Laguna Art Museum’s annual Palette to Palate event raises over $335,000


For Immediate Release: June 13, 2017

Media Contact: Cody Lee | 949.494.8971 x211



LAGUNA BEACH, CA (June 13, 2017) — On Friday, June 9, Laguna Art Museum’s annual Palette to Palate event raised over $335,000. Funds from the sold-out event, in its 12th year in 2017, support the museum’s dedication to collecting and preserving California art, providing critically acclaimed exhibitions, and enhancing art education programs for students in Orange County.

The evening featured fine art by ten artists and an incredible dining experience for an intimate group of 120 guests. Executive Chef Craig Strong of Studio at Montage Laguna Beach prepared an exquisite three-course menu paired with limited production wines from Kamen Estate Wines. Chef Strong, known for his modern French cuisine with California influences, brought his culinary team to the museum to prepare a menu that paired beautifully with the organic, terroir-driven varietals from Kamen Estate Wines.

The ten participating artists – Mark Beck, Kristina Grace, Adam Mars, Danny McCaw, Courtney Murphy, Glynnis Reed, Jeff Sewell, Doug Shoemaker, Fred Stodder, and Cecil Touchon – joined guests for dinner at tables of their own design. They were surrounded by their artwork on gallery walls, creating an interactive and intimate experience for guests who enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the artists’ creative processes and techniques during lively dinner conversations.

In addition to the opportunity to acquire works of art in support of the museum, guests raised their paddles for a live auction of exclusive experiences to raise additional funds for museum education programs. The auction opportunities included a luxury escape to the Montage Kapalua Bay in Maui, a Sonoma wine excursion featuring Kamen Estate Wines, an exclusive Tesla factory tour and luxury weekend in Northern California, and special culinary experiences with Chef Strong at Studio. The $335,000 total for the evening is a record for Palette to Palate, and will provide important funding for the museum’s art education outreach programs for students in Laguna Beach and Orange County.

As Laguna Art Museum approaches its centennial year in 2018, Palette to Palate is a unique reflection of the museum’s place in the community. Originally founded by artists as the Laguna Beach Art Association, the museum is among the oldest in the state and is distinctive it its mission to collect California art. The museum’s exhibitions, education programs, and events like Palette to Palate reflect a rich history and connection to the artistic community of Laguna Beach.

Palette to Palate was generously sponsored by Montage Laguna Beach, Kamen Estate Wines, Villa Real Estate, City National Bank, Modern Luxury Orange County, Room & Board, ROHL, Found Vintage Rentals, FormDecor, Floral Creations by Enzo, and The Showpros. The event was led by Executive Committee members Chuck Fry, Sue Greenwood, Sheldon Harte, Robin Kalota, Laura Rohl, and Marnie Wall.





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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 |