See both before anyone else! Join Laguna Art Museum for a morning celebrating California artists from the 19th century to the present day. Our day will begin in the Museum’s galleries with a catered breakfast where you will be the first to see Gerard Basil Stripling’s exhibition, Work and Soul: Two Decades of Practice, with the exclusive opportunity to hear from the artist. We will then travel to Bonhams, one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers of fine art, antiques, motor cars, and jewelry, for a private tour of a Bonhams’ April 12th California Art auction before it is on view to the public.
8:30 a.m. Enjoy a catered breakfast in the Laguna Art Museum galleries while Gerard Basil Stripling discusses his exhibition, Work and Soul: Two Decades of Practice
9:30 a.m. Depart Laguna Art Museum
10:30 a.m. Arrive at Bonhams and enjoy coffee and a view of Hollywood from Bonhams’ rooftop
11:00 a.m. Private tour of Bonhams’ California Art auction with Q&A
12:00 p.m. Depart Bonhams
1:00 p.m. Return to Laguna Art Museum
$175 for Laguna Art Museum members
$200 for non-members
Price includes luxurious round-trip transportation, an exclusive first look at Work and Soul: Two Decades of Practice and a conversation with Gerard Basil Stripling, private tour of Bonhams, access to Laguna Art Museum prior to opening hours, and breakfast.
Rooftop access at Bonhams involves several flights of stairs. Please watch your step. Contemporary Circle members and above may choose this event to use their complimentary attendance for two.
Gerard Basil Stripling’s move to Laguna Beach in March of 2000 coincided with his embrace of fine art and his own identity as artist. The works in this exhibition, Work and Soul: Two Decades of Practice, span that evolution, covering the past 22 years and demonstrating Laguna’s influence on the artist’s development. The presented works include a variety of mediums—from his early works in steel, stone, and ceramic to his more recent experimentations in bronze—bringing to light Stripling’s versatility in fabrication techniques. While Stripling’s work has been very visible within Laguna Beach, the majority of the work on view in the exhibition has never before been seen and in some cases is newly created. The exhibition is personal as it reflects work created from the soul, by and for the artist.
At Bonhams, we will join California Art Specialists Scot Levitt, Aaron Bastian and Katie Halligan for a private, in-depth look at Bonhams’ April 12th California Art auction. The sale will feature works by important California Plein Air artists such as Granville Redmond, William Wendt, Maurice Braun, and Marion Kavanagh Wachtel, as well as 19th century paintings by Norton Bush, Thomas Hill, Raymond Dabb Yelland and others. We will start our tour with coffee on Bonhams’ picturesque rooftop with 360-degree views of Hollywood and continue with a specialists-lead private tour of sale highlights in Bonhams’ galleries. Q&A and time for additional previewing will follow the tour.
LAM Goes BOOM: A Pride Celebration
To celebrate Pride Month, join the Laguna Art Museum for a night to pay homage to Laguna’s bygone gay bars like the famed The Boom Boom Room. Fred Karger’s documentary Save the Boom will be screened in the museum’s galleries, and then let the dancing begin with DJ SoulFire!
Artist Spotlight: Russell Crotty
Join Artist Russell Crotty and LAM Curatorial Fellow Rochelle Steiner for a special conversation on Crotty’s work that’s on view in Southern California Contemporary Art: Gifts from the Stuart Spence and Judith Vida-Spence Collection.
Kids’ Night Out: Pizza Party with the Spence Col …
Kids take over the museum for a special, fun-filled night with dinner, art activities, and an interactive scavenger hunt around the museum. Caregivers and parents can enjoy a night out, too, as our education team takes over to guide the young learners on an exploration of the museum exhibitions and provide opportunities for hands-on artmaking activities.
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