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American Mosaic picturing modern art through the eye of duncan phillips on view august 6–december 4, 2016

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FEATURES Fall 2016

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Lake Iseo in Northern Italy.

American Scene Painting

A realistic art style that was popular in the early to mid-20th

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Looking Back

20 Virgin of Guadalupe 42 Helena Modjeska 24 Three Festival of Arts Students Win Awards 50 Lucille Ball 26 Laguna Dance Festival 28 Pacific Symphony 30 Palette to Palate 58 Margareta Gelles 34 Toast to the Casa 64 The Viking 38 A Hidden Gem 40 From Russia with Love 90 Calendars Exhibition at the Bowers

and Her Orange County Arden

Tows Her Trailer to Laguna Beach

Announces September Season

Opens Season with RenĂŠe Fleming

at the Laguna Art Museum

Gran Ballo delle Maschere

Welcome to Cast of Crowns Art Collective

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Artist Profiles at LGOCA

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Santa Ana’s Bowers Museum will host a major exhibition of colonial Mexican religious art, Virgin of Guadalupe, later this year. The show collects 60 works from the most important religious sites and museums in Mexico City, and will run from October 8, 2016, through January 29, 2017.

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Virgin of Guadalupe: Images in Colonial Mexico brings together

paintings, sculptures, engravings, silverworks, textiles, and other

devotional objects from public as well as private collections. Loaning institutions include the Museo Nacional de Arte, the Museo de la

Basilica de Guadalupe, and the Catedral Metropolitana. The Roman

Catholic Diocese of Orange will also loan an important 17th-century painting to the exhibition.

The show will be the only exhibition ever presented at a

museum in the United States devoted to the depiction of the Virgin of Guadalupe in colonial Mexican art. According to tradition, the Virgin revealed herself to Juan Diego at the Hill of Tepeyac, north of Mexico City, in 1531, and instructed him to carry a message to his bishop for the construction of a church where her compassion would come to be known. Over time, the adoration of the Virgin intertwined and

merged with diverse social and cultural manifestations. According to co-curator Mayela Flores, the show will offer “a suggestive analysis” of the story “told through a rich selection of works of art from Mexican collections.”

The Bowers Museum is located at 2002 North Main Street in

Santa Ana. For more information about the museum and upcoming exhibitions, see www.bowers.org.

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Festival of Arts Students Win Awards


Three ceramic students from the Festival of Arts

Youth Arts Education classes have received honors from the 19th Annual National K-12 Ceramic

Exhibition in Kansas City, Missouri. The students,

grader Marc Stavisski won the Bailey Potter Cash Award and an Honorable Mention Award for Oz Bag.

“It’s a great accomplishment for these young artists,”

says Ron Morrissette, Festival of Arts exhibits director. “We’re thrilled that our students are receiving these awards and that

whose works were exhibited at the Kansa City

the Festival’s summer Youth Arts Education classes are being

hundreds of entries nationwide.

Arts Education classes, available July 5–August 31, Monday

Convention Center in March, were selected from Irvine kindergarten student Amelie Thonar received an

Artistic Merit Award and Curators Book Award (given to only

10 of the more than 500 exhibitors) for her piece Flower at Home. Shane Turkich, a first grader from Mission Viejo, received an Artistic Merit Award for Red Cone Head, and Aliso Viejo fifth

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recognized nationally.”

The Festival of Arts is now accepting reservations for Youth

through Friday, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. In addition to ceramics, classes are available in painting, printmaking, jewelry, and

more. Art classes are open to children ages 5–12, with a $15–$25 materials fee charged per child per class. For more information, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org or call 949.464.4234.

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Laguna Dance Festival Announces September Season


The September 21–25 Laguna Dance Festival will bring to the stage three world-renowned dance companies—New Yorkbased Kyle Abraham/ Abraham.In.Motion, Philadelphia’s BalletX and BODYTRAFFIC from Los Angeles. Kyle Abraham/Abraham.

In.Motion will perform on Thursday and Friday, September 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse.

Both performances will be followed by a post-performance conversation with Abraham, a 2013 MacArthur “Genius

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a 6 p.m. master class on Wednesday,

September 21, onstage at the Playhouse. BalletX will return to the Laguna

Beach stage to present its entertaining,

diverse choreographic style in a shared bill with BODYTRAFFIC on Saturday,

September 24, and a full-length show on Sunday, September 25, at 3 p.m., with a pre-show talk at 2 p.m.

The four onstage performances by

these three extraordinary companies

will be presented at the 420-seat Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, in Laguna Beach. Free public dance performances and sponsor events

will be announced later in the year,

and tickets will go on sale in July. For updates on the season and details

about the three master classes, see www.lagunadancefestival.org.

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Pacific Symphony Announces

Pacific Symphony will open its 38th classical season on September 13th with a guest appearance by celebrated soprano Renée Fleming, who will join music director Carl St.Clair and the orchestra for a performance of Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs along with a selection from the popular, operatic and Broadway repertoire.

38th Season

The regular season gets underway September 22–24 with

a visit from Van Cliburn-winning pianist Olga Kern, who will perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The

program will also include Respighi’s Pines of Rome and a new work by pianist and composer Conrad Tao.

Subsequent performance highlights include Peter Boyer’s

Ellis Island: The Dream of America, a piece incorporating actors and projected images, and John Adams’ The Dharma at Big Sur, with electric violinist Tracy Silverman in the solo part.

St.Clair will conduct 8 of the 12 programs, presented

three times each, in the orchestra’s signature Hal and Jeanette

Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series. He will also host and conduct the orchestra’s four programs in the Sunday Casual Connections series. Guest conductors include Rune Gergmann, David Danzmayr, Darrell Ang and Jean-Marie Zeitoni.

The schedule is designed in part to commemorate the

orchestra’s decade of residency in the acoustically rich Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

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Palette to Palate


at the Laguna Art Museum

On June 10, 120 guests’ culinary and artistic senses were indulged at Laguna Art Museum’s wildly successful Palette to Palate 2016. The sold-out evening featured masterful dishes created by Executive Chef Craig Strong of Studio at Montage, Laguna Beach, complemented by delectable varietals courtesy of Yorba Wines. A stellar line-up of ten California artists turned the museum’s Steele Gallery into a cabinet of wonders, and the sounds of renowned contemporary violinist Yennie Lam floated through the galleries, adding to the evening’s unique ambiance.

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As the wine partner this year, Yorba Wines did not

disappoint, with their tradition in sustainable farming and a love of the terroir. Their wines were thoroughly enjoyed and perfectly paired with the dishes created by Chef Strong.

This year’s featured artists were Robert Charles

Dunahay, Dirk Hagner, Kelsey Irvin, Dave Lefner,

Mia Moore, Marisa Murrow, Michael Obermeyer, Bret

Price, Elizabeth Orleans, and Bradford J. Salamon. The ten joined the guests for dinner, each at a table of their own design and exhibiting their artwork on the walls and on pedestals near guests, creating an interactive, close engagement with the art and artist.

In addition to the fun atmosphere, the event

raised a record $327,000 and included an energetic Chef Strong brought his team to the museum to prepare a gourmet

live-auction and paddle raise to support the museum’s

dinner that began with a lively reception with “action” stations and included

new art education outreach program to underserved

topped with a nettle salsa verde and squash blossoms, and a Dominican 64%

ensure that the museum’s education and exhibition

a three-course meal of rabbit ravioli with carrot kimchi, roasted lamb loin

communities in Orange County. Proceeds also helped

chocolate cream with raspberries for dessert.

programs continue to thrive.

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Toast to the Casa

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The theme for this year’s Toast to the Casa Benefit Gala is Gran Ballo delle Maschere (Venetian Ball). In this celebration of Italian culture, scheduled for September 24, guests will experience intrigue, mystery, and exquisite art in the historic Venetian party ritual. With opulent decor including custom Venetian masks and a view of gondolas from the Casa piazza, fine food and wines, sumptuous entertainment, and live and silent auctions, Toast to the Casa will feature the richest offerings of San Clemente.

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the Sabras Band filters through the air. To top off the delightful extravaganza, famous accordion performer Nick Ariondo will delight attendees with Italian favorites on the Ocean Terrace.

The annual Toast to the Casa is a black tie optional event

devoted to fine wine, fine food, and the performing and visual

arts. The Toast is the Casa’s most important annual fundraiser, and Casa Romantica is inviting famous Italian photographer

Sandro Santioli to exhibit his work in the Casa Gallery,

sharing his photography of the Venice Carnival and the

craftwork of Venetian artisans. Artist Carla Almanza Del

is the cornerstone of the fundraising year. The event has room for

approximately 400 guests, with tickets selling for $175 per person if purchased before September 1, or $200 if purchased after that date.

The event will support Casa Romantica programs. More

Quant will display hand-made Venetian masks created

than 15,000 individuals each year benefit from Casa Romantica’s

be on display, along with a set replicating a Venetian canal,

of exhibitions, concerts, garden experiences, and educational

using ancient techniques. An authentic Gondola will also complete with an Italian opera-singing gondolier.

Studio Zanni will delight the audience with a

performance of commedia dell’arte in the Casa’s

amphitheater, as traditional Mediterranean music from

on-going exhibitions and community-directed programming programs.

