Wall Street Journal reviews Helen Lundeberg Retrospective

Helen Lundeberg
Double Portrait of the Artist in Time
Oil on fiberboard, 1935
47 3/4 x 40 inches
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum Purchase

We're pleased to share a gratifying Wall Street Journal review of Laguna Art Museum's current exhibition, Helen Lundeberg: A Retrospective, which highlights the work of this sometimes underrated artist. "With this retrospective, the Laguna Art Museum has performed an important service to the history of American art," states artist and writer, Peter Plagens. Read the full article here. Read about the exhibition on the museum's website here.   Image credit (above): Helen … [Read more...]

Art Stars Award

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Executive Director Malcolm Warner receives Art Stars Award for Arts Leadership The Board of Trustees and staff of Laguna Art Museum congratulate Executive Director Malcolm Warner on receiving the 2016 Art Stars Award for Arts Leadership from the Laguna Beach Arts Alliance (LBAA). In his acceptance remarks Warner commented on his family's move to Laguna Beach from Ft. Worth, Texas four years ago, and how they were warmly welcomed by the community. He also spoke of Laguna Art Museum's … [Read more...]

Thank You Laguna Beach!

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. City of Laguna Beach votes unanimously in favor of Cultural Facilities Improvement Matching Grant Program  At its March 15 meeting, the Laguna Beach City Council made a bold and enlightened move in support of the arts– all five City Council members voted in favor of a matching grant program to help the two oldest artistic institutions in town, Laguna Art Museum and the Laguna Playhouse. The decision has been hailed as a clear sign of support and trust in these organizations, both approaching … [Read more...]

In Memoriam: Ken Auster

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In Memoriam: Ken Auster The museum was saddened to hear about the death of artist Ken Auster, who passed away on January 29. Auster was one of the most respected of California’s contemporary plein air painters, and through his impetus the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational was founded, an event that was held at the museum for many years. He received a BFA from California State University Long Beach and began his career as a printer, operating a highly-successful silk screening … [Read more...]

Art Auction 2016 Most Successful To Date

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Laguna Art Museum’s Art Auction fundraiser reached total sales of over $400,000. Benefitting the museum’s exhibitions and education programs, net proceeds exceeded last year by 25%, making this the most successful Art Auction to date! The highlight of the evening was the much anticipated 20-item live auction led by charismatic auctioneer Aaron Bastian of Bonhams. For this year’s live auction, the museum partnered with Paddle8, an online auction house, and absentee bids placed from around … [Read more...]

Free Admission Day- December 27

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Free Admission Day at Laguna Art Museum Sunday, December 27 from 11:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. Sponsored by Burba & Hayes As a special holiday gift to the Orange County community, this free day has been generously sponsored by entrepreneurs and businessmen Jim Burba and Bob Hayes of the global hotel investment event company Burba Hotel Network. This is a great opportunity to see Laguna Art Museum’s fall exhibitions David Ligare: California Classicist and The Canyon Project: Artivism! before they … [Read more...]

Art & Nature 2015 was a great success!

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Art & 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. 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 … [Read more...]

Museum trip to France, October 2015

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  Laguna Art Museum group travels to France, October 2015 On October 5, a group of Laguna Art Museum patrons, accompanied by executive director Malcolm Warner, arrived in Paris to embark on a 9-day trip that would begin at the capital city and end on the French Riviera. With an exciting itinerary of visits focused primarily on art, locations to be visited included Paris, Marseille, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, St. Paul de Vence, Vence, St. Jean Cap Ferrat and Menton (sister city of Laguna … [Read more...]

Palette to Palate 2015 Most Successful to Date

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Palette to Palate 2015 Most Successful to Date Laguna Art Museum’s Palette to Palate fundraiser, which took place at the museum June 12, 2015, grossed approximately $236,000—the museum’s most successful Palette to Palate to date. This is $30,000 more than in 2014 and $85,000 more than in 2013. The museum expects to net $170,000 for its education and exhibition programs. The event’s Fund-A-Need, which raised funds to expand its K-12 school tours program and provide students hands-on art … [Read more...]

In Memoriam: Cheryl Ekstrom

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In Memoriam: Cheryl Ekstrom Laguna Art Museum is saddened by the death of long-time Laguna Beach resident and prolific artist Cheryl Ekstrom. A former manufacturer and businesswoman turned sculptor, her work is included in numerous public, corporate, and private collections, both in the US and abroad. . Ekstrom's full-scale stainless steel sculpture of an Eames lounge chair and ottoman were included in Laguna Art Museum's 2013 exhibition, Faux Real.  OC Weekly's Dave Barton said of those … [Read more...]