Dialogue with Gregg Schwenk

 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL 

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Hard to believe that it’s already been 20 years since the illustrious Newport Beach Film Festival made its debut in this tony beach community. While many festivals have come and gone, the Newport Beach Film Festival has proven to be a classic mainstay. And for those wondering how the Festival grew into a world renowned, international event, drawing over 55,000 attendees annually, well… It takes a village. That village, is the City of Newport Beach; not just the governing body, which came forth with overwhelming support, but also the business community, including Fashion Island and the restaurant and hotel communities. Even the residents, fueled with passion, came on board to serve on the executive team and volunteer. But one resident, Newport native Gregg Schwenk, was the consistent force behind this local feature presentation, which is now the largest film festival in Coastal Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.

Joli Magazine: Tell us how you launched the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Gregg Schwenk: While serving on the Economic Development Committee, the idea of film festival in Newport Beach swirled around. So I sat down with the Mayor and City Council, the Conference of Visitors Bureau, and other major stakeholders of our city and everyone loved the concept. Next I approached Todd Quartararo, who had impressed me with his marketing skills and he got on board. Todd is our co-founder and a tremendous asset to the Festival.

JM: What was the first Newport Beach Film Festival like?

GS: It was very successful for an upstart festival. We paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of Sunset Boulevard and chose the Academy Award winning film as our premiere screening. Hollywood Film Producer A.C. Lyles attended and read a letter from the movie’s director Billy Wilder. It was a very special night. The festival screened 150 films that year.

JM: How did you get films for the festival during the early years?

GS: Todd and I leveraged our contacts in the industry to bring in films. Back then, limited internet capabilities and primitive technology existed. Submissions arrived on VHS tapes. Scheduling was done with sticky notes on a white board. We traveled to other festivals and film events to connect with filmmakers and distributors.

JM: How did you get funding to create an event of this magnitude?

GS: We have a large amount of local support. The City of Newport Beach allocates financial support. We also have businesses that recognize the value of aligning with the festival, such as Pacific Sales Kitchen and Home, Karma Automotive, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Experian and Compass Real Estate. Our audience profile is comprised of affluent, well-traveled, early adopters. Local venues help defray costs with in-kind sponsorship. Fashion Island hosts the opening night post party on their site. Hotel Fashion Island, Newport Beach Country Club, Balboa Bay Resort, Muldoon’s Irish Pub, Newport Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, Via Lido Plaza, Sherman Library & Gardens and Lido Marina Village are among the other generous partners that host prominent events. Over 70 local restaurants participate. Tito’s Handmade Vodka provides hosted bars. Most importantly, we have over 1,000 volunteers working behind the scenes and on the front lines. That’s a payroll value we could never afford. With all this support, we are able to screen 300 films each year, offer free seminars featuring film industry notables and host lavish post screening parties for networking, mingling, and an elevated cinematic experience. 

JM: What is your favorite film ever screened at the festival?

GS: We have screened Oscar winning films, such as Crash, which was great. What festival wouldn’t want to premiere an Academy Award winner? However, my personal favorite screening was To Kill A Mockingbird. I love the classics, especially that one. And we had cast and film crew members in attendance. I am also proud of our screening of The Sting, where we had the largest cast reunion turn out. Like most film festivals, our focus is on independent films but we like to intersperse retrospective programming into the mix.

JM: What is your favorite part of the Newport Beach Film Festival?

GS: I get excited when filmmakers come up to tell me what a great time they had at the festival. Some of the filmmakers showcased their shorts as film students in the festival’s early days and now are back with successful feature films. That’s also very gratifying to see. 

The Newport Beach Film Festival
is scheduled April 25 through May 2, 2019
www.newportbeachfilmfestcom

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Rita Goldberg

Rita Goldberg, Editor-In-Chief, hails from New York, where she earned her degree from New York University’s School of Journalism and launched her career on the press room floor of Women’s Wear Daily. A long time resident of Newport Beach, she has served as Founding Editor for several prominent magazines and collaborated on two editions of The Art Lover’s Cook Book. She is a well ingrained community member of Coastal Orange County and is a Founding Board Member of The Newport Beach Film Festival and past Chair of The Newport Beach City Arts Commission. She brings over 20 years of professional journalism and editorial experience to Joli Magazine. A mother of three, during her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking and taking advantage of the beautiful Southern California lifestyle.

Peter Blake Gallery Caters to Collectors

PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHANIE BACHIERO AND TONY FLOREZ

PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHANIE BACHIERO AND TONY FLOREZ

Laguna Beach is world renowned for its thriving art scene. The seven mile long coastal town boasts more than 100 art galleries and artists’ studios. In the heart of it all, founded by Peter Blake, is a standout gallery that caters to avid collectors seeking to build their cultural legacy. 

The artfully designed modern space that houses the Peter Blake Gallery is known for representing Abstract California Minimalism. Provocative artworks, that speak to light and space, are on display in this stark yet elegant environ. 