For more information on Casa Romantica Cultural Center

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You can find Cast of Crowns Art Collective tucked away at the corner of Jasmin Street & Coast Highway in North Laguna. This brand new fine art, tattoo and body piercing gallery is owned and operated by two former Navy SEALs, Anthony Ianozzi and David Charbonnet. In the front gallery, a monthly rotation of

new and exciting works by students and alumni of the prestigious Laguna College of Art +

Design (LCAD) are shown, along with pieces from local veterans who have courageously served our country.

In the back gallery, Ianozzi and resident

artist Corey Remington can be found working away in ink. Both are classically trained fine artists from LCAD and specialize in largeformat, fine art tattoos. Each artist creates

customized, beautifully executed work as

unique as the wearer. Remington works on

synthetic limbs as well as skin, transforming prosthetics into extraordinary works of art. No tattoo gallery would be complete

without a body piercer in the mix. At Cast of

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From Russia with Love

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Elena Makarova, owner and gallery director of Elena Fine Art, welcomes visitors to her new gallery in Laguna Beach. Makarova is an established gallery owner of 10 years, with an international gallery near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, and now one here as well. Her gallery carries original works of art by Russians and other Europeans. “I am very proud to represent Russian artists,” explains Makarova. “They are

already famous in Europe, so it is time for them to become well known in the USA.” All of Makarova’s artists have shown in national and international exhibitions.

“We were invited by the Government of China to exhibit plein air works on Hainan

Island,” she says, “ and in 2014 we took part in La Biennale, in Palazzo Priuli, Venice.”

Olga Naletova Simmer Dyptich 3 x 2.9

Elena Fine Art presents original oils and watercolors, as well as limited edition

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Helena Modjeska and her Orange County Arden written by Peter J. Holliday

From advocates of free love to Quakers to Methodists, the spectrum of religious belief in nineteenth-century California was inclusive. Although the members of the short-lived Polish colony of artists near Anaheim (which had been founded by German émigrés in 1857) did not share a single religious faith or transcendent philosophy, they all engaged in 42 ARTpatronmagazine.com

the agricultural and literary activities favored by their famous leader, Madame Helena Modjeska (1840–1909).

Although Modjeska would become the reigning diva of the

Polish national theater, the details of her early life are vague. In her autobiography she glossed over the details of her first marriage, to her former guardian, Gustaw Zimajer. An actor

and director of a provincial theater troupe, he performed under the stage name Gustaw Modrzejewski, and his wife adopted

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the feminine version of this name

when she made her theatrical debut as

Helena Modrzejewska in 1861. (She later shortened and anglicized it to Modjeska,

which was easier for American audiences to pronounce.)

In 1868 the aspiring actress married

Count Karol Bozenta Chlapowski, who

was not really a count but was from the landed gentry. He was celebrated for

his role in the anti-tsarist, anti-Prussian insurrection of 1863, and as editor of

the liberal and nationalistic journal Kraj (The Country), he attracted a group of

like-minded upper-class and aristocratic reformers. Modjeska wrote that their

home “became the center of the artistic and literary world� of Poland. Writers,

politicians, artists, composers, and other actors frequented their salon. Among

them was the young Henryk Sienkiewicz, soon to earn renown for his 1895 novel of early imperial Rome, Quo Vadis?

The group shared a profound longing

for a refuge. As Modjeska recalled,

“Our friends used to talk about the new

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vexations to which each Pole was exposed in Russian or Prussian Poland.”

1967 to 2016

Sienkiewicz was the first to suggest

that they emigrate. “Little by little others

followed him,” Modjeska continued, “and soon five of them expressed the desire to

seek adventures in the jungles of the virgin land. My husband, seeing the eagerness of the young men, conceived the idea

of forming a colony in California on the

model of the Brook Farm. The project was received with acclamation.”

Arriving in Southern California in

1876, Modjeska and her husband bought a ranch where they could lead lives like

those envisioned by other émigrés from colder climes: a Virgilian existence as

enlightened gentleman farmers. Modjeska intended to abandon her theatrical career and devote herself to living “a life of toil

under the blue skies of California, among the hills, riding on horseback with a gun

over my shoulder.” As Kevin Starr wrote

in his book Inventing the Dream: California

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through the Progressive Era, she “reserved for herself the especially poetic task of bleaching linen by a riverbank, like a maiden in the Iliad.”

However, the new community failed,

for the colonists could barely speak

English and knew nothing about ranching or farming. Most eventually went their

separate ways, but those who could afford it remained, hiring professionals to run

the ranch as a kind of elegant villegiatura, where they led self-consciously aesthetic lives.

Modjeska resolved to return to

the stage, and achieved great success

reprising the Shakespearean roles she

had performed in Poland. In 1885 she

bought another ranch, this one 20 miles

east of Orange in the Santiago Canyon of

the Santa Ana Mountains, an area known today as Modjeska Canyon. Captivated by the idyllic landscape, she named the

ranch Arden after the enchanted forest in

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Stanford White, to design the house, his only work in the American West. Presumably working from

photographs and sketches, the young White kept the original twin-gabled

dwelling of pioneer couple Joseph and

Maria Refugio Pleasants as the low east end of the house to accommodate a

for presentations of music, drama, and

painting. Arden’s vestigial classical motifs

consciously linked the new Californians to the ancient tradition of Roman patricians pursuing their leisure at a gracious countryside villa.

Modjeska had shown an interest in

dining room. He then added a matching

creating landscape effects at the ranch

drawing them together with a larger,

influenced the career of a pioneer in

structure on the west as a bedroom wing, picturesque gabled section in the center

to house an open library, den, and music room. The main gable is graced with a

through careful planting, and her efforts Southland landscape and garden design, Florence Yoch.

Yoch’s father, Joseph, had sold

large Palladian window, with porthole

his mining company to Jay Gould and

architect also added large verandahs to

fashioned himself as a businessman and

windows above its side panels. The

the east and west fronts of the house for

outdoor dining and sleeping, allowing the new owners to truly live outdoors.

Modjeska herself complemented

the standing groves of live oak with

olive trees, palms, white lilacs, crowns of

thorns, and a rose garden. She gathered a salon at the graciously rambling cottage

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for discussions about literature and

moved his family to Santa Ana, where he gentleman farmer, building a spacious Italianate house flanked on one side

by orange groves and on the other by a grape arbor. In the 1890s he bought

beachfront property in Laguna and built the Hotel Laguna. The hotel became

the sophisticated gathering place for

those escaping the summer heat of such

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inland enclaves as Riverside and Pasadena,

and fortuitously provided Florence her first contact with several future clients.

Artists exhibited their work in the hotel’s

dancing pavilion, helping Laguna secure its

reputation as an art colony. The hotel hosted

evening concerts and readings, and Modjeska even performed scenes from Shakespeare. The diva took a fancy to Florence, and the

young girl visited Modjeska at Arden, where the estate’s magnificent blend of nature and

art inspired her interest in landscaping. Yoch went on to design gardens for clients from

Pasadena’s social elite to Hollywood royalty. Modjeska House was declared a

California Historical Landmark in 1935 and a National Historic Landmark in 1990.

Further reading: In addition to Modjeska’s

Memories and Impressions of Helena Modjeska (New York: Macmillan, 1910), see Marion Coleman’s biography: Fair Rosalind: The

American Career of Helena Modjeska (Cheshire: Cherry Hills Books, 1969). Earlier events

in Modjeska’s life have been fictionalized in Susan Sontag’s In America, and she

appears as a character in Willa Cather’s My Mortal Enemy. James Yoch wrote a sensitive biography of his aunt: Landscaping the

American Dream. The Gardens and Film Sets of

Florence Yoch: 1890-1972 (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1989). For more on the creation of

utopian communities in the state, see Kevin

Starr’s Inventing the Dream: California through

the Progressive Era (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985).

Peter Holliday teaches the history of classical art and archaeology at California State University, Long Beach. He is the

author of the recently published American

Arcadia: California and the Classical Tradition (Oxford University Press).

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Lucille Ball

Tows Her Trailer to Laguna Beach written by Stacy Davies

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Before she became television’s favorite wacky redhead and the world’s most beloved comedic legend, Lucille Ball was a B-movie babe who couldn’t catch a break. Arriving in Hollywood in 1931 after

being booted off Broadway by Ziegfeld himself, Ball maneuvered her way into

RKO Pictures as an uncredited contract

player. She appeared in bit parts opposite the likes of the Three Stooges, Jimmy Durante, and Jean Arthur, but it was

her string of cameos in several Fred and Ginger flicks as a model, hat-check girl, and other comely scenery that allowed

Ball to fortuitously strike up a life-long friendship with starlet Ginger Rogers. Thanks to the urging of Rogers’

mother Lela, who ran acting classes at RKO in which Ball was enrolled, the starlet received her breakout roll in

1937’s lady-themed screwball Stage Door,

starring Rogers, Katharine Hepburn, and newcomers Eve Arden and Ann Miller.

But while the film was a critical hit, and Ball was finally on the radar, her brief

stint as a scene-stealing, fast-talking dame didn’t pay off.

What followed were years of

mostly low-grade vehicles, prompting Hollywood to dub Ball “Queen of the B’s”—a title previously held by Fay

Wray—and the less insulting nickname

“Technicolor Tessie,” due to her flaming red hair, now visible in color films.

