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REBECCA LOUISE LAW and her 8,000 Blooms
MUSES AND MENTORS
The Gregoryâ€™s are Inspired by Teachers, the Desert and Each Other
A PASSION FOR NATIVE ART
Laguna Beach Art Collectors: Ron and Fran Chilcote
ON THE COVER: The Beauty of Decay at Chandran Gallery, 2016, Rebecca Louise Law THIS PAGE: Outside: In Installation, 2015, Rebecca Louise Law
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11th annual Art Star Awards, 6th annual Laguna Bluebelt Coalition Photo Contest, Spring 2017 Jodi Nathanson Scholarship, Art That’s Small at City Hall, Art-to-Go Collection at the Festival of Arts
The Golden State’s Eucalyptus Culture(s)
How Jack Norworth’s Take Me Out to the Ballgame Became an Anthem for the Ages
Bryan Heggie new manager of LCAD Gallery, Festival of Arts Foundation grant winners, 2017 City of Laguna Beach banner winners, OC Music & Dance on its grand opening
Wyland Foundation’s My Water Pledge Campaign
American Association of University Women of Laguna Beach (AAUW) 30th Annual Literary Luncheon
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Celebrating a Treasured Historic American Landscape
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Contextualizing the Pageant of the Masters
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Art Stars shone at the 11th annual Art Star Awards on April 2nd. Faye Baglin, president of the Laguna Beach Arts Alliance, welcomed the guests while Joely Fisher was the Honored Guest Speaker. Artist Russell Pierce unveiled his award-winning project Change Agents. Fifty Portraits. People That Have Made an Impact on Our World. The 2017 Art Star winners are: Best Arts Program: Sawdust Art Festival 50th Anniversary Betsy and Gary Jenkins
Lifetime Achievement: Donna Inglima
(Youth Theater Director at Laguna Playhouse) Joely Fisher
Individual Arts Patron of the Year: Betsy and Gary Jenkins Corporate Arts Patron of the Year: City of Laguna Beach Outstanding Arts Collaboration: Laguna Concert Band and Laguna Beach Elementary Music Program: Star Wars Music Mentor Program Arts Leadership: Bob Whalen
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Artist of the Year: Marlo Bartels
The Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, dedicated to preserving the health of Laguna Beach’s marine habitats, announced the winners of its 6th Annual Photo Contest. The competition focuses attention on Laguna’s protected marine areas in order to educate and gain public support for their restoration and protection. The winners were recognized in two categories: Amateur: First Place: R. Scott Elgram, Silver Ocean (shown) Second Place: Garrett Woods, Camouflage in the Deep Third Place: Suzanne Greenberg, Spilled Milk Honorable Mention: David A. Munday, Shaw’s Sea Anemone Honorable Mention: Billy Fried, Vikings Invade
Professional: First Place: Dan Stensland, Into the Great Wide Open Second Place: Brian Crawford, Plop Third Place: Sean Hunter Brown, A Kelp Perspective Honorable Mention: Chris Wassmann, The Beast Honorable Mention: George Bryan, Let the Children Play
One of the judges, Mitch Ridder, pointed out that “the challenge for photographers is to find interesting ways to showcase the marine areas. As judges, we honored those photographers who creatively pushed beyond sunsets to show how Laguna’s Bluebelt was important to them.” The popular Artist Reception will be held on Friday, June 2, 6-8pm, to honor the winners at the Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach. Music, appetizers and drinks will be provided.
Sawdust Art & Craft Festival announced Patti Gardner is the winner of its Spring 2017 Jodi Nathanson Scholarship. Gardner is a self-proclaimed “life-long learner” who hopes to encourage her peers—“the over-50, double-nickel (55) crowd”—that the best is yet to come. She was selected because of her passion for art and learning as well as for her generous spirit—all attributes that Jodi Nathanson embodied. Since 2016, the scholarship has provided individuals with the opportunity to pursue a second passion and to experience the sense of camaraderie within the art world. Created in honor of Jodi Nathanson, who discovered a deep love for glass blowing in her later years, the scholarship awards those seeking a new artistic endeavor with a two-day fused glass workshop and four glassblowing classes, valued at $1,500. For more information on the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival, visit sawdustartfestival.org. 22 ART PatronMagazine.com
Art That’s Small announced awards at a special reception and awards ceremony held April 6 at City Hall. The three judges were LCAD Gallery Director Bryan Heggie, photographer Tom Lamb, and Art Patron Magazine editor Christine Dodd. The First Place prize was awarded to Elizabeth McGhee, Second Place to Kelly Hartigan Goldstein, Third Place to Sabra Lande, and the City Hall Choice Award to Ben Desoto. Honorable Mention awards were given to Adler Deardorff, Wendy Wirth, Bill Denham and Nina Ulett. The program is funded by lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.
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Art collectors who love travel will enjoy the 2017 Art-to-Go collection at the Festival of Arts. More than 100 exhibitors have donated originals under the theme “The Art of Travel.” Works are available for purchase daily, July 3 through August 31. An awards reception with Juror Christine Dodd, editor of Art Patron Magazine, is free with regular festival admission, on Sunday, July 9, 5:15pm. “The Art of Travel” transportation subjects include a Harley Davidson photo by Joel Brown and a fantasy airship travel poster by Brian Giberson. Location subjects include a chapel in Sedona Arizona by photographer Andrew C. Ko, an energetic New York street scene by painter Pih Ho Lee, and an outer space image in mixed media by Jeffrey Frisch. Fashion and global culture subjects include a seductive Givenchy model by painter Bruce Burr and an Indian Ganesha by printmaker Varsha Patel. Proceeds from Art-to-Go sales benefit the Artists Fund at the Festival of Arts, providing hardship and disaster relief grants for artists in need. View the online gallery at TheArtistsFund-foa.org or call (949) 612-1949.
Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) has announced the appointment of Bryan Heggie as manager of LCAD Gallery and the college’s permanent art collection. Heggie moves into this new role with extensive art handler and exhibition experience. He has worked at the Los Angeles County Museum and with a variety of galleries, designers and art handling companies throughout Los Angles. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing & Painting from LCAD in 1999. His work has been exhibited in private and corporate collections.“I can’t imagine LCAD without Bryan and I’m thrilled he is bringing his curatorial and art installation expertise to grow our exhibition program and manage our permanent collection,” says LCAD President Jonathan Burke. For more information about LCAD Gallery and LCAD Permanent Collection, contact Heggie via email at email@example.com or by telephone at (949) 376-6000 x 289.
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On April 3 the Festival of Arts Foundation announced grants totaling $100,000 to local nonprofits in Laguna Beach. The recipients are ART4KIDS, Inc., the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, the Festival of Arts, the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach Chamber Singers, Inc., Laguna Beach High School Band Boosters, the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation, Laguna Beach Seniors, the Laguna Beach Unified School District, Laguna College of Art + Design, the Laguna Concert Band, the Laguna Dance Festival, Laguna Outreach for Community Arts, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, LagunaTunes, Inc., the Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley, Music in Common, Inc, No Square Theatre, the Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund, the Laguna Playhouse and the MY HERO Project. To date, the FOA and its foundation have awarded over $2 million in grants to the Laguna Beach art community. Anyone interested in donating may contact Scott Moore at the FOA Foundation, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
2017 City of Laguna Beach banner winners: This year over thirty artists submitted prospective designs for the annual banner competition. Four designs were selected by the Arts Commission to be painted on 4 by 16 foot banners that will be displayed on lampposts throughout Laguna Beach during June, July and August. The four selected artists are Therese Conte, Michael L. Jacques, Jeffrey Skarvan and Galen Ramos.
Congratulations: to Orange County Music & Dance on its April 22 grand opening. Founded by Pick Up Stix founder and philanthropist Charlie Zhang, OCMD is Orange County’s first and only nonprofit community music school. It has built a 21,000-square-foot facility in which to nurture the county’s youth while providing them with nationally and internationally renowned instructors, regardless of their families’ ability to pay. For more information go to ocmusicdance.org.
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Founded by marine life artist Wyland, the Wyland Foundation has challenged the countryâ€™s mayors to urge residents to take part in a contest aimed at reducing water waste and pollution. Presented by Toyota, the campaign was created in 2011 to supplement municipal programs by increasing water conservation awareness, promoting drought resiliency and healthy watersheds, and reducing stress on aging water infrastructure. Residents from cities with the highest percentage of participants are eligible to win hundreds of eco-friendly and water-saving prizes, including a 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-In Hybrid, home irrigation efficiency makeovers from Toro, home cleaning products from the Environmental Council of States, and home improvement store gift cards. The kickoff event was held at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, on April 3 and featured national and local leaders promoting the importance of water conservation. Visit www.mywaterpledge.com.
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Surf and Sand Resort
Karen Joy Fowler
Three women authors shared their stories of the writing life at the American Association of University Women of Laguna Beach (AAUW) 30th Annual Literary Luncheon held at the Surf and Sand Resort on March 18. This year’s speakers were Karen J. Fowler, whose work was awarded the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award and the 2014 California Book Award for Fiction; Donna Levin, author and longtime writing instructor at UC Berkeley Extension; and Suzanne Redfearn, the author of two novels.
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written by Nicole Borgenicht photographs courtesy of Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Garden
Rebecca Louise Law will be participating in Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Garden’s summer program this year with what promises to be a stunning exhibition. The artist is internationally known for creating hanging floral installations whose gorgeous appearance and sweetly scented flowers captivate the senses. Casa Romantica “wanted to expand their visitors’ experiences,” explains Law. “The commission was to create a community-based installation that would reflect the surrounding gardens and coastal setting.” Law’s works exemplify the very best of contemporary floral art, and include last year’s Beauty of Decay at the Chandran Gallery in San Francisco and 2015’s Outside at the Viacom Building in New York City. Pride, which opened earlier this year at the Skovgaard Museum in Viborg, Denmark, is her largest to date. Law’s process for her Casa Romantica piece began with a recommended list of dried flowers that she will combine with native flora collected by the local community. There is an element of surprise, she says, in choosing which indigenous flowers she ultimately uses. In a timed art installation such as this one, which will last three months, the natural drying tendencies of the elements interact with the artistic environment that Law develops. Casa Romantica chose the show’s title, Casa Coastal: Rebecca Louise Law. “It’s the first time I have allowed someone else to title a work,” Law admits, “but I feel that this piece is a very strong collaboration that can only be brought to life through the patron, the community, my team and myself. It’s great to share this artwork with the costal community.” 8,000 blooms have been grown, collected and classified by Casa Romantica over the past year. “It is the first installation of this scale made with only community participation and local donations,” Law points out. “I’m really excited to see all that is grown and collected. The community is incredibly inspirational.” In the next step of the collaboration, Casa Romantica prepares the materials and rigs the installation, and then Law brings in her own team. “I have two of my best assistants installing the materials to a mathematical plan that I designed in 2016. They will be working alongside volunteers from the community.” The Casa Romantica exhibition is Law’s ultimate West Coast floral project. “Although every piece of material will be entwined with copper wire,” she explains, “I have requested that within the 8,000 elements the collection should consist of everything natural, i.e., foliage, flowers, wood and shells. This installation will showcase all elements of the Californian natural world. The materials will be hung to dry 32 ART PatronMagazine.com
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with an equal distance between specimens, allowing each element space to dry and preserve. It’s going to be the California natural coast suspended in time.” Visitors to the Casa will enjoy a rich visual and olfactory experience. “I love how this installation is going to have an unexpected crop completely dependent on local growth,” Law says. “The blooms will create one scent that slowly fades whilst the flowers dry.” The exhibition is scheduled to run three months.