Light and Space is an art movement that started in Los Angeles in the 1960’s, partially inspired by the California car and surf culture. Artists who popularized this form of art used unusual materials that included metal, resin and car paint to create works that captured light to create transparency and reflection. 

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Lita Albuquerque, Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, Mary Corse and Joe Goode are among the notable artists who pioneered this art form and have been represented in Peter Blake’s personally curated rotating exhibits. 

In its 25th year, Peter Blake Gallery has secured the trust of the serious art collecting clientele, thanks to Blake’s ability to identify and showcase the mid-career rising stars in the art world. 

“I have a knack for spotting artists who are very talented but still on a growth path so the artworks I sell tend to appreciate in value,” says Blake. He has represented artists whose works sold for $20,000 and are now worth over $200,000. “I cater to clients seeking to acquire a collection that will become museum worthy. I can discern the difference between an average painting and an extraordinary one.” 

Blake is well ingrained in the art scene and participates in some of the most respected art fairs in the country including Miami’s Art Basel, New York’s Armory Show, EXPO Chicago, Dallas Art Fair, and the Seattle Art Fair. But Blake’s success didn’t occur overnight. He admits that in the beginning business was tough. 

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“I was in my 20’s when I walked passed a for lease sign here in town and thought, ‘this could be my gallery.’ I had so many friends who were artists who needed representation. Signing that lease at such a young age was a bold move. To be truthful, I may have had one too many cocktails empowering me when I committed to the idea,” recalls Blake. 

“I worked in a restaurant for years to help pay the bills of maintaining the gallery,” says Blake. “Usually, wealthy people invest in a gallery and that was not me 25 years ago when I opened the gallery.” It took five years for the Peter Blake Gallery to turn a profit but once Blake earned the respect and trust of art collectors he was on his way. 

The Peter Blake Gallery, located at 435 Ocean Avenue, is actually the third and hopefully final space. Blake has completely remodeled the gallery to imbue a modern minimalist feel that reflects the art genre represented. 

“I think I’m a frustrated architect,” says Blake, in reference to his hands on involvement in the gallery’s recent redesign, which was executed by local architect Anders Lasater. 

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In addition to specializing in California Minimalism, Blake also procures period furnishings and has secured valuable examples of modern design from the 1930’s through 1970’s. 

“Collectible furniture as an art form is my other specialty. I am very proud of the design furnishings I represent,” says Blake, who sells these items to collectors around the world through platforms specializing in this category such as 1st dibs and auction houses that include Sotheby’s. 

Blake is currently planning an exhibit to mark the gallery’s 25 year anniversary. I plan to host a special exhibit featuring 30 of the artists I have represented over the years to celebrate this milestone. It will be a great show.

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Rita Goldberg

Rita Goldberg, Editor-In-Chief, hails from New York, where she earned her degree from New York University’s School of Journalism and launched her career on the press room floor of Women’s Wear Daily. A long time resident of Newport Beach, she has served as Founding Editor for several prominent magazines and collaborated on two editions of The Art Lover’s Cook Book. She is a well ingrained community member of Coastal Orange County and is a Founding Board Member of The Newport Beach Film Festival and past Chair of The Newport Beach City Arts Commission. She brings over 20 years of professional journalism and editorial experience to Joli Magazine. A mother of three, during her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking and taking advantage of the beautiful Southern California lifestyle.

 Painting Your Soul 

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Amidst the bounty of art galleries along Laguna Beach’s Coast Highway, tucked in the back corner of the Laguna Art Gallery Contemporary, resides an inviting studio space where self expression meets self exploration. 

A blank canvas, propped up on an easel, along with a blank journal to pen inner thoughts, headphones for an audio meditation, and a selection of paints and brushes await. 

Mantras like “This Moment is More Precious Than You Think” and “Inhale Confidence, Exhale Doubt” are prominently displayed. Rather than the smell of fresh paint, akin to most art studios, expect the aroma of lavender, or the scent of your chosen aromatic oil, wafting throughout the space. 

Painting Your Soul, offers a unique opportunity that redefines our connection to art. 

Founded by Karen Hanlon Grove, this masterpiece experience is not your typical art class. It is the opportunity to rediscover yourself and pour your soul into your art. When life dealt Karen a personal blow, that is exactly what she did. 

“For 22 years I lived what I thought was a dream life. I was married to my high school sweetheart, a prominent doctor, proudly raising two amazing children. I had a beautiful home and was strongly ingrained in my community. Then it all ended and my world changed,” shares Karen, who turned to painting as a healing mechanism. “My marriage fell apart and my privileged life became emotionally difficult. I had nowhere to turn except inward to my spiritual core, a place I reached with the help of painting. Art paved the way for the most important voyage of my life.” 

For Karen, it was not about the finished artwork but about the process of creating that helped her get through her darkest time. “All my emotions came flooding to the surface with each stroke of the brush. Through streaks of color I gained insight, processed my emotions, and was able to move on.” 

