Art Auction 2015 Most Successful to Date

Art Auction 2015 Most Successful to Date

Laguna Art Museum’s 2015 Art Auction fundraiser raised nearly $300,000 on February 7, 2015 for the museum’s education and exhibition programs, making it the most successful in the event’s 33-year history.

The highlight of the evening was the scintillating 20-item live auction led by Sotheby’s dynamic auctioneer Andrea Fiuczynski. In fact things got so energized during the live auction that Ms. Fiuczynski had to remove her stylish silver jacket and catch her breath with a short rest sitting on the edge of the stage. Highlights of the live auction included Laddie John Dill’s Light Sentence which sold for over value at $27,000 and Danny Heller’s Palms and Architecture which was valued at $3,400 sold for an incredible $13,000. All 20 items featured in the live auction sold.

Art Auction 2015: California Cool’s silent auction component featured museum-curated works of art by an additional 100 California artists. 84% of all offered artworks sold.

In addition to art, the nearly 400 guests enjoyed a sampling of cuisine from local noteworthy restaurants Wine Gallery, Side Door, Tortilla Republic, Slap Fish, and Simply Sweet Cakery; “California Cool Fusion” cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka; coffee and desserts from Urth Café; floral design by Laguna Nursery; and production design by The Showpros Group. Attendees had the chance to mingle with featured artists, fellow collectors, and the museum’s curators and executive director.

Led by Art Auction 2015 co-chairs Sara Heeschen and Deborah Lake; committee members Tina Cook, Jeannie Denholm, Vanessa Helin, Karen Morally; and Director of Special Events Sarah Strozza, Laguna Art Museum’s annual Art Auction has become one of Orange County’s most exciting art and social experiences. This event is a major annual fundraiser for the museum’s education and exhibition programs.

Photos by Eric Stoner

Photos by Eric Minh Swenson