Eric Almanza's "The Space in Between," an oil on wood, will be on display at the MFA in Painting and Drawing exhibition at Laguna Art Museum. (Coastline Pilot / April 26, 2012)

Festival to start '80 Days of Giveaways'

To celebrate its 80th anniversary this summer, the Festival of Arts is going to give away a prize every day for 80 days.

The "80 Days of Giveaways" will be done through the Festival's Facebook page from Tuesday through July 19.

To kick things off, Tuesday's prize will be: a pair of Pageant of the Masters tickets, dinner for two at Tivoli Terrace, a 2012 Pageant poster and souvenir program, with a total value of $300, according to a news release from the Festival.

Other giveaways will include hotel stays, restaurant certificates, sporting equipment, salon treatments, electronics and memorabilia from the Festival and Pageant. Prizes range in value from $50 to $700, according to the release.

"Eighty years is a big milestone for the Festival of Arts," Sharbie Higuchi, the Festival's director of marketing, said in a statement. "We are eager to involve the community in our sense of excitement and celebration, and we think that giving away 80 fantastic prizes is an incredibly fun way to start! It's also a great opportunity to say thanks to fans and supporters. It has been a pretty amazing 80 years, and we look forward to the 80 years to come."

To be entered into the daily giveaways, become a fan of the Festival of Arts at http://www.facebook.com/FestivalPageant.

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Mother aims to restore son's sculpture

A fundraiser is planned for May 5 to help restore "Cathexis," an abstract sculpture that was once placed at the entrance to Riddle Field in Laguna Beach.

The piece was donated to the city in 2002 and created by artist Steven Harmon, who committed suicide four years after the sculpture's installation, according to a news release.

The sculpture, which features intertwined scrolls, was removed by the city in 2010 after showing signs of wear and tear.

The effort to restore the piece is being led by Steven's mother, Alice Harmon, and artist John Alabaster.

Alabaster said about $8,000 is needed to restore "Cathexis."

"Thousands of people have seen Steven's sculpture in the park," Alice Harmon said in a statement. "The plaque is still there, but the piece is gone. I've received several calls wondering what happened. I can't afford to fix it myself, and I'm hoping others might be able to help."

The fundraiser will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at Alabaster's studio, 20532 Sun Valley Drive.

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LAM to show off graduate student work

The Laguna Art Museum will be home to artwork from current graduate students in Laguna College of Art & Design's MFA in Painting and Drawing program.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be from 6 to 8 p.m. May 5 at the museum, 307 Cliff Drive.