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“ Our Town , Our Paper ” lagunabeachindy . com DECEMBER 30 , 2022 | Volume XIX , Issue 52

Laguna Art Museum Reimagines California Cool with 41st Annual Auction , Benefit & Bash

The annual auction opens via Artsy on Feb . 18 , featuring works from over 125 California artists , culminating with a Benefit & Bash on March 4 connecting artists , collectors and the community

The Chakra Shack Celebrates 20 Years In Laguna

By LB Indy Staff
The Laguna Art Museum set the dates for the 41st Annual California Cool Art Auction , Benefit & Bash . The popular fundraiser will place Feb . 18 to March 4 , 2023 . Bidding for the annual auction will open online on Feb . 18 . The auction will feature works from over 125 California artists , on view to preview in person at Laguna Art Museum with paid admission , Feb . 18 through March 4 .
The auction will culminate with an exclusive Benefit & Bash at the museum on March 4 beginning at 6:30 p . m ., connecting artists , collectors and the community in a celebration of California culture . The museum ’ s largest fundraiser of the year has been reimagined to offer the preeminent California Cool experience , with a creative California-inspired culinary and cocktail experience , a special performance by musical guest and Laguna local , Grammy-nominated , Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats , an artistic photo opportunity on the red carpet with photographer Tony Pinto and the chance to meet many of California ’ s most notable artists supporting the museum and participating in the auction . Online auction bidding will continue through the evening , concluding at 8 p . m . on March 4 .
The museum-curated auction will feature
By Clara Beard | Laguna Beach Independent
Twenty years ago , Jill Templin , fresh out of college and suffering the loss of her father , began searching for inner peace . Her spiritual journey led her to open The Chakra Shack at just 24 years old , and , after three location changes , the shop on 976 S . Pacific Coast Highway has become a solid fixture in Laguna Beach .
“ I feel like the Goldilocks of Laguna Beach ,” Templin said . “ This one ’ s not right . That one ’ s too small . This place may be too big , but I feel well connected to the community , the people and the walk sing lifestyle of being so close to the beach .”
Templin describes The Chakra Shack as a metaphysical shop - where psychology meets spirituality . It offers a wide variety of spiritual accouterments focused on fitting different needs and lifestyles , like aura photography , healing crystals , Tarot cards , meditation music and more .
“ Crystals and jewelry are our most popular items ,” Templin said . “ But we also have different aromatherapy , candles , singing bowls , wands , sage and gift items . Our aura photography is huge now . I ’ ve had that since we opened , it was almost a
Charles Arnoldi , La Croix Acrylic & Charcoal on Canvas 80 ” H x 72 ” W 2022 . ART MUSEUM , PAGE 8 CHAKRA SHACK , PAGE 8


The 6.5-acre property set to increase community , recreational opportunities in South Laguna
By LB Indy Staff
City Manager Shohreh Dupuis has announced the City of Laguna Beach closed escrow this Wednesday on the 6.5-acre St . Catherine of Siena school property at 30516 Coast Highway . The City will start programming its use in early 2023 .
“ The acquisition of St . Catherine ’ s school is a unique and rare opportunity for our community , given that the City of Laguna Beach is largely built out ,” Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen said . “ I want to thank the Diocese of Orange for working with us over the past two years and allowing this property to remain as a community-serving facility .”
The City negotiated the $ 23 million purchase of the 6.5-acre property to increase community and recreational opportunities in South Laguna . The property has four buildings that give around 39,500 square feet of indoor space and


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