LAM Announces Featured Artists for California Cool Art Auction 2018


For Immediate Release: January 19, 2018



 (January 19, 2018) — On February 10, 2018, Laguna Art Museum will present its annual California Cool Art Auction. 2018 marks the 36th edition of the highly-anticipated auction event during the museum’s centennial year. With works by over 100 important California artists, Art Auction 2018 will include great art, delicious cuisine, and creative cocktails. The evening will include a silent auction as well as a live auction led by Andrea Fiuczynski, Executive Vice President and Chairman of Sotheby’s Americas.

As LAM continues its PST: LA/LA exhibition of works by Dan McCleary, the auction will feature a recent oil painting by McCleary ($6,000 value) courtesy of the artist and Craig Krull Gallery. In advance of the upcoming retrospective exhibition of works by Tony DeLap, the auction will feature a work by DeLap ($40,000 value) courtesy of the artist and Parrasch Heijnen Gallery.

Other notable works include a monoprint by Peter Alexander ($32,000 value) courtesy of the artist, a pastel by James hd Brown ($12,000 value) courtesy of the artist, a color etching by Frank Gehry ($3,500 value) courtesy of Gemini G.E.L., an etching by Ed Ruscha ($9,500 value) courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery, as well as works by Lita Albuquerque, Phillip K. Smith III, Elizabeth Turk, and others.

With something for every taste and pocketbook, there are many opportunities for guests to add top-quality art to their collections. The works range in price from $400 to $40,000, and bidding begins 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.

Laguna Art Museum’s California Cool Art Auction 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. 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 selected works at 8:00 p.m. The live auction, in partnership with Paddle8 and led by Andrea Fiuczynski of Sotheby’s, 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, wines by Wine Gallery, and desserts by Simply Sweet Cakery served alongside specialty coffees and teas provided by Urth Caffé. The evening’s cool ambience will feature floral designs by Laguna Nursery and lighting and decor by The Showpros Group. Other sponsors include Cookes Crating, Paddle8, Randy Higbee Gallery, Royal Hawaiian, Sotheby’s, and Modern Luxury Orange County.

The Art Auction 2018 team is led by co-chairs Sara Heeschen and Deborah Lake; and committee members Jeannie Denholm, Ruben Flores, Vanessa Helin, Lauren MacLaughlin-Brinker, and Karen Morally.

Laguna Art Museum will be open with free admission for patrons to preview the works featured in California Cool Art Auction 2018: California Cool from Thursday, February 1, through Friday, February 9. On Sunday, February 11, 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 after February 11.

Featured Artists

Lita Albuquerque Kaori Fukuyama Robert Larson Brandon Reese
Peter Alexander Jacques Garnier Kristin Leachman Richard Reiner
Natalie Arnoldi Frank Gehry Dave Lefner  Chris Richter
Charles Arnoldi Eric Gerdau David Ligare Mel Roberts
Jesse Bartels Daniel Gerwin Mary Little Brian Robertson
Marlo Bartels George Gibson Cody Lusby Ed Ruscha
Mark Beck Jeff Gillette Victoria MacMillan Brittany Ryan
Billy Al Bengston Jimi Gleason Michael Manning Bradford J. Salamon
Maria Bertrán Joe Goode Adam Mars Jeff Sewell
Chris Bliss Kristina Grace Danny McCaw Caleb Siemon & Carmen Salazar
Wolfgang Bloch Richard Haines Dan McCleary Michael Situ
Casper Brindle Bradley Hankey Elizabeth McGhee Phillip K. Smith III
James hd Brown Michael Harnish Scott McMillin Fred Stodder
Ryan Callis Danny Heller Pierce Meehan Don Suggs
Jean Charlot Orr Herz David Milton Elizabeth Turk
Mindy Cherri Chris Hite Mia Moore Lindsey Warren
Deborah Davidson Brad Howe Andy Moses June Wayne
Mara De Luca George Hurrell Gwynn Murrill Ann Weber
Tony DeLap Kelsey Irvin Eric Nash Stephanie Weber
Joshua Dildine Ben Jackel John Nava Matt Wedel
Laddie John Dill Liz Jardine Glenn Ness Alex Weinstein
Jorg Dubin Kathy Jones Jonde Northcutt Kirsten Whalen
Cheryl Ekstrom Catherine Kaleel Michael Obermeyer Frederick Wight
Jules Engel Sherry Karver Kenton Parker Tyrus Wong
Ned Evans  Jeremy Kidd Guy Pène du Bois Suzan Woodruff
Lorser Feitelson  Mary-Austin Klein Astrid Preston William Wray
Colin Fleck  Peter Krasnow Gregory Price Scott Yeskel
Victoria Fu Tom Lamb Glynnis Reed


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

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