Art & Nature 2014 a Success

Art & Nature 2014 a Success

Laguna Art Museum presented its second annual Art & Nature, a multidisciplinary exploration of art’s many and various engagements with the natural world, November 6-9. Over a thousand people participated in this year’s Art & Nature festival, which took place in the museum and on Main Beach in Laguna Beach. Nature played its part spectacularly, providing gorgeous sunsets for both the Outstanding in the Field beach banquet on Thursday and artist Lita Albuquerque’s 180-person performance piece, An Elongated Now, also on the beach, on Saturday. Inside the museum, keynote speaker Terry Gifford delighted a large audience on Friday evening with a lecture on John Muir that was both rich in ideas and entertaining. Saturday’s film, panel discussion, and surf music presentation were also well attended and enthusiastically received. Art & Nature culminated on Sunday afternoon with a lively and colorful family festival that attracted over 300 art-and-nature-loving children and family members.
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Photos by Eric Stoner, Carolyn Johnson, and Aliah Cadena
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Laguna Art Museum’s Art & Nature festival serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to offer scientists a sense of what their work means in the wider culture; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature.
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The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has been a center for art, the appreciation of nature, and environmental awareness. In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built an art gallery to show and sell their work, they chose a commanding location on the coastline close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection.