California Cool Art Auction 2018 Sets New Records, Raising Over $466,000 in Support of LAM’s Exhibitions and Education Programs


For Immediate Release: February 11, 2018



 (February 11, 2018) — On Saturday, February 10, Laguna Art Museum’s centennial edition of the California Cool Art Auction reached sales of over $466,000, making it the museum’s most successful art auction to date. Proceeds from the event benefit the museum’s exhibitions and education programs. The auction, in its 36th edition during the museum’s centennial year, featured works by more than 100 important California artists.

The highlight of the evening was the much anticipated live auction led by Andrea Fiuczynski, Executive Vice President and Chairman of Sotheby’s Americas, and Mark J. Thomas of California Coast Auctions. The museum once again partnered with Paddle8, the leading online auction house, and absentee bids, from both nearby and internationally, added a further element of excitement to the competitive bidding.

The live auction included eager bidding on Peter Alexander’s LAX XXXII, which sold for $23,000; Tony DeLap’s Eye in the Sky, which sold for $21,000; Lita Albuquerque’s Heavy Metal Explosion (Silver), which sold for $20,000; and Cheryl Ekstrom’s Beanbag, from the Stable Inhabitants series, which sold for $19,000. Other notable works in the live auction included Lorser Feitelson’s Untitled (Red with White Lines), which sold for $4,750, above the estimated value of $3,000; and Phillip K. Smith III’s Faceted Disc #14, which sold for $16,000, above the estimated value of $15,000. The live auction featured 20 works and totaled over $196,000.

The evening also included a Fund-A-Need campaign, presented by LAM Curator of Educator Marinta Skupin, which raised over $33,000 to support the museum’s K-12 children’s education programs.

California Cool Art Auction 2018’s silent auction component featured an additional 99 works of art and was highly successful with over $173,000 in sales. 90 percent of the works were sold during the event, and unsold works will be available for purchase at their minimum bid price (50 percent of stated value) until February 16.

In addition to great art, the event’s 300 guests enjoyed the culinary talents of West Coast Event Productions, wines by Wine Gallery, and desserts by Simply Sweet Cakery served alongside specialty coffees and teas provided by Urth Caffé. The evening’s cool ambience featured floral designs by Laguna Nursery and lighting and decor by The Showpros Group. Other sponsors included Cookes Crating, Paddle8, Randy Higbee Gallery, Royal Hawaiian, Sotheby’s, and Modern Luxury Orange County.

LAM’s California Cool Art Auction is the longest running benefit art auction in California and is one of Orange County’s most exciting art and social experiences. Proceeds from the event support the museum’s dedication to collecting and preserving California art, presenting critically acclaimed exhibitions, and enhancing art education.

The California Cool Art Auction 2018 team was led by co-chairs Sara Heeschen and Deborah Lake; committee members Jeannie Denholm, Ruben Flores, Vanessa Helin, Lauren MacLaughlin-Brinker, and Karen Morally; and LAM Director of Special Events Sarah Strozza.

Featured Artists

Lita Albuquerque Kaori Fukuyama Robert Larson Brandon Reese
Peter Alexander Jacques Garnier Kristin Leachman Richard Reiner
Natalie Arnoldi Frank Gehry Dave Lefner  Chris Richter
Charles Arnoldi Eric Gerdau David Ligare Mel Roberts
Jesse Bartels Daniel Gerwin Mary Little Brian Robertson
Marlo Bartels George Gibson Cody Lusby Ed Ruscha
Mark Beck Jeff Gillette Victoria MacMillan Brittany Ryan
Billy Al Bengston Jimi Gleason Michael Manning Bradford J. Salamon
Maria Bertrán Joe Goode Adam Mars Jeff Sewell
Chris Bliss Kristina Grace Danny McCaw Caleb Siemon & Carmen Salazar
Wolfgang Bloch Richard Haines Dan McCleary Michael Situ
Casper Brindle Bradley Hankey Elizabeth McGhee Phillip K. Smith III
James hd Brown Michael Harnish Scott McMillin Fred Stodder
Ryan Callis Danny Heller Pierce Meehan Don Suggs
Jean Charlot Orr Herz David Milton Elizabeth Turk
Mindy Cherri Chris Hite Mia Moore Lindsey Warren
Deborah Davidson Brad Howe Andy Moses June Wayne
Mara De Luca George Hurrell Gwynn Murrill Ann Weber
Tony DeLap Kelsey Irvin Eric Nash Stephanie Weber
Joshua Dildine Ben Jackel John Nava Matt Wedel
Laddie John Dill Liz Jardine Glenn Ness Alex Weinstein
Jorg Dubin Kathy Jones Jonde Northcutt Kirsten Whalen
Cheryl Ekstrom Catherine Kaleel Michael Obermeyer Frederick Wight
Jules Engel Sherry Karver Kenton Parker Tyrus Wong
Ned Evans  Jeremy Kidd Guy Pène du Bois Suzan Woodruff
Lorser Feitelson  Mary-Austin Klein Astrid Preston William Wray
Colin Fleck  Peter Krasnow Gregory Price Scott Yeskel
Victoria Fu Tom Lamb Glynnis Reed


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.

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Children under 12: FREE
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