The Pacific Marine Mammal Center will be hosting an open house for the general public to meet staff and board of directors. Established in 1971, Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) is a non-profit organization with a mission to rescue, medically treat, and rehabilitate marine mammals that strand along the Orange County coastline due to injury or illness; to release healthy marine mammals back to their natural habitat while preserving species diversity; and to increase public awareness of the marine environment through education and research. Please RSVP to Lindsey Repp at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 949-494-3050. Sunday, April 28th at 4 pm at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, 20612 Laguna Canyon Road.
“By introducing members to photography and digital arts, we are giving them the tools and opportunity to explore ways to express who they are creatively and to think outside of the box, starting at a young age,” said club Art Director Emily Murray. The ImageMakers contest is organized by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, with winners advancing through local and regional contests before eventually competing in a field of 4,000 entries at the National Headquarters. For this year’s local competition, over 120 Boys & Girls Club members, ages 6 to 18, present 800 photos in a wall-to-wall exhibition in the 6th Annual National ImageMakers Photography Exhibit. Exhibit runs April 21th through May 19th at the Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive. For more information please contact Curator of Education Marinta Skupin at 949-494-8971, ext. 201.
In One Hour/One Painting, author and critic Peter Clothier invites small groups of participants to sit in front of a single artwork for a full hour. For this session, the group will study an untitled John Altoon painting from 1959 from the museum’s permanent collection. Clothier begins with a brief introduction to the principles of closed-eye breath meditation, encouraging participants to relax and refresh the eyes. This leads to an alternation of closed- and open-eye work, with the facilitator guiding the process with brief instructions and directions. April 25th at 7 pm at the Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive.
INTROSPECTIVE LANDSCAPES, the contemporary paintings by Victoria Porcello, and VIOLIN VARIATIONS, the abstract paintings of Howard Hitchcock, are on display at the Sandstone Gallery until the end of the month, along with works by contemporary artists KL Heagen, Ann Kim, Sunny Kim, Mada Leach, Anne Moore, Jong H. Ro, and Lynn Welker. Open daily until April 29th at 384-A North Coast Highway. For more information call 949-497-6775 or visit sandstonegallery.com/.