EYE ON ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
A trip to San Francisco proved to me that Laguna is with me wherever
I go. I was surprised when the weather there made me feel like I was
still here. But, though everyone who knows me knows that I am
obsessed with San Francisco -- I would never trade it for Laguna.
JAMES STROMBOTNE EXHIBIT
Last Thursday's Art Walk was quite a joy. [seven- degrees] has not
had a lot of public art events because its been booked for private
events, so it was great to be back enjoying the cool decor and
happenings and enjoying great art there. Plus it was good to see
marketing director Allison Ahlfeldt and company.
The exhibit is called "From Mild to Wild" and it consists of
paintings by James Strombotne. It's an extensive body of his work
featuring his paintings from the 1960s to now. Talking with
Strombotne and his wife Terry about his work was incredible. Hearing
first-hand different aspects of his art and what inspired him and
seeing the changes and similarities to his work was great.
In a lot of his paintings, he has numbers mixed with his images. I
was very curious to find their significance. His wife guessed that
they might be numbers reflecting bills or something like that, and I
guessed that it might represent numbers counting up to something like
a deadline. Strombotne said that they didn't mean anything per se.
Ahhh, the magic of an artist flooding the imagination with their work
is wonderful to experience.
Strombotne pointed around the room, telling me about which work
was painted earlier and talking about the more present work as well.
I love the way his paintings drew me in and were so
thought-provoking. He said that his favorite at this time was a more
recent painting that showed witches with their pointed hats and the
usual witch garb playing leapfrog. It was a delight. A lot of his
work seems politically driven and is also centered on varied facets
The exhibit will run through April 13 at [seven-degrees], 891
Laguna Canyon Road.
LAGUNA HOMEGROWN SURF ART
On March 22 an exhibit themed as Laguna Homegrown Surf Art will be
held at the Surf gallery at 911 S. Coast Highway. Dennis McTighe, our
favorite weather guy, can't wait for the exhibit. He has been talking
about it since he first found out that he would be a part of it.
"I get to be on a wall with some real masters like Bill Ogden,
John Chaney, Pat Tobin, Donita Lloyd, Ryan Gourley and others,"
Will Pennartz is the proprietor. The exhibit will open March 22 at
7 p.m. and will run through April 19. For information, call 376-9155.
A WHOLE BUNCH OF EXCITING HAPPENINGS
This month is on fire with events. Next weekend is the art
exhibit, paintings by rock 'n' roll great Grace Slick will be at the
Fingerhut Gallery; the Spring into Art classes by the Sawdust Art
Festival are happening all month on the weekends, where people can
learn art by renown artists; the last weekend of this month Mike
Kelly of Pure Color gallery will have an exhibit of rock 'n' roll
photography; Saturday and Sunday No Square Theatre's production of
Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be performed. Whew,
that's a lot to see and do.
* SUZIE HARRISON is a reporter for the Laguna Beach Coastline
Pilot. She may be reached at 494-4321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.