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Musical instruments focus of gallery show

A show of sculptural pieces crafted from musical instruments will run Saturday to Wednesday at Pure Color Gallery, 570 S. Coast Hwy.

The works are by Rebecca Apodaca, a Laguna Beach local of Navajo/Mexican descent.

The art is formed from horns, violins and fretted instruments. Apodaca is also a state-certified musical instrument-repair technician and is currently working on her certification through UC Irvine in appraisal studies of fine and decorative art, specializing in musical instruments.


An artist reception will be from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free; show hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

For more information, call (949) 497-1129 or visit

Surfrider hosts Halloween party


The Surfrider Foundation will host a Halloween party themed “Nightmare at Trestles” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Ocean Avenue Restaurant and Brewery.

A costume contest will be held, with a $100 first prize. Drink specials will include “Sewer Sludge” shots and “Urban Run-off” drinks.

T-shirts by local artist Rick Erkeneff will be available. Water House will perform, and DJ Sizo will spin. Admission is $20 per person, with all proceeds going to the foundation.

Rohrer ancient-modern Chinese art show set

Rohrer Fine Art, 346 N. Coast Hwy, will debut “Arts of the Middle Kingdom: 221 BC – 2007 AD” with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27.

Guests are asked to RSVP to or (949) 494-8200.

The covered era begins with the unification of China by its first emperor, Shi Huangdi, and runs through the present day.

A 12th-century bronze sculpture of the goddess Guanyin seated on a lion joins a Tang Dynasty camel. On the contemporary side, the exhibition includes work by Zhang Huan, one of China’s most important performance artists, whose enigmatic photographs playfully evoke China’s historical past.


Huang Yan, another featured photographer, pays deference to traditional Chinese landscape painting by drawing detailed landscape scenes onto the bodies of models and then capturing those landscapes with his camera.

The show will run through Jan. 5. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Plein air masterpieces on view at college

Laguna College of Art & Design presents a collection of plein air masterpieces on loan from the Irvine Museum beginning Nov. 1 at the college gallery, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road; the free show runs through Dec. 15.

Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ample complimentary parking is available.

Artists represented will include Franz Bischoff, Frederick Dumond and William Wendt.

Tuscan memoir to be read Nov. 28

Author, photographer, sailor and winemaker Ferenc Máté will read from his new memoir, “A Vineyard in Tuscany,” at Latitude 33 Bookshop, 311 Ocean Ave., Nov. 28.


The book comes out Nov. 5.

For more information, visit

Game art lecture Nov. 5 at Laguna College

Laguna College of Art & Design will host the second in a series of lectures supporting the college’s newest major, game art, featuring special guest Zach Schlappi at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at [seven-degrees], 891 Laguna Canyon Road. Admission is free.

As art director for Electronic Arts, Schlappi has created and managed the overall vision and artistic development for the World War II franchise “Medal of Honor 5.”

The evening will depict the past, present and future of lighting theory as it relates to game.

For more information, visit

Juried art show reception at City Hall

The city’s First Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition will run through Nov. 21.

An artist reception and awards ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Nov. 1 at City Hall, 505 Forest Ave.

The show is juried by gallery owner Peter Blake, who selected 33 pieces by 33 Orange County artists.

For more information, call (949) 497-0722.