First Thursdays Art Walk would like to thank the member galleries that participated in the 15th Annual Professional Gallery/Student Mentor Program during December’s art walk for a very successful event:

Artist Eye Gallery, Cast of Crowns Art Collective, Cove Gallery, DeRu’s Fine Art, Kelsey Michaels Fine Art, La Bottega Dell’Acquaforte, LGOCA, saltfineart, Signature Gallery, The Redfern Gallery, and Wyland Gallery.

Proceeds from the art sales benefitted the students and the annual FTAW/LCAD scholarship fund.   



Laguna Art Museum

Exhibitions closing January 15, 2017.

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.

Image credit:

– 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


Quorum Art Gallery

Our New Year’s resolution is to celebrate you!
Visit our gallery anytime between January 2 through December 31, 2017 and fill out an entry form for a chance to win a $600.00 Gift Certificate to be applied toward any of the beautiful originals in Quorum Gallery!
Drawing will take place January 4th, 2018 during First Thursday Art Walk.

Sandstone Gallery

JAN 4-30
Figures in the Abstract oil and acrylic paintings on canvas by Hyatt Moore will be featured in the Front Gallery along with Art Under Pressure, original monotypes Anne Moore 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, Jan 5, 6-9 pm. Complimentary refreshments offered. 



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: László Lukácsi, Péter Borkovics, Father Bill Moore, Pan QiQun, Stephanie Paige, Nina K, Jennyfer Stratman, Michael Hall, Andy Baird, Tom Marosz, and more.


Las Laguna Gallery

storytellers – A Group Exhibition
January 5 to January 27, 2017
Artist Reception: Thursday January 5 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Since the beginning of time, man has used imagery to convey stories, explore plotlines, illustrate moral or spiritual lessons, and advance ideas.

Selected from hundreds of National, International and regional artists; Las Laguna Gallery has put together an extraordinary exhibition.

Art in this show include Stories that include Anecdotes, Narratives, Plotlines or Parables.
Artists for this show include: Steve Anthony, Richard Barnett, Beth Blake, Bekki Canine, Christine Schramm  Cetrulo, Catherine Chambers, Jennifer Clements, Preston Craig, Mark Dierker, Marcelle Dupay, J Freedman, Jason Gorcoff, Mallory Gottlieb, Stuart Holland, Whitman Lindstrom, Sarah Newel, Allan Peach, Donnal Poppe, Alisa Proctor, Melinda R Smith, Leslie Tucker, Elizabeth Yarosz-Ash

Works within these selections include Acrylic, Collage, Digital Art, Drawings, Illustration, Mixed Media, Oil, Fiber Arts and Digital Photography.



LCAD Gallery

Small Works Exhibition and Holiday Sale

December 1, 2016-January 5, 2017

Closing Reception: January 5th, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

LCAD’s 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. 

Study Abroad: LCAD in France Summer 2016

Thursday January 19, 2017-Febuary 19, 2017

Reception: February 2nd, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

A Sojourn in France is an exhibition of original works by participants of LCAD’s 2016 Summer Abroad program led by LCAD professors Betty Shelton and Dr. William Havlicek. Collectively, the works exhibited are an artistic response by the participants that allow viewers to experience the highlights of their summer abroad by visually evoking the power of the art, architecture and natural beauty all encountered.

Image: Lani Emanuel, Normandy Sunset, Oil on linen, 23” x 24”, 2016

Laguna Beach City Hall
505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Laguna Beach City Hall Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Every other Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Taking Measure
January 24–March 10, 2017

Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) MFA programs in Drawing and Painting are proud to present Taking Measure, an exhibition featuring more than twenty original drawings and paintings by current LCAD MFA candidates.



LGOCA will have an exhibit called “SoCal Fun in the Sun” on the “Gallery Walls” at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Laguna Niguel.  A variety of original work will be displayed from numerous LGOCA artists.  Dates: Jan 10th – April 31st.



Artists Republic

February 2017 Artists Republic Gallery is moving to a larger location in Anaheim. As a special send off and thanks for the seven years we have enjoyed being in Laguna Beach, we are hosing a closing party on First Thursdays Art Walk with a solo show of works by San Juan Capistrano artist Brian Bent. Brian will be showing his latest series of vintage surf and skateboard magazine covers reworked and painted large scale acrylic on canvas, and there will be a special live performance by The Bent Duo.


Come to foaSouth for the January Artwalk and visit with,  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 an artist who has participated in virtually every aspect of the art culture in Laguna Beach, truly a unique and special individual. 

**This show will be closing on January 10.

Pat Sparkuhl – Curator
Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection


La Bottega Dell’Acquaforte

VANIDADES by Vladimir Cora

La Bottega dell’Acquaforte has the pleasure to present the new work by 

Internationally acclaimed Mexican artist Vladimir Cora 

Artist Reception – Thursday  March 5, 2017 at 6 p.m. 


Exhibition: January 5 – January 31, 2017 – 11:00 A.M. – 5


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