Shock waves are still resounding regarding the Orange County Museum of Art sale of 18 of Laguna Art Museum’s former early paintings. Thank you, Barbara Diamond, for your relevant and painful accounting of Laguna Art Museum’s takeover and “merger” (Our Laguna, “Art museum merger attempt still stings,” June 19.)
For those of you unaware, please understand that these are not just paintings; these are a part of Laguna and California art’s history. William Wendt, Edgar Payne and all of the early Impressionists included in this sale were actual residents and trailblazers. Without them, we may not even have had roads to town.
History: This, Mr. Myers, is one key reason why the Art Museum should never be a “Mobil” station, nor should it be moved to the flood zone in the canyon.