Laguna Art Museum Announces Art Auction 2017: California Cool


For Immediate Release: January 9, 2017

Media Contact: Cody Lee | 949.494.8971 x211




LAGUNA BEACH, CA (January 9, 2017) — On February 4, 2017, Laguna Art Museum will present Art Auction 2017: California Cool. With works by over 100 California artists, the museum-curated Art Auction will feature original art at great prices, delicious cuisine, and creative cocktails. The evening will include a silent auction as well as a live auction led by Aaron Bastian, senior specialist in California and American paintings at Bonhams in San Francisco and featured appraiser on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow.

As the museum concludes simultaneous exhibitions of works by Phillip K. Smith III and Kristin Leachman, we are delighted to announce that Art Auction 2017 will feature works by both artists. Phillip K. Smith III and Royale Projects have donated an archival digital print from an edition of ten, and Kristin Leachman has donated an untitled gouache on paper ($5,500 value) from her Xylem Rays series.

Other notable works include a a resin work by Peter Alexander ($35,000 value) donated by the artist and Peter Blake Gallery; a painting by Billy Al Bengston ($25,000 value) donated by the artist; a Light Sentence sculpture by Laddie John Dill ($40,000 value) donated by the artist; a lithograph by Sam Francis ($5,000 value) donated by the Sam Francis Foundation; and works by Lita Albuquerque, Helen Lundeberg, and Ed Ruscha.

With something for every taste and pocketbook, there are many opportunities for attendees to add top-quality art to their collections. The works range in price from $250 to $50,000, and bidding starting at 50 percent of the stated value. Proceeds from the event will support Laguna Art Museum’s dedication to collecting and preserving California art, presenting critically acclaimed exhibitions, and enhancing art education programs for all.

Laguna Art Museum’s Art Auction, its 35th year, is the longest running art auction in California and one of Orange County’s most exciting art and social experiences. Tickets are $125 for museum members at the Friend level and higher, and $150 for all others. Tickets include auction admission, complimentary parking, food, and drinks.

The event takes place from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Laguna Art Museum, with a silent auction from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and a live auction of twenty works at 8:00 p.m. The live auction, in partnership with Paddle8, will add a further element of excitement to the competitive bidding with absentee bids placed from around the world.

In addition to art, guests will enjoy the culinary talents of West Coast Event Productions, wine by Wine Gallery, and desserts by Simply Sweet Cakery served alongside specialty coffee and teas provided by Urth Caffé. The evening’s cool ambience will feature floral design by Laguna Nursery; event lighting and production by The Showpros Group; and upbeat music through the night. Attendees will have the chance to mingle with featured artists, fellow collectors, and the museum’s curators and executive director.

The Art Auction 2017 team is led by co-chairs Sara Heeschen and Deborah Lake; committee members Tina Cook, Jeannie Denholm, Ruben Flores, Vanessa Helin, Lauren MacLaughlin-Brinker, and Karen Morally; and Laguna Art Museum’s Director of Special Events, Sarah Strozza.

Laguna Art Museum will be open with free admission for patrons to preview the works featured in Art Auction 2017: California Cool from Saturday, January 28, through Friday, February 3. On Sunday, February 5, the museum will host a public sale during which any unsold works will be available for purchase at 50 percent of the stated value. Unsold works will also be for sale online from February 6 to 13.


Kim Abeles Jules Engel Michael Kindred Knight Glynnis Reed
Lita Albuquerque Ned Evans Jason Kowalski Chris Richter
Peter Alexander Joe Forkan Jeff Lange Mel Roberts
Charles Arnoldi Sam Francis Robert Larson Ed Ruscha
Richard Baker Kaori Fukuyama Kristin Leachman Brittany Ryan
John Baldessari Jacques Garnier Dave Lefner Carol Saindon
Cathy Bartels Eric Gerdau Joe Lewis Bradford J. Salamon 
Jesse Bartels Jeff Gillette Helen Lundeberg Jeff Sewell
Marlo Bartels Doty Glasco Cody Lusby Caleb Siemon and Carmen Salazar
Lisa Bartleson Jimi Gleason Adam Mars Michael Situ
Billy Al Bengston Joe Goode Elizabeth McGhee Phillip K. Smith, III
Maria Bertrán Kristina Grace Scott McMillin Dan Solomon
Wolfgang Bloch Bradley Hankey Cheryl Medow Sarah Stockstill
Nicholas Brigante Dennis Hare Pierce Meehan Don Suggs
Casper Brindle Michael Harnish Yevgeniya Mikhailik Madoka Takagi
Kelsey Brookes Tracey Sylvester Harris David Milton Don Trager
Rebecca Campbell Danny Heller Geoff Mitchell Ray Turner
Nick Capaci Charles Christopher Hill Donnie Molls John Upton
Guy John Cavalli Chris Hite Lester Monzon Márton Varó
Mindy Cherri Brad Howe Andy Moses Sarah Walsh
Edward Curtis George Hurrell Joseph A. Mugnaini Lindsey Warren
Deborah Davidson Kelsey Irvin Michael Obermeyer June Wayne
Tony DeLap Kathy Jones John Okulick Alex Weinstein
Joshua Dildine Sherry Karver Elizabeth Orleans Kirsten Whalen
Laddie John Dill Todd Kenyon William Pajaud LG Williams
Jorg Dubin Jeremy Kidd Elmer Plummer Tom Wudl
Amaranth Roslyn Ehrenhalt Mary-Austin Klein Astrid Preston Scott Yeskel
Cheryl Ekstrom


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.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays
Closed Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

General admission: $7.00
Students, seniors (60+), and active military: $5.00
Children under 12: FREE
Museum members: FREE

Media Contact: Cody Lee, Director of Communications | 949.494.8971 x211 |

Featured Image: Bradley Hankey, The Beginning (detail), oil on wood panel, 2016, 36 x 26 inches, courtesy of the artist and Skidmore Contemporary Art