Casa Romantica Exhibition Opens June 9
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Law’s previous floral shows have involved a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and spatial relationships, resembling a floral waterfall, for instance, or a light rain of flowers that linger before dropping. Law’s Casa Romantica show will interpret nature in a distinctive manner. “This installation is going to be made in two adjoining rooms,” Law remarks, “with each having an organic form of entwined flowers and copper hanging from the ceiling down to the floor. I always work with each space to create an installation that viewers can either fully immerse themselves in or stand back and observe. This is the first installation that will be made entirely from material grown and sourced within the community. It will be incredible to see all that the surrounding land provides.” Once the piece is up, Law will make her final review—a step that may provide her with an opportunity for spiritual balance. “I work with elements within a space like I work with paint on a canvas,” the artist says. “Each element has a place and the room becomes its frame. Once I finish an installation, I love to have a moment to take it in. Then I hand it over to the space, patron and viewer. Sometimes timing is so tight that I don’t get a chance alone with an installation and I have to let the work go before I’ve had my moment. The work is created to share, whether in the process of making or once it’s complete. The human interaction with nature is what drives me.”
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Muses and Mentors written by Linda L. McAllister photographed by Terry Hastings
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Inspired by Teachers, the Desert and Each Other, Palm Desert’s Ron and Marcy Gregory Took a Leap of Faith More Than Thirty Years Ago to Build Their Dream Home on What Was Once a Sleepy Little Oasis Decades before El Paseo became known as the Rodeo Drive of the desert, black and white aerial photos of it depict a dusty line in the sand surrounded by a scattershot of buildings and the vastness of the desert. So when Marcy and Ron Gregory decided to make Palm Desert their home in the late 1970s, Marcy, a painter and sculptor, says, “It was a leap of faith.” Ten years after arriving, they built the home where they raised their son and daughter and where they still live with two rambunctious dogs of vastly different heights and a pair of large turtles, Frida and Diego, that amble around the side yard. Tucked away just blocks south of the now bountiful and bustling El Paseo, the house remains as fresh and contemporary as the day the Gregorys envisioned it. Ron, a landscape architect fascinated by underground homes at the time, provided the creative vision for the exterior. “We wanted an earth home, but Palm Desert’s building codes wouldn’t allow it,” Marcy explains. “Lots of compromises had to be made to have a giant
OPENING SPREAD: We built our house in 1987. It faces south, so we designed massive berms to insulate us from the summer sun. THIS PAGE: Ron and Marcy Gregory; Aerial photo from the sixties looking south past Hwy 111 and El Paseo towards Shadow Mountain Racquet Club, showing our neighborhood and the lot on which we built our home. OPPOSITE PAGE: Our dining room. Ron and I designed and built the table base, and the two pieces of art were from local consignment shops.
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earthen berm on the south side of the house,” Ron adds. Some of their neighbors thought the new home stuck out like a sore thumb, and told the couple so. “I’m a middle-class boy; I don’t have highfalutin ideas,” he says with a laugh. “We were venturing into the unknown.” His approach when working with clients surely helped. “I like to see myself as a translator for people who want to do something.” Ira Johnson, who had designed many of the Eldorado Country Club houses in the 1960s, was the Gregorys’ architect. His trademark rounded wall corners and horizontal windows in the shape of an oval racetrack remain in the 3,500-square-foot residence. A visual feast of art and sculpture greets visitors, and the Rocky Mountain
OPPOSITE PAGE: Our bookshelves, stocked with finds from the Rancho Mirage Public Library's used book selection and our nicknacks including The champagne bottle from the night Ron proposed to me in June 1977. THIS PAGE: A tryptic from my in-law's home, painted by one of their friends, which reminds us of the Oakland estuary they used to sail through to reach the San Francisco Bay. ART PatronMagazine.com 43
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT OPPOSITE PAGE: My favorite sight which greets me every morning when I enter the kitchen. I love looking at those little feet!; A painting by Terry Masters which we bid on and won about fifteen years ago at COD's once popular fundraiser, Getting To Know You; My first four portraits, painted in the Artist Council's class taught by the talented teacher Kwok Wai Lau.; My portrait of Ron in his favorite sleeping position from a photo taken in 1978; my sculptures.; A display of my sculptures; We bought the reclining woman in San Miguel de Allende twenty two years ago; the Louise Bourgeois image framed in white is from the Palm Springs Art Museum's Artrageous fundraiser's catalog because we were out bid on the real thing immediately; the paper mache lion was a gift for my parents' anniversary, which I bought in San Miguel de Allende fifty years ago, and he still survives! My study with a display of my sculptures.
