Drawing and painting came easily to him, and over time he became a painter, photographer and owner of the renowned Forest&Ocean Gallery in Laguna Beach.

Ludo holds degrees in several studies including medicine and international business.

Lori Basheda


She has also written for the Riverside Press-Enterprise, as well as newspapers in northern Virginia and the Philadelphia area. She has covered everything from City Hall to courts to cops to food reviews, travel pieces and features. She has won dozens of awards from the Orange County Press Club, as well as a California Newspaper Publishers Association public service award for an investigative series on nursing homes. She was a journalism instructor at California State University Dominguez Hills for 12 years.

She has reviewed art for the Orange County Register and contributed to the Orange County Register Magazine, Local Arts, Art and Living, Riviera Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, Laguna Life & People Magazine, Premiere OC, Art Scene, Laguna Beach Magazine, Newport Beach Magazine, Art Ltd., Laguna Beach Art Magazine and covered Laguna Beach arts for Laguna Beach Independent. 


Steven McHale -

Arts and Culture OC

I focus on the cultural events that fall under the radar. 

Major venues such as the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

are well-publicized. I won’t address them unless there is a compelling event.

Did you know that the OC and LA are awash in art and culture? This site  captures and informs you of what is going on. Indeed, we live in cultural wonderlands, not the cultural wastelands as popularly portrayed.

My current challenge is how to capture all the live music events and venues in the region and enter them in my culture calendar. There are so many, their calendars change so often (when they elect to publicize their calendars) and I don’t have the opportunity to preview the music. Still working on that.

Ludo Leideritz


Ludo was born in in the Netherlands where upbringing included music and an appreciation of the arts from an early age.
At age seven, he learned to play guitar, and later added bass and the flute to his musical repertoire.

Daniella B. Walsh


art critic/essayist/blogger

Daniella was born in Berlin,Germany where an appreciation of art and music was an integral part of her upbringing. After finishing her education in the United States, she followed her passion for photography, specifically fashion photography and photojournalism. Drawing painting and stained glass sustained her creativity and, after earning a degree in journalism from Chapman University, she turned to writing full time.  


William J. Havlicek, PhD
educator/author/ artist

Dr. William Havlicek has over 40 years of experience in

fine art/studio production and exhibition, college teaching,

museum administration and publishing.

He holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University

and is a graduate from the University of Iowa with both

Masters of Arts and Masters of Fine Arts degrees. He also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. He currently teaches at Laguna College of Art & Design.

As a practicing artist, Havlicek has merited important commissions and has exhibited his work in galleries and museums worldwide.

Lori Basheda is a freelance journalist after ending an 18-year career writing for the Orange County Register.

ARTS & minds

Jean Stern

Executive Director
The Irvine Museum Collection at the

University of California, Irvine Institute

and Museum for California Art

​​            A recognized authority on California Impressionism,

Art Historian Jean Stern has extensive experience in the field

as an author, curator, lecturer, and teacher.  He is the executive

director of the Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine.  In over twenty-five years at the museum, he has established a national presence for the Irvine Museum in the fields of California Art and History through a noteworthy international series of books, exhibitions, lectures, articles and video documentaries.  In his career, he has presented over 250 lectures and judged and juried nearly 100 art competitions.

            Mr. Stern has written essays for over 25 books and museum exhibition catalogues, has presented tours and lectures on California Art in numerous museums and authored and co-authored numerous books.

            Since 1992, the Irvine Museum with Jean Stern as director, has produced a number of traveling exhibitions,

            In 2017, Mr. Stern received the prestigious CHEVALIER OF THE ORDER OF ARTS AND LETTERS by the French Ministry of Culture.  He has also been presented with three LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association in 2013; by the Plein Air Painters of America in 2014; and by PLEIN AIR MAGAZINE, at the Third Annual Plein Air Convention in Monterey, CA, in 2014.

Liz Goldner


Liz Goldner, an Orange County based art writer, grew up in a New York City suburb, spending numerous hours in the City’s museums, particularly MoMA, the Whitney and the Met. She developed a passion for the news and politics early on, having read the New York Times for as long as she can remember.

Goldner has worked in general journalism in New York City, Connecticut and Southern California, writing about art as often as she could. In 2,000, she became the art critic for OC Metro magazine. Working at this gig for six years, she developed her art writing chops, visited art venues all over SoCal and nationally, and read voraciously about art. She soon began writing about art for several other publications. When appropriate, she addresses in her writing the relationship of art to social issues and politics.

Living in Laguna Beach, she writes about art for Artillery, ArtScene, Art and Cake, KCET Artbound, Laguna Beach Art Patron, Orange Coast, Premiere OC and other publications. She has written for The Huffington Post, Women in the Arts, Art and Living, OC Register Magazine, Coast and Laguna Beach Magazine. Since 2016, she has won six First Place awards from the Orange County Press Club for art-related articles.