In the Arts: Painting to raise Playhouse funds

Laguna Beach residents Matt and Mary Lawson bequeathed a still-life oil painting by Virginia Woolley to the Laguna Playhouse.

Woolley, a founder of the Festival of Arts and a local resident between 1923 and 1971, created the 20-by-16-inch "Fruit Still Life" to showcase bright colors framed by gold and wood.

"After a year and a half of engagement with the Laguna Playhouse, my wife Mary, and I, have become devotees of the Laguna Playhouse," Lawson said in a release. "We have come to enjoy both the performances and social opportunities that the Playhouse has brought to us and are delighted that we can help this special Laguna arts institution with an opportunity to raise funds for their good work."

Guests who wish to see the painting in person may call Development Director Elizabeth Pearson at (949) 497-2787, ext. 216. Others who prefer to see a close-up photo of the painting and bid on it can visit Bidding starts at $2,000.

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Class capture art and nature

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) is offering a series of classes combining the best of art and nature at an array of locations across Laguna Beach.

A botanical class will be offered between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Crescent Bay Point Park. A horticulturalist will introduce the Bird of Paradise, and September McGee will guide participants in creating a flower rendering using oil pastels. Admission is $30, and the event is open to guests over 16.

Watercolors on the Beach will be presented from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Attendees will view starfish and crabs during a tour of the tidepools of Treasure Island Beach, after which McGee will teach watercolor techniques. Admission is $35 for adults and $20 for children over six.

Beginners are invited, and all art supplies are supplied. Advance registration is required and now open.

For more information, visit, email or call (949) 363-4700.


Dinner will support Sawdust Education Fund

The Sawdust Art Festival will host the 2013 "Sustain Local Art and Cuisine" fundraising event from 3 to 7 p.m. March 10 at the Sawdust grounds, 935 Laguna Canyon Road. Part of the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau's annual "Laguna a la Carte," the evening will feature a three-course meal with wine and beer pairings, prepared by Three Seventy Common owner Chef Ryan Adams.

Sawdust artists will create custom dining ware, serving ware and stemware specifically for this event. Proceeds will aid the Sawdust Art Education Fund and be used in the production of a 15-minute educational artist video supporting the organization's mission, a venture that has been paused since 2009 due to insufficient funding.

Space is limited, and admission is $195 per person.

For more information, visit or call 949-494-3030.

— Rhea Mahbubani

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