The LB Cultural Arts Center is a beacon and catalyst for advancing art appreciation, enhancing the quality of life, and promoting civic and cultural development. The arts center contributes to Laguna Beach and the surrounding community through its exhibitions and events.
LB Cultural Arts Center provides a creative epicenter through exhibition space, events and promotion to support artists in the following mediums: visual arts, music, video and still photography, film, dance, prose and poetry, and arts education. Through our dedicated space on Forest Avenue, Laguna’s first cultural arts center will preserve one of America’s longest-running galleries, while hosting artists in the above mediums. Respectful of our town’s origins as a premier art colony, we endeavor to showcase leading-edge, experiential and thought-provoking art that focuses on emotional connection and artistic progress.
Our past projects
The history of BC Space, as depicted in the legacy website and transposed here, was written almost entirely by Liz Goldner. Any other authors are noted accordingly. Image attribution goes to Mark Chamberlain or Jerry Burchfield in most cases, with other attributions as noted in captions below the images.
BC Space History
In downtown Laguna Beach, a Frisbee‘s throw from the ocean, there once was an innocuous steel door with a discreet sign that read “BC Space.” (That sign was there for decades, before the space was converted to “Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center” in 2019).
The Legacy Project and The Great Picture
In July 2006,The Legacy Project, led by Jerry Burchfield, created The Great Picture, the world’s largest photograph. Project members plus 400 volunteers, other artists, and engineers converted a jet maintenance hangar into a Camera Obscura (a camera first used centuries ago), making their exposure through a 6-millimeter pinhole lens onto a single seamless muslin canvas that was coated with emulsion—a 35 minute exposure—capturing the black-and-white negative image. They then processed the photograph in an Olympic-pool-size developing tray constructed on site.
About Mark & Jerry
Mark Chamberlain, a photographic artist, educator, curator and published writer, grew up in Dubuque, Iowa
Jerry Burchfield (1948-2009), BC Space partner through 1987, was born in Chicago and grew up in San Diego with an illustrator/artist father who encouraged his son’s studies in photography. While Jerry was deferred from the draft, he was deeply affected by the war and the maelstrom of anti-war protests.
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