Jorg Dubin, Hangover House (detail), 2019, oil on linen, Courtesy of the artist.


What's It All About?

Word and Image in Dialogue

Reception and exhibition of new ekphrastic works created by Laguna Beach writers and artists in a year-long collaborative project between Laguna Art Museum and Laguna Beach Literary Laureate Lojo Simon.

Seven artists – Kate Buckley, Deborah Davidson, Jorg Dubin, Jacques Garnier, Jesse Colin Jackson, Elizabeth McGhee, and Sandra Jones Campbell – created paintings and sculptures inspired by literary works about Laguna Beach or written by authors with ties to Laguna Beach, such as Richard Halliburton, Michael Chabon, and Tennessee Williams.

Seven writers – Kate Buckley, Grant Hier, Randy Kraft, Gordon McAlpine, Aline Ohanesian, Genevieve Scott, and Lojo Simon – chose works of art that are part of the museum’s permanent collection as inspiration for new literary works, including poems, flash fiction, memoir, and writing for the stage.

The artists and writers will speak about their creative processes at this opening reception, and the works will be on view in an exhibition from January 18 through January 26, 2020.

Free admission. Advance registration is recommended.

Advance registration for this event is no longer available. Additional guests may be accommodated if space permits, on a first-come-first-serve basis, but unfortunately we cannot guarantee admission to the reception without a reservation.

We encourage you to visit the exhibition before or after the reception. The exhibition is on view through Sunday, January 26. The museum is open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, and from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday.


About the Instructor

Lojo Simon

Lojo Simon is a polycreative, playwright, dramaturg, Laguna Beach Literary Laureate and curator of Bare Bones Theatre new play reading series at Laguna Playhouse. Most recently, she was commissioned to write the book and lyrics for Creede Repertory Theatre’s Young Audience Outreach Tour BEST FOOT FORWARD (2019), SEEDS OF CHANGE (2018) and ALBERT PORTER, BOY EXPLORER (2017). Her plays for young audiences, NICE & SLOW (Old Miner Playwriting Award, Noorda Center for Children and Youth), PLUM LUCK and GORILLA BALLERINA, are published by YouthPlays. Works for older audiences include RELIC (Queens Theatre), ADORATION OF DORA (Avant Bard, KOLT Run, Idiom, KCACTF/ATHE David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award), ONE FOOT (Idiom Theatre, Minneapolis Fringe, Salt Lake City Fringe), CONTROLLED BURN (MonoMyth), LOVE ALL (OC-Centric New Play Festival), and MI CORAZON (Anna Zornio Award). Short plays include MOSCOW (Sam French OOB Festival, City Theatre National New Play Award, KCACTF Ten Minute Play Award, Best of Tribal Humor Festival, Heideman Award finalist), GINGER AMERICA (WWU British Theatre Tour, Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, T. Schreiber Theatre, Badass Theatre), BATSHIT CRAZY (U. of St. Thomas, City Theatre New Play Award Finalist), GIRLFRIENDS (Smith & Kraus) and LIPSTICK (Cone Man Running). Plays with Anita Simons include J’OY VEY (Florida Rep PlayLab, Trinity Street Players) and HEARTLAND (Dayton Playhouse FutureFest winner, KCACTF Finalist, Brill/Sense Publishers).

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