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42 Fresh Eyes, Old Soul

A Conversation with Painter, Illustrator and Collage Artist KELSEY IRVIN



Inspiration & Creativity Art Patron talks to JUAN-MANUEL ALONSO


LOOKING WITH AN EDUCATED EYE Photography Collection Council Helps Support the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Photographic Arts Program


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Creativity & Inspiration

Art Patron talks to JUAN-MANUEL ALONSO interview by Christine Dodd photography by Terry Hastings



or an artist, the source of inspiration— his or her muse—is critical. In Greek

and Roman mythology, the muses presided over the arts and sciences, and have

been traditionally personified as women. However, the source of inspiration can take many forms. In this Q and A with

Juan-Manuel Alonso, Art Patron explores

the sources of inspiration that stimulate a prodigiously creative artist.

Alonso was born in Cuba, raised

in New York, and now resides in Palm

Springs. His career has included designing jewelry for Tiffany and clothing for

Nino Cerruti and Williwear, as well as

teaching design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Miami Dade College,

and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

Do you have a muse? Muses? Have they changed over time? My muses are the inspiration for my

work, and I cannot create without having them constantly present.

Inspirations come to me through

feelings that grow out of my path in life. As

an individual and as an artist, I am learning by experimenting every step of the way.

From canvas to canvas, I take the viewer

on a visual trip of image and color. In the 21

Inspiration process there is a very noticeable progression from one piece to the next. I want the viewer to take the time to explore each piece as part of the trajectory of my life.

In one series of works I was inspired by Afro-

Cuban mythology and the posters of Paul Colin,

whose simplified images we can see in the Revue Nègre of the 1920s, when Josephine Baker was

the center of Parisian life. Now we are once again approaching the 20s, but in a new century.

Has music been an influence?

Music is very influential, since I like to create

rhythms by fitting colors and forms into a pattern that will stimulate all the senses at the same time. I like to think that viewers of my work will be

stimulated in the same way that they might be by sound.

The power of sound transports me. Listening

to Mozart, for example, takes me into a sublime space. On the other hand, jazz takes me into

a syncopated space where the rhythm jumps, creating emotions of the sublime in a totally

different way. Music creates moods that change

according to how the sound itself is created. Color has the same emotional power for me.

What is your favorite book?

One of my favorites is Remembrance of Things

Past, in which Proust paints a portrait of his time

by describing in detail every nuance of a society on the verge of change.

Do you have a favorite photograph—a family photo, a photo of an artist, or a photo by an artist?

There are images and photographs from the

many stages of my life that have stayed in my

mind. The sensual images of Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, Horst P. Horst and Helmut Newton have stimulated the sensuality of my lines.

There are also a few photographs from my

childhood in Cuba that evoke the nostalgia that

comes from growing up in a foreign country, giving me the same feeling I get from reading Proust. There are those memories of times past.

What are your favorite designs? I enjoy the classic forms, placing them in

unfamiliar contexts and creating a new version of 22 23

the old. This results in a form of collage in which familiar lines can be seen in a totally new light.

There was a time in my life during which “labels” were a thing to have.

But as I have grown as an individual, I find that is not the label but how the piece is worn that makes the statement.

Talk to us about food. Do you have favorites?

LOL! When it comes to food, I like it all, but eating meat is not for me.

Fruits, vegetables, rice and beans make me feel much better, and eating them

raw gives me incredible energy. But am the first to admit that am human and not perfect. LOL …

Do you keep indigenous artifacts in your studio? I am a great admirer and collector of African statues and other art,

especially the fertility pieces—they have an incredible magical power. I also have statues of saints left to me by my mother, an aunt and an ex, none of

them still living. I enjoy juxtaposing them, as they are part of my upbringing. This is the reason Afro-Cuban mythology influences my work.

What about travel? Has it inspired you?

I have been very fortunate to have worked in the fashion industry. It has

taken me all over the planet and influenced the work I do now. It has opened me to so many different cultures and helped me become who I am at this moment in time.

In order to make the time in transit more pleasant, I started keeping a

travel log in black sketchbooks. Well! The books became a library of drawings,

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expense reports, poetry, and summaries of important moments. The books

became my best and trusted companion—my confidant! When I transitioned from designing to working as an artist, I turned to my black books as a depository of ideas. They were extremely useful, I tell you.

Is there an object in your studio that is most important to you?

Every single object in there has a purpose. My studio is like an installation

that changes as the art changes from one painting to the next. I arrange the

objects according to what I happen to be working on, placing them in vignettes for inspiration. All of them are related to my life path, to who I am, to the work I produce.

How has mentoring influenced your work?

Being a mentor allows me to pass down to someone else in a short

period of time all that has taken me so much time to learn. It opens the door to someone else to continue the process of learning. To me, life is a learning

experience. A time comes to pass all that knowledge on to a younger person, making it so much easier for him or her than it was for oneself.

What is your relationship with antiques and other vintage objects?

The relationship I feel with such pieces is that they are there to teach us

with their beauty and staying power. It is up to the individual to learn from

the forms, to make sure that they are taken to the next level, made to work in a different space and time. Having it all in the mixture creates an interesting 25

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Have there been personal challenges that have inspired you?

Overcoming cancer and surviving it

for five years now has given me a totally

different perspective on life. Coming that close to not being around to tell the story

convinced me that what I do has to make a difference—not only to me but to the whole.

It has also given me strength and

power over the unknown. The little things that most people overlook have become

a very important part of who I am. It has

given me a very clear understanding that time is of the essence and that no time

comes back. So every second is important

to me, and in the same way I see details in every single area of my life.

Has there been a person—a muse—who inspired you? My parents were an incredible

inspiration to me. They left our country

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chance to be the free individual I was born to be. Through them I learned

that the ability to adapt is what gives

us strength to survive whatever comes our way.

Have your muses influenced the diversity in your work?

It is all about taking that leap of faith

into the unknown, believing in yourself and continuing to do what makes you

happy, no matter what anyone else says.

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When you do it long enough, someone

will notice; someone will pay attention. In every period of my life there

have been people who influenced

me. But what makes my creativity

flow are periods in which groups of

creative individuals come together and create a new school of thought. One of those times is the period from the late

nineteenth century through the first three decades of the twentieth century. During those times, the creative forces changed the established order.

What do you do when feeling creatively blocked? When that happens to me, I turn

inward to see what it is that makes

me tick. Once I find it, I come out and



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Looking with an Educated Eye Photography Collection Council Helps Support the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Photographic Arts Program

written by Nancy Hunt-Weber

Rudy Rodriguez, Barbara Cain, and Daniell Cornell; Tom Truhe, Architecture and Design Council Chair Dan Spencer, and PCC Chair John Renner; Michael Childers and Udo Keir

Director of Modernism Week Lisa Vossler Smith and artist Phillip K. Smith; Bob Hammack, Palm Springs Mayor Rob Moon, and musical lyricist David Zippel; Palm Springs Art Museum Chair Donna MacMillan, Daniell Cornell, Don Saxton, Deborah Page, David Austin


he Photography Collection Council (PCC) has become a

vital part of the Palm Springs Art Museum. The group is

of one of nine such councils, which offer the most active level of museum membership and which have attracted more than 1,200 participants.

Involvement in the PCC is the best way to meet other

members with interests in the photographic arts, learn about collecting, and become involved in activities that foster en-

thusiasm for photography. Since 2008, the PCC has supported

Thanks to the generosity of supportive donors and PCC

members, the museum’s permanent collection has been grow-

ing rapidly, with the inclusion of prints by significant modern and contemporary photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz,

Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Ansel Adams, Irving Penn, Di-

ane Arbus and Sally Mann, as well as important European and

Soviet-era photographers. The collection is based on the photographic archives of Stephen H. Willard and Bill Anderson.

Pamela Bonino, one of the PCC’s three original members,

major photography exhibitions and programs focused on a

sums up the group’s achievements. ”As the youngest council

David Hockney, Roger Ballen, Linda Conner, John Baldessari

three founding members to triple digits. We provide a vibrant

host of major figures—Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Avedon, and Julius Shulman, among many others—through an array of social, educational and fundraising events. 30

at Palm Springs Art Museum, we have quickly grown from

setting in which to study the most transformative medium of

our time. Photography has enormous influence on our lives. It 31

Palm Springs Art Museum’s Executive Director Elizabeth Armstrong greeting guests at PCC Paddle 8 fundraising auction

informs our life choices. Art relies on

liams, as well as Edward S. Curtis: One

that, in great photographs, are layers

the Tone: Contemporary American In-

the artist, not on the medium. Beneath of contemplation and meditation that transform us.

“Those of us who date ourselves

prior to 1950,” continues Bonino,

dian Photographers, both of which will be led by curators Christine Giles and Daniell Cornell.

This season’s PCC fundraisers were

“remember the iconic nature of the

the most successful yet, and included a

never mind a museum. Those born in

Silver Clouds event. Guests were en-

photograph within a family setting,

the eighties and after have no memory of a time when ‘pictures’ were not

integral to their daily lives. Now that

the old saw ’Pictures don’t lie’ has been thoroughly debunked and the question ’Is photography art?’ no longer passes the lips of serious art lovers, PCC em-

phasizes looking at photographs with an educated eye.”

Recent PCC activities have includ-

ed lectures such as “Talking Photog-

raphy” with Magnum Films founder

themed party based on Andy Warhol’s

couraged to come as their favorite Factory superstar. In attendance was Udo

Keir, who starred in the Warhol-pro-

duced films Blood for Dracula and Frankenstein. Silent auction items included photographs of Warhol generously

donated by Michael Childers and Stephen Verona. This amazing party was

held at the Palm Desert Estate home of

Deborah Page and Don Saxton, and was co-hosted by David Austin.

The Paddle8 inaugural online

Philip Gittelman and a January salon

photography auction concluded this

seum’s Director of Art, Daniell Cornell.

at Imago Galleries in Palm Desert, an

hosted by Bonino and featuring the muThe PCC also toured the exhibitions Bauhaus twenty-21 with Curator of

Architecture and Design Sidney Wil32

Hundred Masterworks and Changing

March with a live auction and reception event honoring Childers for his gen-

erous support of the museum and the

PCC. More than 65 photographs were 33

donated by artists, collectors and galleries

from across the country. Andrea Fuiczynski, Chair of Sotheby’s Americas, acted as

guest auctioneer, helping the PCC raise over

$50,000. Some 150 people attended the event.

