LCAD student show starts next week

The Laguna College of Art & Design's annual Juried Student Exhibition will open Monday and run through April 28.

According to a news release, the exhibition can be seen from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and will showcase art work created by students in LCAD's five fields of study: drawing and painting, illustration, graphic design, animation and game art.

Admission and parking are free.

An artists' reception for this exhibit will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, during First Thursdays Art Walk in Laguna Beach, the release said.

LCAD is at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 376-6000 or visit http://www.lcad.edu.

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Ed Gomez coming to LAM

Meanwhile, the Laguna Art Museum will host a conversation with artist Ed Gomez at 7 p.m. Thursday during Art Walk.

Gomez, a director and co-president of the nonprofit MexiCali Biennial, which he co-founded in 2006, also heads the Gallery of Contemporary Art, a mobile art space in a suitcase, according to a news release from LAM. Gomez will give a short presentation and then take questions from the audience.

A mixer will take place afterward. Visitors can enjoy free beverages and mingle with the artist. Admission to LAM, at 307 Cliff Drive, will be free between 5 and 9 p.m. For more information, call (949) 494-8971 or go to http://www.lagunaartmuseum.org.

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Irvine Museum leader to headline programs

Jean Stern, executive director of The Irvine Museum, will appear at two events in Newport Beach in April and May presented by the Pacific Art Foundation and Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn.

From 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Stern, an art historian and authority on California impressionists, will give a presentation at the Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd., on contemporary landscape painting during a PAF Forum evening, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m., according to a news release. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Tickets to the PAF Forum cost $45.

And from 6 to 9 p.m. May 19, an exhibition and sale of works by members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn., which Stern will jury, will take place during a Meet the Artists event at the Pacific Club. The evening will feature a buffet supper and wine. Tickets to this event cost $100.

For a limited time, packages of tickets to both events cost $125. For more information, go to pacificartfoundation.org.

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Your pictures on Easter Eggs

The Laguna Outreach for Community Arts will offer a series of workshops, starting Wednesday, where students can learn to decorate free-standing Easter eggs with personal photographs in a collage format.

The Biography Eggs with Mada Leach class will take place at the Susi Q gallery, 380 Third St., from 1 to 3 p.m. April 4, 11 and 18 — all Wednesdays. Call Patty Quilter at (949) 464-9535, to sign up.

For more information, visit http://www.locaARTS.org and click on April 4.

LOCA will also offer a beginner art class from 9 to 10:30 a.m. April 7 at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, 20162 Laguna Canyon Road. The program will include a docent-lead tour of the center. Participants will get a close-up view of sea lions being nursed back to health, according to a LOCA news release.

After the tour, instructor Olivia Batchelder will teach the class, in which the students will paint acrylic portraits on canvas. For more information about the class and to sign up, call (949) 363-4700.

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In other news...

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, a Newport Beach physician, is scheduled to appear at Laguna Beach Books to sign copies of his book, "The Acid Reflux Solution," a lifestyle guide and cookbook to guard against heartburn.

Laguna Beach Books is at 1200 S. Coast Hwy. #105A.

—Imran Vittachi