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Arts

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...

Movie Magic

Nelson Coates, a local production designer, builds cinematic worlds using everything from art and architecture to special effects. By Ashley Ryan   Unless you work in the film industry, the term “production designer” is likely veiled in mystery. “Literally every clue that we can find out about someone’s back history can be...

Wheel-Thrown

Local ceramic artists create pottery not to be glazed over. By Tanya A. Yacina   Practice Makes Perfect When Laguna Beach resident Mary McDonald became a potter “on a lark” about 10 years ago, her children were grown and out of the house. Yearning to learn something new, she turned to Saddleback College...

Lavish Lettering

Jaclyn Florescio, owner of Yellow & Lace, details why she enjoys hand lettering as a form of art and how working in a shared space inspires her.