| Jul 25, 2012
| 4:48 PM
While Vic was out on the ocean this past weekend, searching for pelagic birds on a trip with Sea and Sage Audubon, I went to photography boot camp.
Ralph Velasco, a noted local travel photographer, teaches this great refresher course periodically at...
| May 16, 2012
| 3:02 PM
Huntington Beach artists can forget about entering their work in Laguna Beach's Festival of Arts open-air show, unless they can prove that they live in one of 34 ZIP codes outside of Surf City.
Under the Festival's present-day rules, Surf City and points...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 10:25 AM
Last week, Vic and I wrote about my recent visit to Yellowstone National Park. The reason I was in that area was to attend a wildlife photography workshop in Grand Teton National Park. The workshop was sponsored by a photography group called the...
| May 30, 2012
| 2:10 PM
Craving a fresh and delicious sandwich that's made surfers and locals happy for 40 years?
Make your way over to Jan's Health Bar in Huntington Beach. Founded by Jan Gaffney, one of the original surfer girls from the 1960s and a health food enthusiast...
| May 30, 2012
| 2:08 PM
Come June 15, after the last bell at Huntington Beach High School signals the end of the academic year, Bill Morehouse will leave his darkroom inside classroom I-8 and step into retirement.
"I actually built this darkroom almost all by myself," said...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 9:47 AM
The Photographic Society of Orange County has an exhibit of photos at the Huntington Beach Central Library that features some fine works of art. (Some of my photos are hanging there as well.) There will be a reception at the library gallery from 6:30 to...
| Jul 2, 2012
| 2:42 PM
Vic must have decided that he didn't have enough to do what with teaching birding and biology, working with the Amigos, and serving as vice president of Sea and Sage Audubon. He has become a volunteer with the National Forest Service for Cleveland...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 2:39 PM
The artist traced her giant baby doll concept back to when she cleared out her 10-year-old son's room of toys he no longer touched.
"I had just been stashing things in his room," Joyce Dallal said, describing the size of her now 13-year-old son's past...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 4:01 PM
Professor Darrell Ebert was thrilled.
"This is probably one of the highest-level shows that you could find in an educational gallery," he said.
Now in his 43rd year at Golden West College, Ebert teaches sculpture, painting, two- and three-dimensional...
| Nov 12, 2012
| 9:35 AM
I wrote about a mural in this column two years ago. It covered a large liquor store wall facing the McDonald's near the intersection of Edinger Avenue and Edwards Street, and it depicted all the most iconic McDonald's characters, from Ronald to Grimace to...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 2:38 PM
Two of my greatest passions had a nasty scuffle recently in Huntington Beach. Animal rights won on the street, while artist rights scored a knockout in the media.
At times like these, it smarts to be in the middle.
For those who missed Chris Epting's...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 10:46 AM
Soon after the tragic events of 9/11, artist Gary Simpson was inspired to create a large conceptual piece combining cement with soil from every member state of the United Nations. He called the project "Common Ground 191."
He relied on volunteers and...