One of the last PCC events of the season

was the VIP Tour: Los Angeles, in which

PCC members and non-members viewed

the Mapplethorpe exhibitions at the Getty

Museum and the Los Angeles County Mu-

seum of Art. They also had an opportunity

to visit Don Woodford’s residence to see his

collection. Woodford started collecting black and white images in the 1950s, with his first

photograph being an Aaron Siskind. He was further inspired in the 1970s after seeing the Sam Wagstaff Collection in Berkeley, which tour members will also be viewing in con-

junction with the Mapplethorpe exhibition

at the Getty. The photographs in Woodford’s collection range from abstracts to studies of

the human form, and from anonymous nineteenth century works to those by “name”

artists such as Diane Arbus. Woodford has also donated an important Mapplethorpe

photograph to the Palm Springs Art Museum’s permanent collection.

The Photography Collection Council

enriches the lives of everyone who loves

photography and collecting. To learn more

about it and the Palm Springs Art Museum, go to

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The Mesmerizing Visual World of Photographer

D. MICHAEL DUGGAN written by Daniella Walsh There are spots in the vicinity of Rosarito Beach where magic happens, where the shore— abetted by wind, water and sundry forces of nature—turns into art. Pale

and dark shades of sand come together, forming

patterns that even the most imaginative of artists

might not be able to fathom, with black lines of the finer material swept through ridges and rivulets

onto lighter-colored, harder ground by incoming and outgoing tides.

Rivers seen from great heights come to

mind, as do ancient drawings by otherworldly

cartographers. Then again, the beach turns into a giant canvas, crisscrossed by curves and lines

evoking fallen leaves or the craggy bark of longgone trees.

At other times, patterns manifest themselves in

more orderly geometric fashion, evoking tapestries left behind by long-departed Inca weavers. It is as if unseen forces have picked these spots to leave

their marks for those who care enough to see and record them for posterity.

Such is a large component of the visual

world of photographer Michael Duggan, who is nonetheless adamant about not being a nature photographer. “There are plenty of others

who photograph sunsets,” he says. “I tend

to concentrate on architectural images or the abstractions formed by light and shadow.”

However, Duggan insists that you shouldn’t

call him an architecture photographer either, but

someone who likes to chronicle man-made objects that are graphically dynamic.

“I notice most what man has made—or nature,

for that matter,” he explains; “it’s all part of our

world. There are amazing things to be seen which excite the senses and the mind.”

A series of nets he photographed in Nova

Scotia, for example, inspires Duggan to ruminate 38

about complexities of fishing: “Someone had to

tie those knots. The whole profession is revealed through those nets draped on the ground.”

Duggan discovered his mysterious Rosarito

locales at a time of personal trauma that, in his words, had made him more observant of his

surroundings. What he found during his solitary

wanderings, he turned into a growing portfolio of black and white prints that entranced visitors at

last year’s Festival of Arts and that will be on view again this year.

Other images to look forward to are Duggan’s

photographs of surreal light and shadow

patterns on antique steam engines and other train equipment. “I am intrigued by light and shadow

and the extreme variants of light that seem to take on a life of their own,” he says.

Born in Naples, California, Duggan moved

at age 11 with his family to New York City, where his designer mother took him to museums and galleries. “I loved to tag along and learn about 39

art,” he recalls. He loved making pencil sketches, and studied graphics and

printmaking at Brown University in Rhode Island.

Photography has been Duggan’s

lifelong passion , even if it isn’t, strictly

speaking, his sole vocation. To help ends meet, he teaches dentistry, which he also loves because, he explains, it brings him together with people from all over the world.

Before turning to dentistry and

teaching it at Loma Linda University, Duggan had immersed himself in

chemistry, a field that he continues to love. He left it when he decided that, regardless of how much research he

would do and however much he loved

it, he needed a change. Besides, he quips, a Nobel Prize was not in the cards.

Instead, he went into teaching, which he

viewed as a form of performance art and

another form of creativity, since it requires reaching the inner depth of an audience.

Photography remained—and remains—a constant.


Interim studies led Duggan to a 1975

creative photography workshop given in Connecticut by the Tucson-based Center for Creative Photography. Teachers

included Minor White and Ansel Adams,

negative-view cameras and now utilizes the latest digital equipment to help him refine his compositions by printing on metal.

Besides his other accomplishments,

among other luminaries. “Ansel printed

Duggan is also a writer, having published

out as well as what’s done today on the

Looking Glass and put together text

one of my negatives, but it did not turn computer,” Duggan recalls. “Perhaps

it wasn’t that good a negative.” But the

experience cemented his view that there is as much creativity in scientific exploration

articles in the photography magazine and photographs for a book on the

mesmerizing sandstone sculpture of Ra Paulette.

“Art is not what you see, but what

as there is in art.

you help others see,” said painter Edgar

a 35mm single reflex model, and built his

live by.

Duggan got his first camera in 1969,

first darkroom. He has also owned large

Degas. For Duggan, those are words to 41

Fresh Eyes, Old Soul A Conversation with Painter, Illustrator and Collage Artist Kelsey Irvin written by Kimberly Johnson


elsey Irvin’s creative exploration began

the time she spent with her family on a small lake in

Buffalo, she grew up surrounded by a loving

farm in Wisconsin.

early. Born in Western New York outside of

community of inspirational people and a family that

rural Pennsylvania and with her grandparents on their “The farm had been through several storms and

offered liberating spaces for the young artist to explore.

had collapsed barns in need of repair,” she remembers.

explains. “Great people and four legitimate seasons, the

rebuild, so the barns acted as the most idyllic setting for

“It was a wonderful place to be raised,” Irvin

greatest of which, of course, was autumn.”

Irvin also cultivated imaginative qualities and

developed a knack for conceptual exploration during 42

“Fortunately for me, my grandparents were unable to adventures. We climbed through collapsed windows that the adults couldn’t fit through and rummaged through remains of buried ‘treasure.’” 43

20 years. Books are replaced by the digital alternatives and most people don’t even

Lawrence University, the Bachelor of Fine

look at them on a screen instead. I’m not

interest, but her collegiate years were

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against technology, and I love to simplify things, but I am an old soul, as they say.” Driven to bring new life to objects

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will recognize the theme of exploration

and adventure among the detritus of the

past. Now, mature and focused, the artist

deals with nostalgia, longing, connection, communication and the need to retain

those things that may be lost with time. “I suppose that now more than

ever, the sentiment of nostalgia seems increasingly important to me,” Irvin

concludes. “When I see how much of

our lives are simplified by technology, I

wonder how that will look in even 10 or

Arts recipient knew that art was her main fueled by the thoughtful examination of other subjects as well.

“Although it may have seemed like

that may otherwise have been lost in

overkill, I was trying to get the most out

of lives lived—“memories misplaced in

of three majors: Art, Environmental

time, Irvin finds herself collecting traces

Those familiar with Irvin’s work

As a graduate of New York’s

need of recognition; old letters; vintage matchbooks; boxes of aging paper

treasure. Using vintage ephemera in my work” she continues, “is a way to pay

homage to those memories, those lives.” Irvin adds a new visual dimension

when using the collage elements of ephemera. “I love texture, and the

rawness of these materials excites me,”

she remarks. “The challenge I seek is how to maintain a balance between working

with such old objects, and recreating them in a contemporary piece that holds the

test of time, as a work of art. It needs to

matter now, and it needs to matter later.”

of my education and took the equivalent Studies and Psychology. I worked as a TA for a professor who specialized in

Environmental Psychology, and found

it so interesting and relevant to art and

design. Art was always my main focus, but at the time, I didn’t know if it was realistic to make a living solely as an

artist. I figured I should have a backup

plan. I remember one psychology course in particular that delved heavily into

subjects of eyesight, optical illusions, perspective, and perception; it was

beyond interesting. I knew all of this

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enough to make a living as an artist so

almost 2) love going to the gallery and the

work through the weekends. We’d stop to

surprise for which I’m extremely grateful.”

or out-paint their mommy someday. We

antique flea market, but other than that,

soon after graduating was a pleasant

In 2007 Irvin opened Kelsey Michaels

Fine Art (KMFA) with her former art

dealer turned best friend and eventual

studio, and will likely out-sell their daddy absolutely love our neighborhood on North Gallery Row.”

Currently, Kelsey Irvin is gearing

husband, Michael.

up for a busy year—a group show at

of my paintings in 2005. We were strictly

in May, plus a solo show at KMFA later

“Michael and I met by way of one

artist and art dealer at first, and quickly

became best friends. The idea to go into

Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, Texas,

life in 2007. I still painted full-time and

and leisure.

Somewhere along the lines we fell for

most artists as well as business owners

married. We began the business in July

of 2007 in Corona del Mar, then Newport Beach, and finally opened the gallery in Laguna in March of 2014. Now, KMFA feels like a family business as our two

little guys (Azure and Jasper, ages 4 and

with fresh eyes.”

“Michael and I completely love what

we do for a living; we wouldn’t trade

each other, finally admitted it, and got

replenishing inspiration, and coming back

Irvin looks forward to more down-time

sales, but now we each had even more freedom to focus on what we did best.

how much gain there is in taking a break,

But aside from work obligations and

the constant duties of a full-time artist,

Michael dealt with the collectors and

we were always working. I now realize

this year.

business together as a way to join our

strengths was born and then brought to

travel and go to the occasional museum or

it for anything,” Irvin explains. “But as know, it takes a lot for you to take a break. Painting becomes a healthy obsession

and it’s hard to pull yourself away. I feel so strongly that we make sure our sons have enough Huckleberry Finn / Tom Sawyer adventure in their childhood.

Before Michael and I had kids, we would

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Looking Back

CLAIRE TREVOR: The Reluctant Queen of Noir written by Stacy Davies


t’s hard to imagine anyone grinding through the Hollywood studio

Bogart in William Wyler’s Dead End

system without a crazed ambition to become a star. That’s the point

in 1937. Although Trevor appeared on

of all the humiliation and rejection, after all. Yet there’s always been a

her moving performance as Francey, the

screen for only four and a half minutes,

cohort of types who rejected the spotlight—who were there because

former Bogart flame-turned prostitute

their creativity demanded it, and who balked at the required posing

critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination.

and posturing, utterly disinterested in becoming “a personality.” When New York-based Claire Trevor

signed with Warner Bros. in 1925, she’d already found a legitimate home on the stage and wasn’t keen to leave it. Her

appearance in several Vitaphone shorts in Brooklyn had prompted the studio

offer, and while the contract stipulated that Trevor appear in Warner’s films,

she was also allowed to remain on the

It also laid the groundwork for her

forthcoming career in noir, a path that was not averted by her widely praised work in Stagecoach.

Trevor became stuck in the Bs once

East Coast and required to appear in

again. But regardless of the poor-quality

as “training”—that last point being the

such stellar work that Hedda Hopper was

Warner’s-affiliated stage productions

clincher for Trevor, who had no interest in Hollywood celebrity.

