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Actress Bette Davis

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Earth Mother, Goddess, Sage

Artist and collector Anne England goes by many names For a host of artists and residents in Laguna Beach (and many more rooted elsewhere), Anne England is that neighborly sage, that Gaia, that guru; last year, Elizabeth McGhee even painted England’s portrait as a mythological oracle. But regardless of how you refer to her, all seem to agree that once Anne England touches your life, you are forever changed and forever indebted.



Stephanie Bachiero Expanding Horizons

Porcelain, unlike ordinary clay, has been Stephanie Bachiero’s medium of choice from the onset of an artistic journey that began as a ceramic student but evolved into that of a sculptor.


Elizabeth McGhee

the art of a storyteller

A classically trained painter, McGhee does not paint conventional portraits one might commission, hang and then take for granted. Instead, she selects local people of diverse ethnicities and ages – for the most part women – to cast as denizens of ancient mythology in modern dress.



the Art of Enthusiasm Robert Shaw, aka Sticky (a name he received first because of his slicked-back hair and later because he had a penchant for pasting Volcom stickers everywhere), is not an easy artist to define.



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WINTER 2014 Departments

16 Objects of Desire 20 Last Season’s Highlights

African Passion: Painted Bodies and Beyond Butterflies at The Ritz-Carlton LCAD Gets a New Gallery Mardie Rees Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational

26 Bette Davis


Hollywood Herstory: a Laguna Legacy

30 Raising Hope

Heshmat Shirazi of Just Looking Boutique located in the heart of downtown Laguna Beach is a force of fashionable might

32 Roi Clarkson Colman Painter of the Pacific

36 Randy Morgan

Doors, handles and murals and his lifelong love of exotic locales and their art

58 The Hip District

Edgy Ceramic Art to Sweeping Ocean Vistas: Laguna’s HIP District Has It All


70 Calendar of Events 76 Art Resource Guide

Museums, Galleries, Studios

82 Young Artist

Kid Creature, Age 14




F E B R U A R Y 15 , 2014


Letter from the Co-Publisher Indian Elephant, Elizabeth McGhee


rowing up in London as a child, the winter season always had an electrified magic about it. The nights grew longer and the cold air often stung my face, but nothing could dampen my enthusiasm for the holidays. One of my favorite memories from my childhood was sitting in the back of a London taxi, forehead pressed to the cold window, gazing out onto the busy high street. Watching, for a brief moment, the faces of the shoppers flash by as they stroll in and out of the brightly lit festive stores. Fast forward to present, and change locations to our beautiful city by the sea, and I am once again filled with the same childlike enthusiasm. Laguna Beach in winter, transforms from a beach goers paradise, to a winter wonderland of street-lined illuminations and decorations. Although we may not have snow on the ground, you can definitely feel the change in the air. This is a time when locals venture out, and neighborhood eateries and coffee shops become meeting places after a busy day shopping. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to travel far; Laguna Beach offers an abundant selection of one-of-a-kind gifts. Be sure to stop by and see our advertisers who have some of the nicest items in town and get a head start on your holiday shopping. We hope that when your shopping is done, and you have time to put your feet up and relax, you will enjoy reading about our many local artists and events. In this issue we have selected Anne England, an artist, collector and our very own Laguna Beach art icon who has contributed so much to our art community. Also featured is Elizabeth McGhee, a smart, young and talented artist and graduate of LCAD (Laguna College of Art and Design). You may recognize some of her local subjects around town (including Anne England) in her most recent mythological series. Elizabeth is a breath of fresh air, as individual as her paintings. Lastly, there are so many events to attend over the upcoming months. Be sure to review our calendar for a list of some of the most fabulous nights out. A few of which we will take an extra moment to reflect on in our upcoming spring issue. Cheers!

Janneen Jackson Co-Publisher

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Contributors- What is your favorite book? Janet Blake

Janet Blake is the curator of historical art at Laguna Art Museum. Her field as a scholar is the history of California art from 1900 to 1950, with a focus on American impressionists in California and the regional or American Scene artists of the 1930s and 1940s. In 1991 she co-edited the book American Scene Painting: California, 1930s and 1940s with Ruth Westphal. In 2007, Blake curated a major retrospective of the work of Millard Sheets at the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts at Fairplex in Pomona. Since joining Laguna Art Museum in 1998, she has worked on several of the museum’s outstanding exhibitions. In 2008 she assisted Will South with the major retrospective on William Wendt, and wrote the chronology of the artist’s life for the accompanying book; and in 2012, she curated a retrospective exhibition on Clarence Hinkle, accompanied by a comprehensive book on the artist.

Liz Goldner

Liz Goldner, who contributes to ArtScene, Art Ltd., Artillery, OC Register Magazine, Huffington Post and more, lives in Laguna Beach, is a member of International Association of Art Critics. Her favorite art book is The Family of Man, purchased in her early teens at MoMA. When she’s seeking encouragement, solace, or looking for compassion in art, she thumbs through it. The photos of lovers, family units from disparate parts of the world, of people at work and at play, joy and anguish, and in relationship to the land inspire her. Mike Stice

Mike Stice is a native of Orange County, CA. Since 1988, Stice has worked exclusively for SURFING Magazine, Laguna Art Museum and Laguna College of Art and Design. Stice received his BA in Linguistics with a specialization in Language and Mind from UCSD. His graduate studies in English were at UCI. For its subject and its design, Stice’s favorite art book is one that he authored: Wolfgang Bloch: The Colors of Coincidence (2008, Chronicle Books). Stice is the host of the weekly, LCADsponsored KX93.5FM radio program, “College. Art. Radio.”


SR Davies Stacy Davies is an award-winning arts writer and culture journalist in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire and a lecturer at UC Riverside where she specializes in the study of the representation of women in film. She was formerly a coverage writer for Jodie Foster’s Egg Pictures and the Sundance Institute, and a coordinating producer of development at E! True Hollywood Story. While waiting in the other room for my older sister to finish her piano lessons (and mine, unfortunately, to begin), I would wander about Mrs. Estadio’s home admiring her porcelain figures, sepia photographs and antique clocks. Sometimes, I’d go onto her enclosed patio and talk to her green parrot that seemed twice my size, and he would talk back. Mostly, I would sit in an overstuffed chair and thumb through a large book that always sat atop the magazine rack – The World of M.C. Escher. Figures walking up walls and across ceilings, hands popping up from paper to draw each other, flocks of flying black swans morphing into schools of swimming white fish – these illustrations pulled me into lands where the laws of my own did not exist and the possibilities of the unknown were endless. I wanted to live in that book. I still do. Tom Lamb

Southern California comprises a constantly changing landscape and Tom Lamb is part of a tradition of California photographers who represent this flux. As a fine art photographer, it is his belief, that it is the duty and pleasure of designers and artists to reflect and incorporate design signatures that draw on history and heritage.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance “The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.” - Robert Pirsig

Daniella Walsh

Daniella Walsh has been a freelance arts journalist since 1994 with a brief stint as community reporter for the Orange County Register. Following the dictum of “write what you know,” she decided that school board meetings and city council spats were not her thing and she elected to return to visual art, something she does know and loves. As mother of two artists she says: “The ability to make art, any art, is a spiritual blessing.” Her favorite books? Art books. Recently she had to move close to 200 books and is now considering I-Books.

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Last Season’s Highlights CAROL BECKWITH AND ANGELA FISHER African Passion: Painted Bodies and Beyond

On November 14th 2013, The House of Photographic Art welcomed the spectacular exhibition “African Passion: Painted Bodies and Beyond,” featuring the works of internationally renowned photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. These photographs are a selection from their Annenberg Space for Photographer exhibit, “No strangers: Ancient Wisdom in a Modern Word.” Beckwith and Fisher attended the opening, recounting their journey and story behind each photo. From the beginning they decided that they would each take photographs and they would simply use the best ones and no accreditation would be given. The images are nearly always extraordinarily beautiful, varying from misty, dust-filled shots of tribe’s people moving amongst their cattle to unflinching yet loving close-ups of faces that have seen and endured more than most, to exuberant studies of glorious young bodies bejeweled and bedecked. Beckwith and Fisher have done more than anyone to awaken the world’s appreciation of everything African from adornment to the rapidly vanishing ceremonies. The exhibition spans their three-decade relationship with the African continent across 270,000 miles and through remote corners of 40 countries in the exploration of more than 150 African cultures. The Beckwith-Fisher images are the result of a long, enduring and deeply respectful relationship with African tribal people. This combined with their photographic skills, creates an intimate portrayal of the ceremonies long held secret that might never have been recorded. The exhibition continues through January 4th, 2014 at the House of Photographic Art, 27184 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. (949) 429-2220 l


Custom designed butterflies adorn The Ritz-Carlton A unique exhibit of 55 metal butterflies is being showcased at The RitzCarlton, Laguna Niguel. The butterflies are custom designed and painted by artist Tom Simmons and will be on display at the resort until January 2014. “Our guests thoroughly enjoy the diverse art exhibits that we feature each quarter in the resort’s Art Exhibit space,” says Director of Marketing Donna Bond. “I anticipate the butterfly exhibit to be one of the favorites to date as it is not only extremely unique, but it directly ties back to the area, which was once a breeding ground for the Monarch Butterfly,” she added. Simmons began painting custom cars and motorcycles in the 60’s and won numerous awards, including Best Paint at the most prestigious show of the time, The Oakland Roadster Show. Over the years, Simmons moved to airbrushing custom designs on motorcycles, helmets and bare metal. Recently, he applied his decades of custom painting experience and knowledge to creating unique butterfly sculptures. Each butterfly is custom designed and painted, using a multi-step process, beginning with each set of butterfly wings being cut from a piece of bare aluminum. A grinding disk is used to create a distinctive pattern on the bare aluminum, giving the wings a unique texture before painting. This also creates a highly reflective finish once the multiple combinations of colors are applied. The wings are airbrushed, using candy color paint, and layered with several coats, often using multiple colors. Some butterflies have Metajuls, pearls and ice pearls applied over the base coat, which adds a dramatic reflective nature. The wings are sanded, buffed and polished to a high luster. The body, which is machined from a solid piece of aluminum, is painted and attached to the finished wings, using slots cut with a milling machine for a custom fit. The butterflies can be mounted on a wall using a specially designed bracket or displayed on a custom base. No two butterflies are exactly alike, and each butterfly is numbered and signed. l 21

