January 19, 1999 |
Used to be, the play was the only thing. Now upscale jewelers are sharing the spotlight at Orange County arts events. From souvenir giveaways to breathtaking jewel exhibits, international corporations such as Tiffany & Co., Mikimoto and Cartier in Costa Mesa are using arts events as marketing vehicles--opportunities to showcase merchandise. Upscale jewelers draw from annual special-events budgets in the six-figure range to make cash and in-kind donations to arts organizations.
January 8, 1999 |
No streets, no towns, no homes, no people. Just majestic, sun-drenched landscape. Nature, unspoiled, in all her transcendent glory. With a few notable exceptions, that's what distinguished the art that poured forth from Laguna Beach in the early 20th century from the work that came out of three prominent East Coast art colonies, the subject of an ambitious new exhibit at Laguna Art Museum.
August 23, 1998 |
In the late 1960s, my friend Susan Leeper and I had our first jobs working for competing newspapers, and we shared several rentals here. In our determination to be hip, we would have sneered at the artists who painted here at the turn of the century--if we'd heard of them. In subsequent years, however, we came to appreciate their work, which captured the essence of the early 20th century California landscape as faithfully as the French masters had captured theirs in the 19th century.
May 29, 1998 |
It's only $2,500, but Huntington Beach artist Anna Friesen, 52, was deeply moved over winning her first grant. "People think an artist brings a political agenda or a personal aesthetic to a community, but we really bring the energy of hope," Friesen said. "This validates hope." Friesen will use the grant to create large-scale photographs for a 1999 solo exhibition at the Huntington Beach Art Center.
December 30, 1996 |
What to watch for in 1997? * The appointment of a new president of the Orange County Performing Arts Center. "We hope to fill the position around February," center Chairman Mark Chapin Johnson said. "There will be no single more important thing [I do] in my tenure." * January's christening of the Orange County Museum of Art on the site of the expanded Newport Harbor Art Museum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1996 |
To emphasize the importance of arts and cultural activities to Laguna Beach, the city arts commission will present its Community Cultural Arts Plan to the City Council tonight. The presentation will include a list of recommendations to "sustain the integrity of cultural arts within the community into the 21st century" by encouraging cooperation among the city, schools and the business and art communities, commissioners said.