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Dance Fest Moves to a Cuban Beat

!Bailamos! That’s Spanish for “let’s dance” and the Laguna Dance Festival’s upcoming gala to celebrate its 11th anniversary invites participants to do just that. Since the gala’s headliner, singer Candi Sosa, is one of Cuba’s most celebrated singers, attendees are encouraged to...

Galleries Shift With the Winds

  As Laguna Beach has evolved as an art destination, its scores of galleries, too, keep evolving. Two established galleries recently expanded by broadening their roster with new artists and new purpose and a newcomer opens its doors this weekend in the HIP district. Long in...

Arts Backers Seek a Roadmap Forward

Tempe, Ariz., lacks a museum, has few galleries, but boasts a beautiful arts center whose under use frustrates the City Council. The city recently hired an arts consultant to draft a cultural arts plan to find solutions. “A lot depends on public input,” said director of community...

Artist Sets Out to Paint the Nation’s Parks

She’s been lugging her easel, canvas and oil paints through the Grand Canyon, Sequoia’s redwoods, Yosemite and the Channel Islands. Along the way, Fitz Maurice, a Laguna Beach artist and internationally recognized painter, developed a passion for the U.S. national parks and this...

Art Tour Offers Intimate Glimpse into Artists’ World

  With arms sheathed in protective covering and a low-slung belt holding her arrows, the girl taking aim with a modern crossbow looks like a modern version of Diana, goddess of the hunt, even if she’s wearing a short skirt and rough work boots. Pastel painter Mary Aslin has...

Art Group Salutes Its Stars

As a 16-year-old in Cicero, Ill., Joe Mantegna failed at an audition for a part in the high school version of “West Side Story.” Seduced away from baseball to acting nonetheless, he eventually forged a stellar career, including roles in theater and film and the television seri...

Strike Up the Band for an Arts Activist

In Carol Reynolds’ thesis, “Music Education: The Power of Human Values,” she revealed her passion for teaching music to students from multi-cultural backgrounds and grade levels, stressing that music by Bach, Beethoven or the Beatles opens the mind and feeds the soul. She was...

Artwork Chronicles Run Up to Epic Bout

Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Sugar Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez are among the boxers whom welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather has defeated in the ring since 2007. Their images preen, jab and hook across a mural sized painting, the...

9/11 Memorial Struck by Vandals

Laguna Beach monument to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks took a beating at the hands of vandals for the second time. During a stroll through Heisler Park this past weekend, its creator, local artist Jorg Dubin, discovered that the shiny sphere at the center...

Art of Racing Roars Into Town

As a teenager, Peter Starr raced motorcycles in his native England and worked for Triumph. When he moved to the U.S., Starr was intent on participating in a Grand Prix race at Daytona. In his luggage, he schlepped a set of special German-made bike brakes to give himself an...

Wordsmith Revises ‘Tom Sawyer’ for the Stage

Reading Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” as a fifth-grader helped spur along the vivid imagination of Mark Turnbull, who built a career as a successful composer and songwriter. In his current role as the balladeer in the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre adaptation of...

Collectors Bestow Rex Brandt’s ‘Rendezvous’ to LCAD

  The painting depicts a sailboat heading into the vast ocean for points unknown. With the wind filling its sails, it glides away from the shore under an early evening sky. Titled “Evening Rendezvous,” it is a watercolor by Rex Brandt that had caught the eye of Newport Beach...

Artist Finds Satisfaction in a Surprising Medium

When she is not making prints, she’s teaching art. When she’s not encouraging artistic expression among seniors, children and anyone in-between, she’s serving in a supporting role for Laguna Beach arts organizations. Such involvement as a docent, print maker and mixed media...

Home Again for Local Actress

When Erika Whalen Schindele presented the Art Star lifetime achievement award to her former high school teacher and mentor, Mark Dressler, last April, the honor had personal significance. “I credit him with inspiring me to become a professional actress,” she said. “I felt proud...

Portraits Capture Last Century’s Inhabitants

A boy sits in a chair wearing a white shirt, brown pants with suspenders askew, and a bewildered expression. Named Sylvester, he’s African American, about 10 years old and clearly not accustomed to sitting still for a portrait. On his first visit to California from New York,...