The Great Depression was soon in

full swing, however, and with theatre

drying up in New York, Trevor finally

relented and plunged into Hollywood, where she was met with a rude

awakening of long hours and an entirely

different style of acting. Working tirelessly

vehicles she was assigned, she turned in

constantly mystified why Trevor wasn’t a

bigger star, proclaiming her “entitled to be top of the heap in Hollywood.” John Ford seemed to understand the lay of the land,

however, and had waxed prophetic on the set of Stagecoach, telling Trevor that she

was so good, her talent would always be taken for granted.

Trevor herself took some of the blame

on film after film to expand her skills, she

for never making it to the upper echelon,

what she was doing.

advocating for herself, “banging on desks

never quite felt she belonged or knew Her wary ego notwithstanding,

Trevor appeared in 29 films from 1933

through 1938—a record that would have

broken a weaker spirit. But her reputation as an actress who always delivered, and never complained, made her the first

choice of directors, including John Ford,

saying she was never interested in

and following up.” When she wrapped a picture with Loretta Young, for example, she was out of her costume and on her way home while Young stayed behind

arranging for more publicity shots on her own time.

As the 1940s approached, however,

who cast her in his upcoming 1939 film

a new kind of film made its way to

wanting a bigger name to feature

about an uncertain future that reflected

Stagecoach. The studio heads grumbled, alongside John Wayne, who was being

groomed for his breakout performance, but Trevor was thrilled, having tired of the endless B movies.

The actress also sought to capitalize


suffering from syphilis, garnered her

on her recent success opposite Humphrey

theatres—tales of gloomy cynicism

America’s weariness with the Depression and WWII. The grim tales needed dark

women to embody male fears of female power and destructive sexuality, and it was only decades later would they be labeled “noir,” and a genre created.

With her husky voice and ability to

morph seamlessly into hard-boiled dame or drunken floozy, Trevor fit the bill, and

her turn as the duplicitous Helen opposite Dick Powell’s Phillip Marlowe in 1944’s

Murder My Sweet wowed audiences and

actresses such as Veronica Lake fell by

and sailing with friends Bogart and

notably as a bumbling undercover agent

returned briefly to New York, but

the wayside, Trevor continued to work, on a drug bust in 1950’s Borderline, an

oddly entertaining comedy-drama she

critics alike. More noirs followed, and in

new life during these years, and she

match made in, well, Hell.

became a beloved fixture at the Irvine

That film, in addition to other

theatre—so much so that after her death

potboilers, made Trevor the “Queen of

in 2000 at age 90, her stepson, Donald

Noir,” with her tough dame peaking in

Bren, bequeathed $10 million to the

Bogart (and off-screen partner Edward G.

produced with husband Milton Bren. She

winning performance as the washed-up,

until 1967, most arriving to little fanfare,

and her desperate, off-key rendition of “Moanin’ Low,” sung in order to get a drink, slayed the critics.

Noir was on its way out by the early

1950s, however, but while some noir

drama department, engaging with

Trevor’s passion for acting found

socialite who falls for a serial killer—a

alcoholic gangster moll Gaye Dawn,

where she began visiting the UC Irvine


is especially unnerving as a sociopathic

Robinson), Trevor turned in an Oscar-

relocated in the mid-1980s to Newport,

students and offering them professional

1947’s Born to Kill, a cult favorite, Trevor

1948’s Key Largo. Again starring opposite

Bacall. After Bren’s death in 1978, Trevor


Renamed the Claire Trevor School of

continued to make about one film a year

the Arts, the institution’s foyer displays

and made her final film appearance in

posterity, but there’s little doubt that

1982’s Kiss Me Goodbye playing Sally Field’s mother.

Trevor and Bren had moved to

Newport Beach in the 1940s and enjoyed a private life of raising their children

her Key Largo Oscar and 1954 Emmy for Trevor herself would revel in her true

legacy—lending her name and know-how to an institution that supports the craft

that she loved, and to the young artists who seek to make magic in the world. 49

Looking Back

Granville Redmond

The Colors of Silence written by Grove Koger 50

Granville Redmond Golden Morrow, or Poppy Field Landscape Oil on canvas, 1931 32 x 78 inches Laguna Art Museum Collection, Gift of Mrs. Edith Redmond

If you’ve seen Charlie Chaplin’s 1918 comedy A Dog’s Life, you may remember the cigar-smoking dance hall manager who gives the Little Tramp a hard time about the mutt he’s trying to bring in with him. That the actor playing the part was deaf isn’t especially significant, as several such performers were active in silent movies at the time. What is significant, however, is that the actor was also a highly accomplished painter, one of the finest and most prolific in California. His name was Granville Redmond. 51

Granville Redmond, Talk on the Beach, Oil on board, 1931, 9 x 12 inches Laguna Art Museum Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Redmond


Born in Philadelphia in 1871,

Redmond lost his hearing when he

caught scarlet fever at the age of two. As

a result, he grew up mute as well as deaf. Redmond’s parents moved the family to

San Jose two years later, and were able to enroll their son in the Institution for the

Deaf, Dumb, and Blind in Berkeley when he was eight. There young Redmond

studied drawing and pantomime under teachers who were deaf themselves. So proficient did the student become that when he graduated, the institution’s

directors awarded him enough money to enroll in the California School of Design.

depiction of a barge tied up at quayside,

forgotten silent films in 1915 and 1916,

Français. He was unsuccessful in the

depressing the art market, he needed

was accepted in the Salon des Artistes

competition the following years, however, and returned home in 1898. But in

to the Southwest and Midwest (where he

who hired him to appear in several of

married Carrie Annabel Jean), he sketched and painted in a number of California

locations, including Catalina Island and Laguna Beach in 1903. Eventually he

would paint more of the state’s geography than almost any of his contemporaries. As a student, Redmond had

Paris, where he attended the Académie

delighting (in the words of friend and

Redmond’s studies in France went

well, and in 1895 his painting Matin d’Hiver (Winter Morning), a somber

Armed with a letter of

recommendation from Anderson,

Besides taking several working excursions

frequently entertained his French


bigger and better roles.

California his career began to take off.

Then in 1893 the Institution went on to grant him a small stipend to study in

but with the continuing war in Europe

acquaintances with pantomimes,

art critic Anthony Anderson) “all Paris

with the stories he told with his hands,

his shoulders and his vivid play of facial

expressions.” He appeared in a few now-

Redmond approached Charlie Chaplin, his comedies, including A Dog’s Life and the 1929 classic City Lights, in which he portrays the sculptor who can be

seen in the film’s opening scenes. More importantly, Redmond and Chaplin

became fast friends, and the two spent

hours “talking” to each other in gesture and mime. Chaplin was so impressed with Redmond’s artistic ability that

he gave him a studio in his own film production complex, and went on to

buy quite a few of Redmond’s works, as

did other movie figures such as Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. 53

Redmond became a charter member

of the Laguna Beach Art Association the same year that A Dog’s Life was

released, and exhibited at the opening

of the group’s gallery. Subsequently he

returned to Laguna and Catalina Island several more times to sketch and paint.

Redmond’s early works have been

described as moody, and it’s difficult not to ponder the muted colors of paintings

such as California Oaks or Quiet Moonlight (Beyond Catalina Island) without seeing them as a reflection of Redmond’s

lack of hearing. Even more suggestive is The Passing Storm, in which gaunt

clouds tower above a subdued, almost

apprehensive landscape. Yet against such easy psychoanalyzing we can set the

fun-loving young man who entertained “all Paris” with his routines. Chaplin summed up the paradox this way:

“Sometimes I think that the silence in

which [Redmond] lives has developed in

him … some great capacity for happiness in which we others are lacking.”

Whatever else, Redmond’s works

reflect the development of painting during his years of study, from the

Barbizon school’s early experiments in neutral colors, which he would have

seen in France, to the Tonalism of such American artists as George Inness and James McNeill Whistler, and finally to the brighter canvases of French and

California Impressionism. The Laguna Art Museum holds two of Redmond’s happiest works in this last style. One,

Golden Morrow, or Poppy Field Landscape

from 1931, shows a meadow ablaze with the yellow flowers that he painted again and again. Dating from the same year,

Talk on the Beach is a lively, shimmering depiction of bathers and parasols.

However, indications are that of

all his paintings, Redmond himself

preferred his more contemplative works, his evocations of peace and solitude.

“Alas,” he wrote a few years before his untimely death in 1935, “people … all seem to want poppies.” 54 55



RUSH written by Elizabeth Nutt photographed by Tom Lamb



s is true of many collectors, Shirley Rush’s passion

for acquiring art began

with her love for a particular artist:

Corita Kent. While Rush was a student in the late 1950s at Immaculate Heart College, from which she earned her B.A. and M.A., she discovered and

became intrigued by Corita’s work.

Now internationally recognized for her serigraphs, the artist was at the time a

Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

and chair of the college’s art department. Though Rush was never a student of

Corita’s, the artist’s work would play

a significant role in Rush’s journey as a collector.

“There was almost always a

message in Corita’s work,” remembers Rush. “And for the first time, I started seeing art as a way of commenting

on life. That really got me started as a collector.”

Over the course of the next several

decades, Rush acquired more than 30

original Corita serigraphs spanning the

artist’s career. When she and her family relocated to a new home on Skyline

Drive in Laguna Beach in 1979 to be

closer to her family, they brought the prized collection with them. 57

Though she left behind a successful

had plans in place to finance art-related

long to put down roots in Laguna Beach.

“I have always felt that life without

career in education, Rush didn’t take

She enrolled her two daughters at Saint

art is stripped of so much of its beauty

purchased Village Rentals, for which

to support funding for the arts in local

Catherine of Siena Parish School and she’d also serve as broker until her

retirement. Though she loved many

things about Laguna, she was awestruck by its art community, which she got

and meaning,” she says of her efforts

schools. “And throughout my life, I have always been completely committed to education.”

Rush lost her home—and all but

involved in almost immediately. Rush

one of her Corita serigraphs—in the

of Arts Board in the 1980s, which marked

she was well established in Laguna’s

was ultimately asked to join the Festival

the beginning of what would be her long history of community service in the arts. As a mother and former educator,

Rush also became interested in the role

that art played in Laguna’s schools. When Proposition 13 was passed in California, Rush joined forces with Laguna Art 58

education initiatives.

Museum’s Education Committee, which

Laguna Beach fire of 1993. By that time, art community, and, rather than mourn

the loss of the cherished serigraphs, she

made the decision to put together what is today an impressive collection composed primarily of works by Laguna Beach artists.

“I can’t live without art,” Rush

explains, “and at that point I had to make

a decision about the direction I’d take in terms of my collection.”

The direction was made clearer with

the help of Saint Catherine’s; the school held an annual gala art auction, from

which Rush had been purchasing pieces

for many years—even after her daughters had graduated. Much of her current

collection came from those auctions.

worked with current LCAD President

Art and Design (LCAD) also facilitated

MFA program and its Design and Digital

Rush’s role at Laguna College of

the rebuilding of what would become a very “local” collection. During the

Jonathan Burke to implement the school’s Media degree.

