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...]

Special Wayne Thiebaud Membership Offer!


Left to right: Toy Counter, Jolly Cones, Yo-Yos . Special Wayne Thiebaud Membership Offer! Use code "THIEBAUD" at checkout to receive 10% off Family, Advocate, and Patron level memberships . Laguna Art Museum is pleased to announce a special membership offer in conjunction with our upcoming exhibition Wayne Thiebaud: American Memories, one of the most important shows Laguna Art Museum has ever presented. . The exhibition will consist of 60 works by Thiebaud from all periods of his career. … [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...]

Donor Spotlight: Nicholas Yrizarry Wealth Management Group


Donor Spotlight: Nicholas Yrizarry Wealth Management Group . Nicholas Yrizarry Wealth Management Group is partnering with Laguna Art Museum as the 2014 Advisory Circle sponsor. NYWMG is a Laguna Beach-based firm specializing in retirement and investment planning as well as financial management and estate conservation. Their supportive staff is a team of highly professional individuals who can address the full spectrum of their client's needs. In addition to Nick’s expertise as a wealth … [Read more...]

First Art & Nature a Success


. Laguna Art Museum presented the first annual Art & Nature, a multidisciplinary exploration of art’s many and various engagements with the natural world, November 7-10, 2013. . The centerpiece of the event was Land Artist Jim Denevan’s monumental sand drawings on Main Beach in Laguna. Beginning at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, Denevan worked with sticks and rakes to create a large geometric pattern of circles on the northern point of Main Beach. In the mid-afternoon, Denevan … [Read more...]

Wayne Thiebaud Gifts Painting and Prints to Museum’s Collection


Legendary Artist Wayne Thiebaud Gifts Painting and Prints to Laguna Art Museum's Collection On October 12, artist Wayne Thiebaud donated a painting and a group of six prints to Laguna Art Museum on the occasion of the presentation to him of the museum’s California Art Award. The award recognizes the extraordinary part he has played in raising the reputation and appreciation of California art, nationally and internationally. It was presented to Thiebaud by President and CEO of the J. Paul … [Read more...]

Michele Monda Named 2013 Volunteer of the Year

Michele Monda and Malcolm Warner

Michele Monda Named 2013 Volunteer of the Year Laguna Art Museum hosted its annual Open House and Volunteer Recognition Reception on Tuesday, September 10. During the presentation, Laguna Art Museum's Executive Director Malcolm Warner announced volunteer Store Manager Michele Monda as Laguna Art Museum’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year. . In 2012, Monda, a Laguna Beach resident and longtime supporter of Laguna Art Museum, came on board to help revamp the museum store. Monda’s goal for the … [Read more...]

In Memoriam: Gerald E. Buck


In Memoriam Gerald E. Buck, 1940–2013 The museum is mourning the loss of one of the great patrons and collectors of California art, Gerald E. Buck. A longtime resident of south Orange County, Gerald passed away on August 24 after a brief illness. It was just seven months after the death of his beautiful wife of fifty years, Bente. . For over twenty-five years, Gerald was a passionate champion of California art from the late nineteenth century to the present day. During his years of … [Read more...]

Former Chief Curator of Laguna Art Museum Passes Away

Michael McManus

In Memoriam Michael McManus, 1952-2013 Former Chief Curator, Laguna Art Museum One of the great treasures of the Southern California art world, artist/critic/curator/teacher Michael McManus passed away at his home on the evening of Saturday, August 10. Originally from Ohio, where he earned a BFA at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1976, Michael received an MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 1981. Active as an artist and thoroughly engaged in art theory and history, … [Read more...]