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Pushing Public Art in a New Direction

Should an arts commission that selects public art projects be comprised of arts professionals with knowledge of public art here and elsewhere? Should the City Council be allowed veto power over public art projects on aesthetic grounds even if a project is deemed controversial?...

Laguna Fest Dances Across the Natural World

“Biophony” may have entered into the lexicon of music, but not common usage. It describes the myriad sounds made by animals, from roaring lions to humming bees, to a sea anemone munching or a river otter pining for its lost mate. Introduced by musician, composer, ecologist and...

Artist Finds Her Calling Wrapped in Felt

Booties, bedroom slippers, hats, crafts and the smooth emerald green surface covering expensive pool tables: these are the typical consumer uses associated with felt, which also figures in industrial applications. Yet, in regions of central Asia, the dense fabric is popularly...

Two Laguna Exhibits Reveal an Artist’s Evolution

An exhibit of merely a dozen canvases at the Laguna Art Museum offer ample evidence of artist Phil Dike’s skill and stylistic versatility. Selected by historical art curator Janet Blake from the Diane and E. Gene Crain Collection, these paintings lift Phil Dike out of the...

Pot Culture’s Latest Twist

There’s nothing unusual about adults following their creative bent by making art. But coloring books for adults presumably channeling their inner pre-schooler? The idea is less odd than it sounds. Amazon, purveyor of books and everything else, carries dozens of coloring books for...

Survey Takes Laguna’s Art Temperature

Too many land or seascapes in Laguna Beach galleries? Not enough art event spaces? Too many part-time home owners edging out cultural concerns of full-time residents? How much does the average Laguna Beach household spend on cultural philanthropy or pursuits? Those are some of...

Film Score Recorded in Storied Studio

This Saturday, the Laguna Concert Band will pack up their gear and head to Capital Records studios in Los Angeles to record music to accompany two short films produced by animation students at Laguna College of Art and Design. “The Big Dad Wolf” film short is a hand-drawn film...

Expect Raunchy Fun at ‘Rocky Horror Show’

At more than six feet, he sashays onto the stage in a fishnet top, slightly slipping corset, platform heels and spiky pink hair. In the latest re-incarnation of the Rocky Horror Show lead character and mad scientist Frank-N-Furter works his wacky magic at the No Square Theatre,...

Song, Dance and Business, All in a Day’s Work

  Few would make an immediate connection between owning a toy store and stage acting, but Laguna Beach resident Carol Robinson does just that. She embodies the preacher’s wife in the current Laguna Playhouse production “Footloose.” “Stage work requires a lot of hard work and...

Retrospective Revels in Local Lore of a Certain Era

Bill Ogden has often been labeled a “surf artist,” but judging by a current exhibition of his works at the Laguna College of Art and Design gallery, that oversimplifies an artist skilled in many mediums and genres. Titled “The Art of Bill Ogden,” this first solo exhibition...

Subdued Paintings Summon a Quiet Experience

To most, the title “Pacific Ocean Paintings” would conjure the Impressionist seascapes hanging in local galleries by the hundreds. Marcia Hafif has a different take on sea, sand, sky and the life sustained by them. She has interpreted what she has seen on her walks along the...

Subdued Paintings Summon a Quiet Experience

To most, the title “Pacific Ocean Paintings” would conjure the Impressionist seascapes hanging in local galleries by the hundreds. Marcia Hafif has a different take on sea, sand, sky and the life sustained by them. She has interpreted what she has seen on her walks along the...

His Giant Canvases Flap From Street Corners

He paints in oil, watercolor and acrylic paints, makes photographs and works in metal. Sometimes he goes multi-media, creating abstracts based on his fertile imagination, but also hones his representational painting skills by taking his gear into the hills overlooking the ocean....

Play Stitches Garments Into a Memory Quilt

  Black is still the new black, purses can be a treacherous adversary and thinking women wear flats, but will stop thinking and rise up into heels. A male friend once remarked that one can define the high points of an older woman’s life by her clothing style, but in Nora and...

College Launches a New Class of Artists

Clouds gave way early in the week to sun, warming graduation ceremonies for the Laguna College of Art and Design class of 2015. Seventy-eight bachelor of arts graduates and 10 earning master’s degrees in fine art rose to accolades from college President Jonathan Burke, sage...