L.A. Agenda: Design and Arts Events in Southern California


If you haven’t already hopped aboard the “shop local” train, what better way to join the movement than with the Unique L.A. Summer Show? The 2-day design event starts on July 13 and is hailed as the largest of its kind, with over 150 meticulously curated local artists. When you take breaks from shopping everything from original prints to one-of-a-kind light sculptures, munch on culinary delights from L.A. based food trucks and enjoy photo booth and refreshment freebies. This year, the event has partnered with literacy nonprofit 826LA, further enriching the community-focused atmosphere. July 13 & 14, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door, cash only. The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave #203, Santa Monica.

They say dogs often resemble their owners and, at times, even share personality traits. Mutual interests may not be far behind, thanks to Architecture for Dogs – a conceptual exhibit at the Long Beach Museum of Art. The project runs until September 3 and presents 13 structures, each designed for a specific breed of man’s best friend. After your museum visit, check out the project’s website for instructional videos and downloadable blueprints to build your own canine-friendly kennels. Through Tuesday, September 3. General admission: $7, Students and Seniors: $6. Free every Friday and every Thursday evening from 3 – 8 p.m. 2300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach.

The Sawdust Art & Craft Festival has made its way back to Laguna Beach for its 47th year. Open daily and running through Sept 1, the nonprofit event features an exposition of 201 new and returning local artists putting their handcrafted art mediums and creative processes on display. Prefer the learn-by-doing method over just simple observation? Sign up for the daily festival classes that enable you to conquer the art of revered Chinese brush painting, or choose to dabble in ceramics at the potter’s wheel. Fresh ocean air and live entertainment always included. Through Sunday, Sept 1. General adult admission: $7.75, Seniors: $6.25, Children: $3.25, Summer Festival Pass: $15. Summer and Winter Festival Pass: $20. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

When painting, experimental artist Jeanette Wolff abandons all repressive formulas and delves deep into her subconscious for true artistic expression. Behind Wolff’s San Luis Obispo Museum of Art exhibition titled Pieced Together is a story dissonant from a more archetypal artist journey. Instead, her mixed media involves a cryptic family history, possible supernatural communication and an emotional connection – all with the main goal of uncovering truth. Through Sunday, July 28, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day. General admission is free. 1010 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo.

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