Laguna Art Museum Honors California Art Collector Yvonne Boseker


For Immediate Release: November 21, 2016

Media Contact: Cody Lee | 949.494.8971 x211



LAGUNA BEACH, CA (November 21, 2016) — On November 13, Laguna Art Museum honored renowned historical California art collector Yvonne Boseker with The Wendt Award for her significant contributions to the knowledge and appreciation of California art. The award was presented by Dr. Malcolm Warner, executive director of Laguna Art Museum, during an exclusive dinner at The Ranch at Laguna Beach.

Yvonne and her late husband, Dr. Edward H. Boseker, began collecting historical California art many years ago and their collection stands among the most substantial and important in this field. Yvonne continues to collect, to encourage scholarship and conservation efforts, and generously to show her collection to groups of interested art lovers. She has been a wonderful friend to Laguna Art Museum, where she established the Edward H. and Yvonne J. Boseker Fund for the preservation, restoration, and exhibition of historical California art in the museum’s collection. The fund has allowed the museum to carry out conservation treatments on a number of paintings that were previously unfit for exhibition, bringing them back to their original splendor for future generations to enjoy.

The Wendt Award, named after the great Laguna Beach landscape painter William Wendt, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the knowledge and appreciation of California art. Previous recipients of the award include art historian Ruth Westphal, and artists Wayne Thiebaud and Peter Alexander.

The event, hosted at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, was attended by 150 guests including representatives from the Crocker Art Museum, the Irvine Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as many of Yvonne’s friends, family, and fellow art enthusiasts. Noted speakers included Janet Blake, curator of historical art at Laguna Art Museum, and Dr. Will South, chief curator at the Columbia Museum of Art, who paid tribute to Yvonne and Ed Boseker’s collecting and Yvonne’s ongoing advocacy for California art.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach was an especially fitting location due to its natural beauty, reminiscent of the idyllic landscapes that William Wendt painted of the area some 100 years ago. The elegant evening featured a delicious three course meal, live music by the acclaimed Trio Dinicu, and an artwork raffle of an original oil painting by celebrated California artist John Cosby. With the generous support of sponsors, patrons, and community partners, the Wendt Award Dinner raised nearly $100,000 in support of the museum and its mission to collect, care for, and exhibit the art of California.

The Wendt Award Dinner was sponsored by The Ranch at Laguna Beach, Bonhams, Wells Fargo, The Redfern Gallery, The Irvine Museum, Revelite Fine Art Lighting, Laguna Nursery, Simple Sweet Cakery, and Laguna Beach Magazine. The event’s Executive Committee were Rick Balzer, Janet Blake, Dennis Boyer, Keith Colestock, Robert D. Ehrlich, Susan Gordinier, Jack and Susan Kenefick, Ray Redfern, George Stern, Jean Stern, James Irvine Swinden, and Thomas B. Stiles, II.

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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