In the Arts

The Deck on Laguna Beach and The Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel will welcome the new year with a "Great Gatsby"-inspired "A Roaring Affaire NYE 2014."

The event, which features a cocktail party, tasting dinner and late-night soiree, runs from 7 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1:30 a.m. Jan. 1.

Attire from the Gatsby era is suggested for guests, who must be 21 or older to attend.

Admission to all three parts of the evening is $299 per person; tickets to the final celebrations are $150.

The Pacific Edge Hotel is offering discounted rates for attendees who wish to spend the night. Dec. 31 is priced at $199 and a two-night stay — Dec. 31 with either Dec. 30 or Jan. 1 — is $349.

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The Festival of Arts recently unveiled a new exhibit at City Hall, 505 Forest Ave., titled "Selections from the Collection."

The show, on display until Jan. 17, contains more than 1,150 pieces from the Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection in showcasing early Laguna Beach paintings from the 1930s along with recent acquisitions.

"Artworks are windows into history," exhibit curator Pat Sparkuhl said in a news release. "They have the potential to give the viewer an intimate understanding of cultural activities relative to a particular time period. It's with this in mind that we continue the process of organizing and conserving the Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection."

"Selections from the Collection" includes classical and contemporary works across media, incuding painting, photography, printmaking and mixed media. Pieces include "Festival in Laguna Beach" by Joanne Cromwell, "Rembrandt Redux" by David Rosen, "Bold Tree Trunk I" by printmaker Yoonsook Ryang and an oil painting titled "Red Billow Camera" by Bradford J. Salamon.

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— Rhea Mahbubani

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