In The Arts

Photographer to appear at book store

Laguna Beach Books will host Judith Fox, author of “I Still Do: Loving and Living With Alzheimer’s," to sign her book at 4 p.m. Sunday at 1200 S. Coast Hwy.

Fox’s husband, Dr. Edmund Ackell, was a surgeon, a pilot and a golfer. Three years into their marriage, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Over 10 years, Alzheimer’s slowly took a toll on his ability to pursue his career and his hobbies. In an attempt to remove the sense of isolation that so many feel, Fox attempted to capture images of the soul of the man she still loves.

Widely exhibited on both coasts, Fox’s photography is also in many collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas.


Fox has been featured in dozens of newspaper and magazine articles and interviewed on numerous television and radio shows.

Her NPR program, “On the Job," ran in Virginia and Washington, D.C. She lives and works in La Jolla.

Festival applications now available

The Festival of Arts will run from July 5 to Aug. 31. Artists who would like to apply for the 2010 festival should submit a CD with three digital images per media and a completed application form to the Festival of Arts by 4 p.m. Jan. 22.


Applicants may download an application from, or call (949) 464-4234.

The Festival of Arts accepts applications from artists residing in: Aliso Viejo, Balboa, Balboa Island, Capistrano Beach, Coto de Caza, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Foothill Ranch, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest (El Toro), Mission Viejo, Monarch Beach, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.

Artists must be able to show that they have resided in one of the cities for at least one year prior to Jan. 22. Jurying fees are $50 per medium submitted.

The jurors will score the submitted artwork based on quality, intention and content; excellence of craftsmanship; facility with media; excellence in the use of design elements; and professional presentation.

The 2010 Festival of Arts jurors are Jacques Garnier, Barbara Hendricks, Fred Hope, Bill Hudson, Bernie M. Jones, Jr., Donita Lloyd, Mia Moore and Jon Seeman.

Workshops slated

To learn more about the Festival of Arts, the application process and photographing artwork, artists are invited to attend a free seminar from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Forum Theatre on the Festival of Arts grounds.

The festival will also offer a free tech workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Southern California Artists Assn., 3251 Laguna Canyon Road, No. F3.


For general information visit or call (949) 464-4234.

Emeritus painting exhibition opens

The Irvine Valley College Emeritus Institute will present the Winter ’09 Painting Exhibition at the Susi Q Senior Center, through Jan. 28. The exhibition includes watercolor, oil, collage and monoprint images and a variety of painting techniques.

The students work with Pam Schader, who teaches beginners to advanced.

“In each case, the work represents the artist declaring his/her artistic sensibility, sense of experimentation and is a reflection of the unique personal experience of being human," she said.

The exhibition is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at 380 Third St.

City wants writings for Heisler Park

The Laguna Beach Arts Commission is seeking short stories and poems as part of the public art component of the Heisler Park renovation project. The selected short story/poetry will be published in the call for artists and may provide the inspiration for artists who could include the work in its entirety or communicated visually or aesthetically in designs for the public art works.


Anyone 18 and older who lives in Laguna Beach may submit a maximum of 500 words relating to Laguna Beach, its community or personalities, be inspiring and relate in some way to the park.

Deadline is Jan. 15. First-place winner will receive $2,000; second place will receive $750; and third place will receive $250.

The competition will be judged by the Arts Commission, with final approval by the City Council