Last Season’s Highlights

Mardie Rees unveils 1,000-pound bronze for Shawnigan Lake School


nternationally-acclaimed figurative sculptor and Laguna College of Art and Design alumna, Mardie Rees, recently unveiled her 8-foot tall, 1,000-pound bronze sculpture of C.W. Lonsdale, founder of the elite Shawnigan Lake School in British Columbia. Meticulous in both her research and her execution over the four-year undertaking, Rees sought out archival photographs of Lonsdale, actual suits from the 1930s, a German Shepherd (also a part of the Lonsdale sculpture) and worked with live models with physiques similar to Lonsdale’s. Rees is leading a revival of the intensely personal medium of figurative sculpting using wooden tools and raw earth. “I like working big,” she says. “My work is about connecting stories, characters, and emotion to cre-


ate art that people can relate to and with which they can identify.” LCAD’s President, Jonathan Burke praised the former student, who now lives in Gig Harbor Washington: “We’re so proud to see Mardie’s dedication to the study of the figure manifested in the form of this monumental sculpture. I view the sculpture as a triumph for Mardie, for the Shawnigan Lake School, for LCAD and for contemporary figurative sculpture in general. To work with such feeling and accuracy in such a large scale is a tremendous accomplishment.” Up next: Rees is developing a WWII U.S. Marine Raider Memorial sculpture commissioned by the U.S. Marine Raiders Foundation. For more information on her work, visit l

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The New Laguna College of Art and Design Gallery written by Mike Stice

“I’m thrilled to be a part of extending the college’s presence from Laguna Canyon to downtown Laguna and being able to share our diverse gallery program with the community,” said LCAD President Jonathan Burke. LCAD’s Gallery Director, Andrea Harris-McGee is equally enthusiastic, noting, “It’s important for our students and the community to have access to works by artists of merit. I look forward to presenting exceptional works of art that will inspire and challenge our students, the community of Laguna Beach and beyond. LCAD on Forest is a

venue that brings LCAD’s rich and diverse programming to the widest audience in the institution’s 52-year history. I look forward to seeing everyone from students and Laguna residents to industry leaders and out-of-town visitors in the gallery soon.” Closing out the year at LCAD on Forest are the Art of John K and ALIVE: Moving Nature. The Art of John K, curated by LCAD’s Chair of Animation and Laguna Beach High School alumni, Dave Kuhn, will feature work from John Kricfalusi the famed creator of The Ren & Stimpy Show. Kricfalusi is also the creator of the world’s first interactive web-based cartoon and founder of animation studio Spümcø. ALIVE: Moving Nature, curated by LCAD’s Gallery Director Andrea Harris-McGee and presented in collaboration with the Laguna Art Museum’s Art & Nature initiative, will feature works by artists Ellen Jantzen, Misako Inaoka, Barry Underwood and more. l 23

Last Season’s Highlights

15th Annual

Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational


ctober 19, 2013 marked the date for the 15th Annual Collector’s Soiree for the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Invitational. A beautifully organized, sold-out event, this year’s soiree was a success, to say the least. As the sun set behind the hills surrounding the Aliso Creek Inn, hundreds of eager art connoisseurs and spectators flocked to this striking affair. Inside the gala, guests and artists alike socialized and enjoyed live music, cocktails and delectable appetizers while surrounded by the exquisite landscapes painted by forty members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. In addition to the main hall of professional artwork, an adjacent, smaller space was reserved


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for Kids Paint Out and was comprised of an assortment of artwork from local elementary, middle, and high school students who were mentored by LPAPA artists. Each child’s piece was offered at $50 and all proceeds were given back to the participating schools. Later that evening, an awards ceremony took place to recognize a few exceptional individuals. “Best in Show,” was presented to Scott W. Prior for his piece St. Mary’s Morning, and an “Award of Excellence” was granted to Camille Przewodek for her piece, Morning Meditation. The LPAPA Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to Jean Stern and Mian Situ, and Julie Padach-Mathewson received the LPAPA’s Lifetime Member Award. During the awards presentation, appetizers were replaced by delicious desserts, placing the proverbial cherry on top of an exquisite evening. l

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Hollywood Herstory

BetteDavis’ Laguna Legacy


t’s no secret that Laguna Beach has been a sanctuary for many Hollywood legends over the years – as well as a prime filming location – but its most iconic cinematic footprint appears to have been left by silver screen superqueen Bette Davis, who, unlike some celebrity recluses, immersed herself in the community and acted as if she were one of their very own. The two-time Oscar Best Actress winner (with a reBy Stacy Davies cord-setting 10 nominations until successor to the throne Meryl Streep dusted them) initially began visiting Laguna Beach in the late 1930’s using the quaint and quiet village as a respite to an increasingly demanding schedule at Warner Bros. She loved the hamlet so much, in fact, that she bought her mother Ruthie a home on Sleepy Hollow Lane and her sister Barbara one on Agate Street. She would visit them regularly, spending many a summer day walking along the beach and shopping in town. Davis also used her megawatt star power as “the fifth Warner Brother” (which she was dubbed due to her ability to get top pictures made) to ensure that the exteriors of 1942’s Now Voyager were shot on the Laguna bluffs, with a transitional plot scene between Davis and co-star Paul Henrid filmed at the Victor Hugo Inn (today known as Las Brisas). Little did Davis realize at the time, however, that these constant excursions south of Hollywoodland would soon change the course of her life. According to Davis’ first memoir, The Lonely Life, she met future husband William Grant Sherry at a Laguna Beach cocktail party. A great supporter of the Ceramic Society and a friend to board member and party host Russell 26

Leidy, Davis attended the soiree with her mother Ruthie. Sherry was a Laguna Beach painter and licensed physiotherapist and lived near Ruthie – and apparently had planned on “bumping into” Davis for some time. At the party, he scoped her out, rushed over with a drink and never left her side again. Davis writes that she found this perversely flattering – noting she’d fallen for the same gag as millions of women over the centuries – but Ruthie took an instant disliking to Sherry. The more her mother criticized him, however, the more Davis found herself running into his arms. Besides, Davis writes, “he had made up his mind to marry me the moment he set eyes on me.” A month later, they exchanged vows at the Riverside Mission Inn chapel and embarked on a torrid marriage that was christened by Sherry throwing Davis out of their car for some forgettable offense while driving to Mexico on their honeymoon. It turned out that Davis and Sherry were equally headstrong, but Sherry went much deeper and darker with his frustrated rages usually deteriorating into violence. “He wanted to be indispensible to me,” she writes, “and that, of course, was impossible. I was obsessed with

my career; he was obsessed with me.” It was 1945 and Davis had a contract with Warner Bros. to produce five pictures. But she soon discovered, with A Stolen Life, that she “was no more allowed to be a real producer than the man in the moon.” Instead, she writes, “I simply meddled – as usual. If that was producing, I had been a mogul for years.” One sway she still had was ensuring that this picture, too, was filmed in Laguna, and so, set against some breathtaking shots of Treasure Island Beach, she and co-star Glenn Ford entangled themselves in the tale of twin sisters in love with the same man. It was a hit. It was also the last time Davis would produce. After a year and a half of marriage, Davis became pregnant with daughter B.D. and the Sherry’s decided Laguna Beach would be the birthplace and rearing grounds for their girl. Purchasing a 1929 English Tudor on Ocean Way at the end of Diamond Street overlooking Wood’s Cove, the new family nestled in – with Sherry’s first decree as head of household that mother Ruthie was forbidden from dropping by uninvited. Still, domesticity and motherhood appealed greatly to Davis, and the house made it all the better. “From every window there was a breathtaking view of sea and sky,” Davis recalls. “This house in Laguna was a dream, filled with antiques, wood-paneled walls and all of my beloved books.” They also did a bit of remodeling. Originally known as the “Prisk House,” the former owner and builder had attached a large iron “P” to the chimney top. Davis promptly replaced it with a “D,” which remains there today. The Laguna home became a paradise for Davis where she enjoyed “puttering in the garden” and swimming in the sea. She spent hours on 27

the beach with mother Ruthie, Sherry, B.D. – and her three beloved dogs: Tibbie, the older Scottie; Sooty, the younger cocker; and Schotsey, and her new boxer. She also bought a neighboring house on Diamond Street for Sherry to use as a studio. Her surroundings may have been paradisiacal, but Sherry’s violence had not subsided, and now Davis feared not only for her own safety, but for her daughter’s, as well. The marriage was volatile and she wanted out, so in 1950, Bette Davis and William Grant Sherry parted (with him marrying B.D.’s young nurse soon afterward). Davis now began work on her last, great masterpiece: All About Eve. Though the part of Margo Channing had been written expressly for Claudette Colbert, she had injured her back and was dropped from the project and now, Davis was in. The Best Picture winner of 1951 would go down in history, of course, and also served as a rebirth for Davis who made co-star Garry Merrill husband number four. Davis writes of the film, “It was a great script, had a great director, and was a cast of professionals all with parts they liked – a charmed production from the word ‘go.’ It resurrected me from the dead,” she continues, “and I owe a thank you to Claudette Colbert…no broken back, no Gary Merrill.” Though Davis and Merrill chose to relocate to Malibu, Davis would retain her Ocean Way property for the next 28

