Laguna Beach possesses an extraordinary cultural and social heritage, far greater than would be expected of a small town. The genesis of this heritage can be attributed to Laguna's physical beauty — its captivating landscape and light — that has attracted artists and unconventional thinkers since the earliest days of European settlement.
This attraction has animated landscape painters (both plein air and studio artists) who, as descendents of the 19th century French Impressionists, have portrayed our surroundings to acclaim and affection. Their works reside in art collections around the world. One example is the current exhibition, "Saving Paradise," at the Irvine Museum.
Given this history, if one had to choose just one attribute of Laguna's heritage to describe the essence of the community, landscape painting would arguably rise to the top.