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LAGUNA BEACH : Canyon Foundation Plans Art Contest

A group created to raise money to help buy land in Laguna Canyon is launching an art contest as a fund-raiser.

The Laguna Canyon Foundation will pay $1,000 each to about seven artists for paintings and watercolors that will eventually be presented to people who donate large sums of money toward the land purchase.

The artists will be selected later this year based upon slides collected by the foundation over the next three months. Artists must submit up to three slides showing samples of landscapes they have created.

The Laguna Canyon Coastal Greenbelt Art Recognition Competition jury will include the director of the Laguna Art Museum, the president of the Art Institute of Southern California and a representative of the Laguna Beach Arts Commission.

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The contest is one of a number of projects planned to encourage donations needed to buy the canyon land, foundation executive director Mary Fegraus said Monday. Because of Laguna Beach’s association with the arts, Fegraus said, presenting paintings as premiums for large donations is more appropriate than awarding plaques.

For more information, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Laguna Canyon Foundation, P.O. Box 4895, Laguna Beach, Calif. 92652.


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