First Thursdays Art Walk would like to thank our participating
members and sponsors for their continual support and another successful year of art and education.

Best Wishes to all for a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!


The 15th Annual Professional Gallery/Student Mentor Program , a 3-month collaboration between Laguna College of Art + Design and First Thursdays Art Walk culminates this art walk with senior fine art students exhibiting their artwork in 12 participating galleries.  Proceeds from the sales benefit the students and the annual FTAW/LCAD scholarship fund.  A map of the participating galleries can be downloaded here.

Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy the sounds of the season! The Lil Dickens Carolers will be strolling in the North and South gallery sections at 6:30 pm moving to downtown at 7:30 pm.


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Laguna Art Museum

Miss Hills of Laguna Beach:

The landscape painter Anna Althea Hills (1882–1930) was one of the highly talented artists whose presence in the community helped put Laguna Beach on the map as a premier art colony during the first decades of the twentieth century. The exhibition showcases over sixty of Hills’s paintings along with documentary materials relating to her life and work in Laguna Beach.

Phillip K. Smith III: Bent Parallel

Phillip K. Smith III’s monumental installation envelopes viewers in light, continuing the artist’s ongoing dialogue with color theory, optics, scale, and technology. Appearing as two intersecting color-field walls, the hinge-like structure merges surfaces to engender a perception of shifting and blending. It creates a third, material-less, zero-thickness plane that mixes the adjacent colors and seems to extend the physical bounds of the space.

Kristin Leachman: Xylem Rays

Fascinated by patterns, textures, and the seemingly chance imagery that can emerge from them, Kristin Leachman bases her latest series of paintings on the tissue that transports water from the roots of trees up to the leaves. The exhibition is accompanied by a film about the artist and her work, and a booklet that includes an interview with Professor Derrick Cartwright.

Exhibitions are on view through January 15, 2017.

Image credits:

– Anna Hills, Spring in Laguna, oil on canvas, 1915, 20 x 30 inches, collection of Ranney and Priscilla Draper

– Phillip K. Smith III, Bent Parallel, 2014, Glass, aluminum, LED lighting, and custom electronics, 96 x 258 x 106 inches. Courtesy the artist and Royale Projects : Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Photography credit: Lance Gerber

– Kristin Leachman, Xylem 10, oil on canvas on panel, 2016, 60 x 80 inches, courtesy the artist



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Sandstone Gallery

NOV 30-JAN 1

Dreamscapes, oil paintings on canvas by Ann Kim will be featured in the Front Gallery along with Figurative Bronze Sculpture and Paintings by Marie-Pierre Philippe in the Skylight Gallery. Exhibiting artists are Susan Gale, Ann Kim, Sunny Kim, Dominique McKenzie, Anne Moore, Hyatt Moore, Marie Pierre-Philippe, Jong Ro, and Lynn Welker. Meet the artists during the Art Walk on Thursday, Dec 1, 6-9 pm. Complimentary refreshments offered.


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Studio 7 Gallery

Local artist Rachel Uchizono has lost her mind and moved to Roanoke, VA.  Her work can still be found at Studio 7 Gallery and this summer at the Sawdust Festival.  Laguna Beach awaits her predictable return.




Avran Fine Art

Avran Fine Art distinguishes itself among the vibrant art scene in Laguna Beach by offering its clients a unique perspective on contemporary art.

The gallery exhibits museum-quality glass sculptures, original paintings, and a variety of sculptures from a select group of artists: Lukácsi László, Péter Borkovics, Shayna Leib, Father Bill Moore, Pan QiQun, Stephanie Paige, Nina K, Jennyfer Stratman, Michael Hall, Andy Baird, Tom Marosz, and more.



Las Laguna Gallery

small works – BIG TALENT
December 1 to December 30
Artist Reception: Thursday December 1 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent Van Gogh

Once again, Las Laguna Gallery has pulled together a wonderfully beautiful and intriguing selection of art.

Selected from hundreds of local, national and international artists this exhibition features works in both contemporary fine and art. The only limitation placed on artists for this show was that the works do not exceed 16 inches in any direction. Artists responded to this challenge with wonderful little gems created in Oil, Acrylic,Traditional and Digital Photography, Printmaking and more.

This exhibition is free and open to all.

Artists include: Gil Arreola, Deborah Babin, Richard Barnett, Tyson Bender, Michele Benzamin-Miki, David Blow,Paul Braybrook, Laura Castellanos, Catherine Chambers, Skye Coddington, Brigitte Dietz, Hue Dihn, Evgenia Espinoza, Shannon Fannin, Jan Fontecchio, Debbi Green, Anna Koon, Patrick Murphy, Piper Nichole, Carol Nussbaum, Alisa Proctor, Robin Raznick, Lynn Skordal, Kevin Tran, Paula Valenzuela, Margaret Wade, Anne Williams.


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LCAD Gallery

LCAD Gallery
First Annual Small Works Exhibition and Holiday Sale
Date: December 01, 2016–January 5, 2017
Reception: Thursday, December 01, 2016, 6–9PM

Laguna College of Art + Design is proud to present its First Annual Small Works Exhibition and Holiday Sale, an exhibition and sale of small paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures from LCAD students, faculty, and alumni. With all works measuring 12” x 12” or smaller, this Holiday exhibition and sale will offer collectors a rare opportunity to acquire affordable art from a host of both emerging and established artists. Curated by: Hope Railey, Chair of Fine Arts. LCAD Gallery, 374 Ocean Ave. Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Open 11 a.m.– 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday; CLOSED Monday and Tuesday. | 949.376.6000

LCAD Main Campus
LCAD 3rd Annual Holiday Sell and Swap
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: LCAD Main Campus, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
LCAD 3rd Annual Holiday Sell and Swap is a lively market where students and alumni sell their work ranging from paintings, digital art, handmade goods and live, on-the-spot typewritten literature. The tradition was started by LCAD Alumnus Jacquelin De Leon and allows students to make extra money. The event is open to the public for holiday shopping and cheer.



Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art (LGOCA) will be offering small, covetable gift size paintings by local artist Robin Hires starting on Small Business Saturday (Nov 26th) and will be available through the holidays. 
Dec 1st Artwalk will feature Shannon Fody, an LCAD student that is being mentored by the gallery.  She will be showing 3 of her pieces and be in the gallery for the evening.  Shannon has attained a level of sophistication in her work that is beyond her years!

The Signature Gallery

Celebrate the holidays at The Signature Gallery’s “Palette Knife Christmas” show on Thursday, December 1st, from 6pm – 9pm.

The best time of year to come to ArtWalk is when the artists are ready to celebrate with you and talk about the art–and that time is now! Join us and meet 5+ of The Signature Gallery’s one of a kind family of exceptional artists. They may not all be related by blood, but they are connected through a passion and devotion to creating original pieces of art that fill homes with uplifting and lasting memories.

See their latest collections and discover the gift of art. These pieces are so new the paint is still wet! The Signature Gallery presents fine art pieces that appeal to a variety of tastes, ranging from original oil paintings to resin, ceramic, bronze, or stainless steel sculptures.

Additionally, through the First Thursday ArtWalk Mentorship Program, The Signature Gallery has the special honor of displaying 18 thick textured palette knife paintings by two very talented local Laguna College of Art and Design students, Alice Gamez and Nina Ulett.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet your favorite artists, discover new artists, and get your books signed. Also, enjoy a live band and complimentary catering. To RSVP, call The Signature Gallery at (949) 376-4244.


Village Gallery



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Artists Republic

Artists Republic is pleased to showcase Son of Skywalker: Imperial Uprising, a group exhibition celebrating the bad guys of the Star Wars Saga.  For our second annual Star Wars show we are switching our focus from the good guys to the dark side. We will be celebrating with members of the 501st Charity Costuming Organization who will be in full Star Wars attire.  We are inviting all guests to the opening reception to dress as their favorite Star Wars character, and extending the show through the holidays in celebration of the newest Star Wars movie release. The talented group of artists included in this exhibition are coming from near and far to honor one of the greatest movie sagas of all time.



Cove Gallery

Lorraine E’drieis  is the Cove Gallery featured “Artist of the Month” for December 2016

Come meet Lorraine in person at the December Laguna First Thursday Art Walk Reception on Thursday,  December 1, 2016 from 6 – 9 pm in the Cove Gallery.

About the artist: California artist and accredited art personality, Lorraine E’drie paints with an inspiration born of her unique worldview and contagious joyfulness. Working in both watercolors and oils, she is open and delightfully informative, loving to engage all lovers of art. She has a lifetime teaching credential in Fine Arts through U.C. Irvine, and was an art teacher in the Pasadena School District for sixteen years. Her Coastal California home provides her with all the jewel colors she cherishes, of both ocean, and garden, village square, and compelling Coast Highway sights. Lorraine shows her appreciation of nature through her art.



Delgado Gallery

Holiday Art Sale – due to popular demand, the holiday art sale will kick off with the December art walk on December 1st.  Perfect time to beautify your home or give the gift of art. New dates: December 1-4, December 10-11, December 17-18.  All originals 30% off, giclees 20% off.




Julita Jones
October 10-January 10

Pictured here are interested visitors at the foaSouth Gallery discussing the art of Julita Jones, a well known local activist printmaker who is showing a variety of images from her Endangered Species Series. Her images are both unique and engaging, specializing in viscosity and silk-screen printing. These rich images focus on the beautiful details of endangered animals set in personalized visual environments. Her artwork, Rhinoceros Unicornis, which is included in the Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection is also on view. Julita Jones is a mature artist who has participated in virtually every aspect of the art culture in Laguna Beach, truly a unique and special individual.

Pat Sparkuhl – Curator
Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection



La Bottega Dell’Acquaforte

“Te seguiré esperando”
During December we will be showing a selection of stunning new work by Internationally acclaimed Mexican  artist Vladimir Cora.

Artist reception – December 1, 2016, 6-9


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The Redfern Gallery

The Redfern Gallery Presents “Holiday Delights”
Opening December 1st – 6 pm to 9 pm
Through December 20th

A wide array of small paintings for the month of December make artful gifts that last a lifetime.  These small jewels are from famous historical and contemporary painters.  Early California Impressionists; William Wendt, Sam Hyde Harris, Jack Wilkinson Smith, Alson Clark. Contemporary artists; Kevin Macpherson, Gregory Hull and John Cosby.

Featured painting: Jack Wilkinson Smith (1873-1949), “California Coast”, 12 x 16 inches

The Redfern Gallery Presents “Justin Tecson”
Laguna College of Art and Design artist
Opening December 1st 6 pm to 9 pm
Through December 20th

Justin Tecson is an award-winning portrait painter whose evocative paintings are an expression of what he describes as his “vision is to strive for high quality realism while staying true to traditional style.” The Redfern Gallery is proud to present his work as part of this year’s LCAD Artist Mentoring program.

Featured painting: Justin Tecson, “Zi”, 26 x 19 inches




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