ten years and leave a lasting legacy. As far as Laguna Beach history goes, she is credited with everything from igniting interest in the Laguna Beach Playhouse to generating positive buzz and donations for the Pageant of the Masters, of which she was a terrific fan. In fact, in 1957, though she was unable to appear personally in the opening night tableau of Sir Joshua Reynolds’ The Tragic Muse at the Pageant due to an injury, Davis happily pitched in some volunteer work when asked by then-festival director Howard “Hap” Graham to repaint seat numbers. It’s also said she organized a benefit for the young, struggling Playhouse, donated a credenza to their prop house, and wrote a sizeable check to help build Mission Hospital. When daughter B.D. joined the local girl scouts, a fellow scout recalls Davis surprising the troupe with a batch of homemade cookies. Nothing, it seems, was too much trouble for this generous, accomplished lady. When Bette Davis died at age 81 in 1989, a group of locals organized a simple candlelight vigil in her honor on Diamond Street. It would have no doubt pleased her, for while Davis eventually lived in numerous homes and cities, Laguna always held a special place in her heart. “Wherever I am, I think of the place I’m in as my home,” she once said. She certainly felt this way about Laguna, and Laguna was proud to have her. l 29

Raising Hope

by Janneen Jackson

photo by Faye Chapman

Heshmat Shirazi of Just Looking Boutique,

located in the Lumberyard Mall in the heart of Downtown Laguna Beach, is a force of fashionable might. A woman of small stature with an enormous heart, she greets each customer with heartfelt pleasantries. To her clients, many who have been shopping with her for the past 39 years, Just Looking Boutique is a hidden gem of European style and fashion. Recently we sat down with Heshmat, upon her return from Fashion Week in NYC, and posed a few questions to understand a little more about her favorite causes and her efforts to support them. How long have you been involved in charitable fundraising? Just Looking Boutique has always been a supporter of community based and non-profit organizations. We usually provide clothing, fashion shows, gift certificates and direct donations to local causes. Usually, I invite my clients to come in and shop and then donate a portion of the proceeds to a cause I support. In the last two years we have also begun hosting events at our shop in the Lumberyard Mall. Which non-profits have you worked with in the past? The Friendship Shelter of Laguna Beach, Suzi Q Senior Center and Special Olympics are all close to my heart and need our support. 30

What motivates you to support these particular organizations? Locally, the Friendship Shelter helps to support people in the community that are experiencing less fortunate times. We are all a part of this beautiful community and all aspects need attention- from the people on the streets to the sea lions in the ocean. We all need to help support each other. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of giving and receiving. You have to give back. What type of preparation does it take to host a fundraiser? There is a lot of preparation that goes into putting on a fundraiser. It really starts months ahead of time. There is merchandizing that needs to be ordered for the event, contacting vendors, entertainers and caterers so that we have great food to eat, beautiful items to purchase, music to enjoy and raffles for fun. We really want our guests to have a memorable experience. Is there a particular moment that stands out where you felt the impact of your contributions to these charities? In the past, I was less involved in how the money was spent, but I know that every contribution is an important one. Our most recent cause, The Glennwood House in Laguna is a different situation. The Glennwood Housing Foundation provides a loving and unique housing environment for young adults with developmental disabilities. This independent-living facility is now home to 50 residents. My daughter is one of those residents. I know first-hand how this groundbreak-

ing organization directly changes the lives of these young adults and how the funds we raise will make a meaningful impact to this extraordinary community. Tell us more about Shop for a Cause and how people can get involved with this upcoming charity event? We invite all of our friends and neighbors to visit our boutique and Shop for a Cause on December 7th at the Lumberyard Mall (384 Forest Avenue #8) between 6-9pm to participate in this holiday shopping extravaganza. There will be a fashion show, live

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Erika Haggstrom, Bonnie Harper, Baneh Mostafavi, Lauren Hatfield, Jewelz Brunk, Nick Henrikson, Anthony Donatelli, Kyle Greene, Grace Fina, Lily Jacobs.

music; hor dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and door prizes. A portion of all proceeds will go to The Glennwood Housing Foundation. Please RSVP before December 7th to or call 949.494.8208. What advice would you give someone that is thinking about hosting a fundraising event? Make sure that your heart is in it, leave no rock unturned, and reach for the stars. For more information about the Glennwood Housing Foundation visit their website at 31

Looking Back

by Janet Blake

Enchanting Hour, Laguna Beach, dated 1920, oil on canvas, 30”x 40,” courtesy of Redfern Gallery

Roi Clarkson Colman: Painter


andscape painter Roi Clarkson Colman, one of several artists featured in Laguna Art Museum’s permanent collection exhibition that runs through the end of January, was once praised by Los Angeles Times art critic Antony Anderson for the “quiet stillness” of his work. Born in Elgin, Illinois, in 1884, Colman’s well-to-do family encouraged him in his aspirations to become an artist and the young Colman no doubt drew some inspiration from the landscape paintings his family collected – including work by noted painter of Colorado and California, Henry A. Elkins. In his teens, Colman studied independently with local Great Lakes artists and sketched in the surrounding area, including southern Wisconsin. When he was nineteen, he moved with his family to Dallas, Texas, and established a studio, which also allowed him to make frequent sketching trips to the Gulf of Mexico; while in Texas, he was also commissioned to paint Fort Concho and Fort Pecos, the historic army forts of West Texas. 32

of the Pacific

Colman went to Europe in 1911 where he toured England, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, and France, eventually taking root in Paris where he studied at the Académie Julian and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. He returned to the United States in 1913 and, after spending several months in New York and Chicago, moved to Los Angeles where he opened a studio. Drawn to the coastal areas of California, from San Diego to San Francisco, Colman painted and taught in La Jolla in 1916, and participated in the first exhibition of the artists who formed the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918. The following year, he exhibited a painting of Carmel at the art association’s May exhibition. According to Samuel Armor in his book, History of Orange County, California, Colman said that Laguna Beach was a favorite sketching ground and that it was here that he had found the “soul of his dreams.” In fact, Colman bought several oceanfront lots where he built his home 33

Looking Back and studio, and was also on the board of the Laguna Beach Art Association from 1922 to 1925 – serving as first vice-president from 1922 to 1923. At the August 1920 annual anniversary exhibition of the art association, he was awarded the Popular Prize for his painting Summer Radiance – and won the popular prize again, in 1922. Although very active in Laguna Beach, Colman eventually relocated to Monterey around 1925 and became active with the Carmel Art Association. Colman once stated that the beauty of the California coast was equal to that of the Riviera, something few would dispute. In the July 1923 issue of International Studio magazine, his love of the coast was apparent when the publication not only reproduced four of Colman’s paintings to accompany author and former Laguna Beach resident Stephen Chalmers’ article Color Notes of the Sea, but also printed several poems about the sea penned by Colman. One of them, Night, addressed the sound of the sea as it changed from “whispering, murmuring,” to “rushing back—louder, louder.” That love of the seaside and “quiet stillness” can be found in the Laguna Museum’s recently restored Colman painting of Point Lobos, and, as the museum points out, also makes him one of several permanent collection artists “inspired by the microscopic and the astronomical, by scientific research, by conservation concerns, by love and awe.” The Point Lobos painting itself is an intimate view of one of the many Laguna Beach coves. There’s a glimpse of the open sea in the distance, and using a painterly technique, Colman has built up the rocky outcroppings that frame the water utilizing daubs and dashes of greens, blues, yellows, and pinks. The same pinks are added as reflections on the azure blue water. Roi Colman returned to Southern California in 1934 living in La Jolla for several years before moving inland to Bostonia. He passed away in San Diego in 1945. l 34

Laguna Beach was a favorite sketching ground ... it was here that he had found the “soul of his dreams.”

Photos courtesy of Laguna Art Museum

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Functional Art

written by Liz Goldner


doors, handles and murals and his lifelong love of exotic locales and their art Randy Morgan’s lifestyle embraces two passions: sculpting and surfing. When he’s not working on his bronze doors or other sculptural work, you’re likely to find him riding the waves near his Laguna Beach home. Inspired by these two passions, along with travels to exotic locales, Morgan creates “impressionistic” doors, many with custom-made handles. Doors with names such as “Aquatic Landscape,” “Oasis,” “Pelicans in Flight” and “Save the Rainforest,” featuring tropical birds, fish and plant life, are in traditional bronze and verde (greenish) bronze patinas. He enhances the verde sculptures with rare red mahogany, while the scenes carved into the red wood mirror those in the bronze. The doors in his “Randy Morgan Collection” are so elegantly designed and constructed that they conjure up images of old world tropical settings—picture Casablanca in the 1940’s or Havana in the 1950’s. Morgan loved to draw from an early age. Working on large rolls of paper that his father brought home from his print shop, he spent hours in his room drawing landscapes and detailed portraits of sports heroes, cowboys and Indians. Today, sitting in his Laguna Beach home— with its slice of ocean view—that also doubles as a workshop, the sculptor looks back fondly at those early days in La Verne, California, near Claremont. He explains that he grew up with a love of illustrating stories. During the mid-1970’s when he was in his twenties, Morgan’s surfing obsession led him to this planet’s ideal waves, including those in Tahiti, Chile and the west coast of Mexico. Once in that south of the border country, he felt the call of Mexico City and its many famous public 36

murals. Randy considers that year of intensely studying murals by Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros the inspiration for the bas-relief doors he creates today, and especially for the scenic walls and murals he is commissioned to design and build. He also traveled to Europe, where he spent time looking at medieval churches and popular motifs from that period, and he consorted with craftspeople and artists in different parts of the globe, studying the history of art along the way. Returning home from his travels with renewed artistic ambitions, Morgan studied woodcarving with master carver Carl Abel, a European refugee. He enjoyed working with the medium, but when he discovered that fine woods were becoming rare and costly, he began to experiment with other materials and studying with sculptor Betty Davenport Ford where he first worked with ceramics, and then bronze. It is clear that Randy Morgan’s life and career have taken a meandering trajectory. His colleague, Stacy Johnson, sums it up succinctly: “His life today is a culmination of experiences and influences that have all converged, and his art reflects those rich, colorful adventures. His sculpting style has an essence of a man and the sea, of romance, personal challenges, scrapes, bruises, bronzed patinas and pirates.” Like a benign pirate, Morgan has taken his inherent skills, training and knowledge and created a thriving commercial business. His most popular product is doors for entryways, garages and elevators—for homes