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Now Karen is ready to guide others to an elevated state of self-awareness through her painting sessions. 

These sessions, typically private but also offered as small group workshops, entail a multi-sensory approach. Music plays softly in the background and the scent of your chosen aroma permeates. A cup of calming herbal tea is presented. Karen will ask clients to write exactly what they are feeling at the moment in their journal and to select a card with an inspirational quote. A guided meditation gets clients to decompress and engage in the present. Paint colors are selected and squeezed onto the palette. In this unique environment, you are primed to paint. 

The idea is to paint freely, allowing your intuition to guide you. You paint what you feel and continue painting until you are ready to stop. The artist connects with the finished product on an emotional level. The process of creating is soothing and healing, according to Karen, who knows first hand, and has witnessed the effects of her painting sessions on hundreds of clients. 

Before opening her studio, she workshopped her vision at rehab centers, battered women’s shelters, hospitals, and other facilities throughout the country. Participants found the process transformative, inspirational and healing. 

Karen proudly displays a packet of testimonials, with insights such as, “Sometimes you need to stop, stop and enjoy life,” and “This allowed me to look at my soul and discover it is beautiful.” These outcomes reinforced Karen’s conviction that her painting sessions were special and helped crystalize her plan to create Painting Your Soul. 

“People hold on too much and worry about making mistakes,” observes Karen. “But when you allow yourself to immerse in the moment, you open up the gateway to your inner feelings. You are never more connected than when you allow yourself to be still. That is why I start with the meditation.” 

The stillness embodies a blank canvas within. And when this inner blank canvas is met with the blank canvas in front of you, anything is possible. 

The canvas is meant to represent your life. The painting is your journey. And the finished artwork will always be what you need to see and will lead to continual insights and self-awareness. 

Painting Your Soul 
305 N. Coast Highway,
Laguna Beach 
727.422.0439 
www.paintingyoursoul.com 

Rita Goldberg

Rita Goldberg, Editor-In-Chief, hails from New York, where she earned her degree from New York University’s School of Journalism and launched her career on the press room floor of Women’s Wear Daily. A long time resident of Newport Beach, she has served as Founding Editor for several prominent magazines and collaborated on two editions of The Art Lover’s Cook Book. She is a well ingrained community member of Coastal Orange County and is a Founding Board Member of The Newport Beach Film Festival and past Chair of The Newport Beach City Arts Commission. She brings over 20 years of professional journalism and editorial experience to Joli Magazine. A mother of three, during her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking and taking advantage of the beautiful Southern California lifestyle.

Pacific Symphony’s 40th Anniversary Gala Guests Relive The Glories Of The Disco Era

Event raises more than $1.5 million for the organization’s music and education programs

All Guest Photos By Ann Chatillon

All Guest Photos By Ann Chatillon

More than 400 guests found themselves transported to the heyday of the disco era for Pacific Symphony’s 40thAnniversary Gala. Time-traveling back to 1978, the year the orchestra was founded, gala-goers got into the festive spirit and dressed in fashionable disco evening wear for this splashy disco extravaganza.

The evening’s gala chairs—the dynamic duo of Ruth Ann Evans and husband, Symphony Board Member John Evans—along with the gala committee, designed an exciting evening on March 2 at the Hotel Irvine that sparkled with all the decadence and all-night fun at Pacific Symphony’s own iconic Studio 78: a recreation of New York’s legendary Studio 54 nightclub, the emblematic hot spot of ‘70s disco nightlife. The event raised more than $1.5 million for Pacific Symphony’s vast array of music and education programs.

(left to right) John Forsyte, President of the Pacific Symphony, Ellie Gordon, Mike Gordon and Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Carl St. Clair.

(left to right) John Forsyte, President of the Pacific Symphony, Ellie Gordon, Mike Gordon and Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Carl St. Clair.

Pacific Symphony President John Forsyte saluted the efforts of the co-chairs, saying “John and Ruth Ann are fantastic leaders for the Symphony. They were determined, imaginative and passionate about making this 40th Anniversary celebration one of our most memorable. They also recruited a fantastic committee. The décor, food, entertainment and celebratory elements were extremely well received.” He continued, “I can’t thank John and Ruth Ann enough for agreeing to chair this event for a second year in a row, but given their 30-plus year history with the Symphony, there is no couple more well-suited to take on the responsibility.” 

 Ruth Ann Evans commented that she and her husband John both “love Pacific Symphony and have been committed to its support for 32 seasons out of its 40-year history. John has been on the board since 1987 and is a past chairman; I’ve chaired two other Galas and three of the Symphony’s opening night events, because I find it to be creative and satisfying. This Gala was a fun and festive celebration of the Symphony’s Ruby Anniversary.” 

“We were gratified to be chairing the Gala again this year,” adds John Evans, the Symphony’s most-tenured board member. “For four decades, Pacific Symphony has been a cultural beacon of Orange County. We’re so pleased to be celebrating the Symphony’s 40 years of success.”

