First Thursdays Art Walk celebrates the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna Beach and is free to the public with participation by more than 30 member galleries. First Thursdays Art Walk is held on the first Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The museum offers free admission from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Rebeca Mendez’s Any-Instant-Whatever
The exhibition depicts a contemplation of a day in Los Angeles that captures a cloud-rich sky above the lively city and its inhabitants. Integral to the installation is a sound piece composed by Drew Schnurr. The sounds are derived entirely from resonating crystal receptacles tuned by water. Much in the same way that water vapor in the atmosphere refracts light, crystals resonate to produce pure sound spectra built upon natural frequency fundamentals that are akin to frequencies producing visual colors in the sky.
A Fanciful World: Jessie Arms Botke
Bold, decorative studies of exotic birds and flowers are the subject of Jessie Arms Botke’s most notable paintings. After settling in California, Botke reached her stylistic peak in the 1930s with eye-dazzling artworks adorned with gold and silver leaf, inspired by Japanese design and European landscape aesthetics. Despite her prolific output and successful career, few exhibitions have focused solely on Botke’s work. This exhibition examines work from different periods of Botke’s career and travels including a magnificent 29-foot-long mural that once adorned the Oaks Hotel in Ojai, California.
Sky Space Time Change
Presents paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography from Laguna Art Museum’s permanent collection curated as a compliment to this year’s Art & Nature feature installation, Any-Instant-Whatever by Rebeca Méndez. The exhibition helps viewers look up and out, taking them from the beaches of Frank Cuprien, McClelland Barclay, and Tom Wudl to the cosmic visions of Lita Albuquerque and Helen Lundeberg. Like Mendez, many of the artists of Sky Space Time Change also looked up to Southern California skies, contemplating through their artwork the interconnections among physical, environmental, and cultural systems. This exhibition is co-curated by Sharrisa Iqbal and Michael Duncan.
Holiday Glow (feat. Pacific Vocal Series)
Sip and shop as you step into the holidays with an evening of live music!
Interwoven within the festive evening will be two live musical moments featuring recognizable and beloved holiday classics. Presented in collaboration with Pacific Vocal Series, these moments will feature Laguna Beach local and international mezzo soprano Kayleigh Decker and pianist Cheryl Lin Fielding.
Celebrating Male Bodies in the Works of Paul Wonne …
Join art historian Daniell Cornell for his lecture about the evolution of the work and lives of Theophilus Brown and Paul Wonner. Cornell speaks about these artists’ perspective as Bay Area Figurative artists both prior to and following the development of queer art theory.
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