty Views of a Changing World” is now available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press. The book was inspired by the Japanese artist Hokusai’s series of woodblock prints, “Thirty-six Views of...

Poet Laureate Begins Poetry Showcase

  Poets Kathryn Nuernberger and Noah Blaustein join Kate Buckley, Laguna Beach’s inaugural poet laureate, at a 7:30 p.m. reading Tuesday, July 18, at The Sawdust Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Road. The reading will be followed by an audience Q&A with the poets, as well as...

Author’s Latest, a Tell All Tale

Laguna Beach native and author Grant Ginder will be discussing his new book, “The People We Hate at the Wedding” at Laguna Beach Books at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 5.  

National Pastime Steps Into the Literary Line-up

Former Los Angeles Times reporter and author Terry McDermott discusses his new book, “Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception” at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. McDermott traces the evolution of pitching and the pitcher’s art...