“ Our Town , Our Paper ” lagunabeachindy . com JANUARY 19 , 2024 | Volume XXI , Issue 03
City Unveils Temporary Skate Ramps at Community & Recreation Center
Laguna Beach recently installed temporary skate ramps at the Community & Recreation Center as part of a pilot program . Photo courtesy of the City of Laguna Beach
LAM to Host First-Ever Decorative Arts Show
Adam Neeley ’ s ‘ Modern Alchemy ’ fuses art and nature into jewelry design
By LB Indy Staff
For the first time , Laguna Art Museum will showcase the luminous world of ornamental bling in a new decorative arts show opening mid-February .
Modern Alchemy , an exhibition showcasing the fusion of art , nature , and innovation in the jewelry designs of the renowned designer Adam Neeley , will be on view from Feb . 17 through July 29 .
“ Modern Alchemy explores my journey as an artist , from early years of gemstone cutting and silversmithing to developing my own unique design aesthetic &
inventing new gold colors . This exhibition features displays to excite audiences of all ages and share the magical world of the jewelry arts ,” Neeley said .
Neeley skillfully combines traditional goldsmith techniques with cutting-edge technologies to transform precious metals and gemstones into wearable masterpieces . His unparalleled designs draw inspiration from the diverse shapes and colors found in the natural world , a passion ignited during his childhood rock-collecting adventures .
Neeley studied under master goldsmiths
By LB Indy Staff
The City of Laguna Beach has installed temporary skate ramps at the Community & Recreation Center for city-sponsored skate classes , camps , and free skating during fixed daytime hours .
Laguna Beach City Council recently approved the installment of the temporary skate ramps to answer residents ’ requests to provide a safe skateboarding location for local youth to enjoy .
The temporary skate ramps are open Monday through Friday , from 2 p . m . to dusk and Saturdays from 10 a . m . to 3 p . m . For more information , contact the Community & Recreation Center at ( 949 ) 715-8620 . The center is located at 30516 South Coast Highway , Laguna Beach , 92651 .
in Italy , honing his craft and developing a distinctive style , earning him international acclaim and prestigious awards in the jewelry industry . Throughout years of experimentation , Neeley developed the SpectraGold technique , a new process involving transitioning one color of gold into another . Achieved through a meticulous forging process , this technique produces a subtle gradient , or ombré , of color — from yellow gold to white gold and beyond . Neeley ’ s innovation and his
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Valentine ’ s Day Card Campaign Spreads Waves of Love
Local attorney Meldie Moore with last year ’ s Valentine ’ s Day cards . Photo / Moore Law for Children
By Clara Beard | LB Indy Four years ago , local attorney Meldie Moore set out to make Laguna a little more loving .
Roused by Mother Teresa ’ s famous saying , “ I alone cannot change the world , but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples ,” Moore set out in 2020 to create different projects for her small law firm , Moore Law for Children , to help local business owners and nonprofits .
“ I called it a Wave of Change , hoping many ripples would create a wave ,” Moore said . “ In February of 2021 , inspired by Valentine ’ s Day , I wanted to touch the lives of our most vulnerable population with some heartfelt , handmade love .”
Moore ’ s idea sparked a city-wide Valentine ’ s Day card drive for older and disabled adults living in Laguna and Orange County long-
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