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 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Wayne Thiebaud: Clowns presents dozens of paintings, drawings, and etchings of clowns that the renowned California artist has made over the past seven years. Like much of his work, this latest series is in a sense autobiographical. During his boyhood in Long Beach he looked forward to the visits of a traveling Rircus and sometimes helped out behind the scenes in exchange for tickets. The costumes, faces, and antics of the clowns were the beginning of a lifelong fascination for him. The clown series is its culmination, in which the now 100-year-old artist revisits those early memories.
In Hymns to the Silence, Jacques Garnier’s high contrast, black and white photographs are meticulously detailed images of parts of architectural structures in Southern California. By finely focusing on the details, and with an eye to graphic composition and the use of negative space, he has created new images for the viewer to contemplate.
Matthew Rolston, Art People: The Pageant Portraits is an exhibition of Rolston’s larger-than-life, strangely haunting photographs of participants in Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters, known for its elaborate tableau vivant presentations. The exhibition connects two of the most beloved cultural institutions of Laguna Beach, a city founded as an arts colony in the early 20th century, while celebrating the broader history of art and photography that defines the cultural heritage of California.
Art Workshop: Paul Frank Holiday
Create a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree topper inspired by the colorful and playful world of Paul Frank.
Live! At the Museum: AlmaNova Duo
Join this flutist and guitarist duo as they perform a Christmas program in the museum.
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