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Quartzite floors throughout provide a neutral ground for the rich palette of persimmon, burnt orange and cinnamon used in rugs and upholstery. Marcy’s wood sculptures and paintings are prominently displayed. “My kids grew up taking art classes at the Palm Springs Art Museum, and their teacher, Florence Treatman, said, ‘Marcy, we’re making Louise Nevelson boxes in my adult art class, you should come.’ And I’ve never stopped with the sculpture.” In her garage and outdoor studio, Marcy transforms stacks of new and old wood into painted treasures while incorporating metal and cardboard as well as knobs and curved quarter-moons made for her by cabinetmakers. Painting classes at the museum with Kwok Wai Lau followed in 2004. “We had a big wall in our living room to fill,” Marcy recalls, “so I went to class with four photos—one of me, Ron and our kids, Carly and Jeff. I started freeform and didn’t know if they’d even be recognizable. When Kwok saw my style and said it’s reminiscent of Alex Katz, I found out that I’m a realist!” Ever the perfectionist, Marcy felt she hadn’t quite captured her daughter, so she painted over Carly’s first portrait to produce a final version. The bigger-than-life results share a prominent spot over the living 46 ART PatronMagazine.com
Top: Frida the Tortoise and her mom. Above: Seated Woman by artist Robert Barron which we filled with rose quartz and added a dead encilia shrub head dress. Next PAge: A Shig Joshua Tree sculpture.
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IZEN MILLER GALLERY May 20
“COLOR LINE FORM” Carole Beauvais, Masha Keating, Marcy Gregory
Exhibit Thru July 24 Continuing in the back gallery: • Thomas Anderson • Carol Bishop • Ilana Bloch • Catherine Bohrman • Philippe Chambon
• Michael Davis • Downs • Katherine Kean • Barry Orleans • Mardi de Veuve Alexis
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room sofa. “I painted them all in two weeks.” Sculpting soon drew Marcy back full time, however, as muses Nevelson, Picasso, Pomodoro and Purifoy continue to provide inspiration. “I draw upon interesting shapes or containers I have on hand,” she explains. “I’ll choose a few that are calling my name, place them on my work table, and somewhat like maneuvering the planchette on a Ouija board, a composition begins to emerge.” Prone figures are a recurring theme in the paintings that hang in the Gregory master bedroom. Ron, who makes clients’ dreams come true, has a harder time with his own sweet dreams. “I’ve always been sleep-challenged,” he says. “Years ago I bought into the concept of associating the bedroom with being a restful place, and the sleeping figure paintings give me subtle encouragement to do the same.” This creative couple have a clear sense of duty when it comes to house responsibilities. “He does everything outside and I do everything inside,” Marcy says, laughing. Years ago, Ron transformed this dusty oasis into a richly inviting landscape dotted with palms, succulents and bougainvillea that shield the house from the unrelenting summer sun. And Marcy, who paints realistically but sculpts with abstract abandon, made the inside a home.
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LGOCA Serge Armando • Robin Hiers • Joseph Moscoso • Jessica Osborne • John Szebo • Tania Alcala • Kym De Los Reyes Greg Stogner • Iris Bourne • Becky Black • Allison Cosmos • Dodi Sy • Adolfo Girala • Jessica Watcher • Vladimir Prodanovich Judi McCandless • Eric Nadeau • Derek Gores • Maxwell Carraher • Linnea Toney Leeming
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NATIVE ART Collectors Ron and Fran Chilcote written by Liz Goldner photographed by Tom Lamb
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Anjo Vermelho by Faróleo 1982 (Brazilian Art Naïf painting)
Collecting art and supporting indigenous people are nearly synonymous for Ron and Fran Chilcote. The couple have traversed our planet, living for extended periods in Brazil, Chile, Spain and Portugal. And throughout their travels, they have acquired art, artifacts and furnishings, many of them created in remote areas. Ron explains that the so-called popular art by impoverished people from these regions has always fascinated him, whether the works are paintings, carvings, ceramics or rugs. His thoughts, he says, are “always for others and their problems.” Ron is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Political Science at UC Riverside, and his wife Fran is a photographer, editor and homemaker. Ron ART PatronMagazine.com 57
Oil painting by Francisco “Chico” da Silva from the 1960s
also helped found and still manages Latin American Perspectives, a peerreviewed academic journal addressing issues of social, economic and political justice involving native peoples—matters that dovetail with much of the art that the couple own. He adds that his first academically oriented travels throughout Latin America, particularly to Guatemala and Chile in 1958 and to Cuba on the eve of its revolution, stimulated his interest in naïve art pieces. Thanks to their lifetime of collecting, the Chilcote’s Laguna Beach home overflows with paintings, drawings, ceramic figures and wall hangings. While they don’t always know the names or dates of the pieces, many of them were created during the second half of the twentieth century. One of their favorites is a 6 by 10 foot oil by Francisco “Chico” da Silva from the 1960s that they 58 ART PatronMagazine.com