The reception got underway at 5 p.m., as guests walked the red carpet and were presented with their own Studio 78 “VIP passes,” while paparazzi’s flashbulbs bedazzled the glamorously attired arrivals. Once past the velvet rope, the VIP guests were greeted by aerialists and a champagne tower. An ABBA tribute band got guests in a dancing disco mood performing a mini-set with JT & Friends as a back-up band. The Symphony’s Gala brought to life all the excitement and glamor of an extravagant 70s disco scene with glimmering disco balls, mirrors, fog, balloons and spectacular lighting. Photo ops for guests included stepping into the cover of a 70s magazine or striking a pose in front of a larger-than-life disco ball.

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To create a 70s vibe, a movie theater played clips and scores from ’70s blockbuster films like “The Godfather,” “Star Wars,” “Rocky” and “Jaws.” A Bette Midler impersonator and Liza Minelli lookalike entertained the crowd. Dancing roller skaters and disco-attired wait-staff served hors d’oeuvres that included such ’70s favorites as fondue, quiche and beef wellington. In addition to champagne, such vintage cocktails as piña coladas and negronis were served.

Dinner featured a bay shrimp cocktail on Boston lettuce with cognac sauce followed by Maine lobster bisque garnished with chives, jumbo lump crab and a cheese twist. The entrée served was a thick, juicy filet mignon with Morel mushroom sauce along with a twice-baked potato and spring vegetables. 

As dinner continued, an ensemble of Pacific Symphony musicians performed “Summer” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” led by concertmaster Dennis Kim, who holds the Eleanor and Michael Gordon chair. A video tribute to the Gordons was played and John Forsyte presented the “Philanthropist of the Year” award to them. He commented, “It was so wonderful to have the musicians featured in Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons,’ and for Dennis Kim, our new concertmaster, to be the soloist. As we honored Mike and Ellie Gordon for their years of philanthropy and the endowment they provided to recruit and retain concertmasters, Dennis’ performance was very touching.”

President Forsyte went on to recognize six board chairs in attendance that night who were instrumental in steering Pacific Symphony from success to success, recognizing each one in turn while presenting a special medal commemorating their service: John Evans (1987-88), Doug Freeman (1998-2001), Mike Gordon (2001-04), John Stahr (2004-2006), John Daniels (2007-09), Sally Anderson (2009-13), Michael Kerr (2013-16), and the current board chair Joann Leatherby.

Carl St.Clair then invited students of the Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings program to the stage, where they performed “Por una cabeza,” a classic tango composed and made famous by Carlos Gardel and danced by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie “True Lies.” As guests concluded their meal on a sweet note with a dessert of brown butter chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, the exciting live auction got underway, which offered a tantalizing selection of extravagant items, travel packages and one-of-a-kind experiences.

Then, the cherry on the top of a delicious evening proved to be Fund-A-Dream, which began with a heart-tugging video on the Symphony’s numerous education programs and the many children they benefit. Paddles were back in action and the evening’s numbers soared. Altogether, the live auction raised $253,710, with Fund-a-Dream adding $389,000 to bring the auction totals to a whopping $642,710—all benefitting the Symphony’s outstanding programs. 

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As the auction concluded, the party heated up. A John Travolta impersonator busted out some major disco moves while Bee Gees impersonator sang disco hits. Gala guests joined in, trying out their disco choreography on a dazzling “Saturday Night Fever”-inspired LED-lit dance floor. The spectacular evening wrapped up with guests dancing the night away, as the big band sounds of JT & Friends turned up the heat with more classic disco hits, performing hits by the Bee Gees, Donna Summer and more. At the conclusion of the evening, guests were treated to a box of delicious disco donuts to-go.

RockStars of Art Fine Art Gallery

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If you’re in the mood for a monstrous martini with jumbo olives or to get up close to some iconic rock musicians (possibly Mick Jagger & Keith Richards), just take a stroll into RockStars of Art - Fine Art Gallery. 

Okay, okay – so you won’t be seeing Mick or Keith in person, but you won’t be disappointed. And, I’ll tell you why. But first, a bit about the gallery itself. 

I recently met with Cory Marie, owner/ director of RockStars of Art - Fine Art Gallery, located at 3555 East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar, just between Narcissus and Orchid. 

I asked her how she chose the location, a two-story, 2,200 square foot space ideal for a gallery. 

“I grew up in Corona del Mar. It chose us.” More specifically, she and her husband, Greg, were visiting from Las Vegas and she wanted to show him where she’d grown up. 

They were having breakfast at Rose Bakery when they saw a ‘For Lease’ sign on the window across the street. 

“Greg called the realtor and told me we had a meeting in ten minutes. The monthly rent was very doable. It was just one of those things, it found us. I’m a praying girl. We got in the car and said … and if this is not in God’s will, then you know…..” 

Marie and her husband are entrepreneurs who also have a very successful gallery in Las Vegas, The Michael Godard Art Gallery & Store, of which they’re independent owners, licensed to carry Godard’s work. 