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and commercial establishments. For these, he has, out of necessity, become an alchemist, combining resin with bronze powder and creating sculpted garage doors with the look of solid bronze but with the weight of normal wooden doors. Randy offers 14 different door styles to choose from, or he’ll create custom designs when requested. For several doors, particularly those at entryways, he sculpts bronze handles shaped as fish or birds. He also offers two Gauguin-inspired designs a “Southwest Buffalo Garage Door” featuring native women and children and two dark patina buffaloes, and a “Pipeline Surfer Door.” Recently, Randy began offering 27 styles of bas-relief bronze tiles for kitchens and bathrooms. Some of these tiles, based on ancient designs, include “Trojan,” “Lionheart,” “Fleur de Lis,” and “Pan.” Others are based on art deco, art nou-

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His sculpting style has an essence of a man and the sea, of romance, personal challenges, scrapes, bruises, bronzed patinas and pirates.

veau, Persian designs and images from nature such as “Seahorse” and “Pelicans in Flight.” Along with his thriving door and tile business, Morgan receives commissions to design and build murals. He approaches these jobs with the same gusto, drawing inspiration from the Mexican murals he studied nearly 40 years ago. One recent commission was for a wall depicting the history of the Sacramentobased Lundberg Farms for its visitors’ center. This past fall, Newport Beach architect Arthur

Valdes commissioned him to design three 4x8foot murals to enhance the landings of luxury suites at the Esperanza Cabo (San Lucas) resort. For these suites, he created bas-relief angelfish sculptures to go above the fireplaces and fish sculptures for the bathrooms – and was able to spend a blissful week with friends and family at the resort while installing them. Randy Morgan’s tropical adventures continue, it seems, and are dovetailing with his commercial work, as well. l 39

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Earth Mother, Goddess, Sage Artist and collector Anne England goes by many names Written By SR Davies • Photography By Tom Lamb


uring the Classical Age, when the Greco-Roman World tempestuously thrived along the banks of the Mediterranean, it was believed that certain humans were gifted with the ability to communicate with the divine and relay predictions, warnings and advice. These deity-inspired individuals were called “oracles” and their wise counsel and prophecy was sought by aspirants both ordinary and esteemed. In our modern era, oracle derivatives can be found almost anywhere, from tricky psychic hotlines to overly-hyped self-help gurus – even pompy, polished televangelists are still in the game. There are so many charlatans, in fact, that it seems inconceivable one might actually encounter a true sage in the flesh and blood – let alone living next door to you. For a host of artists and residents in Laguna Beach (and many more rooted elsewhere), Anne England is that neighborly sage, that Gaia, that guru; last year, Elizabeth McGhee even painted England’s portrait as a mythological oracle. But regardless of how you

refer to her, all seem to agree that once Anne England touches your life, you are forever changed and forever indebted. This makes England not only a collector of art, but also a collector of souls. It’s not uncommon for one of the devoted to drop by her home unannounced (but welcomed) to receive counsel or merely catch up, and on the street, it is no rare occasion for a stranger to approach England and ask for a moment of her time; then there are her students, which are composed of the enrolled in her studio workshop, as well as those whom she inspires and mentors just by friendly association. England doesn’t hold any of these collected souls hostage on a shelf, of course, but the invisible cords of connection once attached seem invariably permanent no matter how far away the subject might travel. Throughout her home there is a vibration of amity and benevolence. The home itself is surrounded by a mini Eden of canopying trees, creeping vines, fronds 41

of ferns, blooms of flowers and a speckling of insect and fowl. This paradise is shared with her husband of 41 years, woodworking artisan Michael England, whom she met in Laguna several years after she’d moved to the region from Florida. It was 1962, and England felt she needed a new start. An artist, art instructor and housewife with a daughter to raise, the first job she was able to land was at Disneyland where she worked as a portrait artist (real portraits, not the caricatures where your head is enormous and your body is waterskiing). This allowed her to continue the painting and drawing she’d been developing since she was three. Apparently, the impetus to get serious came when she was a toddler and her penchant for coloring absolutely everything – including the kitchen walls as high as she could reach – prompted her mother to keep her permanently awash in paper, Crayolas and paint. “When I ran out of paper,” she says, “I’d use newsprint, and the colors were so wild that my mother would wrap gifts up in it.” England’s “professional designer” years were far ahead of her at that point, but would come into fruition when she showed at the Festival of the Arts in 1963, and a few years later when she became one of the original Sawdust Festival exhibitors at their second annual event in 1967. Her art skills combined 42

with a natural interest in people (in Florida she’d had her own radio show, “Talk of the Town” at KSUN), made England an immediate and sought-after figure in town –but flattering notoriety wasn’t what she was after. Determined to expand her education and artistic palette, she enrolled at the Laguna College of Art and Design where she earned her bachelor’s degree, moving immediately on to Long Beach State for her MFA. England’s passions clearly lay in many realms – from being one of the few lady long board surfers in the 1960s (which is how she wowed husband Michael into adoration) to a member on the Laguna College board and co-founder of the charitable Artist’s Benevolent Fund – she is activist, advocate, and the woman who partied with “Knockers Up” gal Rusty Warren when she performed at a local hole in the wall, Ruby’s. This vibrant personality can be found everywhere in her home, especially in the artwork she chooses to hang, none of which was selected according to projected increases in fair market value – it’s all worth much more than that. From 100-year-old engravings to an array of local art, England exhibits according to how she feels about the piece and about the artist, which means if you’re in her personal collection, you have absolutely made the grade.

From 100-year-old engravings to an array of local art, England exhibits according to how she feels about the piece and about the artist, which means if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in her personal collection, you have absolutely made the grade. 43

Among this notable trove of style and substance there is a broad mixture of landscape and human form, with a theme of serenity found in everything from a dusky, mustard and olive rendered Tuscany road by Caroline Zimmermann to Herb Griswald’s, muted, primary-colored abstraction of beached surfers pensively awaiting a turn in the tide. Some landscapes recall fixtures that have since vanished, such as Patrick Kelly’s tangerine print of the original Laguna Beach boardwalk where England recalls listening to Little Stevie Wonder, live at the Barefoot on Sunday afternoons, or England’s own watercolor of a local beach cliff that has since been re-sculpted by elements and time. There is equal love for the human form, from the monotonous task of Susan Cox’s waiter cleaning bar glasses at a night haunt to Ken Auster’s moody, amber and maroon midnight isolation of a man shooting pool. Darker subjects give way to whimsy in Helen Weld’s humorous Alligator for Cocktails, in which a triage of witchy women in party hats welcome a reptilian guest to the bar without reservation, and in Kate Riegler’s Go Fetch a spirited red pooch pops, pounces and barks through layers of collaged, handmade paper. Again, within these disparate amalgamations of imagery there are Anne England’s signature monoprints and watercolors, but they are never shown to more advantage than the rest; all artistic expressions being equal, no doubt. One piece of England’s that is particularly interesting, however, is Life Tower, a powerful monoprint that combines mythology, nature, music and destiny. “One day, I heard this voice in my head,” she whispers, “and it said, ‘I am 44

circling the great tower. I have been circling for ten thousand years and I still do not know if I am an eagle or a great storm or a mighty symphony,’ and I made this piece.” Then she quickly adds with a laugh, “But please don’t tell anyone I’m hearing voices!” Some confidences are made to be broken, of course, and the knowledge that Anne England might hear voices would only add to her already enchanting reputation. Besides, when an oracle tells you something, it’s not for you to reason why, it’s for you to clam up and listen. l 45

By Daniella Walsh

Stephanie Bachiero Expanding Horizons


uring a recent perfect Laguna Beach afternoon, sculptor Stephanie Bachiero was at work putting finishing touches on a batch of gray forms ready to be fired in her electric kiln. Brows furrowed in concentration, she seemed completely immersed in her work, which involved keeping some of the more delicate and intricate pieces from premature collapse. Porcelain, unlike ordinary clay, has been her medium of choice from the onset of an artistic journey that began as a ceramic student but evolved into that of a sculptor. “The fact that porcelain is more temperamental than clay and requires more patience, added to its appeal,” she says. Recently, Bachiero “upped the ante” and began working in metal, stainless steel and bronze, and is now taking a page from finish fetish by shaping her elegant minimalist sculptures from resin which is, at least in the finishing processes, even more labor-intensive than porcelain. Seemingly weightless, undulating or posed in a sensuous collapse, the forms resemble cast swaths of wide ribbon that are always supported by a firm base such as a pedestal or a wall. “The works rely on architectural forms to support themselves and their hard-edged nature is leavened by their sense of flow,” she says. “While they reflect my need for control, they also connect me to my environment.” Predominantly, the forms are white, gray, black or metallic, if created in porcelain but, with the addition of resin into her artistic arsenal, she has begun to experiment with color increasing the elegant forms’ appeal. 46

“The fact that porcelain is more temperamental than clay and requires more patience, added to its appeal.” She says.