Nevertheless there were a few bright

spots along the way. In 1940’s Dance,

Girl, Dance, directed by Dorothy Arzner, Ball sang undubbed and wrastled with Maureen O’Hara in a catfight that left

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Street, she played a shallow snipe who

became paralyzed and was nursed by a

googly-eyed Henry Fonda (who reportedly fell in love real-life with her right then and there). And in 1947’s Lured, Ball

took an unusual turn as an undercover

agent tracking down a lady killer—with suspects including Boris Karloff. These

were dramatic parts, with wisecracking highlights, but as the years wore on, it was clear that comedy was where Ball belonged.

Teaming with Bob Hope in Sorrowful

Jones in 1949 and Fancy Pants in 1950

showcased Ball’s genius comedic timing,

flair for deadpan, and her iconic animated

gestures, and in The Fuller Brush Girl (1950), the early inklings of Lucy Ricardo can be found.

As she slogged through film after film,

Ball picked up a husband, Cuban singer

and actor Desi Arnaz, meeting him in the

RKO commissary after she and O’Hara had finished their Dance Girl brawl. Her harried look that afternoon didn’t impress Arnaz

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Girls (1940), they married. Arnaz’s film

career was merely a blip, however. There

was only room for one Latino star at a time in Hollywood and Ricardo Montalbán was the new industry favorite. This sent Arnaz

back on the road, leaving Ball stuck on sets of forgettable films, and the marriage was soon on the rocks.

To supplement their income, Ball

began taking radio work, and in 1948

found success as screwy wife Liz Cooper on My Favorite Husband at CBS. When

the show ended in 1951, Arnaz and Ball

pitched the station a sitcom with a similar flair, titled I Love Lucy and costarring

Desi, but CBS declined, fearing audiences

weren’t ready for an interracial TV couple. Refusing to take no for an answer,

Arnaz and Ball went on the road as a

vaudevillian act, booking “Ricky and

Lucy” as a pre-show at movie theatres across the nation, and they were so popular that CBS finally relented.

(The “seal” skit that appeared in the

Lucy pilot was straight from these live performances.)

It was two years into I Love Lucy

when Arnaz coaxed Ball into returning

to the big screen. The couple had formed

their own production company, Desilu, in 1950, and now partnered with producer

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and Ball, Desilu hired Vincente Minnelli to direct, but parent company MGM feared

the film would flop since audiences could already see the couple on TV for free.

Arnaz then made a wager with the studio, betting that if Trailer didn’t beat MGM’s

biggest hit to date, Father of the Bride, the couple would refund $50,000 of their

$250,000 contract. But if it did beat, Arnaz and Ball would be paid an additional 50 grand on their contract. MGM took the bet.

Chronicling the misadventures of

newlyweds Nicky and Tacy Collini, who purchase a 36-foot trailer so they can be together while Nicky travels across the

country for engineering jobs, Trailer was shot in six weeks in various California

locations, including the Sierra Nevada

Mountains, Palm Springs, Yosemite, and Laguna Beach.

The clifftop Treasure Island mobile

home park is the couple’s first stop on their perilous adventure, as well as

the point where they run into comedy

doyenne Marjorie Main. And while the “Breezy Bay” lot itself is a studio set,

there’s some nice rear-screen projection of the Laguna coastline and a wide

establishing shot of the Treasure Island

locale filled with (now) vintage trailers. Shot on a budget of $1.5 million

during the I Love Lucy summer hiatus, Trailer grossed $4.9 million at the box office—beating the North American

receipts for Father of the Bride by $1 million and winning Arnaz his studio bet. Critics gave the film a lukewarm reception, but fans didn’t care, filling theatres to get as

much of their beloved TV couple as they could. There was even a brief duet that

proved, when necessary, Lucille Ball really could carry a tune. Artistic mediocrity

notwithstanding, Trailer remains a cult

favorite of Lucy lovers, and while she may have stumbled into Hollywood and been criminally undervalued, the Technicolor Tessie finally showed Hollywood

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Margareta Gelles

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at Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art

written by Carolyn Bricklayer

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When Swedish contemporary artist Margareta Gelles was on vacation with her husband in Orange County last year, she made a stop in Laguna Beach to visit some galleries. And, as luck would have it, she found herself in Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art (LGOCA). Gelles made an immediate connection. LGOCA is a gallery in which every exhibiting

artist is also a humanitarian in his or her own right. Gelles, incidentally, is passionate about

working with children. She is a regular volunteer at a children’s hospital in Stockholm, Sweden.

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husband who announced that his wife was an artist. And when the Gallery Director saw the

Swedish artist’s work, she recognized that it would be a good fit for LGOCA.

“For me to work with a gallery in Laguna feels

good, since I spent much time in the area,” Gelles

says.” I like LGOCA because they are serious and

also for their work in the field of doing good,” she adds.

Today two large-scale mixed-media paintings

greet guests of the gallery, and though upon first glance they appear whimsical and playful—

depicting cartoon-like characters and images

reminiscent of Disney World—they contain a deeper message.

Babe, which Gelles created using house paint,

acrylics, magazine cutouts, charcoal, lacquer and

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In “Sit Down” the artist has embedded the following text: “Our desire to be liberated from limitations and from outside force can only be satisfied if we reach past time.” spray paint—among other materials—features a young

girl in a pink dress sitting upright in a chair, gazing out at

viewers, surrounded by bright colors and images of animals. The gallery was unable to translate the Swedish text

until another set of Swedish guests ventured into the gallery one day and saw the painting. The text can be translated

loosely as, “The older I get, the less I know … that intuition is questioned—don’t think you know everything,” and

lends itself to a deeper philosophical questioning, in contrast with the seemingly childlike image.

Gelles says that she draws inspiration mainly from

But one aspect that is clear in Gelles’ work is the appeal

of a child’s perspective, and of the freedom that can be

found in innocence. In Sit Down—which is displayed next

to Babe at LGOCA—the artist has embedded the following text: “Our desire to be liberated from limitations and from outside force can only be satisfied if we reach past time.”

The piece features what can be interpreted as a cartoonlike adult, looking upward on the left, and child, casting sad

eyes downward, next to what appears is a time-out chair below the titular text, “sit down.”

Not surprisingly, when asked to describe her aesthetic

her life and dreams, and insists that the message is open to

as an artist, Gelles—who has been creating art since she

explain my art too much or even put too much meaning in

explains, “I don’t want to put my work and art into a certain

interpretation from viewers: “I don’t want to describe or

my work,” she adds. “I rather see that viewer get their own meaning. We are all different and everybody gets so many various inputs looking at art.”

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was a little girl, and who enrolled in art school at age 18— box, I want to feel free and create.”

Gelles’ work will be displayed at LGOCA through 2016. For more information, go to lgoca.com.

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The Viking

Frank Cuprien and the Sea written by Grove Koger


Among the painters who helped create Laguna Beach’s art colony, the name of Frank Cuprien holds a prominent place, but in the years since his death in 1948 he’s gotten little attention. That’s a pity, because Cuprien played a key role in the community’s early artistic life and became the foremost champion of its spectacular coastline.

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The Golden Hour, Laguna Beach Oil on board, c. 1923; 24 x 28 inches Laguna Art Museum Collection, Museum purchase with funds from prior gift of the Carl S. Dentzel Estate and Frances G. Emmons

Cuprien was born on the other side of the continent in

Brooklyn in 1871 and attended classes at the Art Students

League of New York and the Cooper Union Institute before

studying under landscape painter Carl Weber in Philadelphia. Details are sketchy, but a more important Philly influence seems to have been marine artist William Trost Richards. Like many an American artist-to-be, Cuprien then

moved abroad—in this case for 11 years—to absorb what the Old World had to offer. His pilgrimage took him to Athens,

Rome, Florence, and Paris, in the last of which he studied at

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Laguna Sunset (Study) Oil on cardboard, 1930; 11 x 14 inches Laguna Art Museum Collection Gift of the Frank W. Cuprien Estate

months painting on Catalina Island during the same period, but in 1914 he became one of the first artists to settle in Laguna. In

celebration of his time at sea, he called his home—which stood on a bluff overlooking the Pacific near Bluebird Canyon—the Viking House.

Cuprien established a roundtable at the Sandwich Mill, at

the corner of Forest Avenue and Coast Highway, where he and

fellow artists could gather to talk shop. More importantly, he also helped the community turn an abandoned house into its first

gallery. “In the summer of 1918,” he would recall, “we fixed up the Académie Julian, the school that had also attracted fellow

Americans Guy Rose and Granville Redmond. But Cuprien also

excelled in music, studying voice and piano and graduating from Leipzig’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater in 1905. Along the

way, the multi-talented vagabond even shipped as a seaman on a trawler out of Hamburg.

Returning to the States, Cuprien taught at Baylor University

in Texas for five years before moving on to Southern California in 1910. He visited Laguna Beach for the first time in 1912,

planning, as he later wrote, to investigate the community he had been hearing so much about. “Reports of its charm had

not been exaggerated, I decided that day.” Cuprien spent a few

the ramshackle old building with the assistance of [grocery store

owner] Nick Isch. First we drove the bats out of the building and built a skylight in the roof. We whitewashed the walls and oiled the old floors. Later on we had a sewing bee, with all the ladies of the town present, and covered the walls with burlap.” The

gallery opened in late July, and the following month, with the

support of more than one hundred patrons, the artists founded the Laguna Beach Art Association.

“Everybody realized that the Gallery was the cultural center

of the community,” Cuprien explained, but his subsequent

comments remind us of just what the community was like in those early days. “Every Saturday night was Open House at

the Gallery. Lagunans groped their way down the narrow dark

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Sunset #2 Oil on masonite, 1938; 9 x 10 inches Laguna Art Museum Collection; Gift of the Frank W. Cuprien Estate

streets, lighted lanterns in their hands.

