Art Auction 2017: California Cool a Great Success


For Immediate Release: February 5, 2017

Media Contact: Cody Lee | 949.494.8971 x211



LAGUNA BEACH, CA (February 5, 2017) — On Saturday, February 4, Laguna Art Museum’s annual Art Auction fundraiser with works by over 100 California artists reached sales of $370,000. Proceeds from the event benefit the museum’s exhibitions and education programs.

The highlight of the evening was the much anticipated live auction led by Aaron Bastian of Bonhams. The museum once again partnered with Paddle8, the leading online auction house, and absentee bids from near and far added a further element of excitement to the competitive bidding.

Highlights of the live auction included eager bidding on Lita Albuquerque’s Emanation, John Baldessari’s Octagon, and Andy Moses’s Morphology 725. Other notable live auction works included Ed Ruscha’s artist book On the Road and Bradley Hankey’s The Beginning, the signature work of this year’s Art Auction. The live auction raised over $145,000.

The evening also included a Fund-A-Need campaign, presented by Laguna Beach High School Art Department Chair Bridget Beaudry-Porter and Laguna Art Museum Curator of Educator Marinta Skupin, which raised $18,000 specifically to support the museum’s K-12 children’s education programs.

Art Auction 2017: California Cool’s silent auction component featured an additional 95 museum-curated works of art and was highly successful with over $147,000 in sales. From February 6 to 12, unsold works from the auction will be available for purchase at their minimum bid price (50 percent of stated value). The works can be viewed online here.

In addition to great art, 350 guests enjoyed the culinary talents of West Coast Event Productions, wine by Wine Gallery, desserts by Simply Sweet Cakery, and specialty coffee and teas by Urth Caffé. A classic Hollywood ambience featured floral designs by Laguna Nursery, event lighting and production by The Showpros Group, and upbeat music throughout the evening. Guests mingled with fellow collectors, the museum’s curators and executive director Dr. Malcolm Warner, and 26 of the featured artists, including Jeremy Kidd, Kristin Leachman, Andy Moses, Phillip K. Smith III, and LG Williams.

The Art Auction 2017 team was led by co-chairs Sara Heeschen and Deborah Lake; committee members Tina Cook, Jeannie Denholm, Ruben Flores, Vanessa Helin, Lauren MacLaughlin-Brinker, and Karen Morally; and Laguna Art Museum’s Director of Special Events, Sarah Strozza.

Laguna Art Museum’s Art Auction, in its 35th year, is the longest running art auction in California and one of Orange County’s most exciting art and social experiences. The event is a major annual fundraiser for the museum’s exhibitions and education programs, with proceeds supporting the museum’s dedication to collecting and preserving California art, presenting critically acclaimed exhibitions, and enhancing art education programs for all.

2017 Featured Artists

Kim Abeles Jules Engel Michael Kindred Knight Glynnis Reed
Lita Albuquerque Ned Evans Jason Kowalski Chris Richter
Peter Alexander Joe Forkan Jeff Lange Mel Roberts
Charles Arnoldi Sam Francis Robert Larson Ed Ruscha
Richard Baker Kaori Fukuyama Kristin Leachman Brittany Ryan
John Baldessari Jacques Garnier Dave Lefner Carol Saindon
Cathy Bartels Eric Gerdau Joe Lewis Bradford J. Salamon 
Jesse Bartels Jeff Gillette Helen Lundeberg Jeff Sewell
Marlo Bartels Doty Glasco Cody Lusby Caleb Siemon and Carmen Salazar
Lisa Bartleson Jimi Gleason Adam Mars Michael Situ
Billy Al Bengston Joe Goode Elizabeth McGhee Phillip K. Smith, III
Maria Bertrán Kristina Grace Scott McMillin Dan Solomon
Wolfgang Bloch Bradley Hankey Cheryl Medow Sarah Stockstill
Nicholas Brigante Dennis Hare Pierce Meehan Don Suggs
Casper Brindle Michael Harnish Yevgeniya Mikhailik Madoka Takagi
Kelsey Brookes Tracey Sylvester Harris David Milton Don Trager
Rebecca Campbell Danny Heller Geoff Mitchell Ray Turner
Nick Capaci Charles Christopher Hill Donnie Molls John Upton
Guy John Cavalli Chris Hite Lester Monzon Márton Varó
Mindy Cherri Brad Howe Andy Moses Sarah Walsh
Edward Curtis George Hurrell Joseph A. Mugnaini Lindsey Warren
Deborah Davidson Kelsey Irvin Michael Obermeyer June Wayne
Tony DeLap Kathy Jones John Okulick Alex Weinstein
Joshua Dildine Sherry Karver Elizabeth Orleans Kirsten Whalen
Laddie John Dill Todd Kenyon William Pajaud LG Williams
Jorg Dubin Jeremy Kidd Elmer Plummer Tom Wudl
Amaranth Roslyn Ehrenhalt Mary-Austin Klein Astrid Preston Scott Yeskel
Cheryl Ekstrom


About Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. Its mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, its special loan exhibitions, its educational programs, and its library and archive, the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation of California art of all periods and styles, and encourages art-historical scholarship in this field.

Laguna Art Museum stands just steps from the Pacific Ocean in the beautiful city of Laguna Beach. The museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by the early California artists who had discovered the town and transformed it into a vibrant arts community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of today’s Laguna Art Museum.

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

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays
Closed Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

General admission: $7.00
Students, seniors (60+), and active military: $5.00
Children under 12: FREE
Museum members: FREE

Media Contact: Cody Lee, Director of Communications | 949.494.8971 x211 |

Featured Image: Bradley Hankey, The Beginning (detail), oil on wood panel, 2016, 36 x 26 inches, courtesy of the artist and Skidmore Contemporary Art