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In The Arts

Enjoy Friday flicks at the Forum

The Laguna Beach Arts Commission will present a series of free art-related films at the Forum Theatre, on the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road in January.

Screenings will be at 7 p.m.

The schedule is:


?Jan. 15: “Yossou N’Dour, I Bring What I Love;"

?Jan. 22: “Chihuly in the Hot Shop;" and

?Jan. 29: “Who Gets to Call It Art?"

This program has been funded by the lodging establishments and the city of Laguna Beach.


LOCA offers marine-themed class

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) will present Marine Mammal Studios, an art workshop at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The workshop includes a docent tour of the center and a close-up view of live sea lions, purple urchins and whale bones. Following the tour, instructor September McGee will lead a hands-on art class.

Cost, including art supplies, is $20 for adults and $15 for ages 6 to 18 accompanied by an adult. Free on-site parking. Advance registration is required, by calling (949) 363-4700 or e-mailing

Flierl paintings will be at Artist Eye

Artist Eye Laguna Gallery will feature original paintings by local Costa Mesa artist Kay Flierl through Jan. 31, and the gallery will host a reception for Flierl from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Flierl spent 15 years as a graphic artist and was determined to transfer her creative skills to the medium of paint. Inspired by her father, who never fully realized his dream of painting, she recognized the same dream within herself. After discovering a box of acrylic paints and a few brushes her father had tucked away in the basement, she began to paint, according to a news release.

“As an artist, I feel as though I am writing my own biography "” each series of paintings visually unraveling another chapter in my life," Flierl said. “In every idea and every stroke, emotion plays a recurring theme further revealing who I am and compelling me to paint."


Flierl grew up in Colorado where she says the expansive views, as well as the beauty and the color of the changing landscape, provided both the inspiration for her paintings and her enthusiasm for the outdoors. Both land and people provide material for her canvases, according to a news release.

Flierl studied at Colorado State University as a landscape designer; however, as an artist, she is primarily self-taught through books, hard work and fellow painters. Joaquin Sorolla, Wolf Kahn, Tom Lieber and Roger Kunz serve as primary influences on her work.

Artist Eye Laguna Gallery features the works of 18 award-winning Southern California artists. The gallery exhibits a variety of media including fine art paintings in watercolor, oil and acrylic, digital and traditional photography, sculpture and jewelry.

The gallery is at 1294 S. Coast Hwy., Suite A. For more information, visit

Pageant sets casting call for January

The Pageant of the Masters will hold a casting call for volunteers to pose on stage for the upcoming summer pageant.

Men, women and children are needed for the 2010 show, “Eat, Drink and Be Merry." People of all sizes and ages are needed to be cast members in the presentation of tableaux vivants or “living pictures."

The casting call will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 9; 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 10; and 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road.


Next summer’s performances will run at 8:30 p.m. from July 7 to Aug. 31.

During the casting call, prospective volunteers will be measured and photographed, and meet the behind-the-scenes Pageant staff. No theater experience is necessary.

Pageant volunteers are also needed for positions in the wardrobe, make-up, and headdress departments, as well as cast area coordinators and refreshment servers, among other positions.

For more information about the pageant, call (949) 494-3663.

Cultural arts funding applications out

The city’s Business Improvement District Cultural Arts Funding applications are now available at, according to City Manager Ken Frank.

The funding is available for arts organizations with programming in Laguna Beach. The deadline to submit the application is Feb. 5, with funding available July 1.

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 of Arts should submit a CD with three digital images per media and a completed application form to the festival by 4 p.m. Jan. 22. Applicants may download an application from or call (949) 464-4234.

The festival 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 aforementioned cities for at least one year prior to Jan. 22.

Jurying fees are $50 per medium. 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 jurors are Jacques Garnier, Barbara Hendricks, Fred Hope, Bill Hudson, Bernie M. Jones Jr., Donita Lloyd, Mia Moore and Jon Seeman.

Visit or call (949) 464-4234.