rescued years ago from a demolished hotel in Fortaleza, Brazil. With its yellow background and intricate folkloric design illustrating Amazonian snakes, dragons and underwater plants, it depicts an exotic world inspired by native thoughts and dreams. Another cherished piece is a woodblock print of a cowboy, an ox and a parrot by Brazilian artist Gilvan Samico. Ron says that the work was inspired by the covers of the hand-made pamphlets known as â€œliteratura de cordelâ€? that hang from strings in market stalls. The tradition of producing these booklets, which contain ballads of romance, mystery and social conflict intended to be sung by troubadours, dates back hundreds of years. Ron has acquired thousands of the pamphlets, many of which are archived at UC Riverside. ART PatronMagazine.com 59
Chieftain by Fritz Scholder
Woodblock print by Brazilian artist Samico
Another piece bearing the stamp of this tradition is a blue-hued painting combining figurative with cubist elements by Brazilian artist Lula Cardoso Ayres from the Recife area of Brazil. With its ocean view, Ron’s office is filled with a lifetime of mementos. On one wall he has hung colorful primitive paintings by Brazilian artists illustrating indigenous people and rural scenes. And on the office’s shelves he has created a miniature village made up of hundreds of brightly painted ceramic and wooden figures— cowboys, bandits, musicians, dancers, horses, donkeys and religious figures—from Brazil and Portugal. Ron’s mission has been dedicated to supporting marginalized peoples, and collecting their art and artifacts not only helps with the effort but also pays respect to the nobility of their lives. 60 ART PatronMagazine.com
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Given their admiration for indigenous art, it is not surprising that the Chilcotes also collect Southwestern American works. Hanging above their dining table are two paintings by Taos-based artist Malcolm Furlow, including Rodeo, which depicts a cowboy riding a bucking bronco and employs bold strokes of bright colors suggesting motion and drama. The more subdued Bison, rendered in broad swaths of multi-colored paint, captures the lumbering quality of its majestic subject. Other Southwestern works in the Chilcotesâ€™ collection include two vibrant paintings of coyotes created with strong assertive lines and contrasting colors by John Nieto, and an untitled painting by Nivia Gonzales of a proud native woman carrying a bowl on her head. Chieftain, a lithograph by Native American artist Fritz Scholder,
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Bison by Malcolm Furlow
demonstrates his influence on Nieto and Furlow. There is much more in the Chilcotesâ€™ home. Having lived in Laguna Beach since 1972, they have come to appreciate works by our renowned California Impressionists. Among their favorites is an elegant watercolor, Laguna Hideaway, by pioneer artist Norman St. Clair from about 1896. Inspired by this piece and other Laguna landscapes from a century ago, Ron has produced his own impressionistic photographs. These large prints, which he manipulates during the development
stage, depict local landscapes, seascapes and even the lush greenbelt near Laguna Canyon Road. One photo of a vernal lake is a study in greens and blues, capturing the luminescent quality of flowing water. In the coupleâ€™s living area is a 200-year-old grandfather clock from Scotland that Fran grew up with. Here also are four antique carved wooden chests from Brazil and Portugal. Fran stores old books and other rarities in them, and adorns their lids with 300-year-old floral decorated plates from
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Small ceramic sculpture of peasants fleeing drought for seacoast in NE Brazil
Portugal. Dozens of other Portuguese plates, along with azulejo tiles from eighteenth and nineteenth century Spain and Portugal, are displayed throughout their home. A large Portuguese Arraiolos rug, exhibiting the influence of Persian art and of the Moors who invaded Portugal in the seventh century, graces their living room floor. Ron and Fran Chilcoteâ€™s ocean-facing hillside home includes numerous other paintings, drawings, objects and furnishings from across the globe. The couple have been married now for 56 years, and their treasures reflect the life they have lived and the altruistic work they have accomplished together.
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Were they a good idea? A bad idea? Over the past few decades Californians have had sharply differing opinions about them, but they certainly seemed like a good idea at the time. That time was California in the 1850s, when so many of the new state’s forested acres had been stripped of trees for fuel and construction. In other parts of California, the naturally spare landscape struck newcomers as barren and uninviting. As Jared Farmer notes in his fascinating Trees in Paradise, it was about then that W.C. Walker’s Golden Gate Nursery of San Francisco started selling the seeds of a new and unusual tree—the eucalyptus. Eucalypti are natives of Australia and thereabouts, but of course countless species now grow in California. One in particular, the Tasmanian blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus), is common in the lower elevations, and its blue-green color and menthol odor are familiar to most of the state’s residents. They’re also giants to be reckoned with. The largest one in California—and the nation—is growing in the Lost Coast community of Petrolia. It’s 141 feet high, 49 feet in circumference, and has a spread of 126 feet. We can’t be certain, but when nurseryman Walker planted some of those seeds himself in 1853, he may have been the first person in the state to do so. In any case, he hoped to harvest much more than firewood and timber from the exotic trees. Their leaves would yield a medically valuable oil and their flowers a bumper crop of honey. Walker’s optimistic fellow Californians followed suit over the following decades, with encouragement from the federal government. The Timber Culture Act of 1873 specified that homesteaders put a minimum number of their acres in trees, and the fast-growing eucalypti were an obvious choice.
