Art & Nature 2015 was a great success!

art-and-nature-banner-768x195Art & Nature 2015 was a great success!

Laguna Art Museum presented its third annual Art & Nature festival, an exploration of art’s many and various engagements with the natural world, November 5-8, 2015.

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Laddie John Dill’s Electric Light Blanket Photo by Eric Stoner

Over a thousand people visited exhibitions and attended programs in the museum during the four days of the festival, while an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 viewed Electric Light Blanket, Laddie John Dill’s spectacular laser performance piece on Main Beach on Saturday night. The festival kicked off on Thursday with a magical dinner on the beach by Outstanding in the Field, the creation of artist Jim Denevan. It was Denevan who made a monumental, illuminated sand drawing on Main Beach as part of Art & Nature 2013.Over 100 people were seated at a single long table in front of the Hotel Laguna for a four-course meal by Chef Clark Staub, with wine pairings by Habit Wine Company. Proceeds from the event benefited Laguna Art Museum’s exhibition and educational programs.

Outstanding in the Field dinner Photo by sandiewardphotography.com

Outstanding in the Field dinner
Photo by sandiewardphotography.com

 

The rest of the weekend included a thought-provoking and extremely well-received keynote lecture by famed astronomer and space scientist Roger Malina; a talk by artist Lita Albuquerque that included a premier screening of An Elongated Now, a short film featuring her 2014 Art & Nature performance piece on Main Beach; an engaging panel discussion on the connection between art and nature with artists David Familian, Kristin Leachman, David Ligare, and Peter Matthews; and a free Family Festival with a wide variety of exciting hands-on science, nature, and art activities on Sunday.

In addition to events taking place at the museum and on Main Beach, Laguna Art Museum once again partnered with local and area organizations in order to make Art & Nature a truly community-wide event. Several galleries, including Artists Republic and The Redfern Gallery, as well as a number of community organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach and Gallery Q at Susi Q, staged nature-related exhibitions to coincide with the festival.

Family Festival Photo by Aliah Cadena

Family Festival
Photo by Aliah Cadena

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.

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