Noguchi expert lectures at art museum

UC Irvine professor Bert Winther-Tamaki, an expert on artist and designer Isamu Noguchi, will speak about him and his work Sunday at the Laguna Art Museum.

Winther-Tamaki's research focuses on the visual arts and the construction of modern national identities, such as in Japan.

"My book, 'Art in the Encounter of Nations: Japanese and American Artists in the Early Postwar Years,' examines the contribution of discourses about abstract ceramic sculpture, avant-garde calligraphy, abstract paintings and place designs to modern Japanese cultural identity," Winther-Tamaki said in a statement. "In two articles on Isamu Noguchi, I consider the different cultural significations of a range of sculptural and design materials (clay, stone, metal, plastic) in his thinking and practice."

Noguchi's work is currently on display in the Laguna Art Museum's "Noguchi: California Legacy" exhibit.

The lecture is free with admission. For more information, contact the museum at (949) 494-8971.

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SEEDS classes this month at Anneliese

SEEDS Arts and Education Inc. will begin summer classes for children at Anneliese Schools' Willowbrook Campus this month.

The Books and Paper class starts Aug. 8. Children will learn how to make paper and bind books using recycled products. The eco-friendly class is for children in kindergarten and older.

On Aug. 13, dads and their kids can participate in "Daddy & Me: Bug Detectives." The hands-on workshop includes a bug hunt, bug-making from recycled materials and eating "earthworm" pudding. The class is intended for ages 3 to 8.

Anneliese Schools' Willowbrook Campus is at 20062 Laguna Canyon Road.

For more information, call SEEDS at (949) 322-9597.

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Festival of Arts hosts Art Talks

The Festival of Arts will host its weekly Art Talks from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 9 and Aug. 11.

Tuesday's talk by exhibitor Karin Worden will discuss the art of jewelry and her process of crafting pieces from silver and gold. Worden has a master of fine arts from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

Worden also studied metals at San Diego State University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Fitting after the recent floods, the second talk will address how to save items from disaster. Author Scott Haskins will explain how to save belongings — such as photos, letters, journals and heirlooms — from disasters including earthquakes, floods and in-home accidents.

The talks are free with admission. For more information, visit lagunafestivalofarts.org.

—Joanna Clay