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Not coincidentally, California was filling with human newcomers as well, including the men and women who would become its most prominent artists. One of them, Italian-born San Franciscan Giuseppe Cadenasso, became famous for painting eucalypti. Initially the works drew ridicule, but after his death in 1918, the San Francisco Bulletin remembered him as “the first California artist to catch the mystic beauty of the eucalyptus tree with a facile grace and atmosphere entirely his own.” Presbyterian Church, Laguna Beach by Tom Lamb
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Farther south, George Rogers bought 155 acres in the early 1880s in what’s now downtown Laguna Beach and planted much of the ground with eucalyptus seed. He subdivided the land a few years later, a step that led to the creation of what are now some of Laguna’s most prominent thoroughfares. A bucolic 1915 photo of the dusty but appropriately named Forest Avenue includes a number of the shaggy trees, and while most had been cut down by the late 1920s, the newly formed Laguna Beach Garden Club saw to their replanting. “Streets are being smoothed and straightened,” author M.F.K. Fisher would write a little later of a barely disguised Laguna. “Old eucalyptus trees are uprooted to make way for curbings.
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‘Desecration!’ the artists shriek. ‘Necessity,’ soothe the progressives, and they plant more trees in much more orderly rows.” English-born Norman St. Clair had begun living in Pasadena around 1900, but he visited Laguna on a regular basis and set up a studio there in 1903, coming to be regarded as the little community’s “pioneer” artist. At least one of his watercolors, Eucalyptus— Laguna, depicts the trees that had by then become ubiquitous. Other artists followed and were naturally drawn to the giants, which soon became as common on canvas as they were on the ground. Joseph Kleitsch painted them shading Laguna’s old post office, Granville Redmond painted them towering over meadows glowing with wildflowers, and Edgar Payne painted them rising dramatically against a backdrop of distant foothills. Perhaps the most striking example is Guy Rose’s dramatic Laguna Eucalyptus. It wasn’t long before the plein air, Impressionist-influenced painters of Southern California became known as the “Eucalyptus School.” Few of them were natives, of course, making the vaguely derisive label accurate in more ways than one. All things considered, eucalypti haven’t lived up to their promise. Wharf owners and railway men learned early on that their timber made poor pilings and ties. On the other hand, their fallen leaves and constantly peeling bark can be serious fire hazards, as community after community has learned. The trees crowd out native species, alter soil chemistry and nitrogen mineralization rates, interfere with migratory bird patterns—it’s a litany of unpleasant facts that you’re undoubtedly familiar with. And yet … In the century and a half since W.C. Walker planted his first eucalyptus seeds, the trees have grown to be reassuringly familiar if problematic features of the landscape. But thanks to a generous assist from the Eucalyptus School, they’ve become something else as well, something bigger—cultural icons. A number of them even appear on Laguna’s Heritage Tree List. And unpleasant facts are no match for icons.
Laguna Beach and the Greenbelt
Celebrating a Treasured Historic American Landscape This book celebrates Laguna Beach and its greenbelt, which have been designated a Historic American Landscape by the National Park Service, Department of Interior, and presents the nomination documentation that is housed in the Library of Congress. It is dedicated to the generations of devoted people responsible for shaping the cityâ€™s character and traditions. Lagunaâ€™s mountains and dramatic canyons, coastal cliffs, and everchanging ocean views attracted plein air artists and others beginning early in the last century, and from the beginning its residents were dedicated to protecting and embellishing it. The fortunate confluence of geography, history, and community resolve has resulted in the preservation, in the face of the surrounding suburban sprawl, of an authentic small town and a vast area of protected open space that provides breathing room for all of us. The genesis of this project lies in a visit to Laguna Beach by Noel Vernon, professor at Cal Poly Pomona, on August 10, 2009. Vernon was ART PatronMagazine.com 75
the American Society of Landscape Architects coordinator for the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) and introduced the program to Ann Christoph, Vonn Marie May, Ted Wells, and Tom Osborne. At that meeting, Christoph suggested nominating the city of Laguna Beach and the Laguna Greenbelt as a Historic American Landscape. The nomination would emphasize the fact that the dramatic and scenic landscape had been the basis of the development of Laguna Beach as an art colony, with a tradition of environmental awareness and protection, and ultimately as a center of citizengenerated landscape preservation. The HALS nomination idea was discussed for years and was well received, but it was not acted upon until Ron Chilcote organized a committee that met for the first time on March 9, 2015. The group agreed that the greenbelt, the legacy of plein air painting, the seascape and bluebelt, and Laguna Beach as a special place all pointed to a need to identify the history and effect of this unique landscape: to describe its characteristics, document its importance, and record its past so that present and 76 ART PatronMagazine.com
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FROM VAUDEVILLE TO LAGUNA BEACH How Jack Norworth’s “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” Became an Anthem for the Ages written by Stacy Davies