On cold nights they brought their own oil stoves. Even on the stormiest of nights a

few of us plowed through the mud … and

kept the Gallery going … [W]e knew what it would mean to the future of the town.”

But above and beyond his sense of civic

responsibility, Cuprien was in love with the

sea that washed Laguna’s shores, recreating

its moods in painting after painting. He was particularly good at capturing the play of

hazy sunlight on the water. A contemporary critic pointed out that Cuprien “loves to

paint a slow incoming tide with a subdued illumination of the sun, or the softness of the after-glow on the ocean at dusk.”

Visitors frequently named Cuprien the

most popular painter in the art association gallery, and when President Franklin

Delano Roosevelt’s motorcade passed

through Laguna in 1938, he was presented with one of Cuprien’s seascapes.

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The Fog Bank Oil on canvas, mounted on cardboard, 1914; 10 x 14 inches Laguna Art Museum Collection; Gift of the Frank W. Cuprien Estate

Talented as he was, however,

Cuprien wasn’t a technical trailblazer like some of his colleagues.

Nevertheless, he seemed to delight

in playing the role of the bohemian painter. A photograph taken by

Edward W. Cochems and now held by the UC Irvine library shows the bearded Cuprien be-smocked and be-capped, standing on a hillside

overlooking the surf, palette in one hand and brush in the other as he

contemplates his canvas. In town,

he sported knickers and puttees and belted jackets.

By the time of his death in 1948,

Cuprien had become known as the

Dean of Laguna Beach artists, and he

left his house and the rest of his estate

to the group that he had nurtured and that had nurtured him in turn.

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Previous Pages: The project’s 3-kilometer of floating piers across Lake Iseo were constructed of 220,000 specially designed and produced of high density polyethylene

cubes and pins. Production of the floating pier system

started in early August 2015, upon completion late last year all the components were moved into their final

designed location and were secured to the lake bed with 190 concrete and steel anchors to depths of 90 meters.

Opposite Page: On the morning of his third day, Tom

chartered an Italian helicopter to capture the essence

of The Floating Piers. The art work connected the town of Sulzano on the mainland to Peschiera Managlio on

Monte Isola, Peschiera Managlio to San Paolo Island and then San Paolo to Sensole on Monte Isola.

This Page: Numerous forms of spontaneous artistic selfexpression, were created in celebration of The Floating

Piers. Revelers and party goers from around the world

marveled and interacted from 6am to midnight with the ultimate experience of “walking on water.”

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This Page: The piers are 18 meters wide (about 59 feet) and approximately 35 centimeters high (14 inches) with sloping sides. The

interaction of light, water, fabric and people created the experience.

Opposite Page: The floating piers along with the over 1.5 kilometers of pedestrian walkways, docks and courtyards (totaling almost 3

miles) were covered with over 100,000 meters of nylon polyamide “dahlia yellow” fabric produced by Setrex in Graven Germany (who also produced the fabric for earlier projects Wrapped Reichstag and The Gates Project).

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This Page: Of the various lakes in Northern Italy he visited, Christo selected Lake Iseo for its intense beauty and natural character. The Lake is 62 miles east of Milan and 125 miles north of Venice.

Opposite Page: The Floating Piers was on exhibit for 16 days from June 18th to July 3rd, 2016. The project was entirely funded through the sale of Christo’s original works of art and after the 16-day exhibition all the components will be removed and recycled.

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California Scene Painting

Women Artists at the Hilbert Museum written by Liz Goldner images are courtesy of and owned by the Hilbert Museum of California Art

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Alexandra Bradshaw, Diver’s Cove Watercolor, 17x 21

Mary Blair, The Circus, Watercolor, 14x19.5 inches


The most renowned female artist in Southern California during

the 1940s was Mary Blair. Besides

working on animated features for the Disney studios, she painted

watercolors in her spare time, and these personal artworks became part of a movement known as California Scene Painting.

With its perfect climate, scenic beauty

and growing opportunities in tourism and the burgeoning film industry, Southern

California was truly a golden place when Blair began her career. It was within this

idyllic setting that the movement was born. American Scene Painting, the realistic

art style that gave rise to the California

variety, was popular in the early to mid-20th century. Artists in this movement depicted landscapes, urban settings and the daily lives of people at work and at play. Not

surprisingly, the movement’s artists were mostly men and included Thomas Hart

Benton, John Steuart Curry and Grant Wood. During the same period, “Los Angeles

probably had more artists working than

in any city in the world,” explains Mark Hilbert, founder of the recently opened

Hilbert Museum of California Art in the Old Towne neighborhood of Orange. “Movie

studios were voraciously hiring artists for set design, backdrops, animation, poster design and advertising.” And among these hired

artists, there were several women. Moreover, California, with its egalitarian perspective

generally regarded the work of female artists as equal to that of men.

The Hilbert Museum owns paintings

by several dozen of these women artists,

and this summer, many of these empathetic and technically proficient pieces will be on exhibit in their full glory. They reflect the

museum’s mission, which is to present works of California Scene Painting and other styles of California representational art with their

depictions of everyday life in the city, in the countryside and along the coast.

Blair (1911-1978) is one of the artists that

the Hilbert will be exhibiting this summer. She grew up in California, attended the

Chouinard Art Institute here, married artist Lee Blair and began working for Disney in

1940. She did preparatory work for Dumbo, Lady and the Tramp, Fantasia and other

features, often on location. And while at

these sites, Blair painted her own works. An example of this kind of effort is her

expressive oil The Circus, which she painted

at an arena as she prepared scenes for Dumbo.

And as Disney’s favorite artist, she later

created Disneyland’s It’s a Small World ride. Writer/curator Susan M. Anderson

describes the style used by Blair and her fellow artists. “The Disney cartoons and the California School watercolors share

formal features,” she writes in American

Scene Painting: California, 1930s and 1940s;

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Loren Barton, The Garden, Watercolor, 20x 30 inches

well-defined outlines, undulating curves and

The works of Burr (Berenice) Singer

serpentine lines.”

(1912-1992)—with their Social Realist aspects,

was Dorothy Sklar (1906-1966), who grew

Paintings—represent a different aspect of the

Another artist working for the studios

up in Southern California and studied with Millard Sheets and Stanton Macdonald

Wright at the Chouinard. Along with creating costume and stage designs for the movies, she was a prolific watercolorist, painting

scenes of everyday life and exhibiting widely.

Gordon McClelland, art historian and curator at the Hilbert, explains that Sklar often drove around Los Angeles looking for appropriate

scenes, parked, and then painted on an easel

attached to her steering wheel. Her depiction

evocative of traditional American Scene

California School. Her Touch Up, a depiction of a young African American woman in a

1940s Los Angeles nightclub, is a departure in subject matter from most other work set in the city at that time. The artist was born

in the Midwest, married and settled in L.A., and focused on portraying minorities and

people from the lower classes. According to

McClelland, the city’s art world re-discovered her poignant paintings in the late 1970s. Alexandra Bradshaw (1888-1981),

of working-class people enjoying themselves

another important artist in the California

bold use of color.

painting method. She also grew up in the

in a fun zone, Toonerville, demonstrates her Loren Barton (1893-1975) was not so

well known. As one the more peripatetic

artists working in the style, she grew up in

Los Angeles, traveled throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe, and lived in

Rome for a period. She painted classically influenced street scenes, harbor views,

landscapes and portraits. Her watercolor

In the Garden, which portrays a mother and child, is exceptional; its facial features and

details, created only with paint and not with preliminary drawings, are meticulously defined.

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School, followed her own muse in style and southern part of the state, attended Stanford, UCLA and Columbia University, was a

member of the California Watercolor Society

and the Fresno Art Association, and taught at

Fresno State College. Having studied modern painting techniques, she employed their

bright colors and sharp brushstrokes in her artwork. And as a part-time Laguna Beach

resident, she also depicted the community’s people and beaches. Her Divers Cove is a

stunning example of work from that period. Hilbert Museum of California Art; Chapman

University; www.chapman.edu; Tues.–Sat. 11 –5

Dorothy Sklar, Toonerville Watercolor, 21.5x 27.5 inches

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Adorn Me A Conversation with Jewelry Crafters about Process and Passion written By Kimberly B. Johnson • photographed by Tom Lamb

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While art is often confined to gallery walls, we all know that wearing it is the most fun. And what better time to experiment with your look than the summer season? In celebration of gleaming skies, sultry weather and a season of art-filled festivals, we’re chatting with jewelry makers from Art-A-Fair, Sawdust Art & Craft Festival and the Festival of Arts who create custom, hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind adornments.

Annette Doreng-Stearns

wants to try their hand in metal work can do so. All classes

Annette Doreng-Stearns is a native of Copenhagen,

are either two or three hours long, and include all materials.

number of media, including painting, sculpting and jewelry

bezel-setting class in which you learn how to set a stone,

using traditional metalsmithing methods.

in which you learn how to handle a jeweler’s saw. I also

Denmark, and an award-winning artist who excels in a

making. She produces unique silver and copper jewelry

LBAM: Annette, you employ your talent year-round as an

instructor at the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival grounds. Can you tell us a bit about your classes and what to expect?

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At the moment I teach four different classes. One is a

solder silver and plan a design. Another is a sawing class teach a cold-connecting class in which you can make a

ring without ever playing with fire. And finally there is a fold-forming class, which is all about folding metal and hammering shapes into what will become a cuff.