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Collectors and aficionados of minimalist art took early notice of Bachiero’s work, gallerist Peter Blake among them, who now represents Bachiero and features her work in nearly every show. The fact that her personal style – chic black dresses, a dark chin-grazing bob and not a trace of make-up – corresponds with the elegance of her work was not lost on Blake from the onset: they have been a couple for the last six years now. The latest phase of her work came after she apprenticed with another Blake resin artist, Eric Johnson, who taught Bachiero the finer points of mold making and working with materials more common in auto body shops than fine art studios. But, for Bachiero, change and perseverance are driving forces in both art and life. She was drawn to art while recovering from an accident that caused severe neurological damage. She was forced to restart her life from the beginning, learning to talk and walk and do the things that most take for granted. Later, her rehabilitation included ceramic classes that helped her coordinate thoughts, movement and perceptions of form and space. And, she says, that she learned patience, a helpful trait for the creation of the flawless surfaces that distinguish her

work, that is achieved by countless hours of grinding and sanding. If the world has lost an aspiring lawyer, it has instead gained a gifted artist who first came into prominence around 2010 when the Laguna Art Museum staged the OsCene and Palette to Palate fundraiser. “Stephanie belongs to a younger generation of artists who are inspired by minimalism and the Finish Fetish movement,” said Grace Kook-Anderson, then curator of contemporary art at the museum. “She chose a hard to control medium that reflects the challenges she has had to face in her life, but she also brings, intellectuality, a sense of playfulness and sensuality into her work.” Besides Peter Blake, the Royale Projects gallery in Indian Wells shows Bachiero’s work, which has also been juried into the New York Armory show and the VSA (The International Organization on Arts and Disability) at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. Meanwhile, her acclaim is growing. At Blake’s, collectors snap up new pieces as soon as she finishes them and, while they are roughly a foot high on average, inquiries whether she’ll go bigger, even public art size, keep on coming. l 49

Elizabeth McGhee

the art of a storyteller By Daniella Walsh

Psyche, Philomela, Europa and Persephone are goddesses found

in ancient Greek mythology and brought into modern context by painter Elizabeth McGhee, a Laguna Beach-based painter and exhibitor at the Festival of Arts. A classically trained painter, McGhee does not paint conventional portraits one might commission, hang and then take for granted. Instead, she selects local people of diverse ethnicities and ages – for the most part women – to cast as denizens of ancient mythology in modern dress.

“Myths have appealed to people for centuries; they tell you something about human nature that is timeless,” says McGhee, who was tutored in the subject by her mother, a Latin teacher. What’s more, sharp-eyed locals might recognize Ocean Ave. art supply store owner Sandy Lashley in Isis and artist Anne England as Pythia, the oracle at Delphi. McGhee also twists mythology, portraying Icarus as a little boy about to launch a paper airplane instead of the boy who crashed and burned because he flew too close to the sun. 50

Empty Nest, 6”x 8” 51

Philomela, 12”x 24”


Aloha, 8”x 10”

Bombs Away!, 8”x 10”

“I don’t really want to convey obvious messages but want people to read my painting like one might read books.”

The Bear Necessities, 6”x 6”

Indian Elephant, 7”x 9” 53

LCAD, 6”x 8”

“I thought it would be fun to take these characters and put them into modern context,” she says, adding that there is a feminist message embedded, as well. “Women were second class citizens in ancient Greece and yet revered goddesses were women. That sort of conflict still exists today,” she says. That said, McGhee, 27, explains that she paints women because she has studied classical painting and the most recognized ones are by men who were naturally inclined to paint beautiful women. “I do paint men, as well, but as a woman, I feel more empathy with women. Empathy and study of character drives my portraits,” she says. However, fans and collectors are also enamored of her series of still lifes, consisting mostly of arrangements of toys. She says that she collects discarded toys and tries to give them new life, to imbue them with a touch of humanness. 54

“I often turn to humor to address serious or controversial subjects in my art. With my still life paintings of toys I am examining how symbols are interpreted through the lens of cultural dogma,” she wrote in a statement. Yet, it’s clear that she’s also having fun and has no qualms about including in her art what some might deem kitschy: a tiny Indian chief perched on a blue toy elephant (Indian Elephant) will elicit smiles along with ruminations on the endangerment of man and beast. Then again, Pearls before Swine is simply a gem. “I don’t really want to convey obvious messages but want people to read my painting like one might read books,” she explains. McGhee graduated from the Laguna College of Art and Design in 2009, earning a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, summa cum laude.

“I predict that she will grow into one of the top realist artists in the next 20 years,” he says. “Her work is already at the top of a national level.”

- Lance Richlin

Dreams of Old Hawaii, 16”x 16” 55


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“I was attracted by LCAD’s rigorous traditional curriculum, by the idea that no one got out of there without really knowing how to draw,” she says. Jonathan Burke, a former dean of fine arts and LCAD’s current President, recognized McGhee’s ability to organize her paintings “much like a writer would organize a story, with everything articulated and nothing glossed over.” Mentoring McGhee, he witnessed her development of an artistic voice. “Elizabeth became able to transform what is considered commonplace and ordinary into contemplation and mystery. Her command of the vocabulary and craft of representational painting combined with a richness of value, color and finesse enhances her narratives and endows her work with life and meaning,” he says. In 2010, McGhee was juried into the Festival of Arts as one of its youngest exhibitors. Credit artistic genes: her great grandmother, Charlotte Light, a painter with an impressionist bent, exhibited at the festival in 1957, a year when it morphed from something of a free-for-all into a structured event. McGhee is already planning for next summer and the accolades keep coming. Lance Richlin, a former LCAD instructor who now teaches privately, still works with her and describes her as one of his star students, as a thinker full of meaningful ideas. “I predict that she will grow into one of the top realist artists in the next 20 years,” he says. “Her work is already at the top of a national level.” For now, McGhee has a somewhat more playful perspective on her work and focuses largely on toys: “Someone once said that a creative adult is a child that has survived. I wish I could claim that quote.” McGhee can be contacted and her work can be seen at l 57


Edgy Ceramic Art to Sweeping Ocean Vistas:

Laguna’s HIP District Has It All Written by Liz Goldner • Photographed by Tom Lamb 58

In a city where shopping and gallery hopping are elevated to a high art, the HIP District (Historic and Interesting Places) is a jewel in Laguna’s crown. This upscale neighborhood, running from Thalia Street to Bluebird Canyon on South Coast Highway, has kept pace with OC’s most illustrious areas and its renovations and enhancements have been ushered in with an artistic eye. The HIP District’s “Old Pottery Place,” the revamped 75-year-old Pottery Shack, is the area’s centerpiece. Opened seven years ago, it features lush landscaping, a brick courtyard, classic lighting and plentiful public art. Here you’ll see work by Laguna’s Marlo Bartels, whose “Old Pottery Place” ceramic mosaic logo is on the entrance arch, and John Barber, whose multi-layered glass sculpture is affixed to the back of the arch.

Also check out the 26 handmade impressionisticstyle Greetings from Laguna tiles by locals Marsh Scott and Sherry Bullard that were inspired by vintage postcards and are mounted onto the sculpted wrought iron fence. On the roof next door to Sapphire Restaurant (a gourmet haven for lunch and dinner) are a sculpted bear, elk and ram – lovingly preserved artifacts from the Pottery Shack days. And, on a second story wall, there is a colorful 59

mosaic artwork from the 1930’s, depicting early California. The piece de resistance, however, is the “Julia Bracken Bronze Relief” on the restaurant’s exterior south wall. This sculpture, re-cast from an early 20th century negative found at a garage sale in the 1990s, is 42 inches long and features an angel plucking a harp along with two inspirational quotes: “love is priestess at the altar of truth” and “music is the expression of her praise.” Lastly, you can’t miss the major local color of the larger-than-life “Greeter” statue, on the corner of South Coast Highway and Brooks 60

Street, which was modeled after Eiler Larsen; born around the turn of the century. Larsen spent his latter years on Laguna’s Coast Highway loudly “greeting” passers-by. Just beyond the Pottery Place, the mile-long HIP District features several dozen art galleries, specialty stores, restaurants and cafes, and three hotels. At the District’s south end, where Bluebird Canyon meets South Coast Highway, there are seven galleries. The Redfern Gallery, the oldest and largest, carries work by early 20th-century California impressionists including Guy Rose, William 61

