An Outdoor 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.

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Featured Artist

Laddie John Dill

The celebrated Light and Space artist Laddie John Dill was born in Long Beach in 1943. He graduated with honors from Chouinard Art Institute in 1968. He has exhibited widely, including in venues from Seoul, Paris, Nogoya, and Helsinki, to New York, Kansas City, Seattle, and throughout Northern and Southern California. His work is owned by many private collectors and is included in the permanent collections of more than 25 museums. Dill is a recipient of two National Endowment grants, one for sculpture and one for painting, and has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has taught and lectured at UCLA, UC Irvine, Art Center in Pasadena, Otis Art Institute, and numerous universities and art institutions across the United States.

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The Project

Electric Light Blanket

On November 9, 2015, approximately 2,500 solar lanterns illuminated on Main Beach at dusk with choreographed sequence of colored lasers, along with a soundtrack, that interacted with the rising tide and was visible from various vantage points on the beach and along the cliff.