I teach special classes as well, so if someone calls

Sawdust to request something specific—and that is always fun—I have to come up with something new.

LBAM: You are a trained architect by trade but have found yourself in the world of jewelry making. How does your background in architecture inform and influence your jewelry work?

ADS: My training as an architect tends to influence my work more in the construction process than in the

design itself. Every piece I make is first drawn and

figured out on paper, and from there, the steps of the construction are laid out.

Since I make only one-of-a kind pieces, every piece

has to be considered as a new idea, and the discipline of

made the work, and silver takes patterns and hammer marks so beautifully, as well as a patina.

My work is mostly about storytelling. I am from

Denmark and come out of a rich culture full of history and stories. I love to find pictures in the stones that I

use and build a scene made of silver around it. It can

be animals in a forest, birds in the sky, fish in the water, and so on.

I get very inspired by nature and use quite a lot of

symbolism. As I am also a stone sculptor, a lot of my

pieces are sculptural in nature.

I want my jewelry to be pieces of art, not “just

working from an idea to a finished product is basically

jewelry,” so I strive for that. I strive for the interaction

a piece of jewelry. Of course no one has to live inside a

to be able to find their own stories in what they see, and

the same whether working on a building, a sculpture or piece of jewelry, but I still have to think about weight, balance, comfort, color, and so on.

LBAM: Can you talk about your aesthetic and what it

consists of?

ADS: I work mostly in silver and copper, silver being

my preferred metal in jewelry. I love the way you can

transform this inherently hard material into looking soft

between the wearer and my story. I want my customers I believe that if I have an intention behind what I do, it translates into something where other people can find

themselves. It makes me so happy when a customer has a strong connection with a piece I made.

You can find Annette Doreng-Stearns at booth 321 at this year’s Sawdust Art & Craft Festival.

and colorful. I really like to see traces of the hand that

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Sylvia Binkley Sylvia Binkley is a recent Laguna Woods transplant

by way of Los Angeles, as well as a jewelry artist who specializes in custom-made products for her creative company LiquidSky Jewelry.

LBAM: Sylvia, your work is highly regarded for being

uniquely crafted in cut, color and design. Can you

describe what inspires your choices in these regards?

SB: I’ve been very lucky to have been drawn to

distinctly different disciplines in jewelry making. I’m

most drawn to the abstract, but I can be inspired by

something I see in my online research that may lead me

method of creation is giving you the most joy to work with right now?

SB: It’s hard to choose one; I always feel most creative

when going back and forth from one to another. My favorites continue to be stone-carving, intarsia and wire-weaving—and I love incorporating several

different styles into one piece, such as a carved face

set in a wire-weave, or an intarsia set in a fabricated

bracelet. I work in both silver and copper, but recently

have just discovered Argentium silver, which is similar to sterling, but much, much easier to work with.

LBAM: You put a lot of thought into your creations before

in a whole new direction as well.

the actual production. What does that process look like

beluga whale whose image had gone viral, and that

designing a piece?

Earlier last year, I was enchanted by a certain

inspired me to start carving whale tails. I’ve also been

extremely drawn to heady wire weaving. I learned the basics of jewelry intarsia from a wonderful instructor,

Anthony Chavez, at Venice Vocational Adult Education, and I continue to improve under the tutelage of Connie Grundke in classes at Saddleback College Emeritus

Institute. I prefer the simplest overall design possible, and I love all of the green, green/blue, and purple tones.

LBAM: As mentioned, you often work with jewelry

through a variety of methods, including intarsia,

stone-carving, wire-weaving and working with natural materials such as chalcedony and sugilite stones. What

for you when you’re beginning your first steps towards

SB: Always, my first step is detailed imagery. I have a

knack for creating mental images, so that’s my comfort zone for designing. When I can’t sleep, I lie in bed and mentally design jewelry, then I’ll inwardly go through

the process of creating it. That’s surprisingly rewarding, because I discover things that won’t work way before I

find out at the workbench! And if I do get stuck, I have a discussion with my fellow jewelry artists, as well

as with my husband, James, a talented painter, about

possible solutions, and I always get some fresh ideas. You can find Sylvia Binkley at booth B12 at this year’s Art-A-Fair.

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Adam Neeley Adam Neeley has been creating one-of-a-kind

early success was affirming and inspired me to pursue a jewelry-focused education, including studies at the

pieces of jewelry since adolescence, learning the

Gemological Institute of America and in Europe. The

in his first major show at 15. Neeley is a passionate

make me sure as ever that I’m on the right path. At

Laguna on North Coast Highway.

exciting to imagine what fabulous creations are yet to

rudiments of gemstone cutting at 12 and participating

honors and recognition I’ve received along the way

artisan, boasting his own jewelry flagship located in

32, I still have most of my career ahead of me and it’s

LBAM: Adam, your jewelry-making career has been


LBAM: Your work is said to be inspired heavily by your

somewhat of a lifelong process of creation for you—

dreams and your subconscious. Can you explain how

products to celebrity clients by 15. Did you always

AN: I find a powerful resource of design in an early

apprenticing in the craft by the age of 12 and selling know you wanted to design and produce jewelry?

AN: Yes, jewelry has always been my passion. As a

dreams play into your creations?

dream state. Many great artists and inventors such as Dali and Thomas Edison used this hypnagogic state

boy, I fell in love with gemstones and art. The first

of consciousness to create. In this meditative mind

the Telluride Art Festival in Colorado and I sold out.

photograph. It’s thrilling to transform these dreams into

time I offered my jewelry for sale, I was a teenager at

frame, I visualize a design in its finished state—like a

That’s when I realized this would be my career. My

beautiful jewels.

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loved colored gems. For me, they tell a


crystal in the mountains of Colorado, I have


AN: Since I found my first smoky quartz

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color plays throughout your work?


Current Issue $8 1 Year Subscription $18 LBAM: Your collections seldom shy away from

the use of color. Can you describe what role

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unique story and often inspire the designs. I am drawn to vibrant colors and incorporate many rare and unusual collector stones in my work. Through my design, I strive to showcase the beauty nature has created.

LBAM: You’ve had a flagship store in Laguna

Beach for over a decade now. Can you tell us what customers can expect to see, and what services they can take advantage of upon visiting Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry?

AN: Every day we seek not only to sell jewelry, but also to share our enthusiasm

and knowledge. Visitors can expect to feel

welcomed, to learn, and to try on something extraordinary. In honor of our 10-year anniversary, I’ve created a special line

of couture jewelry. I’m thrilled to release

these singularly elegant and one-of-a-kind pieces. We are also planning to publish a

retrospective book celebrating the past 10 years in Laguna.

You can find Adam Neeley at booth 64 at this year’s Festival of Arts.

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CALENDAR: LAGUNA BEACH Ongoing- Tue. - Sat. 11- 5

Narrative Visions: 20thcentury California Art from the Hilbert Collection

Hilbert Museum of California Art, 167 North Atchison Street, Orange The Museum’s inaugural exhibition displays California scene paintings from the collection of Mark and Jan Hilbert. Free to the public. hilbertmuseum.com; (714) 516-5880

Now - Aug. 31st, 10-11:30

Thu., Aug. 4, 2016, 6-9pm

Sat., Aug. 13, 2016

650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, Artist Wendy Wirth showcases her latest original land and seascapes at Exhibitor Booth 27. Come meet the Artist in person, Wednesday through Sunday night’s 5-9pm. wendywirth.com; (949) 831-4062 studio

Sandstone Gallery Laguna 384-A N Coast Hwy Stream of Consciousness, oil paintings on canvas by Jong Ro featured in the Front Gallery and In the Presence of Time, fire/mixed media assemblage paintings by Lawrence Terry, in the Skylight Gallery. sandstonegallery.com; (949) 497-6775

777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, Celebrate 50 years of fine art with us: food, music, golden ticket winner announced. Laguna Art-A-Fair admission $7.50. Check website for more info. art-a-fair.com; (949) 494-4514

Laguna Beach Festival of Arts

Artists’ Openings

OngoingMon. - Fri. 9-6 & Sat. 9-4

Fri., Aug. 5 & Sat. Aug. 6, 2016 7:30-9:30; Sun., Aug. 7, 2-4:30

Wells Fargo Building 2nd floor, 260 Ocean Ave. Laguna Beach Back to back exhibits thru 1/2017 caplaguna.org: CommunityArtProjectLB@gmail

No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St., Laguna Beach; A goofy musical delight that explores the idea that winning isn’t everything. Rated PG. Directed by Joe Lauderdale. Adult $25 nosquare.org

“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

CAP GALLERY Exhibits: “Contemporary Abstraction”/”Mixed MediaA Retrospective”

Laguna Art-A-Fair’s Golden 50th Celebration

Sun., Aug. 14, 2016

Dance Party with Lessons

935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, Professional dancer and choreographer Alexey Ryazanov will be hosting our dance parties and helping visitors perfect some fun dance moves! sawdustartfestival.org; (949) 494-3030

Now - Sun., August 28, 2016 Open Daily Sunday-Thursday 10-9pm, Friday & Saturday 10am-10pm

Laguna Art-A-Fair

777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach Celebrating 50 years of fine artDiscover 125 distinguished artists at this juried fine art festival. Enjoy live music, outdoor cuisine, daily art workshops. art-a-fair.com; (949) 494-4514

