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Club members participate in fine art show

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is hosting a juried fine art exhibit Jan. 12 featuring work from more than 200 local young artists.

The show is from 3 to 7 p.m., with a special reception and Family Fun Night beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Branch, 1085 Laguna Canyon Road.

The kids' art will be showcased in age groups: 9 and younger; 10- to 12-year-olds; 13- to 15-year-olds; and 16- to 18-year-olds. A variety of mediums like drawing, pastel, watercolor, mixed-media, sculpture and more will be on display.

One entry from each medium and age group will be selected to participate in the Pacific Regional Juried Annual Art Exhibition from Boys & Girls Club of America, where the kids will compete against entries from 400 other clubs in the country, according to a news release.

"This art show provides an empowering chance for our wonderful kids to show off and be proud of their hard work in the arts, knowing that their creative expression is important to us all!" Emily Murray, the club's art director, said in a statement.

For more information on the club's visual arts programs, contact Murray at (949) 494-2535 ext. 108 or email


Student of the Month good with languages

Laguna Beach High School student Jackson Tupy was honored as the Rotary Club's Student of the Month for December.

Jackson's Spanish teacher, Rod Ortiz, said Jackson excelled in multiple languages.

He is also active in theater and hopes to use his language skills to help him further that career.

Jackson received a certificate of recognition and will receive a scholarship at the Honors Convocation at the end of the school year.


Art lessons aboard Ocean Adventure

Famed muralist and environmentalist Wyland will teach art lessons as part of Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures' "Art Lessons in the Wild," beginning Feb. 4 at Dana Wharf.

Kids will be taken on board the wharf's 63-foot catamaran, the Ocean Adventure, for the event, which includes a 20-minute art activity with video instruction from Wyland, according to a news release from Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching. After the class, there will be time for whale watching.

Children can enter their artwork into a contest for the most accurate portrayal of marine life. Wyland will judge at the end of the season. The winner and their family will receive a whale watching trip accompanied by Wyland himself.

The boat trips are for a limited time only — set for the weekends in February, with two trips a day that last three hours each. Tickets are $59 for adults and $44 for kids 14 and younger.

Some proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit the nonprofit Wyland Foundation.

—Kelly Parker

Twitter: @KellyParkerTCN

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