In The Arts

Festival to start '80 Days of Giveaways'

To celebrate its 80th anniversary this summer, the Festival of Arts is going to give away a prize every day for 80 days.

The "80 Days of Giveaways" will be done through the Festival's Facebook page from Tuesday through July 19.

To kick things off, Tuesday's prize will be: a pair of Pageant of the Masters tickets, dinner for two at Tivoli Terrace, a 2012 Pageant poster and souvenir program, with a total value of $300, according to a news release from the Festival.

Other giveaways will include hotel stays, restaurant certificates, sporting equipment, salon treatments, electronics and memorabilia from the Festival and Pageant. Prizes range in value from $50 to $700, according to the release.

"Eighty years is a big milestone for the Festival of Arts," Sharbie Higuchi, the Festival's director of marketing, said in a statement. "We are eager to involve the community in our sense of excitement and celebration, and we think that giving away 80 fantastic prizes is an incredibly fun way to start! It's also a great opportunity to say thanks to fans and supporters. It has been a pretty amazing 80 years, and we look forward to the 80 years to come."

To be entered into the daily giveaways, become a fan of the Festival of Arts at


Mother aims to restore son's sculpture

A fundraiser is planned for May 5 to help restore "Cathexis," an abstract sculpture that was once placed at the entrance to Riddle Field in Laguna Beach.

The piece was donated to the city in 2002 and created by artist Steven Harmon, who committed suicide four years after the sculpture's installation, according to a news release.

The sculpture, which features intertwined scrolls, was removed by the city in 2010 after showing signs of wear and tear.

The effort to restore the piece is being led by Steven's mother, Alice Harmon, and artist John Alabaster.

Alabaster said about $8,000 is needed to restore "Cathexis."

"Thousands of people have seen Steven's sculpture in the park," Alice Harmon said in a statement. "The plaque is still there, but the piece is gone. I've received several calls wondering what happened. I can't afford to fix it myself, and I'm hoping others might be able to help."

The fundraiser will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at Alabaster's studio, 20532 Sun Valley Drive.


LAM to show off graduate student work

The Laguna Art Museum will be home to artwork from current graduate students in Laguna College of Art & Design's MFA in Painting and Drawing program.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be from 6 to 8 p.m. May 5 at the museum, 307 Cliff Drive.

This master's program at LCAD immerses students into the history, theory and practice of painting and drawing, according to a news release.

The exhibition will be on display in the lower level galleries of the museum. It will run through May 27.


Take a printmaking class at PMMC

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts is offering a beginner-level printmaking class from 9 to 10:30 a.m. May 5.

The workshop will take place at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, 20612 Laguna Canyon Road.

Participants will be taken on a tour of the center, where they can view live sea lions. Afterward, they'll study skulls and bones from marine mammals and create prints to take home.

The class will be led by printmaking expert Sheryl Seltzer.

The cost is $20 for adults, and $15 for children ages 6 and older.

To register for the class, email or call (949) 363-4700. For more information, visit


Live! at the Museum starts up in June

The Laguna Art Museum is teaming up with Laguna Beach Live! to present a yearlong art and chamber music concert series: Live! at the Museum, according to a news release from the museum.

The series will run from 7 to 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, starting in June.

"We are very pleased to announce this collaboration with Laguna Beach Live!" Laguna Art Museum Executive Director Dr. Malcolm Warner said in a statement. "Not only are the museum's galleries an appropriately beautiful setting in which to experience great music, they also boast fine acoustics."

The Hutchins Consort Quartet will kick the series off June 14. The quartet members are Beth Folsom, soprano violin; Maksim Velichkin, baritone violin; Erin Breen, tenor violin; and Joe McNalley on contrabass violin. They will perform classical and contemporary works.

Also in the lineup are: AlmaNova on July 12; the Triada Guitar Trio on Aug. 9; and Ceora Winds on Sept. 13.

The concerts are free to museum members and non-members who pay for museum admission.

For more information, visit

—Kelly Parker

Twitter: @KellyParkerTCN

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