Aliso Laguna News | Laguna Art Museum raises over $ 350,000

Gala Art & Nature 2021. Courtesy of the Laguna Art Museum.

On Saturday November 6, the Laguna Art Museum celebrated the ninth year of Art & Nature with the Art & Nature Gala at the Sherman Library and Gardens in Corona del Mar. Guests were treated to an evening under the stars, all enjoying the music, tributes to the laureates, a special occasion to hear the star artist of Art & Nature, Rebeca Méndez, and to raise funds to support the influence of the Laguna Art Museum.

“We are so grateful to our guests and sponsors who made this year’s Art & Nature Gala a memorable evening celebrating art, nature and our award winners,” said Julie Perlin Lee, Executive Director of the Laguna Art Museum. “It was an opportunity to reaffirm the Laguna Art Museum‘s commitment to our community and our dedication to the environment through art. We thank those who helped us reach our fundraising goal. With this generosity, we aim to reach ten times the number of school-aged children and quadruple the number of individuals we serve each year by connecting them to the arts.

The lush surroundings of the garden were illuminated everywhere and the decor was set for a fall feast. The evening was filled with fine wines and free-flowing champagne, and guests enjoyed garden-inspired hors d’oeuvres at the Garden’s Cultivar Restaurant. The Art & Nature Gala provided plenty of time to party and socialize before and after the presentations led by moderators Joe Hanauer, Chairman of the Board and Julie Perlin Lee, Managing Director. Art & Nature 2021 introduced artist Rebeca Méndez to attendees, and tributes were paid to Stephanie Barron, Senior Curator and Head of the Modern Art Department at LACMA, Honorary Chairs Lou and Laura Rohl, and Curator Emeritus from the Laguna Art Museum, Janet Blake, who have each made a difference in the art community. A live auction and successful paddle drive quickly met the museum’s fundraising goal, allowing musician Jason Feddy to lead the evening through song.

A multimedia experience, Mendez’s Any-Instant-No matter is on display until April 25, 2022. The exhibit depicts a one-day contemplation in Los Angeles that captures a cloud-rich sky above the bustling city and its people. A sound piece composed by Drew Schnurr is an integral part of the installation. The sounds come entirely from resonant crystal receptacles tuned by water. In the same way that water vapor in the atmosphere refracts light, crystals resonate to produce pure sound spectra built on natural frequency bases that resemble the frequencies that produce visual colors in the sky.

Also on display as part of this year’s Art & Nature is A Fantastic World: Jessie Arms Botke on display until January 16, 2022 and Sky time-space change exhibited until April 25, 2022.

Bold decorative studies of exotic birds and flowers are the subject of Jessie Arms Botke’s most remarkable paintings. After settling in California, Botke reached his stylistic heyday in the 1930s with dazzling works of art adorned with gold and silver leaf, inspired by Japanese design and the aesthetic of the European landscape. Despite his prolific production and successful career, few exhibitions have focused solely on Botke’s work. This exhibit examines work from different periods of Botke’s career and travels, including a magnificent 29-foot-long mural that once adorned the Oaks Hotel in Ojai, California.

Sky time-space change presents paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs from the permanent collection of the Laguna Art Museum, organized as a complement to this year’s Art & Nature installation, Any-Instant-No matter by Rebecca Méndez. The exhibit helps viewers look up and take them from the beaches of Frank Cuprien, McClelland Barclay and Tom Wudl to the cosmic visions of Lita Albuquerque and Helen Lundeberg. Like Méndez, many artists from Sky time-space change also looked up to the Southern California skies, contemplating through their works the interconnections between physical, environmental and cultural systems. This exhibition is co-organized by Sharrisa Iqbal and Michael Duncan.

Continuing Laguna Beach’s legacy as a center of the arts, Art & Nature provides a unique opportunity for the Southern California community to come together for a festival of art and ideas, inspire artists and d ” improve the appreciation of nature as a place that inspires awareness. on the environment we share.

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Laguna Art Museum is the California art museum. It collects, maintains and exhibits works of art created by Californian artists or representing the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, special loan exhibits, educational programs, library and archives, the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation of California art of all eras and styles and encourages the scholarship in the history of art in this field.

The Laguna Art Museum is just steps from the Pacific Ocean in the beautiful town of Laguna Beach. The museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by the first Californian artists who fostered a vibrant artistic community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of the current Laguna Art Museum.

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The Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach, at the corner of Coast Highway and Cliff Drive.


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Laura Lanzi
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