In The Arts

Tweeting about park Legacy Project

The Laguna Art Museum, in conjunction with the Orange County Great Park, on Thursday will host a live discussion with five photographers, including Laguna Beach photographer Mark Chamberlain, about their involvement in the Legacy Project at the Great Park.

The 45-minute discussion at the museum also will be broadcast via a Twitter feed. People who wish to submit questions for the discussion via Twitter should follow @LagunaArtMuseum and hash tag their questions or comments with #ConversationWith, according to a museum news release.

Chamberlain, along with colleagues Jacques Garnier, Robert Johnson, Douglas McCulloh and Clayton Spada will take part in the discussion, the release said. Tyler Stallings, director of UC Riverside's Sweeney Art Gallery, will be joining them.

The Legacy Project aims to document the transition of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station from a military base to the Great Park through photographs. The project started out with six photographers, including Jerry Burchfield, who with Chamberlain co-founded the BC Space gallery in Laguna. Burchfield died of cancer in 2009.

The project has amassed more than 200,000 photographs of El Toro, including "The Great Picture," an 11-story by three-story image taken at the former Marine air station, which is the world's largest photograph. The phot was taken by transforming an old F-18 hangar into a classic pinhole camera.

An exhibit about the taking of that photo is on display at the Great Park through Jan. 29. The "Great Picture" has been displayed in China and at UC Riverside.

The discussion is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Thursday, which coincides with January's First Thursday Art Walk. The event and a post-discussion mixer with complimentary beverages will be free and open to the public.

The museum is at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach.


'Still Life with Wood' to open

The AR4T Gallery in Laguna Beach on Thursday will open "Still Life with Wood," an exhibition of photographs documenting the skateboarding culture taken by a group of noted skate photographers.

The show will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. during the January installment of First Thursdays Art Walk and will run through Jan. 22, according to a news release from the gallery. An artists' reception featuring photographers Grant Brittain, Dave Swift, Miki Vuckovich, James Cassimus, Atiba Jefferson, Jon Humphries and Jay Croft will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 7, and will be free and open to the public.

ART4T Gallery is at 210 N. Coast Hwy. The gallery is open from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. For more information, go to


Calling all 'tableaux vivants'

The Pageant of the Masters is putting out a casting call for the 2012 summer show, "The Genius."

The Pageant is looking for people of all ages and sizes to volunteer as cast members. Those who make the cut will be expected to stand still and pose as "living pictures" in the show, which will go from July 7 through Aug. 31.

According to a news release from Pageant officials, there will be three casting calls in January: from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 7; 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 8; and 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 12. All calls will be held at the Irvine Bowl Park, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Cast member hopefuls will be photographed and measured, and no theater experience is required.

The Pageant is also looking to recruit volunteers for other departments, including make-up, wardrobe and headdress.

For more information, call (949) 494-3663


Meet the crime writers

Two noted authors in the genre of mystery writing, Elizabeth George and T. Jefferson Parker, are scheduled to appear at a brunch and book signing next month hosted by Laguna Beach Books.

The event is set for noon Jan. 15 at the Aliso Creek Inn, 31106 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach.

Tickets cost $70 each and include brunch and the choice of George's and Parker's latest novels, "Believing the Lie" and "The Jaguar," respectively, according to a news release from the book shop at 1200 S. Coast Hwy.

To obtain tickets, which are limited, contact Danielle Bauter at (949) 494-4779, or email her at


—Imran Vittachi


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