Rush’s current collection includes a

1990s, she became active at the college,

number of pieces from LCAD’s annual

of trustees, and later as board chair. She

and fundraiser that she helped initiate, as

first in support groups and on the board

Collectors’ Choice event, a juried auction

Cordially invites you to view a life size exhibition of the abstract work of 59

well as several pieces by former LCAD students. “I have always preferred to

purchase art from artists that I like and know personally,” she remarks.

Rush had countless opportunities to

get to know Laguna artists through her

active involvement in arts organizations as well as through local art classes. She recalls learning from Roger Armstrong

and Anne England, who taught painting and printmaking, respectively. And, of

course, pieces from both artists are part of Rush’s current collection.

At the invitation of England, Rush

joined a new organization at the turn

of the century: the Artists Fund at the

Festival of Arts. England had founded the nonprofit in order to establish an ongoing fund for artists faced with financial burdens from personal or natural

disasters, and today Rush is its president. Many pieces in Rush’s collection are

from the organization’s annual Art-to-Go

event, to which Festival of Arts exhibitors donate works, with the proceeds going to benefit the fund.

Today, thanks to Rush’s work in

establishing an Artists Fund Scholarship

program, the organization also helps pay for equipment, supplies, conferences,

exhibitions and continuing education for artists.

To appreciate Rush’s collection is

to appreciate her deep involvement in

and support of the arts in Laguna Beach.

Today, her collection is composed of more than 50 pieces adorning the walls of her 60

cozy beachside apartment. 61

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PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE Creative Consultant Deborah Page and Photographer Don Saxton’s Palm Desert Estate

Don Saxton, The Spin (2014)

written by Kimberly Johnson photographed by Terry Hastings 65

Upon entering the home of art consultant Deborah Page and fine art photographer Don Saxton, guests find themselves in a desert sanctuary pulled from the pages of a magazine. The scenic destination exists in a neighborhood far from the commonalities of track homes and miles away from cookie-cutter appeal. This atmosphere is a necessity for artists such as Page and Saxton, who are driven above all by 66

inspiration, aestheticism, individuality and intuition.

Art Patron was given access to the couple’s five-acre property the day following a highly anticipated Andy Warhol-themed party at the estate. It was an event for which guests were instructed to step into Warhol’s world for a night, and directed to adorn themselves with threads inspired by the regulars of his NYC studio, the Factory. We got an exclusive tour of the art-filled residence and an up-close-and-personal look at the couple responsible for its pronounced aesthetic appeal. Greeted at the door by Page, chunky bangles clasped over her wrists and wedged peep toe pumps on foot, we entered the house to music blaring over a full-property stereo system—a contrasting medley of 1960s alternative and early 2000s R&B hits. At the entryway of the Palm Desert estate, guests are greeted by a large painting by famed American abstract artist Kenneth Noland. Across the way hangs a light work installation by artist and Palm Desert

Phillip K. Smith III, “Lozenge #3 Lightworks 2013” was the couples first purchase in the Desert 67

native Phillip K. Smith III—“the most important

from a large group of artists at varying career

artist to originate from the Desert, ever,” asserts

levels and working in varying media, melding


their art to create and accentuate the atmosphere of

Page does not make bold statements like this lightly. Her meticulous tastes, plus her innate

personal, professional and commercial spaces. “I don’t know what it is about a space when

understanding of ”how things work,” makes her

preparing to fill it that guides me,” Page admits.

knowledge apparent; her compliments are as rare

“It’s just a vibe, an energy, a feeling.”

and as carefully chosen as the pieces she lays out in her curatorial work. Well-known for curating museum-quality

As you tour the Page and Saxton property, you realize that art fills every nook and cranny. Kenneth Noland and Mark Bradford originals face

collections in famed art institutions as well

each other across the hallway, and a Damien Hirst

as personal estates, Page has become a go-to

work is the highlight of Page’s office. A Lindsey

innovator in interior décor, unintimidated by

Adelman chandelier hangs above the dining room

any space and enthusiastically prepared for the

table, and another one by Joel Otterson dangles

challenge at hand. A master of her tools, she draws

artfully above the breakfast table. There is another

This page Top left: In Thom Flynn’s Washington DC studio the floor is saturated knee deep with torn paper from billboards and posters, and the studio walls are adorned with these luxurious assembled collages created from this discarded medium; Bottom left: On the limestone floor lays a sculpture made of film by a young artist studying in Victoria, BC.; Right: Hanging in Page’s office is “Valium” by Damien Hirst. Opposite page The sensual “ROSE” photograph by Saxton draws you into the artist’s eye. A Darcy Gould sculpture found at auction in Canada tops a vintage console with handmade German felt bags below capturing the couples unique style.

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Opposite page The breakfast room is all about “Fruitloops” and fun! The photo is by Saxton of his grandchildren’s cereal, a Platner table is surrounded by chairs purchased for $6.00 at a Lake Tahoe thrift store (recovered in lime green chenille) above a hangs a Joel Otterson chandelier. A lunch box (one of Saxton’s Christmas presents from Page) tops a table covered in confetti, Fruit Loops and candy left over from an Andy Warhol party for the Photo Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum. This page “Present and Future” a neon work by Daniel Joseph Martinez. Vintage Norell scarves made into pillows, a Vivianne Westwood silk tapestry mouth pillow and a red Cavalli robe grace this quest room’s black and white custom bed.

Smith light and shadow disc piece above the living room fireplace, while an Anthony Caro sculpture is displayed casually nearby. Page and Saxton’s energy is very much in line with that of their shared Virgo nature— analytical, practical and meticulous. “Don said to me prior to purchasing—since I’m much more impulsive—‘Now, don’t even think we’re going to just put an offer on this place.’” But by the next morning, in the time it took to sit down over coffee at their hotel, they had redesigned the entire house together. Although they considered other properties with plenty of attractive qualities, their connection to the Palm Desert estate was undeniable. “This has been one of the most enjoyable projects for Don and me,” Page continues. ”Truly, this space has been a pleasure to work on because I have a partner who is as into the work as I am.” In one room of the couple’s expansive property, a Daniel Joseph Martinez neon art piece reading “Present, Future” hangs over the center of the bed. Page and Saxton are an artistic duo. The longtime friends knew one another in their adolescence. “Don had come to Palm Springs since he was a kid, and so had I,” Page recalls. Both sets of parents once lived within a few miles of their current home. Things progressed full circle, and the two reconnected again, reborn as seasoned, experienced and thoughtful business owners and the most idealistic of creative partners in crime. Palm Desert’s Austin Art Projects has just begun representing Saxton, and his works are displayed in nearly each room of the couple’s home. Largescale, pronounced and conversation-igniting, each photo leads to the next, creating an abstract narrative displaying Saxton’s unique vision and approach. In the breakfast nook—still strewn with Abba-Zabas and confetti following the prior night’s events—a colorful macro image of circular shapes and forms hangs in the viewer’s line of sight. It’s 71

the result of Saxton’s sticking his camera lens into his grandchildren’s cereal bowl one weekday morning. The image is comforting, quirky and wholly engaging. Page has spent 25 years building her artconsulting career. Along with clients such as the Four Seasons and the W Hotel in Austin, Page curated the art collection for the Museum Tower in Dallas. She also co-founded and curated the outdoor sculpture garden at the Auberge du Soleil Resort in the Napa Valley, and assembled a multi-million dollar contemporary art collection for the famed CordeValle resort in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. She’s put together art collections for the Calistoga Ranch, the El Dorado Hotel in Sonoma, and the Aetna Springs Resort in Pope Valley, and secured art for numerous wineries, restaurants, and private collections such as the DeJoria residence and ranch in Austin. Her chiseled eye for design and—even more vital—her passion for this work are unmatched. Page and Saxton jovially acknowledge that their residence is actively lived in, that it functions as more than a house to dwell in, but as a location This page Top: Saxton’s stunning custom wallpaper provides the backdrop for this gorgeous glam guest suite. Bottom: A vintage basket weave ceramic lamp, and a porcelain bust by Austrian artist, Gundrun Baudisch found at the Mozart Museum in Vienna, top the nightstand in the master bedroom. Opposite page A large vessel by Chris Efstratis discovered at the Incline Village Art Fair “an ode to Picasso himself’ jokes Page!

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Opposite page A Katherine Sherwood painting from the Whitney Biennial in 2000. The “Magic Seals of Solomon” are evident in this exquisite piece and is one of the couples favorites. Artist Jean Nouvelle designed the “Milana” armchair for Sawaya & Moroni in Milan, one of the most important furniture designs of this century. This page Left: A Neal Small mirror, a large Hershey Kiss, a Richard Royal glass piece found at a local consignment shop make up this vignette. Right top: Saxton’s favorite, a giant Annie Leibovitz book and stand greets you in the foyer; Right bottom: “Dipt ych” a painting by Alejandro Diaz is a visual play on the word itself. Vintage black and white vases, a Zaha Hadid light, Randy Walker glass bowl, a Linda Besemer piece atop design books behind a Karl Lagerfield drawing in the Livingroom bookcase.

for function, festivities and freedom. “We truly live in our home and that’s important to us. We prop our feet up on every surface of this place,” Page explains as they both laugh, “and enjoy every single room.” When asked what thematic words are most common in the pair’s life, fueling their ability to do what they currently do, Saxton suggests “creativity” while Page adds “love. Being able to do what you love with a partner is something totally different and unique. There’s work and obligations to be dealt with, but to do the creative work that you love with someone you love, that’s really just pure joy.” To learn more about the fine art photography of Don Saxton, see For more on the creative consulting work of Deborah Page, visit 75

Art Escape



latstock Collectible Contemporary Printmaking written by Christine Dodd photographed by Bruce Dodd

Flatstock is an ongoing worldwide series of trade shows displaying the works of the world’s top concert poster artists. Presented by the American Poster Institute (API), the exhibitions effectively put an end to trying to peel concert posters off walls or lampposts in the early morning after a favorite gig. Collectors now have access to affordable, gluefree, rip-free posters at venues in cities ranging from Seattle to Chicago and from Hamburg to Barcelona. The API is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving the poster artist community and promoting the art form. Its Flatstock shows provide the institute with a way to present fine art posters collectively while showcasing the breadth of palette, technique and styles involved. This past March ART Patron visited Flatstock 53 at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. Whether you are a new or seasoned collector, Flatstock offers a unique opportunity to collect fine artists at a fraction of the cost of more established figures. Prices at Flatstock 53, for instance, ranged from $5 to $150. In addition, collectors had the opportunity to meet the artists, many of whose works celebrate favorite bands from the past as well as the present. 77