Mon., Aug. 1, 2016-All Month

WW1 and WWII Marine military poster exhibition

Sun., Aug. 14, 2016

The Vintage Poster Gallery 1492 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, Open to the public. thevintageposter.com; (949) 376-7422

Artists’ Benevolence Fund Auction

Tue., Aug. 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2016

Art Alive – Live Artist Demos

935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach; Art Alive will be a relaxed atmosphere event in which artists can interact with visitors or simply get in the zone and demonstrate their craft. sawdustartfestival.org; (949) 494-3030 Now - Saturday August 13, 2016 from 10am-11:30pm daily Auction: August 13, 1-4pm

Sat., Aug. 13, 2016 8 pm

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine Relive the adventures of Indiana Jones with John Williams’ thrilling score performed live! Tickets from $25. pacificsymphony.org; (714)755-5799

The Art-To-Go Shoe Show

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach Exhibit and daily sale of 100 footwear-themed originals, concludes with a sell-out auction during the Festival Runway Fashion Show. Proceeds support artists in need. TheArtistsFund-foa.org (949) 612-1949 Now - Aug. 28, 2016, 10-10 daily

50th Annual Sawdust Art Festival,

935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, Come and experience over 200 Laguna Beach artists, live entertainment, art demonstrations, classes and outdoor cafes in a cool eucalyptus grove setting. General Admission $9.00 sawdustartfestival.org; (949) 494-3030

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Laguna Plein Air Painters Association City Hall Cultural Exhibition

Laguna Beach City Hall 505 Forest Avenue Laguna Beach Artists Reception (date TBA) Come and join us for a glass of wine and view the work of LPAPA artists. Show runs through October 7. lpapa.org; (949) 376-3635

Casa Cool: Trouble in the Wind

Sip, Talk & Walk

415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, Rock and roll with San Diego based band Trouble in the Wind. The Cut food truck will be on site with their all-natural, handcrafted burgers. General Admission: $25, Members: $20 casaromantica.org; (949) 498-2139

935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, Visitors will gain insights into Sawdust legend while exploring unique art presentations from a variety of artists and enjoying a complimentary wine tasting. sawdustartfestival.org/ special-events; (949) 494-3030 Thu., Aug. 4, 2016 7pm 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, Join us for interesting fisherman’s tales and true legends told by Gregory Harrison, an award winning actor and native of Avalon. Free admission, casaromantica.org; (949) 498-2139

Mon., Aug. 15–Oct. 7, 2016

Thu., Aug. 18, 2016 7pm

Wed., Aug. 3, 10 & 17, 2016

Casa Coastal: Gregory Harrison

935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach,The Sawdust Artists’ Benevolence Fund awards grants to working Laguna Beach artists in need. Come support the Fund and participate in the annual auction. sawdustartfestival.org; (949) 494-3030

Sat., Aug. 13, 2016, 5-7pm

NORTH OF TIJUANA/ Opening Reception

Showcase Gallery 3851 S. Bear St. #B15, Costa Mesa (South Coast Plaza Village) 50 artists showing their LOCAL work, photography, oil, watercolor, acrylic & 3-D. Refreshments & free parking next to Room & Board.

Fri., Aug. 19, 2016 6-9pm

Friday Night Happenings

Beacon Park, 501 Benchmark, Irvine , Great Park Neighborhoods’ Beacon Park is transformed into a gathering place to enjoy live music, live art, a beer and wine garden, food trucks galore. greatparkneighborhoods.com/ events; (949) 733-3260

Fri., Sep. 9, 2016 by Appt Only

Auditions for the holiday show and A Charlie Brown Christmas

Sat. Aug. 20, 2016 at 1pm

Delivery/dedication via parade

No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St., Laguna Beach Open to ages 11+; Directed by Joe Lauderdale, nosquare.org

Sea lion sculpture in progress before going to “furever” home 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, Preview artists work on sculpture at Laguna Art-AFair before it goes to its new home at Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Laguna Art-A-Fair admission $7.50 art-a-fair.com; (949) 494-4514

Sun., Sep. 11, 2016 12pm

Master Class with Jodie Gates

Kush Fine Art 210A Forest Ave Laguna Beach, Join Vladimir Kush for a presentation and live unveiling his newest sculpture Route 66. Free Event vladimirkush.com

Laguna Beach High School dance studio, 625 Park Avenue, Laguna Beach, Experience a master class with former prima ballerina Jodie Gates. Tickets: $25 per student; $15 observer; student package $50 master class and Festival performance lagunadancefestival.org; (949) 497-2787

Sat., Aug. 20, 2016 12-4pm

Tue., Sep. 13, 2016 8 pm

Sat., Aug. 20 2016 4-9pm

Route 66

We’ve Got Your Back! Build-A-Backpack & Adopt-A-Backpack Drive.

Seven Gables Orange Office 229 N Glassell St, Orange, Join us for a Build-A-Backpack BBQ and help us to reach our goal of 150 backpacks to give to the Forgotten Children in Orange Unified School District. Donate from July 10th August 20th at our Office. *Donate Online at: gofundme.com/backpacksfororange

An Evening with Renée Fleming

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, America’s reigning diva sings popular favorites from the world of opera and Broadway. Tickets from $50. pacificsymphony.org; (714) 755-5799 Fri., Sep. 16, 2016 6-9 pm

Sat., Sep. 24, 2016 8pm

Coast to Coast Contemporary Cool: BalletX & BODYTRAFFIC

The Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach Philly meets L.A. on the stage with top contemporary dance companies from each city. Tickets: General admission $60; Students with ID $35 lagunadancefestival.org; (949) 497-2787

The Spy Who Loved Me featuring Sheena Easton

Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine Themes of the dashing and debonair James Bond, Mission Impossible and other spy movies. Tickets from $25. pacificsymphony.org; (714)755-5799

Beacon Park, 501 Benchmark, Irvine , Beacon Park is transformed into a gathering place to enjoy live music, live art, a beer and wine garden, food trucks galore. greatparkneighborhoods.com/ events; (949) 733-3260

Tue., Aug. 30 – Sep. 26, 2016

Wed., Sep. 21, 2016 6pm

Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave Laguna Beach LPAPA artists exhibiting iconic Laguna Beach scenes show continues till September 26, 2016. Opening Reception – September 10, 5–8pm, lpapa.org; (949) 376-3635

The Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, Experience a Master Class taught by Kyle Abraham, 2013 MacArthur fellow. Tickets: $25 per student; $15 observer; student package $50 master class and Festival performance lagunadancefestival.org; (949) 497-2787

Master Class with Kyle Abraham

LPAPA in Residence “Autumn Colors” exhibit & sale

Sun., Aug. 21, 2016 7:30pm

Friday Night Happenings

Thu., Sep. 1, 2016 6:30 & 7pm

Free Art Walk performance: Sculpted Motion Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach Live dance performance amid works by maverick modernist Peter Krasnow. lagunadancefestival.org; (949) 497-2787 Thu., Sep. 1, 2016, 6-9 pm

Artists’ Openings

Sandstone Gallery Laguna 384-A N Coast Hwy , Art Under Pressure, original monotypes by Ann Moore in the Front Gallery with Figures in the Abstract, semi-abstract figure paintings by Hyatt Moore in the Skylight Gallery. sandstonegallery.com; (949) 497-6775

Thu.-Sat., Sep. 22-24, 2016 8pm Sat., Sep. 3, 2016 8pm

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine Selections from “Swan Lake,” “The Nutcracker,” favorite concertos and the 1812 Overture. Tickets from $25. pacificsymphony.org; (714) 755-5799 Fri., Sep. 9, 2016 7pm

Casa Cinema: Toy Story

415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, Enjoy popular film Toy Story (1995) under the stars. Bring lawn chairs/blankets; refreshments and popcorn are available for purchase. Space is limited. Free admission casaromantica.org; (949) 498-2139

Kern Plays Rachmaninoff

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, Tickets from $25. Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. pacificsymphony.org; (714) 755-5799 Sep. 22 -23 2016 7:30pm

Kyle Abraham/Abraham. In.Motion

The Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, Pavement is Abraham’s thought-provoking meditation on the 1991 film Boyz N The Hood and a 1903 book by W.E.B. DuBois; Tickets: General admission $60; Students with ID $35 lagunadancefestival.org; (949) 497-2787 ARTpatronmagazine.com 91


Mon., Oct. 10, & Wed., Oct. 12, 2016, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Thu., Oct. 6, 2016 7pm

Casa Classic: Aya Kiyonaga

Sat., Sep. 24, 2016 5-7pm

SONORAN GARDENS/ Opening Reception

Showcase Gallery 3851 S. Bear St. #B15 So. Coast Plaza Village, 50 artists showing their LOCAL work, photography, oil, watercolor, acrylic & 3-D. Refreshments, free parking next to Room & Board. Sat., Sep. 24, 2016 10 am-12pm

Master Class by BODYTRAFFIC

Laguna Beach High School dance studio, 625 Park Avenue, Laguna Beach, Experience a master class taught by one of L.A.’s youngest and most talked-about companies. Tickets: $25 per student; $15 observer; student package $50 master class and Festival performance lagunadancefestival.org; (949) 497-2787

Sat., Sep. 24, 7:30-8:30pm

MARQUEE FIVE in concert

No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St., Laguna Beach, This Mac Award-winning Manhattan vocal group brings tight harmonies, clever arrangements, and an actor’s sensibility to a repertoire Talkin’ Broadway tags “sublime”. Adult $20 nosquare.org Sun., Sep. 25, 2016 10 am-12 pm

