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IN THE ARTS

Classical guitarist Henderson to play

Eric Henderson will perform classical guitar at 8 p.m. Saturday at Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Anne’s Drive. Another performance is set for 8 p.m. May 23 at the church.

Henderson, who grew up in Laguna, studied Flamenco guitar with Antonia Morales, before going to Spain, where, at 13, he studied with Andres Segovia, becoming one of only three students to do so, according to www.erichenderson.org. He has played worldwide and recorded CDs.

Tickets are $20 at the door.

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Collector’s Choice returns to College

Laguna College of Art & Design will host its 20th annual Collector’s Choice Fine Art Event and Auction on June 6 on the grounds of the college campus at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road.

The event will showcase a variety of fine artwork contributed by more than 120 local and regional professional artists, most of whom will also attend the event, and will include original paintings and drawings in a variety of media, sculpture and hand-blown glass.

The fundraiser provides financial assistance to promising students as all proceeds from this event will benefit the student scholarship fun and provide funds to enhance facilities and technology.

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Collector’s Choice is the principal fundraising event of the college each year. Proceeds help with scholarships, library books, and much-needed equipment and supplies. Event co-chairwomen are Kristi DeCinces and Mary Ferguson.

The main event will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and preview of artwork in the college gallery, followed by hosted beverages and dinner buffet, entertainment, raffle and live auction at 7 p.m.

The college’s gallery will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1 to 5 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 6 to preview the collection of artwork for Collector’s Choice.

Tickets are $125 each. Dinner, beverages, entertainment, and complimentary valet parking are included.

For ticket and event information, contact Tracy Hartman at (949) 376-6000, ext. 241.

LOCA takes third annual hike Saturday

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts will hold its third annual hike/walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Alta Laguna Park, at the north end of Alta Laguna Boulevard in Laguna Beach. Participants may hike the challenging dirt trail or take the less strenuous residential street route.

The $20 tax-deductible donation helps LOCA put art back into the community by providing art programs for people of all ages.

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Water and light refreshments will be provided. To participate, call (949) 363-4700 or e-mail locaarts@yahoo.com.

Dry mediums art exhibit at SoCal

The Southern California Artists Assn. (SoCal Artists) will hold an artists reception for its annual dry mediums juried art exhibition Pastel Plus from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, with more than 50 original artworks, each utilizing a “dry” medium, such as pastel, charcoal, chalk or pencil.

This exhibition was juried by a trio of art experts: California artist and award-winning pastellist Sally Strand; Charlie Ferrazzi, director of the Esther Wells Gallery in Laguna Beach; and Lyndelle Stonick, founding president of the United Society of Pastel Artists.

The exhibition and artists reception will be in the SoCal Artists studio and exhibition space at the Laguna Canyon Artists Complex, 3251 Laguna Canyon Road. Refreshments will be served and all exhibited work will be available for sale.

This event is being held in cooperation with the Laguna Canyon Artists Open Studios Weekend in the same artists studio complex.

This exhibition will also be available for viewing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and subsequent open dates and times are available on the SoCal Artists Master Calendar, which may be found at www.socalartists.org.

Southern California Artists Assn. is a California nonprofit supporting individual artists and educating the public by providing a broad spectrum of arts-related programs.

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The association has more than 250 active members and manages a variety of programs such as: The Atelier figurative workshops, Art Talk peer critiques, book and exhibition reviews, as well as lectures, demonstrations, technical seminars, field trips and the popular Art Movie Night.

For more information, contact Fred Hope at info@socalartists.org or leave a message at (949) 887-1605.

College offers art workshops over summer

Laguna College of Art & Design will offer summer workshops to the public in June and July.

Workshops are:

 Applied Color Theory, with Jason Dowd, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25, Aug. 1.

Cost is $325 and the deadline to register is June 8. Students will learn the mixing of oil colors, how to create a unified harmony of colors and general principles associated with color theory. Open to all levels of skill.

 Two-Day Portrait Painting Workshop, with Ray Roberts, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 30 and 31. Cost is $275 and the deadline to register is May 25. Getting beyond preconceptions and seeing the portrait as a group of abstract shapes will be the objective in this workshop.

 Landscape/Coastal Painting on Location with Ray Roberts, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14 and 15. Cost is $250 and the deadline to register is July 7. For the experienced painter, this is a refresher of how to keep your painting organized. Through individual attention, artists will focus on areas needing improvement and how to develop those skills.

The coastal workshops will focus on what to look for when painting water, white water, reflections and waves.

There will be a comprehensive approach to painting the landscape in general.

To register, e-mail lpatrick@lagunacollege.edu.

Art designs for restroom doors

Artists who live, work or exhibit in Laguna Beach are invited to apply to create artwork to decorate the upper walls between the entry doors to the public restrooms on Forest Lane.

The budget will range from $8,000 to $10,000.


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