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Arts

Radiant Resin

In recent years, this art form has exploded in popularity, with locals Christie Smith and Mikayla Gierut crafting stunning pieces using the viscous substance. By Ashley Ryan   Riding the Wave Ask Christie Smith if she has always been an artist and you’ll get a resounding “no.” In fact, her background is in...

Music Makers

The Laguna Community Concert Band has shared its love of music through local performances over the past two decades. By Sharael Kolberg   Celebrating more than 20 years of making music together, the Laguna Community Concert Band spreads joy throughout town, one note at a time, through public concerts and by partnering...

A Festive Season

Highlighted by the Festival of Arts’ 90th anniversary, Laguna’s annual art celebrations return this summer in a fete of creativity. By Sharael Kolberg   Laguna Beach has a long history as an artists colony, dating back to the early 1900s. Since that time, our art-focused coastal town has kept the tradition alive...

Striking Scenery

Fernando Micheli and Cydette Vikander fill their canvases with picturesque landscapes. By Ashley Ryan   From Architect to Artist While it has been less than a decade since Fernando Micheli shifted his focus to painting plein air landscapes, he has spent plenty of time observing and designing outdoor spaces. For nearly 40 years,...

Mini Masterpieces

Intimate and detailed, small-scale artwork begs a closer look, demands more attention and invites viewers into a unique art experience. By Jennifer Pappas Yennie   One Man's Trash Carolyn Machado is a collector, an unassuming historian of lost things. The Dana Point artist creates small-scale mixed media and mosaic assemblages, repurposing items from...

A Centennial Celebration

Laguna Playhouse, a renowned theater group, has withstood the test of time with all-star casts and productions. By Tanya A. Yacina   A professional theater within a community gathers people together in a common goal: to bring the magic of live, professional theater to the public. Theater provides an avenue to share...

Scientific Studies

Artists Leslie Davis and Alia Manetta find inspiration in an unexpected discipline. By Ashley Ryan   Glass Gifts From the age of 14, Leslie Davis was enthralled with stained glass. “Walking home from school, I always passed this antique shop and they had all these leaded glass lampshades,” she explains. “All I did...

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...