In the Arts: Exhibit will commemorate pageant

Wells Fargo is hosting a poster exhibit showcasing the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters to commemorate the festival's 80th anniversary. On display until Jan. 31, this presentation includes several images that offer a glimpse into 25 years of the organization's colorful history.

"The diverse work[s] represented on these posters are phenomenal," said curator Pat Sparkuhl in a release. "This exhibit invites the viewer to take a visual stroll through history as well as explore a variety of artistic styles."

Fans can peruse previous years' pageant and festival posters, which feature artworks such as "Copernicus" by Jan Matejko, "Hanging Around" by Kirsten Whalen, Sandra Jones Campbell's 2002 "Card Trick and Table Twelve," a 1985 rendering of "Leaping Jaguar" by Marci Lyster and others.

Visitors can also view and purchase the posters online, where they have been marked down by 45%.

The venue for this exhibition is the third floor of the Wells Fargo building at 260 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, which is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call (949) 494-1145 or visit

—Rhea Mahbubani

Laguna Beach Live! has received great gifts just in time for the holidays.

The nonprofit announced Dec. 10 that it has successfully garnered substantial local and national funding for the Laguna Beach Music Festival. Groups that have provided support include the Laguna Beach Community Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, which has dipped into its coffers for the second time.

"We are working hard to make Laguna a 'music town,'" Laguna Beach Live! president Lucinda Prewitt said in a release. "And these grants are critical and very much appreciated."

Earning a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts is no small feat because proposals sent by large and small organizations from across the country are viewed in comparison to one another. Laguna Beach Live!'s $11,500 grant will benefit the 2013 Laguna Beach Music Festival (Feb. 5 to 10), which showcases South American music and features tango legend Pablo Ziegler as the main attraction.

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation awarded Laguna Beach Live! $2,000 for the concerts, education and outreach programs scheduled throughout the year.

—Rhea Mahbubani

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