Wendt, Franz Bischoff, Hanson Puthuff, Donna Schuster, Alson Clark, Joseph Kleitsch, Roi Clarkson Colman and Granville Redmond. Complementing these are contemporary impressionist works by Kevin Macpherson, Gregory Hull and John Cosby. The nearby Christopher Morgan Galleries, with contemporary work, features emotionally charged semi-abstract paintings by Italian painter Pietro Piccoli, landscapes by Joshua Smith (whose work has been shown at the Louvre), and copper and hand-blown glass figurative sculpture by Frenchman Jim Lewk. In the same complex, Vertigo carries meticulously designed modern Danish housewares and furnishings, as well as small hand-painted wooden sculptural pieces. A block north, the Art Center enclave includes the artist-owned Cove Gallery, Salt Fine Art, which features museum-quality contemporary Latin American art, Silver, Blue and Gold, a gallery of contemporary studio jewelry, The Watercolor Gallery of Laguna Beach and The Vintage Poster where you can find old movie and travel posters. Continue north and you’ll arrive at Laguna Nursery; a packed-to-the-rafters oasis of native and exotic plants, sculpted ceramic and wood garden paraphernalia, paintings, and even live birds. Along with public art, a variety of stores and services reside in Laguna. Laguna Beach Books features many colorful art, architecture and travel books, and even art supplies for artistically-minded beachcombers. Nearby is Sound Spectrum, a popular sixties-style record store that carries posters, T-shirts and souvenir items featuring the likes of Jim Hendrix, Jim Morrison, the Beatles and other

music heroes, records—both vintage and recently pressed— and even record players. Once you get your mood right with some music, go a bit further north to Ritual Yoga, a yoga studio in the former Esther Wells Gallery that pays homage to its predecessor with artwork on most walls, including abstract

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and Eastern Indian-inspired paintings, as well as figurative drawings of yoga instructors posing. Across Pacific Coast Highway, several visually colorful venues beckon. Artist Republic 4 Tomorrow is a three-year-old gallery displaying work with a youth-oriented appeal, including street art, lowbrow, feminist and political work. Nearby is the English Garden, a full-service florist housed in a nostalgic, ivy-covered Tudor building. Of particular interest is Coastal Eddy Gallery. Here, 20 artists create functional and sculptural ceramics, inspired by the ceramic genre that began more than 40 years ago when a handful of SoCal artists abandoned the potter’s wheel and fashioned clay by hand. Popular hotels in this area include the charming La Casa del Camino, a historic landmark built in 1928, in the Spanish Revival style, complete with 64

arched entryways. A bit further south are the more modern Capri Laguna on the Beach, and the Surf and Sand. Along with its elegantly furnished interior, the Surf and Sand is noteworthy for its height which offers sweeping ocean views, a rare feature since Laguna ordinances were changed to mandate that buildings could be no more than 32 feet high. The best ocean view of course is right from the beach and Laguna has six that are accessible from the District: Thalia Street, Anita Street, Oak Street, Brooks Street, Cress Street and Mountain Road Beaches. All are at the ends of old-fashioned funky streets—invoking a slice of old Laguna – and a visit to these beaches, with their contrasting ambience to shops and galleries in the HIP District, is the perfect way to conclude your visit to this delightful neighborhood. l 65


the Art of Enthusiasm


By Lisa Aslanian

Robert Shaw, aka Sticky (a name he received first because of his slicked-back hair and later because he had a penchant for pasting Volcom stickers everywhere), is not an easy artist to define. While he is from

Newport Beach, and he enthusiastically embraces his charmed childhood and the SoCal lifestyle, his art is disaffected. Sticky is all about California – countercultural California, to be exact – and it is this passionate combination of enthusiasm and anti-establishmentarianism that makes his work pulse. Sticky’s complicated collages are like music, a loose visual poetry in which the lyrics and rhythm sometimes make a kind of sense and other times are just gorgeous, colorful riffs of nada. The first layer of collage is often made of old WWII love letters received by his late father, newspapers and TV guides from that same era, and other daily items with text, mixing the sacred and nostalgic with a childlike love for his grandparents and history. The work also memorializes his lifestyle. Sticky lives like most artists— at his own pace and largely without a lot of restrictions. He hangs out, California style, at the beach in Venice or Santa Monica, or even Laguna and Newport, with friends, partying and passing time. He follows bands, some still obscure. The next layer of collage records these times, with graffiti-like markings made by friends on the work, snippets he records from a particularly memorable evening or funny lines again written by a friend over the existing work. In this way, his art becomes an homage to his lifestyle, his friends and Southern California culture in general. 67


The first layer of collage is often made of old WWII love letters received by his late father, newspapers and TV guides from that same era… Sticky records his love life, or his relationship to love, with a personal iconography dominated by spiders and bats. Most of the art has these two creatures strung throughout and they belong to the history of the Romantic. Bats (think Dracula) and spiders, at least the spiders that intrigue Sticky, consume their pray in a moment of erotic bliss and frenzy. As Sticky wrote “Love Kills.” Not only does this branch of erotic love put us in touch with the nihilism of his heroes, Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen – Sticky is an avid devotee of punk rock and especially admires the Sex Pistols – it also shares affinities with the most powerful love stories throughout the ages. It is a trope of romantic love, really, that it ends with the impossibility of the lovers being together. The love is all consuming and the end is death, literal or figurative. Sticky captures the darkest and perhaps the most moving, transcendent and sublime experiences of human love. Invariably, this kind of love leads to enormous suffering and we assume that Sticky has been there; he has loved and lost. He is compelled to recreate the essential experience in most every piece of work. Anyone who has loved fiercely knows in his or her bones that we carry the experience of love lost forever, perhaps mutely, perhaps remembered only here and there, perhaps as a note of caution that tempers us, but it is this bliss and promise of losing oneself in another human being that propels much of what is meaningful in our lives. Sticky’s allegiance to the angry nihilism of punk reveals a certain inclination in the artist’s work that is further layered and complicated by his painting on the various collages – mostly of birds, but also sometimes of fish and jellyfish and hybrids of the above. He is fascinated by the ancestral connection of birds to dinosaurs; birds reach back into prehistory, into the extinct, connecting us again to the primordial self, to that which we cannot access or remember or know. Sticky is also a commercial artist, and enthusiastically so – Lib Tech, a brand that promotes artists, hired Sticky to design three snowboards and one skateboard. He is making art for art’s sake. He sees snowboarding as an art form as opposed to merely a popular sport. He also designs snow goggles for Arnette Eyewear, and has jumped feet first into what started as counterculture and now hovers in a kind of subliminal space somewhere between periphery and center. This is the place, or, perhaps, the non-place, that Sticky celebrates, and celebrates wildly. Sticky’s work can be seen at Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow, l 69

Calendar of Events DECEMBER

Now – December 3, 2013 regular performances: Dec. 6 – 26, 2013 A Christmas Carol, By Charles Dickens, Adapted by Jerry Patch South Coast Repertory 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa This timeless Dickens classic is features your favorite characters—Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas—and, of course, Ebenezer Scrooge., 714-708-5556

Now- December 13th, 2013 Alan Ross: the Ansel Adams Legacy

Forest & Ocean Gallery 480 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach 949-350-9370

Now – December 15, 2013 Weekends Only 10am -6pm Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy

Sawdust Art Festival 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach Admission: $6.00 Adult one-day - $5.00 Senior one-day (65+) - $3.00 Children (6-12) - FREE Children (5 & under) - $9.00 Season pass 949-494-3030

Now – January 2, 2014 “Small Works Show”

San Clemente Art Gallery (Community Center) 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente Weekdays 12pm-4pm, Weekends 10am- 4pm Designed for holiday gift-giving, all these tasteful original art works are no larger than 8x10 plus frame and priced under $300.00. 949 492-7175

Now - January 4, 2014 African Passion: Painted Bodies and Beyond

House of Photographic Art (HOPA) 27184 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano By appointment only: 949-429-2220. View a collection of startling images in brilliant colors from Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher’s 35 years of work across Africa.

Now Through January 10, 2014 “Butterflies by Design”

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel; 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point Available Daily Artist Tom Simmons’ butterfly exhibit showcases 55 different butterflies, with no two butterflies alike, as well as three butterfly sculptures. 949-240-2000

Now - February 9, 2014 Exhibition: Gods & Gifts: Vatican Ethnological Collection

Bowers Museum 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm This special exhibition illuminates diverse religious beliefs and practices through works of art and includes gifts presented to the Pope from heads of state and spiritual leaders. 714-567-3600

Now - February 10, 2014 “Papier Coupes” - Exclusive Matisse Exhibit

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Club Level; 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point Available Daily Twelve original stone lithographs are featured and are the only Matisse Cut-Outs on display in the U.S. 949-240-2000

Now Through February 15, 2014 Exhibition: A Quest for Beauty: The Art of Van Cleef & Arpels

Bowers Museum 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm This stunning exhibition featuring more than 200 unique pieces from the private collections of Van Cleef & Arpels, highlights the craftsmanship of the objects, including jewels, timepieces, and fashion accessories. 714-567-3600

Now Through March 23, 2014 Exhibition: Revolution to Romanticism: Freedom of Expression in 19th Century European Painting Bowers Museum 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Romantic artists broke free from the constraints of the state-run art academies and embraced a liberated world that encouraged individual creativity and freedom of expression. 714-567-3600

Now Through 2014 “Waves”

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel; 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point Images captured by award-winning photographer Clark Little include a variety of underwater seascapes and Little’s signature shore break waves. 949-240-2000

Now Through 2014 “Water N Waves”

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel; 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point Photographer Russ Sanders grew up in the Southern California and now wants to share his shore-break moments for all to see. 949-240-2000

Now Through 2014 Eric Gerdau

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel; 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point Eric Gerdau’s abstract drawings, mixed media, and oil paintings explore the psychological dimensions of situated experiences in real world contexts. 949-240-2000

Now Through 2014 Sandra Jones Campbell

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel; 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point Sandra’s paintings are composites of social sightings portraying evocative associations from a voyeuristic perspective. 949-240-2000


Now Through 2014 “The Great Masters”

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel; 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Original artworks from the great masters are provided by Salon de Art or Art Group Limited. 949-240-2000

