SOURCE: City of Laguna Beach

City of Laguna Beach

December 20, 2010 19:09 ET

Laguna Beach Artist Open Studios Saturday, January 8, 2011 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

LAGUNA BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - December 20, 2010) - On Saturday, January 8, 2011, the Laguna Beach Artist Open Studios will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This self-guided tour is free and is a rare opportunity to peer into the creative spaces of 24 of Laguna's top artists. It's also a great chance to buy local art, right from the source.

Artist studios are located throughout Laguna Beach with the majority nestled along Laguna Canyon Road. These studios, surrounded by oak trees and rich canyon colors, are the creative backdrop for many artists. An insider tip is to drive outbound on Laguna Canyon Road as all the studios are located on the right hand side, making access easier. Other studios in the downtown include painter and photographer Cliff Wassmann at 419 Ocean Avenue and talented jeweler Karen Worden at 1492 South Coast Highway.

One suggested itinerary is to visit father and son ceramicists Marlo and Jesse Bartels at 2307 Laguna Canyon Road. Marlo's public art works can be seen throughout the city. Visit artist Maggie Spencer at 2707 Laguna Canyon Road, make your own piece of kiln formed glass and see her colorful completed work. A few doors down at 2975 Laguna Canyon Road watch a demonstration of encaustics and paintings by Marsh Scott. In the same building chat with Ralph Tarzian, a veteran artist who will be working on his intricate bronze sculptures demonstrating the art of the "lost wax" process. Painter Tom Swimm will be working along with other artists at 3251 Laguna Canyon Road. The artists in this complex are widely known for their imaginative and experimental printmaking and painting techniques. At the very last stop in the Canyon at 20432 Laguna Canyon Road watch artists Louis Longi, Olivia Batchelder, Gerard Stripling and Michele Taylor transform their contrasting mediums of bronze, glass and silk into one sculptural image.

For a map of studio locations and participating artists please visit or call (949) 497-0722

Images available upon request.

Contact Information

  • Sian Poeschl
    Cultural Arts Manager
    (949) 497-0722