Now on exclusive display at the resort are unique memorabilia, historical images, and iconic surfboards from Southern California’s first surf shop, Hobie, which opened in the 1950s in Dana Point. Located above Salt Creek Beach, one of Southern California’s most infamous surf beaches, the oceanfront resort continues to embrace the area’s legendary surf culture by collaborating with Hobie on a rotating exhibit, located on the lobby level, and on display throughout 2020. Over the span of the next year, the display will provide guests a local perspective and an inside look at Hobie’s evolution in Dana Point and Laguna Beach. The exhibit currently highlights founder Hobie Alter’s beginnings, from his inspiration behind inventing the first polyurethane foam surfboard to opening the first surf shop in Southern California, and his involvement in the iconic surf film, “The Endless Summer.”
Surfing Heritage & Culture Center Surfboards On loan from Surfing Heritage & Culture Center
The resort proudly displays four surfboards on loan from the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center, an 8,000 square-foot museum that holds the world’s most extensive collection of historic surfboards, evolutionary surfing gear, photography, film/multimedia, books, oral history, and ephemera. The Surfing Heritage & Culture Center strives to pay homage to a board-building craft and traditions that dates back to ancient Hawaii. The collection on display at the resort includes a 9’7” Lance Carson reproduction model, 1998 Harbour classic reproduction model, 9’10” Gordon & Smith Retro Red Fin model shaped by Steve Seebold, and a 9’5” Doug Haut reproduction model.
Surfing Heritage & Culture Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting surfing’s heritage for the appreciating and education of current and future generations. The Surfing Heritage & Culture Center is located in the nearby city of San Clemente.
“Paddle Hard Number 5” By Artist Derek McDonald
Paddle Hard No. 5 debuts as the newest life-size surfboard in a series built from recycled metal and other found objects, this longboard presents a new style on an old design. As with many of Derek’s art, it is given an industrial feel with polished refinement. The design was used on the original Paddle Hard No. 1 but taken to new level. The board was constructed using 475 recycled long spool bolts creating a realistic dimensioned longboard. Interior bolts accentuate the board with a flowing style as the board sits atop a 25” diamond-bit saw blade. The stringer and fin presents the collaboration with artist Chris Harsh who not only painted the incredible colors, but also clear coated the entire piece to give it that “wet” look. The fin is one solid piece of steel that was made to the actual shape of a real fin.
A self-taught artist, Derek McDonald was born in Orange County, California where he began to explore his artistic side at a very young age. He owns a collection of “napkin drawings” his mother saved for him, as he would draw for hours on coffee shop napkins when his family dined out. He also got plenty of drawing practice during school hours when his teacher was busy teaching. Derek was curious about all things mechanical. He would take apart anything he could get his hands on, even if it was in good working condition (a tradition that he still honors today).
In his freshman year of high school, 1982, Derek took metal shop. It was then that he was exposed to a whole new world which included welding; his artistic focus was found, and metal became his passion.
As a young man, Derek’s family was far from rich, so to make art, he turned to the open road (mostly the side of the road) collecting pieces of metal and other nonsense. He grew fascinated with the challenge of what could be made from his collection of junk. Nowadays, he has become a regular at a few scrap yards and visits weekly for new finds. That might be why his friends and family refer to him as “Sanford." And even though Derek’s work is mostly recycled, he is perfectly capable of creating with new material too. He started making small primitive sculptures for his family and friends in 1985. That evolved, and in 1989 he began selling his art locally.
In 1995 his long time love of water and metal sculpture led him to combining the two into a beautiful fountain that quickly rusted. At that point, he realized the only option was to learn to work with other media such as granite, marble and concrete. To date Derek has made more than a dozen fountains, from small tabletop versions to freestanding 7’ high water walls.
Pacific Artworks was formed in 1997 when Derek decided to dedicate more time to art and sculpture. Eventually with that decision came the overwhelming task of building a 900 square foot studio behind his house. After years of personal dedication and labor, not to mention supporting his wife, three kids, a dog and a day job (Derek has been a land surveyor since 1988), the studio was designed and completed within the span of five years (2003 – 2008). Every artist needs his creative space, and Derek finally has his.
As he looks to the future, Derek says, “My mind is always moving faster than my hands, so it seems as though I’m constantly a few projects behind. Trying to catch up has been the very thing that keeps me motivated and neurotic at the same time. I’m genuinely inspired by other artists, and their accomplishments push me to perfection…I’ll let you know when I get close.”