At Rockstars of Art, in addition to Godard, they represent numerous other artists such as: Dale Mathis, Scotty Ziegler, Trevor Mezak, David Lozeau, Zedekiah, Jon Rouse and Trevor “Stickman” Stickel. 

Having well established relationships with them, she called them up, told them she was opening a new gallery in Corona del Mar and they simply said, “What do you need?” 

“We’re edgy and contemporary. One of our slogans is “Not your mother’s art gallery. We’re Rock ‘n’ Roll.” 

One of the artists, Trevor ‘Stickman’ Stickel, specializes in paintings of iconic 70’s Rock ‘n’ Roll musicians. Ah Ha! So that’s how you see them. Of course he also paints contemporary ones and other celebrities. Even Einstein. 

His large, finely detailed canvasses capture the raw energy of the musician. You feel their presence. You hear the music. At least my nostalgic 70’s soul does. 

“Stickman’s” style is a hybrid of impressionism, realism, pop, and more and can be appreciated by both Woodstock boomers and the Coachella millennials. His art is timeless. 

Marie describes Stickman as the gallery’s Rock ‘n’ Roll icon artist. “He’s a Rockstar. He is so amazing. He’s like a character actor. He gets into the musician’s head and does his research to no end.”

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So, I reached out to “Stickman,” a Canadian artist, and he was very open in describing his process.

While painting, he indeed does his research, always listening to the musician’s work, watching documentaries and reading biographies. He does his homework.

He confessed that sometimes he immerses himself so much, he even dresses like them. 

All his paintings have his trademark Stickman signature – a stick figure with devil horns, and the inscription “Devil Inside.” The horns represent Rock ‘n’ Roll, once thought of as the devil’s music. 

I asked Marie about her clients’ demographic - whether they’re Rock ‘n’ Roll wannabes, nostalgic boomers or simply collectors. 

“All of the above.”

Although Corona del Mar has changed since her childhood, she thinks it still has its own unique character and energy, unlike the energy of Laguna Beach or Huntington Beach.

“Yes, it’s important to have your demographic dialed in, but there’s no putting it in a box anymore. We have locals, past customers, the person who drives by, sees the lights at night and wants to stop in. There are collectors and Michael Godard is a big draw.”

As you approach the gallery on the sidewalk, you may see a larger than life size cut-out of Michael Godard, known as ‘The Rockstar of the Art World.’

Indeed he seems to be larger than life. 

Imagine if Keith Richards and Elvis Presley had a love child. That’s Michael Godard. He’s tattooed from shoulder to wrist, with straight ebony hair, diamond crosses and colored lenses.

Through those eyes, whichever color, and tattooed arms, Godard creates the paintings for which he’s famous, of extra-large glowing green olives and large, luminous martini glasses on nearly exclusive black backgrounds. 

Each painting tells a story. They’re of funny and frivolous scenes. They’re comical and colorful and sure to draw a smile from even the harshest critic. His work is stylized, fine and totally original. It’s an homage to life’s moments with a comedic twist. 

I asked Marie how she chooses which artists to carry and whom to reject.

“I’m a very intuitive person. When an artist walks in, it’s pretty obvious. I need to feel the energy. It has to connect with me. If an artist walks in here and doesn’t seem drawn to the art, I say, “tell me honestly whether you think your art fits in.” Nine times out of ten, it doesn’t. This is very niche art.”

Rockstars of Art holds events for the unveiling of its artists’ new works and, as a bonus, offers well-established customers the opportunity to hold private events. 

Marie herself is not an artist. She’s a businesswoman. Having owned her own retail store for many years, she knows what sells.

“You have a feel as a salesperson, someone in the business of selling and being your own boss. There’s an art to that.”

Q&A with Tom Donovan - Pelican Hill Resort

GENERAL MANAGER, THE RESORT AT PELICAN HILL 

Last year Tom Donovan joined The Resort at Pelican Hill as Managing Director. As the resort approaches 
its ten year anniversary, Donovan shares his thoughts on what makes for the best guest experience 
and how The Resort at Pelican Hill continues to offer vacationers the ultimate luxury stay. 

Photography courtesy of Pelican Hill

Photography courtesy of Pelican Hill

You have worked at world class properties including the Ritz Carlton, so what sets the Resort at Pelican Hill apart? 

The Resort at Pelican Hill represents all encompassing luxury. There are no other coastal luxury resorts that I know of in the United States that offer so many award winning amenities including golf, spa, dining, wedding venue and recreation on site. 

Since joining as Managing Director last year, what has been your signature impact on the resort? 

Let me preface my answer with the fact that this resort was pretty perfect when I was hired so there wasn’t much room for improvement. However, I am a firm believer in staff engagement and I have worked to establish a warm and personable employee culture throughout the property. Even the landscape staff are encouraged to lift their heads up from their work to offer a warm friendly greeting to passersby. I want everyone on property to feel noticed. It’s the small things that create a lasting impact. 

