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Arts

Sparkle & Shine

Local jewelers Patti Jo Kiraly and Miche McClendon create wearable art that would make ideal gifts this holiday season. By Ashley Ryan   Perfect Pearls Conjure up an image of a pearl necklace and you’ll likely picture a string of round, lustrous white beads fastened around a woman’s neck—but looks can be deceiving. Pearls...

Scenes of the Season

Local artists spread holiday joy through their painted palettes, which are displayed around town. By Sharael Kolberg   With Laguna Beach’s rich history as an artists’ colony, it is befitting that the holiday season is celebrated by displaying festive and winter-themed artist palette paintings on the lampposts this time of year. The tradition...

Big City Curation

Local gallery owner and artist Vanessa Rothe prepares for the newest iteration of her travel-centric Americans in Paris project, which will show both in New York City and Laguna Beach. By Ashley Ryan   Throughout history, Paris has held a certain allure that has captivated painters. Artists like Vincent van Gogh, Henri...

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...