Megan Hart Jones and John Paul Jones. (hand in, Coastline Pilot / October 28, 2010)

Laguna Art Museum launches five exhibitions

Laguna Art Museum will hold an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in honor of its upcoming exhibitions: John Paul Jones; E. Roscoe Shrader; Sean Duffy: "Searcher"; "Masterstrokes: Selections from Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn. Signature Members"; and Megan Hart Jones: "A Tribute."

Guests will have a chance to meet and mingle with museum members, artists and collectors while enjoying food, a cash bar and the opportunity to view the exhibitions before they open to the public.

Tickets are $20 pre-sale; $25 at the door.

For tickets and more information about each exhibit or to buy museum membership, visit

Philip Womack at 225 Forest

Hurley will host its First Thursday Art Walk Opening Reception featuring works by local artist Philip Womack from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at its retail store at 225 Forest Ave.

An emerging artist rooted in Southern California aesthetic and tradition, Womack is a painter and illustrator who developed a love for art history at Ryman Arts, a classical art program for high school students. He has been able to combine this formal training with a natural eye for his surroundings, as the Laguna College of Art and Design graduate continues to inspire with his interpretations of local coast and canyon scenes.

The artist will donate 20% of his sales to Ryman Arts, a Southern California-based scholarship program that provides free courses to high school students geared toward readying them for a career in the arts.  As a high school student, Womack attended courses there and cites this experience as a turning point for his commitment to a life in the arts.

The event will be catered by Goko Cafe and will also feature a musical performance by Make Moon.

Richard MacDonald to exhibit at Dawson Cole

Sculptor Richard MacDonald will feature his "Recent Works" from 8 to 10 p.m. Nov. 6 and noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at Dawson Cole Fine Art, 326 Glenneyre St.

MacDonald's artistic process is one that involves exploration using many different mediums, so each finished sculpture may be accompanied by a series of drawings, paintings and maquettes, which are smaller scaled models, cast in bronze, that together trace the full story of the artist's inspiration.

Working from live models in studio sessions of intense focus, the artist captures the spontaneity of the unplanned moment, while touching on the themes of a lifetime of creative vision.

At the event, he will unveil the larger than life-size Leap of Faith in bronze, a major work that deals with the idea of releasing the human spirit.

Other new works included in this show relate to the artist's ongoing development of a major monument to classical ballet for the Royal Ballet School of London, with the romance and beauty of dance as their inspiration.

For more information, call (888) 972-5543 or visit

Author of "Honolulu" says Aloha to Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Hwy., will present Alan Brennert, author of "Honolulu" at 5 p.m. Nov. 7, where he will discuss and sign copies of his book.

Honored as the 2010 One City, One Book selection by La Canada-Flintridge, "Honolulu" is the richly-imagined story of Jin, a young "picture bride" who leaves her native Korea — where girls are so little valued that she is known as Regret — and journeys to Hawaii in 1914 in search of a better life.