Master Class by BalletX

Laguna Beach High School dance studio, 625 Park Avenue, Laguna Beach, Experience a class taught by this Philadelphia-based company with a passion for bold, new dance. Tickets: $25 per student; $15 observer; student package $50 master class and Festival performance lagunadancefestival.org; (949) 497-2787

Sat., Sep. 24, 2016 5:30-10pm

Sun., Sep. 25, 2016 3pm

415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, Casa Romantica’s annual themed fundraiser gala. Artists, musicians, performers, Venetian canal, costumes, local food and wine, live and silent auction. $200 per person casaromantica.org; (949) 498-2139

The Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, Bold and daring performance by Philadelphia’s hottest contemporary dance company. Pre-show conversation with director at 2pm Tickets: General admission $60; Students with ID $35 lagunadancefestival.org; (949) 497-2787

Sat., Sep. 24, 12:30-5:30pm

Tue., Sep. 27 – Oct. 12, 2016

Toast to the Casa 2016: Gran Ballo Delle Maschere

Audition Workshop with MARQUEE FIVE

No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St., Laguna Beach Members of the Mac Awardwinning Manhattan vocal group share the secrets to successfully audition. Ages 12+. Adult $100 nosquare.org

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Preview Exhibition 18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Invitational

LPAPA In Residence, 480 Ocean Ave Laguna Beach Preview of works of art by the 35 invited artists for the 18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational lagunapleinair.org; (949) 376-3635

415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, Symphony violinist Aya Kiyonaga performs an intimate violin concert in the Casa main salon with a piano accompanist. $25 per person casaromantica.org; (949) 498-2139 Fri., Oct. 7, Bash at 6:00 and Show 7:30-10pm Sat., Oct. 8, 7:30-10:00 pm

LAGUNATICS 2016 “Yuge!”

No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St., Laguna Beach What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? Lagunatics in an election year. It’s hilarious and it’s YUGE! Adult $35-$150 nosquare.org Sun., Oct. 9, 2016

18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Quick Draw

Main Beach – Downtown, Laguna Beach, Come out and watch as 35 Invited artists from across the country take on the challenge of completing a painting in 2 hrs. lagunapleinair.org; (949) 376-3635 Sun., Oct. 9, 2016

18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Meet & Greet the Artists & Quick Draw Auction

Seven Degrees Laguna Beach (time announced on website) Come out and meet the 35 Invited Invitational artists lagunapleinair.org; (949) 376-3635 Mon., Oct. 10, 2016 10am – 12pm

18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Kid’s PaintOut & Cookie Reception Heisler Park Laguna Beach Students will be paired with plein air painters attending the invitational for inspiration and to learn new techniques from the masters. lagunapleinair.org; (949) 376-3635

18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Plein Talk Ask Us Any Question – Get To Know Our Artists

Forest & Ocean Gallery 480 Ocean Ave Laguna Beach Public invited to join in on an open and lively discussion with artists and panel of experts about plein air painting and collecting lagunapleinair.org; (949) 376-3635 Wed., Oct. 12, 2016 11-2pm

18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Next Generation PaintOut

Heisler Park Laguna Beach This event is designed to cultivate the next generation of plein air painters. Come out and watch local students paint. lagunapleinair.org; (949) 376-3635 Thu., Oct. 13, 2016 11am-12:30pm

18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Outdoor Artist Demonstrations

Heisler Park, Treasure Island Park & Main Beach Laguna Beach Public invited to watch and learn how artists work in different mediums, lagunapleinair.org; (949) 376-3635 Fri., Oct. 14, 2016, 7pm-10:30pm

18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Collectors’ Gala Reception (ticketed event)

Tivoli Too 777 Laguna Canyon Rd Laguna Beach, Attendees will have the first chance to view and purchase, in advance of the general public, the artwork presented for awards, judging. lagunapleinair.org; (949) 376-3635 Fri.-Sat., Oct. 14-15, 2016 8pm

Amy Grant

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, The six-time Grammy winner sings hits such as “Baby Baby,” “Every Heartbeat” and more. Tickets from $35. pacificsymphony.org; (714) 755-5799

Thu., Oct. 20, 2016 7 pm

Dr. John S. Mulchaey of Carnegie Observatories

415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, Research astronomer at Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena & scientific editor for The Astrophysical Journal talks about galaxies & black holes with live images of the sky. $12 per person casaromantica.org; (949) 498-2139 Fri. Oct. 21 & Sat., Oct. 22, 2016 7:30-10, Sun., Oct. 23, 6:00-9:30

LAGUNATICS 2016 “Yuge!”

Fri., Oct. 14 & Sat., Oct. 15, 2016 7:30-10, Sun., Oct. 16, 6-9:30

LAGUNATICS 2016 “Yuge!”

No Square Theatre, 3 84 Legion St., Laguna Beach What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? Lagunatics in an election year. It’s hilarious and it’s YUGE! Adult $35-$150 nosquare.org Sat. Oct. 15, 2016 10am-5pm & Sun., Oct. 16, 2016 10am–3pm

18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Public Art Show and Sale

Tivoli Too 777 Laguna Canyon Rd Laguna Beach, Free to the public who will have the opportunity to meet the participating artists and purchase artwork., lagunapleinair.org; (949) 376-3635 Oct. 16 – Jan. 15, 2017

Miss Hills of Laguna Beach

Laguna Art Museum 307 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach The exhibition showcases over forty of Hills’s paintings along with documentary materials relating to her life and work in Laguna Beach lagunaartmuseum.org; 949.494.8971

Oct. 16 – Jan. 15, 2017

Phillip K. Smith: Bent Parallel

No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St., Laguna Beach What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? Lagunatics in an election year. It’s hilarious and it’s YUGE! Adult $35-$150; nosquare.org

Thu., Oct. 27-29, 2016 8pm

Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel

Segerstrom Center for the Arts 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa Named 2013 Musician of the Year by Musical America, Gustavo Dudamel is widely regarded as one of the most dynamic conductors of our generation. scfta.org; 714-556-2787 Sun., Oct. 30, 2016 6pm

NTL: Frankenstein

Irvine Barclay Theatre 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. 15 Yrs+ thebarclay.org; 949-854-4646

Laguna Art Museum 307 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach Phillip K Smith III’s monumental installation Bent Parallel envelopes viewers in immersive reflective light continuing the artist’s ongoing dialogue with color theory, optics, scale, and technology. lagunaartmuseum.org; 949.494.8971 Oct. 27, 2016 4-7pm

Yappy Howl-O- Ween

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, Yappy Howl-O- Ween is the chance for pups to strut their stuff in their favorite costume. ritzcarlton.com Sat., Nov. 12, 2016 5- 11pm

The Diamond Ball

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, One Ritz Carlton Drive,Dana Point, An Evening of Inspiration Committed to Changing Lives. A benefit for the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence. The evening will include a silent and live auction, a four-course dinner presented by the resort’s Executive Chef Brian Sundeen, and music and dancing. Wines from Mutt Lynch Winery will be paired with each course. thediamondball.org; 949-489- 5810 Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10am

Scarecrow Making Workshop

415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, Children (7+) will plant corn in personal pots and create a small scarecrow for their new plant. Space limited to 20 participants. Free admission casaromantica.org; (949) 498-2139

Thu. -Sat., Oct. 20-22, 2016 8pm

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 with Arnaud Sussman. Tickets from $25. pacificsymphony.org; (714) 755-5799 Thu., Oct. 27-29, 2016 7:30pm

Betty Buckley

Segerstrom Center for the Arts 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa Betty Buckley, one of Broadway’s most legendary leading ladies, won a Tony Award® for her performance as Grizabella in Cats.

scfta.org; 714-556-2787

Fri., Oct. 28 & Sat., Oct. 29, 2016 Sun., Oct. 30, Gala 5:00 Show

LAGUNATICS 2016 “Yuge!”

No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St., Laguna Beach What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? Lagunatics in an election year. It’s hilarious and it’s YUGE! Adult $35-$150 nosquare.org Fri.-Sun., Oct. 28-30, 2016 7pm

Casa Creepy: Haunted House

415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, Casa grounds are transformed into a spooky maze inspired by 1920s horror films and our own history. Maze is suitable for ages 13+. $15 per person (949) 498-2139 casaromantica.org ARTpatronmagazine.com 93

CALENDAR: LOS ANGELES thru Aug. 15, 2016

Tim Youd Retypes: John Rechy’s Novel City of Night

Youd is set to type overnight in the storefront at LACE on Hollywood Blvd. for 15 days from 10pm - 4am; Tim Youd brings his 100 Novels Project to LACE with the overnight retyping of John Rechy’s classic LGBT novel City of Night, followed by the retyping of its companion novel Numbers. These performances will mark the 47th and 48th novels - the virtual halfway point - in the series. LACE is the ideal venue to celebrate Youd’s homage to Rechy’s Roman a clef of his life as a male hustler with its long history of groundbreaking performance art and its Hollywood Boulevard location. www.welcometolace.org

birthday anniversary. This newly curated collection features Australian Artist David Bromley’s canvases, and the world’s most famous photographic works of Marilyn Monroe. www.andrewweissgallery.com thru Sep. 4


