Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts Art Star Awards

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Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts Art Star Awards

Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts Art Star Awards

More than 230 artists, patrons and supporters of the arts came together for the seventh annual Art Star Awards at seven-degrees April 7. The evening, presented by the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts and emceed by event chair Wayne Baglin, kicked off with the revealing of last year’s seven-degrees of Inspiration grant winner John Barber’s floor-to-ceiling sculpture, “Feeding Frenzy,” and the announcement of this year’s winner Ed Peterson. Attendees soon found themselves enjoying a steak dinner with an after-dinner treat in the form of keynote speaker Rita Rudner, who had the crowd in stitches as she shared her humorous inisights on gender. The evening went on to reveal seven more winners, each receiving a handcrafted sculpture by local artist Louis Longi: Summer Entertainment on the Green won Best New Arts Programs, Terry Smith won Individual Arts Patron of the Year, Wells Fargo Bank was named Corporate Arts Patron of the Year, Outstanding Arts Collaboration went to Orange County: Destination Art & Culture, Jonathon Burke won the Arts Leadership award and Artist of the Year went to Scott an Naomi Schoenherr. The night culminated with Jacquie Moffett receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. —K.P.

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