If you are collecting for investment or considering a more expensive poster purchase, there are a number of factors you will want to take into account. These include the date the work was created, the venue and performers featured, and the artist who created it. Equally important are the originality of the work, the number of posters printed, the type of printing, the condition of the poster, and whether it is signed. You’ll want to know whether the poster has been featured in a book or magazine, and whether the style represents the musician(s), the music, and the artist in a meaningful way. Not all of the work at Flatstock is entertainment-related. Many artists also bring signed and numbered serigraphs from their fine art portfolios. If you are looking for a figure who has been accepted by the wider art world, you might consider someone such as Raymond Pettibon. A New York artist who made his mark

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First edition Jimi Hendrix vintage poster, $12,000 Available at The Vintage Poster Gallery (949) 376-7422 1492 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

in the 1980s Southern California punk rock scene, Pettibon created posters and album covers for bands like Black Flag (for which his brother was the guitarist) and Sonic Youth. By the 1990s, however, Pettibon was able to parlay his punk rock poster platform to exhibitions of his drawings at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Whitney Biennial, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and other venues in Western Europe and Asia. Another highly collectible artist is David Edward Byrd, a poster boy for the ’60s. The Pratt Institute picked Byrd for its Pratt artist of the year for 1968. That’s the year Byrd created the now iconic Jimi Hendrix Experience concert poster for New York’s Fillmore East, which opened its doors on March 8, 1968. The poster is number 8 on Billboard’s list of the 25 Best Rock Posters of All Time. The artist’s work is also in major museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and Le Musee des Arts Decoratif at the Louvre, and is featured in an L.A. Skirball exhibit.

Although a Flatstock show is worth the effort and expense of experiencing in person, collectors do not have to travel to view the great posters on display. These days you can surf the web for your favorite piece

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and have it shipped to your door. Here are a few of our favorites (including the artists shown in this article)

For more information about joining the API and its upcoming shows, visit

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Book Excerpt

Vintage Tattoo Flash

100 Years of Traditional Tattoos from the Collection of Jonathan Shaw

Ed Smith, Bowery, New York City ca. 1900-20s

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Photos by Bert Grimm, St. Louis, Missouri ca. 1930-1940s

Tattooing has long been a mobile art form. The fact that a tattooer’s work literally travels from place to place and may never be seen again by the artist is a case in point. Tattoos such as the ones pictured in this book were historically acquired as mementos: colorful landmarks of a particular time and place in the life of their wearer. Traditionally, a tattoo may have told of adventure

may decide to fulfill a wild fantasy, giving into

green jungles, or the memory of a gracefully

tattoo shop was often seen as a safe port in the

on the high seas, the allure of foreign lands, lush

swaying hula girl beneath the tropical moon. These sort of “souvenir” tattoos were often seen on the bodies of travelers, such as the early Christian pilgrims, sailors, migrant tradesmen, carnival

people, and plain folks from all walks of life who found themselves on the move.

Traveling broadens both the horizons and

the mind. A person far from home, displaced 86

from familiar social patterns and cultural taboos,

the primal urge to get a tattoo Additionally, the stormy, restless lives of its clients—a welcoming

refuge where the common language of dreams was spoken in the buzz of the tattoo machine and the

dance of its magic needles across skin. Ideally, the tattooer was confidant and spiritual anchor to the legions of the seven seas that were his customers, and was treated to a glimpse of human nature

not often afforded to practitioners of other trades. Wittingly or not, the oldschool tattoo man was

a merchant of dreams and fantasies; a

shaman for the fulfillment of his client’s

unspoken personal expressions and rites of passage. As clients came and went—

sometimes traveling the world between visits— the old-school tattoo man was

able to travel vicariously, coming to know the work of other tattooists across the globe without ever leaving his chair.

Conversely, often the tattooer was

the one on the move, roaming from port to port and town to town, working one

place until it was “tattooed out,” before

moving on to the next spot—“gypsying” as ex-carnival tattooer Paul Rogers

called it. In those days, before tattoo

shops were as common in most towns

as hair salons, it behooved a tattooer to follow the seasons, working the north

in the summer months and wintering in the south. Often, the traveling tattooist

would sit in with another permanentlybased tattooer during busy periods,

before moving on down the road to catch the next payday or stampede. To a large extent this practice is still alive and well in the tattoo world.

The raison d’etre of the gypsy

tattooer has always been as varied as

the work of each artist. Sometimes he’s a

person who has always lived on the road, or someone who just fancies the idea of

travel as lifestyle. Tattooing is attractive

to such folks, in that it can afford a means of survival for those who want to see the world and aren’t put off at the prospect of an unpredictable income— or as one

old-time tattooist put it, “chicken today, feathers tomorrow.” Tattooing, by its very nature, has always attracted its

fair share of unscrupulous and inept

characters, lured by the prospect of what looks like easy money. We’ve all heard

stories of the fly-by-night tattoo butcher who finds staying in one place for too

long potentially hazardous to his health. As a fortunate counterbalance, there 87

Bob Shaw, Long Beach, California ca. 1960s

have also always been a good number of

by the rapid proliferation of international

and spirit, where déjà vu spookwinds

roads. During this game of musical chairs,

television shows, and an avalanche of

the mundane and fireworks of the

conscientious tattooers traveling the same

the tattooer has the opportunity to expand his artistic horizons through exposure to

new techniques, design material, personal

tattoo conventions, “reality” based

printed matter. The world has gone tattoo crazy!

From Buenos Aires to Bangkok, tattoo

contact, and the exchange of ideas

styles have blended and homogenized

styles, and traditions. Over the years, such

likes of which few art forms have ever

between artists of varying backgrounds,

professional encounters within the tattoo

business have greatly benefited the artistic progress of tattooing.

In these days of budget airfares, the

Internet, and satellite communications,

the world has grown smaller than ever. And through the efforts of quality

publications dedicated to exploring new frontiers in tattooing, the demand for

quality work and the creative potential of the art has likewise grown with

unprecedented speed. As it was in the

through a level of high-tech upheaval the experienced—and which fewer still have survived intact. This isn’t necessarily a

bad thing. It’s called evolution, progress, mutation, survival of the fittest, natural selection, what have you. And through

this often violent and dramatic process, humanity and its creative endeavors

have ploddingly advanced. For anyone with one foot in tattooing’s traditional

past, however, it’s been a wonderful and sometimes frightening thing to watch. If it’s true that a picture’s worth

days of Marco Polo, tattooing continues to

a thousand words, then the historical

The once mysterious world of the tattoo

Tattoo Flash prohibits me from adding

be an art form that literally gets around.

has arrived at a very weird and wonderful juncture in its evolution—one that most old-school tattooers could have hardly

imagined even a few short years ago. The Information Age’s overwhelming media

glut surrounding tattooing in the last few decades has spawned a truly worldwide, mainstream tattoo culture as evidenced 88

stir the cobweb-thin curtains between imagination.

I grew up by the sea, dreaming of far

off lands. One of my earliest childhood

memories is standing on tiptoe, squinting into an old tattoo parlor window, lost

in a world I’d always known existed in

some foggy, lost memory zone of forever. Every inch of wall was covered with

haunting little designs, calling to a kid’s

fancy from that mysterious, smoky world within. I can still smell the dust on that old window ledge; still see the frozen,

nicotine-stained image of a skinny old

man with blurry, bluegreen sailor arms hunched over another man. I can still hear the otherworldly call of a weird

buzzing contraption digging into skin, as if searching for secrets of the soul.

Looking in there, that kid was called

material in this first volume of Vintage

to follow a path, leading him into a

too many more words of explanation.

as time. On that day, the benevolent

The raw power, magic, and poetry of the

old-time tattoo imagery itself takes us to a place where words fall away like cast-

iron ducks in shadowy funhouse arcades of winking childhood dreams—a place

where the collective subconscious goes

out to play; a Coney Island of the mind

world of exotic blood rituals as ancient spirits of the tattoo were conjured up

behind my eyes. Nobody had ever told

me about tattooing, but, standing there,

eyes wide in deep, childlike wonder and

unconscious recognition, I knew I wanted one. I wanted to travel to wherever

sailors sailed to, far away over a tattoo 89

Top left: Bert Grimm, Long Beach, California ca. 1940-50s; Top middle and Right: Ed Smith, Bowery, New York City ca. 1900-20s; Bottom: Bert Grimm, Long Beach, California ca. 1940-60s

sailing ship’s faded watercolor horizon,

as far as the spirit could fly on blurry old

bluegreen tattooed wings, to a place with yellowed palm trees, and a crooked old

tattooed banner that reads: “Homeward Bound.”

At the age of 21, I shipped out from a

Mosquito Coast port in Central America on a rusty Liberian freighter. Over the years, I traveled the world, collecting

tattoos and memories like barnacles on a pirate ship’s hull. Somewhere along

the way, I became a tattoo artist. And in that unlikely incarnation, for decades,

I worked, played, drank, fought, lived

with, and learned from men with blurry old blue-green sailor arms.

Today, I look in the mirror and see

a man with blurry old blue-green sailor arms, who also collected a half-dozen

steamer trunks of faded memories, just

like the pictures I saw in that old tattoo 90

shop window a long time ago—haunting scraps of crazy bones flesh and holy

blood life, plucked like strange roadside

flowers along a cockeyed path; a journey that brings us all together here on our way “homeward bound.”

Jonathan Shaw, Rio de Janeiro, 2015

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Summer Calendar- Los Angeles Through May 15

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain college 1933-1957

Daily through Aug 28

In Focus: Electric!

