Laguna College student Trevor Christiansen's work will be part of First Thursday's Art Walk. (Coastline Pilot / November 25, 2010)

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Students mentored at Art Walk

The annual collaboration between Laguna College of Art & Design and First Thursday's Art Walk member galleries culminates from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday when 15 Laguna Beach galleries, volunteering as mentors, will feature original works by LCAD's Fine Arts seniors during the Art Walk.

The students will be present at each gallery exhibiting their work, which is available for sale. Sale proceeds will benefit student artists and the Art Walk Scholarship Fund.

Established by Art Walk member and LCAD professor Robin Fuld, the Professional Student/Gallery Mentoring Program pairs senior students in the Fine Arts Professional Studies class with First Thursday's professional art galleries and is designed to demonstrate the business of operating a gallery and professionally exhibiting artwork.

The program includes hands-on work with representatives from the galleries whose expertise helps guide the students and to broaden the scope of their art world experience, according to the college.

"Every year, I hope to instill in my students the importance of the business side of art, and not to fear it," Fuld said. "There is so much help available to the emerging artist, and now they have a chance to work with industry professionals through the mentoring program who will answer their every question and show them the ropes. Besides having the passion and discipline for their art, it is essential to have knowledge of the business side."

For a list of student exhibitors/galleries, visit http://www.lagunacollege.edu.

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Festival opens FoaSOUTH gallery

The Festival of Arts has joined First Thursdays Art Walk through FoaSOUTH, a satellite gallery at 1006 S. Coast Hwy., which shares the space with Active Culture yogurt shop. The grand opening of FoaSOUTH will be part of Thursday's Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. This is a free event and the public is welcome to attend, said FOA spokeswoman Sharbie Higuchi.

The inaugural exhibit, curated by gallerist Peter Blake, features photography by Stillman F. Sawyer from the Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection. In addition, attendees may enjoy Active Culture yogurt tastings and live acoustic guitar. On hand will be Festival of Arts board members, new Festival of Arts Exhibits Director Martin Betz and Blake to talk about the exhibition.

"I am excited about the innovative partnership with Active Culture and our ability to reach out to the community and reemphasize our commitment to art education initiatives," said Betz. The gallery will highlight the history and heritage of the arts in Laguna Beach and the surrounding region.

"I had a great time curating this show and very much enjoyed the association with the Festival of Arts," said Blake, adding, "This is an expansion of the arts at a time when the arts are struggling and I am very enthused by it all."

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No Square Theatre to cast 'Mame'

No Square Theatre is holding auditions for Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee's "Mame on the Books," to be performed Feb. 4 and 5 at the Artist's Theatre.

The musical revolves around the antics of Mame, a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a flare for life and razor sharp wit. Her life is suddenly changed when she becomes the guardian of her late brother's only child. Auditions will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday and 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

For more information, visit http://www.nosquare.org. To make an appointment, contact manager@nosquare.org.

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