If you live in Laguna Beach for any length of time, you start to take art for granted.
Everywhere you walk, there is art. Every weekend, there is some new exhibit. The byproduct of all this art is a certain amount of complacency.
That's not good if you're the Laguna Art Museum.
You might not realize this but the museum is not flush with cash. Of all the non-profits in town, it is often the most precarious financially, according to records. Its expenses have exceeded revenues for the last several years, which is why Saturday night was important.
It was the annual auction and fundraiser. At $125 a ticket, it meant you had to dress up, but it is always a fun event and serves a purpose: helping keep the museum open. It ended up netting the museum about $120,000.
The fact is it takes a lot to keep art alive and interesting. And on Saturday there was a lot of interesting.