Historic photographs showcase the allure of artificial illumination, while recent works express unease with electrical reliance. Free (310) 440-7300 Through May 28, 2016

Ramiro Gomez

Charlie James Gallery This show will feature Gomez’s largest show of painting and installation to date. Drawn from everyday scenes in Los Angeles, Gomez’s large-scale acrylic on canvas paintings will feature uniquely recognizable Melrose Avenue locations and their inhabitants. The Paul Smith Store, Paramount Studios, and Fred Segal are among the landmark locations to make appearances in the paintings. Wed - Sat, 12 - 5 969 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213.687.0844, Daily through June 26

Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts

The Getty Center Embark on a kaleidoscopic journey through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to consider how illuminated manuscripts and other portable objects—like ceramics, textiles, glassworks, gems, and sculptures—contributed to one’s outlook on the world in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the early Americas. Free. (310) 440-7300

Through – September 5, 2016

The Broad

The Broad is a new contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.The museum is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. Free (213) 232-6250

Founded in 1933 in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, this renowned experimental college placed the arts at the center of a liberal arts education in an effort to better educate citizens for participation in a democratic society. Profoundly interdisciplinary with an emphasis on inquiry, discussion, and experimentation, it gave equal attention to the visual arts—painting, sculpture, drawing—and so-called applied arts or crafts like weaving, pottery, and jewelry-making, as well as architecture, poetry, music, and dance. (310) 443-7000

May 7 through Sept 4, 2016

Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road

The Mogao caves comprise some 500 decorated Buddhist cave temples dating from the 4th to the 14th century. Filled with exquisite wall paintings and sculptures, the caves bear witness to the intense religious, artistic, and cultural exchanges along the Silk Road, the trade routes linking East and West. Free. (310) 440-7300 May 21, 2016 - ongoing

Revealing Creation: The Science and Art of Ancient Maya Ceramics

Revealing Creation: The Science and Art of Ancient Maya Ceramicsintegrates new insight gained from technical analysis of ancient Maya ceramic vessels with knowledge from Maya culture. (323) 857-6010 May 29, – September 5, 2016

The Stowe Vase: From Ancient Art to Additive Manufacturing

This exhibition presents three extraordinary objects side-by-side: the ancient Roman Stowe vase, reconstituted during the eighteenth century from fragments (and represented in an etching by 18th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi); a second version in silver by leading silversmith of the English Regency era Paul Storr (1770-1844), and a 2016 computer-designed, 3D-printed artwork by Michael Eden. Each varies by medium as well as moment in history, allowing the viewer to compare interpretations of a highly distinctive design across two millennia. (323) 857-6010 Through Jun 18

Off-Site Exhibition: A Shape That Stands Up Daily through July 31

Robert Mapplethourpe

Major retrospective reexamines the arc of Mapplethorpe’s photographic work. Free (310) 440-7300


Examine the gray space between figuration and abstraction in recent painting and sculpture. The artists in this cross-generational show treat the figure as material, and the history of representation as one, long open-ended question with many possible answers. Organized by Hammer Museum. Art + Practice is located at 4339 Leimert Boulevard, Los Angeles, (310) 443-7000

Opening Jun 12

Made in L.A. 2016: a,the,though,only As part of an ongoing series,

Subtitled by the minimalist poet and writer Aram Saroyan as his contribution to the exhibition, Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only extends into such disciplines as dance, fashion, literature, music, film, and performance. (310) 443-7000 93

Summer Calendar- Palm Springs Ongoing

Saturday & Sunday, May 1 - May 29, 2016

College Of The Desert Street Fair

The Street Fair offers more than 300 merchants, artists, a farmer’s market, live entertainment, gourmet food and much more. The Street Fair is held at the northwest corner of the College Of The Desert campus off Monterey Avenue in Palm Desert, CA., (760) 636-7957 May 1, 2016 - May 30, 2016

Exhibition of Art by Alexander Calder

Heather James Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of art by Alexander Calder (18981976) featuring several artworks from private collections that have never been exhibited, including an early hanging mobile and a number of early gouaches, Heather James Fine Art, 45188 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 760-346-8926

May 2, 2016 - Jun 3, 2016

Community Gallery: Desert Plein Air at the La Quinta Civic Center

Plein Air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color and movement into their works. The exhibition features offerings from local and regional contemporary artists. La Quinta Civic Center, 78495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA, 760-564-1244

May 1, 2016 - May 29, 2016

Edward S. Curtis: 100 Masterworks at the PS Art Museum

Wed-Sat, 11-4pm or by Appt.

“Visually Speaking: Color & Light”

Rebecca Fine Art Gallery, 68895 Perez Rd., #7, Cathedral City Curated by internationally-acclaimed artist, Joe Novak - 75 Artists, featuring paintings, watercolors, -- metal, bronze, stone, ceramic & plexiglas sculptures, holograms, lithographs, serigraphs; Emphasizing the collaborations and influences between artists such as Joe Novak, Peter Busa, Emil Bisstram, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Bell, Odilon Redon, Robert Tahar, Mario Pikus, Jimmy Ernst, August Muth, James Turrell, Raymond Jonson, Beatrice Mandelman, & Agnes Pelton; (760) 534-5888 Ongoing

Baroque to Bling! High Art and Low: Donna MacMillan at PS Art Museum

Explore a distinct world of bold fine art, fashion, and design objects -- all linked by the eye of a spirited collector, Donna MacMillan. Drawn from museum’s gifts and loans from MacMillan’s exuberant collection, the exhibition shows how artists incorporate embellishment and indulge in excess in their practice. Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, 72567 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA, 760-346-5600


Friday & Saturday, May 1 - May 29, 2016

Junk, A Musical

Two gay men who sell unique items at the Raleigh/Durham Flea Market are offerred the contents of the home of a recently deceased man in exchange for cleaning the property. A light-hearted lyric look at the gay Generation Gap.The Desert Rose Playhouse, 69620 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage, CA, 760-202-3000


One Hundred Masterworks presents an extraordinary selection of vintage photographs by Curtis that highlights both iconic and previously little known images, revealing the aesthetic, emotional, and spiritual qualities, which are the cornerstone of his art. It showcases seven different photographic print mediums including photogravure, platinum, goldtone (orotone), toned and un-toned gelatin silver, cyanotype, and gold-toned prints with the majority of works printed by Curtis himself. Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N Museum Dr,, 760-322-4800 May 1, 2016 - May 31, 2016

50 Years Culture Exhibit at the CV History Museum

Displays will showcase businesses, cultural trends and events, and local institutions ‘then and now’ both locally and nationally and the role of the Historical Society and the Museum in educating the public Coachella Valley History Museum, 82616 Miles Avenue, Indio, CA, 760-221-0239

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Art Walk

2600 S. Cherokee Way Palm Springs First Wednesday of every month enjoy show openings and light refreshments at the Backstreet Art District. 6 to 9 pm; (760)328-4144

May 1, 2016 – July 1, 2016

Contemporary Glass Exhibition

This exhibition presents a wide variety of glass sculptures and techniques ranging from casting to glass blowing and other creative methods. Palm Springs Art Museum Kaplan/Ostergaard Glass Center, 01 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 760-322-4814 May 2, 2016 - Jun 3, 2016

New Desert Plein Air Exhibition at La Quinta Community Gallery

This group exhibition features 48 paintings by six local and regional contemporary plein air painters, all work on display is available for purchase, Monday thru Friday,10 am to 4 pm La Quinta City Hall - 78495 Calle Tampico (Free Parking Behind City Hall off Washington)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Monthly Art Walk

Backstreet Art District - REBEL art space 2682 South Cherokee Way, Palm Springs The Backstreet Art District holds its monthly art walk with all galleries open 6 - 9 pm. Check out Electric Ladyland at REBEL, 6-9 pm;(760) 459-1906

May 5, 2016

May 7, 2016

Plein air painters can join artist Elaine Mathews for a relaxing day of painting outdoors. Bring your own art supplies, lunch and $9.00 park entry fee. Please contact Elaine to confirm attendance, 760-898-5453 or elaineartist@

An eclectic line-up of performing artists collaborate in a live acoustical performance. Accompanying this dynamic musical performance is a showcase of photographic works that explore the conceptual boundaries of the open desert. 8pm Palm Springs Art Museum - Annenberg Theater, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 760-325-4490

Desert Art Center Plein Air Paint-Out Day

May 6, 2016

First Weekend Palm Desert

Citywide celebration takes place the first weekend of each month from November through May. Starts at 4pm, (760) 773-1707 May 6, 2016

Art Walk at Coda Gallery on El Paseo ArtWalks will be from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Shows will be from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Coda Gallery, 73151 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA, 760-346-4661 May 6, 2016

Meet the Artist Reception with artists Veronique Branger and Nancy Frey

Veronique’s work consists of pen and ink, watercolor and acrylic. Nancy’s medium is gelatin printmaking. Desert Art Center, 550 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 909-553-6050 Fridays & Saturdays, May 6 to Jun 4, 2016


Directed by Marty Neider - It’s early October in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota, in a little bar called “The Bunyan,” owned by Clara and Gunner Johnson. Clara is 8 1/2 months pregnant with their first child, and today she’s looking forward to her baby shower, getting lots of presents, and taking a break from her raging hormones. Suddenly, a freak snow storm, a “tsnownami,” hits Bunyan Bay and they find themselves snowed in. Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms, CA, 760-361-4151 May 7, 2016

Watercolor Painting in Joshua Tree National Park

John Scahill, artist and instructor. Participants will learn basic methods for transforming nature into art through techniques that maintain color clarity and high quality value differences with glazes, washes, wet-on-wet, and dry brush. This pleasant non-intimidating class provides ample time to relax, investigate and paint. Participants need to bring their own art supplies. This class begins at 7 am at the beautiful Lost Horse Campground. Joshua Tree Visitors Center, 6554 Park Blvd., Twentynine Palms, CA, joshuatree. org, 760-367-5535

Open Desert: Music and Photographic Arts Showcase

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May 12, 2016 - May 15, 2016

2016 Edition of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival at Camelot Theaters

The 17th edition of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival will feature the premiere of a pair of long-awaited restorations. “In addition to presenting the restoration of Sudden Fear (1952), we’ll be showing a newly restored print of The Accused (1949) from the Library of Congress,” said producer Alan K. Rode who returns for his ninth year at the festival helm. Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs, CA,

Steven Vanhauwaert May 26, 2016 | 7PM Pianist

Thursdays, May 19, 2016

Dune Palm Realty Gallery Night

Come enjoy featured, local art, good conversation and light refreshments every third Thursday of the month! Upcoming artists include Michael Angelo, Zach Touchon, Jon Otterson, Atheena Romney, Peter Mikulak, Snake Jagger and more! Dune Palm Realty, 78450 Hwy 111, Suite 2, La Quinta, CA, 760-565-5048


May 20, 2016

Lynyrd Skynyrd in Concert

The Show at the Agua Caliente Casino invites you to a performance by Lynyrd Skynyrd in Concert on Friday, May 20, 2016. For Tickets call 800-585-3737,

Catalina: To Avalon and Beyond ,

May 20- May 22, 2016

June 17, 2016 | 6PM Exhibition Opening Curated by Jim Kempton, Art by Rick Delanty

Judged art show set up at the newly opened Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery.The Art Alliance will be filling their 4,000 sqft tasting gallery with art mediums that will fall into four judged categories – 2D, Wearable Art, Photography and Digital Art, and 3D. Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery, 54301 N. Circle Drive, Idyllwild, CA 951-659-0712


Art Show: “Front and Center” in Idyllwild

June Jonathan Blake Salazar

May 7, 2016

July 28, 2016 Singer-Songwriter

Desert Lexus Jazz Festival

Brian Culbertson plus Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers presented by the City of Indian Wells, a premier concert event in the Coachella Valley for the past 17 years. Abair, a two-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist, and The Boneshakers will open the evening at 7:00 p.m. followed by Brian Culbertson at 8:30 p.m. Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Miles Avenue, Between Hwy 111 and Washington Street, Indian Wells, CA,, 760-200-8000

