Story submitted by First Thursday Art Walk:
Laguna Beach's First Thursdays Art Walk and the Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD) have announced their 11th annual Professional Student Mentoring Program and Exhibition.
The exhibition will be held during thge Dec. 6 Art Walk, from 6-9 p.m., when select member galleries will feature original work by 17 graduating LCAD seniors.
Each student will be at their mentor gallery during that evening's Art Walk to discuss their art and engage in conversations with gallery artists and Art Walk patrons. Proceeds from the sale of the students’ work will benefit student artists and the First Thursdays Art Walk LCAD Scholarship Fund.
Art Walk provides a unique opportunity to promote Laguna Beach as a leading, year-round destination and community of fine art galleries. Our mission is to increase the public’s exposure to the arts by creating a friendly and entertaining environment during exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and artist receptions.
The Mentoring Program encourages galleries to work with graduating seniors in the Fine Arts Professional Studies class at LCAD. The program is designed to help students take their first steps into the professional art world by getting them involved in the business of operating a gallery and professionally exhibiting artwork. Students also gain valuable hand-on experience working with gallery artists who can provide a unique perspective on their work.
“Our member galleries are very supportive of this program, and in some cases, the gallery has offered to host the student for several weeks in December. Our ongoing relationship with Laguna College of Art & Design remains strong, and we encourage visitors to drop by the participating galleries to view these extraordinary works of art,” said Dora Wexell, president of First Thursdays Art Walk.
The student and galleries are listed below:
Gallery - Student
Art Cube Gallery - Averi Endow
Artist Eye Gallery - Geanna Antsey
AR4T Gallery - Lauren Molina
Bluebird Gallery - Candace Tupper
Cove Gallery - Amy Bergener
Dawson Cole Fine Art - Benjamin Gibson
DeRu’s Fine Art - Rachel Scott
Exclusive Collections - Lana Duong
Gallery McCollum Alex Ng
La Bottega Dell’Acquaforte - Leah Kranz
Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art - Jessica Wyman
Pacific Edge Gallery - Christen Phillips
saltfineart - Tierney Moses
Studio 7 Gallery - Amber Foote
The Cottage Gallery - Karen Sreffani
The George Gallery - Irin Mahapin
The Redfern Gallery - Gloria Rivera