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First Thursdays Art Walk

June 22, 2010 12:38 ET

First Thursdays Art Walk -- Celebrating the Diverse Cultural Art Scene of Laguna Beach -- July 1, 2010, 6 to 9 pm

Gallery Openings, Artist Demonstrations and Live Music... All Free

LAGUNA BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - June 22, 2010) -  Every first Thursday of the month, Laguna Beach celebrates its rich and diverse cultural art scene through the award-winning First Thursdays Art Walk. The event is free to the public and in the last twelve years has become a much-anticipated event by visitors and OC residents alike.

On July 1st, put on your walking shoes and immerse yourself in the Laguna Beach art scene. Stroll and trolley around this picturesque town on a self-guided tour enjoying gallery openings, artist demonstrations and receptions, live music and other entertainment and refreshments. "On any given first Thursday the streets are filled with people out for Art Walk. It is a lot of fun," said First Thursdays Art Walk president Rebecca Barber. She continued, "You see art lovers appreciating and investing in art." 

A host of special events are planned. Throughout the evening see artists in action and watch their creative process when visiting them at many galleries demonstrating their techniques and sharing their insights. Ask questions and engage the artists. The following are a few participating: Annette Wimmer at Annette Wimmer Fine Art; April Raber at Laguna North Gallery; John Eagle and other resident artists at Studio 7; and Malotte and Rae at Swenson Fine Art. Each of their styles and characters are uniquely Laguna. Meet internationally renowned sculptor Richard MacDonald at Dawson Cole Fine Art. The artist will discuss his most recent project for the Royal Ballet in London and new works from the collection will be on display. More information can be found at www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com.

This jam-packed evening includes a multitude of featured galleries to see from Downtown to Gallery Row to Bluebird to Laguna Canyon Road, enhanced by performances by local musicians and gallery hospitality. Art Walk gives you access to buy original artwork of every genre from these galleries. Also, be sure to visit the Laguna Art Museum featuring "Art Shack," a group exhibition in which artists combine art and architecture.

It's easy to get to all destinations, simply catch the FREE city trolley, another distinctively Laguna experience. At any gallery also pick up an Art Walk brochure that includes a map and features all the evening's special events. 

Art Walk is over at 9 p.m., but not the art savings! After 9 pm, head over to the world-famous Sawdust Art Festival where you will receive free admission when you present the First Thursdays brochure at the box office.

This free, art educational event is funded by member galleries, lodging establishments, City of Laguna Beach, and Laguna Board of Realtors. Member galleries: Laguna Art Museum, Whelan Art Galleries, [seven-degrees], Annette Wimmer Fine Art,  210 AR4T Space, Joanne Artman Gallery, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Arin Contemporary Art, Marion Meyer Contemporary Art, Lu Martin Galleries, Quorum Art Gallery, Laguna North Gallery, Sandstone Gallery, Studio 7 Gallery, Laguna College of Art and Design, Townley Gallery, Swenson Fine Art, DeBilzan Gallery, Art Cube Gallery, Dawson Cole Fine Art, Notion Fine Art, DeRu's Fine Arts, La Bottega Dell'Acquaforte, purelagunabeach gallery, The Redfern Gallery, Vladimir Sokolov Gallery, Bluebird Gallery, The Cottage Gallery, saltfineart, Cove Gallery, The Vintage Poster, Larry Christy Studio Gallery, SKYLAB modern art, The Esther Wells Collection, Demossa Gallery, Mandarin Fine Art, Gallery H, Artist Eye Laguna Gallery and Studio Arts Gallery.

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Contact Information

  • Troy Poeschl
    (949) 244-0206