Balmy Day

John Crosby, Laguna Beach

 Arts

Published March 2010

Artist
John Cosby,
Laguna Beach
and Paso Robles

See It
Cosby’s work is available at Redfern Gallery, 1540 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949-497-3356, www.redferngallery.com.

Background
He left home at 17 to become an artist. But before Cosby fulfilled that goal, he served as a communications advance man in the Nixon and Ford administrations. He also sailed on a restored boat for nearly four years, trading his drawings of other vessels for supplies, and worked as a commercial illustrator.

Creation
“The first thing is to find something that attracts my attention,” Cosby says of settling on a plein-air landscape. “Next, I look for a spot where I can paint and a car won’t run over me.” He liked this scene of Divers Cove in Laguna Beach because of the turquoise water, the umbrella shadow pattern, and the vertical shapes of the beachgoers.

Inspiration
A founding member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Cosby is happy his fondness for painting and the outdoors dovetail so nicely. “I like its portability,” he says. “I can make a living anywhere in the world at any time wherever
I go, and that’s a pretty wonderful thing.”

 

Front and Center

Culture Clash in the Ivory Tower
Herbert Siguenza, one-third of the performance group Culture Clash, is helping UC Irvine students develop plays the way Culture Clash creates site-specific works using journalistic interview techniques.

How does this process add to a drama student’s education?
“It forces him or her to listen and empathize. They will create their own character based on someone who is real.”

Why take on this project now? 
“Teaching will allow me to pass on what I know and keep me close to home.”

Advice you give students?
“Don’t preconceive anything. It’s very important for an artist to be open to new and crazy possibilities.”

The Herbert Siguenza Project runs March 11 through 14 at UC Irvine. 949-824-2787,www.arts.uci.edu.

 

Tidbit

Public Art
A new Mike Tauber sculpture in Laguna’s Community Art Project will be dedicated before the March 4 art walk at Wells Fargo Bank, 260 Ocean Ave. Coincidentally, it’s called Divers Cove.

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