415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672

Explore the 2015 - 2016 Season at Wednesday, June 1, 2016, from 6 to 9 pm

Art Walk

2600 S. Cherokee Way Palm Springs First Wednesday of every month enjoy show openings and light refreshments at the Backstreet Art District.;(760)328-4144

Visiting Hours: Tues - Thurs, 11-4 PM Fri - Sun, 10-2 PM Closed Mondays

Tours of Historic Spanish Revival Bluff Top Home and Gardens

General Admission: $5 Casa Romantica Members: Free Children 12 and under: Free 95

June 4, 2016

Keys Ranch Night Sky Photography Workshop

Long exposures and light painting techniques for an incredible and unique photograph to be proud of. After everyone is comfortable with the concepts of night photography the class will go into the park and practice new skills during a unique private evening at Keys Ranch. This class is limited to 8 participants, so sign up early! Oasis Visitor Center at Joshua Tree National Park, 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA, 760-367-5535 June 11, 2016

2 Titans of metal, Vince Neil & Queensryche Perform at Fantasy Springs Vince Neil and Queensrÿche, are joining forces for one unforgettable night of heavy metal at the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs on Saturday, 8pm, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Pkwy., Indio, CA, 800-827-2946 June 21- June 27, 2016

PS International Shortfest at Camelot Theaters

ShortFest (Palm Springs International Short Film Festival & Film Market), one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world, is the destination for international filmmakers to celebrate the art of cinema and network with filmmakers and industry experts from all over the world. Now in its 22nd year, ShortFest is planning to showcase over 300 short films from more than 50 countries.Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs, CA July 29, 2016

Earth, Wind & Fire Brings the Groove to Fantasy Springs

Earth, Wind & Fire, one of the top-selling musical groups of all-time, are still going strong in their fifth decade by making music that spans the years, 8pm, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Pkwy., Indio, CA, 800-827-2946


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Artize Gallery 2600 S. Cherokee Way Palm Springs We are pleased to be showcasing new work, in addition to select pieces from our vault, by Logan Adair who creates “urban art from the heart.” Our gallery opening coincides with the Backstreet Art District monthly Art Walk. Free. 6-9 pm; (760) 851-8421 97

Summer Calendar- Laguna Beach Ongoing Friday & Saturday, May 6 & 7, from 6-8:30pm Sunday, May 8, from 2-4:30 pm


Child of “Lagunatics”, this is a goofy musical spoof for the younger set- Homework to Common Core., SnapChat and nutty parents. $20 Adults/$10 Kids; (949)715-0333 Friday, May 6, 2016 from 6-8pm

OPEN CASA - Artists of Tomorrow Monday, May 2 – June 1, 2016

“Urban Landscapes” LPAPA in Residence Exhibit

Forest & Ocean Gallery 480 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach Juried submissions of the best representations of original plein air fine art created by distinguished members of LPAPA. Tues–Fri & Sun 11am–5pm; Sat 9am–6 pm; (949)376-3635

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente This 13th annual exhibit will feature painting, drawing, ceramics and photography of students from San Clemente High School.; (949) 498-2139

Monday, May 2- August 2, 2016

“Contemporary Abstraction”

Reception Saturday May 7, 2016 11-1 pm CAP Community Art Project Wells Fargo Bldg 2nd floor 260 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach; (949) 533-7507 Tuesday, May 3, 6-9pm

VIP Private Preview: Context New York – Pier 94 Now – June 13, 2016,

Fresh Faces 2016

Festival of Arts Gallery, 3rd floor, Wells Fargo Bank Building, 260 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach A fascinating look into the world of the innovative and fresh new artwork from artists recently juried into the Festival of Arts. Free. Weekdays 9-6 pm and Saturday 9 am-4 pm; (949) 494-1145 Now – July 9, 2016

Landscapes: Featuring Jeff Horn and Scott Albert

foaSOUTH, 1006 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach Featuring prominent landscape painters, Scott Albert and Jeff Horn. Free. Weekdays 10 -9 pm and Weekends 8 -9 pm; (949) 494-1145 Ongoing

Open Studio at LGOCA

LGOCA- 611 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach Christiana will be offering open studio at the gallery Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting every weekend from April 15th on. Bring your own snacks and art supplies and well guide you into an artistic bliss.; (949) 424 4077


Sunday, May 1 at 3pm

The Mark of Zorro

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa A swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks stars in this 1920 silent film with live organ score. Tickets from $10.; (714) 755-5799


Pier 94 – 12th Avenue at 55th Street, NY, NY Context New York will provide collectors with a leading alternative fair to acquire important works by contemporary artists; May 4-8; Thursday, May 5 from 3-9pm

Friday, May 6- 22, 2016 from 10-7pm

Quorum Art Gallery 374 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach Stop by to meet our talented artists in our newly remodeled gallery. Enjoy fine art, wine and hors d’oeuvres,; (949) 494-4422

Hyewa Art Center in Seoul, Korea American Japanese and Korean Artists exhibit their work

Gallery Launch Party

Thursday, May 5 from 6-9pm

Artist Reception: French Painter, Norbert Waysberg

Townley Gallery international 266 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach Wine tasting, live music and hors d’oeuvres; (949) 715-1860 Thursday, May 5 from 6-9pm

Artists’ Openings

Sandstone Gallery Laguna 384-A N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach Entering the Circle, fire paintings on paper by Lawrence Terry will be featured in the Front Gallery along with Visions, water media paintings on paper by Mada Leach, in the Skylight Gallery.; (949) 497-6775 Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6pm

“Sawdust in the Garden”

Madison Square & Garden Café 320 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach Come celebrate the kickoff of the Sawdust Art Festival’s 50th anniversary! Meet and mingle with Sawdust artists while enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the garden.; (949) 494-3030

The Tricolored Exhibition

Friday, May 6-November 7, 2016

Members of the Laguna Woods Art Association Juried Show

Laguna Woods Village Community Center 24351 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods;(760)580-0153 Saturday, May 7, 5-8pm

Opening Art Reception: Season Two 2016

Del Mar Art Center Gallery; 1555 Camino Del Mar Suite 314, Del Mar Featuring artwork by 39 artists; Sculptures by Maidy Morhous; (858) 481-1678 Friday-Saturday, May 13-14 at 8 pm

Chris Botti

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa The trumpeter extraordinaire returns with a brand new show. Tickets from $45; (714) 755-5799

Friday & Saturday, May 13 & 14 6-8:30 pm Sunday, May 15, 2-4:30 pm


Child of “Lagunatics”, this is a goofy musical spoof for the younger set- Homework to Common Core., SnapChat and nutty parents. $20 Adults/$10 Kids,; (949)715-0333 Saturday, May 14, from 3-6pm

Unveiling of Main Beach Panorama Mural by Master Sculptor, Randy Morgan

Art Hotel 1404 N. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach Come by and meet the artist, relax poolside and listen to live music as we unveil Main Beach Panorama for all to enjoy. RSVP Gail Duncan

Saturday, May 21, from 5-8 pm

La Dolce Vita

Cove Gallery 1492 South Coast Highway #8, Laguna Beach Event is free and will be a fun music filled evening celebrating fine art; (949) 494-1878

Saturday, May 14, from 3-5pm

Mary Colby Tea Fundraiser

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente A special fundraising event that includes a traditional assortment of sandwiches, sweets, and beverages as well as bellini cocktails, music and a silent auction. Tickets are $65.; (949) 498-2139 Saturday, May 14, from 3-5 pm

“Paint the Metro” Reception

Showcase Gallery & Art Shop 3851 S. Bear Street, B15, Santa Ana “Paint the Metro”, over 50 local artists focusing on the Metro 360 area of Costa Mesa/Santa Ana, 2016 Imagination Celebration.; (714) 540- 6430 Wednesday, May 18, 2016 3-5pm

CASA WELLNESS Garden Workshop with Lisa Chmura

Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 6-9pm

Joshua Smith Artist Reception

The Alice-Rice Gallery 484 N. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach RSVP; (562)480-6177

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente A hands-on workshop for adults; Each participant will take home their own handmade craft.; (949) 498-2139 Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21, at 8 pm

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa Vivaldi’s famous concerto with violinist Philippe Quint, plus Strauss’ Alpine Symphony. Tickets from $25. (714) 755-5799 Thursday, May 19, 2016

Featured artist: Steve Kell and Elizabeth Wallace Third Thursday Shop and Dine in San Juan Capistrano Mission Fine Art Gallery 31760 Camino Capistrano, SJC Artist demonstrations and artist talk. Enjoy free appetizers and cocktails; (949)291.7738 Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 5-8pm

Third Thursday Shop & Dine in San Juan Capistrano

The Cottage Gallery 31701 Los Rios St., SJC Shop and dine on Los Rios. Food, music offered.; (949) 340-6693

Sunday, May 22, from 9-5pm

Balboa Island Art Walk, Newport Beach

Beautiful Outdoor Art Show on Balboa Island. Anthony Salvo will be displaying original plein air art paintings. Free Event.; Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7pm

CASA CLASSIC – An Evening with Steven Vanhauwaert, concert pianist

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente Mr. Vanhauwaert will perform an hour-long concert including pieces by Schumann and Busoni. Admission Ticket $25. Members $20; (949) 498-2139 99

Summer Calendar- Laguna Beach June Thursday, June 2 from 6-9pm

New Release Party First Thursday Artwalk

Drizzle Studios / Pop LAGUNA! 550 South Coast Hwy. Suite 5-6, Laguna Beach Featuring new releases from Robert Holton and Robin Hiers. Call for VIP tour.; (714) 343-3043 Thursday, June 2 from 6-9pm

Group Show Reception

Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 7pm

CASA COOL-Saddleback Big Band

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente This 16-piece big band will perform an evening of 1940’s swing era music under the leadership of Joey Sellers. General Admission $25, Members $20; (949) 498-2139

Townley Gallery international 266 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach Artists include Johan Wahlstrom, Shane Townley, Norbert Waysberg and more. Wine tasting, live music and hors d’oeuvres; (949) 715-1860

CASA COASTALCatalina Island Exhibit

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente Artist Rick Delanty’s award-winning plein air landscapes and seascapes will present a view of Catalina Island. The exhibition opening will correspond with Casa Romantica’s annual luau, themed in the style of historic Avalon and accented by food, drinks, and events adopted by pan-island cultures. Opening party free; (949) 498-2139 Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 7pm

CASA COASTALDr. Michael De Marsche

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente Dr. Michael De Marsche, Executive Director of the Catalina Island Museum, will take visitors on a virtual tour of the re-designed museum. Members $10 General Admission $12; (949) 498-2139

