What's It All About?

A uniquely Californian experience supporting Laguna Art Museum.

This sell-out annual event is around the corner. Experience the live and silent auctions alongside a night of specialty-crafted cocktails & appetizers, a red-carpet experience, live music, artist meet & greets, and more!

The annual California Cool Art Auction and Benefit brings together the art community in support of the museum’s mission to enlighten people of all ages through California art.



Bidding begins February 16, 2024


  • Preview auction artworks in-person during museum hours
  • Enjoy cocktails, appetizers and entertainment during the live and silent auction March 2 beginning at 6:30 p.m
  • Live auction will conclude the evening of March 2.
  • Online bidding will conclude on March 4.
  • Not all artworks will be available in the online auction, so secure your tickets to the bash for access to the live auction pieces!

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Free Preview Nights


February 15, 21, 29
5:00 – 7:00 pm


Want a closer look at the artworks available in our Art Auction? A majority of the available artworks are on display now at the museum for you to view with admission! In addition, we will be open to the public select evenings from 5:00 – 7:00 pm for free previews! Bring your art-loving friends and pick out which pieces you want to buy. Featuring high-profile artworks at affordable starting bids.


Participating Artists

Luciana Abait
Kim Abeles
Jo Allen Situ
Caesar Alzate Jr.
Stephanie Bachiero
Marlo Bartels
Jane Bauman
Kelly Berg
Maria Bertran
Tim Biskup
Carole Boller
Justin Bower
Casper Brindle
Ben Brough
Rebecca Campbell
Alberto Cuadros
Alicia Cheatham
Mindy Cherri
Cristopher Cichocki
Alex Couwenberg
Deborah Davidson
Michael Davis
Woods Davy
Gianne de Genevraye
Michael Dee
Guy Dill
Laddie John Dill
Alex Donis
Tom Dowling
Jorg Dubin
Ricardo Duffy
Ned Evans
Shepard Fairey
Asad Faulwell
Baldemar Fierro
Jacques Garnier

Sarah Genn
Eric Gerdau
Jeff Gillette
Lawrence Gipe
Jimi Gleason
Laurie Hassold
Scot Heywood
Georgiana Ireland
Kelsey Irvin
Kathy Jones
Raffi Kalenderian
G. Ray Kerciu
Justin N. Kim
Jennifer King
David Krovblit
Tom Lamb
Robert Larson
Kristin Leachman
David Michael Lee
David Lloyd
Jean Lowe
Adam Mars
Kaydad Maseeh
Jay McCafferty
Jane McCracken
Elizabeth McGhee
Blue Mcright
Pierce Meehan
David Milton
Andy Moses
Ed Moses
Gwynn Murrill
Adam Neeley
Nobu Nishigawara
Lindsey Nobel
Michael Obermeyer

Elizabeth Orleans
Naida Osline
Fabia Panjarian
Kenton Parker
R.T. Pece
Jeff Peters
Elyse Pignolet
Serena Potter
Astrid Preston
Bret Price
Greg Price
Pamela Ramos
Robert Redding
Brian Robertson
Anne Marie Rousseau
Jeffrey Rovner
Ed Ruscha
Carol Saindon
Bradford Salamon
Jaime Scholnick
Jeff Sewell
Millard Owen Sheets
Michael Situ
John Sonsini
Fred Tomaselli
Madeleine Tonzi
ET Projects Foundation
Melissa Wang
Roger Weik
Kirsten Whalen
Joy Wolf
Andre Woodward
William Wray
Scott Yeskel
Kenichi Yokono
Peter Zokosky


What is California Cool?

Over Four Decades of Auction Fundraising


The California Cool Art Auction is curated in collaboration with Southern California’s most notable artists. The auction brings together more than 125 high-quality artworks vetted for art buyers at all experience levels and of all tastes so that everyone is sure to find an artwork they love.

For over four decades, Laguna Art Museum and the artist community have come together to raise money in support of our historically rich, and future-forward museum. In the process, we have helped many build incredible collections of art.

Purchase your tickets now to this annual sell-out event to ensure you have an exclusive opportunity to meet and mix with the artists and to bid on silent auction and live auction items available only to attendees of the event. To keep the night lively and extra entertaining, we have recruited friend to Laguna Art Museum, and the best in the business, auctioneer Zack Krone.

All museum revenues go towards funding Laguna Art Museum’s recognized arts education programing. So please secure your ticket today to ensure the opportunity to purchase great works of art that will benefit you and the lives of thousands of others.


Paddle Raise

Raise Your Paddle



The paddle raise will directly support the museum’s Create Access Program, which provides underprivileged K-12 Title 1 students access to educational art programs, fostering creativity and cultural engagement.

In July 2023, the museum was awarded a prestigious grant of $178,288 from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE). This funding has enabled the museum to serve over 1,700 Title 1 students since October and will serve another 1,800 Title 1 students before July—far exceeding initial expectations. The grant funds education for a total of 5,000 students, which we expect to surpass during the fall of 2024. Because we are serving so many students, we will use up all of the funding from the CCHE grant in the next year.

Through the Create Access Program, these students have experienced the richness of California art, engaged in curriculum-aligned learning and created unique artworks under the guidance of dedicated volunteer docents and education staff. One teacher shared, “I can’t express how wonderful this was for my kids. Our student population does not get the opportunity to enjoy fine art.”

With funding ending, we need your support in order to continue providing thousands of students from underprivileged communities access to quality arts programming. Raise your paddle today.



Laguna Art Museum thanks this year’s California Cool Art Auction Sponsors.


Barbara and Tad Danz
Katrina Foley
Ken and Jan Kaplan
Wendy Aird
Nolet’s Gin and Kettle One Vodka
Lori and Harley Bassman
Elliott Kornhauser and Joe Baker
WGB Insurance
William Gillespie Foundation
Clara Berta

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