In The Arts

Art-A-Fair seeking new artists

Art-A-Fair Festival is getting ready for its summer show and seeking new artists for its 44th annual season, to run nine weeks, from June 25 to Aug. 29.

For the first time, Art-A-Fair is offering three entry options: in-person or mail-in, as in previous years, and also via Web-based ZAPPTM.

ZAPP is a universal application system that enables artists to upload high-resolution images of their work for review by the same Art-A-Fair jurors that consider the dimensional entries brought in on jury day.


Jury day for Art-A-Fair is 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 14. Artists who wish to be considered are invited to bring artwork to the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Road.

All media are available for jurying, and artists may jury with more than one.

Three original works of art are required in each medium entered; two-dimensional pieces must be framed, wired and ready to hang.

Artists who have hand-delivered their work on jury day receive their scores and notification of acceptance or declination at pick-up between 4 and 5 p.m. that same day.


The deadline for receipt of mail-in submissions is Jan. 20.

Every art form is represented at the show, including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood.

Art-A-Fair also features live entertainment, fine dining, demonstrations and workshops.

Attendance at the show is generally about 60,000.

Forms and information about the specifics of submitting work, including through the ZAPP process, artist prospectus and application checklist can be found at

For more information, call (949) 494-4514.

OsCene artists selected

OsCene 2010 Curator Grace Kook-Anderson has selected the 49 visual artists who will be included in “The OsCene: Contemporary Art and Culture in OC" exhibition, to run Feb. 21 to May 16 at Laguna Art Museum.


Highlighting local Orange County artists, OsCene 2010 will feature painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, multimedia installations, video, architecture, performance and design. This year, OsCene is extending to include artists based in Long Beach and San Pedro.

“Despite the geographical framework that OsCene 2010 takes on, it’s exciting to see the range of artists in this exhibition with diverse backgrounds and practices," Kook-Anderson said. “There will definitely be some threads of dialogue between these different artists and their works."

OsCene 2004 at Laguna Art Museum was the first survey of Orange County artists in more than 20 years and was produced for a second time at the museum in 2006.

Film and video artists will be announced by guest film curator Keiko Beatie.

OsCene 2010 artists are: Robert Allen and Antoinette LaFarge; Stephanie Bachiero; Barbara Berk; Wolfgang Bloch; Cheeming Boey; Sierra Brown; Ryan Callis; Kendell Carter; Jennifer Celio; Kyle Chew; Cheryl Cotman; Preston Daniels; Diana Donaldson; Cheryl Ekstrom; Julie Easton; Rebecca Erbstoesser; McLean Fahnestock; Shannon Faseler; Joe Forkan; Jeff Foye; Jocelyn Foye; Suvan Geer; Gina Genis; Ed Gomez; Darren Hostetter; Jim Jenkins; Virginia Katz; Dameon Lester; Robert Mah; James Miller; Brad J. Moore; Nobuhito Nishigawara; Naida Osline; Ya’el Pedroza; Andrew Printer; Robin Repp; Molly Schulps; Betsy Seder; Jennifer Shaw; Fran Siegel; Ali Smith; Noah Thomas; Melissa Thomson; Timothy Tompkins; James Verbicky; Suzanne Walsh; Yasuko; and Jenny Yurshansky.

For more information, visit

Sherwood Gallery announces closure

Sherwood Gallery will close at the end of January, according to owner Donna Gourley, who issued the following statement:


“During these changing times we are reminded of how important our relationships and family are. It is with this that I am announcing my retirement. I have privately sold the property and will be closing Sherwood Gallery at the end of January 2010.

“At 52 I am fortunate that my life has been so blessed to have been able to do what I love for so many years! I have met countless wonderful clients, artists and business associates. Many who have become like family to me and will remain dear in my heart.

“Now it is time for new doors to open; and enjoy and celebrate life with my family and friends. How lucky and blessed I feel to have this opportunity!

“We want to personally thank all of you for your loyalty and friendship over the years. We have enjoyed bringing art into your life. And we wish you all warmth and harmony in the New Year."

From Jan. 2 to 24, the gallery will offer 10% to 50% off selected artwork. Sherwood Gallery is at 460 S. Coast Hwy.

Call (949) 497-2668 or visit

Winter stone carving workshop begins

Master stone carvers Marvin Johnson and Joseph Sovella will teach a 10-week workshop from Jan. 16 to March 20 at Laguna College of Art & Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, with a free bonus session March 27. Cost is $350 and includes basic tools and a practice stone. Additional resources to buy specialty stone are available. No prior experience is necessary. Visit

Writings on Heisler Park sought

The Arts Commission is seeking short stories and poems as part of the public art component of the Heisler Park renovation project.

Anyone 18 and older who lives in Laguna Beach may submit 500 words relating to Laguna Beach, its community or personalities, that is inspiring and relates in some way to the park.