Thursday, June 2 from 6-9pm

Artists’ Openings

Sandstone Gallery Laguna 384-A N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach Cosmic Dream, abstract expressionist paintings by Sunny Kim with Abstract Landscapes, semi-abstract mixed media paintings by Lynn Welker; (949) 497-6775

Friday, June 17, 2016

Wednesday, June 15 – October 3, 2016,

Exhibit Posters

Festival of Arts Gallery, 3rd floor, Wells Fargo Bank Building, 260 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach A display of Festival of Arts commemorative posters featuring artwork from past and present Festival exhibitors. Free. Weekdays 9-6 pm and Saturday 9 am-4 pm; (949) 494-1145 Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 5-8pm

Third Thursday Shop & Dine in San Juan Capistrano Thursday, June 2- June 27, 2016,

12th Annual “Best of Plein Air”

Forest & Ocean Gallery 480 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach, 92651 Juried submissions of the best original plein air fine art created by distinguished members of LPAPA. Judge: Jean Stern, Irvine Art Museum Tues – Fri & Sun 11am – 5pm; Sat 9am – 6 pm; Closed Mondays.; (949)376-3635 Thursday-Saturday, June 2-4 at 8 pm

André Watts Plays Beethoven

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique. Tickets from $25.; (714) 755-5799

The Cottage Gallery 31701 Los Rios St., SJC Shop and dine on Los Rios. Food, music offered.; (949) 340-6693 Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 5-8pm

Featured artist: Dave Thibault and Paula Somma Third Thursday Shop and Dine in San Juan Capistrano

Mission Fine Art Gallery 31760 Camino Capistrano, SJC Artist demonstrations and artist talk. Enjoy free appetizers and cocktails; (949) 291-7738

Saturday, June 4, from 5-7pm

OPENING RECEPTION, Artists Eye Competition

Showcase Gallery & Art Shop 3851 S. Bear Street, B15, Santa Ana Over 50 local artists participate in the Annual open competition sponsored by Orange County Fine Arts. Free parking, refreshments; (714) 540- 6430

935 Laguna Canyon Road Experience over 200 Laguna Beach artists, live entertainment, art demonstrations, classes and outdoor cafes in a cool eucalyptus grove. General Admission $9.00 10-10pm daily; (949) 494-3030

Laguna Art-A-Fair – Celebrating 50 years of fine art

Friday-Saturday, June 17-18 at 8 pm

Kush Fine Art 210A Forest Ave Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Join Vladimir Kush for a presentation and live unveiling of his newest original Symphony of the Ocean. Free Event; (949) 376-8017

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa The Beatles songbook, celebrating the 50th anniversary of their final live concert. Tickets from $35.; (714) 755-5799


50th Anniversary Sawdust Art Festival

June 24 to August 28, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 4-9pm

Symphony of the Ocean

Friday, June 24-August 28, 2016,

Classical Mystery Tour

777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach Discover 125 distinguished artists at this juried fine art festival. Enjoy live music, outdoor cuisine, daily art workshops. Open Daily Sunday-Thursday 10-9pm, Friday & Saturday 10-10 pm Adults $7.50, Seniors/Military $4.50, Children under 12 free.; (949)494-4514 101

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Thursday, July 7, from 6-9pm

Artist Reception: Jonathan Quinn

Townley Gallery international 266 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach Artist in attendance. Enjoy original ocean works and stories by this Brooklyn, New York based artist. Wine tasting, live music and good company.; (949) 715-1860 Thursday, July 7 – August 31, 2016

Pageant of the Masters Saturday, July 2, 2016

Study to Studio” Opening Night

Vanessa Rothe Studio 418 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach “Study to Studio” Featuring 10 top American artists. This exciting exhibition will display on location sketches in gouache and watercolor as well as larger paintings in oils by landscape and figure artists. Peggi Kroll Roberts weekend 2 day workshop in all mediums is also available July 2nd and 3rd; (949) 280-1555 Sundays, July 3, 17, 21 & August 14 Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 5-7pm

“Remember...” Artist Reception: Sidi Gluck, Survivor of Auschwitz Alice-Rice Gallery 484 N. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach RSVP:;; (562)480-6177

Dance Party with Lessons

Sawdust Art Festival 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!; (949) 494-3030

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 7pm

CASA COASTALTile Glazing Workshop

Casa Romantica Cultural Center 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente Immerse yourself in the legendary Catalina craft of clay tile glazing in this interactive workshop for adults. Admission & material fee: $35; (949) 498-2139


Sandstone Gallery Laguna 384-A N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach Shimmer, oil and resin paintings on board by Cindy Beatteay will be featured in the Front Gallery along with Dreamscapes, abstract expressionist oil paintings on canvas by Ann Kim, in the Skylight Gallery.; (949) 497-6775 Saturday, July 9, from 5-7pm

Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine Greatest hits of the legendary “King of Pop” plus patriotic favorites and brilliant fireworks. Tickets from $25.; (714) 755-5799

Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 1 – 2:30 pm

Sawdust Artists’ Musician Showcase

Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach, 92651 Juried submissions of the best representations of original plein air fine art created by distinguished members of LPAPA; (949)376-3635

Artists’ Openings

Monday, July 4, at 8 pm

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

“Fun At The Beach” Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

Thursday, July 7, from 6-9pm

Opening Reception, Mixing Media: Dominique McKenzie & Maureen Nolen

July 4 Spectacular: The Music of Michael Jackson

Tuesday, June 28 – July 25, 2016

Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach – Watch real people magically transformed into life-sized re-creations of famous works of art. A live narrator guides you through the story of each living picture accompanied by a full orchestra. Advance Tickets $15 - $230. nightly at 8:30 pm; (949) 494-1145

935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach Many Sawdust exhibitors are not only gifted artists but also incredible musicians. Come enjoy the musical stylings of some of our multi-talented artists!; (949) 494-3030

Showcase Gallery & Art Shop 3851 S. Bear Street, B15, Santa Ana (South Coast Plaza Village) June 29 – August 7: Two of our most exciting Southern California artists explore the vibrant world of mixed media, free parking; (714) 540- 6430

Concerts on the Green – Lee Ritenour

Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach - Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sounds of award-winning musicians as they perform live on the Festival grounds. Free with Festival admission ($12).; (949) 494-1145

July 5 – August 31, 2016

Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach – Juried fine art show featuring 140 of Southern Orange County’s top artists in an open-air gallery setting as well as art workshops, special events, and more. General Admission: $8 - $12; Students & Seniors: $5 -$8; Free Admission for Children 12 and under, Military, and local Residents. from 10– 11:30 pm; (949) 494-1145 Wednesday, July 6 -August 17, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

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.; (949) 494-3030

Wine Tasting: 5-6 pm; Live Auction 6-7 pm 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach Fine art donated by Laguna Art-A-Fair artists will be auctioned to benefit students at Laguna College of Art + Design. Laguna Art-A-Fair admission $7.50; (949)494-4514

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Sundays, July 10 – August 28, 2016

Sunday Afternoon in the Park Music Series

Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach - An eclectic mix of music providing the perfect atmosphere to browse the art gallery, picnic on the green, or simply relax in the beautiful weather of Laguna Beach. Free with Festival admission ($12). from 1–2; (949) 494-1145

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Family Art Day

Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach – Art activities for children and their parents including face painting, balloon art, puppet show, and treasure hunt. Free with Festival admission ($12). from 12 – 3 pm; (949) 494-1145 Saturday & Sunday, July 16 & 17

Mondays, July 11 – August 29, 2016

Art and Story Time

Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach – Featuring a different book read aloud and a hands-on art project each week. Designed for children 5 and under and their parents. Free with Festival admission ($8). from 11am – 12 pm; (949) 494-1145

Back Bay Art Show and Sale

Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach Anthony Salvo will be displaying original plein air art paintings. Free Event. from 10-5pm; Thursday, July 21, 2016

Third Thursday Shop & Dine in San Juan Capistrano

The Cottage Gallery 31701 Los Rios St., SJC Shop and dine on Los Rios. Food, music offered. 5-8pm; (949) 340-6693 Thursday, July 21, 2016 Tuesday, July 12, 19, 26, August 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.; (949) 494-3030 Tuesdays, July 12 – August 30, 2016

Rising Stars Music Series

Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach – Some of the biggest names in the world of performing and studio music will invite their personal choices of favorite up and coming musicians to perform on the Festival’s stage each Tuesday. Free w/Festival admission ($8). from 5:30 - 7:30; (949) 494-1145

Featured artist: Megan Bogart and Jan Dorian. Third Thursday Shop and Dine in San Juan Capistrano

Mission Fine Art Gallery 31760 Camino Capistrano, SJC Artist demonstrations and artist talk. Enjoy free appetizers and cocktails; (949) 291.7738 Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 22-31

“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

A goofy musical delight that explores the idea that winning isn’t everything. $25 Gen. Admission/$35 VIP 7:30-10 pm; (949) 715-0333

Wednesdays, July 13 – August 31, 2016

Art Talks: A Lecture Series

Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach – Festival artists talk about their inspiration, history, and careers in art giving attendees a deeper understanding about their art. Free with Festival admission ($8). from 12 – 1 pm; (949) 494-1145 Thursdays, July 14 – August 25, 2016

Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate


Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach – The Festival’s outdoor setting, together with chocolate paired with wine and the sensuous sounds of jazz surrounded by fine art, creates an ideal evening. $20 in addition to Festival admission. 5:30– 7:30 pm; (949) 494-1145

Saturday, July 23, at 8 pm

Beethoven’s Ninth

Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine Beethoven’s stirring masterpiece with the inspirational “Ode to Joy”. Tickets from $25.; (714) 755-5799 105


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Concerts on the Green – East Bay Soul Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach - Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sounds of award-winning musicians as they perform live on the Festival grounds. Free with Festival admission ($12). from 1-2:30 pm; (949) 494-1145 Sunday, July 24, 2016

CASA CINEMA-It Happened One Night

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente Casa Romantica will host an outdoor viewing of Frank Capra’s classic, It Happened One Night. Free Admission, 7pm; (949) 498-2139 Sunday, July 24, 2016

Books and Brunch

Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach - Meet and talk with authors who will share personal insights about their work and creative process. Brunch available for an additional fee. 1 – 2 pm; (949) 494-1145 Thursday, July 28, 2016

CASA COOLJonathan Blake Salazar, Singer

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente Jonathan Blake Salazar has won “Best Singer-Songwriter” at the Malibu Music Awards, “Best Male Artist” at the So Cal Music Live Awards, and “Best Male Singer-Songwriter” at the OC Music Awards. General Admission $25, Members $20. 7pm; (949) 498-2139

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