Sunday, December 1, 2013 10-4pm Target Free First Sunday

2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana Enjoy a family fun day viewing fabulous exhibitions as the Bowers Museum and Kidseum offers free admission on the first Sunday of every month. Sponsored by the Target Corporation. Admission: Free 714-567-3677

Sunday, December 1, 2013 11–3pm Family Festival: Winter Solstice

2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana On the first Sunday of every month, the Bowers highlights a different cultural theme including music, dance, arts, and food. Sponsored by the Nicholas Endowment. Great fun for all ages. Admission: Free 714-567-3677

Sunday, December 1–31, 2013 “Our Favorite Things”

Laguna North Gallery, 376 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach 11:00 am to 4:30 pm daily plus Art Walk December 5, 2013 Each of the 14 gallery artists have created a 12x12” canvas expressing their Favorite Things. 949-494-4324

Wednesday, December 4-30, 2013 Featured artists include Lynn Welker & Mada Leach

Open daily, noon to 5. Closed Tues. or by appt. Sandstone Gallery Laguna 384-A N. Coast Hwy, Laguna 949-487-6775

Thursday, December 5-31, 2013 6-8pm Opening Reception: Thursday, December 5th, 2013 from 6-8pm “The Back Room” Winter Celebration! Featuring America Martin Book Release and Signing 326 North Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach JoAnne Artman Gallery presents, “YES”, fine artist America Martin’s second book and Book Signing 949-510-5481

Thursday, December 5-31, 2013 6-9pm Christmas Show

The Signature Gallery 220 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach Enjoy live music and cocktails! Artists will be present. 949- 376-4244

Friday, December 6, 2013 5:30- 9pm Grand Opening Celebration

Joseph Wise Gallery 346 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach 949-874-3973

Saturday, December 7, 2013 6-9 pm A holiday to remember- Shop for a Cause

Just Looking Boutique 384 Forest #8, Laguna Beach- Lumber Yard Mall Come join the celebration- Live music, Hor d’oeuvres, Prizes & Fashion Show Portion of proceeds go to Glennwood House of Laguna Beach 949-494-8208

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Calendar of Events Saturday, December 7, 2013 6-9 pm 6” Squared

Randy Higbee Gallery 102 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa A diverse exhibition and sale of Fine Paintings in a 6” Squared format by a collection of the noted artist in the USA. 714-546-2156

Saturday, December 7, 2013 5-8 pm Artist Reception- Vladimir Cora

Hugo Rivera Gallery 550 S. Coast Hwy Laguna Beach 949-212-7875

Saturday, December 7, 2013 4-7 pm Coves and Beaches of Laguna Artist John Cosby Solo show and book signing The Redfern gallery 1540 South Coast Hwy 949-497-3356

Saturday, December 7, 2013 9 am Celebration of Winter Holiday Decorating Seminar

2301 San Joaquin Hills Road | Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 Join Eric Cortina, our Creative Director, for a holiday seminar on using natural elements from your garden to create beautiful decorations for your home. Learn how to design wreaths, garlands and embellished topiaries that will bring understated elegance to your holiday celebrations. 949-640-5800

Saturday, December 7, 2013 12-4pm Kristina Kase with Byers Choice Personal Appearance & Signing

2301 San Joaquin Hills Road | Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 Join Kristina Kase, Byers’ Choice Representative, to view and shop the 2013 Byers’ Choice Collection. Bringing the magic of Christmas to life, every Caroler is created in their Pennsylvania workshop by a team of skilled artists. Each Caroler begins with a coat hanger; plaster is poured, clay is sculpted, faces are painted and outfits are stitched. The final piece is a timeless holiday decoration. Find the perfect piece for you and have it signed by Kristina. 949-640-5800

Saturday December 7, 2013 5-9pm Hobie Alter Book Launch 110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente Hobie–Master of Water, Wind and Waves! 949-388-0313

Saturday, December 7-8, 2013 Everhart: Works from 2000-2013

Coast Gallery - 540 South Coast Highway, Suite 100, Laguna Beach

Dec 7: 6-9pm, Dec 8: 1-4pm Artist Tom Everhart

world-renowned for his paintings of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts© universe presents his latest exhibition. 949-376-4185

Saturday, December 7–21, 2013 22nd Annual Children’s Book Illustration Art Show & Book Signing

Location: Chemers Gallery 17300 17th Street, Suite G, Tustin More than 200 illustrations and 50 books available. Illustrators Michael Hague, Brett Helquist, Molly Idle, Stacy Innerst & John Parra. 714-731-5432 72

Saturday, December 7-29, 2013 2pm & 7:30pm A CHRISTMAS MEMORY

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 5-8pm First Night Party

Sunday, December 8, 2013 11 am – 3:30 pm Irish Holiday Festival: The Story of Ireland|Bowers

Friday, December 20, 2013 6:30-10pm Laguna Nursery Christmas Cabaret

A CHRISTMAS MEMORY is a tender portrait of a rare friendship across the generations with a musical score that will bring love and light to everyone’s hearts for the holiday season. 606 S. Laguna Canyon Road 949-497-2787 (ARTS)

2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, A day of Irish tradition! Enjoy a spirited, traditional music performance and a special holiday storytelling presentation. Featuring balladeers Slugger O’Toole, Irish harpist Joanna Mell, former Riverdancer Kevin Horton, storyteller Sheelagh Cullen, and more! Fee: $10 museum member; $15 non-member. *Does not include museum admission. 714-567-3677

Thursday, December 12, 2013 10am Laguna Beach Garden Club Speaker Reception 1370 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach 949-494-5200

Thursday, December 12, 2013 5 -9pm Bowers After-Hours & Live Musical Performance

2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana Your evening begins at 5 PM with an exclusive after-hours viewing of the museum’s exquisite special exhibitions. 8 pm – Performance: Soundscapes: Presented by The Vanguard University Guitar Ensemble This fresh and exciting ensemble will perform entertaining pieces that range from festive holiday classics, to spicy Latin tunes and French impressionistic pieces. Fee: Museum member $15; Nonmember $20 714-567-3677

Friday, December 13, 2013 Laguna Beach Garden Club Speaker Series 9am 1370 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach Editor Tony Bielaczyc 949-494-5200

Saturday, December 14, 2013 Laguna Nursery Garden Walk

1370 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach Meet at 10am at the Nursery Discover Laguna Beach Heritage, Main Beach, & Historical Downtown 949-494-5200

Saturday, December 14-15, 2013 Henry Asencio, “Ravishing”

417 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach 6pm-9pm (Saturday) & 12pm-5pm (Sunday) Internationally distinguished master Asencio pays tribute to the female form by combining elements of Realism and Abstract Expressionism. 855-372-8213

Saturday, December 14-15 2013 12–4 pm Lisa Kelechava with Joy to the World Personal Appearance & Signing

2301 San Joaquin Hills Road | Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 Meet Lisa Kelechava, President and Founder of Joy to the World as she introduces her spectacular line of Destination Santa’s and Dog ornaments. Lisa will be available to sign and personalize your holiday purchases. The ornaments are all hand blown and painted in Europe using techniques and traditions preserved and passed down through the generations. 949-640-5800

600 East Bay Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92661 Dinner begins at 6pm, and boats parade by our patio at 6:35pm. Listen to music and participate in holiday crafts in our gallery. Members: $15 Non-Members $25 ; 949-675-8915

1370 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach An annual tradition of music and merriment! Saif Eddin and a host of talented singers will delight you with music of the season 949-494-5200

Saturday, December 21, 2013 5–7pm Holiday Event: Las Posadas

2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana A traditional Mexican Christmas celebration re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s journey as they seek shelter in Bethlehem. Join us for traditional music, dance, and food. Mexican dress is encouraged. The procession begins in the north parking lot at 5 PM. Guest speaker: Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (schedule permitting). Museum and Gallery Store will be closed. Admission: Free 714-567-3677

Saturday, December 21 2013 6-9pm Artists Spotlight

Forest & Ocean Gallery 480 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach Photographer Cheyne Walls will be unveiling his newest images from this year’s fall color season. Photographer Elizabeth Jane Attenborough will be displaying her incredible landscape photographs printed on an aluminum surface. Glassblower/Sculptor Bill Kasper will be presenting his newest works from nature’s elements. 949-350-9370

January Thursday, January 2–February 3, 2014 Featured artists include Victoria Porcello & Howard Hitchcock

Open daily, noon to 5. Closed Tues. or by appt. Sandstone Gallery Laguna 384-A N. Coast Hwy, Laguna 949-487-6775

Thursday, January 2–February 28, 2014 100 Years review of World War 1 showing the original antique posters.

