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Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts Nominees for the 8th Annual Art Star Awards

LAGUNA BEACH, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/24/14 -- The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts (LBaa) announces the nominees for the 8th Annual Art Star Awards to be held on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 6:00pm, generously hosted by [seven-degrees] in Laguna Beach.

One-of-a-kind Art Star award sculptures, created by Louis Longi, will be presented to organizations, businesses and individuals who have contributed and shaped the arts and culture in Laguna Beach. "Members of the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts nominated over forty exciting and deserving contributors to the arts in our community. It was very challenging to select the 2014 award recipients," said event Chair Wayne Baglin. LBaa members from Laguna Beach arts organizations submitted nominees in seven categories. The categories and the nominees are:

Best New Arts Program
Intergenerational Literacy Project (Laguna Outreach for Community Arts - LOCA)
Live! Music & Kids (Laguna Beach Live!)
Plein Air Project (Laguna Plein Air Painters Association - LPAPA)

Individual Arts Patron of the Year
Ruben Flores
Joe Hanauer
Julie Padach-Mathewson

Corporate Arts Patron of the Year
Aliso Creek Inn
First Foundation Bank
The PIMCO Foundation

Outstanding Arts Collaboration
Art & Nature (Laguna Art Museum and a wide variety of community art organizations)
Artist Open Studios (City of Laguna Beach and local artists)
Laguna Concert Band & Laguna Playhouse

Arts Leadership
Susan Linder
Rosemary Swimm
Malcolm Warner

Artist of the Year
Mark Chamberlain
Cheryl Ekstrom
Jodie Gates

During the event, the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts will also honor longtime Laguna Beach High School faculty member and Performing Arts Director Mark Dressler with a special Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award.

Applications are currently being accepted for the $5,000 [seven-degrees] of Inspiration Grant and available online at www.lagunabeacharts.com. The deadline to submit is February 7, 2014. Funded by [seven-degrees], the goal of the grant is to provide support for an emerging or established Laguna Beach artist to develop and present an arts project or program that advances recognition of Laguna Beach as an innovative arts city. The winner of the 2014 grant will be announced during Arts Stars on April 6th. Also during the event, last year's grant recipient, Laguna Concert Band Music Director Ed Peterson, will present his resulting and innovative project, the musical score for the animated film The Sock Thief.

Further evening's highlights include the musical stylings of "Trio Dinicu," as well as a lively performance by Laguna Concert Band's 18-piece ensemble, "Swing Set." The Laguna Concert Band is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization of over 60 members from Laguna Beach and surrounding communities.

To purchase tickets to attend the 8th Annual Art Star Awards, please contact: [email protected]

The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts was established in 2002 as the result of an exciting partnership among more than 20 Laguna Beach organizations. The mission is to serve as an advocate for the arts, promote collaboration and networking among the arts organizations of Laguna Beach, and to serve as a united voice for the arts in the city. Members of the Alliance for the Arts include Art-A-Fair Festival, Laguna Dance Festival, City of Laguna Beach Arts Commission, Community Art Project, Festival of Arts, First Thursdays Art Walk, KX 93.5 Radio, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach Chorale, Laguna Beach Craft Guild, Laguna Beach Film Society, Laguna Beach Live!, Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association, Visit Laguna Beach, Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Community Concert Band, Laguna Outreach for Community Arts, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Lagunatunes Community Chorus, Music Matters, No Square Theater, Sawdust Art Festival, and [seven-degrees].

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