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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.
By Barbara Diamond | July 3, 2009
AIDS was decimating the arts when Hollywood and television celebrities came to Laguna in the early 2000s to help raise funds for the Laguna Art Museum and AIDS Services Foundation. Michael Jackson escorted Elizabeth Taylor to the first Art for AIDS fundraiser Feb. 9, 2002 at the museum. Dr. Arnie Klein, Jackson?s dermatologist and friend of ASF founder Al Roberts, had arranged for Jackson, Taylor, Penny Marshall and Merv Griffin to attend. Taylor was one of the most outspoken celebrities helping to raise awareness of AIDS.
By Candice Baker | February 15, 2008
Sin City will descend on Laguna Beach next month when Laguna Art Museum debuts its new show, “Las Vegas Diaspora: The Emergence of Contemporary Art from the Neon Homeland,” on March 9. The exhibit premiered at the Las Vegas Museum of Art, where it was attended by Laguna Art Museum Director Bolton Colburn. “It’s a spectacular show,” he said. “We saw some advance information prior to the opening, and we thought it would be a nice fit for Laguna Art Museum.
By Candice Baker | July 27, 2007
The Laguna Art Museum morphed into an exclusive hot spot Tuesday night when sportswear company Hurley held its spring preview fashion show there. Upstairs in the museum library, all was calm as the models got ready. Genevieve Morrison read the newly released Harry Potter book while waiting for her makeup, and a fellow model caught up on homework. But the atmosphere downstairs was frenetic; a deejay spun tunes as hundreds lined up at a mojito bar. Servers hand-passed mashed potato martinis and cheeseburgers.
By Cindy Frazier | September 13, 2007
The Laguna Art Museum will stay where it is. That’s the consensus of the museum’s board of trustees, a decision made during a retreat in February, museum director Bolton Colburn announced Tuesday at the museum’s annual membership meeting. “We decided that where we sit is the best possible place for us,” Colburn said. The decision came after an ambitious proposal to build a new museum and city parking structure funded by town homes at the site of the Village Entrance on Laguna Canyon Road was withdrawn after overwhelming community opposition.
By Cindy Frazier | November 6, 2008
The art colony of Laguna Beach had its roots in landscape painting, and no one was more preeminent in the field than William Wendt, who spent his life bringing nature indoors in breathtaking works that are highly prized today. Wendt, a Laguna resident for about 30 years, co-founded the Laguna Beach Art Assn. in 1918 — which in turn opened a gallery that eventually became the Laguna Art Museum. To celebrate its 90th anniversary, the museum is exhibiting the first major retrospective of Wendt’s work — a luminous collection of 60 paintings culled from many collectors and museums that fills the entire ground floor.
By Mona Shah | September 30, 2009
Two leading human rights experts will be speaking on the progress we are making as a country and a world in prosecuting human rights violators and at the same time bringing forgiveness and reconciliation to the victims at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at the Laguna Art Museum (307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach). Theresa Harris, Executive Director of Human Rights USA, and Paul Van Zyl of the International Center for Transitional Justice, will be the guests speakers at this event, sponsored by Laguna Beach-based Townhall Foundation, dedicated to educating and building awareness on the progress of human rights around the world.
By Ashley Breeding | June 12, 2009
A new exhibit at Laguna Art Museum is sure to be fun and games. WoW, short for World of Warcraft, an online fantasy game, will explore various forms of cultural production based on the game, and on gaming in general, and will be on display Sunday through Oct. 4 at the museum. Grace Kook-Anderson, the museum’s new curator of exhibitions, calls it an “emergent media phenomenon.” “While surveying Warcraft’s 15-year history, the exhibition looks at artistic practices that have been influenced by game culture,” she said.
By Rhea Mahbubani | February 7, 2013
The Laguna Art Museum is where the party's at. Come 6 p.m. Saturday, the museum, decked out as an underground club, will host a slew of art aficionados at its annual art auction. Titled "Art Auction 2013: California Underground," the event features more than 100 works by California artists that will adorn the entire main level of the space. Live performances, silent and live auctions, and gastropub fare are part of the evening's lineup. "It is a twist on a California contemporary speakeasy," Director of Special Events Sarah Strozza said.
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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