In 1908, Vaudevillian actor and singer-songwriter Jack Norworth landed a lucrative gig in the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway. An even bigger boon, however, was meeting Nora Bayes, a highly popular singer and comedian who was already established on both coasts. Norworth, who was recently divorced from actress Louise Dresser, quickly married Bayes and, while appearing in Follies, the couple combined Norworth’s lyrics with Bayes’ music to create the iconic Tin Pan Alley song Shine On, Harvest Moon. It debuted in the show, and was an instant success. Norworth and Bayes collaborated on several more tunes for Follies, including Turn Off Your Light, Mr. Moon-Man, but Harvest Moon was
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undeniably Norworth’s most popular song. That is, until one fateful day on the New York subway. As he rode along his usual route, Norworth noticed a sign that read “Ball Game Today at the Polo Grounds.” He had never been to a baseball game, but that wasn’t too surprising. While professional baseball had been around since 1869, its early period prior to 1920 is referred to as the “dead-ball era,” with players rarely hitting home runs and chaotically jumping from one team and league to another. Nevertheless, Norworth’s muse kicked him. He began furiously scribbling down lyrics to a new song—a simple song that told the story of a baseball-crazy young woman named Katie Casey, who refused to go anywhere with her boyfriend except to a baseball game. “Katie Casey saw all the games/ Knew the players by their first names/ Told the umpire he was wrong/All along/Good and strong/When the score was just two to two/Katie Casey knew what to do/Just to cheer up the boys she knew/She made the gang sing this song/Take me out to the ballgame …” Norworth finished the modest twoverse, two-chorus song and took it to his frequent collaborator, composer Albert Von Tilzer, who quickly penned the 82 ART PatronMagazine.com
music—just in time for Bayes to debut the novelty at the Follies. The reaction of the crowd was instantaneous. While there had been other baseball songs, such as 1867’s Base Ball Polka, Norworth and Tilzer’s Tin Pan Alley ditty had hit a major home run; after Billy Murray and Haydn Quartet recorded it that same year, Ballgame became the number one song of 1908. Norworth and Bayes wrote another baseball tune, Let’s Get the Umpire’s Goat, but split up in 1913, with Bayes going on to record numerous other hit songs, including George M. Cohan’s Over There, the iconic WWI anthem that Cohan himself asked her to debut. (Bayes would die relatively young in 1928 at the age of 47.) Norworth spent the war years in London starring in theatrical productions and specializing in tonguetwisting numbers such as Which Switch is the Switch, Miss, for Ipswich? When he returned to New York in 1918, fans greeted the “Globe Galloper” as one of the world’s greatest performers, and critics cited his name as “one of the sterling-marks of the native theatre.” Moving to Hollywood in the 1920s, Norworth appeared in numerous shorts with third wife Dorothy Adelphi to little fanfare, but Ballgame remained hot: in ART PatronMagazine.com 83
1931, mega-star Ruth Etting performed it in the Follies, and in 1934, it was played for the first time at the World Series – in game four between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers, with the Cards taking the series. Movie studios attempted to capitalize on Norworth’s fame, as well, and in1944, Warner Bros. filmed a biopic of Norworth and Bayes titled Shine On, Harvest Moon starring Ann Sheridan and Dennis Morgan. The film was panned for being a shallow showcase for songs, as well as for neglecting Bayes’ role in the song’s creation. (She didn’t fare much better in 1942’s Yankee Doodle Dandy, where Frances Langford portrayed her as a “heavy” who snatched Over There away from Cohan’s singing wife Mary.) By 1948, Norworth and Adelphi were living in San Diego running a novelty shop. Norworth was still collecting song royalties and making occasional appearances in films and television, including stints on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Milton Berle Show. He finally saw his first Major League Baseball game, as well. After Adelphi died in 1950, however, Norworth moved north to Laguna Beach and married again, this time to Amy Swor. There, the two founded the Laguna Beach Little League Baseball program, with Norworth becoming its honorary president and starting the tradition of personally handing out Cracker Jacks to players on Opening Day—a tradition that Amy Norworth would continue every year until her death in 1974. 84 ART PatronMagazine.com
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In July of 1958—the 50th anniversary of Take Me Out to the Ballgame—Norworth was honored with his own day at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and at the pre-game ceremony was given the unprecedented honor of a lifetime pass to any game played in the American or National League. Sadly, Norworth would die the following year at the age of 80 from a heart attack. During his career, it’s estimated that Jack Norworth wrote over 2500 songs, but he only believed seven of them were any good. “My songs do very nicely by me,” he once told an interviewer, “because as soon as baseball training begins, the bands start playing Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and then they start playing Shine On, Harvest Moon—and that takes me right through spring again.” In 1970, Norworth was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and just a few years later, Take Me Out to the Ballgame became an official, time-honored tradition at games after broadcaster Harry Caray and team owner Bill Veeck Jr. reintroduced it to fans. As for Jack Norworth’s ultimate legacy, the chorus of Ballgame may be the only part of the song that’s survived, yet that legendary refrain remains the most-sung song lyrics in the nation – second only to the National Anthem.
