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Gone Wild

Artists Jeff Lavinsky and Jeff Nadler both put conservation front and center with their animal-centric artwork. By Ashley Ryan   Charting the Path When strolling through the aisles at Sawdust Art Festival, few things are more eye-catching than Jeff Lavinsky’s paintings: His realistic depictions of wildlife are crafted not on a standard canvas,...

Art With Heart

Inspired by his daughter’s heart condition, Fabio Napoleoni channeled his creativity into a new career as an artist. By Ashley Ryan   Twists and turns in life can lead us down unexpected paths. No one knows this as well as Fabio Napoleoni, who took a roundabout way to find one of his...

The Art of Surfscapes

Five Laguna Beach artists inspired by local beaches turn the notion of “classic surf art” on its head. By Jennifer Pappas Yennie   It is no secret that Laguna Beach, and the surf it calls home, is a muse for artists of all persuasions. And it takes only a casual meander down...

A Creative Comeback

Laguna Beach's summer art festivals return to town. By Ashley Ryan   Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to many things, but none so much as the arts. From live performances and concerts to galleries, museums and art shows, everything was placed on hold as the country scrambled to figure...

2019: From the Ashes

Artists exhibiting at the local summer festivals reveal how struggles they’ve faced have helped shape both their lives and their work. By Ashley Ryan Lyn Hiner Festival of Arts (Acrylic Painting) Hunting for rocks along the beach was a longtime family tradition for Lyn Hiner and her daughters, but when they set out...

2017: Cultural Cornerstone

Laguna Art Museum celebrates 100 years as a community hub and symbol of the area's past, present and future. By Elizabeth Nutt When you set foot on the caramel-colored wood floors of the Steele Gallery inside Laguna Art Museum, you are, in effect, taking a step back in time. The space...

2016: Golden Years

Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair celebrate a half-century of artistic excellence. By Richard Chang It may be hard to believe, but Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair turn 50 years old this summer. Though they share the same origin story—they formed in the 1960s in protest against the established Festival...

2015: Capturing the Canyon

Two local photographers who combined art and activism to preserve Laguna’s critical natural corridor are celebrated in a new book and museum exhibition. By Richard Chang As you follow state Route 133 toward the coast, the land opens up. Behold Laguna Canyon, where miles of undeveloped property lie untouched, as they...

All Mixed Up

Two local artists employ a variety of materials and techniques to highlight nature, politics and the passing of time. By Jennifer Pappas Yennie   Jack of All Trades Jesse Miller is something of a fine arts Renaissance man, skilled at woodworking, painting, glasswork, screenprinting, crafting furniture, graphic design and more. He even builds...

Brilliant Butterflies

For two Laguna Beach artists, incorporating these stunning insects is about more than simply creating artwork. By Ashley Ryan   The Real Deal There are quite a few artists that paint butterflies, but few that paint with them—which is exactly how Ken Denton, also known as The Butterfly Man, came up with the...