The Vintage Poster 1492 S Coast Hwy. #4 Laguna Beach, CA 949-376-7422

Thursday, January 2-13, 2014 3-5pm “Reflections” - Open Exhibition by The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild Gallery 21 - Spanish Village Balboa Park, San Diego, CA Artist Reception January 5th Sponsored by The San Diego Museum of Art Artists GuildJuror Mark-Elliott Lugo - Cash prizes 619-684-5196

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Calendar of Events Thursday, January 2-31, 2014 6-8pm Opening Reception: Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 from 6-8pm

“Through the Looking Glass” Featuring Photographer Brooke Shaden and Digital Artist Nadine Boughton 326 North Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach “Through the Looking Glass” will exhibit the uncanny photography of Brooke Shaden as well as the innovative photo-collages of Nadine Boughton 949-510-5481

Sunday, January 5–February 27, 2014 “Winter Judged Show”

San Clemente Art Gallery (Community Center) 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente Weekdays 12pm-4pm, Weekends 10am-4pm The Winter Show is a judged show and a reception and cash awards given. The public is always welcome. 949-492-7175

Sunday, January 5-9 2014; regular performances January 11-26, 2014 Trudy and Max in Love or, that Forever Feeling by Zoe Kazan

South Coast Repertory 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa Is love a choice? Or does it just happen? Find out in the latest from the multi-talented playwright, Zoe Kazan., 714-708-5556

Tuesday, January 7- February 2, 2014 2pm & 7:30pm Ring of Fire – The Jonny cash Musical

606 S. Laguna Canyon Road Warm up your winter with the rousing words and music of Johnny Cash. Ring of Fire brings to life more than 30 of his best songs including “I Walk the Line,”“In the Sweet By and By,”“Folsom Prison Blues” and, of course, “Ring of Fire.” www. 949-497-2787 (ARTS)

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 Exploring the Titanic with Captain Don Walsh

600 East Bay Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92661 Begins at 7:00pm, Doors open at 6:30pm Come join us for a great evening with ocean explorer, Captain Don Walsh for the ExplorOcean Lecture Series. Free for members or Non-members $15 ; 949-675-8915

Saturday, January 11, 2014 Laguna Nursery Garden Walk

1370 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach Meet at 10am at the Nursery Garden walks thru Laguna Beach as led by Ruben Flores 949-494-5200

Sunday, January 12, 2014 Free Second Sundays

OCMA 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach 11 am–4 pm: Hands-on art making 11 am–5 pm: Free exhibition admission Free Second Sundays are an ideal way for families to have fun with art together. This free arts festival includes hands-on art projects, live entertainment, story time, and gallery tours for all ages. Food truck on-site for dining options. www.ocma. net 949-759-1122

Saturday, January 18, 2014 Tom Swimm / Solo Exhibition ‘HARBORS OF THE WORLD”

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 Building the San Salvador with Dr. Raymond Ashley

Friday, January 24, 2014 Art-A-Fair Mail-In Jury Submissions

Friday, February 7- 23, 2014 James and the Giant Peach Adapted by David Wood based on the Roald Dahl book

Artist Reception Open to the Public 5–8pm Pacific Edge Gallery 540 South Coast Highway Laguna Beach Solo three week exhibition of original oils by Laguna Beach artist Tom Swimm. Over 20 new paintings from his travels in Italy, France, Greece and many other international locations. 949-494-0491

PO Box 547, Laguna Beach, CA All media welcome, can jury more than one medium, three original works of art required per medium, $40/medium submitted. 949-494-4514

Friday, January 24 –30 2014, Preview; regular performances: February 1 –23, 2014. The Light in the Piazza, book by Craig Lucas, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel

South Coast Repertory 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa This exhilarating musical follows the Italian travels of Margaret Johnson and her stunningly beautiful daughter, Clara., 714-708-5556

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 6-10 p.m. SOBECA ARTwalk

600 East Bay Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92661 Begins at 7:00pm, Doors open at 6:30pm Come join us for a great evening with Dr. Raymond Ashley, President/CEO of the San Diego Maritime Museum. Free for members or non-members $15; 949-675-8915

South Coast Repertory 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa James lives with his awful aunts—until a giant peach appears magically and James escapes for a great adventure., 714-708-5556

Saturday February 8, 2014 1– 5pm Eye Candy Artisan Faire

17300 17th Street, Suite G, Tustin, Savor the collections of fine craft ranging from jewelry & fiber to mixed media & ceramics. 714-731-5432

Saturday, February 8, 2014 Laguna Nursery Garden Walk

The LAB Anti Mall and The CAMP host local artists, musicians and crafters

1370 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach Meet at 10am at the Nursery Garden walks thru Laguna Beach as led by Ruben Flores 949-494-5200

Saturday, January 25, 2014 Laguna Nursery Garden Walk

Sunday, February 9, 2014 Free Second Sundays

1370 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach Meet at 10am at the Nursery Garden walks thru Laguna Beach as led by Ruben Flores 949-494-5200

FEBRUARY Saturday, February 5-March 3, 2014 Featured artists include KL Heagen & Jong H. Ro Open daily, noon to 5. Closed Tues. or by appt. Sandstone Gallery Laguna 384-A N. Coast Hwy, Laguna 949-487-6775

Thursday, February 6, 2014 – March 31, 2014 Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6th, 2014 from 6-8pm

“YES” New Works by Colombian-American Artist America Martin 326 North Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach America Martin will be unveiling a mix of three different new series inspired by her recent travels. Discover America’s vision for her captivating new series as she describes her inspirations for the “Native American”, “Bathers” and “Still Lives” Series. 949-510-5481

Thursday, February 6, 2014 8 pm Cinema Orange

OCMA 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach Winter film screenings presented in the Auditorium OCMA and the Newport Beach Film Festival proudly present the 2014 Cinema Orange film series featuring film screenings that explore art, architecture, design, and cultural icons. Food trucks on-site for dining options. 949-759-1122

OCMA 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach 11 am–4 pm: Hands-on art making 11 am–5 pm: Free exhibition admission Free Second Sundays are an ideal way for families to have fun with art together. This free arts festival includes hands-on art projects, live entertainment, story time, and gallery tours for all ages. Food truck on-site for dining options. 949-759-1122

Sunday February 9, 2014 Art-A-Fair Hand-Delivered Jury Submissions

Boys & Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM processing & acceptance of artwork 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM pickup artwork & jury scores All media welcome, can jury more than one medium, three original works of art required per medium, $40/medium submitted. 949-494-4514

Friday, February 14, 2013 Valentine’s Day Cabaret

Laguna Nursery 1370 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach Show your loved one that you love them - bring them to a night of romantic fun at Laguna nursery - Songs of love and passion- come join in 949-494-5200

Saturday, February 22, 2014 Laguna Nursery Garden Walk

1370 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach Meet at 10am at the Nursery Garden walks thru Laguna Beach as led by Ruben Flores 949-494-5200

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 6-10 p.m. SOBECA ARTwalk

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761 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach CA 92651

Pure Color Laguna Beach

570 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Pure Laguna Beach Gallery

1590 S. Coast Hwy, Ste. 2, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Quorum Art Gallery

374 N. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Randy Higbee Gallery

102 Kalmus, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Martin Lawrence Galleries

Orange County Museum of Art

McKibben Studios

Pacific Edge Gallery

3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

540 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

850 San Clemente Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660 540 S. Coast Hwy. Ste. 112, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Mission Fine Art

31760 Camino Capistrano, Suite C San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Redfern Gallery

Muckenthaler Cultural Center 1202 W. Malvern Ave, Fullerton, CA 92833

1540 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Rogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gardens Fine Art Gallery

Museum of Biblical & Sacred Writings

2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

12625 La Mirada Blvd, Ste. 101, La Mirada, CA 90638

Salt Fine Art


1492 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

241 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805

Mystic Arts

664 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach CA 92651

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art 117 N. Sycamore Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Pacific Gallery

228 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Peter Blake Gallery

435 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Posh Galleria

577 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 78

Sandstone Gallery

384-A N. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Sue Greenwood Fine Art

330 N. Coast Hywy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Tracey Moscaritolo Studio & Gallery

422 North Coast Highway Laguna Beach CA 92651

Vanessa Rothe Studio 418 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Village Gallery

502 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Vladimir Sokolov Studio Gallery

1540 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Whitney Gallery

305 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Wyland Gallery

509 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Scape Gallery

The Vintage Poster

Schar Galleries

The Watercolor Gallery

Schroeder Studio Gallery

Tom Lamb

2859 East Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar CA 92625 305 N. Coast Hwy, Ste. O, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 112 E. Maple Ave, Orange, CA 92866

The Sawdust Festival

1492 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 1492 S. Coast Hwy #7, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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949-494-0264 Laguna Beach, CA

935 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

The Shed Fine Art Gallery 24471 Del Prado Ave, Dana Point, CA 92629

The Signature Gallery

220 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Simard Bilodeau Galerie & Steven Lucas Fine Arts

1945 Laguna Canton Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Situ Art Gallery

1590 S. Coast Hwy #6, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Skylab Modern Art

1450 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Studio 7 North

384-B N. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Townley Gallery

570 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 79

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Young Artist “I like to surf and draw.”

Although this statement might not sound out of the ordinary for a 14-year-old boy, Newport Beach resident Calvin “Kid Creature” Saxton is anything but ordinary. Calvin’s drawings found their way into the hearts of the surf community and are now featured on Volcom clothing, as well as Stance socks. He has also designed a fin for Captain Fin, as well as a track pad

Kid Creature and leash for Prolite. Calvin, better known as “Kid Creature” got his name from the characters that he draws, and being a kid himself, it fits. Inspired by artists Russ Pope and Ozzy Wright, Calvin’s art is a magnificent collection of imagination that reflects his youth, yet transcends his age. It also attracts people from all walks of life – even movie stars. “I saw Jack Black wearing one of my shirts on Conan once,” he laughs. Calvin’s heart is just as big as his imagination, he donates 10% of his profit from the clothing sales to organizations that support children with cystic fibrosis. Not only does Calvin enjoy designing clothes, he also loves to create his one-ofa-kind works of art on surfboards, canvas, and wood. Among his favorite pieces are his painted wooden cutouts of creatures that come alive as 3D objects and follow him to trade shows and art fairs. Calvin’s advice for young, aspiring artists is to “Draw whatever you want.” Kid Creature should know. His creativity has led him on a journey far beyond the dreams of many others his age, and it’s a journey he hopes to successfully continue. We think he will. We look forward to seeing more of Kid Creature’s creations. l 82

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