Laguna Beach Arts & Entertainment

Laguna Beach is the art capital of Orange County. The city is filled with numerous world class galleries and a litany of small boutiques and art houses. Visitors to Laguna Beach can find one-of-a-kind art from thousands of different artists working with mediums ranging from oil paintings to sculptures and everything in between. Most Laguna Beach hotels are located within walking distance to one of the art houses, and many hotels and restaurants display a revolving collection of art as well. You can’t take more than a couple steps in Laguna Beach without stumbling upon a hidden gem or stunning masterpiece.

The art scene is on full display on the first Thursday of every month when the Laguna Beach First Thursday Art Walk takes place. From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. the city celebrates their vast collection of art by hosting a free art walk of over 30 Laguna Beach art galleries. A free shuttle is available for those who want to see all the art without the sore feet. A number of galleries also serve wine and light appetizers.

The art scene in Laguna Beach flourishes year round, and it is always changing and evolving. Chances are that if it has been more than a couple months since you visited your favorite gallery, that they have updated their collection with new art to dazzle you with. So plan a weekend getaway to Laguna Beach and enjoy all of the amazing art.

Arts & Entertainment News


Art along the coast

San Clemente, CA, United States, -- March 10, 2014 - On April 26 and 27, twelve South Orange County Fine Artists will be showcasing their craft and providing art lovers with exclusive access to their homes and studios located along Pacific Coast Highway. Over the two days, art aficionados and collectors can drive at their leisure from San Clemente to Laguna Beach and experience a behind-the-scenes look into the studios and homes where these fine artists live and work. Guests will also get a preview of new works not yet seen by the public. All twelve of the artists have been or are currently exhibitors at the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, CA.
"Artists are always looking to provide collectors with a more in-depth perspective into their creative process, so we are offering this two day experience with that purpose in mind," said Paul Bond, Magic Realism Oil Painter. "We wanted to give art lovers access to this select group of artists and provide them with the opportunity to discover how ideas, inspiration, creativity and technique come together to create a piece of fine art," he added.

The twelve artists include:

Paul Bond, Oils. Michael Ezzell, Sculpture. Lance Heck, Jewelry. Nancy Holly, Photography. Susan Jarecky, Oils. Carolyn Machado, Mixed Media. David Milton, Watercolors. Mia Moore, Mixed Media. Troy Poeschl, Mixed Media. Sherry Salito-Forsen, Glass. Fabrice Spies, Acrylics. Gary Zuercher, Photography.

Guests who visit each of the twelve studios will be entered to receive a piece of fine art, a complimentary artist workshop or two tickets to this year’s Pageant of the Masters performance. For additional information, times and location of each studio, visit

Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts and Pageant of the Masters

The world famous Pageant of the Masters is the crown jewel for the Festival of Arts, and often referred to as "the most unique production in the entire world." Starting on July 9th and running through August 30th at the Festival of Arts , the Festival of Arts will host this one-of-a-kind living art display every night at 8:30 p.m.
The ninety-minute show features faithful recreations of iconic works of art, both classic and contemporary. What makes the Pageant of the Masters so unique though is that the works of art are depicted using real people posed identically to their paint or sculptured counterparts. The event is held in an outdoor amphitheater with a professional orchestra, live narration, sophisticated lighting, intricate sets, and hundreds of volunteers dedicated to recreating these iconic works of art down to the last nuance. Continue Reading... to Sponsor Blue Water Music Festival, an Inaugural Music, Arts & Culinary Event! is pleased to announce we are a premier sponsor for the upcoming Blue Water Music Festival at Sawdust Art Festival Grounds in Laguna Beach. The festival, contemporary music, visual and culinary arts, represents the first contemporary festival acknowledging the musical aspect of Laguna’s world-renowned arts scene. Join Southern California’s most talented original artists including Common Sense and the Wheeland Brothers, local legends and International stars as they come to Laguna Beach for two days only at the Sawdust Festival Grounds, March 29 and 30, 2014.
Blue Water Green Earth, a non-profit organization activating the power of music and the arts for the benefit of the community, is proud to present the festival which will serve as a super-fundraiser, with half of all general admission ticket sale proceeds going directly to the partnering non-profit organizations through a unique revenue sharing model. This is the first contemporary festival to showcase the music aspect of Laguna’s world-renowned art scene. Continue reading...

