Women Artists Unveil Spring Wears


By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent


From left, Gayle Waite, Beth Kukuk, Bonita Edwards and Victoria Kaplan. Photo by Robin Pierson
From left, Gayle Waite, Beth Kukuk, Bonita Edwards and Victoria Kaplan. Photo by Robin Pierson

Discover a fresh look for yourself or your home, or simply take a few moments to surround yourself with beautiful creations made by women, this Sunday, April 7th at the Women Artists Spring Boutique. The 11th annual happening, hosted by the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach, will be held from noon to 5 at the clubhouse located at 286 St. Ann’s Dr.

Jewelers, knitters and painters, along with illustrators, photographers and sculptors, will gather to sell their creations. Proceeds from the free event support a scholarship fund for a student attending Laguna Beach College of Art and Design.

All of the items are handcrafted and many are one of a kind.

Jeweler Victoria Kaplan cuts her own stones – including agates and opals – integrating them into metal settings she’s forged or soldering them beside stained glass and marbles to create abstract hangings.

Gayle Waite, art director of “Four 4 Laguna,” will display cards and a poster of some of the town’s most whimsical mailboxes, giving all proceeds to local non-profits.

Bonita Edwards, a fiber artist and designer, who has designed knitwear for the casts of both films and television shows, will offer her handmade afghans, pillows, hats, clothing and canvases made of fiber. A cancer survivor, Edwards gives 10% of her earnings to Susan G. Korman for the Cure.

Beth Kukuk, mother of three sons, designs minimalist, and very feminine, light, airy jewelry from high quality natural materials including sterling silver and 14kt gold-filled wire along with semi-precious and natural stones and freshwater pearls.

All participating artists donate items to a silent auction. Pianist Pam Wicks will provide music to shop by and there will be wine and refreshments.

Each spring and fall the Woman’s Club, on the corner of Glenneyre and St. Ann’s, hosts this free event as a way to encourage and support local women artists.


Resident Robin Pierson writes on local topics.

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