In the Arts

Plein Air Invitational starts Oct. 14

Laguna Art Museum and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn. is hosting the 14th annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Oct. 14 to 21, according to a news release.

The event is a weeklong landscape-painting festival that focuses on the community, the environment and art education. It showcases 40 of the nation's top plein air landscape painters, the release said.

They compete for prizes and participate in festivities such as education events for kids and adults, public paint outs, and environmental awareness activities. There are also fine-art lectures and presentations. The week ends with a collectors' soirée and public sale at the museum.

For a schedule of events or to buy tickets, visit or call (949) 494-8971 Ext. 219.


Alliance for the Arts accepting applicants for grant

The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts is accepting applications for the [seven-degrees] of Inspiration $5,000 grant.

The goal of the grant is to provide support for an emerging or established Laguna Beach artist so he or she can develop and present a project or program that will help Laguna Beach be recognized as a progressive arts city, according to a press release.

Deadline for applications is Feb. 8. The grant is open to both creative artists — choreographers, composers, playwrights and visual artists — as well as interpretive artists including dancers, instrumental and vocal musicians, and actors, the release said.

Three finalists will be chosen, and the winner will be announced at the Art Star Awards April 7. The winner will have 11 months to complete his or her project, and the body of work will premiere at the 2014 Art Star Awards.

To apply or receive additional information about the 7th Annual Art Star Awards, please visit or email


Laguna Beach Live! brings back annual music festival

Laguna Beach Live! will present music from around the world thanks to a grant from the Festival of Arts, the organization said in a news release.

From Feb. 4 to 10, the annual Laguna Beach Live! Music Festival will celebrate the sound of South America with concerts, parties and salons, starring tango master Pablo Ziegler and the award-winning Calidore Quartet.

To date, the Festival of Arts and its foundation has given nearly $2 million in grants to the local art community.

For more information and details on the festival, visit

— Alisha Gomez

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