LCAD Gallery at One Laguna Participates in Art & Nature Initiative


Side-Bar_headerThe Laguna College of Art + Design’s gallery at One Laguna is participating in the 2nd annual, city-wide Art & Nature Initiative, November 6-9, 2014.  Art & Nature, according to the Laguna Art Museum’s website for the event, “serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature.” The event includes lectures and panels, films, family activities, and a host of other events and special exhibits sprinkled throughout the city at participating galleries and venues.

LCAD’s exhibit for Art & Nature is titled “Flesh and Flora,” and features paintings by Victoria Reynolds and designs by Janelle Nicole Wylie.  Andrea Harris-McGee, curator and LCAD on Forest’s gallery director, says of the exhibit: “Questions of how we see natural forms, use natural forms and regard them for all of their impact and contribution to our lives are of interest to me. I have chosen to exhibit these two artists for the Art & Nature Initiative with the desire of highlighting and creating a dialogue that focuses on the connections and disconnections we have with nature.”

Descriptions of the exhibit and more information about the artists follows.

image1 (1)Flesh – Paintings by Victoria Reynolds
November 6th – 24th, 2014
Reception: November 6th,  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Victoria is interested in the creation, formation and animation of flesh. Desiring to make images with a living presence, her organic reindeer imagery seems lovingly and carefully rendered. “Temptations of the flesh” and our Western suspicion of the beautiful, seductive image are addressed. Victoria is interested in our distinction between flesh and meat, and various works refer to the Venetian art of painting flesh, Dutch vanitas, kitchen and butcher stall scenes, divine sacrifice, and humans’ use and sacrifice of their fellow creatures. (Sacrificial animals include the ox, lamb, dove and chicken, among others.)

Several of Victoria’s meat paintings relate tri-tip sirloin and its striations to the Semper Augustus tulip, the red- and white-veined bloom of 1600s Dutch tulipmania, featured in countless still life paintings. Her fleshly and visceral renderings of pork uterus resemble floral arrangements. Like John James Audubon works, they are graceful arrangements of descriptive anatomical material – a combination of flesh and flora. (Audubon often artfully arranged dead specimens in varied poses for his detailed, lyrical works.) The plump, ripe, visceral material in Victoria’s paintings appears to blush and bloom.

Victoria Reynolds was born in Tyler, Texas, USA and lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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Pepper tree installation
November 6th – 24th, 2014
Reception:  November 6th,  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Janelle Nicole Wylie is constantly in nature. Her organic style and unconventional mediums reflect her native California and the natural beauty it has to offer – her style is raw and organic, creative and natural. Her passion is sustainability and locally sourced materials.

Her immense attention to detail and her incredible eye for color evolved through studying fine art, eventually culminating in a trip halfway across the world. During her time in Italy, Janelle studied color theory, design, sculpture and painting, but also honored her sense of adventure and the thrill of seeking out beauty in the natural world. Her experiences inspired much of what she now applies to her arrangements and installations.

“This pepper tree installation came from my desire to present the viewer with a natural, thoughtfully foraged installation. It was gathered from within the existing environment and has been arranged in a way that brings new light to its being. It transforms as shelter and architecture in this gallery installation and the peppers’ presence and scent are both unique and familiar.”

“Natural beauty is all around for each of us to notice and appreciate.”

“It is my hope that this installation will create a desire to observe the natural world around us and realize that art and nature are surrounding and in connection with us all.”

Janelle Nicole Wylie is an artist and designer who lives and works in Orange County, California.



balloonsSave the date!!!

Friday, Nov. 14   5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, Nov. 15   11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, Nov. 16   11:00 am – 4:00 pm

225 Forest Avenue in downtown Laguna Beach!

Come out for One Laguna’s November Monthly Market!  Support local artisans, designers & small businesses!

We have a great line up of vendors this month:  artisan handmade jewelry, candles, linens & housewares, clothing, one-of-a-kind accessories, adorable things for your little one, and much, much more.

Last month’s market was a hit, and we’re looking forward to doing it again! Get ready for the holidays, shop unique gifts, and discover local talent. Free One Laguna tote bag, and free refreshments while they last!



