Geniuses at ‘The Genius’: A group of notable scientists from across the globe visited the Pageant of the Masters on Aug. 20 to view this year’s production, “The Genius.” From left to right: Fred Sattler (Festival of Arts president); Professor Lev Vaidman (Israeli physicist and professor at Tel Aviv University); Mera Englert (Belgian artist/painter), Professor Francois Englert (Belgian theoretical physicist behind Brout-Englert-Higgs boson discovery); Professor Jeff Tollaksen (director of the Institute for Quantum Studies at Chapman University); Jayne Tollaksen (artist/sculptor, epi-genetics); James Troop (physicist from the Naval Service Warfare Center in Dagrin, Va.); and Diane Challis Davy (Pageant of the Masters director). (Coastline Pilot / August 30, 2012)

FOA anniversary exhibits to close

There's only a few more days left to view two special exhibits that celebrate the Festival of Arts' 80th anniversary.

The exhibits, at foaSOUTH and the downtown Wells Fargo building, each feature a variety of art pieces and include historical memorabilia like images, posters and program covers that show off the festival's long history in Laguna Beach, according to a news release. They will close Sept. 5.

"Wrapping up the Festival's 80th anniversary this summer, these exhibits are a great trip down memory lane," exhibit curator Pat Sparkuhl said in a statement. "It's a great reminder of the Festival's humble beginnings in 1932 and its journey over the last 80 years."

One of the main attractions at the foaSOUTH exhibit is a bronze statue called "Baby Seal." The statue, by Terry Thornsley, has been a favorite among festival visitors, according to the release. It is being restored and will return to the Festival of Arts grounds in spring 2013.

FoaSOUTH, 1006 S. Coast Hwy., is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and admission is free.

Wells Fargo, 260 Ocean Ave., is housing the exhibit on the third floor and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Candidates focus will focus on arts

In the midst of election season, there will be a City Council candidates forum that focuses on arts-related issues in Laguna Beach.

The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts (LBaa) is holding the forum from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 15 in Moulton Theater of the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

The public may attend and question the five candidates: Steve Dicterow, Jane Egly, Verna Rollinger, Robert Ross and Robert Whalen.

Greg Vail, president of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn. will moderate the discussion.

Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors will open at 10 a.m.

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Gallery Q looking for LOCA artists

Gallery Q at the Susi Q Community Center is seeking artists to submit work for their next show.

The gallery is putting out a "call for artists" for the show, which will open Oct. 8, according to a news release. Only teachers and students of Laguna Outreach for Community Arts classes are eligible to submit.

Artists of all mediums are encourage to submit work, but only one entry is allowed per artist. All work should be original and must have been finished within the last two years in a LOCA class. There is an entry fee of $15.

Artwork will be accepted starting Oct. 3, and the show will be on display from Oct. 8 through Dec. 11, with an art reception on Nov. 2.

Guidelines and an application will be available soon at http://www.thesusiq.org.

For more information, contact Arts Manager Carole Zavala at (949) 715-2445 or czavala831@gmail.com; or Arts Coordinator Judy Baker at (949) 497-2441 ext. 6 or JudyBaker@TheSusiQ.org.

—Kelly Parker

Twitter: @KellyParkerTCN