Works by Wyland
“Sea Turtle Realm” mixed media balsa wood surfboard
“Friendly Dolphin,” “Ocean Travelers” and “Companions of the Sea” bronze sculptures
“Great Whale Sunset” and “Green Flash” aluminum
Internationally renowned marine life artist Wyland is one of the most celebrate and recognized artists of our time. For more than four decades, he has captivated the world with his spectacular paintings, sculptures, photography and landmark Whaling Wall murals. With half a million collectors around the world, award-winning art galleries, and the ongoing efforts of his non-profit foundation in support of global water and ocean conservation, Wyland has done more than any other artist to raise awareness of the beauty of life on our blue planet. Artworks by Wyland are available for sale at the Wyland Gallery in Laguna Beach and guests can learn more at www.WylandFoundation.org.
On loan from Dawson Cole Fine Art
Night & Day
The Ritz-Carlton Club Level Lounge welcomes the newest exhibit “Night & Day” curated by Dawson Cole Fine Art, featuring works by modern masters Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso as well as contemporary artists Chuck Close, Donald Sultan, and Wayne Thiebaud. While these artists have expressed mastery in color works with brilliant hues, they frequently dispense color to focus on the structural character of black and white. Black and white – different in the mood and feeling from the sensation of a full color spectrum – this reduction strips the visual down to its basic form. When artists restrict their palette black and white, the drama of form takes center stage. Whether created in charcoal, or on an etching plate, the contrast between a white surface and a black surface is “night and day,” and while many artists have historically been defined by their approaches to color, it is their use of restricted, monochromatic tone in their art that uncover the real complexity of the creative process.
On Loan from Dawson Cole Fine Art
“Male Allonge” Third Life and “Female Allonge” Third Life by Artist Richard MacDonald
Both timeless and futuristic, Allonge Male and Female are Richard MacDonald’s exquisite homage to classical ballet. Working at the Royal Opera House in London’s Convent Garden, Richard immersed himself in the world of The Royal Ballet. There he found inspiration in the world’s most celebrated dancers. The graceful figures were created in the artist’s studio in London. Poised en pointe in an elegant sous-sus fifth position - a ballet posture that looks deceptively simple, Allonge Female and Male symbolize a young dancer’s aspiration for beauty, elegance, and perfection. Meaning to “elongate” or “reach” the poses embody the progression from talented student to accomplished professional.
MacDonald is considered by many to be the world’s preeminent living figurative sculptor. A leading advocate of the neo-figurative movement in the arts, his work has been featured in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions and is represented in important collections worldwide. His art is collected by people from all walks of life – from aspiring aficionados to celebrities and heads of state.
Committed to inspiring future generations of artists, MacDonald is involved with numerous philanthropic pursuits and the development of the arts through mentoring programs and art education in schools and universities. A member of major international social and art associations, MacDonald has received countless awards, honors, and professorships, including recognition by the United States Olympic Committee. He has the privilege of working with some of the greatest dancers and performers in the world, including those from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet, and Cirque du Soleil.
MacDonald believes that beauty connects people and lifts their spirits to a higher level. He has dedicated his career to creating passionate works of art that dramatically enrich the lives of others.
Artist Sandra Jones Campbell
On display in enoSTEAK, Sandra Jones Campbell’s depiction of social and political scenes reflect both her professional respect for the 30’s style German Expressionists Max Beckman, George Grosz and Otto Dix, and her uniquely gentle wit. Multiple figures populate lively acrylics on paper or canvas images that blend Sandra’s optimism and candor, along with the artist’s keen visual skill: balancing color, form composition, humor and subject matter.
Sandra describes her paintings as composites of social sightings portraying evocative associations from a voyeuristic perspective, often at moments of personal social apprehensions or sociological attitudes. Her visual narratives achieve effects that are simultaneously playful and sophisticated.
SACRED VISIONS The Art of Paul Bond, Ray Brown, Brian Giberson, Barbara White & Tatyana Zen
Located in the lobby art hallway, these local-based artists go beyond the ordinary with their artwork – either through their subject matter or in the mastery of their craft, and most always in both. Photography, wood, paints, charcoal, and even antique musical instruments are manipulated and merged in this inspired new exhibit on display now through May 2021.