In The Arts: 'Landmarks' photo contest opens

The Irvine Ranch Conservancy's "Love the Landmarks" photo contest seeks images of locations within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and the unique connections that people from with them. Amateur photographers 18 and older can submit up to three pictures until Jan. 31. The public can then take to Facebook until Feb. 13 to weigh in on the images received.

Five finalists will be judged by representatives from city and county parks within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and Irvine Ranch Conservancy.

On Feb. 14, the winner of this contest will be announced and presented with a 2013 OC Parks Combination Pass.

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Art grant applications now available

The Festival of Arts Foundation recently revealed that applications are now available for 2013 Art Grants. Nonprofits with programs that promote fine arts in and around Laguna Beach have until Feb. 15 to apply. Grant applications are available online at or at the festival administration office at 650 Laguna Canyon Road.

"As the giving arm of the Festival of Arts, the foundation continues to provide funding that promotes art education and appreciation for all ages," Festival of Arts Foundation President Scott Moore said.

For more information, call (949) 494-9680.


One-day showing of TerBush paintings

Exclusive Collections Gallery will host a one-day showing of Dale TerBush's "Abundance of Light" between noon and 5 p.m. Sunday.

A visit to the jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium provided TerBush with creative inspiration.

"What if I could put this on canvas?" he said he remembers thinking. "What if I could convey that same sense that I and everyone else was feeling through paint?"

After studying the gelatinous umbrella-shaped aquatic animals, he took note of their graceful movements and started painting them.

The gallery is at 417 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, and admission is free. For more information, call (855) 372-8213 or email

—Rhea Mahbubani

Twitter: @RMahbubani

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