In The Arts

Auction to benefit group home

An art auction to raise money for Glennwood House of Laguna Beach will be from 2 to 5 p.m. April 28 at the site of the future group home in South Laguna, 2130 S. Coast Hwy.

The auction, titled "A Home of Their Own," will see 100% of the proceeds going to Glennwood House, a future home that will accommodate 50 young adults with developmental disabilities, according to a news release. The facility is scheduled to open at the end of 2012.

Works of art that will be auctioned off include pieces donated by the Festival of Arts and local artists. Two of the paintings that will go on the auction block are "Time for Lemoncello" by Tom Swimm and "Our Old Lake" by Elizabeth McGhee.

Other featured artists are: Susie Rubenstein, Mark Hendrickson, Susan Unoura, Sue Ingram, Lana Perry, Hedy Buzan-Williamson, Carla Meberg, Bernie Jones, Liz Rosetta, Deborah Kaplan-Evans, Annette Reed, Walter Askin, Poli Marichal, Barbara White, Enrica Marshall, Mada Leach, Eve Chartrand, Vinita Voogd, Anne England, Mia Moore and Mariko Ishii.

Those who cannot attend the auction but would like to send in a donation can write a check to the order of "Glennwood Housing Foundation" and mail it to 101 Pacifica #255, Irvine, CA 92618.


Collector's Choice to raise funds for LCAD

The 23rd annual Collector's Choice, a fine arts event and live auction to raise money in support of Laguna College of Art & Design scholarships, is scheduled for 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 9 at the LCAD campus, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road.

This year's auction is being dubbed as "A Golden Anniversary Celebration" in honor of the college's 50th anniversary. Artwork to be auctioned off will include pieces donated by Laguna Beach area and regional artists, according to a news release.

Tickets to the event cost $150 a person. Table sponsorships are available. For more information, go to or call Tracy Hartman at (949) 376-6000 ext. 241.


LBFS to screen Japanese film

The Laguna Beach Film Society will show "Hospitalite," which was a winner at the Tokyo International Film Festival, at 7 p.m. April 19, at South Coast Cinema, 162 S. Coast Hwy.

Tickets at the door cost $15 for general admission and $10 for students with ID. A food and wine event at Laguna Art Museum at 6 p.m. will precede the film showing. The cost for admission to the LAM event, at 307 Cliff Drive, is $20. LBFS members get in for free.

Contact JoAnne Story at to find out how to become a member.


Free admission to LAM

The Laguna Art Museum will offer free admission for families visiting LAM between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. this Sunday.

KMEX Univision 34 is sponsoring this daylong program of free entry to the museum. The program will include free art projects for children, taking place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a free tour of the "Mi Obra" exhibition of sculptures and paintings by artist Victor Hugo Zayas, who will lead the tour, starting at 1 p.m.

His show features sculptures that he made out of guns that were destroyed through the Los Angeles Police Department's "Gun Buyback" program.

"Univision Los Angeles is pleased to be part of this cultural project," Alberto Mier y Tierán, senior vice president and general manager for Univision 34 and Tele Futura 46, said in a prepared statement.

"We are excited to witness the unveiling of these symbolic sculptures that represent peace, while also taking a step toward reducing gun violence in our communities."


Artist publishes art fairs book

Michelle Geromel, who is also known as Artist Organized, has published a how-to book, "Art Fairs: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started," according to a news release.

This book by Geromel, an artist and experienced business consultant, aims to help artists grasp the business side of promoting their work. The book is available in Kindle format at


Meanwhile, at LOCA...

The Laguna Outreach for Community Arts will present a silk painting class for beginners from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday and April 21.

The class will take place at the Laguna Nursery, 1370 S. Coast Hwy. Horticulturalist Ruben Flores will talk about Pacific irises, which will be the class's focus, and Olivia Batchelder will lead the class, which costs $25 per session for people aged 16 and older. Sign up for the class by emailing, or call (949) 363-4700.

In other news, LOCA has opened an exhibition of 60 pieces made through its Even Start and Kinder Buddy preschool arts programs. The exhibit is being shown through May 21 in the children's wing at the Laguna Beach Public Library, 363 Glenneyre St.

From 3 to 5:30 p.m. May 6, LOCA will hold its springtime fundraiser, "A Teaching Artists Showcase," at the Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course, 31106 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach

Tickets cost $35. To make a reservation, call (949) 363-4700. For more information, go to

—Imran Vittachi

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