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Tom Donovan

How would you profile today’s luxury hotel guest and compare to a decade ago when the resort first opened? 

The needs and preferences of guests who check into a luxury resort today are very different than they were ten years ago. Health and wellness has emerged as a prevalent culture and that orientation has brought forth new requests and requirements. Our chefs are all willing to accommodate any menu modifications to comport with guests’ dietary preferences. We have also expanded our fitness offerings to extend beyond our exercise facility. For example, we may offer more yoga classes with ocean views for that total zen experience. 

What else about the resort has changed since the original opening? 

The most obvious and important change has been regarding technology. We are a 500 acre property but we want to ensure that our guests have wifi connection throughout. Our broadband width is quite robust. We also take advantage of technology to ensure the most efficient guest request accommodations. Guests can text our staff for anything and expect a prompt response. Of course, if they prefer to go their rooms and use the landline to call housekeeping or room service, that option is always available. But if you’re heading back to your bungalow or villa and want a chilled bottle of something waiting for you, it’s nice to be able to shoot off a text and know it will be taken care of. 

What is the most popular resort amenity? 

Although we have a two magnificent Tom Fazio designed ocean view golf courses and an award winning spa which are popularly enjoyed, the number one most used amenity is our circular Coliseum Pool. Everyone loves our pool scene. 

What aspect of the resort are you most proud of? 

I am really proud of the resort’s environmental consciousness. This property has been recognized for its irrigation runoff capture system and we are even in Golf Magazine’s “Green Golf Resorts Hall of Fame.” 

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Rita Goldberg

Rita Goldberg, Editor-In-Chief, hails from New York, where she earned her degree from New York University’s School of Journalism and launched her career on the press room floor of Women’s Wear Daily. A long time resident of Newport Beach, she has served as Founding Editor for several prominent magazines and collaborated on two editions of The Art Lover’s Cook Book. She is a well ingrained community member of Coastal Orange County and is a Founding Board Member of The Newport Beach Film Festival and past Chair of The Newport Beach City Arts Commission. She brings over 20 years of professional journalism and editorial experience to Joli Magazine. A mother of three, during her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking and taking advantage of the beautiful Southern California lifestyle.

Play Review - Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose

A Timeless Classic With An Interactive Twist

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Tony-nominated Director Sheldon Epps should be applauded and was the entire show!! What an unexpected treat to see Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose at the Laguna Playhouse.

The famed musical had it all…love, humor, iconic pop music, suspense, choreography by Mandy Moore, with a contemporary twist from the original production.  From the stage design and sets to the incredibly talented cast of actors, singers and dancers the show is a must-see.

Our group had never attended a Pantostyle interactive play before and did not know what to expect. We had a blast!  And, would go again and again and again.

 Lido’s Coveted Lifestyle

Residents And Visitors Enjoy New And Iconic Offering

Along Newport Harbor and adjacent to the Pacific Ocean is one of Newport Beach’s most cherished communities, offering the quintessential beach town lifestyle: Lido Isle Village. From its history founded in the late 1860’s by brothers James and Robert McFadden, to high-end home renovations, fine dining in classic restaurant and new architecture; Lido Island has a little bit of everything for its established and new residents, and its many daily visitors.

History

In 1902, James McFadden sold all of his Newport property, including the Newport townsite, about half the Balboa Peninsula, and the swamplands that were to become Harbor, Lido, and Balboa Islands (totaling about 900 acres) to William S. Collins and C. A. Hanson for an undisclosed amount, suspected to be $35,000.

Lido Marina Village

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When it comes to Lido Village’s historic charm and revitalized, up-and-coming feel, one area might stand out that holds its iconic charm and fresh new look; Lido Marina Village. Situated at the tip of Newport Peninsula, Lido Marina Village is a vibrant area with buildings dating back to the 1930’s inhabited by newly established shops, eateries and fun activities for all-ages.

“First developed as a series of waterside bungalows in the 30’s and 40’s, you can still find some of the original fireplaces inside select stores,” explained General Manager, Michelle St. Amour. “Lido Marina Village transformed in the early 1970s to include dining and retail shops. It became a haven for lavish parties attended by celebrities, including John Wayne and Robert Goulet.”

Every Wednesday between 1–6pm, the Village closes down Via Lido street and welcomes amazing local vendors to the Farmers Market. 

“Lido Marina Village’s idyllic waterside setting provides a special place for guests with fire pits, numerous seating areas, live music, guest dock slips, picnic tables, a boat pond where children can sail boats and a weekly kids club with music, storytelling and crafts,” said St. Amour.www.lidomarinavillage.com

Lido Theater 

Just the next street west of Lido Marina Village is The Lido Theatre, which was opened in 1938. The entire theatre has been restored but still maintains its original Art Deco style and Hollywood glamour vibe.