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“High Surf” by Jill Cooper

Jill Cooper, award-winning Laguna Beach glass artist, has won wide renown for her fused glass masterpieces. Her work has been awarded First Place in the Pacific Artglass Circo Di Vetro show, a show juried by experts in the field of cast fused glass. She’s exhibited her pieces in the Orange County Fair, winning First Place, Judges and Staff Awards, and has participated in numerous other exhibitions and shows in the local area. Two of Jill’s glass panels have been selected for Art in Public Places and are on permanent display on Mermaid Street in downtown Laguna Beach.

Now, we at One Laguna are proud to announce the arrival of Jill’s work on exhibition and for sale in our space. “High Surf” is a gorgeous example of Jill’s work depicting oceanscapes in layers of fused glass. Each glass panel is made by layering individual pieces of cut opalescent, transparent, frit and powder glass in a pattern that is then fired in a kiln to 1,450 degrees. Each panel may have up to 4 layers of glass that are fired multiple times. Jill’s pieces can be used as windows, made into lamps or other interior design items, or like “High Surf,” be framed as pictures for wall or tabletop display. Every panel of glass is effectively one-of-a-kind, and as a result, each panel truly is a unique piece of glass art.

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Detail, “High Surf” by Jill Cooper

Besides One Laguna, Jill Cooper’s work can currently be found in the Art and Nature show at the Suzi Q Senior Center until December 9, 2014.

Come in and see this beautiful piece for yourself – photos just do not do it justice!
“High Surf,” by Jill Cooper
11×14 inches, fused glass



pumpkin finishedOn Sunday, 10/26, we had the enormous privilege of hosting LCAD sculpture instructor and TV Food Network-featured Jon Neill’s live pumpkin carving demonstration! We had goodie bags, pumpkin crafts, and live music (more below!)

For more information about the event background, see our Facebook page and our previous post: here. Please do check out our AWESOME time lapse video of the event below.


IMG_4850If you think Jon’s pumpkin face is scary, guess what else is? Answer: how amazingly talented this local, 13-year-old eighth grader, Aidan Rodriguez is, who entertained us all afternoon during the carving and crafting. We at One Laguna also wanted to give a huge shout-out to Aidan, and we hope to have him back soon! Keep an eye out for Aidan!

Check out video of Aidan’s performances on his YouTube channel here:
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If you’ve ever walked by the corner of Beach Street and Forest Avenue in downtown Laguna Beach, you wouldn’t fail to notice the 40 foot long by 11 foot high, bronze look, sculptural mural by Laguna Beach artist, Randy Morgan. The mural features surfers, lifeguards, skim-boarders, stand-up paddlers, and even marine scientists – all of whom have constituted and enriched the ocean and waterman’s cultural heritage that has defined the area for generations. Morgan’s vision for the Waterman’s wall was a piece that commemorates the culture and history of Laguna Beach and that memorializes the iconic figures that have populated that history. Now, almost two years after its unveiling and dedication, the Waterman’s Wall takes center stage again as we at One Laguna host a special tribute to it, the story it tells, and the story behind its making.

Join us on the next Art Walk, Thursday Nov. 6th, for an extra-special night of celebration, tribute and fun! View historical photos, images of the Wall and the story behind them, and have a chance to meet and greet the artist as well as members of Laguna Beach’s ocean and surf culture!

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In preparation, we’ve sat down with artist, Randy Morgan, to chat with him a little about the wall. Here is what he had to say to us:

Q: What is the Waterman’s Wall? Can you give us a brief history and description?
A: The Waterman’s Wall is a 40 foot x 11 foot bas/relief sculptured bronze metal coated mural in downtown Laguna Beach, which was place on the Hobie Sports building, which Mark Christy so generously offered, to celebrate Laguna’s ocean heritage, our amazing waterman culture and history in a work of art.

Q: What did you learn when creating the Waterman’s Wall that you’d like to pass along?
A: I learned that Laguna has an amazing group of watermen and women, a very rich and colorful water sports legacy that had never been included in our arts heritage, that the community was stoked and the mural hit a positive note with the people of Laguna.

Q: What do you hope people will take away from the Wall when they see it?
A: I hope when people view the wall, it will evoke a feeling in them that this “is Laguna” on a beautiful fall day when we Lagunans come out to enjoy the best beaches in the world with our watermen icons!

Q: What do you hope to achieve in November’s commemoration / tribute to the Waterman’s Wall, which is going to be held at One Laguna?
A: We are very grateful to One Laguna for the second anniversary celebration of the installation of the Waterman’s Wall and creating an event to thank those watermen who are depicted as icons in the mural, the donors who contributed the funds to make it possible and all our supporters and volunteers.