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After Richard Doyle concluded his commentary for last year’s Pageant of the Masters, a woman from the audience walked into his booth and asked, “Are you the narrator?” When he replied that he was, she thanked him, saying, “I felt like you were talking to me.” “That was the moment when the light came on,” Doyle recalls. “Creating the character of the narrator, the spirit guide if you will, of the evening, is the challenge for me, so that the character can tell the general story of the evening, delve into these various little dramatic episodes, and underscore what’s going on onstage.” Doyle began narrating the pageant in 2011, talking about the importance of dreams and imagination for the Only Make Believe show. For the 2012 program, The Genius, he told stories about the relationship between art, science and technology. In the 2013 production, The Big Picture, Doyle explained in his confident voice how masterpieces of art have inspired and informed the movies. And for 2014’s Art Detective, he wryly described the unsolved mysteries that fill art history. The 2015 Pursuit of Happiness event was family-friendly, and last year’s Partners, with its theatrical and scientific partnerships, was enhanced by live dance routines, all of which Doyle introduced. For seven successive pageant productions, including this year’s The Grand Tour, Doyle’s theatrical voice has filled the Irvine Bowl, moving the show forward and entertaining the audience during each living picture. Doyle’s storytelling skills were on display this spring as he prepared for the summer’s production. He recounted tales from his life, suggesting that he was destined to become a pageant narrator. “I was telling stories since I was a little kid,” he explains. As a teenager, he moved with his family to Italy, where he began learning to speak foreign languages—a step that he regards as a good preparation for acting. He also saw great art, an experience that fortuitously helped prepare him for The Grand Tour. The program, he says, “is based on letters from children and explores how they experience art. It’s a device to take us through the art of Europe. By working on this year’s production, I’m learning a lot more about the art I saw as a child.” ART PatronMagazine.com 89
Discussing his acting career, Doyle remembers meeting David Emmes, the founding director of South Coast Repertory, at Long Beach City College in 1964. “I joined SCR that year, worked with the theater for a few more years, and then was drafted into the army and went to Viet Nam. In 1969, I returned home, attended Long Beach City College and then transferred to the Cal State Long Beach Theater Arts Department. I also rejoined South Coast Repertory, as Emmes told me that the county was growing and needed the arts.” Doyle has performed in more than 200 productions at SCR. He has acted as the Ghost of Christmas Past in the holiday production of A Christmas Carol for 32 years, and performed in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oscar Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest, Stephen Schwartz and JohnMichael Tebelak’s Godspell, and Cole Porter’s Anything Goes. He has also had parts in such television programs as Cheers and Mash, and has done voiceovers for Hanna-Barbera cartoons (often playing the bad guy) and a variety of video games. Doyle’s skills inspired pageant director Diane Challis Davy to invite him to narrate the 2011 production. “For me,” she points out, “Richard was the obvious choice. I’ve never had a second thought.” “While preparing for my first year at the pageant,” Doyle recalls, “the production managers walked me through the back stage, introduced me to the script writer, Dan Dulling, and even asked me to help write the script.” Beginning with that year’s production, pageant managers have sent Doyle
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their demos, written text and story ideas, and encouraged him to help determine the arc of the story. “Narration here is a collaborative effort,” he says. He adds that the pageant composer listens to him read the story lines and then puts music to the narration. Doyle sums up his experience at the pageant as narrating to 2,700 people for seven evenings a week over a period of eight weeks. And each night is special. Before intermission one evening during The Genius production, NASA’s rover Curiosity landed on Mars. The audience cheered, so Doyle waited for them to calm down before urging them to enjoy the intermission. “There is a kind of quality communication that is still possible between human beings, without electronics,” he remarks. “You can sit as a group together and experience a live performance, an exchange of ideas.” 85 Years of the Pageant of the Masters As pageant narrator, Richard Doyle continues a tradition dating back to 1933. At that time, artists donned costumes and marched through Laguna Beach to the Festival of Arts grounds. There they posed behind oversized frames, re-creating well-known works of art. Roy and Marie Ropp refined that display two years later and officially renamed it the Pageant of the Masters. Today the event, which plays to more than 210,000 visitors each summer in the Irvine Bowl, transforms models and props into oversized recreations of works of art, from ancient to modern to contemporary, accompanied by original music played by a live orchestra. For several summers, the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel has mounted exhibitions related to both the festival and the pageant. According to Pat Sparkuhl, artist, former festival exhibitor and curator of the Ritz Carlton exhibition, this year’s show, Celebrating 85 Years of Art, draws from “collection artworks from 1913 to 2015, historic pageant photographs, vintage news articles, and early festival and pageant advertising materials.” One memorable image, from the 1940 pageant, depicts a volunteer posing as a nobleman, re-creating Dutch artist Franz Hals’ 1624 painting The Laughing Cavalier.
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Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach A juried fine art show featuring 140 of Orange County’s top artists in an open-air gallery setting as well as art workshops, special events, and more. General Admission: $8 - $12; www. lagunafestivalofarts.org; (949) 494-1145
Friday, July 7 – August 31, Nightly at 8:30 pm Pageant of the Masters
Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach – Watch real people be 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.www.pageanttickets.com; (949) 494-1145
HOUSE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ART San Juan Capistrano, CA
A Major West Coast Reservoir of Vintage and Contemporary Photographic Works of Art Saturday, July 8 Wyland at Wyland Galleries of Laguna Beach 509 S. Coast HWY, Laguna Beach Come meet Wyland in person at his gallery here in Laguna! Free to the public. www.wyland.com; (800) 643-7070
“Graham Nash” Presenting a collection of photographic work by two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Graham Nash. Now Open “Marilyn Monroe” Photography by Kelley, Barris, Greene, Schiller, Bernard, Kirkland and many more top Hollywood photographers.
Ongoing through Summer 2017 Saturday, July 22, 1-2:30 pm Concerts on the Green – Eric Marienthal All Stars
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).www.lagunafestivalofarts.org; (949) 494-1145
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Critics, reviewers and auction houses all agree, “Fine art photography is a new affordable collectible.” Also featuring: Ansel Adams, Graham Nash, Ernie Brooks, Linda McCartney, Arnold Newman, George Hurrell, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Robert Hansen and Baron Adolf de Meyer
To attend openings, lectures or schedule a guided tour,
please call 949.496.5990
Gallery Open to the Public by Appointment 27184 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675