“The Lido Theater was one of the first properties built in the area and its first screening, “Jezebel” starred nearby resident Bette Davis. The Lido Theater and Via Lido Plaza were both developed by the Griffith Company and acquired by The Fritz Duda Company in 1986. As only the second owner in 80 years, the company has maintained its status as one of the only operating single screen theaters in California.

Ring in the holidays by enjoying the classic seasonal film, “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Lido Theater, Fri, Dec. 14 through Mon, Dec. 17, shown at 1pm and 7pm each day. In addition, on Sat, Dec. 15 at 6pm, moviegoers can visit with Santa, and enjoy carolers and complimentary hot cocoa prior to the movie. www.regencymovies.com

Hilton Builders 

For decades Hilton Builders has been building and remodeling custom homes on Lido Isle and the Peninsula. Longtime residents themselves of Cannery Village, owners Patricia and Dan Hilton’s love and belief in the potential of the area started years ago when Dan Hilton petitioned the City Council to change the zoning from light commercial to mixed use. Because of Dan’s efforts, owners and renters can live above their businesses. 

When the City Hall was moved near Fashion Island, the city council presented several options for its land use. Patricia Hilton, together with many other residents, through petitions, letters and participation in council meetings persuaded the city to permit a high-end boutique hotel on the property. “We are thrilled with Lido House Hotel and very appreciative with the continued efforts of the city council to beautify and re-establish this charming area of Newport Beach,” says Patricia Hilton.www.hiltonbuilders.com

The Cannery

In 1934, Western Canners Company was founded to take over the plant and it remains at the same location today. At that time, the canning operation was done by hand at the rate of 400 cases of fish per day. Better machinery and enlarged facilities later increased it to 5,000 cases per day, with automation in the 1950’s speeding up the canning process even further. 

Rebuilt by Bill Hamilton (the founder of Clean Harbor Day) as a waterfront restaurant in 1973, The Cannery regained its position of prominence in the community and once again was a focal point ofinterest and inspiration. 

In the fall of 1999, Mr. Hamilton sold The Cannery to a developer that had planned to tear down the restaurant and put homes on the property. In the spring of 2000, however, local resident Jack Croul purchased the property seeking to preserve the history of Newport Beach that resides within The Cannery’s walls. www.cannerynewport.com

Alta Coffee

In 1985, an old bookstore in the Cannery Village was dismantled and turned into a wholesale coffee warehouse. People in the area soon got wind of something new in the neighborhood. Fresh hot coffee was available for the locals and served out the side door. Soon people gathered and got the munchies while drinking their cappuccino and Alta quickly became a quaint, local gathering place that offers great fresh brewed coffee, good eats and good times. www.alta-coffee-co.com 

Lido House Hotel 

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The new, grand Hotel facing Lido Marina Village and just behind Lido Theatre is Lido House Hotel. R.D. Olson Development proposed the new hotel as part of Lido Village’s revitalization project to the city of Newport Beach and broke ground on the project in 2013. For decades, the site housed Newport Beach’s City Hall complex, which moved to its new municipal offices near Fashion Island in 2013.

Lido House is one of the first hotels in the US to blend and bottle their own champagne in partnership with a major champagne house and first for French champagne producer, Piper Heidsieck. Lido House’s Executive Chef Partner Riley Huddleston created something quite unparalleled for The Mayor’s Table: He flew to Reims (the unofficial capital of France’s Champagne region) to work with Piper-Heidsieck’s Chef de Cave to create his very own Champagne blend for The Mayor’s Table and Lido House.

Vue Condos

Nestled in an idyllic spot on the bay by Lido and just steps from the Cannery Village Shops, sits the new VUE Condos. VUE has just 27 luxury condos and townhomes that feature classic, contemporary architecture, gourmet kitchens and an urban lifestyle. With a price tag ranging from $2.1 million to $3.9 million, these condos cater to high-end residents who are ready to enjoy all local amenities Lido Village has to offer just steps from their doors.

At VUE, their slogan is Live, Dock, Dine, and Shop. Situated on the bay front side of the Peninsula just south of Lido Village, VUE has a warm, eclectic village vibe all its own with breathtaking views. www.vuenewport.com

Bravante Vineyards tasting room: 

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Just across from Sabatino’s Sausage Company in the Lido Shipyard Shops is the new Lido Tasting Room. This new Wine Tasting storefront is part of the Bravante Vineyards wine club, where southern California locals who belong to the vineyard’s club can come pick up their wine orders and sample the latest bottles released from the winery.

“The idea here (at the Lido Tasting Room) is that we have a lot of wine club members down here, so this acts as a place for our wine club members to try the wine and pick up their wine club orders,” explains wine pourer Anthony Curci. “We do wine pick up parties where members can come, bring friends, try their wine and meet other members.”www.bravantevineyards.com

Expression Through Art

LOCAL STUDIO OFFERS CREATIVE MUSE TO SOOTHE

 In the heart of Lido, framed by the picturesque Newport Harbor and Pacific Ocean, is a gem of a studio, cheerful and inviting, devoted to nurturing our artistic souls. The enchanting art studio, adorned with colorful murals, hand-painted by owner and founder Diana Shabtai, and replete with an array of art supplies, is the inspirational space for those in want of creative mindfulness. 

