Tonight [seven-degrees] will be fostering an eclectic mix of the old
and new in its pursuit of bringing the best art and creativity, ranging
in every spectrum of art media, to Laguna Beach.
Legends of Laguna is a showcase honoring longtime Laguna art legends
Roark Gourley and Dion Wright, who can be traced back to the 1960s in the
Laguna Beach art scene.
“In moving forward with [seven-degrees] exhibits of multimedia art and
contemporary art, we’d like to recognize the history of the movement of
art in Laguna Beach that has allowed for this evolution,” said Allison
Ahfeldt, marketing director.
Gourley explains that the whole concept of the show is something he
and Wright had been talking about for a long time.
“There’s a lot of history of Laguna legends that is missing,” he said.
“Legends are people who have actually affected the world, Lagunans who
have done something outside of Laguna Beach as well.”
He added that there are a lot of talented artists who exhibit in the
Festival of Arts and the Sawdust Festival who have also have world
experience, stressing that Laguna should know about the artists who have
contributed to our art scene in such a fashion.
Gourley first started back in 1967 at the Sawdust Festival where he
met Wright. The two became great friends during the 1960s, back when Timothy Leary was an inspiration and the artists would gather in a sort
of Southern California, Haight Ashbury-like experience.
This year marks the gallery’s first year for the Legends of Laguna
exhibit, which will become an annual event.
“These two celebrated artists have each conveyed an interpretation and
clarity through their art, created during exciting, mystifying,
distracting, even tragic times,” Ahfeldt said.
Both artists have contributed much to the art world over the years.
This exhibit is a true chance to meet art revolutionaries.
Legends of Laguna art exhibit will be shown at [seven-degrees]
beginning today and running through Aug. 31, with an artist reception
from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. [seven-degrees] is at 891 Laguna Canyon Road.
For additional information, call 376-1555.