Local Artists’ Paintings on Display at John Wayne

“Let the Good Times Roll” (Oil Collage, 2018) is one of the “Duet” paintings on display at John Wayne Airport by Laguna Beach artists Stephanie Cunningham and Betty Haight. Image courtesy of John Wayne Airport

In 2008, Laguna Beach artists Stephanie Cunningham and Betty Haight began creating their series of “Duets,” multi-media format, collage oil paintings. Two individually unique paintings are blended to produce one seamless piece of collaborative “Duet” featuring landscapes and figurative imagery. Each finished painting includes a “story tag” explaining the narrative of their artwork and is mounted with a sculptural frame fashioned from found wood and objects.

An exhibit of their work is on display on the Departure (upper) level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) level adjacent to baggage carousels 1 and 4 in the John Wayne Airport Community Focus Space through April 18. Visit the artist’s website at cunninghamhaight.com.


LCAD Bi-annual Student Market Returns

Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) bi-annual pop-up student art market is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31, at 345 North Coast Highway (the former Von Hemert building) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LCAD’s emerging artists will be selling original artwork including paintings, prints, pins, stickers, clothing, totes, zines, jewelry, digital graphic designs and many more unique creations. Visitors can also enjoy complimentary coffee and pastries provided by Starbucks.


 Learn to Paint Outdoors with LOCA, LPAPA

Families and groups enjoy “Watercolors on the Beach,” offered April 14 and May 12 at Treasure Island Park. Photo courtesy of LOCA.

LOCA Arts Education and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) are collaborating to present adult and family classes at outdoor locations in April and May. Beginners are invited.

Outdoor workshops include “Mentor Paint Out” on April 1, 9-11:30 a.m. at Crescent Bay Point Park. Adult landscape painters may improve skills by painting alongside Anthony Salvo and Gil Dellinger and receive helpful guidance. The activity is free.

LOCA’s popular “Watercolors on the Beach” events, presented at Treasure Island Park, are offered Sundays 10-11:30 a.m. on a choice of April 14 or May 12. Attendees will enjoy a guided tour of the tidepools and learn about the delicate sea life there. Following the tour, everyone will learn to mix colors and create paintings of sea stars in a take-home journal. Advance registration is required, adults $35, $20 children. All supplies are provided. Call (949)363-4700 or visit LOCAarts.org.


 LCAD Presents Visual Stories Exhibit

Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) BFA program in game art presents, “Waking Worlds: Visual Storytelling” with the Irvine-based video game developer, Obsidian Entertainment, April 4-25 at the LCAD Gallery, 374 Ocean Avenue. A reception will take place on Thursday, April 4, from 6-9 p.m.

LCAD’s BFA program in game art presents, “Waking Worlds: Visual Storytelling” with the Irvine-based video game developer, Obsidian Entertainment, April 4-25 at the LCAD Gallery. Image courtesy of Obsidian Entertainment

The exhibition features work by Obsidian Entertainment’s finest creatives alongside those of the studio’s talented fans. Showcased are works from the unreleased space role-playing game, The Outer Worlds, works from Obsidian Entertainment’s original franchise, Pillars of Eternity, as well as a visual history of the studio’s 15 years of making video games.


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  1. Everyone better think twice about giving John Wayne Airport anymore rights in this very corrupt county. They have spied on, stalked and bullied us for 10 years for reporting abuse of power by our last director, Alan L. Murphy, who was allowing student pilots to do stall maneuvers over residential areas. These guys are sick bastards and have done this to five women we know of. They couldn’t care less about this county or the future of your lives. They are sick and self policed. You will have no recourse whatsoever if you allow them more liberties in this county. THINK HARD ABOUT THIS. YOU CAN’T UNDO IT. THEY WILL DESTROY YOUR LIFE IF YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT ANYTHING THEY DO. We are 65 year old couple married 32 years, lived and own a business here for most of our lives. They have stalked us to Ojai, Palm Springs, Yosemite, every single place we have gone for 10 years, dive bombed our home every day and night (the present director, Barry Rondinella, came here from LAX and has kept us awake for 10 years). We live due East of JWA and there is no flight path East of the airport and we live over 20 miles from it. They used Camp Pendleton for years. They had military helicopters dive bomb us on the beach so many times, we stopped going. Every government agency helped them. The MV police (our chief of police was fired for uploading pornography to our computer), OC Sheriff, MV Fire Department. NO KIDDING! We can’t go anywhere without being stalked and dive bombed by aircraft. These guys are power sick and completely insane. Fight this expansion with all you have or lose your peaceful lives.


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