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Director Says Adieu to Laguna Playhouse

She guided the 95-year-old Laguna Playhouse from thin into thick and now Karen Wood is signing off after eight years as its executive director. Recruited in 2008 from the San Diego Repertory, where she had also spent eight years, Wood possessed skills that enabled her to guide...

‘Snow White’ Unwraps a Comic Christmas Treat

A jealous vain queen, a sweet young stepdaughter, seven short miners, a huntsman and a wifeless prince drive the familiar story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the semi-dark, 19th century Brothers Grimm tale. Little could the good brothers know that centuries later their...

Holiday Show Summons an Earlier Era

It’s 1942 in New York, and radio station WOV is broadcasting hits including “Strike Up the Band,” “I’ve Got a Girl in Kalamazoo,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and the sexy “Blues in the Night.” It’s also the second year that American troops have shipped out to Europe to fight in...

Interpreting the Qur’an Challenges an Artist and His Audience

Construction teams, teen-agers washing cars, surfers preparing to take to the waves, fieldworkers picking vegetables, cowboys competing in rodeos, weddings and funerals, political speeches and soldiers returning home on foot or in coffins. All those images and more represent...

Artists Re-imagine a Winter Fantasy

In his last semester at the Laguna College of Art and Design, Scott Milton Brazee, 26, has secured his first booth at the Sawdust Art Festival’s Winter Fantasy, which opens Saturday, Nov. 21. Brazee’s passion is portraiture of people and animals, as one of a fox with sartorial...

Dynamic Duos Sustain a New Pageant

Adam and Eve have inspired countless artists. Now, the Pageant of the Masters’ creator, Diane Challis Davy, gives them new exposure in the 2016 production “Partners” by including a painting by two friends, the younger Jan Brueghel and Peter Paul Rubens. Sixteen other works...

Heirs Offer Unsold Ekstrom Works

Cheryl Ekstrom’s art works grace public spaces in Laguna Beach, with the latest installed at the corner on Broadway Street and Cliff Drive. She brought iconic Eames chairs back to life in stainless steel and in 2014 won a grant from the Laguna Beach Art Stars awards to crea...

Museum Introduces a California Classicist

The young woman is beautiful in the classical manner of ancient Greek statues, pensive with her gaze averted and posed against a calm ocean and cloudless sky. With the light shining through her dress and one foot resting on a stone, the seated figure is painter David Ligare’s...

Art as Activism, Lasers Light Up Museum Fest

Some of the photographs are faded now, bleached by the elements and time. Others are sepia images of young faces belonging to a generation now collecting Social Security. There are photos of children and pets, scenes of nature and signatures of visitors. All are mounted on...

‘Getting Their Act Together’ at Playhouse

Singer, songwriter and minor pop star Heather Jones is turning 39, a senior citizen in the world of pop music, at least as a woman. But not only does she want to make a comeback after raising a family, she wants to veer off stylistically from her previous bit of commercial...

Painters Return to Compete Out of Doors

When plein-air painter John Cosby decided to found the first    Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational in 1998, he wanted to bring the best representational painters from across the nation to his hometown in Laguna Beach. To start off on a good footing, they met at the Ritz...

Scaled Back, ‘Lagunatics’ Still a Success

A nearly full-house audience tapped their feet, sang along and even Conga danced at last Saturday night’s performance of “Lagunatics,” the irreverent show roasting Laguna Beach issues and events. For the first time, the show is playing at historic Legion Hall, a venue occupied by...

Festival Waits Out El Niño

Planned reconstruction of the interior grounds of the Festival of Arts will take place a year from now, postponed due to an expected wet winter, the board decided recently. “We thought about the delay long and hard,” said Fred Sattler, president of the Festival’s board. With one...

Tire Treads Leave Their Mark on Artist’s Inspiration.

One does not hear often about an artist having a passion for tire treads, but Marilyn Pardee is fascinated by them. Not just tire treads, it turns out, but also small car parts found in junk yards that she says, she visits regularly. “Tire tread marks have been my passion. During...

Ryman Alumni Exhibit Latest Work at Raw Salt Gallery.

A wolf cut from plywood and painted black stands out from the white wall of the gallery. Two pups, one of whom wears a tiny crown, follow their mother. The image is, at first seemingly incongruous, joined by a depiction of the Virgin Mary styled like a contemporary Los Angeles...