Q: As an artist, what other projects are you involved in or are working on that you’d like to share with us?
A: We’ve just completed the first five of our Waterman’s Icons series (the Hawaiians), along with our Mar Vista pieces, and our Friends of the Sea Lions series, all on display at the Forest and Ocean Gallery in Laguna. We are also in the process of creating the next Waterman’s Wall with a nearby city to celebrate their unique beach culture and are currently putting the finishing touches on a 40 foot x 8 foot wall surrounding the pool area of a resort hotel in Laguna with the theme being “Main Beach.” Very busy!


Thank you, Randy, and all the donors, supporters, and fans of the Waterman’s Wall! Can’t wait to see you at the Art Walk tribute!!!



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Get ready for Halloween, folks!!! Come out to One Laguna, Sunday Oct. 26 from 11am – 5pm and see a live pumpkin carving demo by the ridiculously talented LCAD sculpture instructor, Jon Neill. Neill’s fiendish pumpkin sculptures have been nationally recognized, and in fact, you can see him competing in this season’s “Halloween Wars,” on Food Network (Go team Corpse Crushers!)

A sculptor by trade, Jon lives in L.A. and teaches at the Laguna College of Art + Design. Art has been in Jon’s family tree for many generations. At the age of one, he skillfully decorated his family’s house using his Dad’s black Sharpie markers. His parents noticed that the scribbles were an attempt at drawing faces. Art School started soon after that incident, and by high school he was freelancing professionally for several Kansas City ad agencies and Hallmark Cards Inc., thanks to the encouragement and guidance from his artistic family.

After receiving a BFA in Visual Communication from the University of Kansas in 1991, Jon headed to Los Angeles and worked for  several years at Stan Winston Studios creating special creature effects for films like Michael Jackson’s “Ghosts” music video and “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.” Later creating Neill Art Studios, a developmental studio with a focus on movie props, toys and holiday related products, Jon specializes in sculpture prototypes and concept illustration for television and feature films, the toy and game industry, themed
exhibitions and merchandise. His work can be seen in more than 50 movies, such as “Looper,” as well as television shows such as “Modern Family.”
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Come out Sunday, October 26th to meet Jon and watch him work his pumpkin carving magic live!  Kids, give your Halloween costumes a test run and receive a free goodie bag! The Laguna College of Art + Design is also hosting a crafting table where you can make your own festive pumpkin cut-outs, and we’ll be entertained in the early afternoon by singer/songwriter Aidan Rodriguez. You won’t want to miss this fun family event!




We have NBRHD hats!!!

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How awesome are these hats, by NBRHD?? The creative brains behind NBRHD’s wildly successful line of hats, Amii and Wendy, started printing these colorful trucker hats with the names of local beaches, and the results are pure genius! Pick one up at One Laguna, $24.95 each. Funky, functional and as local as it gets!

Choose from among the following, and more!  LAGUNA BEACH, BLUEBIRD, WOODS COVE, WEST, SHAWS, VICTORIA, ST. ANNS, & LOCAL.

Check out NBRHD’s Facebook page for more:  NBRHD also does custom orders!

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1 week away! Monthly Market at One Laguna!

market flyerAttention all shoppers and especially all our “Shop Local” supporters out there! ONE WEEK from today, One Laguna is proud to kick off its first Monthly Market – a showcase of local artists in design, fashion, art and food. We’ve invited local vendors to come set up shop for the second weekend of October, and we’re inviting all of you to come shop their amazing offerings, in everything from apparel to jewelry and accessories, to unique handcrafted gifts and decor for the home.

We’ll be serving a variety of refreshments, and we have a limited number of FREE One Laguna totebags for the first, lucky shoppers to come by. We open Friday 10/10 from 5pm – 8pm and continue the fun all weekend long.

Our Schedule, at-a-glance:

Friday 10/10  5pm-8pm   *opening night FREE refreshments & totes while they last
Saturday 10/11  11am – 8pm   *FREE refreshments while they last
Sunday 10/12  11am – 4pm   *FREE refreshments while they last

We have over a dozen local vendors, only some of whom are listed below. Come on out, support local artists and designers, and enjoy a completely unique, totally enjoyable weekend of shopping!

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