Hauser Wirth & Schimmel is pleased to present ‘Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016,’ the inaugural exhibition at its new complex in the heart of the downtown Los Angeles Arts District. Through nearly 100 works made by 34 artists over the past seventy years, this ambitious undertaking traces ways in which women have changed the course of art by deftly transforming the language of sculpture since the postwar period. www.hauserwirthschimmel.com thru Sep. 4


Free Admission (donations gratefully accepted) In Shakespeare’s final play, magic, first love and the forces of revenge intersect on a mysterious island. Prospero has spent 12 years in exile watching his growing daughter, Miranda, all the while plotting to punish his duplicitous brother with the sorcery he has been practicing. But when the opportunity presents itself, he learns that magic doesn’t make the man, the world is stranger than it appears and that perhaps the past is only history. An outdoor production at the Old Zoo. www.iscla.org

thru Mar. 31, 2017

Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk

celebrating the lasting influence of punk rock progenitors the Ramones www.grammymuseum.org Sep. 9 - 11

The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival

GENERAL ADMISSION includes: Live Entertainment, FREE Souvenir E-Photo, Live Interactive Reptile Exhibit, Seating, Children’s Stage (Sat./Sun.), Inflatable Bounces, Dance Floor and Lessons and Live Sports Tent. Karaoke Lounge on Friday and Saturday Night. Line Dancing Lessons on Sunday. www.originallobsterfestival.com thru Oct. 1, 6:30-9:00pm

Monkey Town Los Angeles

Video cinema + dining installation inside a 27-foot cube. Open nightly for our Grand Finale edition in Downtown Los Angeles from June 1 October 1, 2016, Tickets from $50 www.monkeytownhq.com thru - Oct. 3

“Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life” The Broad 221 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, California 90012 213-232-6200 www.thebroad.org

thru Sep. 4

Windfall by Box Collective

thru Aug. 20, 2016

CHIMENTO CONTEMPORARY: Summer Invitational Exhibition

Danny First will present Case Study a series of paintings in the main gallery. Ashley Campbell- Wilhelmina Zorne for Ashley Campbell, www.chimentocontemporary.net thru Aug. 21

Refugee and New American Photography Exhibits

REFUGEE explores the lives of refugees from a host of diverse populations dispersed and displaced throughout the world. The New Americans installation at Skylight Studios features a collection of stories on refugees who made their way to the United States to start a new life. www.annenbergphotospace.org thru Aug. 29

Duchamp to Pop

For many of the 20th century’s greatest practitioners, the work of a singular artist exercised a potent influence—that artist is Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968). Duchamp to Pop draws from the Norton Simon Museum’s collection and rich archives of two seminal exhibitions in the early 1960s to illustrate Duchamp’s sway over Pop Art and its artists, especially Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and others. www.nortonsimon.org thru Sep. 1st 2016

Marilyn at 90: A Tribute by David Bromley

A Retrospective Exhibition: Marilyn Monroe through the Lens and with the Brush Andrew Weiss Gallery is honored to present, in its Los Angeles premier, a photographic retrospective in commemoration of Marilyn Monroe’s 90th

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Windfall features new furniture and functional objects from members of the Los Angeles-based Box Collective, a group of designer-makers dedicated to creating innovative objects from reclaimed and sustainably sourced wood. The works in the exhibition were fabricated from trees that fell in northeastern Los Angeles during the historic windstorm of 2011. Ten members of the group will have works on display: Robert Apodaca, Casey Dzierlenga, Harold Greene, David Johnson, RH Lee & JD Sassaman, Samuel Moyer, Andrew Riiska, Stephan Roggenbuck, Cliff Spencer, and William Stranger. www.cafam.org thru Sep. 11, 2016

Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau

Though his reputation was eclipsed in the early twentieth century with the triumph of Impressionism, Théodore Rousseau (1812–1867) was one of the giants of French landscape in the second half of the nineteenth century, and his work was avidly collected for staggering sums across Europe and North America. Bringing together about seventy-five paintings and drawings, this international loan exhibition explores the astonishing technical and stylistic variety of his work, revealing him to be one of the most exciting, experimental, and affecting artists of his day. www.getty.edu thru Sep. 15

Drag Queen Bingo: Live!

The Market’s ongoing Game Night gets even better with Drag Queen Bingo: Live! every first and third Thursday of the month starting June 16th! Show off your inner queen as your slay and sashay your way across the Bingo card with world-famous Bingo Boy and his drag Queen Bingo Hostess!! Race to fill up your card for Grand Central Market prizes/certificates. www.grandcentralmarket.com

thru Nov. 13, 2016

London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj

Between the 1940s and 1980s, when contemporary art was dominated by abstraction, conceptualism, and minimalism, a group of painters in London doggedly pursued the depiction of the human figure and everyday landscape, forging startling new approaches and styles. Drawn largely from the unrivaled holdings of the Tate in London, this is the first major exhibition in the U.S. to consider the work of six of the leaders of this “School of London” Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, and R. B. Kitaj ? collectively, providing a timely reassessment of their extraordinary achievement.

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A portion of the proceeds go to MOSTE, a non-profit giving girls from underserved communities the skills and tools they need to succeed in high school, in college and beyond. 1st Session 12-4pm, 2nd Session 5-8pm 9336 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, at The Culver Studios on the lawn of the mansion. Over 50 wineries, live New Orleans jazz band, gourmet food trucks, photo booth, and other fun goodies to enjoy. Food Trucks (Subject to change): Slammin’ Sliders, Say Hey Fish Tacos, Magia Mangia, Zema, Rolln Lobster Tickets from $60 www.uncorkedwinefestivals.com

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is pleased to announce the sole authorized and official venue for this unique presentation. Sculpt is a social science fiction movie that depicts unprecedented shapes and experiences, along with obsessions and fantasies. The film follows the thoughts of a man about whom we know very little, who seems to be constantly developing the concept of what experiencing beauty, thought, or obsession can be, despite the risks to which the subjects are exposed in the long term. www.lacma.org

Uncorked: Derby Days Wine Festival

Sat., Sep. 24, 2016 | 8:30 p.m.

Loris Gréaud: Sculpt

Sat., Aug. 20, 2016 | 8:30 p.m.

Summer Happenings: Rostam, Sparkle Division, Jlin, Macy Rodman, Tabita Rezaire

Oct. 29 thru Dec. 17, 2016, 7 - 9 pm


Prints depicting scenes from Japanese theater feature prominently in the Scripps collection of over 2400 Japanese prints. The collection provided ample material for this exhibition, which focuses on themes related to Kabuki, Bunraku and Noh theater. Costumes and masks will also be on view. rcwg.scrippscollege.edu/exhibitions




Taking inspiration from the large-scale photography of Andreas Gursky to the sculptural installations of Mike Kelley, the celebration of rave and club cultures courses an unlikely if ecstatic pulse through the Broad collection in Shifting Horizon Exploding Star, Underground and Rave Cultures, the fourth installment of Nonobject(ive): Summer Happenings at The Broad. Lasers up, as Sophie will take to the stage to share his highoctane sounds made for late-night dance floors. The pitch will pique as Vessel engages the crowd in a multimedia electronic performance and a live video mix by Charles Atlas graces the lush, looping echolalia of Julianna Barwick. DJ Lauren Bousfield will permeate the space with smart, complex electronic music that will bring a true crescendo to the summer nights series and Elysia Crampton will performance Dissolution of the Sovereign: A Time Slide into the Future--an audio-visual play that unfolds as a DJ production and live performance, bridging the oral history tradition and theater legacy of the Aymara people with Crampton’s own transfemme abolitionist grasp of futurity. www.thebroad.org


This self-guided tour, which started in 2004 and has flourished as much of Downtown has cleaned up, encompasses more than 40 galleries and museums spread throughout the area’s many sub-districts, including Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo and Gallery Row on Main and Spring Streets in the Historic Core. About 10,000 visitors regularly take the tour. www.downtownartwalk.org




Aug. 11, 2016


The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents one of the finest existing collections of Chinese paintings in the United States, formed over a period of 50 years by the late San Francisco Bay Area collector and dealer Jung Ying Tsao (1923–2011). The 17th century witnessed the fall of the Chinese-ruled Ming dynasty (1368–1644), the founding of the Manchu-ruled Qing dynasty (1644–1911), and was one of the most turbulent and creative eras in the history of Chinese art. Alternative Dreams presents work by over 80 artists, many of whom are the most famous painters of this period—including scholars, officials, and Buddhist monks. www.lacma.org

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Alternative Dreams: 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection


Aug. 7–Dec. 4, 2016

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Jeff Koons’s metallic balloon animals and the graphic paintings of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein spring to life with an evening of pop music, Footwork and yoga in the third program in Nonobject(ive): Summer Happenings at The Broad, titled Bling Bling, Pop Sensibilities. Debuting new solo material for the first time on the West Coast, Rostam (Discovery, producer for Vampire Weekend and various artists) will perform with both contemporary dancers and a string quartet. His performance will reside at the intersection of pop art and music in The Broad’s open-air plaza. William Basinski’s new project Sparkle Division makes its premiere with swinging sexy lounge music. Jlin dazzles with her angular approach to the popular Footwork genre, while Macy Rodman struts to tunes like “Lazy Girl” and “Clanging.” New media artist Tabita Rezaire leads an African yoga session with a distinctive slant in which the audience becomes the performance. The Broad, various locations, $35 www.thebroad.org

Summer Happenings: Sophie, Vessel, Charles Atlas, Julianna Barwick, Lauren Bousfield, Elysia Crampton

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