Art Therapy OC is the local space for expressing yourself through art. The offerings are varied and tailored to the needs and desires of clients. Sometimes the studio will be packed with a group of excited children celebrating an art themed birthday party. Other times, through a swirl of colors, a single young child will be coaxed into expressing the feelings that may be difficult to articulate. Diana even hosts date nights for art loving romantics, workshops for youths dealing with common teen-related stresses, girl scout groups working on a badge, and corporate wellness events. The studio accommodates groups of up to 30 participants. 

“This is a creative space that is meant to be open to whatever sparks the imagination. I get approached by all types of groups asking about options that range from a social party to a team building event to a family bonding activity. Art lends itself to a diverse multitude of applications,” says Diana. 

“I have been painting since I was a child. Art is and always has been my personal self-care. The process of creating art is soothing,” explains Diana who obtained her master’s degree and board certification in Art Therapy so she could use her passion for creating art to engage participants with purpose. Diana also has a doctorate in psychology and her extensive education and training has enabled her to identify ways to use art as a coping mechanism and as a tool for emotional healing. She has been practicing Art Therapy since 2002 and has witnessed the successful use of creating art to foster self acceptance and promote better living. 

Diana sees her studio as a safe place where you can lose yourself in your art. The art projects that are offered are diverse, ranging from crafting wreaths out of succulents to canvass painted watercolors. She has even offered sessions that incorporate the creation of personalized journals and hand designed yoga mats. Themes include nautical, nature and more. Mosaics, clay, and an array of materials for collages are also on hand. And if there is something in particular that a group requests, Diana is willing to make it happen. 

But it’s not just about the completed art project. For Diana, it is about the process of creating art. 

“I wanted to create an environment where the focus was about ‘creating’ and to provide an outlet for all those emotions we feel. This is a place that offers a healthy therapeutic form of expression. People feel better after an art session,” says Diana, who especially enjoys being able to use her education and training to elevate the creative experience for children. 

“My young clients get so much out of these art workshops. Because of my unique training, I know how to use the art session to help nurture patience, focus, social skills, leadership, positive communication, and more. Children get so many benefits out of a well facilitated art session. I see shy children come out of their shells. It’s very rewarding and it’s also fun.” 

Art Therapy OC 
432 32nd Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663 
949.791.2065 | www.arttherapyoc.com 
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Rita Goldberg

Rita Goldberg, Editor-In-Chief, hails from New York, where she earned her degree from New York University’s School of Journalism and launched her career on the press room floor of Women’s Wear Daily. A long time resident of Newport Beach, she has served as Founding Editor for several prominent magazines and collaborated on two editions of The Art Lover’s Cook Book. She is a well ingrained community member of Coastal Orange County and is a Founding Board Member of The Newport Beach Film Festival and past Chair of The Newport Beach City Arts Commission. She brings over 20 years of professional journalism and editorial experience to Joli Magazine. A mother of three, during her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking and taking advantage of the beautiful Southern California lifestyle.

STYLE - Dapper Dressing for the Holiday Season 

In ever sunny California, saying “Fall/Winter season” is a bit of an overstatement. The changing season is more like a slight cool-down with shortened amountof daylight hours. But that shouldn’t stop us from looking the part by donning seasonally appropriate attire. For the mild cool down climate, it’s easy to lookfashionable while still feeling effortlessly comfortable and cool. Here are the Mark Pomerantz designed staples that will get you through the season.

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The perfect “dressy” black trouser

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Tailored bomber jacket in medium weight wool

Wear to the boat parade with black denim, cashmere sweater and a cool sneaker. Or dress it up with our black trouser, button down shirt and loafers. $1875.00-$2875.00

Soft but lightweight evening jacket in silk and camel hair blend   This luxurious must-have will see you through the holiday season and special occasions. $4875.00

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Turtleneck sweater in cashmere

The ultimate fall essential, offers endless layering possibilities. $695.00

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Designer Mark Pomerantz

Inspired by intrinsic quality and value, Mark believes that a garment is defined by its finish and that the inside is as important as the outside. From a young age, this obsession with finishing steered Mark beyond simply accepting what was the best – to understand the very origins of what made it the best.

Turning this passion into a career, Mark graduated from the esteemed Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, earning a degree in Menswear Design & Tailoring. He continued his studies in Rome, Italy where he worked with the most iconic fashion houses. Mark contributed to Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Gucci Group’s Yves Saint Laurent, and Calvin Klein. He simultaneously earned a degree in International Trade and Fashion Marketing at the American University in Rome.

In 2010, he created the Mark Pomerantz brand. With singular focus, Mark has grown a luxury goods house that produces rare and ephemeral items that share a provenance with being the best. His integrity sewn into every detail, there is no limit to the creativity and quality of a Mark Pomerantz design.