EYE ON ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
FESTIVAL OF ARTS
POSTER EXHIBIT AND SALE
The Festival of Arts is exhibiting event posters from the past 20
years at Wells Fargo Bank on the third floor.
Each year a new poster is chosen to represent the festival and is
designed by an exhibiting artist. The exhibit is a retrospective of
the posters from throughout the year.
Many local business and Laguna residents have them adorning their
walls. They’ve become a nostalgic commodity. A good majority of the
original paintings are part of the Festival’s permanent collection.
Their private collection is expanded annually through purchases made
from the exhibiting artists’ work and consists of 250 pieces from all
“This is the first time we’ve displayed this art,” said Sharbie
Higuchi, marketing director. “It’s the first time we have had an
exhibit of this wonderful art collection.”
The exhibit, which will run through Jan. 6, includes reproduction
paintings by artists Mark Kerckhoff, Michael Jacques, Roger Kuntz and
Kerckhoff is a well-known plein air artist who has won many awards
at Laguna Art Museum’s Plein Air Invitational. He also was one of the
Festival artists who taught junior members plein air techniques at
Heisler Park, letting them know that, with impressionistic work, the
artist can let his or her imagination flow.
The first opening day of the Festival was Aug. 13, 1932, and
Virginia Woolley’s “Flower Market” was one of the first paintings
sold. The piece is now a part of the collection and was the 1999
Festival poster design.
The poster exhibit reflects the history of the Festival and Laguna
Beach. In 1982, artist Armen Gasparian did a piece representative of
Crystal Cove. Also included in the collection is a more recent
depiction by Michael Obermeyer.
“The posters are diverse in theme and artistic style,” Higuchi
said. “It’s a great, affordable gift idea at only $10 each. There’s something for everyone’s taste.”
The exhibit is free. Anyone wishing to purchase a poster can call
464-4282. The proceeds are used to support the arts in Laguna Beach.
Wells Fargo Bank is at 260 Ocean Ave.
THE COLD WITH COOL ART
A large solo exhibit by artist Roger Weik called “Textureologies”
is on exhibit at [seven-degrees] through Jan. 26.
His work dates from 1992 to the present and is comprised of more
than 40 pieces that Weik carefully selected to represent his work.
“In his early work, he keeps his palette monochromatic, but
provides ample visual interest by varying the shading of several hues
from ephemeral lights to a nearly impenetrable dark,” marketing
director Allison Ahlfeldt said.
His latest works are described as intriguing, with Weik using
paper, fiber and a silicone casting technique that involves placing
the work on the rough concrete floor of his studio.
“The floor gives the works a somewhat uneven texture that forms a
focal point once he inverts the ‘down side’ up into the picture
plane,” Ahlfeldt said.
The effect is alluring and brings textures to life.
[seven-degrees] is at 891 Laguna Canyon Road. For more
information, call 376-1555 or go online to www.seven-degrees.com.
* SUZIE HARRISON is a reporter for the Laguna Beach Coastline
Pilot. She may be reached at 494-4321 or email@example.com.