Contest Nurtures Next-Generation Artists

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: Mentor Artist Mark Fehlman guides school children to create plein air paintings in Heisler Park.
 Mentor Artist Mark Fehlman guides school children to create plein air paintings in Heisler Park.

To take artistic inspiration to a new level, 48 school children went outdoors to paint on location, following the Laguna Beach art colony’s plein air tradition.

This week, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association builds on that legacy, inviting 35 plein air artists to town for a competition. Events include matching students with mentor artists. Their work will be exhibited in LPAPA’s gallery space at the Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave.

Public art shows at Tivoli Too starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16, conclude the contest. Proceeds from the sale of artwork benefit both the artists and nonprofit LPAPA.

For more info: visit LagunaPleinAir.org.

 

 

Exhibit Features Works from the Abel Collection

A sample from the Abel collection.
A sample from the Abel collection.

An exhibit featuring work by regional Southern California artists, collected between 1950-1990 by Shirley and Mogens Abel, goes on display Saturday, Oct. 15, at Wells Fargo Bank’s third floor gallery, with a public reception from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The show is hosted and curated by Pat Sparkuhl, curator of the Festival of Arts’ permanent collection.

 

 

 

Gallery Acquires Thornsley’s Works    

A collection of art works from the estate of the late Laguna Beach artist Terry Thornsley is for sale at the Forest and Ocean Gallery.

Thornsley’s painting depicting the Sawdust Festival water wheel is among the works for sale.
Thornsley’s painting depicting the Sawdust Festival water wheel is among the works for sale.

Included are large-scale and smaller bronze and stone sculptures depicting marine life, reflecting the artist’s passion for nature. There is also a sizable collection of Thornsley’s watercolor and mixed media paintings, including one depicting the water wheel on the Sawdust Festival grounds that was used as the 1995 festival poster.

The gallery at 480 Ocean Ave. will carry the works through Dec. 31, a sale sanctioned by his sister, Tamara Thornsley.

 

 

 

Find the Key to a Gallery Exhibition

Robin Fuld, director of career services for Laguna College of Art and Design, shares insights on how artists can apply to galleries and their professional practices at a LOCA Arts Education talk Thursday, Oct. 20.

Robin Fuld cracks the code of entry for artists. Photo by LOCA.
Robin Fuld cracks the code of entry for artists. Photo by LOCA.

The talk is free to members and $20 for visitors. It takes place at 5 p.m. at the LCAD Gallery, 374 Ocean Ave. RSVP 949 363-4700.

 

 

 

Sandstone Features Mixed Media Works

Sandstone Gallery, 384 N. Coast Highway, is showing mixed media paintings on canvas and paper by Dominique McKenzie and acrylic on linen abstract paintings by Sunny Kim.

Bronze figurative sculpture by Marie Pierre-Philippe will also be showcased this month along with works by Ann Kim, Anne Moore, Hyatt Moore, Jong Ro, and Lynn Welker.

 

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