Experiencing Art & Nature 2013


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Art & Nature Committee member Yasuko Bush attended all of the 2013 Art & Nature events and shares her experiences.
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Thursday, November 7
Conversation with Malcolm Warner

Malcolm gave a comprehensive slide lecture about art in nature from Stonehenge to works of Jim Denevan with a lot of humor and keen observation as an art historian. It was a very informative and enjoyable talk. The space was perfect for the lecture.
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Friday, November 8
Surround Art & Sound

Herman Ekbote and Suman Laha created a beautiful sound in the space, which was surrounded with Richard Kraft’s fluid images. It was interesting to see some images looked as if the music had been composed for that video. I got into a highly meditative state near intoxication. Perhaps a glass of beer I drank before I came to the museum might have helped, too.
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Saturday, November 9
Panel discussion

Tanya Aguiniga, Adam Silverman, Michael Latz talked about their work moderated by Malcolm. It was a very interesting to listen to the work of people from three completely different fields. It was fascinating to learn about bioluminescence.
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Keynote Lecture by Kevin Starr

Mr. Starr delivered a smooth and insightful lecture. It was very informative to a relatively new comer to California like me (since 1998). Dinner afterword was intimate and pleasant. Locating it in the library was a good choice.
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Sand Drawing by Jim Denevan

John and I went to see the work from the cliff outside of the Las Brisas parking area before dinner; I walked into the actual installation after dinner. It was a magical spectacle of cool blue lights. I hope that many people experienced it. Several of our friends who saw the work marveled at it.
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Sunday, November 10
Panel Discussion

It was a quite an interesting contrast between Bill Fox and Jim Denevan.  No wonder Mr. Denevan was so worn out from the hard work of day before. His images of other works were amazing.
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Family Festival
Haiku Workshop

Despite slightly difficult circumstances (happy children from face painting brought their excitement into the room), Eve Luckring offered the 13 participants (4 sessions) a new world of haiku making use of Richard Kraft’s video images as subject material. The participants, ranging from a girl of about 14 (my guess) to senior citizens enjoyed about 30 minutes of getting in touch with their inner haiku person.
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Live owls and Hawks

I have never seen these birds of prey so close before without cages, so it was very exciting. Surrounded by California landscape paintings, these beautiful creatures were majestic. Blissful moment for an animal lover.  
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Face Painting

I am not familiar with face painting (no such a thing when I was a child in Japan) but I thought that the face painter did a great job. These children (and one adult) looked all different and fashionable as if they had come out from the world of Avatar
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Over All

Since John (my husband) and I go out to LA and San Diego seeking art and culture less these days because of brutal driving, we thought the idea of bringing interesting artists and knowledgeable scholars to Laguna sounded great. So we joined the committee. I enjoyed the whole weekend immensely. Also it seems that one of the goals of the museum, to interact more with the local community and bring in a wider demography of Lagunans new to the museum, was successfully met. I saw different types of people in every event.
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Perhaps there might have been some hair-raising moments for the museum staff but to my eyes it looked as though the whole thing went very smoothly. If the museum keeps offering this event, I think it can become a major fall attraction in Laguna Beach.

Thanks to Yasuko for attending and documenting Art & Nature 2013!
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Photos by Eric Stoner, Patrick Trefz, Jennifer Gardiner, Lindy Narver, Aliah Cadena, and Barbara Hillman.