A Public Art Event

The event serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature.

The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has fostered art, the love of nature, and environmental awareness. In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built a gallery to show and sell their work, they chose a commanding location on the coastline, close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection.


Featured Work of Art

Any-Instant-Whatever

Rebeca Méndez, presents Any-Instant-Whatever, a multimedia experience depicting a contemplation of a day in Los Angeles that captures a cloud-rich sky above the lively city and its inhabitants. According to Méndez, the sky and the sun in Los Angeles are both great unifying forces, infusing a certain relaxed Southern Californian style in its people, as well as equalizers, whose light and warmth caress everyone. People in Los Angeles from all walks of life experience the same sky—something we all have in common.


The Artist

Rebeca Méndez

Rebeca Méndez is an artist, designer, and chair of the Design Media Arts department at UCLA, where she is also director of the CounterForce Lab. Her research and practice investigate design and media art in public spaces, critical approaches to public identities and landscape, and artistic projects based on field investigation methods. In addition to her many great permanent public commissions, including two for the Metro Art Crenshaw/LAX project and three for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Méndez’s work is represented in numerous public and private collections. Among them are Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Nevada Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca in Mexico, the El Paso Museum of Art, and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. From 2017 through 2019 she served as selecting committee member for the “Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award.”


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Daniel Lewis

Dan Lewis is the Dibner Senior Curator for the History of Science & Technology at the Huntington Library, Art Museum & Botanical Gardens in Southern California. His permanent history of science exhibit, Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World, was named by the American Alliance of Museums as the best exhibit in America the year after it opened. Prior to coming to the Huntington, Dr. Lewis was the Company Historian for the Los Angeles Times. He holds a PhD in History from the University of California, and has held post-doctoral appointments at Oxford University, the Smithsonian, and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich. His extensive teaching background includes stints at USC, Claremont Graduate University, Art Center College of Design and Caltech. He is the author of three books and is under contract for a fourth, to be published by Simon & Schuster.


Family Festival

The Art & Nature Family Festival is an event for all ages. Laguna Art Museum partners with local organizations whose missions focus on art, climate, science, animal welfare, and environmental education to present fun and enriching hands-on activities and educational stations throughout the museum.


Around Town

Laguna Art Museum is proud to partner with four local galleries and community partners each presenting nature-themed exhibitions.

Suzi Q Senior Center

380 3rd St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Exhibition: “Celebrating our Natural World”

October 26, 2021 – December 15, 2021

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Featuring art in partnership with Laguna Art Museum’s Art & Nature Festival.

Kelsey Michaels Fine Art

354 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Exhibition: “Seamless”

November 4, 2021 – November 30, 2021

Tuesday -Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, and by appointment all week.

Kelsey Michaels Fine Art is pleased to host the nature-themed exhibition, “Seamless,” inspired by the lines of nature as well as the inarguable connectivity surrounding us. This group exhibition will highlight several of the gallery artists at KMFA that are most inspired by and driven to create from this very concept.

Participating artists: Carlos Ramirez, Kristina Grace, Liz Jardine, Stacy D’Aguiar, Kimerlee Curyl, Kelsey Irvin, Gary Komarin, Aondrea Maynard, Meredith Pardue, Chris Hayman, Robert Szot, and Stephanie Weber.


Carlos Ramirez, “Caught in a Wave,” Acrylic mixed media on canvas, 60×60”

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach

1085 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
“Colors of Nature”

Friday, November 5, 2021

3:30 – 7:00 PM

Showcase of the nature-inspired arts made by members of the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach for the last year. This Art Showcase is going to give you a glimpse of nature in art. Our young artists were inspired by shapes, colors and textures of nature.


“Colors of Nature”

Community Arts Project at Wells Fargo

260 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 9265
“Reframing Nature”

July 16, 2021 – January 14, 2022

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

“Reframing Nature” offers perspectives on Art & Nature, capturing the essence of nature and its connection to art. Among the works of collaborative artists Laura Stickney and Vilma Mendillo will be three books containing poetry related to nature, and etchings, aquatints and silkscreen on handmade papers presented in unique bindings. Artist Sheryl Smith Seltzer captures nature’s beauty, light and rhythm in the rich close-ups of plant life and the surf. Artist Patricia Prescott Sueme enchants us with varying coastal views using pastels that bring out the subtleties and power found in nature.

Participating artists: Laura Stickney, Vilma Mendillo, Sheryl Smith Seltzer and Patricia Prescott Sueme


“Sea Twig with Victorian Pin” by Laura Stickney


Special Thanks

Art & Nature programs and exhibitions are generously funded by an anonymous donor, the McBeth Foundation, Elie Weaver and Hilton Weinberg, the Crevier Family Foundation, the Gorski Family Foundation, The Barbara Steele Williams Endowment Fund, Kellie and Gary Johnson, Chris Quilter, the Mike Johnson Group, John Moran Auctioneers and Appraisers, Kevin and Renee Vlitos Rowe, the Hilbert Collection, OC Fine Art Storage / Display, City of Laguna Beach, Festival of the Arts Foundation, Mitchell and Margot Milias and Gregory Lincoln.

Sponsors also include the Lodging Establishment of The Ranch at Laguna Beach.

Art & Nature 2021 Committee: Gregg and Kathleen Abel, Jane and Joe Hanauer, Robin Kalota, Barbara and Greg MacGillivray, David Powers, Chris Quilter, Elie Weaver and Hilton Weinberg.

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