540 S. Coast Hwy #105

     Laguna Beach, Ca 92651




Kitschy Kitschy Kool!


LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA – June 18, 2003 – From painted toilets to painted pink flamingos and other kitsch – it has to be How Original…again…!



Flamingo on Vacation
by Victoria Booth

“As I was driving past homes in Laguna Beach, I noticed that there weren’t any plastic pink flamingos on the lawns. Something has to be done about this!” Those are the words of How Original! An Art Gallery in Laguna Beach owner Loretta Alvarado.


Those who know about the gallery and Alvarado know never to pass off her ‘thought process.’ You see, a little over a year ago, she saw a lonely discarded toilet on a front porch and she immediately had the thought that toilets could be an art form. Her creative exhibit garnered national publicity and a huge number of entries.


Beginning with an opening reception on Saturday, July 5 from six to eight in the evening, How Original! will have two separate, simultaneous exhibits.


The first is about plastic flamingos, painted, dressed, or otherwise decorated to the artist’s taste. The second is for two-dimensional artists and their favorite interpretation of kitsch.


Gumball Machine

by Joseph Barral



This summer’s exhibit has entries from all over the country. There are many fun and fanciful entries. Who could resist a flamingo titled Attack of the 100 Foot Tall Radioactive Killer Flamingo? And, not only is this exhibit fun to look at, but all the entries will be for sale!

Seaside Dudes

by L.A. Berry


Yes, you too can purchase your very own bit of kitsch and help a worthy cause at the same time. Ten percent of the sales price will go to help support the non-profit Greater Laguna Historical Group and its Laguna Beach Independent newspaper.





Sleeping with the Fishes

By Deborah McMillion Nering



by Joseph Barral


How Original! An Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, 540 S. Coast Highway #105, Laguna Beach, (949) 494-1584 features a wide variety of fun and unique art and gift items.


The exhibit will run from July 5 through August 31.