Museum Celebrates the Release of Big Eyes with Special Price on Margaret Keane Book

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. Museum Celebrates the Release of Big Eyes with Special Price on Margaret Keane Book . Big Eyes, Tim Burton’s much anticipated new movie about artist Margaret Keane, opened on Christmas Day. The story about Walter and Margaret Keane is a compelling one featuring a talented artist who worked in obscurity while her husband received accolades and solicitations from celebrities for “his” campy portraits of women and children, all sporting oversized, plaintive eyes. Margaret Keane ended … [Read more...]

Genny Boccardo-Dubey to Lead Museum’s Individual Giving Program

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Genny Boccardo-Dubey to Lead Museum's Individual Giving Program . Laguna Art Museum announced today that Genny Boccardo-Dubey will join Laguna Art Museum as Deputy Director for Advancement beginning January 5, 2015. . Boccardo-Dubey, currently the associate director for individual giving at the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), will soon be working for the museum that she grew up visiting. "The Laguna Art Museum has always been special to me, having been part of my life since my childhood … [Read more...]

Special Holiday Offer

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Give the gift of Membership this holiday season! Give a gift that will last all year long. A Laguna Art Museum gift membership provides your friends, family members, and colleagues twelve months of free, unlimited admission to Laguna Art Museum plus other great benefits based on membership level, including, but not limited to: Unlimited admission to the museum for two adults and immediate family members under 18 An invitation and tickets for two to all exhibition opening receptions … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Palette to Palate 2014 Most Successful to Date

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Palette to Palate 2014 Most Successful to Date Laguna Art Museum’s 2014 Palette to Palate fundraiser, which took place at the museum June 13, 2014, grossed approximately $205,000—the museum’s most successful Palette to Palate to date. This is $15,000 more than in 2013 and $55,000 more than in 2012. The museum expects to net $137,000 for its education and exhibition programs. Proceeds from the event will ensure the continuation of quality exhibition and education programming at the museum. … [Read more...]

In Memoriam: Jerry Rothman


In Memoriam: Jerry Rothman Laguna Art Museum is saddened by the death of long-time Laguna Beach resident and ceramic sculptor Jerry Rothman, a large number of whose works are in the collection. He died Thursday, June 5 of a heart attack at a hospital near his sculpture park and home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. During the last few years of his life Rothman was unable to work due to the effects of Lewy Body disease. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1933 to Rose and Hyman … [Read more...]

Education Department Receives Special Recognition and Grants

Jim Denevan's illuminated sand sculpture from Art & Nature 2013. Photo by Eric Stoner.

Laguna Art Museum's Education Department Receives Special Recognition from AAMD, and Grants from the NEA and Festival of Arts Foundation Laguna Art Museum’s Education Department recently received special recognition from The Association of Art Museum Directors. In addition the museum received grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Festival of Arts Foundation for its educational programming. . The Association of Art Museum Directors (which represents 240 art museums across … [Read more...]

Drive the Arts, Buy the Plate!


Drive the arts, buy the plate! Laguna Art Museum has partnered with the California Arts Council to spread the word about the California arts license plate. Did you know that renowned California artist Wayne Thiebaud (whose work is on display at the museum through June 1) designed the Arts Plate in 1993? Proceeds from sales and renewals of California’s arts license plate support arts education programs across California. . The arts and arts education cultivate imagination, creativity, and … [Read more...]

Donor Spotlight: Room & Board


Donor Spotlight: Room & Board Laguna Art Museum's lobby has a fresh, modern new look thanks to its design partners at Room & Board South Coast Plaza Village. . The assortment at Room & Board is more than 90% American-made, and the company collaborates with more than 50 American companies to create their furniture and accessories. Since opening their doors in 1980, Room & Board has focused on the customer, offering the best of modern design and American craftsmanship, and … [Read more...]

Art Auction 2014 a Success


Art Auction 2014 a Success Laguna Art Museum’s 2014 Art Auction fundraiser grossed approximately $200,000 on February 8, 2014 for the museum’s education and exhibition programs. Based on preliminary numbers, the museum expects to net $135,000. . Additionally, 400 people attended, including 45 of the 116 featured artists. Artists in attendance included Elizabeth Turk, Adam Silverman, Victor Hugo Zayas, Tim Clark, Jimi Gleason, Jeff Peters, and James Verbicky, among others. . Fourteen of … [Read more...]