Festival of Arts Accepting 2014 Grant Applications

The Festival of Arts announced that they will be accepting Art Grant applications for 2014. If you are a nonprofit organization, whose organizations promote fine arts in Laguna Beach you are eligible to apply. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2014.
You can find the grant application online at the Festival of Arts homepage or you can pick one up in person from the Festival of Arts administration office at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Continue Reading...

JOHNNY CASH: THE LIFE Author Signing at the Laguna Playhouse on January 18

The Laguna Playhouse (606 Laguna Canyon Road) will host local author Robert Hilburn on Saturday, January 18, at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Hilburn, who wrote Johnny Cash: The Life, is promoting his book in tandem with the Laguna Playhouse production of the musical Ring of Fire, which features almost 30 of Cash’s most well known songs.
Hilburn will talk about his book, sign autographs, and participate in a brief Q and A session. The event is free of charge to anyone who has purchased a ticket to see the 2:00 p.m. matinee or 7:30 p.m. nighttime performance of Ring of Fire. Laguna Beach Books will co-sponsor the event. Continue Reading...

Patriot’s Day Parade Names Artist and Athletes of the Year

Carol Reynolds, co-founder of the Laguna Beach Community Band, and world champion surfers, Ian Cairns and Alisa Schwarzstein Cairns, have been named artist and athletes of the year by organizers of the 48th Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade (Saturday, March 1, 2014).
Reynolds, who plays the French horn, served on the city’s arts commission in 1992 and continues to serve on several boards, including the Sister Cities Association. She also offers her services wherever needed, such as at the Christmas breakfast for the homeless. The band she helped start with eight players in 1998 now numbers 65. Continue Reading...

Journey ‘Through the Looking Glass’ at the JoAnne Artman Gallery

The JoAnne Artman Gallery in Laguna Beach (326 N. Coast Hwy.) is about to transport us into the fantasy worlds of photographer Brooke Shaden and digital artist Nadine Boughton. Their exciting new joint exhibition, Through the Looking Glass, will be on display starting today (January 1) through January 31. Though Shaden and Boughton work in different subject matters, they both use skillfully crafted fictional lands to bring real-life issues to the forefront.
“The pieces represented here by the JoAnne Artman Gallery are meant to evoke a sense of wonder and a side of the world we rarely see—except in our imaginations,” says Shaden of her photographs. Through her photographs, she crafts a world completely different from the one we live in, using narratives told by fairytale characters who are trapped between good and evil. Continue Reading...

Forest & Ocean Gallery Kicks Off a New Exhibit

The newly expanded Forest & Ocean Gallery (480 Ocean Avenue) is kicking off a new series featuring art from glassblower and sculptor Bill Kasper and photographers Elizabeth Attenborough and Cheyne Walls.
A public reception will be held this Saturday (December 21, 2013) from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. as the gallery unveils their new artwork. The opening will be followed by a discussion with the artists and refreshments. Continue Reading...

Local Songwriter Pens a Song Celebrating Laguna Beach

Singer-Songwriter Mike McCaffrey hopes to put Laguna Beach on the lyrical map with with his song “Laguna.” The 79-year-old musician, a resident of Laguna Beach, came up with the song’s hook earlier this year while playing his guitar next to the waves. He finished writing the song a few weeks ago and recorded the track with Laguna Beach High School junior Marlie Becker.
McCaffrey debuted the song a few days ago, in a parking lot on Ocean Avenue. Using the CD player in his Ford Explorer, McCaffrey regaled a gathering of Laguna Beach faithful with a classic take on our amazing town. Continue Reading

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