Plein Air Painters Celebrate 20th Invitational

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Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting presents its 20th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational at their new home, located at the Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road.

An original painting by each of the 50 Laguna Plein Air Invitational Artists
is currently showcased at the LPAPA in Residence Gallery. Pictured is “A Special Moment” by Bill Davidson.

Fifty invitational artists will gather from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Treasure Island Park for a painting demonstration. All are invited to watch as they paint in and around Laguna Beach throughout the week and prepare for the Quick Draw painting competition at Heisler Park from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. Immediately following the Quick Draw painting event, the artists will gather at the Festival of Arts for a meet and greet from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The public is invited to join for refreshments, to meet the artists and see the framed wet paintings. The Quick Sale Art Show will follow from 1:30-3 p.m.

The Annual Kids Plein Air Invitational Paint Out takes place on Monday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds from the sale of their work at the collectors Gala will be donated to each child’s participating school.

Also on Monday, Invitational Artists will talk about their artistic journey and plein air painting experiences in a panel discussion from 7-8:30 p.m. preceded by a wine and cheese reception at Terra Laguna with a no host bar from 6-7 p.m.

On Tuesday, Oct. 9 the painters will be working in downtown at 6 p.m. and public is invited to watch.

The college students will participate in the Next Generation Paint Out in Heisler Park on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The award-winning artwork will be exhibited and available for purchase during Saturday’s Collectors Gala. Also on Wednesday Jean Stern will give an illustrated talk, The Art of Looking at Art: Developing a Critical Eye for Fine Art for $20 from 5:45-8:30 p.m. in the Forum theater. Painting demonstrations will take place on Friday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Heisler Park, at Main Beach and at Treasure Island.

The Collectors Gala will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, from 7-10 p.m. at the Festival Arts grounds, and on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. the public can visit the Invitational Art Show, meet the artists, and watch live painting demonstrations throughout the day until 5 p.m. when the show ends. Proceeds from the sale of artwork benefits the artists and nonprofit Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.


Sandstone Opens New Exhibits

Stream of Consciousness, oil on canvas abstract expressionist paintings by Jong Ro will be featured along with Dreamscapes, non-objective oil paintings on canvas by Ann Kim at the Sandstone Gallery, 384 N. Coast Hwy. through Oct. 29.

Meet Ro and Kim along with the other exhibiting artists, Fredric Hope , Sunny Kim, Dominique McKenzie, Anne Moore, Hyatt Moore, Marie-Pierre Philippe, and Lynn Welker at Art Walk from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.4.


Cove Gallery and Ocean Institute Partner for Ocean Devotion

The Ocean Institute is teaming up with Cove Gallery for an Ocean Devotion exhibit. Pictured is the institute’s ArtSea program.

The artists at Cove Gallery, 1550 S. Coast Highway, will open their Ocean Devotion exhibit with a reception from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Steve Bernstein, John Hall, Bill Knauer, Yuri Kuznetsov, Lawson, Peter McDonald, Joe McFaul, Maribeth McFaul, Lynn Marie, Kara Pewthers, Nancy Roux, Adriana Vukovic, and Rob Williams will donate half the proceeds of their sales to ArtSea, Ocean Institute’s student program that blends art and science.
“Ocean Institute has been bringing people closer to the ocean for many years, and we are so pleased to partner with Cove Gallery on this project,” said Ocean Institute’s CEO, Dan Pingaro.

The Ocean Institute is teaming up with Cove Gallery for an Ocean Devotion exhibit. Pictured is a recent street painting of a giant squid at the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships festival by Cove Gallery artist Maribeth McFaul.






Workshop Combines Art with Sea Life

September McGee will give easy, step-by-step instructions for painting a sea lion with watercolor at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center from 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. Families, groups, and beginners are invited to the Art and Sea Lions workshop, presented by LOCA Arts Education.

The morning includes a docent-led viewing of live sea lions and a presentation on the rescue and rehabilitation work of the center.

LOCA is hosting a step-by-step painting workshop at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center from 9-10:30 a.m. on Oct. 13.

Paint and synthetic paper are included, and participants can take home finished art. Cost is $20 for adults, or $15 for kids ages 6 and up with paid adult. Free on-site parking is available at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road.

Advance registration is required—visit or call 949-363-4700.


Get a Jump on Holiday Decorating

Laguna’s resident horticulturalist, Ruben Flores, will present ways to arrange and install plants, lighting, ornaments and decor to transform indoor and outdoor locations into festive holiday settings from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 at Laguna Nursery.

Items will be available to purchase, and wine and snacks will be provided. Free to nursery members, guests are $20. Use metered parking on the street in front of the nursery at 397 North Coast Highway. More information at 949-494-5200.


Local Families and Students Welcomed by TheatreHope Program

Through the Laguna Playhouse’s community outreach program, TheatreHope, children served by nine local youth organizations, including Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, ThinkTogether, Project Hope Alliance, OC Human Relations BRIDGES Program, YMCA Mission Viejo, Community Outreach Alliance, TIYYA, and Higher Ground Youth & Family Services attended Youth Theatre performances of “The Giver” this past weekend. The at-risk and underserved youth were also given backstage theatre tours, and invited to educational meet and greets with playhouse staff in order to learn ways to pursue theatre as a passion and a career.

“The Giver” was part of the Playhouse’s Theatre for a New Generation initiative, which produces one play each year specifically geared to middle and high school students. These contemporary plays followed by post-performance panel discussions, led by local mental health experts and academics, address socially and culturally relevant issues such as cyber-bullying, teen pregnancy, teen dating, cutting, school gun violence, family alcoholism, sexuality and the Holocaust.

In 2018-19, TheatreHope will expand to serve active military and veteran families.


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