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A Wave of Success

Laguna Beach filmmaker Greg MacGillivray celebrates the 50th anniversary of his classic surf film, “Five Summer Stories.” By Christopher Trela   Before Laguna Beach resident Greg MacGillivray was nominated for Academy Awards for his Imax films “Dolphins” and “The Living Sea,” before he managed to haul a huge, heavy camera up an...

On Location

Laguna Beach photographers Kristin Karkoska and Anna Goddard take clients out of the studio to capture stunning family portraits filled with personality. By Ashley Ryan   Capturing Candid Moments It’s been 20 years since Kristin Karkoska started working as a professional photographer, with a story that begins and ends right here in Laguna....

Movie Magic

Coast Film & Music Festival helps cultivate community while highlighting cinema and conservation. By Ashley Ryan   While Laguna Beach is known for its art scene, Coast Film & Music Festival is incorporating even more of the local culture in its annual affair, combining creative cinema with elements of nature, conservation and...

Picture Perfect

Laguna Beach residents Martin Roberts and Veronica Gray uniquely embellish their photographs, reimagining the art of photography. By Jennifer Pappas Yennie   The Pioneer One could easily draft a novel on the accolades and adventures of Martin Roberts, the Laguna Beach gallery owner who put hand-painted black-and-white photography on the map. He, along...

Cultivating Community Through Creativity

As Laguna Art Museum prepares to mark a milestone with the 10th year of its Art & Nature festival, the organization looks to embrace connection and add meaning to its offerings. By Ashley Ryan   Since Julie Perlin Lee took over as executive director of Laguna Art Museum in spring 2021, things...

Trusting the Creative Process

Fine artists at the summer festivals turn raw materials and blank canvases into stunning masterpieces. By Ashley Probst   Renowned for its summer art festivals, Laguna Beach serves as a stage for every type of artist under the California sun. Being a part of these shows requires years of practice and dedication...

The Grand Tour

A guided experience delves into the history of Festival of Arts while weaving in background and little-known facts about exhibiting artists and their work. By Sharon Stello   Walking around Festival of Arts to peruse the captivating paintings, sculptures and jewelry can be a relaxing and inspiring experience, mixed with live music...

A Creative Corner

Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center founder Rick Conkey has transformed a beloved locale into a contemporary space where the community can gather to experience all things artistic—and, in doing so, fulfill the dream of another. By Ashley Ryan   If you ask Rick Conkey what his greatest passion is, you’re likely to...

Thinking Outside of the Box

No Square Theatre aims to entertain by sticking to the silliness of life. By Tanya A. Yacina   No Square Theatre, a nonprofit community theater, has been entertaining the masses and giving amateur actors, directors and technical staff, as well as theater-inclined youth, the opportunity to showcase their skills on the local...

A Magical Path

Local artist and Disney Imagineer Leslee Turnbull, who once painted backdrops for Pageant of the Masters, brings her career full circle as she’s juried into the beloved Festival of Arts. By Ashley Ryan   There was no doubt that art would be a part of Leslee Turnbull’s life. After all, she was...