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May 2, 2011
The Laguna Art Museum director announced Monday that he is stepping down May 13. Bolton Colburn started as a curator in 1987 and assumed the role of director after the Newport Harbor Art Museum and Laguna Art Museum merged in 1997. "I love Laguna Art Museum, its mission, and the community, but it is time for someone else to take the lead and for me to pursue other opportunities in the art world," Colburn said in a news statement. I wish the museum every good fortune and prosperity.
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January 9, 2014
The Laguna Art Museum hosts its annual art auction fund-raiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 8. Preview week begins Feb. 3 and the post-auction sale will take place Feb. 9. More than 100 artists have donated works to be auctioned to support the museum. "The Art of the Heist" is the event's theme. With decor based on the 1968 film "The Thomas Crown Affair," the venue will feature works by Charles Arnoldi, Billy Al Bengston, Tony DeLap, Laddie John Dill and others. Bidding will start at 50% of each piece's stated value and all proceeds earned during the silent and live auctions will benefit the museum.
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May 24, 2012
They came, they drank, and they feasted on food and art. On May 18, 100 people paid $500 each for a ticket to the 2012 Palette to Palate, a benefit gala evening and dinner at Laguna Art Museum. Palette to Palate is one of LAM's main annual fundraisers, and this year's edition grossed about $150,000. The money will go toward the museum's education and artistic programs, LAM officials announced in a news release. Chef Craig Strong of Studio at Montage Laguna Beach cooked up a four-course gourmet dinner.
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By Imran Vittachi | May 31, 2012
Clarence Hinkle lived in Laguna Beach from 1922 until 1935. Dating to 1917, he painted scenes of the arts colony, but only one of his paintings remains in the Laguna Art Museum's permanent collection. "Laguna Beach," a 30-inch by 36-inch oil on canvas, is LAM's lone Hinkle. His 1929 painting depicts a swathe of the town's coastline from an elevated vantage point. Soon, that and more than 114 of Hinkle's other pieces, including more than 25 painted locally, will go on display for "Clarence Hinkle," one of two exhibits that LAM will open to the public June 10 and run concurrently until Oct. 7. Paintings by Hinkle - who died in Santa Barbara in 1960 - will comprise the larger of the two shows.
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By Devin Kelly | September 3, 2013
Michael McManus, the former chief curator for the Laguna Art Museum and organizer of a major scholarly overview of California Impressionism, has died. He was 60. McManus, who had a heart condition, died Aug. 10 at his home in Seal Beach, said Mike Stice, a spokesman for Laguna College of Art and Design. Known for his quirky mannerisms and encyclopedic knowledge of the history of art and regionalist movements, McManus was a popular faculty member at Laguna College of Art and Design (formerly the Art Institute of Southern California)
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By Candice Baker | April 11, 2008
The Laguna Beach Library and Laguna Art Museum will celebrate the power of art this month as part of the annual Orange County Imagination Celebration. This year’s festival will feature more than 100 events throughout the county; closer to home, the library will hold a free storytelling night and the museum will offer hands-on art workshops. At the library’s Flights of Fantasy, 7 p.m. April 22, storyteller Lorrie Oshatz will interpret folk tales and fables, weaving comedy and theater into literature.
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By Christina Limson | October 8, 2008
Billabong will host an exhibition of Wolfgang Bloch’s work at Laguna Art Museum on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, in conjunction with Chronicle's release of a book on his life and art. The book follows the life-path of Wolfgang’s unique childhood in Ecuador, his move to America, his art education, the winding journey through California culture, the surf industry and, eventually, his return back into the world of art. ...
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By Candice Baker | January 19, 2007
The Laguna Art Museum's director of marketing and public relations for the past six years, Stuart Byer, has announced his resignation. Byer, who worked part-time for the museum, gave notice in early December to ensure that the institution had enough time to find a suitable replacement. He chose a Feb. 15 end date in order to complete his work on the museum's upcoming Feb. 10 art auction. "It's been a tremendously rewarding experience; one that I'll always value," Byer said.
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By Matt Vecere | February 20, 2009
Clyde is a former quality control engineer for Boeing. When he began attending Alzheimer’s Family Services Center, he regularly participated in art class, creating wonderful pencil sketches; once painting a beautiful seascape. As his dementia progressed, he stopped joining art class, becoming more and more isolated. Thanks to Laura and Louis M. Rohl, Clyde and many other participants at AFSC were treated to an outing including, lunch and a tour of the Laguna Art Museum exhibition of William Wendt.
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April 10, 2014
Gallery to host annual reception Cove Gallery, located at 1492 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, will host its annual spring reception from 5 to 8 p.m. April 26. This year's theme is "Swing into Spring," and features artists include Jacquelyn Blue, Bill Knauer, Sheryl Sauer and JoAnne Unger. Guests can enter their names into a raffle for a free $300 painting by any of the exhibitors. The winner must be present at 7:30 p.m., the time of the drawing. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Tuesday.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 10, 2014
Pamela Martinez approached Sarina Shohet with a proposition late last year. "I said to Sarina, 'Can I give you a really difficult assignment?'" Martinez recalled. "She said, 'Yes.'" Students in Martinez's Advanced Placement art class at Irvine-based Tarbut V'Torah drew a single portrait for the project. But Sarina drew two - one on white paper and the second on a differently textured brown sheet. The final graphite sketch, which depicts a friend whose parents are in the throes of a divorce, was titled "Cognizance of Her Teenage Psyche.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | February 19, 2014
Dana Harel's creative process begins in silence. On the precipice of new work, the artist sits in the calm of her Redwood City home, clutching a solitary sketch book. Only after an idea begins to take form, followed by a rough sense of direction, does she turn on some music. Production mode - when her task is clear and refined - is marked by Harel tuning in to podcasts. "I tend to be most productive when I spend long days in my studio, when I can get into a zone where I am letting go and not judging every move I make," she said.
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By David Hansen | February 13, 2014
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.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | January 30, 2014
Starting Feb. 3, a trove of artwork will be up for grabs at the Laguna Art Museum. One hundred and eighteen artists - the majority of whom are from California - have donated mostly contemporary pieces, with a few older styles thrown in, for "Art Auction 2014: The Art of the Heist. " Preview week, which allows patrons to review, online or in-person, what's on tap and decide if they'd like to purchase anything, ends with the annual fundraiser Feb. 8. The event starts at 6 p.m., with the action-packed live auction at 8 p.m. led by Christie's auctioneer Charlie Adamski.
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January 9, 2014
The Laguna Art Museum hosts its annual art auction fund-raiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 8. Preview week begins Feb. 3 and the post-auction sale will take place Feb. 9. More than 100 artists have donated works to be auctioned to support the museum. "The Art of the Heist" is the event's theme. With decor based on the 1968 film "The Thomas Crown Affair," the venue will feature works by Charles Arnoldi, Billy Al Bengston, Tony DeLap, Laddie John Dill and others. Bidding will start at 50% of each piece's stated value and all proceeds earned during the silent and live auctions will benefit the museum.
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