EYE ON ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
The well never dries with the ink of arts in Laguna Beach. This
weekend and the weeks to come continue to bring art and entertainment
on a silver platter. Now that’s something to be thankful for.
FOR MARIA BERTRAN
Tomorrow night from 6 to 9 p.m., Pacific Edge Gallery will have an
opening reception for artist Maria Bertran’s newest show, “Poetry of
The exhibit is based on Bertran’s summer adventures in Provence
and the Cote d’ Azur, France, when she was growing up in the 1950s.
Her paintings are full of color, offer great aesthetics and give a
glimpse, in vibrant depiction, of her summer fun.
One of her first experiences in the art world offered her good
fortune while she was painting in the streets of Austria. An Austrian
dignitary bought a painting right off her easel.
Pacific Edge Gallery is at 540 S. Coast Highway. Information:
FUND-RAISER AT WOODY’S
Woody’s at the Beach will hold its annual Wreath Auction
fund-raiser benefiting Laguna Shanti starting with the wreath preview
on Monday, Nov. 25.
Monday, Dec. 2, will be the main event, with a three-course dinner
and silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. It costs $30 per person, with $10
going to Laguna Shanti. It will be followed by a second wreath
auction at 9 p.m., with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Laguna
Woody’s is at 1305 S. Coast Highway. Information: 376-8809
DIANE DEBILZAN GALLERY’S ANNIVERSARY FUND-RAISER
Friday night, the Diane DeBilzan Gallery was packed with art
lovers celebrating the gallery’s one-year anniversary with a charity
fund-raiser for Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center.
Artists William DeBilzan, Louis Longi and John Geldersma displayed
their new works as the crowd socialized, enjoyed wine and hors
d’oeuvres and music and dance performances.
“My newest work, ‘Eternal Faith,’ is about human will and what we
all go through,” Longi said. “We all struggle here to achieve, and
it’s about pulling oneself up by the boot straps and moving on.”
The night had a little more than 200 people attending, and they
raised more than $2,000 for the abuse prevention center.
“The gallery was so crowded all night long, the entire time,”
DeBilzan said. “It was so supported by everyone. I was so thrilled --
I didn’t know what to expect and I was amazed at the support we got.
Diane DeBilzan Gallery is at 224 Forest Ave. To find out
information about the new works on exhibit, call 494-5757, or go
online to www.dianedebilzan.com.
MAURICE AND HERNANDEZ
DRAW A CROWD
Fitz Maurice and Nick Hernandez drew a full crowd for the opening
of their exhibit at Len’s Wine Cite. Not only did Maurice and
Hernandez exhibit new works, but the evening was complemented with a
wine and champagne tasting.
“I no longer work,” Maurice said. “I enjoy the bliss of divine
intervention passing through me. I feel honored that this experience
is happening to me and for me, that it’s passing through me.”
Art fans Duff Wilmoth and Russell Garner came to check out
Maurice’s newest works.
“In a art colony of artists, she’s the exception to the rule,”
Wilmoth said. “She’s internationally recognized and judged by the
deft of her stroke.”
Garner came for the atmosphere and to check out the new works.
“I like the idea of melding wine tasting and art,” Garner said.
Maurice can be reached at 497-2234 or at www.fitzmauriceart.com.
Hernandez can be reached at 494-5669. The exhibit runs through the
GREENWOOD CHEBITHES INAUGURAL EXHIBIT
Greenwood Chebithes had its inaugural exhibit Saturday night, and
it was an incredible occasion.
“It was a wonderful group of creative people,” Sue Greenwood said.
“There were mostly artists and writers -- it was a great turn out
with a lot of fun people.”
Greenwood Chebithes is a contemporary art gallery on Gallery Row
at 330 N. Coast Highway. Information: 494-0669 or go online to
* SUZIE HARRISON is a reporter for the Laguna Beach Coastline
Pilot. She may be reached at 494-4321 or email@example.com.