In The Arts

Editor's note: This adds Jean Ann Drank to the list of first place winners in the seniors' art exhibit.

Temecula artist to mingle

Temecula-based artist Jami Tobey will be at the Laguna Art Group Gallery on April 7 to discuss her paintings in a special artist reception.

Tobey is known for her colorful, whimsical landscapes, which utilize acrylic and metallic inks to make the vibrant hues stand out. The event will feature "Under the Silent Moon" and "Siren's Song," which are two pieces that have been a point of discussion for thematic reasons and for intricacy.

"It is a pleasure to reveal these new paintings at one of the premier galleries in Southern California," Tobey said in a statement. "My latest work reflects an effort to test the boundaries of form, attitude and sensuality in art."

The Laguna Art Group Gallery is at 570 S. Coast Hwy. Her work will be on display through April. For more information, call (949) 715-1860.


Artists film screening

On April 13, the Southern California Artists Assn. is hosting a film night, with a screening of "Between the Folds," a film that delves into the world of origami.

The film starts at 6 p.m. at 3251 Laguna Canyon Road, Suite F3. A $5 donation is requested.


Japanese antique store hosts spring show

Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques will be hosting their annual spring show at the Southern California Artists Assn. from March 31 to April 3.

Proceeds will go to Japanese relief efforts.

The show will feature many items from the Kyoto region, including home décor, art, bronzes, ceramics, garden ware and kimonos.

The Southern California Artists Assn. is at 3251 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information, visit or call (949) 374-9617.


Seniors' art recognized

An art exhibit for those 55 and older is on display at the Community and Senior Center.

The show is running until May 4, but on March 11, a select group of artists were recognized for their creativity with awards in different categories. Mayor Toni Iseman presented them with their honors.

The first-place winners included Carl Swanson for acrylics, Heather Parker for oils, Laura Leigh Wantz for watercolor, and Paul Prewitt and Jean Ann Drake for two-dimensional works.

The exhibit includes more than 60 entries from seniors in the community.

The Community and Senior Center, also known as Susie Q, is at 380 Third St. For more information, call (949) 497-2441.


Go to the desert to find art

On Saturday, the Laguna Art Museum is inviting patrons on a special one-day getaway and fundraiser in the desert during Art Access: The Desert.

Organized by the board of trustees, guests will enjoy a meet and greet at Imago Galleries in Palm Desert, and munch on gourmet food truck fare. In the afternoon, they'll visit the home of sculptor Mary Anne Turley-Emett in Indian Wells.

Attendees will also be invited to board member Robert Hayden's Palm Springs home for a special dinner prepared by chef Jean Paul Lair of Vallauris in the Coachella Valley. During the dinner, they will be accompanied by California artists Tony DeLap, Roger Herman and John Sonsini.

For more information about events at the museum, visit


—Compiled by Joanna Clay


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